As per the ‘Global Skills Report 2021’ released by Coursera, India has been ranked 67th overall globally. Switzerland topped the rankings followed by Luxembourg & Austria.
- India has been ranked number 55 in business and at number 66 in both technology and data science categories.
- At the Asia level, Japan has topped the rankings (Global Rank – 4). India has been ranked 16th in the Asian region ahead of Philippines & Thailand.
- The report is based on performance data of about 77 million learners (from across 100 countries) on the platform collected since the onset of the pandemic. It benchmarks skills proficiency across 3 categories – Business, Technology and data science.
According to the report,
i.Indian learners have high proficiency in digital skills like Cloud Computing (83%) and Machine Learning (52%) & 54% in Mathematical skills. Improvement is needed in digital skills because in Data Analysis and Statistical programming, ranked only at 25% and 15% skills proficiency. But, Indians trail behind in data skills and need to focus on that.
ii.Despite accelerated digital transformation, India continues to have a digital skills gap. Workforce displacement due to pandemic is increasing the existing gap.
- National upskilling initiatives can unlock India’s potential to achieve a faster economic growth and improve employment rate.
iii.According to Amazon Web Services (AWS) survey, Digitally skilled workers represent only 12% of India’s workforce, and the number of employees requiring digital skills is expected to increase nine-fold by 2025.
iv.In India, women adopt online learning at one of the fastest paces globally.
- Share of women in overall Coursera course enrollments increased to 35% in 2020 from 25% pre-pandemic, it is the 4th highest increase globally.
- Share of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) enrollments in India increased to 33% in 2020 (from 22% pre-2020), the 2nd highest increase globally.
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On 25th February 2021, AWS released a report titled “Unlocking APAC’s Digital Potential: Changing Digital Skill Needs and Policy Approaches”. It states that the present workforce of India comprises only 12% of digitally skilled employees and the Digitally skilled workforce of India has to increase to 9 fold by 2025.
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