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Anurag Thakur Launches Youth Affairs Capacity Building and ‘Youth as Changemakers’

Yesterday in New Delhi, Shri Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, launched the Department of Youth Affairs’ Annual Capacity Building Plan (ACBP) and Active Citizenship Course, “Youth as Changemakers.”

To create a civil service that is prepared for the future and is in line with the goal of a New India, the Indian government has established Mission Karmoyogi.

The Annual Capacity Building Plan (ACBP) for the Department of Youth Affairs (DoYA) officials and the Active Citizenship Course, “Youth as Changemakers,” for the youth were both created by the Capacity Building Commission (CBC) in accordance with this purpose. The ceremony also emphasised the significance of encouraging and nurturing leadership among India’s vibrant youthful population.

Dr. R. Balasubramanium, Member (HR), CBC, provided a brief overview of the Active Citizenship Course’s dissemination strategy and its ACBP. The Secretary for Youth Affairs, Smt. Meeta Rajivlochan, then spoke, focusing on youth as a major force for sustainable development and one of the key drivers of social transformation, economic progress, and technical advancement. The dissemination strategy for the course was thoroughly outlined by Sh. Pankaj Kumar Singh, Director of Youth Affairs, in order to attract a large number of youth. One such platform is the “Yuva portal,” created by the Department of kids Affairs. It has 11.71 lac registered kids who will actively be used to spread the course on Yuva Portal.

Annual Capacity Building Plan (ACBP) focuses on bringing a transformational shift from rule-based to role-based functioning among the officials of the department and aligning their responsibilities with national priorities and promoting people-centric governance. The ACBP aligns with the three pillars of Capacity Building, i.e National Priorities, Citizen Centricity and Emerging Technologies.

The ACBP considers four types of competencies – Domain, Functional, Behavioural and Technological competencies. Domain competencies are specific to the department’s expertise in engaging youth as well as empowering them. Functional competencies pertain to job-specific technical skills required for working in the government. Behavioural competencies encompass personal attributes and the set of behaviours required by employees of the department and Technological competencies will equip the officials to adapt to the developments in the realm of technology for effective functioning and being future-ready.

The course for the youth, “Youth as Changemakers” is created by knowledge support of Janaagraha, a centre for citizenship and democracy. The course will be disseminated on Yuva Portal to bolster the role of youth in governance, the digital self-learning modules covers 21st-century challenges like waste management, climate change, and gender equality among others. The course spreads over 16 modules, available in both English and Hindi and it will equip the youth with not just the understanding of 21st-century challengaes, but will also impart skills like social entrepreneurship and financial literacy, necessary for active and participatory citizenship. This course aims to take the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call forward for engaging its youth as per the Panch Pran, and enabling them to contribute towards building the nation.

This digital program will encourage the youth to engage actively in their communities, develop solutions for civic challenges, and expand their roles within the governance structure. The course is meant to unlock the potential and leverage the power of diversity in the youth by focusing on the priority areas of “Yuvashakti” namely, youth leadership and development, education, social justice and employment and entrepreneurship.

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Source: PIB

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