achine learning and artificial intelligence are being adopted by enterprises all over the world. These technologies have entered the main stream and disrupting many industries. These niche technologies certainly hold the potential to greatly improve the quality of operations. The biggest challenge for India is finding talents with relevant skill set in this area.

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India is lagging way behind is global peers when it comes to preparedness in these markets. The recently published global skill index report by Coursera ranked India at 51st rank in data science specialization. The Coursera Global Skills Index unites Coursera’s deep expertise in data and education to highlight the world’s top trending career skills. The first edition of the GSI ranks 60 countries and 10 industries across Business, Technology, and Data Science.

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Most of the data science experts would agree that data science is pure application of high school mathematics. However, in India maths is taught only for securing marks and no applications are ever discussed in the class room.

The great visionary Jack Ma says, "If we don't change the way we teach now, in a few years we will be in trouble". This is very true for India.

India as a country needs massive reskill in global technology trends like data science. There are several free ways to learn these courses. One can learn these courses online via NPTEL and Coursera. Major Corporates in India should encourage and persuade their employees in taking up data science courses.

Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said it is important for the India to democratise access to education across all levels of population. He also said that "India is sitting on an untapped goldmine- a demographic dividend in an otherwise aging world. By 2030, India will have the largest working-age population globally,expected to reach 962 million."

 India spends less than 1.5% of its GDP on higher education and this may lead to demographic disaster.

We as country do have skills of the feature today. India needs to find innovative ideas to accelerate reskilling programs so that we as a country are feature ready. Programs like NPTEL can help achieve this, but we need to find ways to make sure it reaches nook and coroner of India.

@Image courtesy: Coursera, https://www.coursera.org/gsi

Jan 8, 2020

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