India Youth Development Index - An Overview

The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has released the India Youth Development Index (IYDI) and IYD report 2017. This article shares information on Indian Youth Development Rankings and Global Youth Development Rankings including the rankings achieved by India among 183 countries.

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India Youth Development Index Rankings

It has been developed by The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. The index tracks the trends in Youth Development across the States. It enables the government to recognize the high and low performing states, helps in identifying the weak domains and informs the policymakers about the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.

In the India Youth Development Index 2017, the first five dimensions same as that of Global YDI are retained. The weights and indicators have been revised based on data availability at the state level and the significance of indicators in describing Youth Development with the objective of capturing the multidimensional properties that indicate progress in youth development at the state level. Global YDI is different from YDI constructed for India in 1 distinct manner. IYDI has an extra domain of social inclusion, to evaluate the inclusiveness of societal progress. This is a relevant domain in the assessment of YDI as structural inequalities still exist in Indian society. This construction helps in knowing the gaps that need intensified policy intervention besides identifying the achievements made.

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Global Youth Development Index

The Global Youth Development Index is a composite index of 18 indicators that measure as a whole, multi-dimensional progress on youth development in 183 nations. It includes 49 countries from among 53 Commonwealth nations. It has 5 domains measuring levels of education, health & well-being, political participation, employment and opportunity, and civic participation for young people. The index deems any person between the age group of 15 to 29 as youth.

  1. India has been ranked 133rd out of 183 countries in the 2016 Global Youth Development Index (YDI).
  2. According to the National Youth Policy 2014, youth are defined as those aged between 15 to 29.
  3. In India, 27.5% of the population fall under the category of youth.

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