Bridging India’s education gap with the adoption of technology

Education is the pioneer of success. Education has changed the lives of many people in India whether it be any class. And, that’s how Education should be bestowed upon every child. In the world of mobile phones where everything happens on a click, now getting education in just one click is something which has benefitted a lot of bussing students. The exposure of edtech is booming hence, India is also inclining towards education technology. Many of the organizations have taken the challenge of democratizing education of India under the aegis of Edtech.

In India more than providing education, consumption is difficult and vital. The education gap of India between tier 1, tier 2 & tier 3 cities is amplifying, which needs to be altered. Tier1 & 2 cities have easy access to education, teachers, and lecturers whereas, in the tier 3 cities, villages or remote areas are still don’t have the set quality education, well-qualified teachers, and the tools. In India, the Education system has grappled with several issues in the past few decades; therefore the need to bring about a reformation in the education system has been a crucial point of deliberation over the past few years. With a vision of social enterprising approach, the leaders in the industry are bringing socio-economic change to the Education system. Edtech applications in the current time are widening over the last decade, and digital learning has started spreading across schools and classrooms. But, it took covid to truly understand the importance of digital learning where the industry saw a major hike in edtech, as schools were shut down and they also went for online studies. The importance of educating students online, anywhere-anytime got the spotlight and is booming since then. In the digital world, where students are thrust to the screen for education, providing each family with adequate internet and smart phones are some necessary measures that need to be fulfilled to create equity and ensure that all Indian children may learn.

According to a Praxis-IVCA report, the Indian edtech market was pegged at $117 billion in 2020, expected to grow over two-fold to touch $225 billion by FY25. The industry is bombarding as the magnitude of inequality in Education has been revealed. Startups are striving for the welfare of the mass public since education unites us all together. The better educated you are, the better future you can pave for yourself. There’s one old saying, “one educated person in the family, transforms the lives of the family.” The simple statement weighs so much, making us realize the importance of education. When your children’s education is at stake you can afford to buy a smart phone and provide the bundle of knowledge to children, the first step towards your child’s success.

In the edtech apps, content is crucial and important part, interestingly it’s the most fun part. The visuals, 3D animations, videos by well-educated teachers, mcqs, chapter wise questions, books, and many more are compiled in just one app, that’s the privilege of technology. The edtech apps are not limited to academics, the knowledge is abundant. It includes art, dance, music, music instruments, creative science assignments, coding, computer languages, and much more to explore to give your kids the platform to scout the option according to their respective interests. Customization of learning is being popular in the digital space. The edtech app made it possible for students to personalize their education by using AI and technology. Personalized education gets student more intrigued in learning, making it easier for the student to learn according to their pace, up to their potential. AI helps the students to schedule, plan their work for the day. Now the challenge is to reach the rural areas or the children belonging to BPL families and to provide them with education they can sustain. So, the industry is more focused on rural areas of India, to reach the remote areas and educate the mass students to build a better future of India. This can be achieved with affordable education without compromising in the quality front. Edtech industry will bring about the change that India has been longing for.

According to India’s National Education Policy, the country’s children have poor foundational learning levels with half the students who have spent five years in schools barely possessing basic numeric and literacy skills. There are only 1.5 million schools with about 250 million students enrolled in our country. According to a survey, 37% of students in rural and 17% in urban areas don’t study at all. As education should reach remote areas, villages, and areas of the low network. In many cases children study till high school and then drop education to join hands with their parents or find a job for money. Even girls are not sent outside many times for education. Edtech has become one solution for all. The child can educate online with the liberty to do any job, study from anywhere, and still be able to get all the knowledge. Its time saving as well as leverage of study anywhere and anytime you want. With the dream of democratizing education in India, it should be made affordable. For all classes of people, education should be one. In India, 20.8% percent of people are below the poverty line, which makes it difficult for the family to provide quality education. Hence, affordable education should be the first priority of the startups coming forward. And it is necessary to make education democratize and in order to fulfill the vision of educated India. The edtech is slowly penetrating in remote areas as well.

To make use of technology in education stick, it can’t be companies alone that forge a thorns path—it requires corporates, governments, NGOs and educational institutes to work together to deliver better learning outcomes. The solution should focus on a one-off use, we need to leverage technology to instill a mentality of lifelong learning within our citizens to ensure they aren’t rendered irrelevant despite being educated. The industry is striving to mark its way in digital learning. The better India, educated India.



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