NSSO Survey: According to the most recent Multiple Indicator Survey (MIS) report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), which was published earlier this month, the majority of young Indians do not even know how to send an email attachment or carry out other fundamental computer functions, despite the country’s ambition to become a trillion-dollar digital economy by 2025.
The primary goal of the survey is to gather data on various national indicators
The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) will oversee the 2020–21 NSSO survey, which will be conducted nationwide with a sample size of over 11 lakh people. The primary goal of the survey is to gather data on various national indicators of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to achieve economic growth, meet social needs, combat climate change, and protect the environment.
Difficulty to complete relatively simple tasks in response to a series of questions
The study asked participants to self-report whether they could execute nine tasks on a computer in order to gauge their information and communication technology (ICT) skills. The number of respondents who fell within this age range was not disclosed in the report. The majority of participants revealed a difficulty to complete relatively simple tasks in response to a series of questions. Just 27% of respondents claimed to be able to send emails with attachments, 10% could utilise simple mathematical calculations in a spreadsheet, and 9% could make an electronic presentation using any software. The statistics were significantly worse for somewhat complicated skills that call for specialised knowledge. For instance, more than 97% of respondents claimed they were unable to use a programming language to create a computer programme.
Nation should aim to become a hub for software products-President Droupadi Murmu
This shows that even if India wants to be a global IT hub, President Droupadi Murmu declared earlier this year at the Digital India Awards that the nation should aim to become a hub for software products, only a very small proportion of the population is actually able to create codes. Just 12% of respondents indicated they could connect and install a new device, such as a printer or camera, while just over 20% claimed they could discover, download, install, and configure software. Approximately 27.5% of India’s population, or those between the ages of 15 and 29, are in this age range as of 2021, according to MoSPI predictions. According to the survey, this youthful working-age population lacks ICT skills, which experts believe is bad news for many people’s chances in a world that is becoming more and more digital.