Education is the fabric of the society shaping a human being in its formative years in the society. It is the instrument which is essential to bring any kind of economic, scientific, political or social change. For India to become a developed nation it has to capitalise on the education of its biggest power - “young population”. Aspirers, middle and lower-middle class population today accounts for over half of India’s population and their access to right education and learning is critical for India’s development.
Though overall spend in education in India is way above $100 Billion. Yet as compared to other nations (including BRICS) India’s spend on education is very low, impacting the quality of education. Due to the fragmented structure of the sector there is no standardisation of either the quality or infrastructure. Top private and government institutes (schools or colleges) of the countries, because of the grants or high fees, have been able to offer quality infrastructure with the latest advancement in technology. But, the majority of the Indian population is yet to witness this. It is high time that we as a nation, instead of focusing on the affluent or the elite population who already have access to opportunities, shift the focus to the aspirers and middle class.
With growing internet and smartphone users, India has witnessed tremendous growth in travel/ tourism industry because of the support of travel aggregators like Makemytrip and Redbus. Also, with the ease of recharging or paying phone/ utilities bills through mobile applications and internet, the ARPU of telecom industry has increased and hassle of money collection in utilities sector has gone down drastically. Companies can now focus on their core competency and let outreach, financial management and communication be managed by technology providers.
Over 90% of Indians study in institutes with limited resources. Smaller institutes, because of lack of infrastructure, force educationists to focus more on administrative activities like financial management and communication with little time for core focus on learning. Just like travel, utilities and telecom, education is in dire need of technology which can help educationists and teachers can focus on their key objective of dissemination of LEARNING.