Despite having high proficiency in machine learning and mathematics, India ranks 67th globally, with 38 per cent proficiency and mid-rankings globally in each domain
Strong foundational skills like machine learning and mathematics notwithstanding, India lags in data skills and must focus on building them, according to Coursera’s Global Skills Report 2021.
The report indicates that Indians have 52 per cent proficiency in machine learning and 54 per cent in mathematical skills. However, for digital transformation, there is significant room for improvement in two key skills – data analysis and statistical programming, ranked only at 25 per cent and 15 per cent skills proficiency respectively.
To benchmark skills proficiency across business, technology, and data science for over 100 countries, the study draws on performance data since the pandemic’s onset from more than 77 million learners on the platform.
The report reveals that there is a significant skill challenge across the three key domains as Indian learners are relatively more adept at digital skills like cloud computing and machine learning. Despite having high proficiency in machine learning and mathematics, India ranks 67th globally, with 38 per cent proficiency and mid-rankings globally in each domain, 55th in business and 66th in both technology and data science. Ahead of countries such as the Philippines and Thailand, but below others like Singapore and Japan, India ranks low, placed at 16th position in Asia.
A report by Amazon Web Services (AWS) estimates that the number of employees requiring digital skills is expected to increase nine-fold by 2025 as digitally skilled workers represent only 12 per cent of India’s workforce. To achieve a much faster pace of economic growth and improve employment rate, WEF and PwC reveal that national up-skilling initiatives could unlock India’s potential.
“The pace of skills transformation is slower than the pace of digital transformation in India, as is the case in several countries across the world. Learners must invest in both soft and technical skills to prepare for jobs of the future”, said Raghav Gupta, managing director, India and APAC, Coursera.