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Coursera Global Skills Report 2022: India lags behind in data science skills even as overall tech proficiency improves | Education and Technology

Coursera Global Skills Report 2022: India lags behind in data science skills even as overall tech proficiency improves | Education and Technology
Coursera Global Skills Report 2022: India lags behind in data science skills even as overall tech proficiency improves 

Even as overall digital competency improves, India remains behind in data science abilities, according to the Coursera Global Skills Report 2022

Coursera's latest Global Skills Report (GSR) 2022 revealed that in terms of overall skills proficiency, India has dropped four places to rank 68th globally.

Indian professionals continue to lag behind in data science skills, even though their overall tech skills have improved over the past year, according to a new study.

Coursera's latest Global Skills Report (GSR) 2022 revealed that in terms of overall skills proficiency, India has dropped four places to rank 68th globally. In Asia, India is ranked 19th. The report also shows an increase in India's tech proficiency levels from 38% to 46%, with the country strengthening its position by six points.

While cloud computing emerged as the strongest technology skill on the Coursera platform, data science proficiency fell from 38% in 2021 to 26% in 2022, leading to a 12-position drop, the report showed. report.

The report further said that India scores low in both fundamental and specialized data science skills, including data visualization (10%), statistical programming (14%), and data management (22%), among others. The strongest skill in the data science domain for Indian techies remains machine learning (41%).

The report has extracted data from 100 million students in more than 100 countries who have used the edtech platform to develop a new skill during the past year. Compare three of the most in-demand skill areas driving employment in the digital economy: business, technology, and data science.

“Great resignation and automation call for stronger investments in human capital as institutions must prioritize developing the high-demand human and digital skills needed to build a competitive and equitable workforce,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera.

"Our data shows that these skills are not equally distributed, and students and low-wage workers need access to flexible, affordable and fast pathways to entry-level digital jobs that provide a foundation for a stronger, more inclusive economy," said. additional.

State-wise, West Bengal leads in terms of skill proficiency. The eastern state is ranked number one in all three domains. The state showed the highest levels of digital skills proficiency in the country, surpassing Karnataka (the state where Silicon Valley Bengaluru is located in India), which is ranked No. 4 for technology and No. 6 for data science. Andhra Pradesh is one of the top three performing states with high competition in business and technology skills. State students were shown to have 100% proficiency in security engineering, operating systems, and computer networks.

In general, Indian students in the southern states perform better than those in the northern states in all three domains, the report showed.

Citing a Microsoft industry report that estimated 28 million new tech jobs will be created in India by 2025, Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera, said: "This year's GSR points to a significant need for Indian students bridge the critical skills gap, especially in data science, to ensure this digital potential does not become a missed opportunity."

"Strong industry-academia-government collaboration that focuses on rapid deployment of high-quality human and digital skills training would be key to ensuring the Indian workforce remains resilient and competitive amid rapid transformation. technology," Gupta said.

The report also showed that Indian professionals are focusing on improving their digital financial skills, with a portion of them exploring courses in investment management, blockchain, and risk management.