The education sector is under a pervasive and radical change driven by innovations in technology. Various government initiatives are being adopted to boost the growth of distance education market, besides focusing on new education techniques, such as E-learning and M-learning.
Education sector has seen a host of reforms and improved financial outlays in recent years that could possibly transform the country into a knowledge haven. With human resource increasingly gaining significance in the overall development of the country, development of education infrastructure is expected to remain the key focus in the current decade.
Institutions must respond to change in a way that helps shape the future of higher education or find themselves in the precarious position of obsolescence. As per a popular commentator in the education sector, Allen and Seaman in the US of A, 2012 was a transformative year in education. Between the introduction of the MOOC (the ‘Massive Open Online Course’), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all eyes were on higher education.
India, too has officially jumped on to the open online courses bandwagon with the government announcing Swayam, an initiative that aims at providing affordable and quality education to citizens for free. The government had announced the programme as part of the initiatives undertaken by the ministry of human resource development (HRD) in its first 100 days in office with the aim to reach out to 10 million students. CBSE too is not lagging behind and has revamped its style by going online providing NCERT Textbooks, CBSE online study material etc.