The online education revolution has hit India, but the growth forecast shows that the market is a long way from saturation, unlike in the USA. This session will discuss how the UK can make itself relevant in India’s online education market. The session will include:

1. Government of India policies and initiatives that support online education

2. Student and faculty perspectives and readiness to online learning

3. Experience of Edutech companies in the space

4. Opportunities for national and international online education providers

 The session will cover:

• Opportunities for foreign and local education providers in online education learning - developing content, pedagogy and platforms.

• The Indian government, Ministry of Human Resource Development, and the National Council of Educational Research and Training have initiated and developed online education platforms like e-pathshala, he National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and SWAYAM, firmly placing online education as a clear priority for the government’s higher education strategy. 

• The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) has been envisaged as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time anywhere mode. This was expected to be a major intervention in enhancing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education by 5 percentage points during the XI Five Year Plan period.

• The three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality could be served well by providing connectivity to all HEIs.

• This is backed by policy making as well. 20% credit for courses from online education learning.

• Edutech companies are fast getting into this space