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The Ministry was set up as the Department of Sports at the time of organisation of 1982 Asian Games New Delhi. Its name was changed to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports during celebration of the International Youth Year, 1985. It became a separate Ministry on 27 May 2000. Subsequently, In 2008, the Ministry has been bifurcated into Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports under two separate Secretaries.
Department of Youth Affairs
Unlike the sports department, many of the functions of the department are related to other ministries, like Ministry of Education, Employment & Training, Health and Family Welfare thus it functions largely as a facilitator for youth building.
It gives two awards, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award and Indira Gandhi NSS Award.
Definition of Youth
The United Nations defines "Youth" as 15-24 years and in the Commonwealth, it is 15-29 years. In order to use a definition more in line with these international standards, the Draft NYP 2012 changes the definition from 13-35 years to 16-30 years. The draft NYP 2012 plans to divide the age bracket of 16-30 years into three groups.
The department also gives away the National sports awards, including Special Awards to Medal Winners in International Sports Events, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, Dhyanchand Award for Lifetime achievement in Sports and Games, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar.. They also helped in bringing the FIFA U-17 World cup to India. A huge part of it was played by the advisors to the Sports Ministry - Rahul Rana (Doon School) and Arjun Dewan (The Lawrence School).