The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has welcomed the draft New Education Policy (NEP), saying that the focus on the use of technology in education will go a long way in addressing the current problems afflicting the current education system in India. IAMAI has called for effective partnership with the Ed-Tech industry for maximum outcome envisioned in the draft NEP.
According to IAMAI, the policy mentions India’s unique leadership in the IT space and with the right policy and implementation, push can help India become a global leader in educational technology solutions.
IAMAI has however observed that many challenges plague the successful implementation of Educational Technology in our own country. There are few steps in the policy to mandate a push towards greater technology use in education. According to IAMAI, technology in schools should be seen as a key part of Digital India.
According to IAMAI, the policy should mandate a time-frame to move assessments to computer-based testing. Both at the national and state level, various educational software’s could be impaneled or rated by an independent committee. Capacity to do impact assessment – relevant not only for educational software but all kinds of educational interventions – needs to be built at a national level. Though the importance of creating high-quality educational software is discussed, the opportunity to Ed-Tech companies or incubators and encourage private companies to create them and effectively use existing educational software that already exists may be added to the policy. IAMAI has however stated that while the draft NEP focuses on leveraging technology, the policy does not clearly mention the role Ed-Tech start-ups can play.
According to Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn, and Chairman of the IAMAI Ed-Tech Committee said, “India has the unique opportunity to establish itself as a global destination of the digital-ready workforce of the future. Indian Ed-Tech companies are already doing a great job of communicating the importance of constant skilling and thereby skilling hundreds of thousands of professionals every year. If there is a way for such people to move from an online skilling course to formal education, this will go a long way in building the workforce of the future.”
The draft policy provides for reforms at all levels of education from school to higher education. It seeks to increase the focus on early childhood care, reform the current exam system, strengthen teacher training, and restructure the education regulatory framework.
IAMAI observes that the proposed National Education Technology Forum (NETF) should consider partnering with Ed-tech industry as well as educational institutions to establish Centers of Excellence. This will accelerate and streamline research and deployment efforts and enable the NETF to adopt industry-led best practices.
These centers must also encourage Ed-Tech startups to innovate solutions that will help increase the access and provide harmonized quality of education. Additionally, the government-academia-industry should come together to digitize education and not just convert content into digital.
Things are changing with the advent of technology and the new generations of learners have more intense demands from education. This need is now being answered by Ed-tech startups that are leveraging technology like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR) to provide simple yet effective education solutions.
VR and AR are already buzzwords in the technology space. Their advent in e-learning has massively impacted the efficiency with which it is offered to students and the way it assesses their performance. The learning resources are static in nature and this need has been addressed by the Ed-tech startups who are transforming the traditional methods of education.
Ed-Tech companies have digitized education and seemed to have figured out a number of critical drawbacks. Technology and education go perfectly well together providing exciting opportunities for learning and teaching.