After achieving the GDP growth rate of 7.2% in the 10th Plan period against the targeted little over 8%, though it was the highest GDP growth rate achieved in any plan period, there was a need for reconsidering the approach to planning in India. The 11th Plan aimed a GDP growth rate of approximately 10% by the end of the Plan period by putting the economy on the path of sustainable growth. From the incidents of other countries where a period of high economic growth was followed by a big fall in the subsequent years, it was feared that the GDP growth in India may not be sustainable, unless it was made inclusive. Thus, the emphasis was laid on faster growth with inclusiveness. Inclusive growth automatically includes inclusive education- good quality of education that is available to all. Also India at present is having a high dependency ratio, through high quality education; a smoother path can be laid for growth and development. This blog discusses the primary role of education in the inclusiveness of the development of society and how much education has contributed to Inclusive Growth in the Eleventh Five Year Plan in India. It critically analyses the policies and programmes implemented by the government and their effectiveness in the plan. Also, it tries to provide some suggestive measures for the same.


Author: 1. Khushboo Sharma, 2. Poorvi Medatwal and 3. Shaifali Kumawat