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    The inadequacy of human capital at the base of the pyramid leading to a huge backlog in basic skills has become a big impediment in India’s growth as a result of the changing demography and declining child population. The Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat initiative to create a base for reading, writing, and math fluency can be effective if the local administration is fully involved and sensitized in it.
    India has about 100 million young people in the age group of 15-18 years, majority of which could land up in unorganized sector as there are educational and age requirement for entry into most vocational skills Programmes. There is a need for research into the type of knowledge or skills required to address this issue. In order to build capacity in secondary schools on par with expanded primary enrolments, several schemes
    like the Mid-Day Meal scheme, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Model School Scheme and Saakshar Bharat/Adult Education have also been implemented in the country. To strengthen the cadre of teacher educators by providing early career choice to prospective teachers and to fill the vacancies in teacher education institutions, a new four-year integrated programme, i.e. BA./Bed, and BSc./Bed. has been introduced.
    The Indian higher education system is one of the largest in the world with 713 universities, 36,739 colleges, and 11,343 diploma-level institutions. To make Higher Education to be futuristic, we must envision areas that will generate future employment opportunities. There is a need to match the supply with demand and dovetail education policy to employment opportunities.

    What does that author mean by ‘inadequacy of
    human capital at the base of the pyramid’?

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    1. The lack of basic reading, writing skills among the poorest population of India

    2. The lack of basic reading, writing skills among the children in early grades

    3. Both (a) and (b)

    4. None of the above

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