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01/03/2022 - Education

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March 01, 2022

As India makes significant strides in science and technology, a holistic and multidisciplinary approach is critical in STEM education. Explain (200 Words)

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KEY POINTS

·        India contributes 31.7 per cent of the total STEM graduates in the world, and has one of the world’s largest STEM job markets.

·        The country is also the third largest unicorn hub and is steadily scaling the Global Innovation Index.

·        As innovation in the field of education goes through a radical change with more Indians becoming innovators rather than consumers.

·        According to the National Science Foundation, it is estimated that 80 per cent of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills, and India’s young workforce must be adept for this eventuality.

·        While there is enough and more evidence to suggest that students equipped with strong STEM skills have a wider range of opportunities, resources and equipment for STEM learning are expensive, and difficult to source, especially in non-urban areas.

·        This could revolutionise the STEM education system in India and create experiences that are critically important for sparking interest in science education, especially for students in under-resourced, underserved areas.

·        The true democratisation of STEM education will not only empower learners to shape the workforce of tomorrow but also lead to unseen advancements in India’s STEM education sector.

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