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Emerging Career Opportunities for the Youth

As young people we want to get involved in social activities. Of course, there are some exceptions as everyone is not concerned about the society.But there are many who would like to contribute for social change or development. We have been talking about youth in India as India is a country with a huge young population. One of the common sentence that we get to hear is that 'youths are not useless but they are used less'. Working with young people for social transformation and development brings more opportunities. There are professional courses related to youth development. We need to understand about youth and other factors when we want to work with young people or for youth development.

Positive Youth Development (PYD) refers to intentional efforts of other youths, adults, communities, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities. PYD is used in scientific literature and by practitioners who work with youths to refer to programs designed to optimize developmental progress. When we talk about youths, two days are important which are National Youth Day and International Youth Day. 
Apart from National Youth Day in India (celebrated on 12th January), there is an International Youth Day which is celebrated in different parts of the world. 12th August is celebrated as International Youth Day and the date has been declared by United Nations. 
We would like to discuss some of the career options which are emerging for young people to take up for a vibrant future. In India there are some organisations which are working for the youth, which includes organisation like Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Service Scheme, etc. One of the premier institutes in India for the youth is Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD). This organisation conducts different programmes for the youth in its campus and in other parts of the country.
Some of the emerging subjects which can be opted by our youngsters include Youth Development, Life Skills, Career Counseling, etc. RGNIYD has full time master courses for all these subjects. Successful students completing these courses can join various organisation or agencies which are working for youth development. Like youth development courses, there are also courses on gender studies, local governance, etc. Youth can choose various courses according to their choice and qualification. 
RGNIYD: The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, is an Institution of National Importance by the Act of Parliament No. 35/2012 under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. The RGNIYD was set up in 1993 under the Societies Registration Act, XXVII of 1975.
The RGNIYD functions as a vital resource centre with its multi-faceted functions of offering academic programmes at Post Graduate level encompassing various dimensions of youth development, engaging in seminal research in the vital areas of youth development and coordinating Training Programmes for state agencies and the officials of youth organisation, besides the Extension and Outreach initiatives across the country.
The Institute functions as a think-tank of the Ministry and premier organization of youth-related activities in the country. As the apex institute at the national level, it works in close cooperation with the NSS, NYKS and other youth organizations in the implementation of training programmes. The Institute is a nodal agency for training youth as a facilitator of youth development activities in rural, urban as also tribal areas.
The RGNIYD serves as a youth observatory and depositary in the country thereby embarking on youth surveillance on youth-related issues. It has a wide network with various organizations working for the welfare and development of young people and serves as a mentor.
Some of the courses at RGNIYD are as mentioned below: 
Post Graduate Programmes: M.Sc. Counselling Psychology, M.A. Development Policy and Practice, M.A. Gender Studies, M.A. Local Governance and Development, M.A. Social Innovations and Entrepreneurship, M.A. Social Work (Youth and Community Development)
Undergraduate Programmes:B.Voc. Apparel Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship, B.Voc. Fashion Design & Retail, Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Youth Development, Diploma Programme in Political Leadership
Centre for Excellence on Adolescents and Youth at TISS: India's first holistic adolescent health program, RKSK- RashtriyaKishorSwasthyaKaryakram - was developed and launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with UNFPA support in early 2014. RKSK is a paradigm shift in addressing adolescent health and well-being from a multi-sectoral perspective to support the successful transition of adolescents from childhood to adulthood.With the Government of India's flagship programmes such as Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Make in India, it is a historic opportunity to invest in and to enable the youth bulge to become the driver of inclusive and sustainable development of the World We Want.
To improve the availability of relevant knowledge, services and data, enable informed policies and investments, and informed choices by young people, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and UNFPA have launched a Centre of Excellence on Youth and Adolescents. The Centre of Excellence consists of a Research and Development Centre and online platforms that include a Virtual Marketplace and a Youth Portal. The Research Centre, located in New Delhi, will focus on research and policy advocacy for advancing young people's agenda. The online platforms will provide cutting-edge data, information and services on and for young people.
Youth Portal: youthinfoindia.org, a web portal for information on adolescents and young people in India, is hosted by TISS. The portal provides access to key data and research through an interactive online database, with links to key sources such as the Census of India, NFHS, NSSO and MoHRD. In addition, the Dashboard gives quick facts, and the Snapshot function can be used to present data in different visual formats. This tool can be used with your own data as well as from the database, to create graphic representations and tables by key indicators. The Portal is supported by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. This portal's work is in progress and will soon become available for receiving postings.
Apart from getting jobs in government sectors there are many organisations that focus for youth development. There are many NGOs working for the youth development. Trained and qualified young people always get easy placement but aspirants without employability skills takes time to get quality placement. Aspirants may also look at some of the online courses related to youth development. 
 
UPDATES:
 
Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2018: The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) New Delhi, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India has invited applications for award of scholarship under Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2018-19. The objective of the scheme is to provide facilities to outstanding talented children selected in the age group of 10 to 14 years. For details, interested individuals may visit the official website www.ccrtindia.gov.in. And the last date for sending application is 31st January.
NDA Exam: An examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 22nd April, 2018 for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA and for the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 2nd January, 2019. The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination will be as under - National Defence Academy: 360 (208 for Army, 60 for Navy and 92 for Air Force) Naval Academy: 55 (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) -Total: 415. Last date for sending application through online mode is 5th February. 
 
Ranjan K Baruah is a social activist and career mentor who has conducted career awareness programme in different parts of Assam and Northeast India and can be reached at bkranjan@gmail.com or 98640 55558 for any career related queries