New Trends that May Shape India's Education Sector in the Coming Times

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 25 Feb 2016

The education sector will remain one of the core areas of innovation in the coming few years. Here are a few trends that will form the core of this transformation.

The education sector in India is poised to witness major growth in the years to come as India will have world’s largest tertiary-age population and second largest graduate talent pipeline globally by the end of 2020. Proliferation and adoption of new learning technologies have given way to concepts such as on-the-go education; institutions today have started using online tests, activities and games to supplement offline methods. The sector will remain one of the core areas of innovation in the coming few years.



Here is a snapshot of major trends that will shape the industry in coming times:

MOOCs: The concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has been deliberated upon from eons. While the effectiveness and the pragmatism of the idea is still a contentious issue for many, what is unquestionable is that it will remain a trend at least till 2020. Concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information – is being recognised as a trait of a maturing education system, and will remain as an alternative pathway for acquiring knowledge

Innovative mode of learning courses: With the rise of the smartphone and tablet generation, experts are of the opinion that the last decade has been of the war of screens. Quite expectedly, education too has undergone a transformation change to bring in innovative mode of learning. From e-learning courses through interactive CD-ROMs to podcasts and apps on mobile devices, new technologies has left the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ behind.

Gamification and apps: The trend of gamification, albeit is in the experimental phase, will be the ‘game-changer’. Gone are the days when kids use to cry to do their homework. All thanks to the game based learning. Game based learning is creating a buzz in the K12 sector. A testament to this is Apple App Store, for instance, boasts 80,000 apps in its “Educational” category. Kids are more interested academics because they learn through games.  Besides the everyday apps, many students are now installing a lot of education apps which enable them to study, give tests online, and even earn instant gratification for their engagement in the forms of shopping vouchers or certificates.

Emergence of startups: Education technology startups like CoBELS, Simplilearn are on a high in India. Investors are getting attracted in these education technology (ed-tech) startups. According to a report by CB Insights, the period from 2010 to 2014 saw more than a 503% growth in investment dollars in global education-technology companies. India too has witnessed a surge in heavy venture capitalist backed education startups in the last few years.

Simulation Labs: Simulation labs are yet another innovative approach towards imparting education. Education institutions which emphasize on practical training such as engineering colleges and nursing institutes have been looking at developing simulation labs. Simulation under controlled environment tests the skills of students and puts in place a systematic feedback mechanism.

Big Data and Analytics: One of biggest trends has been the utlisation of big data and analytics to by educators to understand broad learning patterns among students. It is expected to reform educational delivery and enhance learning in numerous ways, for example to: adapt and improve delivery through personalising learners’ experience. Consequently, it will improve learning outcomes too. The analysis can provide unique student-specific insights so that the content can be tailored according to a student’s level and aptitude. What’s more, it can actually predict student success or failure even before he or she attempts the test.

Cloud: Cloud technology has been a game changer for most businesses from all walks of life, and education will be no exception. India is currently the third largest smartphone market in the world. It is also expected to witness 314 million mobile Internet users by end of 2017 from 159 million users at present.  With the thrust on Digital India, Cloud technology is predicted to make digital learning a reality in the near future. For rural India, Cloud-based applications and e-books which are browser and smarphone agnostic would bring in a level playing field for students across income groups.

Engagement education: Social media and mobility has brought in a new medium of disseminating knowledge. Report suggests when social media platforms are integrated with the learning programme student drop-out rates are reduced. This form of ‘engagement education’ will help future educators look at interacting with students beyond the walls of a classroom unhindered by constraints of location, distance and time.


Written by Shrutidhar Paliwal, VP & Head, Corporate Communications & Media Relations, Aptech Ltd.

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