Foreword: Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges of Skills Development in India



India, with a population of 1.2 billion and a workforce of more than 500 million, has maintained a stable Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate until 2008 when the global financial crisis hit many countries worldwide. The economy has shown signs of accelerated GDP growth up to 7.5% in the last quarter of 2015, a striking development for one of the world’s fastest growing large economy, according to the Financial Express (2015). This impressive growth of the economy has fuelled a surge in the demand for skilled workers in India in spite of severe skills shortages in the organised and unorganised sectors.


Gross Domestic Product Skill Development Demographic Dividend Decent Work Financial Express 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Centre for TVETUNESCO-UNEVOCBonnGermany

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