This post originally appeared on FSG's youth and education blog.
India is a country of contrasts created by rapid growth, where slums rub shoulders with luxury hotels, where there's a dearth of skilled workers to fill up rapidly growing job openings.
Despite having more post-secondary institutions - and people graduating from there - than ever before, Indian businesses are unable to find qualified workers. This threatens the nation's ability to continue its high annual economic growth, and limits the number of people who can rise out of poverty by gaining stable employment.
Recognising the magnitude of the problem, the Government of India in 2008 set a target of imparting teaching skills to 500 million people by year 2022. Yet experts are questioning whether the government alone has the resources to solve the problem, suggesting India may need a budget provision of over ten times that of what was set aside in... Continue reading