"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world": a quote very well said by Nelson Mandela – a well-known politician and philanthropist who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. A strong education is the base for any developing country to evade through the different pangs of economic as well as social barriers that lie ahead of them. India, being a developing country resourcefully invests in the education sector. With brain drain and students opting out of schools and colleges, the government of India has started emphasizing on building a strong base for education by brewing in technology.
Desktops, mobile phones, tablets - knowledge takes the electronic route. With technical inventions and innovations taking place, knowledge now no more confides only in books, but in all possible devices that has an internet connection. This has widened the scope of education. With the largest education system in the world, India bags the second highest position when it comes to course enrollments with more than 1,55,000 students from the country registered in online courses. Having said this, for over a 1.2 million students worldwide, 15% students are from India displaying the voyage of digital learning.
How did India make such a huge difference in the online education sector worldwide?
The journey began with introducing online learning that was merely aimed to eliminate monotony in the learning methodologies. Later, some of the famous Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) managed to change the face of online education by eliminating certain barriers that traditional learning was hooked up with. In a developing country like India, where finance often proves to be one of the biggest barriers, the affordability of online courses bagged their interest. Looking at the progress that these online courses were making, India came up with 'Swayam' – an online learning portal that made way for convenient online education. In addition to these, many global technology companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft have entered into the Indian classrooms with their online learning solutions.
Penetration of smartphones and improvement in the quality of internet; India is paving its way for education to change its dimensions. The 'Digital India' and 'Startup India', 'Skill India' and 'Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana' were introduced as the perfect catalyst promoting online learning. Apart from these initiatives and benefits, it is the enthusiasm with which Indians are accepting this new method for learning that has contributed to its popularity.
The "Online Education in India: 2021" report by KPMG, unfolds the statistics of online education in India for the upcoming years. According to the reports, the online education sector in India is in the prospect of reaching 1.96 billion USD adhering to more than 9.6 million users by the year 2021 from 427 million USD that was reported in the year 2016. The supplementary education in schools, test preparation courses for competitive exams, skill enhancement certifications, higher education and non-academic learning are the different domains that will witness a growth with an increased online education trend in India. .
The online education sector in India is getting ready to become a multi-billion dollar opportunity in the near future. There are many players in the market who are alluring attention with jaw-dropping features and aesthetically designed online courses to become a part of this growing trend. It is believed that in a world where there are many players vying their eyes in being number one, it should not be forgotten that apart from aesthetics, an LMS that manages to perfectly blend in technology, user experience and content relevance manages to steal the limelight.
India is a land that adorns its age-old traditions with utmost sanctity. The face to face learning paradigm has been followed since time immemorial and it may not completely elude from the Indian markets, rather it would blend in technology and let the traditional learning take a back seat eventually. Needless to say, the students, as well as the youths, are going head over heels with the concept of online education; making it evident that the future of online education in India is quite promising.