India’s tech skill level goes up, but overall skill goes down: Coursera

BENGALURU: Coursera’s latest annual global skills report reveals that India fell four places to 68th in the world in terms of global skills. In Asia, India ranks 19th. However, India’s technology proficiency levels rose from 38% to 46% as the country strengthened its position by six places. On the other hand, proficiency in data science fell from 38% in 2021 to 26% in 2022, resulting in a drop of 12 ranks.
The report draws data from 100 million learners in more than 100 countries who have used Coursera to develop a new skill in the past year. The report compares three of the most in-demand skill areas driving employment in the digital economy: business, technology and data science. The report showed that Indian learners from southern states perform better than those from northern states in all three domains.
“..I’m pretty sure that people who have learned skills like machine learning algorithms, applied machine learning, and artificial neural networks are paid well. And investment management, it’s clear that there’s a lot of money to be made as an investment manager and then if you look at the enrollments in computer science and programming languages ​​and linear algebra algorithms I feel like those skills are aligned with what Indian learners think is higher pay,” said Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.
There are 1.7 million learners on campuses in India and 433,000 learners on campuses in Europe. India is growing 40% year-on-year.
With a strong command of key technology skills such as cloud computing, theoretical computer science and web development, India now ranks 56th in the world in the field, up from 66th last year. Cloud computing is India’s strongest technology skill with 74% fluency.
Learners in India focus on financial skills. According to the report, learners in India are over-indexed in skills such as investment management (1.3 times), blockchain (1.3 times) and risk management (1.2 times). Overindexing measures which skills are more popular with certain groups than on Coursera as a whole.
West Bengal leads the Indian states in terms of skill proficiency. West Bengal is ranked first among states in all three areas. The state showed the highest levels of digital skills in the country, surpassing Karnataka (at #4 in technology and #6 in data science). West Bengal learners also achieved 100% perfect proficiency in more than 10 skills, across all three areas, such as leadership and management, human resources, cloud computing, computer programming, ML and IT. data analysis.
“Industry reports estimate that 28 million new tech jobs will be created in India by 2025. This year’s GSR signals a significant need for Indian learners to fill the critical skills gap, particularly in data science. data, to ensure that this digital potential does not turn into a lost opportunity,” said Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and Apac, Coursera.

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