The divides created by inequalities of income, lopsided growth and by the vicious circle of poverty has ensnared learning and delayed the planned strategies for educational inclusion. India's eighth Five-Year Plan prioritised and allocated increased funding for education with focus on reach-out to the remote interiors and rural India. However, those who were outside the circle of inclusion decreased only marginally and the deviations from targets were a matter of genuine concern. Lack of mid-course corrective measures compounded with spiraling economic concerns widened the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. Skill development to enable taking up of opportunities and leveraging with technology to simplify reach-out with innovative methods will serve to unleash the untapped potential and thereby elevate lifestyles by ably empowering. "Young India" with a population of 234 million in the age group of 15-24 years is expected to increase by 13% over 2005-2020 vs the world average of 4%. Channelising the youth by providing them access to global domains of knowledge and leveraging technology ably so as to usher in innovative strategies which are cost-effective can provide the desired reach-out for knowledge to be ingrained productively and seamlessly, eliminating barriers of distance, time, access and reach-out.
Subramaniam, S., & Subramaniam, R. (2017). Leveraging Technology for Educational Inclusion. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 5(1), 94–98. https://doi.org/10.13189/ujer.2017.050111