National Youth Parliaments have emerged as a credible mechanism to promote activecitizenship. Despite differences in structure, composition and operating procedures youth parliaments across the globe, essentially provide platforms for young people to articulate, specific youth related issues and concerns but most importantly, to share their perspectives on the matters of national importance. In 3 India, with increasing emphasis on civic engagement of youth; youth parliament provides a clear strategic push to enhance participation of young people in matters of national interest including in politics and governance. Youth Parliament intends to create a permanent forum on local and national levels where all young people can discuss and reflect on topics that concern them and to address themes arising from the common lived experiences and share with others. It acts as a platform for them to voice their opinions which will help them analytically examine the society which we inhabit. In India too, there has been a growing focus on civic engagement of youth and a clear strategic push to enhance participation of young people in matters of national interest including in politics and governance. Governance requires an active citizenry and given that the youth in the age group of 15-29 years comprise 27.5% of the population, it is considered essential to create more opportunities and mechanisms for civic engagement of youth.

 

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