State-wide survey to gauge thoughts of young

Questionnaire to probe Gen X views on policies, politicians, politics

A State-wide survey to be conducted by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) will explore the perceptions, expectations, attitudes, aspirations and suggestions of youth on such issues and lots more.

A target sample size of 12,600 youth in the age group 15-34 years across 150 Assembly segments across the State would be drawn for the survey scheduled to begin next month. The need to conduct such a survey, dubbed the first of its kind in the State, was expressed at several consultations conducted by the KKC.

Opinions needed

The consultations felt that the opinions of the youth needed to be considered before arriving at major policy decisions. The survey will provide a bird’s eye view on the perception of the youth on a wide range of issues from personal beliefs to views on the larger socio-politico-economic issues, official sources said.

As many as 2.12 crore people, 39.92 per cent of the State’s population, are below the age of 34 years.  Dr Sandeep Shastri, national convener of Lokniti, a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi will be the chief investigator for the study. As a part of its preparations for the survey, the Karnataka Knowledge Commission held consultative meetings with representatives of various youth organisations and also with young elected representatives.

Capture challenges

It was felt that the survey should capture challenges and problems faced by young people, their views on enhancing quality of education, their take on introduction of English language at primary level, socio-economic aspects, urban-rural divide, initiatives taken by the Government with regard to education and reservation policy, among others. The questionnaire is yet to be finalised, but sources said the number of questions could touch 100. Feedback of the youth on various Government programmes will also be collected.

A booster sample of 1,000 will be added to the target sample to ensure the coverage of youth of marginalised section. Care would be taken to cover youths of every strata of society while drawing the sample, the sources added.

Youth power

*  12,600 youth will answer around 100 questions each

*  Survey spread across 150 Assembly constituencies

* Target group between 15 and 34 years

*  Survey to begin in June

*  Survey outcome to help in policy interventions

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