A new report by the University of Delhi’s Department of Sociology has revealed that the government of India is in dire need of an urgent boost to the educational system.
The report, titled ‘The Future of India’s Education System: An Assessment of the Future of Education’ (2017), was conducted by the Centre for Global Policy Research (CGP) as part of the ‘Bos Symposium’ organised by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on May 11.
The aim of the symposium is to raise awareness about the importance of the human resources sector, and to help the government realise the potential of education in India.
The CGP report says that the sector has been struggling with a lack of funding and support, with students unable to access the university or colleges due to the financial constraints of India.
In order to create an adequate system of education, the CGP reports, the government is taking steps to boost the sector’s workforce and the quality of its education.
It has announced a number of programmes, such as the establishment of a government-backed National Center for Science and Technology Education (NCSTE), to improve the education of students.
However, this does not go far enough, the report states.
“A higher education system should have a robust employment sector,” says the report, adding that the Government of India must ensure that the workforce of universities and colleges is strong enough to absorb a large proportion of the students coming to the country from abroad.
“If the government doesn’t have a strong educational system in place, the students are going to go elsewhere,” says Gyanpreet Singh, a PhD candidate at the department.
Singh says the government needs to create a ‘new industrial policy’ to create jobs and support the manufacturing sector, which would provide better employment opportunities for the students.
“The new industrial policy needs to be more flexible.
If you are hiring for an eight-month period, then you need to hire for six months,” he says.
“What the government should be doing is creating a ‘national economy’ and encouraging the private sector, rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all policy,” says Singh.
The government should also work to create infrastructure that will enable students to get work in the local economy, he adds.
The symposium aims to bring together students and researchers to assess how the government can make the education sector stronger.
The research group has been tasked with analysing the state of the educational sector in India and to report on its performance and its implications for the future of the country.
“We want to understand what the country’s future might look like and how the country can be better served by education,” says Anand Rangaswamy, co-founder of the CGS research group.
He adds that a major challenge is to improve and modernise the education system to meet the needs of India, which has seen rapid growth in population and economic activity.
According to a report by PwC, the global education company, India ranks 12th in the world, but it is facing huge challenges in terms of education.
The country has one of the highest education literacy rates in the developed world, with a literacy rate of 86 per cent.
While India’s education system has seen a decline in the last few years, the number of graduates has increased in recent years, says the Pwc report.
“This is because students are more engaged in learning and participating in learning activities.
This is not only good for the economy, but also good for our society and the economy,” says Rangamswamy.
The researchers believe that there is a need for more investments in the education and training sector.
“It is crucial that we make the system more robust and modern,” says CGP’s Anand Singh.
“There is a lot of scope for improvement.
We need to make sure that we are making more investment in the infrastructure and education.”
The study, which was conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MHER), has been commissioned by the government.
According, the study was conducted in collaboration with the Centre of International Cooperation, the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The report is available here.