It is the end of another academic cycle as students gear up for results of Board Examinations 2017. The massive scale of the examinations is only a small insight into the young Indian population. As per various reports, over 1 crore students have appeared for various Board examinations 2017. Central Boards and State Boards numbers when combined provide a mind boggling figure. As students wait for their results for various board examinations, we look to seek the answer. Is India equipped to provide Higher Education to all? Yes. Questions arise about the quality of education and employ-ability.

The largest board by far is the Uttar Pradesh Board where a total of 26 lakh students have registered for 12th class board examinations. Another 10.9 lakhs for CBSE Board Exams, 8 odd lakhs for MP Boards and so on. Discounting the students who have appeared in their Class 10 or HSC or Matric examinations, if only the students in class 12 are counted, the numbers are staggering to over 1.43 crores approximately. Here is a look at the approximate number of students who have either registered/appeared in the 12th class exam. Also Read | CBSE Class 12th Exam Results 2017: News of Lower percentages creates panic in students, teachers clarify

Name of the Board State Tentative Number of students in 12th Board 
Central Board of Secondary Education National                       1,100,000
Council of Indian School Certification Examination National                             74,544
Board of Intermediate Education Andhra Pradesh                          508,186
Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) Assam                          412,301
Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Bihar                       1,000,000
Chattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) Chattisgarh                          200,000
Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination (GBSHSE) Goa                             16,000
School Education Board Gujarat                          500,000
Board of School Education Haryana                          250,447
HP Board of School Education Himachal Pradesh                          100,000
J&K Board of School Education Jammu & Kashmir                             50,000
Jharkhand Academic Council Jharkhand                          320,000
Department of Pre-University Education Karnataka                          684,247
Directorate of Higher Secondary Education, Kerela Kerela                          366,139
Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh                          770,000
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Maharashtra                       1,500,000
Board of Secondary Education, Manipur Manipur                             35,000
Meghalaya Board of School Education Meghalaya                             40,000
Mizoram Board of School Education Mizoram                          400,000
Nagaland Board of School Education Nagaland                             10,000
Council of Higher Secondary Education Odisha                          373,000
School Education Board Punjab                          324,000
Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan                          400,000
Directorate of Government Examinations Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu                          898,763
Board of Intermediate Education Telangana                          500,799
Tripura Board of Secondary Education Tripura                             25,000
Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad Uttar Pradesh                       2,624,681
Board of School Education, Uttarakhand Uttarakhand                          150,000
West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education West Bengal                          800,000
Total (Approximately)                    14,433,107

Please note that not all the figures are exact. While some have been rounded off to the nearest number, it can be easily expected that the total number is well over 1 crore. Discounting the students who fail to clear the examination, the numbers are still very high. With a pass percentage average of 70 percent, nearly 70 lakh students would now be ready to apply to various universities, colleges and vocational courses. Also, another chunk of students would be appearing for 12th Boards through open schools. Though India has enough Universities, Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics, the number for quality institutes fall short. It is a fact that not many Indian Universities have a spot in the top Universities of the world. As far as engineering is concerned, we still have a large population of engineering graduates every year but 70 percent are not employable. Also Read | List of Engineering Colleges closing down in 2017: Technical Institutes shutting down in India even as country pushes STEM Education, report

Thinking ahead, at least 70 percent of the candidates who complete their higher studies would be ready for jobs after three years. That in itself is about 50 lakh fresh graduates from different walks of life. The question that worries us all at this stage is…Is India generating 50 lakh jobs every year to provide for its educated youth? The numbers are massive. Only a small percentage of this number, as per studies conducted by MHRD, would then continue with further Higher Studies. A smaller still percentage would get to a doctorate level.

Adding more to the plate, In spite of actually dolling out such large numbers on an yearly basis, our villages are stretched for doctors and teachers, almost all departmental office is short of hands and there is a massive shortage of skilled professionals. However, you look at it, the numbers present a very interesting view of the tip of the iceberg as far as India’s Human Resource Development is concerned. We need more colleges, more medical institutes, research centers and more importantly, jobs. To effectively employ India’s true resource – the young population.