Necessity was felt to establish a Department of Youth Services & Sports to look-after the activities of Youth and Sports in a proper and scientific way as the Education Department with which such activities were attached, earlier could not pay adequate attention towards various youth and sports activities in the Pradesh. Keeping in view the increased number of Youth and Sports activities, the Government created the Department of Youth Services & Sports during 1982-83. The work relating to non-student youth was transferred to this Department from Education Department in January, 1984. Presently, National Services Scheme is being implemented in 98 colleges and 630 senior secondary schools covering 71500 students of the State.
The Directorate of Youth Services & Sports started with handful staff members. During 27 years of its existence it has acquired sound footing; about 34500 outstanding sports persons of the Pradesh have achieved distinction at National and International level competitions. The Department honors the outstanding sportspersons who win medals at National and International levels competitions.
The department started with an allocation of funds to the tune of Rs. 3.00 lacs during 1982-83, which has now increased to 4042.53 lacs during the financial year 2016-17.