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. Youth in Tamil Nadu have made considerable strides in terms of educational attainment, yet it is not clear whether they are prepared for the challenges they will face in a globalized world. For example, are opportunities available that enable them to complete secondary education, increasingly a prerequisite for participating in the labor market in the context of globalization. Are opportunities available that enable youth to overcome skill mismatches through vocational skills and training? Are youth in Tamil Nadu succeeding in finding productive employment and becoming integrated into the labor market? Are opportunities available for young women to make the most of their productive potential? This policy brief argues that significant investments in terms of appropriate policies and programs are required to enable the state to 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. "Education and transition to work among youth in Tamil Nadu," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 13. Mumbai: IIPS.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study