Author: Chief Wizard at Engineer.AI
The rapid pace of technological spread is changing every aspect of our lives. In India too, as technology adopts exponential adoption in some areas such as health and ecommerce, its adoption has been slow in some other areas; One major area is education.
The use of PowerPoint presentations, video narration, projectors, and other gadgets has come a long way in educational institutions, but in terms of IT infrastructure, these similar institutions, particularly schools, display a limited strategic vision.
Contrariwise, Indian students are warming up edtech platforms to enhance their learning experience. According to Wikibizpedia, in 2018, the size of the edtech market reached below $ 550 Mn, growing steadily at a CAGR of 49%. This figure is estimated to reach $ 1960 million by 2021.
Addressing Other Challenges with Technology
In addition to making the learning process more interesting for students, new age technologies have many advantages. The Government of India understands the positive impact that cloud computing has on the education sector and is therefore investing more than INR 1 lakh Cr in an initiative called RISE (Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education), which will lead to a new era. There is a strong focus on merging the new-age technologies such as cloud computing, AI and VR with education systems.
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The biggest challenge in the Indian education system is the current quality of education. In most institutions, the curriculum is not regularly updated to conform to global development.
To understand the gravity of this issue, let us look at the scenario for future jobs– which is the primary reason for undertaking education in the first place. As per a report by FICCI-EY-NASSCOM, 9% of the young Indian workforce in 2022 will be deployed in jobs that do not even exist today; whereas 37% workforce will be deployed in jobs with radically altered skill sets.
The primary factors that make education a distant dream for many in India are either the unavailability of education or, if available, the high costs that come with it. Cloud computing can address both issues.
This is as remote classrooms enabled by the cloud can help in running multiple classrooms with a small group of teachers whilst also helping to overcome the lack of skilled teachers or the physical school infrastructures in more remote areas. The cloud can also play a massive role in delivering education by using streaming on the web.