We are in the era of the educational revolution. The presence of technology in schools, colleges, and universities played a vital role in the last decade. Many schools, colleges, and universities switched from traditional classrooms to digital classrooms, shifting to remote learning.
In this decade, new technology tools provide modern learning environments and offer a new pathway to make education dynamic, interactive, and fun for students.
And technology becomes needed to ensure that educators and students can connect and learn.
India Is Moving Ahead Towards Digital Education
Like any other sector, education is one of the most critical in India. Teaching and lifelong learning are expected to reach US$ 5 billion by 2025, as forecast by the online education market in India.
So, to strengthen digital infrastructure, the national government of India has taken some digital initiatives. In July 2015, the government launched the ‘Digital India’ program for better digital education and internet access to the people, especially connecting rural areas with high-speed internet networks.
The E-education program is designed to impart digital education in urban and remote areas with the help of high-speed internet, applications, and smartphones.
Technology-driven citizens have been continuously growing in the last decade. The estimate of active internet users in India is around 900 million by 2025, as per the IAMAI-Kantar Cube report.
India has turned to digital, and private schools, affordable private schools, schools run by NGOs, or even schools run by the government—everyone is thinking digital today.
For the digital engagement of students and to boost digital education, the government of India started so many projects and programs, such as the e-Pathshala Portal. In 2015, DIKSHA, SWAYAM, SWAYAM PRABHA in 2017, NISHTHA, OLabs, Virtual Labs, the National Digital Educational Architecture (NDEAR), and more.
PM eVIDYA program
To benefit 25 crore school students, the government announced the PM eVIDYA program in May 2020. The program aims to evolve digital education in India and promote online learning.
The Future of Digital Education
The increasing trend of digital education in India also caught the attention of global key players to provide online courses to students to learn new skills.
Amazon India launched “Amazon Academy” for engineering candidates to get ready for competitive examinations like JEE and to promote school kids toward coding and programming.
Amazon launched its machine learning summer school project in June 2021.
The EdTech industry of India is ranked as the second biggest EdTech industry in the world, and it is anticipated to reach around US$ 3.5 billion by 2020. Some EdTech businesses like BYJU’s, upGrad, Virohan, etc., have also increased their grip in recent years and are determined to deliver incomparable learning management resources, for instance, AI-based innovative and engaging learning, blended learning, 3D, and DIY kits.
In July 2021, the Indian government declared that space technology (such as satellite communication) would promote and enhance Indian digital education.
Such a government project accelerates digital learning in India, and these proposals are estimated to unlock the door for more opportunities in space-based programs.
The policies of digitization in education have made it possible for Indian kids in unreached areas of the country to get a better education with an interactive digital media platform. Such schemes also triumph over the challenges of teacher deficiency.
Edited By- Subbuthai Padma
Published By- Satheesh Kumar