Centre for Excellence on Adolescents and Youth

About Us


India’s first holistic adolescent health program, RKSK- Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram - was developed and launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with UNFPA support in early 2014. RKSK is a paradigm shift in addressing adolescent health and well-being from a multi-sectoral perspective to support the successful transition of adolescents from childhood to adulthood.

With the Government of India’s flagship programmes such as Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Make in India, it is a historic opportunity to invest in and to enable the youth bulge to become the driver of inclusive and sustainable development of the World We Want.

To improve the availability of relevant knowledge, services and data, enable informed policies and investments, and informed choices by young people, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and UNFPA have launched a Centre of Excellence on Youth and Adolescents. The Centre of Excellence consists of a Research and Development Centre and online platforms that include a Virtual Marketplace and a Youth Portal. The Research Centre, located in New Delhi, will focus on research and policy advocacy for advancing young people’s agenda. The online platforms will provide cutting-edge data, information and services on and for young people.

Youth Portal

youthinfoindia.org, a web-‚Ā†portal for information on adolescents and young people in India, is hosted by TISS. The portal provides access to key data and research through an interactive online database, with links to key sources such as the Census of India, NFHS, NSSO and MoHRD. In addition, the Dashboard gives quick facts, and the Snapshot function can be used to present data in different visual formats. This tool can be used with your own data as well as from the database, to create graphic representations and tables by key indicators. The Portal is supported by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. This portal's work is in progress and will soon become available for receiving postings.