Why India Should Learn English! Five Important Reasons!
Avantskill highlights the importance of learning to communicate in English in 21st century India through this article.
EF Education First, an international education company specializing in language training ranked India 14th under the English proficiency index out of a total of 54 countries they surveyed. Indians were also termed as “moderately proficient”.
On the contrary, English is the second official language of our nation. According to 2011 Census, India homes 130–140 million people who claim to speak English as their second language. So what’s all the fuss about? We bring you five important reason why learning English .
- Better Chances of Employment : Every year around 12.8 million people are added to the workforce of our country. Only 6% of them are absorbed in the organised sector. Clearly, the competition for the best jobs in any industry is cut-throat in India. Knowing how to communicate in English not only adds value to your profile but also expands your skillset as a successful candidate. Communication skill is the most important quality an employer seeks in their employees, besides honesty and technical skills.
- Higher Income Rate : A report by Ideas for India states that being fluent in English increases the hourly wages of men by 34% and of women by 22% in India. The report also highlights that men who can speak in English can make a minimum of 42rs every hour compared to those who can’t speak English and only make of a minimum 10rs an hour. The rates for women are 33rs and 6rs respectively.
3. Contribution to National Development: Harvard Business Review believes that countries with better English language skills manage to have better economies. Knowing a foreign language not only opens doors to foreign markets but also allows international trade boosting economic, social and cultural exchange. It ensures transparency and fair business among two or more parties. Exporting goods directly spikes exporting nations GDP. Besides, if more people are skilled in speaking English, it only means more people are eligible to apply in MNCs and organized sectors.
4. Better Jobs and Living Standards: As explained earlier, knowing how to speak in English can raise earnings by up to 24% in India. It also increases your chances of getting a white-collar job. Better salary automatically leads to better standards of living Indian job landscape is in transitory phase, thanks to emerging technologies and by 2022, 9% of the country’s 600 million estimated workforces would be deployed in new jobs that do not even exist today, says a Financial Express report.
5. Higher Literacy Rate and GDP: Each additional year of education increases wages by an average of 10%. An extra year of school raises a country’s GDP on average by 0.5% annually. There is published correlation between adult literacy and economic growth. After the 2011 census, literacy rate India 2011 was found to be 74.04%. There’s also a 7.1% growth in GDP recorded last year. Besides, India has one of the largest networks of higher education institutions in the world with 850 universities (as of April 2018) and 42,026 colleges. Studying Hindi and English in schools is mandatory in most Indian states and union territories.
These figures tell an important story. It gives us hope against poverty, epidemic and war. Literacy and skill can make people and this world a better and positive place to live in. Let us know if you’d like to take that first step with us.
Written by Roshan Kokane.