SEP 2021  

Decent Work and Economic Growth’ finds a place among the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as SDG 8. Indeed, sustainable economic growth can be created only when people have quality jobs. For a country to grow and be successful, it is imperative that its youth be educated and skilled and have access to decent work opportunities.

Nelson Mandela had said “the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow”, and it is imperative that these youth be gainfully employed, especially in developing countries. With more than 808 million, amounting to 66 per cent of the population, below the age of 35, India at present has one of the largest youth populations in the world. In the next decade it is estimated that the Indian labour force will grow by over 8 million per annum, the majority of whom will be young people just entering the job market. In this background, the Indian government too has in recent times initiated a number of schemes and policies that focus on developing the skills of the youth.

This month’s TerraGreen too focuses on Skilling of the Youth. The Cover Story discusses National Education Policy 2020 and the advantage of catching the ‘potential workforce’ at an early age and equipping them with soft skills and technical expertise so that once they complete  their formal education and step out into the job market, they can earn a decent living. The story also examines whether we have made a stop-gap arrangement, or are all the technology-driven employability opportunities holistic in nature.

Another important SDG is Goal 2: Zero Hunger. The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development and is central for the eradication of hunger and poverty. The agriculture sector has to become sustainable and ensure efficient utilization of resources such as water and energy in particular. The Feature article in this issue focuses on technology applications in water and energy use in the rural economy to promote low-input agriculture. It also analyses the role of smart water management in agriculture.

As the world and India continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to ensure that in these times of crisis, we do not lose the momentum in our attempts to make the world a more sustainable place and empower our youth.

With these articles and many more stories of current interest, we hope that you enjoy reading this issue of TerraGreen. We look forward to receiving your feedback and letters.

© TERI 2020

Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India's CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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