"Early in January 2018 in Haryana, about 14,836 candidates applied for eight vacancies for the post of a peon at the Jind Court (Anand, 2018). The vast difference between vacancies and applications is not the only worrying factor in this scenario. What is more disturbing is that among these applicants, a large number were postgraduates where the minimum educational qualification required for the job was a matric degree. A similar event happened in 2018 in Tamil Nadu where the vacancies for the positions of typists, village administrative officers and stenographers notified by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission saw applications from 992 PhD holders, 23,000 MPhil holders, and 2.5 lakh post-graduates for 9,500 jobs (India Today, 2018). In West Bengal, more than 300 applications for a position at the morgue at Malda Medical College were from PhD students or MPhil holders (Maitra, 2017). Such instances can be traced further back to 2015 when 250 PhD holders, 25,000 postgraduates and 1.52 lakh graduates had applied for posts of 368 peons in Uttar Pradesh (Verma, 2015). Every year, new entrants to the labour force (defined by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) as those who are actively seeking work) necessitate the creation of jobs. However, individu
By 2025, an unprecedented demographic transition will put India in a position where 64 per cent of its population will be of working age. Currently, the absence of a skilled workforce ails the economy. An overhaul of our education system is required to rectify the current flaws and to cater to the needs of a growing economy.