Year End Review - 2019, Department of Youth Affairs Several initiatives taken for providing support for youth development and to enable productive youth participation in Nation building

    26-Dec-2019
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C. International Cooperation
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 the year are as follows:
1. visit of 2- member Indian Youth Delegation to Japan to attend Y 20 summit from 26-30 April, 2019.
2. Visit of 2- member Indian Youth Delegation to Portugal to attend World Conference of Ministers from 21-24 June, 2019.
3. Visit of 4- member Indian Youth Delegation to Vostok to attend Russian Youth Forum from 25th June to -3rd July, 2019.
4. Visit of 174- member Indian Youth Delegation to China from 2-9 July, 2019.
5. Visit of 36- member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia from 27th July- 3rd August, 2019
6. Visit of 4- member Indian Youth Delegation to Brunei to attend Commonwealth Youth Programme from 27-29 August, 2019
7. Visit of 10- member Portugal Youth Delegation to India from 12-18 September, 2019
8. Visit of 18- member Indian Youth Delegation to Kyrgyzstan from 7-14 September, 2019
9. Visit of 10- member Indian Youth Delegation to Vietnam from 17-24 September, 2019
10. Visit of 10- member Indian Youth Delegation to Tajikistan from 20-27 September, 2019
11. Visit of 10- member Vietnam Youth Delegation to India from 16-23 October, 2019
12. Visit of 10- member Indian Youth Delegation to Brazil to attend BRICS Youth Summit from 17-20 October, 2019
13. Visit of 10- member Tajikistan Youth Delegation to India from 18-25 October, 2019
14. Visit of 25- member Indian Youth Delegation to South Korea from 13-22 November, 2019
15. Visit of 192- member Chinese Youth Delegation to India from 20-27 November, 2019
D. National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD):
· National Programme 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 RashtriyaYuvaSashaktikaranKaryakarm (RYSK) for providing support to Government/ non-Government organisations for undertaking activities for development of adolescent and youth.
· During the financial year 2019-20 (till date), financial assistance has been given to 8 Voluntary Organisations/Institutions.
· This Year Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018 was conferred to 6 (Six) Awardees for adventure in Land, Water, Air and Life Time Achievements.
· National Youth Award 2016-17 was conferred to 20 Individuals and 3 Organisations for identifiable excellent work in different fields of development activities and social service.
2. National Service Scheme (NSS):
NSS, with about 3.91 million student youth enrolled in 42661 NSS units spread over through 456 universities/+2 Councils, 17494 Colleges/Technical Institution and 12059 Senior Secondary Schools across the country, has been working for development of personality and character of youth through voluntary community service. Some significant initiatives/ achievement of NSS during the year are as follows:
NSS has been restructured as a Central Sector Scheme w.e.f. 01.04.2016. The Scheme now a Central Sector Scheme.
National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards, 2017-18:            NSS Awards for the year 2017-18 were conferred upon 2 Universities/+2 Councils, 10 Programme Officers/ NSS Unit Category and 30 NSS volunteers on 24th September, 2019 by President of India at RashtrapatiBhawan, New Delhi.
Swachh Bharat Mission 2019: NSS Volunteers have been actively participating in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country. During the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada from 01.08.2019 to 15.08.2019, all the NSS Units identified locally based welfare agencies like hospitals, dispensaries, community centres, old age homes, orphanages, centre for disabled, rehabilitation centre, railway station, bus stations/stops etc., and dedicated their services for cleaning the area of the agencies and also to take up various welfare activities in the agencies. Special drives had been taken to clean statues & Archaeological sites and tourist Places. Swachhta Hi Sewa (SHS) was conducted on 24.09.2018. The 24th of September being NSS Day, NSS throughout the country celebrated it by organizing various activities in their respective institutions.
· Organized cleaning of streets, drains and back alleys through awareness drives,
· Door-to-Door meetings to drive behaviour change with respect to sanitation behaviours,
· Performed Swachhata related NukkadNatak/Street Plays, folk song and dance performances,
· Made wall painting in public places on the theme of Swachhata,
· Mobilized community to build compost pits, where organic matter decomposes to form manure.
· Volunteer for segregation of solid waste into non-biodegradable and biodegradable waste.
