SKILL GAP AND UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG EDUCATED INDIAN YOUTH - A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF JOB MARKET ENTRANTS IN BIHAR AND TELANGANA
According to the 68th Round of NSSO (2011-12), it is estimated that across India almost 68%
of graduates and 53% of post-graduates in general education and 51% of graduate or post
graduate diploma holders in technical education, are unemployed. This project is an attempt
to initiate a study on the nature of work and conditions of work for this segment,
based on field work and secondary data in the states of Bihar and Telangana.
Existing studies and their analysis of the skill gap have largely used secondary (usually nation-level)
data to support their claims on skill gap and lack of skills. There is currently less research work
on the current scenario and expectations across different education streams. The study will address
this gap by collecting data on graduating students from three important streams, the nature of placements
and expectations and its links with their socio-economic backgrounds. This will allow an in-depth
examination of what the skill gap means and its structural features. It will go beyond existing research,
using primary data with an alternate macro-framework of research, to help conceptualise the nature
of labour and work conditions among the growing section of educated Indian youth today.
S. Krithi is Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked
extensively in the field of natural resource economics. Her areas of interest include agricultural
economics, labour and resource use, political economy and
theories of accumulation. In addition, she is interested in gender politics and economics.
Currently, she is working as an assistant professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad.
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Santosh Verma is Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He pursued his
Post-Doctoral Research from the International Centre for Development and Decent Work, University of
Kassel, Germany. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad.
His current research interests include political
economy of land and labour and agricultural value chain analysis.
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