The year 2014 has been remarkable for India politics and education. Through Digital India initiative, the new government has opened up opportunities for innovation and investment in the e- learning market. The NDA government has laid the groundwork by embracing a platform for self-learning called ‘Swayam’– a window for multiple online courses for people to learn and initiation “Smart school model” in 6500 schools across the country. However we have a very long way to go in terms of infrastructure and implementation.
Every year billions of dollars are spent by the policy makers on education sector, but the learning outcome still remains very disappointing. We have third largest education system and one of the world’s best educators, but still there is staggering gap in the access to quality education between metros and other cities.
For an exam driven country like India, the test preparation market is not synchronised to the needs of the student community. Instead you will find highly segregated and unregulated space. The $ 8 billion industry has recently seen much need revival with many new digital players exploring disruptive ways of providing quality education in competitive and entrance exams. Students are finding the online test prep training which gives them the liberty to choose the course and the professor too… much rewarding and a better option.
With PMO office taking interest to address nationally the issues of students writing competitive and board exam through their Radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the future definitely looks brighter, as now call for quality education no longer a concern for the parents or the critics. As Now it’s the national issue. Hope to see issues of digital infrastructure and internet access addressed in the Budget 2015.