Investments in online edu to improve access, enhance skills
Monday, August 5, 2013
The country needs to bet big on investments in online education, making it available to those struggling and aspiring for higher achievements, said S Ramadorai, vice chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, and advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
Delivering the second CK Prahalad Memorial Lecture 2013, organised by the Aspen Institute India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he said: “We need to work out a plan to make on-demand learning a reality, using the national IT backbone or the rural broadband which is presently under implementation.”
The country needs hub-and-spoke models to leverage the limited resources, and you may even need to blend software and human intervention, and there are a host of strategies for every situation. This can be one of the most exciting phases in Indian education. “We need to bet big on such investments and plan for the future. The strong incentive from the government and private players will create new business models. Indians are very good at that. Venture capitalists and angel investors will be attracted and slowly we can build a very vibrant ecosystem,” he added.