Problem:

Problems’ of India’s education system
  • India has made great progress in increasing enrollment rates and ensuring that children are registered in a formal education system. The Right to Education Act, introduced in 2010, dropped the out-of-school percentage of 6-14 year olds to 3.1% and 11-14 year olds to 4.6% in 2016. However, while more children than ever are receiving an education, the quality and lifelong impact of this education are not guaranteed.
  • High dropout rates continue to plague young adults, with 30% of 18 year-olds not enrolled in any school or college. Financial issues and a lack of interest are two of the most prevalent reasons behind choosing to discontinue one’s education. For women, who are more likely than their male counterparts to drop out of school, family constraints also play a role.
  • Pratham’s 2017 ASER study found that 25% of 14-18 year olds cannot read texts fluently in their own language, and over half of this age group struggles with solving arithmetic problems. This is likely due to a focus on rote learning instead of applied understandings, and a lack of proper assessment techniques to ensure students are meeting the objectives at each standard.
  • As a result, many students finish schooling without the skill set required for employment. India’s current education system is not rising to meet the needs of its youth nor the needs of the job market which requires skilled workers with strong educational fundamentals. Despite these challenges, many youths aspire for higher order careers and hope to be able to support themselves and their families.

Unemployment Scenario in India
  • By the year 2020, India will have the world’s youngest population with an average age of 29years old. This places India at a critical juncture: either the young workforce will be mobilized to create a powerful demographic dividend that will spur the country’s economy forward, or large percentages of youth may find themselves unemployed and struggling to survive.
  • In order to avoid the latter situation, many of the existing problems in the labor market will have to be addressed. Currently, many youths are lacking the proper skills and education to find well-paying jobs. While there are ample vacancies in certain sectors of the job market, there is a gap between the skills needed for hire and the skills possessed by the potential labor force. This leads to a conundrum where youths are willing to work, and certain jobs are available, yet unemployment remains.
  • This burden of unemployment falls particularly heavily on young women and rural workers who traditionally have had less access to the training and education that would make them employable in a wider variety of jobs. By 2022, it is estimated that over 100 million non-agricultural jobs will need to be filled by skilled workers, so ensuring the youth of India are prepared to meet job requirements will be crucial in the coming years.
CSR Opportunity
PROGRESS-O-METER

Students trained - 1,00,000
* *Students trained in industry specific skills.

Placement Rate - 80%
Entrepreneurs Supported - 1,500+
No of states - 16
Woman In Non Traditional Trades