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Unformatted text preview: Plan. This young population is as an
invaluable asset which if equipped with knowledge and skills, can contribute effectively to
the development of the national as well as the global economy. So the question poised in
front of us as a nation is whether we are evolving our education system or not? When asked about his views on Indian Education System, Dr. Amartya Sen says that our
higher education system is widespread, and while the quality of it is very mixed, there are
still a lot of people getting reasonable higher education. But our primary and secondary
education system is poorly managed and yet to achieve its goals. India has about 550 million
people under the age of 25 years out of which only 11% are enrolled in tertiary institutions
compared to the world average of 23%. When large groups are systematically neglected, like
girls, especially from economic and social underdog families, the social penalties are
gigantic. According to UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report 2006, out of 771 million
illiterates in the world, 268 million are estimated to be residing in our country — nearly onethird of the world's non-literates. Even though India's GDP has recorded a very high growth
rate in the recent past, the inferior literacy status of our country has contributed to the
lowering of our position in the UNDP’s Human Development Index In the present context, education policies and strategies lack to consider the emerging
challenges and opportunities that come from increasing population and very importantly
globalization as well. The task of nation building has to take into account increasing demand
for certain professional skills and also inculcate values of social responsibility so as to
achieve inclusive, equitable &sustainable growth. Both the quality and quantity has to be Page 4 improved in our education system and certainly with a faster pace. The need for responsible education
Considering the global challenges we face today, it is not easy to predict our future on th...
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