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35th National Games Kerala
The National Games is the most important sporting event in the country. It has its origin in the Indian Olympic Games movement in the first few decades of the last century. The movement culminated in the 9th Indian Olympic Games at Lahore in 1924. The event was known by this name until 1940 when it was held at Bombay as National Games. Kerala is going to hold the National Games for a second time in December 2012. The first occasion was in 1987.

35th National Games will certainly boost the sports ethos of the people of the State, especially the younger generation. It will cause a churning in the sporting population resulting in the discovery of new talents. National Games will certainly improve the sports infrastructure in the State. It will create awareness among the sporting youth that training under modern facilities can create the required talent for competing in national or international events. 35th National Games will be a boon for further development of sports in Kerala in the coming years.

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Sports of Kerala
Kerala has carved out a significant niche in the sports scenario of the country. After the 1950s the sportspersons of the State were able to make a significant impact on the national sports scene. In the seventies and eighties a bunch of talented youngsters, especially women athletes burst into the sports arena of India and soon they proved their mettle. Many sportspersons from Kerala have won laurels in national Asian and common wealth sports competitions. Most of these athletes have come from economically poor strata of society, and from rural parts of the State.

A good number of athletes from Kerala have gained world class status. P.T. Usha, one of India’s best known athletes, the queen of Indian track and field for almost two decades, is one of the foremost contributions of Kerala. Many sportspersons like T.C. Yohannan, Suresh Babu, Shiny Wilson, K.M. Beenamol, M.D. Valsamma and Anju Bobby George, the only Indian to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships explore new peaks at both international and national levels.

Sports and Youth Services in Kerala
Kerala is a State renowned for its commendable achievements in sports both at national and international levels. The Government provides financial assistance to Kerala State Sports Council, Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Directorate of Public Instruction and Collegiate Education for promoting sports activities and to Kerala State Youth Welfare Board for youth empowerment activities.

Sports Council of Kerala

The Kerala Sports Council was established in 1974 as a grant-in-aid institution for promoting sports in Kerala. During the Tenth Plan Rs 58.25 crores is set apart for various activities of Sports and Youth Affairs Department and out of that Kerala Sports Council is provided with an outlay of Rs 43.50 crores which constitutes 75% of the total outlay for sports.

The Kerala Sports Council has 21 sports school hostels accommodating 330 students which impart training in sports and games. In addition there are 32 sports hostels attached with colleges with an intake of 299 students. There are 7 centralised sports hostels functioning in the State with an intake of 214 students functioning at Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod. Rural Coaching Centres are functioning under the District Sports Councils. These centres give facilities for the sports disciplines popular in the locality. The Kerala Sports Council implements the social security and welfare programmes viz, pension to sportsmen in indigent circumstances. Monthly pension at the rate of Rs 400 is given to those below 60 years of age, Rs 600 to those of age between 60 and 70 years and Rs 800 to those above 70 years of age. Assistance was given to 190 persons during 2002-03. The amount spent for this purpose was Rs 15.55 lakhs.

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board.

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board came into existence in 1985. In Kerala Youth constitute 40% of the population and 40 lakh youth remain unemployed. The function of the Board is to guide them on the right path for finding employment and to bring them into the main stream. At present there are three Youth Hostels functioning at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.

The Board has established the National Adventure Academy at Munnar,which provides training in paragliding, trekking and rock climbing. During the Tenth Plan period the Board proposes to start a State Youth Centre and 14 District Youth Centres. It has also proposed to form 58 Municipal/Corporation Youth Level Federations, 152 Block level Youth Federations, 991 Grama Panchayat Level Youth Federations and 15078 Ward Clubs. Besides, the Board conducts Keralotsavam throughout the State, National Integration Camps, Training for employment of Youth and related activities.

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board is an autonomous body constituted in 1985 to function as an apex body for co-ordination and implementation of all youth welfare schemes in the state. Kerala State Youth Welfare Board with its headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram have a state youth centre and 14 district youth centres, a National Adventure Academy at Devikulam, Idukki district and a sub centre of the Academy at Muzhuppilangadu, Kannur district. As a part of spreading Board's activities into youths it has established youth centres in all districts. These are working as youth development centres. Through these centres youth can get information about carrier guidance, self employment training and various other activities of the Board. These centres are very active in ensuring the involvement of the clubs and NGOs. Youth centres organized youth leadership camp, exhibition for youth, adventure activities etc. As a part of encouraging spirit of adventure among youth, 540 youths have been trained in various adventure sports like trekking, paragliding etc at the National Academy Devikulam. Programmes like adventure carnival, paragliding, wind surfing, parasailing, trekking, mountaineering, rappelling etc have been implemented during the report year at the sub centre of the academy at Muzhuppilangad, Kannur. Board gave financial assistance to the Academy for mountaineering and adventure sports at Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram district.

