“Online education is like a rising tide, it’s going to lift all boats” – Anant Agarwal
Across bustling cities and quiet villages, a revolution is brewing in India. We are not talking about any other tech startup or a flashy new app. It is the rise of online education. India has witnessed a remarkable surge in online education in recent years. The Indian government has also recognised the potential of digital learning and has taken several commendable initiatives to promote its accessibility and inclusivity.
As per Market Research, over the past ten years, technology has upgraded online education, valued at INR 108.79 Bn in 2021, expected to reach INR 299.18 Bn by 2027 with a 22.26% annual growth rate from 2022 to 2027. This report shows the growth potential of online education in India.
First things First: What is Online Education?
We will make it simple for you, just imagine there is a school, but instead of a classroom, you are learning from your phone or computer. That is online education. It is like a playground for learning, where you can:
- Learn anything, anytime: From cooking classes to mastering coding, online courses cover almost everything. The best part is that you can attend them whenever you like, day or night.
- Be your own boss: There is no more rushing to school or college, Online learning will let you work at your own pace. You can take breaks whenever you need them and speed up when you are on a roll.
- Get the best teachers: You can find the best teacher online from all over the world. Whether you want to learn cooking or coding you will have access to top institutes from every corner of the world, pretty much in every field.
The Indian government is playing a main role in making online education accessible to everyone, whether you are from a rural village or an urban city. Let’s take a sneak-peek at some initiatives that are highlighting India’s online education:
1. Digital Infrastructure
PM eVidya is an initiative taken by the Ministry of Education, Government of India to make online education easy and available to everyone. There are several tech tools available to make learning easier in schools. PM eVidya will provide you learning materials through different ways like:
- Online platforms
- TV channels
- Community radio
- Special content for students with special needs
Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing – DIKSHA
This is an online space where you can find useful study material. DIKSHA is a national digital platform that specifically helps the students, teachers, and parents regarding e-learning content. It will provide you with interactive lessons, worksheets and assessments. These activities and study material will match the school curriculum.
Pathshala means school, this will remind you of books and heavy bags! ePathshala is like a digital treasure of textbooks, videos, and fun stuff for every subject. It will range from Class 1 to 12. This pathshala will be on your phone and computer, so you can learn anywhere, anytime! You can choose from different languages and let audio, video, and cool multimedia tools make studying a breeze.
2. Initiatives for Accessibility
Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (Digital Literacy Mission)
Digital Saksharta Abhiyan is the initiative that is taken by the Indian government. They launched this as they understood that teaching people basic digital skills is necessary for online education. People will get free training to reduce the gap in digital knowledge.
3. Fostering Innovation
Startup India is an initiative taken by the government of India to help the startups. This initiative offers online content, online courses, market research reports, etc. so as to reduce the underlying asymmetry in knowledge in the Indian startup ecosystem.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Massive Open Online Courses, as the name suggests, are online courses offered in collaboration between top universities and platforms like Coursera and edX that provide students access to excellent international courses to make the learning experience rich in India.
Future of Online Education in India
Online education is booming in india. We have come a long way as now education is accessible even in remote villages. But still there are many challenges like internet reach, quality content, and hefty price. If we want to make education equal and available for everyone, we need to fill these digital gaps. That is where the government & private companies can work together along with local communities to push things forward. This is the only way we can make online education reach its full potential for all Indian learners.
You can visit these websites to get educational content as published by the Ministry of Education, the Government of India:
These are just a few examples of the many initiatives that are making online education a reality for millions in India. It is focused on accessibility, quality, and innovation. The Indian government is proving that learning can take flight, reaching even the farthest corners of the country and empowering everyone to unlock their full potential. So, the next time you hear about education in India, remember, it is not just about dusty textbooks and crowded classrooms anymore. It is a digital revolution that is taking knowledge to the masses.
Kamaldeep Singh is an accomplished digital marketing specialist, and has been associated with the education industry since 2022. With a flair for knowledge, he finds joy in learning and sharing insights on education, technology, digital marketing, and self-care through his writing. He is passionate about cars, tech-gadgets, and loves long drives.