We live in a highly technology-driven world in which both promises and challenges coexist. The McKinsey Global Institute estimated in 2017 estimated that around 50 per cent of current work activities are technically automatable. Most of the new tasks and jobs required due to these changes would be different from traditional roles. This rapid transformation in workforce calls for prompt changes in the way we teach students and help ready them for the future. The United Nations Population Fund highlighted in 2014 that this is more important for India, which has the world’s largest youth population.
In this challenging world, it is inevitable that our expectations of education and the way we prepare students for the future change. The international education community is moving towards preparing the new generation of learners for the era of technology in which critical thinking, practical application of principles, problem solving, and creativity will be more critical than rote learning. In this regard, it is promising that India recognises quality education for all and has introduced competency-based learning in its National Education Policy