In the 21st century, it is technology that rules the world. With increasing adoption of tech in almost every sphere of life, there are very few sectors that remain untouched. India as a global IT leader has been at the forefront of this revolution, with the integration of technology in areas ranging from farming to governance to banking and even everyday activities like food delivery.
Of course, tech adoption hasn’t been equal in all sectors. India’s education sector has always lagged with respects to implementations of latest developments adopted by its global counterparts. But the rise of Edutech startups and focussed government policies in the recent few years seems to be reversing this trend.
In fact, there are currently more than 40+ startups; most of them came into existence in the last 5 years that are focussing on EdTech, demonstrating the massive potential for this trend in India.
Additionally, with the government looking to implement a massive overhaul of education in Indian with schemes such as RISE (Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education), with a budget of more than Rs 1 lakh crore, the focus is on new age technologies such as cloud computing, AI and VR to enable these changes.
While cloud computing is primarily helping schools reduce the cost usually incurred through the purchase of legacy softwares and setting up data centres, an additional use has been in terms of enablement of MOOC (massive open online courses) that enable teachers and students in far-flung areas to learn and equip themselves with the latest knowledge.
In fact, government schemes such as SWAYAM (Study webs of active learning for young aspiring minds) which aim at making learning material available to all citizens, especially teachers and students, has become possible only because of cloud computing.
The earlier ‘one size fits all’ model of education is slowly losing ground to adaptive, personalised learning pedagogies.
In fact, AI is not just helping to create educational tools that automate the teaching of more nuanced topics (like the improvement of pronunciation and grammar correction) but also improving other fields such as administration (such as automation of admission), learning, tutoring and assessments.
In fact, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has even proposed the use of adaptive assessment for conducting entrance exams such as JEE Main, NEET UG and NET to help avoid paper leakages (a serious threat) while simultaneously ensuring the competitiveness and fairness of these exams are upheld.
Indian education has always struggled with a poor quality of teaching. Standardized tests have often revealed that students struggle to perform at the level they should be.
VR can help in not just improve quality of teaching by offering experiential, immersive experience but also lead to gamification of hard to understand topics.
Additionally, VR adoptions can lead to virtual labs where students can conduct and simulate experiments that may not be possible or may be too dangerous in the real world.
Taking a cue from footballer Gerard Pique’s line Evolution is all about looking forward the tech evolution of the Indian education sector is certainly focused towards the future.
The rapid improvements in technology, as well as the higher rates of adoption, are bound to have an impact on the students. With a two-pronged thrust from the private sector as well as the government, exciting developments await the student of tomorrow!