New Delhi, March 18 -- For decades, one of India's biggest challenges has been scaling access to a quality education that is both relevant and affordable. At 25.4%, our Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education is lower than the global average of 27% and substantially trails those of developed nations such as the US at 85.8%. The employability skills of graduates who come out of the education system also need urgent attention report suggests - 90% of Indian engineers lack the key skills companies are looking for. Our own research points to India lagging in in-demand fields like data science, ranking at 51 globally out of 60 countries in Coursera's 2019 Global Skills Index.

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