Experts Advocate Upskilling & Reskilling For AI-Driven Economy: Report

A survey by Primus Partners reveals optimistic outlook for Viksit Bharat. It advocates for upskilling and reskilling initiatives as essential strategies to mitigate the perceived threat of AI on employment


In their latest report titled, "India’s Turn To Lead By 2047," Primus Partners has unveiled findings that paint an optimistic picture of India’s journey towards becoming a developed nation by 2047. The report, which synthesises insights from 33 experts and the perspectives of Indians across 25 states, underscores a complex landscape of hope, ambition, and apprehension as the country navigates its socio-economic trajectory.

The report, with a foreword by Amitabh Kant, unveils compelling insights garnered from a diverse range of respondents across 25 Indian states and union territories, shaping the vision for "New India". “Backed by civilizational ethos and confidence, the nation is on a mission to constructively reform itself and harness its strengths. India seeks to propel itself toward a future that not only uplifts its own people but resonates with the betterment of all humanity—because when India grows, the world grows.” – Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, Former CEO NITI Aayog.

It further goes on to outline the nation's developmental aspirations and the hurdles it must overcome. A robust 70 per cent of respondents' express confidence in the vision of Viksit Bharat, anticipating India's emergence as a global leader by 2047. This optimism is mirrored in the 63 per cent who envision India as a powerhouse in global trade, technology, and economy.

The complexity of India's aspirations is further illustrated by the diverse expectations of its population. While aspirations for luxury living, global connectivity, and technological advancement drive the middle class, pressing challenges remain. Security concerns and gender equality emerge as significant issues, with 10 per cent of the surveyed population viewing lack of security as a threat and 18 per cent highlighting concerns over women's safety.

"The survey aimed to bring to the forefront the voices from the ground, particularly those less talked about, to create a document centred on inclusivity. The report goes beyond just capturing the hopes, challenges, and aspirations of Bharat; it includes expert insights on the pathways forward. There are plans to develop more detailed roadmaps for each area in the future." – Nilaya Varma, CEO & Co-Founder, Primus Partners

The report concludes with a call to action, urging policymakers, industry leaders, and the public to engage in a constructive dialogue about the future of work in an AI-driven economy. It advocates for upskilling and reskilling initiatives as essential strategies to mitigate the perceived threat of AI on employment, ensuring that India’s workforce remains competitive and adaptable in the face of technological change.

As India stands on the cusp of a transformative era, "India’s Turn To Lead By 2047" offers a critical reflection on the hopes and challenges that define its path toward development. By highlighting the apprehension towards AI among job seekers, the report underscores the urgent need for a balanced approach to technological adoption—one that harmonizes innovation with job creation and inclusivity. It not only serves as a roadmap for navigating the complex socio-economic landscape of India but also as a catalyst for national discourse on crafting a future that leverages technology for growth while ensuring no one is left behind.

Baba Kalyani, Chairman and MD, Bharat Forge, outlines how manufacturing will still be the core sector providing jobs in 2047. His vision emphasises India's leap towards a USD 30 trillion economy by 2047, with a strong focus on innovation and intellectual property (IP) driving the manufacturing sector's fifteen-fold growth. He advocates for harnessing India's demographic dividend and digitisation while prioritising technological advancements and IP creation to establish India as a global manufacturing leader.


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