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Budget should ensure sustainability of growth momentum: Ranu Kawatra

Ranu Kawatra, President and CEO, Pearson Education India says in the forthcoming budget, we would like to see measures to ensure that the growth momentum and resultant confidence in the economy are sustained.

Ranu Kawatra        Last Updated: February 18, 2013  | 11:37 IST

Ranu Kawatra
Ranu Kawatra
In the forthcoming budget, we would like to see measures to ensure that the growth momentum and resultant confidence in the economy are sustained. We would also like to see more efficient government spending in sectors that have a long-term impact on the economy: education, infrastructure and health. Within education, there is a strong need to increase spends on literacy programmes.

Focus on quality education and technology initiatives:
The government has time and again emphasised on the need to improve educational facilities and provide better amenities to children. In this budget, the aim should be not only to increase capacity but to focus on the quality of education through curricula reform, teacher training, technology initiatives and assessments to ensure effective learning outcomes. The benefits of technology are immense. It makes quality education accessible even from a distance, helps in immediate assessment of the learning outcomes and makes personalised learning possible. It would also be a good idea to encourage private and public partnerships to set up more schools and higher education institutions in small towns and rural areas. Our success in meeting this challenge is vital to the education sector as a whole and for the economic growth and prosperity of our country.

Emphasis on vocational qualifications and training:
Despite the strong foundation of higher / technical education, industry has growing concerns about the existing talent pool being unsuitable for employment due to critical skill gaps. For industry to sustain the present growth trajectory, there is a dire need for industry-academia convergence to bridge the skill gap. In the face of international competitiveness, industry expects the new workforce to have skills that keep them abreast with the latest developments. Hence, initiatives should be taken to encourage vocational qualifications and training.

(As told to Dearton Thomas Hector)

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