Youth Information- June 2013
ICYO Youth Information Newsletter
Indian Committee of Youth Organizations
Platform of 475 Youth Organizations in India
Indias largest network of urban and rural youth
Conference of Youth Ministers held in Delhi
Mr Jitendra Singh, Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister, said that supporting and promoting the youth development must be one of the foremost priorities, across all sectors and stakeholders in the country.
He inaugurated the two day conference of Ministers and Secretaries of States and Union Territories in-charge of Sports & Youth Affairs on 24 May 2013 in New Delhi.
Mr Singh said "Sports is one of the best ways for engaging the Youth of today as it builds character, promotes discipline and leads to healthier lifestyles. Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire".
The Minister said, Sports is one of the best ways for engaging the Youth of today as it builds character, promotes discipline and leads to healthier lifestyles. Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. The Minister said, all government departments must make a concerted effort to ensure youth mainstreaming across sectors and policy areas.
The two day conference of Ministers of States/UTs in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports concluded here today. The Conference was chaired by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sport, Shri Jitendra Singh, in the presence of Ministers and Secretaries from different State Governments/UTs, eminent sports persons, members of Sports Federations, Vice Chancellors of prominent Universities, representatives of Corporate Business Houses and Industries, senior Government officials and other dignitaries.
On 25th May 2013, in his concluding remarks, Mr Jitendra Singh, said that there is a need for good governance, cleansing of sports and bringing transparency in the working of Sports Federations.
During the conference several new initiatives were discussed. The initiatives taken by Department of Youth Affairs were highlighted such as to reposition NSS as National Service and Skill Development Scheme (NSSDS) with a view to enable students to gain employable skills while undertaking community work that brings about social change.
Referring to NYKS, the Minister stressed the need for regular meetings of State/District advisory Committee and also requested the State Governments to provide office accommodation to the NYKS state level / district levels to have better convergence and coordination with the State / District agencies.
Youth Migration and Development Theme of This Year Inter. Youth Day
The International Youth Day is commemorated on 12 August each year. This year, International Youth Day is special because on same day UN is launching of the United Nations 2013 World Youth Report and the theme of both is Youth Migration and Development.
Odisha: State Youth Policy
Odisha state cabinet approved and government released the Odisha Youth Policy 2013 aiming to enable, engage and empower those aged between 13 and 35 years.
The policy splits youths into three categories: those aged between 13 and 19 years, between 19 and 25 years and 25 and 35 years. About 40% of Odisha's 4.2 crore population are in the 15-35 age group.
The policy is available at http://www.dsysodisha.gov.in/pdf/osyp_2013.pdf
Japan to Invite Indian Youth to Promote Tourism
The Japan plans to invite approximately 1,200 youth from India to visit Japan through JENESYS 2.0 with an objective to promote interest towards Japan among the youth of India and to promote tourism between the two countries. Indias Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh was on a official visit to Japan earlier this week.
Noting that there is a very high potential for growth of tourism traffic between the two countries, the two Prime Ministers underlined the importance of enhancing cooperation in the tourism sector. They also welcomed the recent progress concerning bilateral cooperation in between the Ministry of Tourism in India and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.
Youth Camp held - German Initiative
As part of a German government initiative to link schools across the world under the Schools: Partners for the Future (PASCH) programme, a youth camp began on 1st June 2013 in New Delhi. Over 100 students and teachers from (South Asia) India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan (South Asian Countries) were participated in a week-long camp.
German ambassador Michael Steiner, addressing the inauguration function, said the students were united in their eagerness to learn the German language and know about Germany. "Germany and your countries are complementary in many ways: We have what you need and we need what you have," he said.
The PASCH programme of the German Foreign Office was inaugurated at the Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj - the first German partner school in India.
The programme, being implemented by the Max Mueller Bhavan and Goethe-Institute, has around 1,500 schools worldwide under the network. In India, there are 44 schools, including 12 in Delhi as part of the network, the embassy statement said.
Experts for 2-pronged approach to reduce unemployment
A two-pronged approach for creating demand for labour through development and improving technical know-how was suggested as a solution to reduce unemployment among youngsters by experts, during two-day international seminar on "Youth unemployment in India: Dimension, challenges and strategies", held in Patna on 18-19 May 2013.
