The government believes that on one hand such an effort would increase employment and, on the other hand, will help reduce the dependency ratio and give the nation a competitive edge. The government aims to reduce dependency ratio to 0.59 by 2011, from 0.73 in 2001.
Dependency ratio is a ratio of dependent to working age population. The government has already proposed to set up ITIs with public-private partnership across the country.
It will, through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), will now focus on reducing primary schools dropouts as well as improving quality of student learning.