On November 13, 2017, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the ‘India Youth Development Index and Report 2017’ in New Delhi.
Dimensions of ‘India Youth Development Index 2017’:
For constructing Youth Development Index for the year 2017, the latest definition of youth (15-29 years) as used in India’s National Youth Policy – 2014 and World Youth Development Report of Commonwealth has been taken into consideration.
- In India Youth Development Index 2017, the five dimensions of Global Youth Development Index (Global YDI) have been retained. These five dimensions are education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people.
- The indicators and weightage have been modified in accordance with the importance of the indicators in explaining Youth Development in Indian scenario on national and state level.
- Global YDI is different from YDI constructed for India on one unique parameter as YDI for India has a new domain i.e. social inclusion. This parameter has been added to assess the inclusiveness of social progress towards removing inequalities in Indian society.
Objectives of ‘India Youth Development Index 2017’:
India Youth Development Index (YDI) 2017 has been constructed with an objective to track the trends in Youth Development across the States.
- The Index will highlight the high and low performing states, will identify the weak domains and will thereby inform the policy makers about the priority areas in which intervention is required for youth development.
- The index will also provide reference points to enable judicious allocation of resources.
- India Youth Development Index 2017 and the related report have been prepared by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. RGNIYD is an Institute of National Importance.