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National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)

National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD) has been formulated by merger of four 100% central sector grants-in-aid schemes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports with a view to reduce multiplicity of schemes with similar objectives, ensuring uniformity in funding pattern and implementation mechanism, avoiding delays in availability of funds to the field level and institutionalising participation of State Governments in project formulation and its implementation.

Short term Objectives: – –

  • Provide opportunity for holistic development of youth including adolescents for realisation of their fullest potential;
  • Develop leadership qualities and personality development of youth and to channelise their energy towards socio-economic development and growth of the nation;
  • Promote national integration, strengthen secular and eclectic outlook through creative expressions by youth;
  • Foster the spirit of adventure, risk taking, teamwork, the capacity of ready and vital response to challenging situations and of endurance among youth;
  • Acknowledge adolescents as a distinct sub-group among youth and address their distinct needs and at the same time provide positive stimulation and congenial environment for their all-round development; and
  • To encourage research and publication and to promote technical resource support including development of information and database on issues concerning youth and adolescents.

Long-term Objectives:

  • Engage and channelise the energy of youth in a positive manner for nation building;
  • Develop amongst youth a sense of pride in nationally accepted values like democracy, socialism, and secularism;
  • Promote activities and programmes, which foster social harmony and national unity among youth;
  • Promote spirit of national integration, unity in diversity, pride in Indianness among the youth of different parts of the country and to induce a sense of social harmony amongst the youth;
  • To motivate the youth to act as focal point for dissemination of knowledge in the rural area and involve them in nation building process;
  • To stimulate action for development and empowerment of adolescents, particularly from the economically and socially neglected/backward sections of society;
  • To build and develop an environment which recognises the specific needs and promise of the adolescents in the country and provides for adolescent friendly services.

Scheme Beneficiaries:

  • Definition of youth and adolescent: – The Youth and Adolescents for the purpose of the scheme would be as defined in the extant National Youth Policy. In other words, the expression ‘youth’ would cover persons belonging to the age group of 15 to 29 years and ‘adolescent’ would cover persons in the age group of 10-19 years under the scheme.
  • Target youth and adolescents under the scheme: – The targeted beneficiaries of the programmes include members of the youth clubs affiliated to the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, National Service Scheme, State Government Youth Organisations, Bharat Scouts & Guides or student youth in Schools, Colleges and Universities. Adolescents and Youth from other established youth organisations or NGOs may be considered provided they are the registered members of such organisations. Preference may be given to the youth with special abilities and youth belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribes, minorities and weaker sections.
  • Gender budgeting: – In selection of beneficiary women will have a distinct priority and care should be taken to include at least one-third beneficiaries from women.

Eligibility: – The following organizations are eligible for financial assistance under the scheme.

1. All the autonomous organizations whether partially or fully funded by the Government, registered Societies, Trusts, NGOs registered under the relevant Acts, for the last five years and actively working in the field of Youth Development for the last three years.

2. Universities including deemed Universities and Association of Indian Universities

3. State Level Organisations (SLOs) i.e.

  • State Governments State Departments/Directorates for Youth Affairs/Youth Welfare and other District Level Offices in States;
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies;
  • Educational Institutions including Polytechnics


4. The organization must have, on an average, an annual turn over of Rs.5.00 lakhs for the last three years duly authenticated by a Chartered Accountant.

5. The organization must have an active website and web address

6.All the applications for grants under the Scheme must be received electronically on-line within the stipulated time limit.

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