The youth clubs play a vital role in organizing and implementing various environment awareness programmes, social forestry rogrammes and formation of nature clubs at local levels. Board has formulated several awareness building programmes such as seminars, workshops and publicity through media against substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, social evils like dowry, child marriage, gender injustice etc. During 2007-08 the Board has given financial assistance to 66 youth clubs for conducting various awareness camps & seminars.

Board started yuvasakthi project in 573 Grama Panchayats 34 Municipalities and 4 corporations of Kerala during 2007-08 with the objectives of ensuring youth participation and formulation of productive sector projects with the support of youths. Kerala State Youth Welfare Board started Karshika Clubs at each Block and allotted Rs.5000/- each for promoting agriculture.

Constitution of the Board

The management of the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board is vested in a Board of Directors consisting of 15 members, which include 7 Board of Directors and 8 non-official members. They are nominated by the government. The Hon'ble Minister for Youth Affairs is the chairman, the Director of sports and Youth Affairs is the member secretary and the Deputy Director is the Treasurer of Board.
Chairman- Hon'ble Minister for Youth Welfare
Treasurer- Deputy Director

National Adventure Award

The Government of India has been conferring National Adventure Awards to out standing contribution of youth in the fields of adventure for last few years.

Objectives: -

  • To recognize the achievements of persons in the held of adventure
  • To encourage young people to develop. The spirit of endurance, risk-training, corporative team work and quick, ready and effective reflexes in challenging situations
  • To provide incentives to award will be the same as Arjuna Awards conferred in the field of sports by the ministry of youth affairs and sports.

The Status of the Award will be the same as Arjuna Awards conferred in the field of sports by the Ministry of youth Affairs and Sports.

Recommendations for the National Adventure Awards can be made, by the Youth/Sports Department of the State Government concerned, or a recognized adventure institute like Indian Mountaineering Foundation or by the Adventure Promotion Cell of the Army/Navy/Air Force or Indo-Tibetan Border Police or similar other Para-military forces. All nominations in respect of serving personnel of Army/Navy/Air Force, should only come through their respective Adventure Cell/Directorate. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports can also nominate any person on its own or seek nominations from such other organizations/ agencies as are deemed fit, for this award.

Ordinarily not more than one Award each will be made for adventure activities on Land, Sea and Air. A lifetime achievement award may also be conferred in a year. This Ministry may increase the number of awards in a particular year for specific reasons to be recorded in writing and with the approval of the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Entries will be received in a pro-forma enclosed in Annexure  II giving the past performances of the persons recommended in general and for the year of the Award in particular within such date as is specified on a year to year basis. The last date of entry may be relaxed at the discretion of the Government of India in exceptional cases.

Government of India will set up a Screening Committee to scrutinize all the entries received as above land make its recommendations to a National Selection Committee to be headed by the Minister (Youth Affairs and Sports).

To be eligible for the Award, a person should have excellent performance and have outstanding qualities of leadership, a sense of adventure and discipline. The decision of the Government of India in respect of the Award will be final.

The award will consist of a bronze statuette a scroll of honor, a woolen blazer with a silken tie / a saree and cash award of Rs.1,50,000/- or the same amount as awarded to the Arjuna Awardees for that particular year whichever is more. The Awards will be presented to the winners at a function to be held at a place and on a date to be determined by the Government of India. The Awardees will be reimbursed to and fro airfare and such other fare of conveyance as relevant in the journey through the shortest rout from his/her place stay to the place of award ceremony and back. Awardees will also be provided free board and lodging in a suitable place for the award ceremony. During their stay the awardees will be provided 25% of the admissible DA. They will also be provided journey DA as admissible. One companion with each lady/disabled awardee will be provided with the same traveling and /DA facilities as that of the awardee herself / himself.

Canvassing in any form in respect of an entry will render that entry liable to be disqualified.
No award will be made for a second time to the same person.
The award may be given posthumously if such an occasion arises.

