Wednesday, August 29, 2012

National Youth Policy - India

The National Youth Policy has been devised by the Central Government for the betterment of youth. Being progressive in their activities, highly innovative and with creative fervor, the youth participate in various programmes for the growth of the nation. They constitute almost one third of the total population, and this makes their contribution towards serving the community an important task.The main aim of the National Youth Policy is to develop ideas of socialism, secularism and democracy. Such ideas will take India not only towards development, but will also create communal harmony.

History and Objectives of the National Youth Policy

The first National Youth Policy was formulated in 1988. It was devised for wide-ranging technological development. This policy was redesigned in 2003 for galvanizing the youth to rise up to new challenges, and motivate them to be active in national development. The National Youth Policy 2003 was formulated with the objective of instilling deep awareness about the principles enshrined in the Constitution of India. Apart from this, another objective of the policy was to create awareness about our historical and cultural heritage.

The National Youth Policy also stressed on enabling full access to education, and involving the youth in the promotion of world peace. With these objectives in mind, the government arranges awareness programmes from time to time. Along with awareness programmes, it also organizes training programmes to impart requisite skills to youth for self-employment. In such programmes, training is also provided for personality development and physical fitness.

After organizing such programmes as part of the National Youth Policy, the government also monitors its progress systematically and scientifically. It also evaluates the implementation of the policy to assess the aspirations of youth at different levels, and expenditure thereon in relation to stated objectives. Though the Nodal Agency in this policy is the Government of India, the participation of NGOs and other non-profit organizations are also encouraged.

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