Need of Online Education in India

Introduction
Online education in India has seen rapid progress in recent times, making it one of the most discussed subjects in the educational domains. It has taken away some of the main limitations of classroom-based education, like location, accessibility, transportation, and cost. This education gives you sufficient time to set your own study time from anywhere. Teachers are also available at convenient times and respond quickly through email. You can earn an online degree at various levels: associate degrees online, bachelor's degrees online, master's degrees online, even a Ph.D. degree online.


Benefits of online learning


1 Work from anywhere, at any time
This is the most appealing benefit of online education for students with many tasks to balance. Since everything is available on the internet, accessing class materials, and submitting work is very comfortable. 


2 Flexible learning schedule
 Online programs are media that students can digest in pieces. In other words, a student can experience the rest half of a lesson one day, and the second half the next day. This can be exclusively useful for those who don't enjoy sitting in one place for too long.


3 Group communication
Many degree programs today merge some group projects and teamwork. Distance learning programs, however, advance the virtual conversation and allow students to work with team members via email, chat rooms, and other easy-to-use methods.


4 Less intimidating
Many students in classroom environments are not comfortable speaking in public because of fear. In an online platform, it can be much easier to share thoughts with others. With 75 percent of people difficulty from speech anxiety, as per the National Institute of Mental Health, online education institution tends to better class participation.


Why it is Gaining Popularity in India,
There are many causes why students and working professionals are moving towards e-learning/ online education platforms. Have a look at the reasons below:


• Internet penetration: Internet penetration today in India has crossed half a billion users mark for the first time – which is about 40% overall penetration (approx. 566 million internet users. Source: Economic Times) primarily driven by Rural growth. It is analysis that by 2021, there will be more than 735 million internet users in India, which will lead to an increase in traffic for online education.


• Smartphone penetration: Currently, there are more than 350 million estimated smartphone users in India and the user base is expected to grow to 440 million users by 2022 (Source: Indiatimes.com).


• Immediate results: Online education allows students to get quick results for any exam that they appeared. This further helps them in qualifying for exams more accurately.


• Study material: A variety of study material in the form of online videos and texts are promising students to adopt online education platforms.


Online Education in India
According to a study in a global level online learning program, after the United States, India has been reported to have the second-highest number of online course enrolments with more than 1,55,000 students from the country. Of a total of around 1.2 million students worldwide, 32% are from the U.S, while 15% are from India.
A number of the renowned educational institute are now offering online distance education, bringing world-class instructors and professors to educate the students.


Future Prospects
Looking at the current trends, it's expected that the online higher education market will witness significant growth in the next four years and aid in distance learning programs. However, since these courses are limited to intellectual content currently, adoption of virtual classroom & audio-visual class concepts could bring a practical fundamental in the online medium.
Taking into account the skill and the population of India, Distance Education has a promising future in India, and the expectations of the students are quite vast. Many business competitors have predicted the scope of this growing industry. They are, therefore, planning to enter the online education sphere.

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