Addressing the inaugural convocation of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, he said statistics show the population of youth aged 15-29 years to be 27.5% of the country’s total population.
With India poised to become the fourth largest economy by 2025 contributing to 5.5-6% to the world GDP after the US, China and Japan, the young population will give an advantage to the country, he said.
“The demographic dividend offers a great opportunity to India. But this can be converted into opportunity only if we make deliberate attempts to empower our youth. Institutions like this have been set up to ensure that we understand youth better and encourage open discussions about youth in particular and society in general,” he said.