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India is one of the fastest growing economies. Its 480 million labor force is the world’s second largest as of 2011. The service sector accounts for 56% of GDP, the industrial for 26%, and the agricultural for 18%. The major industries are textiles, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food processing, steel, transport equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, and software. Despite impressive economic growth in recent decades, India has the largest concentration of people living below the World Bank’s international poverty line.

Hyderabad, which used to be a pearl and diamond trading centre and is still known as the City of Pearls, has undergone much industrialization. Special economic zones dedicated to information technology have encouraged companies from across India and around the world to set up operations here, and the emergence of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries here has led it to be known as Genome Valley.

To get on in India today, one has to be a global citizen. With some 65% of companies here being international, and with Indians having to travel abroad for work or business, understanding other cultures and being able to speak English are important requisites for getting and holding on to a good job. Many students in India come from backgrounds that do not offer them these “qualifications”. In cities there are English-medium schools, but in smaller towns and villages most subjects are taught in the local language.

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