Case in Point: India's Demographics - A Dividend or a Challenge

Jul 07 2014, 16:14 IST
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SummaryIndia will have 64% of its population in the working age group by 2020.

However, the quality of vocational training in the existing system is sub-par. There are high barriers to entry under the current set-up. For instance, the existing structure requires secondary education (class VIII) as a prerequisite for enrolment into vocational training schemes thereby restricting a significant proportion of illiterate or less educated workers from even entering into the formal training system. Such barriers must be lowered.

The need of the hour is a much stronger partnership between Government and Industry to ensure that the quality of ITIs improves significantly and a greater synergy is ensured among the various programs of ministries.

By Amit Pandey, Indian School of Business

NOTE: The views expressed are those of the author alone

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