English in India is a symbol of people's aspirations for quality in education and a fuller participation in national and international life. In Delhi, the medium of instruction tends to be English in private schools and Hindi/Urdu in government schools. However, even after many years of its compulsory study, vast numbers of students completing high school are unable to speak, read or write simple English. Consequently, for most of these students, access to higher education, employment, technical knowledge, and the world of computers and the Internet, also tends to be limited.
The Quality of Life survey of 2008 identified lack of English as a major need of the community as they saw it as a major bottleneck in the employability of the youth of Nizamuddin.