Year End Review 2018- Department of Youth Affairs (Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports)

The Youth which represents the most vibrant and dynamic segment of the population has been given a new hope through Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram (RYSK) of the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports during the year. Series of initiatives taken by the Deptt. of Youth Affairs have resulted in greater participation of youth in the Nation Building.

Restructuring of the Schemes of the Department of Youth Affairs

The Schemes of the Department have been consolidated and restructured into 3 compact schemes, w.e.f. 01.04.2016, as follows:

    1. Eight Schemes are merged into a new ‘umbrella’ Scheme called “Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram (RYSK)”.
    2. National Service Scheme (NSS)
    3. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

The major achievements under the above Schemes/ Sub-Schemes during 2018-19 are given below:

  1. Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram (RYSK)
  2. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS):

NYKS, with about 36.22 lakh youth enrolled through 1.68 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 the year are as follows:

  • 47 lakh saplings were planted by NYKS volunteers.
  • 13,432 units of blood was donated by NYKS volunteers.
  • 1,764 education in basic vocations and soft skills programs were organised, involving 51,508 youth.
  • 1694 Youth Club Development Programs were organised, involving 83,514 youth.
  • 1336 Sports Meets at Block level were organised, involving 1,77,688 youth.
  • 8126 Programs were held to celebrate days of national and international significance, involving 11,05,136 youth.
  • 230 District Youth Conventions were organised, involving 1,84,5024 youth.
  • International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2018 was observed by NYKS at 38,356 locations across India by involving 23.68 lakh youth.
  • Swachhta Program was conducted at 1,15,437 locations involving 12,07,686 youth for cleaning of 8,577 Schools / colleges, 7,797 Hospitals and 21,905 statues.
  • Water Conservation –13,757 awareness creation programs were conducted by involving 3.9 lakh youth; 2430 new water bodies were created, and 3437 water sources were maintained.
  • Inderdhanush Program – in which 59,961 children were immunized with the help of service providers.
  • National Unity Day and Run for Unity Program was conducted by district Nehru Yuva Kendras in India wherein  2.6 lakh youth were involved.
  • Swachta Hi Sewa Campaign in East Champaran– Swachta Hi Sewa Campaign was launched by district Nehru Yuva Kendra, East Champaran (Bihar) from 14th September to 25th September, 2018 in which more than 300 youth participated. Different types of activities such as Cleaning of Moti Jheel, Cleanliness drive to clean streets, Railway Station and common places.
  • Clean Ganga– NYKS is working with National Mission for Clean Ganga to spread awareness for cleanliness & sanitation in villages along Ganga River.  Ganga Vriksharopan Saptah (Plantation Week) was carried out in 53 selected blocks of 4 States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.  82,819 sapling were planted in collaboration with Forest Department and National Mission for Clean Ganga from 9th July to 15th July 2018.
  • Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat is being organized Inter State Youth Exchange Program in 15 pairing States.  So far, 4 such program have been completed in the states of Telangana, Punjab, Kerala and Chhattisgarh in which 401 youth from pairing States participated.
  • Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyan Programme– NYKS was the major partner for implementation of Poshan Abhiyan program across the country.  Different types of activities such as Gosthi, seminars and Discussions, Lectures by Eminent Resource Persons on Focus Areas of Poshan Maah viz. pregnancy care, right age of marriage, child care, birth spacing, immunization, breast feeding upto 2yrs and complimentary feeding and Maintenance and adequate sanitation facilities in the village, etc were organized.  Besides these, Door to door campaigning in the village focusing on Focus Areas of Poshan Maah, Rallies, Run, Padyatra, Cycle Yatra were organized. The efforts of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and NYKS were appreciated at the highest level. Ministry of Women and Child Welfare awarded for the exemplary work.
  • Parakram Parv, 2018– NYKS has organised various programs and activities and participated in events to mark the Second Anniversary of Surgical Strikes during 28th September 2018 to 30th September 2018, organised by the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India in various locations across the country.  More than 1786 youth & officials of NYKS participated in the programme & activities across the country.
  • Health Mela– With the support of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Heart Care Foundation organised 25th Perfect Health Mela on 23rd October 2018 in Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. In this programme, 1000 youth from NYKs participated. Well-known Artists, Specialists, Doctors and Social Workers were also present.
  1. International Cooperation:

This Department seeks to operate international Youth exchange programs 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 the year are as follows;

1. Visit of 38 Member Indian Youth Delegation to Nepal from 4-11 April, 2018
2. Visit to 50 Member Palestine’s Youth Delegation to India from 1-7 October, 2018
3. Visit to 15 Member Kyrgyzstan Youth Delegation to India from 5-12 October, 2018
4. Visit of 19 Member Indian Youth Delegation to Tunisia from 1-6 Oct 2018
5. Visit of 193 Member Indian Youth Delegation to China from 3-10 July, 2018
6. Visit to 10 Member Vietnam Youth Delegation to India from 8-15 Sept, 2018
7. Visit to 100 Member Bangladesh Youth Delegation to India from 24 March to 1st April, 2018
8. Visit of 2 Indian Youth Delegation to Argentina to attend Y 20 Summit from 12-18 August
9. Visit to 25 Member Indian Youth Delegation to S.Korea from 25 July to 2 August, 2018
10. Visit of 18 member Indian youth delegation to S.Africa to participate in BRICS Youth Summit from 16-20 July, 2018.
11. Visit of 5-member Indian Youth Delegation to Cambodia from 11-13 April, 2018 to attend 2nd International Youth Education and Cultural Festival
12. Visit of 27 Member Sri Lanka Youth Delegation to India from 8-15 October, 2018

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  1. National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD):

National Program for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD) along with other Schemes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has been merged into one ‘Umbrella Scheme’ called Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakarm (RYSK) for providing support to Government/ non-Government organisations for undertaking activities for development of adolescent and youth.

