The government of India has embarked on the task of transforming the face of India and of bridging the digital divide between the rural and urban India. Mr. Narendra Modi, the Honourable Prime Minister of India, launched the Digital India campaign with the objective to connect the entire country with high-speed internet networks and was also able to secure commitments from national and global business heads for an investment of US $ 3.3 trillion. A major chunk of the investment is in line with the government’s vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy – and driving on this momentum, the education sector is poised to witness major growth in the years to come.
The government recognises that the ‘Gen Y’ of India is always connected and lives a fast-paced online life. A recent study reveals that Indians are amongst the most aggressive users of massively open online courses (MOOCs) and with over 200 million of the one billion population being connected to the internet, the need for a rapid digitization of the sector cannot be ignored.
The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) scheme aims to leverage the potential of e-education for learners. The mission has two major objectives – generating content for digitization of education and to provision access to connectivity and internet devices for learners. Under the NMEICT mission, 419 universities and more than 25000 level colleges and polytechnics have been envisaged to be transformed into digital learning hubs empowering the youth.
The government and the education industry experts are now accepting that the days of the chalk and talk are slowly ending and that the time has come to shift to a blended learning atmosphere. The digitization of India and the strong backing of the government acts as an accelerator for the sector that aims to make learning accessible, interactive and immersive.
The modern day students are connected and influenced by the world around them and are no longer only textbook oriented. The steady influx of the Internet of Everything (IoE) empowers them to experience anytime anywhere learning in the new era of e-Education. To facilitate this, there are many players in the industry providing digital learning solutions for students, teachers, parents and schools.
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