Govt of India may cancel or annul the award given to any person under circumstances which in the opinion of the Government might render such person unworthy of the award and thereupon the recipient shall be required to surrender the statuette and the scroll of honour.
The decision of the Government of India in respect of interpretation of these rules shall be final and no appeal shall be against them.

National Integration programmes

India is a nation having diverse cultures, traditions, rituals and beliefs. To preserve this values and unity in diversity, it is of supreme importance that we foster National and emotional integration among our people, more particularity the youth who are the future architects of our nation.

The Kerala State Youth Welfare Board have been conducting National Integration Camps, Youth Exchange Programs etc, which aims at promoting the National, cultural and emotional oneness among the youth.
National Integration Camp

Objective: Organization of short-term residential camps of the student and non-student and non-student Youth in order to instill in them the spirit of national integration, through various activities.

(I) Group discussions, debates, lectures, and essay and elocution competitions on the theme of national integration and communal harmony.
(II) Community work, like mass literacy I anti-drug, anti-AIDS,Pulse-polio, health awareness and environmental campaigns and such other activities as do not require any expenditure other than allowed within the programe;
(III) Reading and learning from scriptures of various religions and books which inspire the promotion of national integration;
(IV) Spiritual discourses;
(V) Yoga and meditation;
(VI) Work-camps in which the youth donate manual lab our to create durable community assets.


The holding of National Integration Camp (NIC) would be subject to the following condition;
(I) The duration of the camp should not normally be less than 7 days and more than 10 days.
(II) Number of participants should not be less than 150; however, it may vary at the discretion of the sanctioning authority.
(III) National Service Volunteers should be associated with the conduct of every camp,
(IV) in each camp, at least 25% of the participants would have to be drawn from a minimum number of five States representing some linguistic and cultural diversity.
(V) For each camp, there should be a theme identified which shall be specially stressed upon along with promotion of national integration. These themes may cover topics like Education, Health,Environment etc. The selection of Resource Persons should be related to the theme.

(VI) The resource persons in NICs should be from among eminent scientists, sports persons, spiritual leaders, school/college teachers or retired teachers or any other persons or eminence of the locality.

Exhibition For Youth

The Kerala State Youth Welfare Board have been conducting Exhibition for Youth which aims to promote a spirit of secularism and National Integration, Unity in Diversity, pride in Indianness among the Youth of different parts of the Country and to induce a sense of communal harmony amongst the youth. To enable the youth to receive education and knowledge about Indian Culture, Freedom Struggle, Constitution of India, Panchayathiraj and Scheme for weaker sections industry and science and Technology. To provide an out let to youth to display their stalls and creativity in various fields.

Adventure activities

Government of India is providing support to youth adventure activities through State governments. The Kerala State Youth Welfare Board gives more support to the youth adventure training program, which is intended to infuse the spirit of adventure among the youth. It is clearly evident that the youth of Kerala brim with the spirit of adventure as there are greater number of entries for the bravery awards from Kerala. The third National Adventure Academy has been established at Devikulam, Munnar in Idukki district and is conducting Adventure training programme such as paragliding, mountaineering, trekking etc. A sub-centre was started at Muzhappilangad in Kannur district, the only drive-in-beach in India.

Major programmes are

* Trekking
* Paragliding
* Mountaineering
* Water Sports
* Aero Sports
* Scooba diving
* Surfing

Programme for Training Rural Social Animators

The main objective of this scheme is to channelise 'Youth resources for Rural Development'. There are thousands of Rural Youth who are willing to do any service on a voluntary basis. The 152 blocks in the State can be chosen for mobilizing these invaluable Youth resources and the Block Youth Co-coordinator will be entrusted the responsibility of each block Youth Community. 50 dedicated Youth Volunteers will be selected at each block and they will be provided with a two-day intensive training on disaster management, first aid, community work, etc. These volunteers will be provided with a Resource Kit and an identity Card. Thus the service of 7,600 Trained Youth Volunteers can be ensured throughout the State. The service of these Rural Social animators will be a great blessing in time of natural calamities, unexpected accidents, riots, etc

Promotion of Youth Activities among the Youth of Backward Tribes

In Kerala, the Youth of Backward Tribes are not getting enough opportunities unlike the Rural and Urban Youth. Three types of programmes are envisaged under this scheme. Cultural exchange Programmes providing the Youth of Backward Tribes an opportunity to study the culture and lifestyle of other communities both inside and outside our State, the preservation and stage performance of Tribal Art forms and financial assistance to 200 selected active Youth Clubs in Tribal Belts are the major programmes.