As mismatch between educational qualification and market requirement was identified as one of the major reasons of youth unemployment, economists also pitched for apprenticeship that would facilitate student-work transition reducing the length of the intermediary phase.
Addressing the valedictory session of the two-day international seminar on "Youth unemployment in India: Dimension, challenges and strategies",
Rizwanul Islam, former special adviser, employment sector, International Labour Organization, Geneva, said while addressing the seminar, "While high growth rate was important, the pattern of growth that would influence policy decisions was also of equal importance."
Speaking on the occasion, PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha suggested regular sample surveys to map the trend of youth unemployment. "At present the majority of policy decisions are based on surveys that are redundant and updated data should be used for formulating new strategies," said Sinha.
However, it was ironical that while discussions were being held on youth unemployment, not many youngsters participated in the event. It was also pointed out by JNU professor Ravi Shrivastava, who chaired the valedictory session, and PU VC, who went on to say that the next such seminar should be held on PU campus so that more and more youngsters can benefit from it. "Students will also learn how to make presentations that would add to their technical skills," Sinha said.
The seminar was organized by PU economics department in collaboration with Indian Society of Labour Economics and Institute of Human Development, eastern regional centre. (Credit- Times of India)
Diaspora Youth, Ambassadors of Indian Culture: Vayalar Ravi
The 24th Know India Programme (KIP) held from 25 April to 15 May 2013 and attended by 29 participants from 7 countries.
The diaspora youth highly influence the Indian culture and they take the role of ambassadors, said Mr Vayalar Ravi, Pravasi (NRI) Affairs Minister, during the interaction with participants in Bangalore.
He gave a brief about the Ministrys welfare programmes which are in line, special schemes for NRIs and Overseas Indian workers.
The participants also visited Lucknow, Banaras, Agra and rural parts of U.P. as a part of the programme. They further spent a day to learn about the different initiatives taken by the Ministry.
Know India Program (KIP) is a three week program; for Diaspora youth around the world, to promote the various advancements made by our country.
The next KIP will be held from 29 August - 18 September 2013, with Punjab as their Partner state.
100 Participants Join Asian Youth Forum
The Youth Forum held on 30 April-1 May 2013 and attended by about 100 international participants, aged 18-24 years, to learn, contribute, and advocate solutions to issues faced by the youth. This two days of training, workshops, and panel discussions was organized by NGOC and Plan India.
ICAAP 11: Youth Working Team Announced
The ICAAP 11 organizing team formed Youth Working Team. The member of newly constituted Team includes: Ajay Kumar Uprety (YUWA/GYCA); Brown, Rebecca (UNESCO); Amila Rajapaksha (Global Coalition on HIV/AIDS); Tony Tang (Media, Australia), (Reccommended); Abhinav Singh (The Dove Foundation); Hender Gercio; (Youth Voices Count); Setia Perdana (YouthLEAD/Youth Voices Count); Min Fuh (ACON Health); Kelly Thompson (International Fedration of medical student association); Jittiya Wajee (YouthNET Thailand).
The World's Youth 2013 Data Sheet
This Data Sheet is published by Population Reference Bureau. Its provides a comprehensive portrait of the well-being of youth ages 10 to 24 across the globe, including such indicators as the current and projected size of youth populations, educational enrollments, labor force participation, marriage and fertility, and health risks and behaviors.
According to data shown, the girls and boys in developing countries are enrolling in secondary school in greater numbers than ever before, giving them knowledge and skills for healthy, productive lives. While this is good news, many young people still face challenges to employment, and they must also navigate serious risks to their health, such as smoking, early marriage and childbearing, or having unprotected sex.
This Data Sheet available at
The State of the Urban Youth Report
UN-Habitat launched the State of the Urban Youth Report 2012/2013 which focuses on Youth and the Prosperity of Cities. The report builds on the 2010/2011 edition, Levelling the Playing Field Inequality of Youth Opportunity and its insights into the state of urban youth.
