India is a hub for IT and global R&D. It is also an emerging super power. Despite having added so many feathers to its cap, India continues to go backwards when it comes to education and skill-based training. While the government has made basic education free to all, the question lies in the quality of the education.
How EdTech can help make India a Global Talent Hub
Indians often prefer to travel abroad in search of better education to maximize their potential. The skill and education gap can be owed to Indian curriculum being majorly theoretical in nature. The lack of practical application-based learning is a major cause of the gap between skill and education.
EdTech as a Solution to Bridge the Skill Gap
Indian students have to spend lakhs of rupees on foreign education and skill-based training. Yet this still makes education unavailable, inaccessible and unaffordable for many. While those who secure scholarships or those who are financially secure may travel abroad to study, the same cannot be said to the general populace.
This is where EdTech comes into the picture. Less than 2 decades ago, online education seemed like a dream for many. But today, it is revolutionizing the world. People no longer need to travel abroad to study as they can obtain the same education at home via a computer.
EdTech’s Contribution to Make India a Global Talent Hub
EdTechs have the potential to turn into a global talent hub and also a global education hub. Going forward, NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) estimates that by 2025 the demand for advanced skills will increase by 20X. This gives India a great opportunity to capture the global education market.
Home grown EdTech Company and one of the largest EdTech player in the world, BYJU’S has already taken a step forward in this direction. BYJU’S has ventured into foreign markets including the US, the UK, UAE, Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico. It is providing online coding courses in crypto currency, mathematics learning programs and other STEM subject courses in many parts across the globe. Back home BYJU’S is contributing by providing a sophisticated education platform for schools in association with Google. It is also providing interactive lessons and coding classes in India.
In addition to BYJU’s there are many reliable online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy and IGNOU who also offer quality online courses. Distance-education nowadays is made easier thanks to EdTech. EdTech such as BYJU’s, Coursera, Udemy and IGNOU offer a large variety of courses to choose from.
The best thing about EdTech is that it has helped make quality education affordable to the general populace. Advancements in EdTech are also helping to bridge the skill and education gap, so that learning can be more practical application oriented, rather than being simply theoretical.
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