A 16-year-old student from a remote town in Chandrapur found it difficult to travel to a nearby city to prepare for his NEET exam. He had to spend nearly three hours travelling and shell out more than Rs 100 everyday on transport. His solution? Go digital. Thanks to seamless technology and entrepreneurs who are developing innovative technology based educational models that are redefining classroom education in several ways.

Students are able to take live online classes, interact with the faculty and ask doubts during the class along with participating in class-based tests. The ed-tech industry is growing significantly and bringing about a change in the way education is imparted to students today. They are able to learn, understand and grasp information with the use of digital tools. Virtual classrooms, podcasts and apps, web conferencing, state-of-the-art downloads have all led to the growth of education online.

The number of Internet users in India has skyrocketed and is expected to cross 450 million by June 2017, as per a report from the Internet and Mobile Association of India and market research firm IMRB International. With the rise in mobile penetration, an immense potential to educate the masses in a digital manner can be witnessed. Start-ups are leveraging digital tools such as cloud computing, augmented reality, virtual reality, whiteboard, etc, to bring about a change in the existing education landscape of the country. Chat-based interactions, video presentations and personalisation are some forms of training that are gaining traction in this space. Start-ups are also utilising data, graphics and videos to explain concepts, thus making learning easy, contextual and visual.

Irrespective of the geographical location and time, students are now able to access their lessons with the help of digital devices and tools. Students are able to choose from a range of career options with flexible options. If a full-time employee is keen to pursue higher studies and cannot be present on campus then online education offers a great opportunity to build on his/her career and qualifications.

Students no longer need to worry about missing out on important lessons anymore. With recorded lectures, students are easily able to listen to their lecturers and learn lessons as per their convenience.These recorded lectures help to boost student efficiency and improve comprehension, as students can revise and go through tough concepts multiple times.

Lack of time and convenience will no longer prove barriers for students willing to pursue higher studies along with employment in India. With virtual classroom options, learning can now be considered a lifelong habit. Students can pursue an individualized learning path that encourages them to set and manage their personal academic goals.

There is a soaring demand for quality education through digital platforms around the globe. Ed-tech has the potential to solve the problems and pave the way to fulfill the criteria of a digitally educated, intrinsically empowered India.

The writer is Aakash Chaudhry, Director,Aakash Educational Services Pvt Ltd



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