Achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, is one of the targets articulated under the Millennium Development Goals and ratified by countries worldwide, including India. Reflecting India’s commitment to meeting the employment needs of its citizens, new policy and programmatic initiatives have been launched in recent years. It is important to take stock of the extent to which youth are equipped to make a successful transition to work roles and the extent to which they are making that transition. This policy brief aims to do so for the state of Bihar. Are youth in the state transitioning into work roles at appropriate ages and with adequate skills? Are opportunities available that enable youth to overcome skill mismatches through vocational skills training? Are youth succeeding in finding productive employment and integrating into the labor market? Looking at the current employment situation, this policy brief argues that significant investment in terms of appropriate policies and programs is required to improve the employability of youth in Bihar and thereby enable them to find full and productive employment.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2009. "Transition to work roles among youth in Bihar," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 17. Mumbai: IIPS.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study