The Indian education sector is now in a state of transition. Thanks to the advent of digital learning technologies, our education system has started witnessing some positive transformations. However, access to modern and high-tech education remains a major challenge for many students. The new Digital India Initiative, undertaken by the incumbent government, is expected to address the issue.
The government’s much-touted National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) is all set to be the cornerstone of this ambitious initiative. The expansion of broadband connectivity—more specifically, mobile broadband and faster network—is expected to be the growth catalyst for e-learning in the country.
Broadly speaking, technology-enabled new-age education has three main components—technology platform, content (digital version), and most importantly, the delivery infrastructure (the Internet connectivity). When it comes to the delivery infrastructure, there are several bottlenecks, with high-end wireless internet connection, internet speed, and proper ecosystem being major ones. The Digital India Initiative is expected to clear all these bottlenecks, thereby giving digital education a big fillip.
In India, almost all sectors hold high hope for this new initiative, with education being no exception. Since this initiative is broadly based on fast communication facilities—including the National Optical Fibre Network and Internet-enabled gadgets, like tablets and smartphone, it shows great promise for the expansion of digital education in India.