India has the 2nd largest population in the world (1,251,695,584) with China having the largest (1,367,485,388) and the US is 3rd (321,368,864). It is estimated that in 10 years India will overtake China as the most populous country in the world!
My trip originated in Bengaluru, a city of 8.42 million people which is referred to as the Silicon Valley of India; however, it’s not even close to the beauty of the Palo Alto area!! Because of the technology companies being located here is also the fastest growing city in India. After Bengaluru, I went Mumbai, Rojkot and ended in New Delhi.
India is still a “Developing Economy” with many opportunities. There is wealth here—a lot of wealth. Some people don’t show it. More people are becoming middle class and even more are poor—-very poor.
Education is craved here—especially among those who have the financial resources to pay for private education. The public educational system leaves a lot to be desired but it does prepare students to go on to University. There are also 4 different Educational Boards: National, State, IB and A Levels with IB and A Levels are the private schools.
Because the public schools do not provide the critical education needed many private schools are being established especially in Bengaluru. Many of the schools we were visiting had only been in existence for a few years—1 for only 3 months. These private fee paying schools are popping up all over the place in many cases established and owned by the companies are Bandalore; in fact most of the school were all along the same road. The primary reason it is the only place where land is available.
All of these schools recognize the need to provide for the Gifted and Talented student; however, even their resources are limited for these students—in time, resources and teachers.