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Scourge of unemployment and unemployability haunts Indian youth

Source | The Economic Times 

Scourge of unemployment and unemployability haunts Indian youth

KOLKATA: Upset over his failure to get a suitable teaching job, Atanu Mistry, a 30-year-old from West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, allegedly committed suicide recently.

According to Mistry’s family, he had armed himself with a B.Ed degree after completing his post-graduation in English to chase a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. But failing to crack the recruitment examination for primary teachers, he only managed a housekeeping job in a private entity, which shattered his morale.

Again, a 21-year-old engineering graduate, Arpit Ravish, who topped the final semester examination, reportedly took his life by hanging from the ceiling of his residence at Girinagar in south Bengaluru after failing to get campus placement.

There may be many Atanus and Arpits languishing after unsuccessful attempts at finding jobs in the organised sector in the depressed Indian job market despite having higher academic degrees.

Take another telling instance.

In July, authorities at the Malda Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal were in a quandary following a rush of applications from post-graduates, and even Ph.D holders, for a “Group D profile” job that required them to handle bodies in the hospital’s morgue. The eligibility for the position was only a Class 8 pass certificate.

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