Investment Opportunities in India

March 28, 2013

Booming Education Industry of India providing huge business opportunities

In India, education is the key to the task of nation-building. It is also a well-accepted fact that providing the right knowledge and skills to the youth can ensure the overall national progress and economic growth. The Indian education system recognises the role of education in instilling the values of secularism, egalitarianism, respect for democratic traditions and civil liberties and quest for justice.

The ongoing demand to strengthen the Indian education sector has opened up many avenues for people of India as well as non-residents of India (NRI) to invest in education sector.

Market Size

The education sector in India is evolving, led by the emergence of new niche sectors like vocational training, finishing schools, child-skill enhancement and e-learning.

According to a report ‘Education in India: Securing the demographic dividend,’ published by Grant Thorton, the primary and secondary education, or K-12 sector is expected to reach US$ 50 billion in 2015 from US$ 24.5 billion in 2008, growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14 per cent.

Government Initiatives to boost Investments

The education sector in India is also considered as one of the major areas for investments as the entire education system is going through a process of overhaul, according to a report ‘Emerging Opportunities for Private and Foreign Participants in Higher Education’ by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Ever since, the Government of India has allowed foreign direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 per cent through the automatic route, many people find it convenient and profitable to invest in education sector.

Some of the initiatives taken by the Government for the infrastructural development of the sector and to increase the business opportunity in education are:

  • For the year 2012-13, Rs 25,555 crore (US$ 4.63 billion) have been allotted for RTE-SSA (Right to Education – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) which represents an increase of 21.7 per cent over the previous year allotment in 2011-12
  • 6,000 schools have been proposed to be set up at block level as model schools in the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17)
  • Rs 3,124 crore (US$ 566.69 million) have been provided for the RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), which is an increase of 29 per cent over 2011-12
  • India and Republic of Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of education
  • Prime Minister’s fellowship scheme for doctoral research has been launched in New Delhi by Mr S Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister for Science and Technology, according to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) plans to set up ten community colleges in collaboration with the Government of Canada in 2012. The Government of India has decided to set up hundred community colleges this year
  • The Government of India plans to set up an Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology at Ranchi with an investment of Rs 287.50 crore (US$ 52.15 million). The Institute will be a deemed university and will have different schools to import knowledge in genomics, bioinformatics, genetic engineering, nano biotechnology, diagnostics and prophylactics and basic and social sciences and commercialization

October 22, 2012

Growing Indian Education sector creating numerous investment opportunities

With increasing population in India, the demand for educational institutes has also augmented. Today, the Indian education sector is one of the biggest education systems in the world. The sector is one of the leading areas for investment opportunities.

The education sector in India is divided into two main segments; the core segment comprises of schools and higher education, while the non-core comprises of coaching classes, pre-schools and vocational trainings.

With a growth rate of 10 to 15 per cent expected over the next decade, the Indian education market has witnessed a series of developments and changes in the last few years. This has resulted in a significant increase in the market size of the education industry compared to previous years.

In fact, the private education sector is estimated to reach US$ 70 billion by 2013 and US$ 115 billion by 2018, according to consulting firm Technopak.

Invest in Indian Education Sector

India has emerged as a strong potential market for investments in training and education sector, due to its favourable demographics (young population) and being a services-driven economy. Further, India’s expanding role in sectors such as software development, generic pharmaceuticals and healthcare, would require the country to invest into learning and training segment as well.

India’s education sector is also considered as one of the major areas for investments as the entire education system is going through a process of reformation, according to a report ‘Emerging Opportunities for Private and Foreign Participants in Higher Education’ by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

India needs 1.2 million more teachers under the Right to Education Campaign, according to Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource and Development. He also added that with 546 million people under 25 years of age, there is huge potential in India in the education sector that needs to be tapped.

The country has been attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) in education sector as well.

According to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), FDI in education sector stood at Rs 1170.09 crore (US$ 221.71 million) in the month of May 2012. The Government of India allowes 100 per cent FDI in education sector through the automatic route.

The country’s fast-growing education sector holds a potential to attract a US$ 100 billion investment over the next five years, driven by demand for skilled professionals and need for infrastructure development, according to research firms such as KPMG.

There is clearly an opportunity for private players to enter the education space. This opportunity exists in all three segments – schools, higher education and vocational training. Some success stories are Manipal University, Amity University and the Indian School of Business. Public-private partnerships (PPP) arrangements, tax concessions for education and encouraging foreign capital to build infrastructure in India would encourage the creation of new capacities by the private sector.

The education sector in India is expected to witness huge investments from PE funds over the next couple of years on the back of increased Government spending and expansion plans of private players.

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