Indian academics have been driving change within the education sector in the last few years. However, with Billionaire Bill Gates expressing his disappointment in Indian education sector, it brings focus back on the industry and initiatives required to bring about change.
The rapid evolving education industry plays an important role on the Indian economy too. As such, in the union budget of 2017, the Indian government appropriated Rs. 46,356.25 crore to school education and literacy and Rs. 33,329.70 crore to higher education. In addition, with approximately 54 percent of its population being under the age of 24, there is a critical need for regularised and advanced education.
With the ongoing digitization megatrend, it meant that education will have to be on top of their game, and teachers will have to start adopting laptops and presentations to enhance the classroom experience for their students.
Reaching out to a large student population has be a constant problem. While the challenge of education access has been largely resolved, the issue of quality is not, particularly in the area of primary education. It has been much overlooked and obsolete, resulting in weak foundation among students. Ashish Rajpal, founder of XSEED Education, pointed out that “That results in workforce that is unemployable and hard to skill. The government is trying to solve it through regulation but that is unlikely to work. A massive unleashing of private, public, and technological forces is needed.”
A robust platform through the use of technology will be needed to resolve the current problems found within the education sector. Furthermore, given the entrepreneurial boost in the country today, India will need to start encouraging skills in design thinking, creative thinking, unstructured project management, and the ability to adapt and drive in changing environments.
Digitalisation has brought about a significant impact in the education industry, and with technology having a positive influence on the future, most experts see light in the Indian education sector. Institutions are now able to decide on the best way to utilise technology to impart knowledge without any government interference.
However, with the presence of technology, it also meant that there will changes made to an educator’s teaching responsibilities even though their jobs will not be entirely replaced. Technology will now be responsible for the “content” (including learning resources and interactive experiences) and “assessment” (including personalised feedback); while teachers will attend to the matter of “purpose” (what is worth learning) and “motivation” (including personalised coaching).