India needs at least 126 years to reach global standards in education: ASSOCHAM

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Being youngest country with 315 million students, India needs at least 126 years or six more generations to reach the global standards in education according to an ASSOCHAM paper.

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Considering several factors like shortage of quality teachers, absence of effective skill development and more the country will take whooping years to scale up to the global standards.

ASSOCHAM paper noted that, though the country made rapid progress, the yawning gap between the standards of education is so far to reach the global education standards.

The paper also noted that shortage of quality teachers is the major challenge for India in education sector and at present, 1.4 million teacher posts shortage is measured across the nation.

On the other side, unfortunately twenty percent of the teachers do not scale up to standards of National Council for Teacher’s Education (NCTE).

The country is one of the least skilled countries, due to its absence of focus on effective skill development. Though the country has as excess work force, it is not skilled enough. Most of the college graduates and post graduates are lack in employability skills.

India is merely spending 3.83% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education, whereas developed nations like US, Germany and UK are spending 5.22, 4.95 and 5.72 percent from their GDP’s respectively.

To spend 3.83% is not sufficient for a sub-continent like India to catch up the better education standards.

ASSOCHAM secretary general D S Rawat said that the GDP bases of developed nations are so high, for instance US GDP is seven times higher than Indian GDP.

Besides, only 4.7% of the work force from Indians has any formal training. But it figures 52% for US, 95% for South Korea, 75% for Germany, 68% for UK and 80% for the Japan.

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