India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) youth dialogue 2020
The 3rd India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) youth dialogue 2020 was held virtually on June 8-10, 2020 focusing on coronavirus pandemic. The meet has regarded the youth as “vehicles of change” who are playing a pivotal role by leading the fight against the pandemic.
- It should be noted that India has 65% of its population below 35 years i.e. the largest number of young people in the world. It has roughly more than 450 million people who are between the ages of 15-35 and expected to grow in the coming years. Also, ASEAN member nations have some of the youngest populations in the world.
- India and ASEAN boost cooperation in education, skill development during Youth Dialogue 2020
- The Central elements of ASEAN-India strategic partnership are effectively and constructively channelizing the youthful energy, education and skill development. Therefore, the members have pledged to enhance the central elements during the 2020 youth dialogue.
- ASEAN is utmost for India’s “Act East Policy” and the relationship between the two sides is beyond its economic and cultural dimensions.
Efforts by India for promoting education among ASEAN
- Revival and re-establishment of Nalanda University in Bihar which offered several scholarship programs for ASEAN students in a diverse set field.
- Launching of 1,000 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) fellowships for ASEAN students at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in 2019.
- This fellowship program was announced by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on the 25th Anniversary ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in 2018 with an outlay of US$ 45 million.
- India also provided more than 1000 scholarships to students from the ASEAN countries under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) frameworks.
- Programmes currently in progress: Special Courses for Young ASEAN Diplomats, Exchange Programmes for Young Farmers, Media Exchange Programmes and Programmes for Young Parliamentarians. Around 2,500 youth from ASEAN countries are involved in these projects.