stem: How the National Education Policy’s focus on STEM can fire India’s dream to become a chip hub

Researchers wearing bunny suits work inside the semiconductor fabrication lab at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering; Students participating during Hardware Hackathon at Visvesvaraya hall National Institute of Technology Patna; image credits getty images, BCCL.


Semiconductor and electronics drive tech and catalyse economic growth. As India aspires to become a leading player in this field, STEM education has a critical role to play. Recognising this, the National Education Policy has adopted a multidisciplinary approach that encourages creativity, and fosters collaboration between academia and industry, which will help build a skilled workforce for the sector.

With its semiconductor market valued at USD23.2 billion in 2021 and projected to reach USD80.3 billion by 2028, India is poised to become a significant player in the global semiconductor industry. The government’s support through various policies, including the 2020 National Education Policy (NEP), has been a major contributor in propelling the electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector. By focusing on STEM subjects, comprising

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