Youth in India

Youth in India: situation and needs study

The Institute in collaboration with the Population Council, New Delhi had successfully completed a pioneering research to document young people’s transition to adulthood in six states of India, namely Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Bihar. The specific objectives of the study are:

  1. To identify key transition facing youth, including education and livelihood opportunities and experiences
  2. To provide evidence at state level on the magnitude and patterns of sexual and reproductive practices in and outside marriage, and related knowledge, decision-making and attitude among youth.
  3. To identify the key factors underlying their sexual and reproductive health, knowledge, attitudes and life choices.
  4. To disseminate findings in a variety of forums and to a range of stake-holders and make recommendations for programming for youth.
  5. To provide opportunities to and build capacity of researchers interested in pursuing research on issues pertaining to youth

Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used covering behaviors and experiences of young people on a number of issues; ranging from schooling, marriage and sexual behavior. Gender role attitudes and relations with parents were also be studied. The MacArthur and Packard Foundations provided the funding for this project.

Publication and dissemination of fact Sheet

The key indicators of the study are being prepared in a fact sheet for the respective states. The fact sheets for all six states have been printed and disseminated. Some of the findings have been widely disseminated in various newspapers and television programs.

State Reports:

The report for all the six states of India, namely, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan were printed and disseminated at the respective state capitals. A separate dissemination was also done for media in each of the state. On average 150 persons including programmers, policy makers, researcher in government and non-government sectors, NGOs, health officials etc. participated in each of the state level seminar. A national report was prepared and available for researcher.

National report is available at http://www.iipsindia.org/pdf/India%20Report.pdf.

Unit data are available in CD for researchers and can be obtained on sending the data request form. For state level reports write to director@iips.net

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