India has the second largest population in the world. There are too many students seeking educational qualifications but there are not enough seats in the colleges and universities to accommodate these students. Due to this very reason India has become the second largest market for open courses and open universities. The enrolment of India is the third only after USA and China. However this could change very soon as the Open Education in India is on the rise at the moment. India could soon be the world leader in open education.
What are the advantages?
MOOC represents a huge chance to those students across the country that does not get admission into colleges and universities. Many people do not have the financial stability to get into colleges. This is a boon to those people who do not have money but have the will to study. Moreover there are many students who don’t get time to attend regular classes so they can sit and home and get good quality education simply with the click of a mouse button. The number of seats is unlimited in these courses and the people are limited so there are millions who are entitled to good education.
It has been spotted that students from the slum areas or backward families have the capability of studying but they do not have the access. They can take a lot more of digital education compared to the high profile students. That is the reason they are referred to as diamonds in the coal mine. Studying with an internet connection can be fun but in a country like India internet connection is not available everywhere. Even if there is internet connection the service providers in India have very slow connection that hampers studying due to video streaming. Streaming videos on a slow connection can be very frustrating at times.
The way forward:
Due to the persisting problems the US based MOOC’s are reaching forward to the Indian students so that they can learn more. IIT Mumbai was the first college to get into the tie up. This technology could be used across the entire country or across the globe to provide better quality education. By eliminating the odds in learning from digital media Indian Education will gain a lot. This technology could prove to be a boon to the millions of students who want to study.
The big question:
Many people may get into thinking why is the MOOC being formed in India where as the educational push is from a foreign country. The simple answer lies in the fact that India is the largest think tank in IT knowledge. Due to the lack of access of education the country is not being able to harvest the complete amount of knowledge. At the moment only a small part is being put to use. Once this technology reaches out to the millions then India could be a way better place for education.