Population Research Centre, Department of Statistics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam observed World Population Day in collaboration with Indian Association for the Study of Population and Inner Wheel Club of Visakhapatnam and a function was held in the Platinum Jubilee Guest House, Andhra University.
‘The young students of various colleges to actively participate in the programmes relating to population issues’ said AU VC G Nageswar Rao while delivering key note address. All the youth in the country should be responsible future citizens and contribute to the country has propounded by the United Nations. India will be the most populous country surpassing China but was unable to check the population growth as done by China. The future will only have to tell us whether India gets the benefit of the demographic dividend or not. The growing population is a big challenge for the government to create productive jobs and provide necessary infrastructure required for the growing population of India, he added.
Prof. B. Muniswamy, Honorary Director, Population Research Centre, Andhra University in his Presidential Address gave an overview of the current population trends and their implications. ‘The evidence through a number of studies carried out by the Population Research Centre shows that many Mother and Child Health indicators are not at desired level’ said Muni Swamy. The Adolescents have lesser awareness about the issues relating to their health and hygiene, he added
‘In India family planning programme is aimed at birth control rather than a rights based approach to reproductive health of women’ said Dr K V R Subrahmanyam, Vice-President, Indian Association for the Study. The concerted efforts to promote family planning were successful only to limit the number of children and there is a gap in promotion of spacing methods which is urgently required to decrease the burden of motherhood among the adolescents. Nearly 10 percent of the adolescents in the age group of 15-19 are becoming mothers without having a choice about their marriage or spacing the child births, he added.