From ordering groceries online to requesting classes online, technology has come a long way. Intelligent automation technologies such as Internet of Things have added a new dimension to every aspect of the Indian society. Just like any other industry, the wave of digital transformation and improved connectivity has had a significant impact on the education sector as well. Online education in India has witnessed a considerable surge over the last decade. The factors that have led to this expansion are improved telecommunication and internet bandwidths across the country, which have resulted in increased usage of smartphones and hand-held devices, advancement in video conferencing technologies, advent of technology platforms for seamless transfers, and an ever-increasing need for skill certification on a remote basis and as per the convenience of the student.

UGC gives thumbs up to online education in India

The University Grants Commission (UGC) released a circular earlier this year inviting applications from all eligible higher educational institutions for online courses and programs starting 2019-2020 academic session. This UGC decision is deemed as a big step towards further expanding the online education in the country and will help a vast number of students and professionals study online and acquire their desired degree or qualification. According to the latest UGC regulations, those educational programs that are offered in regular mode, open mode or distance mode are eligible to be offered as online programs. Industry experts believe that the UGC approval for online courses in India is in line with the government’s aim to achieve Gross Enrollment Ratio of 30% for higher education by 2020, and making use of technology can go a long way in helping attain the target.

Online education is doing away with traditional learning methods

Online education has widened the scope of education and has extended it beyond the four walls of the classroom. India is currently undergoing a digital transformation and with more than 370 million active internet users, the online education market in India possesses enormous potential for growth in the foreseeable future. Online learning is witnessing considerable adoption in the Indian education ecosystem and its impact is not restricted to students and higher educational institutions. Indian companies are also embracing e-learning to constantly upgrade the skills of their employees to keep pace with the growth in today’s times.

One of the biggest advantages of online classes is that it can be easily accommodated within the incumbent’s already existing work and family commitments. Moreover, online learning has a lower turnaround time, which helps in acquiring knowledge in a short span of time. E-learning has also made it easier for students from the second and third tier cities in India to learn industry-specific skills and find a high paying job. Cost and convenience are also key factors driving the adoption of online education in India. The cost of a degree in a traditional college is much higher than the one-time cost associated with taking up online courses. Online learning is hence, steadily disrupting the traditional “chalk and talk” education system in India because of the immense benefits it has to offer.