Digital Education Bridging the Learning Gap

"Indian higher education is the second largest and oldest system in the world. The country boasts of offering 700 degree in 35, 500 affiliated colleges," states UGC.

With an estimated 600 million citizens under the age of 25 only 20 million (i.e. 3 % ) youngsters have enrolled themselves into colleges and a total of 52 % graduates are employable.

According to many educators, the acceptance rate in many of the state top universities is close to 2 % and many of us are accessed based on the performance in competitive and entrance exams.

 Digital Education Bridging the Learning Gap

Every year over 1 crore students appear for these entrance exams. Students very often spend more money on preparing for the exams, which is not affordable for students from different walks of life.

While majority of the students from small towns are not able to prepare for the exams effectively due to lack of accessibility and affordability.

For such students relocating to a new city for exam preparation proves to be a costly affair and adds to mental and physical pressure.

Following which most of the students in the small towns have to either prepare for the entrance exams on their own or study with local teachers by compromising on the available resources,

Technological intrusion in education has always been a debatable topic and most often it is opined as an challenging aspect to the traditional paradigm of education.

However the advent of E- learning portals have widened the learning opportunities by incorporating convenient and effective learning modules.

The disruptive innovations such are cloud computing, video compression and automotive video capture techniques create a pseudo- classrooms environment, which enable students to learn at their own pace.

Besides, the internet penetration in mobiles clearly indicates that education is no longer confined to the book racks of pristine universities or hugely crowded classrooms.

The quick access classrooms are now been a part of every smartphone, are also available in the form of application.

With an estimated market size of $ 40 billion by 2017 and annual growth of 7.6 %, Edu- startups are paving way for smarter classrooms to study smart and invest smartly in education

Article Attributed to Mr. Piyush Agrawal

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