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Huge challenge for Skill India: just 5% study technical or professional courses

Sourjya Bhowmick | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:51 IST
  • If you thought that engineering and management were the two hottest educational pursuits for Indians, think again. According to a recent National Sample Survey Organisation report, only 5% of students in the country are engaged in technical or professional education, or studying subjects like engineering and management.
  • The rest are in general education, like humanities (B.A., M.A. etc), commerce (B.Com. etc) and science (B.Sc. etc).
  • At a time when the Narendra Modi government is pushing for 'Skill India', this data presents a big challenge.
  • The survey was conducted between January-June 2014, and covered around 4,577 villages. It excluded "art, music and similar type of courses conducted by individuals in their houses or unrecognised/unaffiliated institutions, classes taken by private tutors, education in nursery/kindergarten/preparatory levels".
  • Here are some of the key figures to emerge from the survey:
First published: 7 April 2016, 2:02 IST
Sourjya Bhowmick @sourjyabhowmick

Born and raised in Kolkata, Sourjya is all about the numbers. He uses data to contextualise stories on a broad range of topics. Formerly with the Hindustan Times and IndiaSpend, any time not spent researching and writing is spent reading non-fiction and tackling his unending collection of films. An alumnus of Presidency College, Kolkata, he has a post-grad degree in Political Science from Calcutta University and was actively involved in student politics. He's a fan of Tintin comics, Germany's football team, Mohun Bagan and Old Monk.