India’s rank on Human Development Index (HDI) has slipped from 130 in 2020 to 132 in 2023. Human resource development plays a pivotal role in development process, has encountered a notable challenge due to low budgetary allocation, emphasis on quantity rather than quality in education, and preference for curative healthcare over preventive measures.
MEASURES TO ADDRESS THIS INADEQUACY
- Integration of skilling in the education system: As current cross integration of skill training with education is low. Initiatives like Samagra shiksha abhiyaan, school cluster approach can be expanded and made more targeted.
- Quality of education: Govt. should focus on enhancing the quality of education at every level, through dedicating resources to improve infrastructure, training educators, and refining curriculum development.
- Investment in research and innovation through National Research Foundation (NRF) at all level to foster knowledge driven economy.
- Holistic healthcare focus beyond curative: Fast-paced lifestyles have led to an increase in ailments like heart disease and hypertension to address these challenges is to shift focus of healthcare from a curative to preventive approach.5. Fosteringstronger public-private partnerships to assess skill demand, along with implementing high-skilled manufacturing model to generate employment opportunities.
Human resources development is not just a fundamental component of the development process but a catalyst for positive change across various dimensions of society and the economy.