  • During financial year 2018-19, financial assistance has been given to 5 Voluntary Organisations including All India Level Organisations.
  • Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas will be held on 21st January 2019 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The 6th North East Youth Festival was organized at Agartala, Tripura from 15th to 18th November, 2017.
  • This Year Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2017 was conferred to 10 (Ten) Awardees for adventure in Land, Water, Air and Life time Achievements.
  1. National Service Scheme (NSS):

NSS, with about 4.13 million student youth enrolled in 42958 NSS units spread over through 451 Universities/ +2 Councils, 17996 Colleges/Technical Institutions and 12,827 Senior Secondary Schools across the country, has been working for development of personality and character of youth through voluntary community service. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NSS during the year are as follows:

  • NSS has been restructured as a Central Sector Scheme w.e.f. 1.4.2016. The Scheme is now a Central Sector Scheme.
  • NSS Volunteers have been actively participating in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country.  During the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada observed by the NSS Volunteers, they cleaned 2276 Hospital, 1713 Dispensary, 1665 Community Centres, 534 Old Age Homes, 554 Historical Places, 236 Orphanages, 263 Centres for Disabled, 748 Railway Stations, 3660 Bus Stops, 1339 Statues and 801 Archaeological Sites and Tourist Places.  Film making, and Essay Competition was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for NSS Volunteers.
  • Approximately 27000 NSS volunteers participated in 100 Hours Swachh Bharat Summer Internship Program Organized by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  • On the occasion of International Day of Yoga (21.06.2018), about 25.78 lakh NSS Volunteers participated in various yoga programs across the country.
  • 18,79,675 saplings were planted by NSS volunteers.
  • 1,91,581 units of blood was donated by NSS volunteers.
  • 9402 health/eye/Immunization camps were organised, in which 464622 NSS Volunteers participated.
  • 38,710 Awareness programs/rallies were organised on issues of relevance to the community, in which 25.89 lakh NSS Volunteers participated.
  • 50 lakh volunteer-hours of Shramadaan was undertaken by NSS volunteers during the year.
  • 34,728 NSS Volunteers were imparted Training on Self -Defence.
  • Awareness on GST and Digital payments were organized by NSS Units throughout the country.
  1. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD):

During the period, 162 training/capacity building/ workshop, conference and other programs were organized involving 6,663 participants including NSS Officers, NYKS Officials, Faculty/ Teachers, Officials from State Govt. industries department & executives from NGOs etc.

Out of the above programs, 35 ToT programs were organized through which 1023 functionaries of NYKS and other officials of NSS were trained on themes such as Environment Education, Employability Skills, youth health, peace building, ICT based entrepreneurship for young rural women, education policies and programs, life skills etc.

Youth Development Index:

RGNIYD recently brought out the India Youth Development Index and Report – 2017 as part of its documentation activity of the National Youth Resource Centre.
As per the mandate of the Institute to disseminate youth related information among the key stakeholders and as suggested by the Executive Council of RGNIYD in its recent meeting, three Regional Dissemination Workshops on India Youth Development Index – 2017 were organised for the key stakeholders in the field of Youth Development as per the details provided below:

  • Northern Eastern Regional Dissemination Workshop on India Youth Development Index – 2017 held on 20 August 2018 at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati.
  • Northern Regional Dissemination Workshop on India Youth Development Index – 2017 held on 17 September 2018 at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
  • Dissemination Workshop on India Youth Development Index – 2017 for Southern, Eastern and Western States held on 26 October 2018 at RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu
  • Constituency Management System for JK-11 Sonawari Constituency, Jammu and   Kashmir

Orientation Training Program for newly inducted NSS Program Officers.

International Programs

  • Maldivian Youth Delegation Visit
  • CIRDAP-RGNIYD Collaborative Exposure Visit for Officials and PGDRD Students of RDA
  • Visit of the Director General, CIRDAP, Bangladesh to RGNIYD
  • Entrepreneurship and Rural Development: An exposure visit for delegates from 19 Countries
  • Sri Lanka Youth Exchange Delegation Visit to RGNIYD
  • International Youth Exchange Programme between India-Sri Lanka
  • National Conference on Gender and Development
  • Sri Lanka Student Delegation Exposure Visit-cum-Orientation Program in India

Other Achievements:

  • RGNIYD has funded 18 Major Research Projects and 8 Minor Research Projects to the various Universities/Institutes.
  • In the Academic Programs, 182 Students enrolled for the Academic year 2017-18 and 2018-19 where most of the states are represented.
  • Voc Program on Apparel Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship and Fashion Design and Retail started in collaboration with Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India is being run in 19 ATDC Centres with total 663 students enrolled in these campuses.


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