Government to promote education sector to increase services' share in GDP: Suresh Prabhu

Prabhu also said that the educational institutes have to keep in mind the emerging challenges being faced by industries and introduce modern technologies like artificial intelligence and big data.

Published: 30th October 2018 05:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2018 05:00 PM   |  A+A-

Suresh Prabhu

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The government will work on promoting the growth of the education sector to help increase the share of overall service sector in the country's economy, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said Tuesday.

He said that the services sector currently contributes about two-thirds in India's gross domestic product (GDP).

"We want to increase the share of the sector in the economy, and education is an important sector in this, and we will promote it," he said while speaking at the Higher Education Summit 2018 here.

He said that the government was working with different universities and institutions in this regard.

He added that as employment generation is a major challenge, promoting the growth of services sector would help in dealing with the issue.

In February, the Union Cabinet had decided to give focused attention to 12 champion service sectors and mandated the identified nodal ministries and departments to formulate sectoral action plans under the dedicated fund of Rs 5,000 crore.

The 12 champion service sectors include IT, tourism and hospitality, transport, accounting, audiovisual, legal, education and environment.

Prabhu also said that the educational institutes have to keep in mind the emerging challenges being faced by industries and introduce modern technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and big data.

Speaking at the summit, Additional Secretary in the Department of Commerce Sudhanshu Pandey said that there was a need for increased integration and collaboration between industry and universities.

Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam said that there is a need to focus on issues like quality, research, employability and internationalisation of institutes.

He said that research is a key for higher educational institutes, and for that there was a need to attract investments and funds.

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