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How a booming, USD7.5 billion industry is failing the economy

India’s professional-coaching industry is on a red-hot growth curve. But most students prepped by this industry and placed in elite institutes end up lacking employability in the knowledge economy. And India's schooling system is partly to blame. Here’s a dangerous paradox explained.
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Students heading to the coaching centres in Rajasthan's Kota, a major test-prep hub for competitive exams. Getty Images
Students heading to the coaching centres in Rajasthan's Kota, a major test-prep hub for competitive exams.
JEE Advanced 2019 topper Kartikey Gupta trained at the residential programme of a coaching institute in Mumbai for the past two years. Gupta, whose family is from Ballarpur in Maharashtra, wants to take up computer science at IIT Bombay. The 17-year-old says it is possible to crack the exam on your own if you are extremely driven and passionate, but
don’t have good professors and good students, industry won’t come to you. Compounding the problem is the fact that many of these students don’t even have soft skills, so options become even more limited”. So, here’s the test question for India. When will its brightest students become fit for the 21st century economy? ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
JEE Advanced 2019 topper Kartikey Gupta trained at the residential programme of a coaching institute in Mumbai for the past two years. Gupta, whose family is from Ballarpur in Maharashtra, wants to take up computer science at IIT Bombay. The 17-year-old says it is possible to crack the exam on your own if you are extremely driven and passionate, but don’t have good professors and good students, industry won’t come to you. Compounding the problem is the fact that many of these students don’t even have soft skills, so options become even more limited”. So, here’s the test question for India. When will its brightest students become fit for the 21st century economy? ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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