Delhi government's Entrepreneurship Curriculum, comprising of no evaluative tests, books or examination, is set to mark a paradigm shift in country’s education from test based education to task based education.

Jobs, more jobs and still more jobs— are urgency of the day and, at the moment, peaking unemployment, as a response to situation is fatal. As per the government statistics, unemployment numbers stand at 45 year high. Worst unemployment number recorded previously in 1972-1973 was a period aftermath war that put India under immense pressure and unease, and country saw a drastic rise in prices, low savings and lack of funds for public sector services for poor and common man. But, at a time, when India is fastest growing economy in the world, the appalling situation of job market seems bit tricky as well as weird.

The problem of unemployment is one of the most stressful aspects for any economy, especially, for an economy as large as ours, for hundreds of thousands youngsters enter job markets each year after graduation or other qualifications only to be hit upon by unrealistic competition and subsequent low confidence and morale. Young voices decide mood of the nation, whatever they feel will definitely reflect in growth and development of country. Betterment of youth carries with itself , in young brains, a resolve to achieve best for the nation. Success of youngsters is complimentary to success of their nation.

To solve the riddle of unemployment, it is important to adopt a holistic approach in first analysing factors that lead us to this dreary job market situation and, afterwards, most importantly a way forward.

First of all, it is important to look for gaps in mindset and approach that halt growth, further in order to achieve continuous progress those gaps have to be fulfilled. Over the time, Indian society has failed to change its outlook towards market situation. Liberalisation did ensure expansion of IT and services sector, but new economics failed to sow seeds of an urge of self-made Indians and self-creation. In response to creation of very situation mentioned above and scarcity of jobs, a (big) lot of students can be seen hustling for a job whenever any vacancy in public or private service sector is notified.

Situation exemplifies complete drain of energy and sharp talent of youngsters; actually meant to improvise art in new splendid looks, show up with a great deal of inventions and do away with present day issues and problems. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam once said, “The youth need to be enabled to be job creators, from job seekers”. Understanding potential of idea of youth being a job creator, Indian government has initiated a programme called Startup India, a flagship initiative intended to build a strong ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. Does this mark as final solution?

Not so, for we lack entrepreneurial minds and approaches. Any other problems pertaining to business eco-system, funds, policy or resources are bound to attract solutions, once we succeed in nurturing and training brains to tackle problems of real life functioning. The process has to start early. Younger generation very often considers theoretical part they study at schools and colleges of no use in general, it is important to channelize their attention and knowledge grabbing skills towards learning more skills and attaining sort of knowledge that matters most in solving real problems in real world.

Now when there is a consensus that startups and entrepreneurs represent themselves as a solution to contemporary India’s problems, and government is trying its own bit in strengthening eco system for entrepreneurship, what else do we have to do? Funds and policies are of little use, unless brains don’t function in a correct way.

Schools are a perfect place to inculcate desired skills for future, an investment that pays off incredibly well. Meanwhile, Delhi Government is on a spree of introducing reforms in school education to change the face of education in national capital, especially government-run schools whose chief beneficiaries are children with poorer backgrounds. Continuing their efforts, recently, Delhi Government announced that the government-run schools in the state will soon have the Entrepreneurship Curriculum for the students of 9th to 12th class, a one of its own kind programme. The initiative is aimed at making students future ready by telling them entrepreneurial stories, case studies and many mindfulness activities and approaches. The programme, comprising of no evaluative tests, books or examination is set to mark a paradigm shift in country’s education from test based education to task based education.

It is time that students change the way they explore and learn, while at the same time teachers facilitating and guiding all those exploratory processes and enriching learning experiences.