National Youth Festival with the theme “Youth for Digital India” from 12th to 16th January 2017

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The National Youth Festival in India is an annual gathering of youth with various activities including competitive ones. Celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda, it is organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India in collaboration with one of the State Governments. Thus it is held in a different state each year during National Youth Week, 12 to 16 January every year.
This year the
Theme of the Festival: ‘Youth for Digital India’.
The Mascot of the festival: ‘Lado’.
It has been decided to project the various widely acclaimed initiatives of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, NSDA, NSDC, DGET & MoMSME etc. through Skill Development Exhibition, Lectures & Workshops for the benefit of thousands of participants of the Festival and local youth.
National Skill Development Agency (NSDA)
NSDA will focus on two verticals of Quality Assurance and policy research in the skills space. It will operationalise a credible Quality Assurance framework embedded in the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to align skilling outcomes to NSQF across the skills landscape. To improve synergy between Mission Directorate and NSDA, it is proposed that Secretary MSDE should also be designated as ex-officio Chairman of NSDA.
This will enable Secretary to Chair National Skills Qualification Committee(NSQC) also in his capacity as Chairman NSDA and will help energize NSQC which is not only responsible for establishing a Quality Assurance framework embedded in NSQF in the skill space but also needs to provide a framework for certification, Accreditation of training providers etc. This aspect is being taken up separately.
Other functions of NSDA include:
  • Operationalise and implement National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
  • To establish and operationalise a QA framework embedded in NSQF to improve consistency of outcomes in the skills landscape, which will include laying down a framework for training, assessment and certification processes and agencies in the country.
  • To operationalise National Skills Qualification Committee (NSQC) to meet its objectives
  • Design and implement the National Labour Market Information System
  • Develop national protocols for registration and accreditation of private training providers.
  • Promote use of ‘Skill India’ logo on skill certificates by SSCs/Agencies adhering to the QA framework.
  • Anchor Prime Minister’s Skill Development Fellow Programme.
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC):
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will support the Mission through capacity building initiatives and support private training partners. The functions of NSDC are as follows:
  • Catalyse the creation of market-based, scalable business by providing funding through a combination of debt, equity and grants
  • Implementing skills voucher programme
  • Driving engagement with industry and businesses
  • PromotecentresofexcellencefortrainingoftrainersincoordinationwithStatesandSSCs
  • Initiating and incubating Sector Skills Councils (SSCs)
Directorate General of Training (DGET): 
The two verticals of Training and Apprenticeship under DGET, MoLE have been shifted to Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship from 16th April 2015. These two verticals will function through Directorate of Training and Directorate of Apprenticeship Training respectively under the Directorate General of Training under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
It will be responsible for maintaining existing skill training structures in the country through National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). Its large institutional framework consisting of ITIs, ATIs, RVTIs and other national institutes will act as tools of execution for Mission activities.
Other functions will include:
  • Setting up framework for structure of courses, assessment, curricula creation, affiliation and accreditation of institutes, under NCVT
  • Develop national standards on syllabi, equipment, scale of space, duration of courses and methods of training
  • Advise on training policy in its network of training institutes
  • Coordinate functioning of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs)
  • Run instructor training programmes for training of trainers
  • Run special institutes for training of women
  • Provide technical support to vocational education across the country
  • Anchor and operationalise Apprentices Act, 1961
  • Operationalise various training schemes through ITIs and Vocational Training Providers (VTPs)
The Festival will also witness a Defence exhibition where various aspects and initiatives of the defence forces, display of equipment and avenues for recruitment into Armed Forces will be projected for the benefits of thousands of young participant.  A performance by renowned artist on the life and ideology of Swami Vivekanand on the opening ceremony will be the highlight of the festival.   India being one of the youngest nations in the world with about 65% of its population under the age of 35, has a great amount of demographic dividend’
Demographic dividend:
  • Demographic dividend, as defined by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) means, “the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly when the share of the working-age population (15 to 64) is larger than the non-working-age share of the population (14 and younger, and 65 and older).” 
  • In other words, it is “a boost in economic productivity that occurs when there are growing numbers of people in the workforce relative to the number of dependents.” 
  • UNFPA stated that, “A country with both increasing numbers of young people and declining fertility has the potential to reap a demographic dividend.