New Delhi, October 29: Despite being home to 20 percent of world’s young population, India fails to provide sufficient “prospects” for young people in all areas including employment, education, health, civic and political spheres, as per the Global Youth Development Index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
India ranked “very poorly” at meagre “133” out of 183 nations, much below neighbouring countries like Nepal (77), Bhutan (69) and Sri Lanka (31). The top performers included: 1) Germany, 2) Denmark, 3) Australia, 4) Switzerland, 5)United Kingdom, 6) Netherlands, 7) Austria, 8) Luxembourg, 9) Portugal and 10) Japan.
In India, 1 in every 3 children (31 per cent) is not enrolled in secondary schools, against a global score for the same indicator of 19 per cent. In the field of employment opportunities, India trails behind the rest of the world significantly, ranking 152nd.
One in five young people in the world today live in India, which makes it one of the most youthful countries on the planet, said Abhik Sen, the lead author of the 2016 Global Youth Development Index report.
The research particularly highlighted that youth development levels lag in the domains of health, education and employment. A rapid improvement and investmenet is sought in these sectors. The poor rating is worrisome as India’s bad performance also hampers global rating as a significant chunk of global youth is India.
As per the report India is home to nearly 20 per cent of the global youth population (between 15 and 30 years), nearly 345 million people.
At the time when Indian Prime Minister boasts off cemeneted economic growth, a spurt in global reports indicating sorry state of life in the country is quite worrisome.