International Award for Young People

What is IAYP?

The Award Programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme ‘DEAS’ by eminent educator Kurt Hahn. The aim was to motivate young people aged between 14 and 25 years to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood.

The Award Programme was first introduced in India in 1962 with a view to encouraging young people in the country to achieve their full growth potential within the framework of Indian society, to improve their moral, social and intellectual well-being.

In 1966 it was taken up by the Indian Public Schools Conference, when a number of well-known residential schools made a start with the Programme. Most of these continue with the Award to the present day. Several other schools adopted the Award Programme soon thereafter.

Later, need was felt to rename award scheme as International Award for Young People to appeal a more global perspective.

Governing body

Indian Award, now known as the International Award for Young People-India (IAYP) is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO). The award scheme in India is headed by a trust. The Hon'ble Vice President of India Mr M Hamid Ansari has become the Patron of the IAYP, India, with effect from 27 March 2008.
The present Chairman of the NAA Governing Council is Dr. Sanat Kaul. The present National Director is Mr. Sandeep Dutt.


  • 1. To learn how to give useful service to others.
  • 2. To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.
  • 3. To encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills.
  • 4. To encourage participation in Physical recreation and improvement of performance



The Programme is non-competitive and anyone with perseverance and enterprise, including the disabled, can earn an Award. Young people choose activities that are appropriate to their environment and best suited to their own personal interests and talents. For adults, the Programme provides an opportunity to help by sharing their individual skills and experience with young people.

Levels of Awards

Levels of Award Minimum Duration
Bronze(age: 14+) 6 months
Silver(age: 15+) 12 months
Gold(age: 16+) 18 months

For each level, participants have to complete the requirements of each of the 4 different sections. Qualifying standards are measured in terms of progress, proficiency and sustained effort.

Programme Sections

Service – any activity with a view to serve
Expeditions – Out bound adventure
Skills – enhancing personal life skills
Physical Recreation – sports


Recognition and respective medal with a certificate.
Certificate highly prized by admission officers world over

Registration Fee - Rs. 500/- for each level of award which will be sent to National Award authority.

The Daly College as YES Centre

The Daly College was made National License Operator (NLO) as a YES (Youth Engaging Society) Centre in India on April 13, 2011.

The Centre functions as a model award unit and offers skills training initiatives and helps volunteer join community service initiatives. Keeping in mind the true spirit of the Award philosophy, the Programme will be available to all without any form of discrimination. Young people in the 14-25 age groups who wish to take up the challenge, and do not have access to an Award Centre / registered School or College, may enroll with The Daly College ‘YES Centre’. An individual who has not been able to complete Award journey at school. It will also train award leaders and houses a chapter of award holders.

How to get enrolled?

• STEP 1

Kindly pay the Participant Fee of Rs. 500.00 (Rupees five hundred only), by a bank draft payable to "Award Programme Foundation" at New Delhi through College.

• STEP 2
Get your Starter pack comprising of Registration Form, Record Book and a diary from the IAYP Office.  Immediately fill the Participant Registration Form and send to the IAYP Office to Mr. Siddharth Tewari, Award Leader.

• STEP 3
Start your activities for Service, Skill, Physical recreation, Expedition and Residential Project (for Gold only) under the guidance of your IAYP approved Award Leader / guide / mentor / Assessor.

• STEP 4
Record your activities in a diary. An Entrant completes the Award with the help of an instructor and an assessor, who must be aware of the Award Programme and in direct communication with Award Leader.

• STEP 5
Submit your Record Books and Diaries to Award Leader for assessment. On due completion and compliance of the programme needs, the IAYP Office will authorise the Award on Record Books.

• STEP 6 
Clear all your dues, if any (like registration fee, Service charges and expedition charges etc).

• STEP 7
You will get your Award Certificate and badge individually or in an Award presentation ceremony held once in a year.

Award Information : 2016

This year Gurveer Singh Chaggar, Bhaavya Parmar received awards at Bronze level, Ivesh Suri, Kunal Miglani, Anshul Dubey, Madhumita Banerjee, Saumy Tewari received awards at Silver level and Arjun Singh received award at Gold level.

The award is facilitating subtle positive changes in the personalities of the students. We hope to see more participation and outstanding fallouts in the coming future.