Young India’s Perceptions on Political Engagement, International Relations, Education and Society

British Council (India)


Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka


Education, Employment, Youth, Politics

Outline India undertook a study of the core values and concerns of the urban Indian youth specifically pertaining to political processes, leadership, education and employment policies. Additionally, the study gauged the level of engagement that exists among Indian youth with regard to the specified parameters and the avenues that allow for it.


The study also focused on how international policies and global agendas emerged in the political discourse, focusing on how these inform ideas of socio-political responsibilities for Indian youth at large. A mixed method study, the project included online surveys, a social media campaign across nine cities and qualitative fieldwork, with focus group discussions and in-depth interviews in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The study helped map possible avenues of synergy between India and UK in the context of the youth population.


The study attempted to explore correlations between the core values, aspirations and expectations of the Indian youth and the modalities of governance, through which one can get a sense of the reflexive engagement that the Indian citizenry has with the functioning of the state.


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