The creation of more and better jobs and livelihoods is today an imperative for policymakers everywhere. Like the rest of the world, India too faces an employment conundrum. In India, the gap between numbers of jobs created and jobs required has widened despite strong GDP growth during the decade of the 2000s. Every year, 10 -12 million young people join the labor force, and 5 million people leave agriculture to join the non-agriculture sectors. Thus, there exists a total demand of 17- 20 million new jobs per annum. This Conference will look into the employment conundrum in India and discuss the way forward.
The "Jobs Problem" in India, as we understand it today, is the interplay of many forces. The most important question that the country is facing right now is how to create adequate jobs so that the growth rate across sectors are maintained? However, adequate and qualitative jobs may only be created when an ecosystem of forces work together to meet the challenge. These forces, on their own, will not be able to achieve the desired effects. The Conference will also discuss about the high-impact strategies that need to be adopted and also the policy agendas that may be embraced.