Although PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative seeks to bridge the digital divide between cities and villages, the country fares far below the world’s standard when it comes to providing Internet and ICT support services in schools. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Although PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative seeks to bridge the digital divide between cities and villages, the country fares far below the world’s standard when it comes to providing Internet and ICT support services in schools. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

India’s education sector lags in ICT infrastructure

India has one of the lowest percentage of schools with information and communications technology, according to a study by Unesco Institute of Statistics

With the rise of the knowledge economy, national governments are strengthening infrastructure related to information and communications technologies (ICT) in educational institutions. Policymakers across the world now widely accept that access to ICT in education can help individuals to compete in a global economy by creating a skilled work force and facilitating social mobility, according to a recent UN report.

Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative seeks to bridge the digital divide between cities and villages, the country fares far below the world’s standard when it comes to providing Internet and ICT support services in schools. India has one of lowest percentage of schools with ICT infrastructure, according to data complied by the Unesco Institute of Statistics.

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