Youth Exchange Programme

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board will take initiative to train talented Youth to participate in the International Youth Exchange Programmes with the support of International Youth Organizations. Youth can register their name for getting information on different Youth Exchange Programme.

Leadership Training Programme

Youth Leadership Camps

This is a very important area of Youth empowerment program. This ensures in developing a core group of Youth for the rebuilding of the Nation as well a Trained Task Force in various spheres. There are two major components in this scheme.

Ten selected Youth Leaders from each District (total  140) will be provided an extensive training on all major aspects relating to the youth. This will be followed by 14 District level Camps where 100 Youth Club Leaders will be provided with the same training. This will enable to have the service of 1,500 Youth Leaders throughout the state. These leaders will be attached to the concerned District Youth Centres and their service will be utilized for future Youth Programmes in each District, besides ensuring all the activities of the Department of Youth Affairs is reached at grass-root levels.

Young Leaders Forum

This is a unique scheme where 50 selected Leaders from 10 specialized vocation is provided with an intensive training to upgrade and update their knowledge and skills and thereby making them responsible Resource Persons of the Board so as to ensure and utilize their resource in molding the career of thousands of Youth in the State. This ensures the resourceful support of 500 Young Leaders in the following 10 specialized areas.
Environmental Awareness Programme

Environmental Awareness is an important area the Youth can contribute. There are several ongoing programmes initiated by the UN Agencies, International Organizations and Government Departments. The Youth Clubs will have to play a vital role in organizing and implementing various Environmental Awareness Programmes, Social Forestry Programmes and formation of Nature Clubs at local levels.

Substance Abuse Prevention Programme

Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and other forms of addiction are increasing in alarming proportion in our state causing serious threat to our future. Young people have become the largest hostage of this menace and their vulnerability is increasing day by day. As a responsible board dealing with the youth, Substance Abuse Prevention is a new area, which needs greater focus and attention. The board has decided to further launch a state-wide intensive Campaign Against Substance Abuse  with the co-operation of UN Agencies, Government departments and other voluntary organizations.

HIV / AIDS Prevention Programme

HIV/AIDS is another area of global concern. According to estimates, this epidemic is spreading widely in India. Several steps have been taken by the government and huge funds are being diverted for the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS. As Youth Welfare Board envisages a network of action through the State/District Youth Centres, besides Youth Clubs at grass root levels, it can function effectively in combating this dreadful disease. The Activities will be done in collaboration with National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), UNAIDS, State AIDS Cell and other Voluntary Organizations.

Training for Youth

Youth Employment Training

Although the experiences of young people in industrialized and developing countries are very different, they share common concerns about their future when it comes to finding decent and meaningful employment. With many of the world's major economies slowing in growth, this is an increasing concern.

UN official report states, Youth make up more than 40 per cent of the world's total unemployed. There are an estimated 66 million unemployed young people in the world today  an increase of nearly 10 million since 1965.

In India the situation of youth is the same as any other developing country. The social un rest due to unemployment make things worst. In Kerala the ratio of unemployed youth is going up. The Kerala State Youth Welfare Board's youth employment training scheme aims at providing training to un-employed youths of the state. It is for promoting self-employment. A large number of youth have been given training in the fields like Carpentry, Masonry, Bee-keeping, Electrical and Electronics equipment maintenance, etc which help them to find jobs in their villages itself.

Career guidance Centre

Kerala State Youth Welfare Board has proposed to establish Career Guidance Centres along with each district offices. Youth will get information regarding latest employment opportunities and details about different courses and training.

During the next 5 years the main focus will be exploring the latest advancement in the field of Science & Technology, particularly Information Technology, besides imbibing the skills of the Traditional Rural Industry. The Board is intending to establish a State Level Training Centre and to conduct regular Training and Vocational Programmes with the Central and State Departments, Khadi & Village Industries Commission, National Open School, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), etc.

Counseling Centres for Youth

The Present day strees, strain and competition have affected the mental and emotional health of the youth. This has reflected in their studies, career, marital, personal and social life. This scheme aims to find out solutions for the problems faced by the youths and young couples in our state. There is an urgent need to establish counseling centres attached to the all the 14 District Youth Centres in our state. The staffs to these centres can be appointed on contract basis.

