Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Rajyavardhan Rathore released the India Youth Development Index (YDI) and Report 2017 in New Delhi on 13 November 2017.
The index has been developed by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Tamil Nadu. The main aim behind constructing the index is to track the trends in Youth Development across the states.
• The index will help recognise the high and low performing states, indentify the weak domains and inform the policy makers about the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.
• The construction of the index was done using the latest definition of youth as used in National Youth Policy – 2014 (India) and World Youth Development Report of Commonwealth (15 – 29 years) as well as using the Commonwealth Indicators in order to facilitate Global comparison.
• In the India Youth Development Index 2017, the first five dimensions are retained same as that of Global YDI.
• The indicators and weights have been modified based on the availability of data at state level and the importance of the indicators in explaining Youth Development with the aim of capturing the multidimensional properties.
Significance of YDI
• The India-specific index is different from the global YDI as it adds a new domain of social inclusion to assess the inclusiveness of societal progress due to prevalence of structural inequalities in the Indian society.
• This construction helps to identify the gaps that require intensification of policy intervention.
• The report also enables comparisons across geographical areas and categories, as human development index has done in comparing the development situation across regions, nations and localities.
• The index also measures the achievements made besides serving as an advocacy tool for youth development and facilitates to identify priority areas for development of Policy and Interventions.
• It will also enable the policy makers to track the national and regional progress as well as the setbacks in youth development policies, planning, priority identification and implementation strategies.
• Besides providing insights to suggest alternatives and options, it also aids in judicious allocation of resources.