Bangladesh ahead of India in WB Human Capital Index

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 14:32, Oct 11, 2018 | Updated : 14:34, Oct 11, 2018

Bangladesh has been ranked above India in the Human Capital Index (HCI) published by the World Bank (WB).
The first edition of The HCI index was launched at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings on the Indonesian island of Bali, on Thursday.
The index ranked 175 countries based on a new system that evaluates the effectiveness of education and health care systems and their impact reflected on human capital.
The index shows that Bangladesh is ahead of neighbouring India and Pakistan.
Bangladesh has also scored higher than the average for the region while a bit lower than the average in its income group.
According to the HCI, a child born in Bangladesh today will be 48 per cent as productive with complete access to education and healthcare. In comparison, the percentage is 44 in India and 39 in Pakistan while Sri Lanka doing better than its neighbours with 58 per cent.
Bangladesh also went past India and Pakistan in terms of newborns’ odds of survival. It said that 97 out of 100 children born in Bangladesh survive to age 5, while the number is 96 in India and 93 in Pakistan. Sri Lanka leads the pack with 99 out of 100 children surviving until the age of 5.
A child in Bangladesh who starts school at age four can expect to complete 11 years of school by her 18th birthday. In India, its 10.2 years of schooling for the age while it is 8.8 years in Pakistan. Sri Lanka also did better in this category with a child expected to complete 13 years of schooling by her 18th birthday after starting at aged four.
Another indicator in the index, assessing survival put Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the same level with 87 per cent of 15-year olds expected to survive until age 60. In India, 83 per cent of 15-year olds expected to survive until age 60 while 84 per cent Pakistan and 85 per cent in Nepal.
Singapore topped the very first HCI Index with countries in the Africa continent found them occupying the bottom spots.