Indian budget signals some shifts in education and skills training

The Indian Budget this month signalled continued commitment to free (free-er) market economy and was interesting in terms of education, skill development and related sectors.

The New Education Policy (NEP) is at the centre of reforms, set to bring major changes in school and higher education.

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Research is being given a big thrust with the National Research Foundation. Also, approx. US$60 million has been allocated to world-class institutions, signalling the continued thrust on excellence in higher education.

PM Modi is personally committed to having high ranking universities in India and some future deregulation is expected to allow greater global involvement – but nothing on this in the budget.

The finance minister also highlighted the ambitious Study in India programme, which has the potential to make India the hub of learning (again).

The National Sports Education Board is a much-needed initiative to promote sports amongst children who want to pursue that as a career.

We do hope the much-awaited Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) takes shape this financial year – still waiting on that one.

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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