This latest Report takes a closer look at the condition of youth in major urban centres in four developing nations - Accra (Ghana), São Paulo (Brazil), Bangalore (India) and Cairo (Egypt). It puts forth youth perceptions and opinions regarding the quality of life and access to resources, including education, medical care, urban services, employment, and municipal institutions.
The report can download from
State of the Urban Youth India 2012: Employment, Livelihoods, Skills
The State of the Urban Youth India 2012: Employment, Livelihoods, Skills is joint publication by IRIS Knowledge Foundation Mumbai India and the UN-Habitat Global Urban Youth Research Network. The report is a first attempt to pull together data and knowledge base on urban youth in India.
The focus of the Report is youth employment and youth livelihoods in urban India. The findings from the report also suggest that educational and training systems must be better aligned with the current and future needs of young people. Report can download from
Conference of Youth Organizations (please note Venue change)
ICYO announced its next national "Conference of Youth Organizations". The Conference will be held from 8-10 November 2013 in Pune, Maharastra.
The Conference discuss the youth situation in India, problem and possible action and role of youth organizations to help the young people on these issues. The conference also focused on problem face by youth organizations including the programme management, financial problem and possible remedies.
The organizers are expected the representation from ICYO network organizations and other youth-led and youth serving organizations.
Contact ICYO secretariat (icyoindia@...) for further information.
Workshop on Young People and Employment
Date: August 16 to 17, 2013
Place: RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival invites the entries. This unique documentary festival taking place annually in New Delhi promotes documentaries that capture livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor. This year dates are 29 Aug-1 Sep 2013. Submission Deadline: 20 June 2013.
For information log on www.jeevika.org
Workshop on Jeevan Vidya
Date: July 28 - August 3, 2013
Place: Dharwad, Karnataka
Org: Dharwad Sukhi Jeevan Group
Date: Oct 20 to 22, 2013
Place: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Org: Anuvrat Global Organization
Registration Fee: Rs. 2500 (For Indian)
National Seminar on Right to Education
Theme: Challenges and Strategies
Date: August 29 to 31, 2013
Place: Rajendranagar, Hyderabad (AP)
Org: Centre for Human Resource Development, National Institute of Rural Development.
Gandhi Youth Camp 2013 - Olema, USA
The Gandhi Youth Camp planned from August 3-10, 2013 for children in grades 5-12 of USA. Camp will organized by India Community Centre. The Gandhi Youth camp has given an opportunity to hundreds of our youth to learn Gandhian principles of truthfulness, tolerance and self-help.
Asian Youth Worker Training
Date: September 1 to 8, 2013
Place: Republic of Korea
Org: Korea Youth Worker Agency
Further detail available from ICYO.
Theme: Youth Migration: A Step from Haven
Date: September 12-14, 2013
Place: Melaka, Malaysia
Organizer: World Assemby of Youth
For information available from icyoindia@...
International Conference on Trafficking of Young Women and Children
Date: 3 7 September 2013
Place: Melaka, Malaysia
Organizer: World Youth Foundation
For information available from icyoindia@...
2013 Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development
A applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2013.
The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award is given annually to young scientists or researchers who have made significant contributions in the area of sustainable development. This year the award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasize sustainable development in three areas: water, transport, and ICT (information communication technology) for sustainable development.
Detail information available on ias.unu.edu/prospernet/?page_id=1862
International Training Seminar for HIV/AIDS Professionals: HIV/AIDS: Innovative Management and Care
Date: 29 May 12 June 2013
Place: Nahalal, Israel
Organizer: Galilee International Management Institute
Int. Summer Academy on Peace Building & Intercultural Dialogue
The Institute for Peace and Dialogue is organizing International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue which will take place in Vienna, Austria during the 1-11 September 2013.
For formation log on http://www.ipdinstitute.at/International-Summer-Academy/
Theme: Breaking the Barriers and Building the Bridge of Peace
Date: June 28 to 29, 2013
Place: Melaka, Malaysia
Org: Malay and Islamic World (DMDI) and the World Assembly of Youth
Contact: Tel: +606-2323 223
7th IAS conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention
Date: June 30 to 3 July 2013
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Workshop: Facilitating Participatory Communication
Date: August 25-30, 2013