Having read The Times of India article on education reforms, I thought it useful to share some reflection on the Higher Education statistics, shared by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development for India.
The infographic supplied with this blog, highlights some pertinent points for education reform in India.
Also, quoted in the article is the global trend of skills development and education reform. India is not alone in skills deficit. The benefits of educating youth impacts sound economic gains – if delivered appropriately.
‘Global experiences indicate a positive correlation between GER and economic growth in the country and point to the need for a minimum of 30 per cent to sustain economic growth.’
I would like to concentrate on the increasing interest from foreign partners, in the development of skills, education in India; supporting reform bills and bilateral global trade.
Diversity and the knowledge shared by bilateral global partners is credible development activity. Sharing good practice in skills development at a strategic level, ensures that the development of skills and vocational education is consistent, contextualised and transferable.
I agree we mustn’t lose sight of the workforce context in India; however there are very useful credible resources and evaluative global practices available in skills development, that can ensure that skills services and products are developed, with ease of access from a learner perspective, employability ROI, quality and sustainability assurance.
The education reform process is complex, with real implementation and delivery issues in terms of vocational education and employability uptake from a very significant and large proportion of un-organised sector. There is a real need for coordinated activity, funding alignment, transferable education credits and inclusive partner communications to ensure that skills products and services have India at the heart of development and uptake. Strategic conversations are essential, along with expert capacity and resource allocation to ensure India delivers its’ policy remit. The importance of reliable and compulsory labour market intelligence and workforce data, ensures that skills solutions plug skills inactivity and workforce gaps prevalent in some sectors and areas of India.
There are some key success factors for implementation and one that must engage global experts and Indian national employers: to ensure vocational education and employability are seen as not a weaker skills solution, but a viable and supportive economic growth solution, that has serious impact and return on investment.
The full Times of India article can be found here: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-05/news/34926280_1_higher-education-shashi-tharoor-ger