The Government of India carries out a range of youth activities to boost the morale of the youth, and prepare them to face different life situations. The main aim of youth activities is to encourage young people to serve the community, and become responsible citizens. Youth activities are not just limited to the national level, they are also recognized by international youth bodies. These activities usually include seminars, training camps and meetings to train the youth in national development. Young people are also trained and deployed at various organizations, to assist working professionals.
The National Youth Festival, the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the United Nations Volunteers programme, and the Bharat Scouts and Guides programme are some youth activities that are conducted in India, under an international umbrella. The main aim of organizing international youth programmes is to develop communal harmony among the youth of different countries.
National Youth Festival
Every year, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) celebrates the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as National Youth Day, and on this day the National Youth Festival is held.
The National Youth Festival was first held in 1995, as a part of the National Youth Day celebrations, under the National Integration Camp (NIC). From then on, the Indian Government has been organising the National Youth Festival every year.
The main goal of the National Youth Festival is to organize a meeting of interested young people and adopt youth-centric programmes, such as promotion of national integration, serving the community and organizing training camps for the benefit of citizens.
The State Governments have also been encouraged to organize state, district and block-level youth festivals on the same lines as the National Youth Festival. Each State may send up to 75 participants every year to participate in the National Youth Festival.