Education is clearly important in tapping the so-called demographic dividend. There is nothing automatic about a demographic dividend materializing.  Among other things, that is a function of health and education outcomes.  More specifically, there is question of skills. The overall skills deficit has often been flagged. For instance, in 2002, the S.P. Gupta Special Group  constituted by the Planning Commission stated, “It should be noted, however, that on the average the skilled labour force at present is hardly around 6-8 per cent of the total, compared to more than 60 per cent in most of the developed and emerging developing countries.”  In 2001, the Montek Singh Ahluwalia Task Force , again constituted by the Planning Commission, stated, “Only 5% of the Indian labour force in this age category  has vocational skills.”  While the numbers are marginally different, the Eleventh Five Year Plan document adds the following.   “The NSS 61st Round results show that among persons of age 15-29 years, only about 2% are reported to have received formal vocational training and another 8% reported to have received non-formal vocational training indicating that very few young persons actually enter the world of work with any kind of formal vocational training.”  Among the youth, most of those with formal training are in Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.   A better indicator of a State’s performance is the share of the young population that has some variety of formal training.  In this, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh perform well.  Is this because there is better training capacity and infrastructure?  Is it because industrial activity exists in these States?  Is it because there is a positive correlation between some minimum level of educational attainment and acquisition of formal training?  The answer is probably a combination of various factors.