IT WAS a welcome exercise undertaken by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to carry out a massive survey of students across the country. The enormity of the exercise can be gauged from the fact that the survey covered 25 lakh school students in 1.10 lakh schools in 700 districts across the country, unprecedented anywhere in the world. The fact that the survey assessed the competence of students studying in standards III, V and VIII in subjects like mathmatics, languages, science and social sciences, shows that the Union Human Resources Ministry is undertaking a study of learning skills of the students. Such study will help it to plan its academic policies for the future, in view of changing needs of the developing country. Such an omnibus survey was never conducted in the past. The survey is also important in the light of complaints that present education at primary and secondary level fails in skill development among students which has grave implications for higher education and also employability.