The third U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue, which is scheduled to take place later this month in New Delhi, provides a timely opportunity to discuss collaborative initiatives for capturing India’s ‘demographic dividend.’ India recognizes the urgency of equipping its workforce with the skills needed to adequately compete in today’s global economy. The following numbers help put the issue into perspective and draw attention to some promising areas of collaboration between the two countries.
The number of available vocational training seats.
The percentage of Indians between the ages of 20 and 24 that have received formal vocational training.
The number of skilled workers India plans to create by 2022.
The total number of vocational training schools in India. This is dwarfed by China’s 500,000.
The number of community colleges India plans to establish by 2020 in order to expand vocational training opportunities for its vast young population. Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, has said that the U.S. will “help India achieve [this] ambitious goal.”
The total amount pledged by the U.S. and India in 2009 toward the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. This initiative awards 8-10 university partnership grants annually, and commits each side to a $5 million pledge over the course of a five year period. It has four priority issue areas: food security, climate change, sustainable energy, and public health. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the first round of winners at last year’s Higher Education Dialogue.
The number of students that Secretary Hillary Clinton said would be sponsored by seven major American companies for internships and service-learning projects in India over a period of three years. This is taking place as part of an expansion of the State Department’s ‘Passport to India’ initiative, which promotes internship opportunities for U.S. students in India through private sector support.
The number of American students who studied abroad in India in 2010/11, making India the 11th most popular destination for American students.