The real job guarantee
Apropos of the column Good to see a Budget presenting solutions for unemployment (FE, July 14), merging the higher education sector and vocational training is a positive step as we really need to add credibility to such trainings, which currently fail to attract the youth. And apart from helping the youth in acquiring necessary skills, job-creation also remains the most challenging aspect for the government. Employability, as the columnist has rightly pointed out, remains a huge crisis in our country as only 34% of the graduates are employable. Therefore, vocational training needs to be made a part of the higher education system to bridge this gap effectively. The Apprentice Act and NSDC programmes can help in this respect. But, above all, it is not the measures announced in the Budget that will help, but the steps undertaken in the near future. It remains to be seen is how well these measures can be executed at a grass-root level.