Approximately 84347 NSS Volunteers participated in 100 Hours Swachh Bharat Summer Internship (SBSI) 2.0 Programme organized by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Significant Achievement of NSS: -
Sl. No.    Name of the Activities    Nature of the Activities    No of NSS Volunteers Participated
1. POSHAN MAAH: Awareness Programme, lectures on obesity, eating Disorders, Nutrition, Nutrition Awareness ‘Campaigns, promotion of Organic Diet, etc.    863845
2. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas: Run for Unity, pledge taken, Essay writing, Painting Competitions, Lectures and discussions are also organized in various +2 schools, colleges and universities.    1236136
3. Fit India Plog Run: Fit India plog Run picking up trashes while running by NSS Volunteers.    930452
4. Swachh Bharat Bharat Summer Internship (SBSI)2.0: Activities related to waste management, village surveys, cleanness drive, Swachhta Awareness Rally, Swachhta Oath, wall painting, Dustbin Distribution, Door to Door Awareness Campaign, cleaning of Historical Monument, Campus Burial ground, hospitals, dispensaries, statues, Street Play on Swachhata, Youth Rallies, Dialogues& Poems    84347
5. Swachhta Hi Seva: Capacity building/ orientation of NSS volunteers on plastic Waste Management for awareness activities across towns and villages, information regarding collection centers of plastic waste, General Sharmdaan activities.    Phase No:1635661Phase No:21216951Phase No:31192335
6. SwachhataPakhwada: All the NSS Units will devote Four days for cleaning their respective campus of their institutions and make the campus plastic free,o    Worked for Promotion of Green Campuses through Tree Plantation and maintenance.    711383
7. Plantation of tree    Plantation/ saplings    1165023(till Nov 2019)
8. Blood Donation: No of units donated by the NSS Volunteers    64150 units
9. Self Defense Training to NSS Volunteers: No of Volunteers trained in Self Defense training    47567
10.  Awareness Programme/ Rallies/ Campaigns: Rallies for education, adult literacy, health, family welfare, Nutrition, Blood Donation, Aids awareness, Programmes for cleanliness& maintenance of street, drain etc, improving status of women, women’s rights, imparting skill training to women, etc. Voter Awareness Programmes,    39767No. of Programmes
2461253No. of Volunteers
11 Pre-Republic Day Camp    No of Volunteers Participated in pre- Republic Day Camp.     1000
12. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat 2019-2020    Screening Films of respective states, lecture programme talked about paired states/UT’s culture, history tourism etc.    288729(till Nov 2019)
13. Constitution Day, 2019-2020    Awareness Campaign focused on citizens ,2019 duties including Fundamental Duties as enshrined in the Indian Constitution (Article 51A is attached) NSS rallies, Awareness rallies, debates, talks, lectures by eminent persons in all the NSS units at universities/colleges/schools on Preamble of the Constitution, Article 51A, and Indian Constitution.    3837481(till Nov 2019)
3.Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development
Achievements during the period from 2014-2015 to 2019-2020 : The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, is an Institute of National Importance, set up by the Act of Parliament under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
A. Academic Activities
(i) Academic Programmes:
· Five Ph.D. Scholars from different Departments successfully completed.
· 414 students completed Post-Graduate programme in various discipline like Youth Empowerment, Career Counselling, Gender Studies, Local Governance, Life Skills Education and Development Practice.
· 153 students successfully completed three-year B.Voc degree programmes in collaboration with ATDC, New Delhi.
(ii) Research/ Evaluation:
· Lot of Research activity is carried out by RGNIYD faculty members.  This includes Migration Survey in the State of Tamil Nadu, Sanitation survey in suburban railway stations, Solid Waste Management system, Need Assessment Survey and developing Training Manual and Third-Party Assessment of Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) in five districts of Tamil Nadu.
(iii) Policy Initiatives:
· Faculty members from RGNIYD were members of the core team in the formulation of State Youth Policy in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha and Tamil Nadu during the period.
· Organised consultation workshop for formulation/revision of State Youth Policy in Sikkim and Nagaland in 2014.
· Preparation of Policy Briefs on Adolescents in Tamil Nadu: Policy Perspectives as been taken up in collaboration with UNICEF, Tamil Nadu (To be completed by March 2020)
(iv) Formulation of Youth Development Index (YDI):
India Youth Development Index and Report which included YDI across all Indian States was formulated in 2017.
(v) Other Unique Initiatives/ Interventions:
Diploma in Community Mental Health, Asset Mapping of 80 Village Panchayats, A pilot project of the Constituency Management System, Social Enterprise Incubator, Observer Status.
Field Outreach/ Extension Programmes:
Village Adoption programme in Kachepedu Village, Sriperumbudur, TN and Model Village Adoption Programme at Umden, Meghalaya and Pyranga, Assam.
Implementation of Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan:
Programmes were organised towards protection and preservation of water bodies in the Panchalpet area of Sriperumbudur Town Panchayat and Nemili village Panchayat. Hand Wash campaign was organised in the schools of Sriperumbudur Block. Cleaning activities in the Govt. Taluk Hospital, Sriperumbudur.Six Village Panchayats from Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur Districts of Tamil Nadu based on their efforts to realise ‘Open Defecation Free’ Campaign.  These PRIs were given with Swatchh Panchayat Award by the Institute.  A special NSS camp was organised in the tribal areas of Tiruppattur, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu with the theme ‘Clean and Sustainable Villages’.
National / International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops: 10 National and 2 International Conferences were organized.
Important Publications by the Institute: About 11 publications on various aspects of Youth Development, Skill Development and Sustainable Development has been brought out by the faculty.
Faculty Participation in important Programmes & Committees:  RGNIYD faculty members participated in various meetings of SAARC, BRICS and visited various countries like China, Kazakhastan, Istanbul, Srilanka, Canada and Uganda.
B.  Training Programmes
The various training programmes organised by RGNIYD, include Training of Trainers (ToT), Capacity Building Programmes, Gender Sensitisation Programmes, Psycho-social Counselling for Adolescents in Children’s Observation Home, Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Programmes, Young Women Entrepreneurship Programmes and Active Citizen Programmes.
International Programmes:  The faculty and students participated in various International Programmes in collaboration with CIRDAP and visited Bangladesh and Srilanka on Youth Exchange programmes.
Programmes by RGNIYD Regional Centre: Number of ToTs, Capacity building programmes, Entrepreneurship Programmes, Skill Development Programmes, etc. were organised by the RGNIYD Regional Centre, Chandigarh during the period.
C. Signing of MoUs/ Collaborations: Various MoUs were signed with ISRO, IIRS, National Remote Sensing Centre, and other agencies.