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Focus on 'skill, scale and speed' to compete with China: PM

PTI 08 Jun 2014, 20:37:54 IST
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country needs to focus on imparting skills to its young population in order to compete with China, apart from bringing revolutionary changes in agriculture and energy sectors.

“If India has to compete with China, the focus should be on skill, scale and speed,” Modi said after launching the book ‘Getting India Back on track - an action agenda for reform' at a function here.

He said that the country needs to exploit the demographic dividend as 65 per cent of population was below 35 years of age.

“For this skill development needs to be a priority area,” he said.

Referring to skills such as teaching, nursing and paramedics, he said good teachers were one of the biggest needs of society, but rued that there were very few good teachers available.

“Can India become an exporter of good teachers who would capture the imagination of an entire generation globally,” the Prime Minister asked.