04 APR,2021 | MEDC
Covid has forced a radical shift in the delivery of education in India. Some global universities have already brought their digital offerings to India. However, most Indian schools (with the notable exception of the IITs and the IIMs) are not digital natives, and saddled with bureaucracy. With some policy tweaks, the digital delivery of quality education can be made attainable at reasonable cost in India. Policymakers need to leverage India’s massive mobile phone base and the penetration of the internet into rural areas. The rapid expansion of the 4G mobile network in the country is the ideal vehicle on which the digital delivery of education could ride. The sector attracted investment worth $2 billion in India in 2020, and policymakers need to capitalize on that fact. But care should also be exercised to ensure that the socioeconomic divide is not widened by digital education. It is, ultimately, the right set of regulations and standards that will determine the efficacy of India’s digital delivery of education.
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