Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS)

What the Project is About

Strengthening National Service Scheme (NSS) and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)Photo: Yashas Chandra/UNDP India

In partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the project aims to provide catalytic support to the Youth Volunteer Schemes in the country and facilitate greater youth participation and voice in peace and sustainable development programmes.


Looking to the FuturePhoto: Ruhani Kaur/UNDP india
  • Strengthened the national youth volunteer infrastructure of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) by placing three national United Nations Volunteers (UNV) at MoYAS at national level and 29 UNV District Youth Coordinators (DYCs) (one UNV in one district in each of 29 states of India)

  • Developed four Action Plans for the implementation  of the National Youth Policy (2014) in the areas of Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, Gender Justice and Equality, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Inclusion

  • Developed draft training manual for youth work professionals in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

  • Facilitated a discussion platform of experts on youth development and volunteering issues in India

  • Formed 1058 new youth clubs across 29 districts with over 11,500 youth volunteers as members and conducted youth development and volunteering programmes reaching out to over 15,000 youth

  • Reached out to most marginalized youth including young women from minority communities, disabled youth, and others through youth clubs in States like Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, J&K, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and others 

  • Engaged more than 500 youth through thematic debates on promotion of youth volunteerism with special focus on SDGs

  • Engaged youth through advocacy and awareness campaigns on key flagship programmes including Swachh Bharat Campaign (Goa, West Bengal, Mizoram, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, and others), Atal Pension Yojana (Jharkhand, Assam), Namami Gange Project (Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal)

  • Collaborated with different government agencies for skill development and other training for youth (Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Rural Self-Employment and Training Institute, District Rural Development Agency, District Industries Centre, District Disaster Management Authority, and others)

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 350,000
United Nations Volunteers US$ 500,000
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) US$ 1,493,434


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2016 US$ 574,054
2015 US$ 123,045.64
2014 US$ 58,496



Photo Gallery: October 2016 Consultation



Stories of Change

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A Compilation of District Situational Analysis
This is an assessment of the depth of youth participation in the economy and local communities, taking stock of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme programmes in each district and identifying potential areas for youth involvement. The analysis also highlights the specific concerns of youth across and within 29 districts. It suggests partnerships with other development institutions and targeted programmes suited to the youth of each district.

Ad‘venturing’ into Volunteering

Ad‘venturing’ into Volunteering
With the changing times, the scope and definition of volunteering has expanded to cater to the varying needs of communities and volunteers. It may not always be in the garb of selfless service but can also be exciting and fun for volunteers while simultaneously working for the betterment of the community. For many years, adventure sports have provided the space to address this gap. India’s National Youth Policy 2014 stresses on the impact of sports, particularly adventure sports, in the development of youth. Activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. can bring young people together for their own as well as the community’s development.


Roundtable on Promoting Youth Volunteerism in India

Roundtable on Promoting Youth Volunteerism in India

MoYAS, UNV India, UNDP and YES BANK organized a roundtable to accelerate the initiative for promoting youth volunteering in India, on 14thMarch 2017, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the UN Conference Hall, UNDP 55 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. The roundtable was attended by private sector organisations, civil society organisations, government partners and media,  who have been pursuing activities to promote youth volunteerism.

Training Young Leaders to Promote Youth Volunteerism across India

October Consultation: Progress of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme
In order to understand the progress of the project “Strengthening of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS)’’, a three-day Consultation and Review meeting on sharing good practices was held in New Delhi from 25- 27 October 2016. 

Training Young Leaders to Promote Youth Volunteerism across India

Translating India’s National Youth Policy 2014 into Action
In order to deliberate strategies to enhance youth development and volunteering as well as the four action plans on four key thematic areas of the NYP 2014 – Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, Social Inclusion, Gender Justice and Equality, and Social Entrepreneurship, the first Expert Group Committee Meeting was held in New Delhi on 16 May 2016.

Consultation on Youth Volunteerism and Youth Policy on International Volunteer Day 2015
On International Volunteer Day 2015, in a consultation organised by the UN Volunteers India, entrepreneurs, experts, volunteers and young people discussed the role of volunteering in the implementation of the National Youth Policy and how it can help India achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 




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