Though technology has played an integral role in India but it hasn’t been equally adopted among every sector. The Indian education sector has fallen behind in terms of technological advancements when compared to India’s global peers. However, this trend seems to be changing from the past few years due to the rise of Edutech startups and focussed government policies.
What further demonstrates the huge potential for this trend in India is the fact that more than forty startups focusing on Edtech came into existence within the last five years.
Also, the government is planning to modernize education in India with schemes like RISE (Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education), with a budget of more than Rs 1 lakh crore. With such schemes, the government is emphasising on modern technologies like cloud computing, AI and VR to uplift India’s education system.
While cloud computing is mainly helping schools in cutting costs aroused 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 distant 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 a reality only because of cloud computing.
The earlier ‘conventional’ model of education is gradually losing ground to more personalised methods of learning and training.
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.
For avoiding paper leakages and ensuring fairness of entrance exams like JEE Main, NET, and NEET UG, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has even proposed the use of adaptive assessment for conducting such exams.
Indian education has always grappled with substandard teaching and standardized tests have often suggested that Indian students perform below par.
VR (Virtual Reality) can help in not just improve the 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 be unachievable 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!
The article was first published on India Today.