‘Inequality linked to education’
Inequality in education is the root cause of economic inequality, deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Friday.delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2011 00:33 IST
Inequality in education is the root cause of economic inequality, deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Friday.
Ahluwalia was addressing the session, The Education Prism — Global Perspectives, at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.
His co-speakers were Gregory W Cappelli, co-CEO of Apollo Group and chairman of Apollo Global and John A Quelch, professor of international management and vice-president and dean, China Europe International Business School. The session was moderated by Dipak C Jain, dean, INSEAD.
Ahluwalia’s comments come at a time when the Planning Commission is preparing the 12th five year plan — the blueprint of economic and social development of the country for the next five years.
He also elaborated on the need to improve the quality of school education, which he said was no better than several other developing countries, particularly China.
“While the average number of years of school education in China is eight years, it is less than five years in India. We are trying to catch up with China in 10 years, but China would have moved ahead from its position by then,” Ahluwalia remarked, presenting the challenge before the central and state governments.
Ahluwalia, who had earlier said education would receive more funds in the next plan period, said the focus would be on three Es — expansion, equity and excellence. Cappelli said the challenges India is facing in human resource sector are similar to those faced by the United States in the emergence of its services sector. “The emphasis should be on skill development. India as an emerging super economy would need more IITs,” he said.