Youth Time Bomb
(Photographing the demographic dividend)Next time you pass by Vile Parle, look out for the number of students who get in and off the trains. The education hub of Mumbai.
It's election season and I would like to draw your attention to this India Spend article that has numbers. It says, Why Masses of Jobless Youth May Reduce The BJP In UP. The headline and story exist because of the election but the numbers are about the long term reality that we have been experiencing. Here is something that points to the real problem which states have addressed: Education.
"There is a “mismatch in the demand and supply of education and skills” that translates into unemployment, said a 2017 International Labour Organisation report. Though there is a shortage of skilled labour, workers are often not trained in different skills primarily due to lack of education and awareness about opportunities. The high rate of unemployment among educated youth, said the report, was a “matter of concern”."
India Spend also asks: Less than 5% of India’s workforce is formally skilled, compared to China’s 20%, South Korea’s 96%, Japan’s 80%, Germany’s 75%, United Kingdom’s 68% and the United States’s 52%, according to the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship’s annual report for 2015-16. Why is India lagging so far behind?
The answer is here.