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If your five-year-old starts school in India in 2015 she will be ready to enrol at university in 2028. That is also the year when India’s population should pass 1.45 billion and become the world’s largest. By then, will there be enough high-quality graduates to ensure the country’s prosperity? No chance—unless a rotten education system is fixed first.
With some 240m children in school, India will make some gains in basic literacy. But most education remains poor. College-level studies are especially weak, though the sector is booming. The share of school graduates going on to higher education leapt from 11% in 2004 to 23% in 2011. By 2015 India will have some 35,000 colleges, plus 700 universities, with more to come. Narendra Modi, the prime minister, has promised several new institutes of management and technology. His government plans to open 60 new universities, including medical and engineering colleges. But most expansion will be in the private sector, which already caters for 60% of students in higher education.