Changing Landscape of Higher Education in India

Know how the educational reform in India in the Covid-19 era seems to be a live example of how “need” truly drives the innovation or reinvention.

December 08, 2020

In an era of information and technology surplus, education in any country must meet and align itself with global standards and forces of change. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI), the fourth industrial revolution, the future of work - are transforming the ways in which we work and learn. Other factors, such as the growing education cost, funding constraints, and the rise of non-traditional ways of learning, are disrupting the education landscape at a global level

As a matter of fact, education has never been more expensive than it is today. Education institutions need to make sure that they can offer real value for money to their students and graduates when they enter the job market.

The whitepaper on ‘Changing landscape of Higher Education in India’ shows how the pandemic has given the Indian education system the push that it needed to modernize.

The highlights of the report:
  • About 37.4 million students are currently enrolled in higher education institutions in India (FY 2018-19). There are around 993 universities and 39,931 colleges in India. This mammoth network of higher education institutions includes a large private sector that has emerged distinctly and in fact, outsized during last two decades.
  • In India, 320 million students are affected by the lockdown. The pandemic has impacted the decisions of as much as 48.46% of Indian students who were planning to pursue higher education from overseas.
  • Online education will augment in-person teaching not in a revolutionary but in an evolutionary way. It may not entirely alter higher education but will fast-track the integration of technology into it.
  • Campuses will not be the main places for delivery of education but places of interaction where students exchange ideas and form social relationships. The spatial requirements for campus buildings will be redefined by the unfolding of new, more varied learning methods.
  • How we experiment, test, record, and understand our responses to it now will determine whether and how education develops transforms into an opportunity for the future.

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