With the emergence of new technology, we are altering every aspect of our lives. Now Indian businesses are also turning into a market of early adopters with the steep and steady rise in innovation in sectors like health, e-commerce, and online media. While it is not a typical story for all, some industries still lack to global level due to the slow adoption rate, and its most prominent example is Indian Education.
The implementation of presentations, video narrations, projectors, and other gadgets have accomplished much in the education institution; However, in terms of complete IT infrastructure, these institutions, particularly schools, lack a strategic vision.
Though, Indian students are continuously utilizing cloud tech to propel their knowledge base. For instance, they warm up to various cloud-backed EdTech platforms to boost their learning experience.
As per Wikibizpedia, in 2018, the edtech market size was close to $550 Million and growing continuously at a CAGR of 49%. Moreover, it is projected that it will reach $1960 Million by 2021.
It is believed that India has over 4,000 ed-tech startups offering OTT platforms for mobile and desktops coaching for different topics/subjects. These platforms teach students’ by easing the concept by showcasing real-life applications using the latest technologies and cloud computing services.
The least highlighted part of these apps is they are making education a high engagement activity for students and transforming the way of learning significantly. Now millions of students are using these ed-tech apps across the country, and it is becoming a cult among learners of all kinds. Indian students are ready, and it seems like the right time more than ever to embrace tech-influenced education.
Indian Government betting big on Cloud Computing
The Indian administration has recognized the importance of cloud computing within the education sector. For instance, Indian authorities taking a budget of at least Rs 1 lakh crore, which is equivalent to more than USD 14 billion in an initiative called Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education or RISE. Its primary objective is to merge innovative technology advancements, such as virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud computing with the education system. Combining these technologies can help bridge many perennial gaps in the education sector, including costs, reach, and quality.
Notably, modern technology and AI are increasingly entering India’s state education system and boosting the quality of teaching across the country. One of the best examples of this technological revolution that is entering state schools can be found in the home state of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Many of the government-run schools in this area have been equipped with screens and language learning platforms that significantly enhance the quality of the pupils receiving education.
In the Indian education system, the biggest challenge is the existing quality of education. The course curriculum is not regularly updated at most institutions to be in line with global developments. To understand the gravity of this issue, let’s look at the scenario for future jobs– which in the first place is the primary reason to undertake education. According to a FICCI-EY-NASSCOM report, in 2022, 9 percent of the young Indian workforce will be deployed in jobs that do not even exist today, whereas 37 percent of the workforce will be deployed in jobs with radically changed skill sets.
Therefore, to fill this gap, cloud computing can be optimized to deliver standardized courses to multiple classrooms from a central location. The cloud-enabled infrastructure can ensure seamless updates in course content as required and can be delivered simultaneously and agilely to numerous classes.
Cloud infrastructure is also highly scalable to shoulder big data, providing on-tap research and data analysis that can enable teachers to present thoroughly researched content material.
The primary factors that make education a distant dream in India for many are either the unavailability of education or, if available, the high costs that come with it. Cloud computing may tackle both problems.
This is because remote classrooms enabled by the cloud can help run multiple classrooms with a small group of teachers while helping to overcome the lack of skilled teachers or the infrastructure of physical schools in more remote areas. The cloud can also play a massive role in delivering education through the use of web streaming.
This is because it can be used as an innovative platform to deliver lectures in the classroom, allowing for seamless collaboration between teachers and students, regardless of their location. At the same time, students and teachers can collaborate on the studies, projects using services offered by cloud computing.
By using cloud platforms, educational institutes can reach students across states as well as countries with limited staff – thus reducing the cost of delivering education. As the cost of delivering education goes down, fees for the students can be reduced accordingly.
The inclusion of cloud computing with other new-age technologies in the education system is, therefore, an inevitable trend that is waiting to help the sector transform the country as a whole.