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Nandan Nilekani calls for overhaul of education system

According to Nilekani, people will have to go in for lifetime continuous learning mode and learn new ideas and skills throughout their working career. Thus, the education system will have to respond with a whole new model of providing life-long education.

Highlighting the need to overhaul our education system, Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani has said that a lot of jobs that exist today will not survive in future.

Nilekani, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), on Monday said: “We have to do something and make our education system far more innovative and creativity-based because in future, a lot of jobs that exist today will not exist. A lot of new jobs will be created.”

According to Nilekani, people will have to go in for lifetime continuous learning mode and learn new ideas and skills throughout their working career. Thus, the education system will have to respond with a whole new model of providing life-long education.

When asked about the criticism regarding India’s GDP growth with less job creation, Nilekani said that if one focuses on domestic services and encourages platform aggregation, jobs can be created.

“For example, somebody like Ola has a capacity to create a few hundred thousand driver entrepreneurs. So, I think you are going to see a lot more of that. And that’s how job creation will happen… by aggregation on platforms,” he said.

Earlier, talking in favour of Indian start-ups, Nilekani said they have entered an ‘exciting phase’ with focus on India-specific problems and opportunities.

However commenting on the closures of several start-ups, he said: “The very nature of start-ups is that many ideas get funded; some ideas succeed; and some have to be revisited or pivoted…That’s the nature of this whole venture economy.”

 

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