The extent to which India will be able to successfully harness its demographic dividend depends significantly on the situation of its youth, notably on the levels of education and market-oriented skills they attain. While many states have made progress on the education front, many other states, including Bihar, have lagged behind. Looking at the current educational situation of youth in Bihar, this policy brief argues that significant investments in terms of appropriate policies and programs are required to enable the state to: achieve the Millennium Development Goals of universal primary education and elimination of gender disparity in primary and secondary education, harness its demographic dividend, and enable its youth to participate in and benefit from global development.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2009. "Ensuring education for all in Bihar: Highlighting the obstacles," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 20. Mumbai: IIPS.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study