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Youth Information from ICYO, India - May 2012

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    In this issue:- Young India is governed by an old set of officials Youth Issues in Parliament a. National Youth Policy and Programmes b. 4,44,000 Youth
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      In this issue:-

      *       Young India is governed by an old set of officials

      *       Youth Issues in Parliament

      a.     National Youth Policy and Programmes

      b.    4,44,000 Youth participated in Govt. organized programmes last year

      c.     National Youth Development Fund not created yet

      d.    Skill Development of Youth

      e.    Now ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Institute Youth Development’ is “National Importance” status

      *       Arogya Utsav concludes with the joy and hope for healthy lifestyle

      *       UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tells India's youth - Be a global citizen

      *       Know India Programme for Indian Diaspora Youth

      *       Indian Youth Forum held New Delhi

      *       Condom Use Low Among Indian Youth

      *       Incoming Events:

      a.     Gandhi Camp in Olema, USA conducted by Dr. S N Subba rao

      b.    Rastriya Yuvak Charitra Nimrman Shivir

      c.     National Peace and Harmony Youth Camp

      ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

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      Platform of 441 Youth Organizations in India

      India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

      Young India is governed by an old set of officials

              Nearly half the officers in India’s most sought-after civil services are older than 50 and a whopping 80% past their 40th birthday, according to a government paper circulated ahead of the Civil Services Day here on Saturday, 21 May 2012.

              But for a country where 65% of the country’s population younger than 35, this is not merely a statistical nugget.

              It often limits the ability of the system to use the full potential of technology to India’s advantage.

              Or for that matter, to drive innovation that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sees as the game-changer that could bring about radical — and not incremental — improvement in the lives of Indians, rich and poor.

              The government’s background paper noted how most of these officers saw technology as a “black-box”, tended to go around technology rather than embrace it and acted as “obstacles rather than catalysts of change”.

              While the document was emphatic about the figures about the all-India services and other allied services, there were people who doubted its accuracy. Shekhar Singh, who has lectured senior civil servants at the Indian Institute for Public Administration in Delhi for more than two decades, was sceptical about the figures.

              But he insisted the problem brought out by the paper was real and serious.

      “There is a need to open up the decision-making process without breaking down the hierarchy,” Singh – who did a stint as an adviser in the Planning Commission in the 1990s – said. It isn’t a question of undermining experience. But the civil service never had an incentive to perform or keep abreast with new developments, he said.

              A young Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer said what aggravates the problem was that if they come up with a new idea, their seniors quickly brush them aside.

              “Rather than age, I think the more important problem is that of attitude and a closed mind,” he said. (Source: Hindustan Times/20.4.2012)


      Youth Issues in Parliament

      National Youth Policy and Programmes

                Minister of Youth & Sports informed the Rajya Sabha in question of Mr Bharat Sigh Parmar that National Youth Policy – 2003 was designed to galvanize the youth to rise up to the new challenges, keeping in view the global scenario, and aims at motivating them to be active and committed participants in the exciting task of National Development.

      He further informed that drafted a revised Youth Policy and it is available on the departmental website for public information and feedback. It will finalize after receipt of comments from State Governments and the public.

      According to Youth Minister, one of the objectives of the National Youth Policy to provide the youth with proper educational and training opportunities and to facilitate access to information in respect of employment opportunities and to other services, including entrepreneurial guidance and financial credit. Keeping these in view, the Government in 2011 has launched a new Youth Employability Skill (YES) Project on 4th April, 2011, in collaboration with the National Skill Development Council and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) started the Youth Employability Skill(YES) Project to impart training in employable skills to unemployed youth. 

      Moreover, Skill Up-gradation Training Programme (SUTP) for women in 200 Border/Tribal/ Backward Districts and Skill Development Training Programme (SDTP) under National Council Vocational Training (NCVT) Scheme for additional 100 districts of the country was implemented for Skill Development & Livelihood Generation.

      4,44,000 Youth participated in Govt. organized programmes last year

                In reply of question of Mr. Y. S. Chowdary, Minister informed that around 4,27,000 youth, both male and female, in the year 2009-10, 3,13,000 in 2010-11 and 4,44,000 during 2011-12, participated in the programmes to promotion of National Integration among youth across the country under different programmes such as National Integration Camps, Inter-State Youth Exchange Programme, Multi-Cultural Activities, National Youth Festival, State Youth Festival and National Youth Award.

      National Youth Development Fund not created yet

      In Lok Sabha, Ms Anto Antony on 15 May 2012, raised the question ‘whether the National Youth Policy, 2003 has any provision to create a National Youth Development Fund’.

                Mr Ajay Maken, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Youth and Sports informed the house that, “As per the National Youth Policy, 2003, under the Implementation Mechanism there was a provision to create a National Youth Development Fund, through contributions, including from Non-Governmental Organizations, to be utilized for youth development activities. Income Tax exemption would be sought for contribution to the fund.”

                “However, the said fund could not be created as the Government had formulated various schemes for the youth activities/programmes.”

