At present, there are more online courses popping out every session. India is playing a major role in the growth of online learning opportunities that are popping up throughout Asia. Over the past few decades, India has developed numerous world-class universities and colleges which are fast becoming destinations for some of Asia's best and brightest, and their online programmes are experiencing a similar boom.
Part of the explosion of interest has stemmed from economic concerns, as many simply can't afford to take two or more years off of work to attend a traditional college. Online schools help to solve that problem, and with programmes expecting to bring in a whopping US$1 billion in revenue by the end of the decade, it's clear that distance learning has staying power in India.
While home-based schools are doing well, including the popular IITs and private schools like Sikkm-Manipal University, American universities are also bringing online ed to India, offering courses at MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Cornell to Indian students.
The online course included students from all over the world, from different climates, incomes levels and geographies, and, as a result, "the discussions that happened in that course were so much more valuable and interesting than with people of similar geography and income level