The Internet is ever-growing. In India, the number of people using the internet has increased exponentially with the advent of mobile smartphones. The number of internet users in India has increased so much that India is now in the top 5 countries consuming internet data. As internet rates have gotten cheaper, the growth of the internet market is not going to stop. In such a market, online education has been one of the critical areas where India is still lagging.
Although Online Education is growing in India with apps such as Byjus, some YouTube channels, and such, the primary source of online education in India is from international sites such as Coursera, EdX, etc. But still, online education has gone to new heights. The courses range from school level mathematics to undergraduate and graduate courses.
An online university called the University of the people provides university-level courses online for students across the globe. It is almost entirely free. Many students from India and the world have benefitted from such programs. There are a lot of things that are appealing in online education in contrast to traditional classroom education. The most obvious one is the ability to return to what was taught. As most of the lectures are recorded, one can always come back to refer to the lecture. The other main advantage is that one can study at any time they can.
With many other advantages, one can study any subject with ease and at home. This is the reason for the popularity of online education not only in India but across the globe. It is estimated that by the year 2021, the online education industry will grow by eight-fold in India. This is a huge leap forward. It is also an expected one as Internet access is still new to many Indians. It is a growing market and not a mature one like the US or the UK.
Online education has become so reliable in India already that many companies accept the completion of online courses as a sign of skill in a particular field. Online Education has come so far as to offer specialization in some areas. Take the Odin Project; for example; it is an online learning platform for web development. They offer internships and even employment opportunities, and they are not a real university!
We have come to a point where one can learn anything online. There are a plethora of resources all over the internet, and the demand for quality courses is increased by the hour. Many start-ups have also been started in the field of online education, and this is an exciting prospect for India as this will help a lot of students who cannot get education from the best universities, irrespective of their financial background. There are some courses called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) which are courses with a lot of content that are available for free. The number of MOOCs from India is growing, and online education is deemed to strengthen in India and make way for a new style of teaching. Many universities even take the help of Google Classroom for transferring material to students. Online Education is opening up new avenues in India Education, and there seems to be a lot of promise in this field.