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India will overtake China if we focus on education: Tharoor

"India will overtake China in another seven years," Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said at a national conference on secondary education titled "Is Secondary Education on Track?" at the Indian Habitat Centre in the capital on Tuesday. He said India has a large young workforce in the 20-24 age bracket, and that the country's demography is its strongest competitive advantage over developed nations.

"Our youth is obviously our key national resource. It needs to be cherished, nurtured and developed with vision, determination and engagement. To achieve all this, we need to get our education right," Tharoor said.

The minister said India's workforce aged 20-24 years will number 116 million in 2020, while for China, the figure will be around 94 million.

"This could be India's strongest competitive advantage in the years to come," he said.

He said while China and Japan are facing a demographic squeeze, India has 516 million individuals under 25 years, 225 million between the ages of 10 and 19; and the average age in India is 28 years as opposed to China's 38.

"Hence, India will have a more youthful, dynamic workforce, while the rest of the world is ageing. Within two decades, the average age will be 40 in the US, 46 in Japan, 47 in Europe and almost 50 in China, but India will still be at 29," he said.

Tharoor said that if the youth are not equipped with skills that the 21st century offers, the results would be "horrendous".

"We all know mobs, Maoists and insurrections are full of frustrated unemployed young men who feel they have no stake in society," he said.

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