Currently ranked 177 in the world literacy list, India’s vision of achieving 100% literacy in the coming years seems like a distant dream. The country, with over 1.4 million schools and 35,000 higher education institutes, is an important educational center globally. However, education still reaches a limited percentage of the young population. We will need to bridge the skill gap to be the source of ground breaking innovations and new ideas, across industries. A key element to achieve this will be to increase accessibility for education.
Though the ‘Right To Education Act’ has set ambitious targets, a study by a government education think tank has projected a dismal picture of infrastructure in schools across the country. Lack of infrastructure and the not-so liberal parental mindset restricts students in receiving education. While the non-liberal mindset will take some time and work to convert, what can be immediately improved is the infrastructure available for learning.
Today, students are not restricted to physical infrastructure and materials for learning. They are going digital at a pace faster than the ability of the ecosystem can cope up. According to a research by Tata Consultancy Services, about 75% of students go online for over an hour every day. Looking at the overall strength of students in the country, the available universities are fast becoming inadequate to accommodate all students.
Mobile is becoming the fastest mode to share information, data and knowledge with and amongst students. It is no more a tool for only entertainment, but rapidly evolving as a platform for education by eliminating infrastructural roadblocks and time constraints. An increasing smartphone penetration in the country is further aiding this shift.
M-learning has the potential to reach out to the most remote making physical distance irrelevant. Going a step further, mobile-learning simplifies this process by taking the knowledge to masses with an affordable smartphone. The biggest advantage of m-Learning lies in its ability to offer self-paced learning, which means it allows the learner to understand and study at his individual speed and through multiple sessions. Herein m-Learning, with a mass appeal and reach, has enormous potential to transform the classroom experience and the educational landscape across the country.