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1. Ahmad, Seher. "TABLE 3. India's economic growth: Unsustainable, given growing unemployability" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2019-09-18 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Despite the recent financial crisis, India has continued to grow at a rate of over 7 %. However, this growth is unsustainable unless the nation tackles the problem of unemployability. This is especially true for the rural areas where the quality of education is often dismal and a disproportionally large number of students never make it past tenth grade. Without a high-school certificate, majority of students are no better off in the labor market (when looking for a job) especially given that many students are unable to read and do simple arithmetic despite being in school for several years. Recent statistics from Pratham, a well-known Indian NGO corroborate the story. India’s labor force is growing at a rate of 2.5% annually with the employment rate at approximately 1.8%, leaving around 8 million of India’s youth unemployed. Moreover, this is in addition to the current backlog of 30 million already unemployed in India.
In essence, “due to lack of a quality education, marketable skills, and presence of bogus degrees, a number of educated youth in India do not get jobs. A talent crunch in India is a direct result of unemployable youth” (World Bank, 2006). I want to delve more deeply into this issue and explore its suitability as my dissertation topic. I have one set of questions I can research for my dissertation but would like to know what kinds of questions can be asked pertaining to this topic?

My current set of questions look at this issue from a evaluation view point,
(a) Definition by whom and to what purpose? (b) Definition over what time period? (c) Definition in what regional or business or governmental context? (d) Definition under what gap between supply of the employable (however this is defined) and the supply of jobs (however this is defined)?

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