The GoI in its efforts to harness the potential of India's 'youth bulge' (70% of India's population is below 35 years of age) has launched the Voluntary National Youth Corps, in 2010, to take up creative social action.
The Scheme would create a space enabling young men and women in the age group of 18-25 to serve up to two years in nation building activities, for which they would receive a suitable honorarium (Rs. 2500 per month).
The Scheme has the following objectives:
· To set up a group of disciplined and dedicated youth who have the inclination and spirit to engage in the task of nation building
· To facilitate the realization of inclusive growth (both social and economic)
· To act as points for dissemination of information, basic knowledge in the community
· To act as group modulators and peer group educators
· To act as role models for the younger cohort specially towards enhancement of public ethics, probity and dignity of labour.
The Department of Youth Affairs, Government of India will be responsible for the overall implementation of the scheme. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), will work as the implementing arm of the Department. The National Youth Corps scheme is to be implemented by amalgamating two existing volunteer schemes- National Service Volunteer Scheme and the Rashtriya Sadbhawana Yojana.
Students who have enrolled themselves for regular academic courses are not eligible for registration under the scheme.