The 16th Lok Sabha polls saw an unprecedented 10 crore first-time voters – emphasizing the young demography and the dividend it can pay. The new government should focus on increasing quality of education and training and create employment opportunities.
Setting up a dedicated ministry for skills becomes very relevant in 21st century where as a nation India is poised to be home of largest youngest population in the world. This would lead to greater accountability in terms of creating skill ecosystem, streamlining of multiple skill-development and training initiatives by various government ministries and a far more coherent approach.
Increasing education spend to 6% of GDP is a long due demand and the new government should endeavor to build consensus on that. Higher allocation would mean better academic infrastructure, inviting best talent, increased focus on research & development and lessening industry academia gap. Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a welcome initiative by previous government and new government should focus on strengthening it further.
Other key initiatives could be- vocationalization of school curriculum, stronger implementation of RTE and transparent and effective spending of SSA funds, effective roll-out of RMSA, introduction of foreign education bill, modernization of ITI’s and strengthening of NSDC, NSDA and State Skill Missions.