The job crisis and solution
The third area of focus has to be to build an environment of sustainable livelihood creation in the country that can support better “agency” building in youth and empower them to chart their own destiny with skills as a by-product of this journey. Too often, youth have been stuffed into classrooms for a course chosen by some funder without consideration for motivation or aptitude. Youth will aspire to jobs and stay in them only if they want to, irrespective of the economic strata they come from. There are some successful experiments in this area that have resulted in placement and retention levels at least three times the normal average. This is a critical year — for the world, for India and for all Indians and as new opportunities emerge, we need to focus on making livelihoods happen.