At least 15 crore kids, youths out of formal training system: Dharmendra Pradhan

At least 15 crore kids and youths are in a foreign country’s formal training system, and roughly about 25 crore inhabitants is under the first definition of literacy, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated Thursday.

He was addressing a session on “Job creation and entrepreneurship” organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) throughout its annual assembly.

“If we take into account the numbers of children and youths between the age of 3-22 years who are enrolled in government, private and charitable schools, anganwadis, Higher Education Institutions and in the entire skilling ecosystem, the cumulative figure from all the verticals is around 35 crore while (the country’s) population in the particular age group is around 50 crore,” Pradhan stated.

“This means that at least 15 crore children and youth are out of the formal education system. We want to bring them into the education system,” he added.

The Education Minister stated {that a} census following the independence of the nation had discovered that 19 per cent of the inhabitants was literate then.

“After 75 years of independence day, the statistics of literate population has reached 80 per cent. Which means 20 per cent population or roughly around 25 crore are still below the primary definition of literacy,” he stated.

Elaborating on the assorted provisions within the new National Education Policy (NEP), Pradhan stated it isn’t only a doc, however a roadmap for the subsequent 25 years to achieve “certain targets by the time we complete 100 years of independence”.

Pradhan, who can also be the Minister for Skill Development, stated that for the primary time the federal government has mixed training and talent departments.

“The move has created a new approach for good livelihoods,” he stated.


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