Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
|Jurisdiction||Republic of India|
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi-110001.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, a branch of the Government of India, which administers Department of youth affairs and Department of Sports in India. The ministry also overlooks the organisation of Commonwealth 2010 games. As of May 2014, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Sarbananda Sonowal.
The Ministry was set up as the Department of Sports at the time of organisation of 1982 Asian Games New Delhi. Its name was changed to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports during celebration of the International Youth Year, 1985. It became a separate Ministry on 27 May 2000. Subsequently, In 2008, the Ministry has been bifurcated into Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports under two separate Secretaries.
Department of Youth Affairs
Unlike the sports department, many of the functions of the department are related to other ministries, like Ministry of Education, Employment & Training, Health and Family Welfare thus it functions largely as a facilitator for youth building.
It gives two awards, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and Indira Gandhi NSS Award.
Definition of Youth
The United Nations defines "Youth" as 15–24 years and in the Commonwealth, it is 15–29 years. In order to use a definition more in line with these international standards, the Draft NYP 2012 changes the definition from 13–35 years to 16–30 years. The draft NYP 2012 plans to divide the age bracket of 16–30 years into three groups.
- National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD): introduced 2008-09
- National Service Scheme (NSS)
- National Youth Corps 
- International Youth Exchange Program 
- National Youth Festival 
- Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS): a pilot project in 2010-11 to provide funding for infrastructure and improvements
- Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan
- Promotion of Scouting & Guiding: The national headquarters of The Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG) is recognised by the Government of India as the apex body in the field of Scouting and Guiding in India.
- Youth Hostels 
Department of Sports
The department also gives away the National sports awards, including Special Awards to Medal Winners in International Sports Events, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, Dhyanchand Award for Lifetime achievement in Sports and Games, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.
- Sports Authority of India 
- National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) 
- Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education 
- National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) 
Past Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
(MAni Shanker Iyer) (Oscar Fernandes)
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