Youth / Emerging Adults (18 - 29 years) comprise of 22% of India's population, which is more than 261 million people. India's youth demographic is larger than the entire population of Pakistan! Capitalizing on this demographic dividend is absolutely critical for India as these young people are going to be the face, force and future of the country.
Unfortunately, not enough is being done to nurture the youth. Apart from the fact that we don't have many robust interventions targeted at grooming the youth, a major problem is that India does not even have a theory or framework about the healthy growth of this group.What do we mean by a flourishing youth? What are the various aspects to it? How would we know one when we see one?
In the absence of any solid framework related to their flourishing only the more visible and easily measurable markers like numbers on a mark sheet, having a job, salary, a house, etc. take precedence and qualify as the parameters on which to assess how well young people are doing in their lives.