Indian Committee of Youth Organizations


Indian Committee of Youth Organizations
Platform of Youth Organizations in India
India’s largest network of urban and rural youth
National Youth awards for 25 Individual and 10 awards for Organisation category announced 
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel announced the formalization of new National Youth Awards, on 3rd May 2017.  The initiatives have been taken in an effort to make the National Youth Award (NYA) more broad-based and to promote transparency in the selection process.   The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports confers the National Youth Award (NYA) every year to young persons to give recognition to the outstanding work and to motivate them to achieve excellence in the field on National Development and Social Service, to encourage them to develop a sense of responsibility to the community and also to improve their own potential as a good citizen. Some of the key features of the initiatives on NYA include: application:- It has been decided that the nomination for the National Youth Awards  (NYA) should be received and processed through online mode to cover the people on pan-India basis.  Now applicant can apply now online directly to the Ministry on the recommendation of the Head of the Institution/SDM/DM/DC, or any officer, not below the rank of Deputy Secretary in the Government of India. An online application has been developed in consultation with MyGov team.  The final selection will be made by the 8-member Central Selection Committee, headed by the Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs and prominent and eminent personalities. 
It will be ensured that the selection process is transparent and the restrictions in the nomination process are removed, thus making the Awards more broad-based and accessible to the deserving youth of the country. A new Logo for the National Youth Awards has also been released. 
Increase in the number of the Award
Earlier, only one Award was given under Voluntary Organization Category, working with the youth for national development and social service. The number of Awards in the Organization category has now been increased from 1 to 10 and the prize money is Rs. 2,00,000 with a Trophy and Certificate. This initiative has been taken with a view that more recognition needs to be given to voluntary Organizations working in the field of Youth development, keeping in view of the number of organizations working in the country. Further, these outstanding organizations will be partners in promotion of the different schemes and policies of the Ministry in the field of youth development in the country. The initiative is expected to expand the reach of the Ministry in programme implementation across the country. The amount of money for the Award in the Individual category has also been enhanced to Rs. 50,000/- and will be given to 25 individuals.
The NYA was earlier conferred for excellent work in the field of youth development activities and social service without specifying the individual fields thereby making it more general and less focused. It has also been decided that NYA should also be conferred for excellent work done in the specific field of activities by the Youth. Accordingly, the field of activities for conferring the NYA has been categorically specified in order to have concentrated effort in those fields. The fields of activities in the course of youth development work are health, research and innovation, culture, promotion of human rights, art and literature, tourism, traditional medicines, active citizenship, community service, sports and academic excellence & smart learning and any other similar field.
National Integration Youth camp in Mangalore
The National Youth Project Trust and NSS of Yenepoya University of Mangalura is now hosting the National Integration Camp for Youth. The Camp gets under way from 1st May and will finish on 7th May 2017 and focusing on issues like leadership, health awareness, disaster management, role of youth in nation building, women’s empowerment, environment and many more issues.  The camp is attending by more the 350 youth from NSS and youth from 18 states/UT from all over India.
In his inaugural speech Dr S. N. Subba Rao, Director, NYP said “People of India should know that guns and bombs will not unite us. We need a rge heart and acceptance for each other. We humans must consider everyone as brothers and sisters and respect every states of the country.” He further added “After India’s Independence 117 countries became independent and all of them drew inspiration from India’s freedom struggle. But many of these countries later lost their freedom to dictators. India has much more variety, yet we are united because we are all interested in being together. India has survived by sheer din and noise of democracy.” His speech was started with a song glorifying the country’s diversity and unity.
The Keynote speech delivered by Nitte University Chancellor Mr Hegde. Dr Ran Singh and Mr Anil Hebbar also address the gathering. The opening function was presided by Mr Abdulla Kunhi, Chancellor, Yenepoya University.
Inclusive and Equitable Youth Population Dividend
National Consultation of diverse stakeholders to interface, dialogue and discuss on realizing ‘Inclusive and Equitable Youth Population Dividend’ was held on 26 April 2017 in Delhi. The aim of the meeting is to  innovative strategies to include disadvantaged youth from Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim communities in the development processes especially related to employability, employment and entrepreneurship. The dialogue organized by Centre For Social Equity And Inclusion.
Jindal University Hosts Africa – India Youth Leadership Summit
The Jindal School of International Affairs of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) hosted a day long Africa – India Youth Leadership Summit 25 February 2017 at Sonipat campus and attended by more than 150 African students and diplomats based in India. Speakers at the event emphasised that through education and global connect; the youths of Africa will continue to march ahead in a growth trajectory to make Africa realise its dreams.
Professor Sreeram Chaulia, Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs, said, “There is a youth surge happening in both the continents. At 19.6 years as the median age, the African continent ‘is the most youthful on the planet.’
Upcoming Events:
Gandhian Leadership Training Programme May 2017
Gujarat Vidyapith is organizing a training programme on Gandhian Leadership from 15 May 2017 to 30 May 2017. This programme is designed for youth and wil held in Ahmadabad.
Y20 in Berlin
 German Federal Government, the Federal Youth Ministry and IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany will organize the international Y20 Youth Summit 2017. It will take place in Berlin from 2 to 8 June 2017.
Melaka International Youth Dialogue
World Assembly of Youth in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Malaysia), Melaka State Government, Asian Youth Council and Malaysian Youth Council will organize the 17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue with the theme ‘Our Roles in Solving Juvenile Delinquency’. It  will take place in Melaka, Malaysia from  9 to 13 July 2017.
National Peace and Harmony Youth Camp in Arunachal Pradesh
National Youth Project Trust will organize the National Peace and Harmony Youth Camp. It will take place in Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh from 21 June to 26 June 2017.
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