Grit and Determination plus Digital Literacy? A Recipe for Success

Is the youth bulge a problem of plenty? India must combine old wisdom and new technologies to harness its demographic dividend.

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By 2020, India will become the world’s youngest country in terms of its population. When the certainty of this ‘demographic dividend’ became clear, it was seen as a huge opportunity by economists, academics, think tanks and social scientists, a problem of plenty. As the sheer size of the issue became clearer, and as more data on youth entered the public domain, employers, civil society and the government soon joined the conversation. Over the past decade, this one issue has become arguably one of the most emotive of issues in several Indian policy circles.

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The Learnership

A year-long course in welding at an Industrial Training Institute in Bangalore laid the foundation for former Quest Alliance employee Archita Sisodia to turn entrepreneur.

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“I didn’t feel like I was making enough of an impact, and I knew that I needed to learn more before I could offer more. I joined not to learn welding, but to understand the ecosystem of an ITI”

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