Author(s): K.M. Ashifa
The Youth represent the hope and future of a country. They have a vital role to play with regard for fostering and strengthening of social consciousness against all social evils and lead the country to unity and prosperity. This is an unprecedented opportunity for global development: youth can be drivers of growth and development, if they are fully integrated in their societies and recognized as valuable human resources. The present paper dealt with profile of youth welfare programmes especially National Service Scheme (NSS) and Nehru Yuva Kendra Scheme (NYK) and their role to protect human rights. Participation of youth in the activities of NSS and NYKS has been examined in this chapter. Involvement of youth in protecting and promoting human rights has also been portrayed. The annual reports of NSS and NYKS were the major source of information. Focus group discussion also helped to gather details of the various programmes under NYK and NSS for youth volunteers. Both NSS and NYKS have enormous activities for improving the value system and personality of its representatives”.