Indian higher education is withering on the vine

Not long ago, India was seen as living the demographic dream, with the youth bulge generating a productive push. Now, the dream threatens to become a nightmare. Despite relatively high GDP growth, recognised employment declined by about 9 million between 2011-12 and 2017-18, and open unemployment rates are at their highest in four decades. Unemployment is especially bad among young people, particularly the more educated. Around one-third of those aged 15 to 29 (about 100 million people) are not in employment, education or training. These trends suggest major macroeconomic failures,…

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