India has one of the world’s youngest populations and one million job-seekers will join India’s labour force every month for the next 20 years. India urgently needs to meet its 3E challenge of education, employability, and employment if it is to reap the demographic dividend. How India’s youth are trained and skilled will determine their readiness to be productive in the jobs of today and tomorrow. Against this background, through this first research initiative in its new Labour Economics Research Observatory (LERO), NCAER will examine the 3E chain in India, focusing on both the supply and demand for skills using a combination of analytics and surveys. Supported by J.P. Morgan, this two year research programme will engage key stakeholders from government, industry and skills training providers through a research advisory committee and convening; and as a research program will have the potential to contribute both to policy as well as practice pertaining to employability, labour markets and the skilling supply chain. The research will take a 360 degree perspective of the complex skilling environment to not only look at employability but also youth aspirations, employer requirements and interest, related policies as well as how skills ties into India’s education system.
As per the Census 2011 data, India has 730 million people in the age group of 15-59 years, which gives India an opportunity to reap a significant demographic dividend. The government’s skills development policy (2015) notes that India is “presently facing a dual challenge of a severe paucity of highly-trained, quality labour, as well as... Read More
NCAER today launched its first research on India’s 3E Challenge- Education, Employability, and Employment under the New Skills at Work India (NSAWI) program. Housed in NCAER’s Labour Economics Research Observatory (LERO), NSAWI is an inaugural research initiative that will look at the skills gap currently affecting the Indian work environment. The two-year research program, supported by J.P... Read More
Bornali Bhandari is a Professor at NCAER with a background in international economics and macroeconomics, specifically focusing on the impact of globalisation on development. Currently, she is engaged in a number of industry studies including automobiles, farm mechanisation, and digitisation. Her wider research interests include analysis of skilling from a 3-E perspective (education, employability and... Read More
Saurabh Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Fellow at NCAER. He has undertaken a wide variety of studies, including; Railways Passenger and Freight, Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals, Cement, etc. in the Infrastructure Sector; Agriculture Outlook, Convergence of Agricultural Intervention in Maharashtra, National Cooperative Development Council, National Dairy Development Board, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Fishery, Animal... Read More
Pallavi Choudhuri is a Senior Fellow at the NCAER-National Data Innovation Center (NDIC), with primary research interests in informality, social protection, employment, social inequality, and gender. At NDIC, she has led experiments on measurement gaps in income and consumption data and women’s time use. She is also a part of the core research team for the... Read More