India Short On Skilled Workers

Despite the tech boom, a third of the country is still illiterate
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2007 10:42 AM CDT
An Indian call center, one of the bastions of skilled jobs seeking employees in India   (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – Why is India short on skilled labor when it's teeming with Ph.D.s? While the staggering growth of its tech industry seems to have put the country in the running for the world’s next superpower, James Surowiecki observes that the Bengal tiger could be made of paper. Thirty per cent of the country is still illiterate. Only 10 percent go to college.

India spends far less than other successfully developing countries on its schools. That needs to change if the economic miracle is to continue, he writes.  “Ultimately, the Indian government has to pull off a very tough trick, making serious changes at a time when things seem to be going very well.”