      Skill Development of Youth

                The Government of India through its youth based flagship organization Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan has initiated a Pilot project namely Youth Employability Skill (YES) Project with the objective to enhance the employability of youth by running a variety of employable skill based training courses through recognized Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) for rural youth and youth club members in the States of North Eastern Region. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, in the Lok Sabha on 20 March 2012, in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramen Deka and Shri Kabindra Purkayastha.

                The skill training is being provided by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) through its partner agency. The pilot project has been successfully completed in the State of Manipur and Meghalaya under which 138 youth have been imparted training of three months duration in Rural Retail Sales & Marketing with Information Technology and Personality Development.

                The Minister further stated that the training under YES Project is being organized at temporarily opened training centres by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the training partner. The training centres are at Guwahati, Silchar & Jorhat (Assam), Itanagar(Arunachal Pradesh), Imphal(Manipur), Shilong(Meghalaya), Aizawl(Mizoram), Agartala (Tripura), Dimapur (Nagaland) and Gangtok(Sikkim).            

      Now ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Institute Youth Development’ is “National Importance” status

                Every issue the Opposition sought to raise on the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development Bill-2011, had already been considered and changes incorporated in the legislation by the government. The amended Bill, which seeks to declare the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Kanchipuram, as an institution of national importance, was passed unanimously by a voice vote after a brief discussion.

                The existing institute at Sriperumbudur was set up in 1993 with the objective of undertaking advanced study in youth related activities. In 2011, the report of the Mentor Group of the Ministry of Youth Affairs recommended conversion of the existing institute into an institution of national importance.LkKBottom of Form


      'Arogya Utsav' concludes with the joy and hope for healthy lifestyle

      To educate people about time tested and traditional form of treatment to bust stress and remain healthy, the  four-day health fair - ‘Arogya Mela’ held at Delhi Haat in Pitampura, Delhi.

      The health fair based on alternative medicine systems that began on February 24 with the note to create awareness about Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic medicine systems among common persons, concluded on Monday with the prize distribution and honouring the participants for their great contribution.

      On the inauguration day of the Arogya Utsav, famous personalities from the rest part of the country highlighted the facts that why today Ayurveda has become a need of modern life? Various vaidya tried to convince people regarding the various misconceptions among the people about the Ayurveda. According to them, Ayurveda is not just a way for treatment for disease rather it has the link between heart to spirituality.

      Mr Devinder Bhagat told Youth Information that the Ayurveda is not just a medicinal practice rather it teaches us the way of life which shows the suitable way to be healthy. Ayurveda assumes that the body of every individual is different from inside and it directly related to the diet taken by the person. That is why Ayurveda focus on the diet which shows that what one need to eat and what to not, to maintain body free from any ailments. It is useful to young mind for more energy and better maintenance of body.

      On the concluding day of four-day ayurvedic health fair, Swami Surendra Puri, a pupil of renowned Swami Buddha Puri, Shabda Surati Sangam Ashram, Moga, Punjab was the Chief Guest on this occasion along with other eminent personalities who have contributed enough for promoting Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and Naturopathy medicine systems.

      Ajay Palaha, the Editor of 'Vaidya Raj' magazine and co-organizer of this event, expressed his thanked who contributed in the fair.

      UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tells India's youth - Be a global citizen

              UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on during his visit to Delhi in 27 April 2012 called upon India's youth to "have a big dream" and to "look beyond your country" to become "a global citizen".

              Ban was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree at Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi at a special convocation.

              "We hear of Generation X... Generation Y. I call today's youth 'Generation UN' - a generation that is global... that understands our common bonds... a generation fluent in networks," said Ban.

              The eighth secretary-general of the United Nations said that it was time for a new generation of Indians to write a new and dramatic chapter in their nation's history.

      "The main thread in that story will be India's role in a wider world. India as a global power, and yourselves as a global citizen," he said. "The story of India's rise is your story."

      Know India Programme for Indian Diaspora Youth

      The 19th Know India Programme (KIP) held from 21.12.2011 to 10.01.2012, thirty seven overseas youths of Indian origin from 10 countries including Mauritius, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Kenya, Israel and Australia.

              Know India Progamme is organized with the objective of familiarizing Indian Diaspora youth with the developments made by the country and bringing them close to the land of their ancestors. The participants are also taken to a partner state in India to see different dimensions of Indian life and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, science and technology, communication and information technology and culture. Since inception, 19 states have served as partner states for KIP and the state of Andhra Pradesh have already been covered twice as a partner state.

      Indian Youth Forum held New Delhi

      India Youth Forum took place from March 28 to April 1, 2012 in New Delhi. The opening session was conducted in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The first day of the Forum saw young active leaders from 34 countries, honorable guests, moderators, experts, JNU students and an organizing team. In total more than 130 young representatives from more than 36 countries took part in the Forum.

              The idea of the Forum was to unite young people, who are concerned with the various problems of modern society and want to be able to do something about it. High level discussions helped to focus youth leaders on the awareness, understanding and dialogue of the most actual areas of modern societies. Those areas themes were "Young Families and Values", "Education", "Environment", "Social Media / New Media", "Active Participation in Public Life". All pieces of the puzzle have been joined together to represent the country and society of our dreams.

