India is the world’s seventh largest country by size and the home to the second biggest population after China. With these features, India’s education system has an enormous responsibility. Some of the main problems that affect education in India are a lack of infrastructure, poor global rankings, social/gender gaps and lack of economic resources to support education.
However, there are efforts to reform education in India through the National Skill Council (NSC) that works with the Confederation of Indian Industry. These groups are focused on improving vocational and management schools through renovating curriculum and faculty.
The government hopes that by the year 2022, there will be 500 million people trained in varied skills that would match tomorrow’s demands. The real challenge for the success of this initiative is to the creativity and involvement of non-governmental organizations.
Quality education will make India’s youth gain valuable skills to tackle societal and economic challenges. It would “provide children with the protection they need from poverty, exploitation and disease; and give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.”
The global corporation Microsoft also aims to improve the quality of education by decreasing the gap between those who have the opportunities and those who don’t. Microsoft launched a global initiative known as YouthSpark. It aims to provide opportunities for 300 million youth over the course of three years. In India, the project targets 80,000 youth.
The problems that India faces in its education can be also improved by bringing new technologies into the classrooms and schools. Efficiency will cut down the running costs for a massive education network. Also, there needs to be an inclusive and a quality education while utilizing the public-private model of sources.
– Noman Ashraf