National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)

In pursuance to the Budget announcement during 2014-15, a new Scheme, namely, ‘National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)’ was launched in December, 2014 in order to develop leadership qualities among the youth. The Scheme has the following 5 components, namely,

  1. Neighbourhood Youth Parliament (NYP): The platform of youth clubs of NYKS will be developed in the shape of vibrant ‘neighbourhood youth parliament’ to educate the youth club members about contemporary socio-economic development issues and to involve them in debate/ discussions on such issues.
  2. Youth for Development Programme (YFD): To channelise the immense youth energy towards the nation-building, by involving them in Shramadaan (voluntary labour) on a large-scale all over the country.
  3. National Young Leaders Awards (NYLA): To motivate the youth to strive for excellence in their respective fields by recognising and rewarding the outstanding work done by them.
  4. National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC): to seek active involvement of the youth leaders as well as other stakeholders in the decision-making process on the youth related issues.
  5. National Youth Development Fund (NYDF): To mobilise funds for youth development from non-Government sources like CSR funds.

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Progress so far:  A total amount of Rs.35.68 crores has released to NYKS during current year for implementation of components (a) Neighbourhood Youth Parliament and (b) Youth for Development, of the Scheme. During current year, NYKS has organised 4,929 Youth Parliament Programmes at Block level, in which 3.96 lakh members of NYK-affiliated Youth Clubs participated. Youth for Development (IEC–Media and Publicity) component of the Scheme has been implemented in 552 Districts in India. Guidelines for setting up and operation of National Youth Development Fund (NYDF) have been notified and further steps have been initiated to operationalize the Fund.  For NYLA component, nominations have been invited from concerned Ministries/ Departments. For NYAC, the composition of the Council is being finalised.

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)

NYKS, with about 8.43 million youth enrolled through 2.98 lakh youth clubs, has been working all over the Country to develop the personality of the youth and to engage them in nation-building activities. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NYKS during current financial year are as follows:

  • Punarjagaran (Rejuvenation) – a year-long awakening movement among youth to involve them in nation-building activities, directly covering 100 Districts, which was launched 02.10.2014, was concluded at Mathura, the birth place of Shri Deen Dayal Upadhyay, on his birth anniversary on 25.09.2015, with youth convention involving about 10,000 youth. During the Programme, inter-alia, awareness and mobilisation was done for effective implementation of flagship government programmes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Insurance/ Pension Schemes, Swachh Bharat Mission, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan, etc. and efforts were made for promotion of voluntareerism.
  • International Day of Yoga: NYKS actively participated in celebration of International Day of Yoga, at all levels. Yoga programmes were organised in 68,568 NYKS-affiliated youth clubs, in which 22.42 lakh youth club members participated. NYKS organised 3 Mega Programmes in Lucknow, Kolkata and Guwahati, in which 31,770 youth participated. In the Programme at Rajpath, 1,000 youth mobilised by NYKS participated.

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  • NYKS volunteers have actively participated in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country.
  • 88 lakh saplings were planted by NYKS volunteers.
  • 1,09,069 units of blood was donated by NYKS volunteers.
  • 7,949 skill upgradation training programmes were organised, involving 1,59,916 youth.
  • 3,157 training programmes on youth leadership and community development were organised, involving 1,49,188 youth.
  • 6,922 theme-based awareness and education programmes were organised, involving 5,95,622 youth.
  • 2,249 Youth Club Development Programmes organised, involving 1,82,285 youth.
  • 43,146 youth clubs were provided with sports material. 2,574 Sports Meets have been organised, involving 4,11,640 youth.
  • 14,256 Programmes held to celebrate days of national and international significance, involving 20,61,798 youth.
  • 598 Programmes were organised for promotion of folk art and culture, involving 1,21,240 youth.
  • 1,135 District Youth Conventions and Yuva Kriti Programmes organised, involving 5,16,584 youth.
  • 182 adventure camps were organised, involving 4,550 youth.
  • 101 National Integration Camps were organised, with participation of 18,550 youth.
  • 312 Life Skill Education Camps organised with participation of 12,480 youth.
  • 12 Youth Leadership and Development Programmes were organised, with participation of 360 youth.
  • 8th Tribal Youth Exchange Programme is being organised in 10 locations with participation of about 2,000 youth.
  • Under Adolescent Heath and Development Project, 1,860 Teen Clubs formed with 52,236 members and activities are going on with the help of 7,440 Peer Educators.
  • Project on Awareness and Education on Prevention of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention has been taken up in 5,614 villages of Punjab. The activities are going on.
  • Training Center at Majuli, Jorhat: NYKS is setting up a Training Centre for the youth at Majuli in Jorhat District of Assam.
  • NYKS has signed an MOU with National Mission for Clean Ganga for implementing a Project called ‘Youth Partnership in Ganga Rejuvenation Mission’ to create awareness in 1,649 Gram Panchayats along flanks of Ganga river for keeping the river clean.
  • NYKS has received sanction of Rs.1.71 crores from Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, for organising Rallies/ Run, District Youth Covention and Sports activities in 105 Districts on the occasion of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