District Youth Centre,
Edavanakkad P.O., Ernakulam
Phone: 0484-2506866

International Youth Center

Kerala is a state with wide international reputation for its advancement in the field of education, health, and standard of living. The geography, scenic beauties and cultural traditions of our state had always been a fascination for people worldwide. The strategic position of India in South & South East Asia with God's Own Country in the south provides the rare opportunity for Kerala to open its windows to the world.

The establishment of an International Youth Centre in Trivandrum is a very important challenge and venture the Board has decided to undertake during the tenth plan. The International Youth Centre will be able to host several International Youth Programmes and events and thereby be self-sustainable in the future. The main objective of the centre is to mobilize resources from various international organizations for youth development activities in Kerala and to act as global window for the Youth of Kerala.

National Adventure Academy

The National Adventure Academy at Devikulam has established on March 1998 with the assistance to Government of India. A special officer is engaged there to look after the day to day activities of the camp. Now the Academy has its own building. Every year, training in various adventure activities is given to the selected youths at the age group of 15 to 35 years. About 530 youths have been trained from the Academy in paragliding basic course, trekking and rock climbing on free of cost. This is the only institution in India giving adventure training in adventure activities free of cost. The National Adventure Foundation is the sponsoring agency in giving training to the youth.


A sub-centre of Adventure Academy was started at Muzhappilangad in Kannur District, the only drive-in-beach in India. It has conducted Aero-sports Training for 125 selected youths in January 2001. Training in water sports have been imparted to 120 youths in association with the Cochin Naval Base, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India. It is an encouraging fact that more and more youths are participating in adventure activities. This will help in developing harmony and friendship among the various Youth Groups, besides enable the State to gain laurels at National and International level.


Keralalotsavam, a rare and unique youth festival, is conducted mainly for the youth who have no proper platform to present their cultural and physical talents. In this festival youth in the age group of 15-35 can participate in Cultural, Arts and Sports competitions in block, district level to State level. There are some selected cultural items, which are not popular in mainstream cultural scene, has also been included in this festival.
Keralotsavam is now a widely accepted festival for the Youth of Kerala. As a result every youth in this State is getting a chance to project him/her self to the fore-front in every sphere of life. About 15 lakhs of youth are participating every year in this festival.


Keralalotsavam, a rare and unique youth festival, is conducted mainly for the youth who have no proper platform to present their cultural and physical talents. In this festival youth in the age group of 15-35 can participate in Cultural, Arts and Sports competitions in block, district level to State level. There are some selected cultural items, which are not popular in mainstream cultural scene, has also been included in this festival.
Keralotsavam is now a widely accepted festival for the Youth of Kerala. As a result every youth in this State is getting a chance to project him/her self to the fore-front in every sphere of life.
About 15 lakhs of youth are participating every year in this festival.

National Youth Festival

Kerala created a model for the nation by initiating a colourful youth festival Keralotsavam , which is conducted with gaiety and fanfare every year. It was the Keralotsavam initiated by the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board inspired the Government of India to organize the Desiya Yuva Utsav. Desiya Yuva Utsav is the National Youth Festival organized every year by the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India, in which participants from all the states participate. Kerala State Youth Welfare Board will promote the talented youth to get training to participate in the national youth festival.

Yuva Jyothi-Chief Minister's Self Employment Training Schemes

The Scheme for self Employment Training is started with the aim to make the youth earn and live independently various Self Employment Programmes are being conducted now in association with voluntary organizations and clubs, which are affiliated to Kerala State Youth Welfare Board. Through this scheme, training is conducted in Handicraft soap, agarbathy making, food processing, computer course, beautician course etc. Many of the youth from rural area and urban slum have been participating and learning the techniques and methods from these training scheme. This scheme will make the have the youth self-reliant and independents by selling up their own production unit.

Youth Awards

The Government of India has been conferring National Youth Awards to outstanding contributions of Youth between the age of 15-35, for the last few years. In line with the National Award, the board has decided to introduce State Youth Awards to encourage the Kerala Youth by acknowledging and recognizing their outstanding contribution towards the cause of fellow youth and society. This will develop a sense of responsibility as well improve their personal potential. The Awards will be given at two levels District and State.