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Get ready for competition from India: Obama to kids

world Updated: Sep 16, 2010 00:34 IST

US President Barack Obama has exhorted American students to toil harder at school, saying their success would determine the country's leadership in a world where children in Bangalore and Beijing were raring to race ahead.

Obama has repeatedly said that American schools would have to ensure that they continue producing leagues of top professionals, so that the American hegemony in human resource continues in this century.

"At a time when other countries are competing with us like never before, when students around the world in Beijing, China, or Bangalore, India, are working harder than ever, and doing better than ever, your success in school is not just going to determine your success, it's going to determine America's success in the 21st century," Obama said.

"The farther you go in school, the farther you're going to go in life," he told students at a school in Philadelphia.

Last year, while announcing an end of tax incentives to American companies which created jobs overseas, Obama had launched the ‘Say no to Bangalore and yes to Buffalo,’ slogan.

Since then, he has time and again mentioned the competition coming in from developing countries like China and India.