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Higher Education

In todays world a new normal is online education and more and more students, and professionals are opting to learn online. Newer models are emerging which is leading to more options available with learners making it a learners market.

Online Learning

In demand online Certification Courses by the industry

Upskilling is the key word in the current corporate world which can unlock great opportunities in one’s professional career and adding a bonus in the resume. Thus, to match the ever-changing technology requirements pursuing certification not only helps in increasing the knowledge but also increases the chances of increase in salary income. The in demand online certification courses currently are:

  • Data Science: This is ranked as number one job in the world as all businesses are data driven now and data science is needed to decode those data to make an appropriate strategy. Both software engineers and programmers are looking for a data scientist jobs are opting of data scientist certifications.
  • Design Thinking: To match technology with human centric design, businesses are adopting a design thinking approach. So, design thinking is an innovative method which encourages focus on the needs of the customer and helps in better production and services delivery.
  • Digital Marketing: With the current scenario wherein, physical marketing is becoming more expensive more and more marketers are opting for Digital Marketing certifications.
  • Tech skill certifications: Technology is present in every aspect of the life and due to which companies are looking for certain tech skills such as Python, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and Cloud Computing. Students having these skills are more sought after which can be gained by online certifications.

National Education Policy

National Education Policy 2020 talks in great length about #vocationaleducation in higher education. This is a good step towards towards broadening of education system from conventional courses. It also talk about teachers training which can overall improve the teaching standards in India both for K12 and higher education.

The only point that is missing is the over dependence or overemphasis on the Government portals like #SWAYAM for education and #DIKSHA for student teacher interaction thereby not providing equal opportunities to private players who have created excellent portals.

Time is another important aspect as the policy would take about 20 years to be fully implemented and might loose impact by the time it is implemented. Thus there is a need to expedite the whole process.

List of Top 10 EdTech Companies in India

  • Coursera: A leading Massive Open Online Course Platform (MOOCs) from over 200 universities providing online learning to individuals and professionals offering wide range of hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs
  • Udemy: Udemy is the leading global marketplace for teaching and learning, connecting millions of students to the skills they need to succeed.
  • Simplilearn: It is one of the leading professional certification company and successfully ranks among the best eLearning companies in India. It provides online professional courses in disciplines such as Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Digital Marketing, and Data Science.
  • Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It provides free tools for students and teachers to learn in various subject areas.
  • UpGrad: A focused higher education platform providing rigorous industry-relevant programs designed and delivered in collaboration with world-class faculty and industry. Merging the latest technology, pedagogy, and services, upGrad is creating an immersive learning experience – anytime and anywhere.
  • Byju’s: This educational technology and online tutoring firm has created a K12 learning platform and app that offers highly effective, adaptive, and engaging learning programs. These programs not only serve school students but also train students for various competitive exams such as IIT-JEE, CAT, GRE, IAS and many more. Recently they have acquired WhiteHat Jr a specialized online coding classes for kids.
  • Toppr: It has more than 1.5 million learning pieces, including adaptive practice questions, solutions, concepts, and videos that come together seamlessly to give 360° learning. It uses artificial intelligence based machine learning algorithms on top of this strong infrastructure, to create personalized learning paths for millions of students.
  • Unacademy: It provides comprehensive courses for UPSC, SSC, IIT JEE, CAT & more exams by providing preparation material for several professional and educational entrance exams.
  • Edukart: It offers education pursuers a platform to select and enroll from more than 2000 courses in degree, diploma, certificate, entrance coaching and K12 categories. The company through various certification programs, is helping students and professionals improve their skills. EduKart is an online entrance coaching site that provides solution to the problems of all education seekers.
  • Vedantu: It is a live online tutoring platform that enables personalized learning. Vedantu uses technology to bring together teachers and students on a single platform to enable live learning between them

EdTech and 2021 Budget

Krishna Kumar, the founder and CEO of Simplilearn said, “We have witnessed the role of technology taking center stage, opening new job opportunities and increasing the demand for a technically skilled workforce. The government’s decision of introducing post-education apprenticeship with an aim towards the skilling of engineering graduates and diploma holders is a forward-looking proposition aligned with improving employment opportunities for students pursuing different disciplines.”

To address access to education and learning during Covid-19 the allocation for Digital India e-learning has been increased by 111 per cent. But the allocation for the research and innovation component is 16 per cent lower than last year.

Adding to the movement, the government’s proposition to amend the Apprenticeship Act with a budget allocation of 3,000 crores set aside for the existing scheme of The National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) to provide ample apprenticeship opportunities for the country’s youth is also a great initiative. As part of NEP, academic collaborations with foreign higher educational institutions to regulate and permit dual degrees, joint degrees, and other such mechanisms are also being incorporated.

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