India, being a densely populated country, a majority of the population is below the age of 25. Education as a sector has immense potential in India. The industry is expected to reach a size of $100 billion by 2015. The country is home to 1.4 million schools and more than 35,00 educational institutes. With the growing population and more educated masses, the focal point is on quality education services. According to the rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 17 Indian universities have made it to the list of top 300 universities in the Asian continent.
The education expenditure in both urban and rural India grew steadily. In rural areas, it increased annually by 14.8% between FY05-FY12 and in urban areas by 14.62% in the same period.
Quality is a major issue in the Education sector in India. The higher education sector, owing to its huge potential, holds very promising prospects. With an estimated 150 million people in the age group of 18-23 years, the sector offers one of the most attractive yet highly complex market for the private/foreign players. Despite some inherent concerns with respect to choice of entity, not for profit character and foreign investment in formal education space; the industry does offer various innovative business opportunities, which can be explored for establishing a presence. The Indian education space is evolving, which has led to the emergence of new niche sectors like vocational training, finishing schools, child-skill enhancement and e-learning among others. Growth is driven by the increasing propensity of the middle class to spend on education and more aggressive initiatives by private entrepreneurs.
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