National Service Scheme (NSS)

NSS, with about 3.64 million student youth enrolled through 351 Universities, 16,056 Colleges/ Technical Institutions and 12,004 Senior Secondary Schools across the country, has been working for development of personality and character of student youth through voluntary community service. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NSS during the current year are as follows:

  • NSS volunteers have actively participated in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country.
  • 06 lakh saplings were planted by NSS volunteers.
  • 69 lakhs units of blood was donated by NSS volunteers.
  • 31 lakh children administered Pulse Polio drops by NSS volunteers.
  • 2,479 health/ eye/ immunisation camps were organised, in which 1.50 lakh volunteers participated.
  • 7,530 awareness programmes/ rallies/ campaigns were organised on issues of relevance to the community, in which 5.95 lakh volunteers participated.
  • 80 lakh volunteer-hours of Shramadaan was undertaken by NSS volunteers during the year.
  • 1,377 NSS volunteers have participated in adventure activities.
  • Self-Defence Training was imparted to 0.13 lakh NSS volunteers.
  • On the initiative of the Department, UGC has issued advisory to all Universities to introduce NSS as a credit-based Elective subject.

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

RGNIYD, located at Sriperimbudur (Tamilnadu), is a premier institute for training, research, extension and outreach initiatives on youth issues. RGNIYD has been declared as an “Institute of National Importance” through enactment of RGNIYD Act, 2012. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of RGNIYD during current year are as follows:

  • 43 Training/ Capacity Building Programmes were organised on various important themes, involving 6,409 participants (including 1,508 trainers).
  • 25 International, National and Regional Workshops on various themes held.
  • Post-graduate Programmes restructured. 2 new post-graduate programmes, namely, M.Sc., Counselling Psychology and M.A., Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship started from 2015-16.
  • Voc. Programme started, in collaboration with Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. 156 students enrolled in 12 ATDC Centres.
  • 2nd SAARC Youth Leadership Summit held in Sept. 2015. Delegates from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka participated.
  • RGNIYD signed an MoU with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministyr of Company Affairs, to start a Certificate Programme in CSR.
  • North East Social Impact Awards Summit was organised in August, 2015 jointly by NE Development Foundation, RGNIYD and other partners.

International Cooperation

The Department seeks to operate international youth exchange programmes with various countries to develop international perspective among the youth and also to collaborate with various international agencies on youth development. Some significant achievements during current year are as follows:

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  • 50-member Nepalese Youth Delegation visited India in April, 2015.
  • 12-member India Youth Delegation visited Cambodia in April, 2015 to participate in Festival of India.
  • 22-member India Youth Delegation visited South Korea in June, 2015. In turn, South Korean Youth Delegation visited India in August, 2015.
  • 55-member Indian Delegation visited Russia to attend BRICS Youth Summit in July, 2015.
  • 12-member Sri Lankan Youth Delegation visited India in August, 2015.
  • A Project on “Strengthening of NYKS and NSS”, jointly developed with UNDP/ UNV, has been approved by Ministry of Finance for implementation. The Project is to be implemented over 4-year period at a total cost of about Rs.14 crores. The implementation of the Project has started. Project manpower has been recruited. Their training is commencing in December, 2015.
  • During July, 2015, the Department of Youth affairs hosted Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting at New Delhi.
  • During August, 2015, 200-member Indian Youth Delegation visited China. In turn, 200-member Chinese Delegation visited India in Nov. 2015.
  • In October, 2015, 100-member Bangladeshi Youth Delegation visited India.
  • In November, 2015, 12-member Indian Youth Delegation visited Sri Lanka. Also, 10-member Indian Youth Delgation visited Malaysia.

National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)

  • NPYAD is an umbrella scheme for providing support to Government/ non-Government organisations for undertaking activities for adolescent and the youth. During the current year, total assistance of Rs.13.36 crores has been given to various Organisations.
  • It has been decided to hold the 20th National Youth Festival at Raipur (Chhatisgarh), for which preparations are going on. National Youth Awards for 2014-15 will also be conferred during this Festival.
  • A North East Youth Festival was organised at Majuli in Jorhat District of Assam during 29-31 May, 2015. About 2,100 youth participated in the Festival.
  • The Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards for 2014 were conferred by the Hon’ble President of India on 29.08.2015.

Youth Hostels

Under Youth Hostel Scheme of the Ministry, 83 Youth Hostels have been constructed in various parts of the Country, in collaboration with States, for promoting youth travel and youth exchange. Another Hostel at Roing (Arunchal Pradesh) is in advanced stage of completion. The Department is making efforts to obtain ISO Certification (9001:2008) for the Youth Hostels. So far, ISO Certification has been obtained for 6 Hostels, namely, Dalhousie, Mysore, Jodhpur, Puducherry, Agra and Panjim Youth Hostels.

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