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ONLINE EDUCATION IN INDIA:
the golden thread among 36m
learners or just more digital
content in the cloud?
www.britishcouncil.org
INDIA: BREAKFAST SESSION: 15 MAY 2019, BERLIN
INTRODUCTION
• Our focus of discussion:
• Opportunities and challenges for foreign and local education providers in online
education market in India
• Our panelists:
• Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh - Chairman, University Grants Commission
• Prof A.K. Suresh - Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Deputy Director (AIA),
IIT Bombay
• Mr. B.H. Anil Kumar IAS - Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education,
Government of Karnataka
• Mr. Navin Mittal IAS - Commissioner, Collegiate Education & Technical Education,
Government of Telangana
• Dr Usha Titus IAS - Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Kerala
• Ms Radhika Maloo – Associate Director, upGrad
Chaired by Helen Silvester, Acting Deputy Regional Director South Asia British Council
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CONTEXT: INDIA’S ONLINE HE SECTOR
• Government initiatives:
• In 2017, the Government of India, launched a MOOCs platform called SWAYAM
where institutions like the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Indian Institutes of
Technology and the Indian Institutes of Management have come together to offer
2,000 courses
• The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated
by seven Indian Institutes of Technology along with the Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore offering open online courses along with certificates from the IITs/ IISc
• The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication
Technology (NMEICT) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to leverage ICT, in teaching
and learning process for all learners in HEIs. This was expected to be a major
intervention in enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in HE
• EDUSAT - the first Indian satellite built exclusively for serving the educational sector
was launched in 2004. Intended to meet the demand for an interactive satellite-based
distance education system for the country.
• The SWAYAM PRABHA is a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of
high-quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis.
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OPPORTUNITIES
• The world’s second largest market: 3.4m subscriber base, second to the USA
• The fastest-growing market: India’s online education market is set to grow to USD 1.96b
with 9.6m users by 2021 from USD 247m and 1.6m users in 2016
• The ‘youngest’ market : 93% of Indian learners are in the 18-39 years age
• Internet penetration is 43%. The pace of digital growth is high at 18% annual growth -
urban markets are almost saturated and rural is growing rapidly.
• Total user base of 566 million. Of which, 87% or 493 million Indians, are regular users.
• 293 million active internet users reside in urban India, while there are 200 million active
users in rural India. 97% of users use the mobile phone as one of the devices to access
the Internet.
• In 2018, 390.9 million people accessed the internet through their mobile phone. In 2023,
this figure is projected to amount to 500.9 million mobile phone internet users.
• 20% credit for courses can be achieved from online education learning.
• Edutech companies and startups are fast getting into this space.
Byjus, upGrad and edukart are some of India top Edutech startups.​
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DISCUSSION
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Helen Silvester

  • 1. ONLINE EDUCATION IN INDIA: the golden thread among 36m learners or just more digital content in the cloud? www.britishcouncil.org INDIA: BREAKFAST SESSION: 15 MAY 2019, BERLIN
  • 2. INTRODUCTION • Our focus of discussion: • Opportunities and challenges for foreign and local education providers in online education market in India • Our panelists: • Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh - Chairman, University Grants Commission • Prof A.K. Suresh - Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Deputy Director (AIA), IIT Bombay • Mr. B.H. Anil Kumar IAS - Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Karnataka • Mr. Navin Mittal IAS - Commissioner, Collegiate Education & Technical Education, Government of Telangana • Dr Usha Titus IAS - Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Kerala • Ms Radhika Maloo – Associate Director, upGrad Chaired by Helen Silvester, Acting Deputy Regional Director South Asia British Council www.britishcouncil.org
  • 3. CONTEXT: INDIA’S ONLINE HE SECTOR • Government initiatives: • In 2017, the Government of India, launched a MOOCs platform called SWAYAM where institutions like the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Management have come together to offer 2,000 courses • The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore offering open online courses along with certificates from the IITs/ IISc • The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to leverage ICT, in teaching and learning process for all learners in HEIs. This was expected to be a major intervention in enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in HE • EDUSAT - the first Indian satellite built exclusively for serving the educational sector was launched in 2004. Intended to meet the demand for an interactive satellite-based distance education system for the country. • The SWAYAM PRABHA is a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis. www.britishcouncil.org 2
  • 4. OPPORTUNITIES • The world’s second largest market: 3.4m subscriber base, second to the USA • The fastest-growing market: India’s online education market is set to grow to USD 1.96b with 9.6m users by 2021 from USD 247m and 1.6m users in 2016 • The ‘youngest’ market : 93% of Indian learners are in the 18-39 years age • Internet penetration is 43%. The pace of digital growth is high at 18% annual growth - urban markets are almost saturated and rural is growing rapidly. • Total user base of 566 million. Of which, 87% or 493 million Indians, are regular users. • 293 million active internet users reside in urban India, while there are 200 million active users in rural India. 97% of users use the mobile phone as one of the devices to access the Internet. • In 2018, 390.9 million people accessed the internet through their mobile phone. In 2023, this figure is projected to amount to 500.9 million mobile phone internet users. • 20% credit for courses can be achieved from online education learning. • Edutech companies and startups are fast getting into this space. Byjus, upGrad and edukart are some of India top Edutech startups.​ www.britishcouncil.org 3