Country Reports

Indian Youth: Aspirations and Vision for the Future

Principal Investigator: Sanjay Kumar; Advisory Committee: Hilal Ahmed Sandeep Shastri Sanjeer Alam Suhas Palshikar

Indian Youth: Aspirations and Vision for the Future is a collaborative study involving Lokniti, a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Young people aged between 15 to 34 years, accounts for a little over one-third of the Indian population. Such a large young population is an asset for any nation as these young people have the potential to play an active role in shaping of the socio-economic and political development of the country. But today, young Indians are grappled with multiple challenges such as financial difficulties for pursuing their education, lack of employment opportunities and the issues of mental health. Some even face pressure from their families and peers for doing well in life. Some of these issues have been discussed in the previous rounds of the youth studies conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). This report is based on the fourth round of youth study, which aims to analyse if there have been any changes in the attitudes and behaviour of the youth, their levels of anxieties and their emerging aspirations. This report also tries to focus on the new challenges that Indian youth might be facing.
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