Nehru Yuva Kendra Scheme was started in 1972 by the then Ministry of Education with the objective of providing the non - student rural youth an oppurtunity to help him grow and involve in the nation-building-activities. In 1987, all the existing kendras under the NYK scheme were re-organized into an autonomous body that was formed by a resolution of Department of Youth Affairs. As a result of this endeavour, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan(NYKS) was formed. It has since grown to have kendras in 501 districts of India with a network of about a quarter (0.25) million youth clubs in as many villages.
Objectives of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) are two fold :-
To involve the rural youth in nation building activities.
To develop such skills and values in them with which they become responsible and productive citizens of a modern, secular and technological nation.
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan has been working in various fronts of youth development with a variety of youth programmes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and certain special programmes in coordination and cooperation of other ministries. Main focus has been on developing values of good citizenship, thinking and behaving in secular ways, skill development and helping youth to adopt a productive and organized behaviour.
Vision of the organization focuses on developing long term strategies for good citizenship and youth leadership at the grass root level. Youth Clubs are formed and encouraged to participate in sports, cultural and local development activities. Youth leadership is developed in the course of formation and sustenance of youth clubs. This leadership becomes highly useful in creating:-
Networks of volunteership.
Oppurtunities of participation in fundamental democratic practices of polity and development; and,
Instruments of empowerment of youth like skill-generation, awareness creation about health, life skills, and self employment.
Considering the fact that almost three-fourth of the Indian population is rural, the development of the nation as a whole depends on their progress and development. Besides, the demographic dividend that the country has enjoyed because of the larger segment of youth population, makes it almost mandatory for the largest youth organization like NYKS to take up more and more of such programmes as will promise empowerment of youth.
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan
Core - IV, IInd Floor, Scope Minar,
Laxmi Nagar District Centre,
Delhi - 110 092
Tel. : 91-11-22402800 / 22446070
Fax : 91-11-22446069