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India is projected to have the world’s largest working age population by 2030[1]. The country is determined to improve access to quality education to its population, improve their employability and view this as an opportunity to enhance its competitiveness globally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to educational institutions being forced to unexpectedly leverage and use available technological tools to create content for remote learning. With schools and colleges being shut down due to COVID-19, educators are switching to virtual classes around the country.

Mapping NIP sectors with the Infrastructure Vision 2025 themes (illustrative)
Education infograph

Source: National Infrastructure Pipeline - Report of the Task Force Volume II, Department of Economic Affairs, 29 April 2020

Project prioritisation

Education

Setting up of medical college infrastructure would likely become a priority along with investment into digital infrastructure to support remote learning.

Skilling

Infrastructure development related to certain sectors such as transport and logistics, heavy engineering and housing construction (both rural and urban) needs to be prioritised and thus would require extensive upskilling and reskilling interventions.

Footnotes
  1. Budget 2020 pegs ₹99,300 crore for education sector, LiveMint, 05 February, 2020

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