              The Session saw Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, co-founding President of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations", Prof. Sudhir Kumar Sopory, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Petra Matjakovic, Co- Founder, Youth Time International Movement discuss the relevance of open Dialogues among youth to bring about awareness, understanding and change in Key Social and Cultural Arenas.

              Mr. Sam Pitroda said "India is an emerging nation which is seeing year on year growth. I also believe that this growth will continue by the remarkable way in which the youth of India compete with rest of the world. Hence, it is important that the youth is provided with an environment that offers opportunities; take care of their health and wellbeing, education and safety. Being associated with the Youth Forum, I am delighted that the youth of today are challenging themselves to break the barriers and work together for a better future. The World Public Forum and I personally support the Youth Time international movement as the initiative of young active people from all over the world."

              The First Roundtable on Young Family and Values was moderated by Alexandru dan Florea (Romania ) and Kabindra Burlakoti (Nepal). There is various other Roundtable discussion held including on Education, Environment, Social Media/New Media, Active Participation in Public Life.

      Condom Use Low Among Indian Youth

      According to "Condom Use Before Marriage and Its Correlates: Evidence from India," a study published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the majority of people in India having premarital sex between the ages of 15 and 24 did not use condoms. "Only 7% of young women and 27% of young men who had had premarital sex had ever used condoms." Moreover, of the 2,408 people surveyed, only 3 percent of women and 13 percent of men reported that they used a condom every time they had sex.

              K.G. Santhya, Rajib Acharya and Shireen J. Jejeebhoy, who conducted the study, found that both men and women cited their discomfort with approaching a pharmacist or medical provider as their primary reason for not obtaining and using a condom. In addition, many of those surveyed did not believe they were at risk for becoming pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted infection: "Only 40% of the 106 women who discussed the risk of pregnancy reported having worried about becoming pregnant. Similarly, only eight of the 51 men who discussed pregnancy reported they had been worried about their partner becoming pregnant."

              The authors of the study recommend that educational programs be established to encourage condom use among young people. They also advocated for the greater accessibility of condoms.

      Incoming Events:

      Gandhi Camp in Olema, CA, USA

              The Camp is from August 4th-11th, 2012 for childrens in grades 5-12. Gandhi Youth camp has given an opportunity to hundreds of our youth living in United State of America (USA) to learn Gandhian principles of truthfulness, tolerance and self-help. This overnight (residencial) camp emphasizes teamwork, leadership and unity.

              This camp will be conducted by Dr. S. N. Subba rao.

      ü  This camp stresses the following values:

      ü  Self-help and self-discipline

      ü  Friendship and mutual respect

      ü  Service to others

      ü  Truth and honesty

      ü  Non-violence and love

      ü  Respect for the environment

      ü  Integrated physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development

      These values allow the child to grow and evolve as a person. Daily Activities include: community service projects, Sports, Cultural activities, Discussions, and Friendship-building group games.

      Delhi University to send students on India Tour this July

      New Delhi: Delhi University plans to send 1,000 students on a unique India experience this July. The Indian Railways will run a special train, DU Gyan Uday Express, for the university students, which will take them on a guided tour of five destinations across the country. The train is provided by Railway ministry and called "DU Gyan Uday Express", which will take 1000 students of Delhi University to places like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore during the summer break of 2012, scheduled for the second week of July this year. Officials said these 1,000 college students who are part of the National Service Scheme and National Cadet Corps will be given the opportunity to be part of this tour.

      Other incoming events:

      Rastriya Yuvak Charitra Nimrman Shivir
      Date: June 9 – 17, 2012
      Place:Amity International School, Push Vihar, New Delhi
      Organizer: Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad 
      (Central Arya Youth Council), New Delhi
      Contact : Mr Anil Arya Email: aryayouth@...


      National Peace and Harmony Youth Camp
      Date: June 25 – July 2, 2012
      Place: Genderbal, Dist Srinagar
      Organizer: National Youth Project, New Delhi
      Contact: icyo@... for further detail


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      Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental network organization, committed in developing areas of mutual cooperation and understanding among different youth voluntary agencies, youth groups, clubs and individuals working in the field of youth welfare in India. 

      ICYO functions as an umbrella organization of youth NGOs in India. It's family consists of
      over 441 organizations spread in 124 districts of 26 states from different corners of India.

      Our goal:
      To improve and extend the youth work and services through Youth Organizations;
      To enhance and demonstrate youth work in the society;
      To promote effective youth programmme;
      To organize network of civil society organizations working towards the development of youth work;
      To organize seminars, conferences, workshops, trainings;
      To maintain international relation with organizations promoting young people in their programme and activities

      Consultative (Roster) Status with ECOSOC, United Nations;
      Consultative Status with Commission on Sustainable Development;
      Full Member of World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Asian Youth Council (AYC);
      Member of CRIN;
      Member of South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN);
      Affiliate with ECPAT International, Thailand;
      Member of ATSECE-DELHI;
      Working relation with International Medical Parliamentarians Organizations (IMPO);
      Working relation with Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).

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