Future Evolution of Indian Edtech – A tale!
As we know that education is one of the sensitive topics in Indian waters. All students are expected to score well while pertaining to a single set pattern or learning and assessment. There are set standards in place that need to be either met or surpassed and marks that have to be achieved. The industry is and the ecosystem overall is concerned more about the scores and less about the learnings. But edtech is attempting to change that and bring more democracy in the education industry and make it more skill-oriented.
According to ibef, the country has become the second largest market for E-learning after the US. The sector is expected to reach US$ 1.96 billion by 2021 with around 9.5 million users.
Recently, the government of India transformed the education system to make it more viable and vocational. The new system will be seen restructuring the curricular and pedagogy to align it with the market demand and inculcate relevant skills in the students to prepare them for the real world and job market.
Let us take a look at the future evolution of Indian Edtech.
Now, the edtech market will be seen incorporating STEAM practicality in the learning process to polish the students’ working skills. Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics will be for key focus. Students are encouraged to understand and learn coding as well as robotics to develop solutions that would help them in solving real problems and. As opposed to rote learning, the Indian edtech evolution will ensure that practicality is given more weightage than theory. There will be more doing and less studying. STEAM applications will lay the foundation for critical thinking and intellect.
Indian edtech is diverse and not just about schools and college. There are products in the edtech market of India that help with reskilling and upskilling the people of any and every age group. Edtech is showing huge potential in the job industry due to the fact that technology is constantly advancing and industries need to catch up with the same. Working class is given the opportunity to develop and reform their skills to be in line with the current trends. Anything that doesn’t update becomes obsolete. Hence, upskilling is a great arena for Indian edtech. The same ibef report also estimates that India will emerge as the single largest provider of global talent with one in four graduates in the world being a product of the Indian higher education system.
If one thing we know about the Indian education scenario, is that it is highly competitive and parents put in a lot of effort and money to ensure that their kids don’t lag behind. For this purpose, they usually enroll their children in tuitions. The tuition industry in India is extremely huge and edtech is aiming to tap the same. If edtech can find a way to curb the reservations of Indian parents to go beyond the physical tuitions and adopt remote learning, or find a way to make E-learning as effective as the brick-and-mortar tuitions, then there’s no stopping.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in education can rope in tremendously effective results. These technologies make learning interactive and engage the students in the process instead of showing them a video and hoping they can relate. When students can be present in the learning process, they can understand better and apply the learnings. Clear concepts are the basis of effective education and they only build on to the knowledge stack. AR/VR deliver computer-aided learnings that seem almost natural.
The future of Indian Edtech is dynamic and vibrant, which means it will also be inclusive and democratic. Students can grasp things much efficiently if they are given the control and space to go at their own pace and learn concepts in a way that they learn best. Adaptive Learning is going to reform the face of Indian edtech landscape because of its ability to adapt to the learners’ understanding levels, speed, and methods. Such solutions do not have one-size-fits all approach and can custom-make the modules according to the learners.
Edtech is evolving and the pandemic has only accelerated this evolution in India. It is expected that this acceleration will continue to grow the said sector and bring in an improved outlay of education.