Distance Learning Market in India 2016-2020
About Distance Learning
Technology plays an important role in enabling the growth of the country's economy and the education sector in particular. Higher education institutes are increasingly opting for online courses. Half of the population in India is estimated to be below 25 years of age. This population group adopts new technologies faster. The rapid growth in broadband penetration has led to an increase in the number of Internet users, and this is expected to expand further.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the distance learning market in India to grow at a CAGR of 11% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the distance learning market in India for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the number of enrollments in the distance learning market in India, which comprises of higher education students and working professionals.
Technavio's report, Distance Learning Market in India 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Distance Learning Market in India 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the distance learning market in India: EduKart, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), SchoolGuru, and Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL).
Other prominent vendors in the market are: Avagmah, DLP India, Edureka, EMERITUS Institute of Management, Hughes Global Education, Sikkim Manipal University, TalentEdge, University18, University of Delhi, and UpGrad.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One of latest trends in the market is increase in adoption of SPOC model. SPOC is an emerging model that is expected to replace MOOC in the coming years. MOOCs have seen a large number of enrollments from India, but they have been criticized for low completion rates in the range of 5%-7%, and less feedback and group work. SPOC is a variation of MOOCs and is expected to affect distance learning providers that target mid-career professionals. These courses involve learning in small and focused groups, as opposed to thousands of people enrolled to MOOCs.”
According to the report, one of the primary drivers in the market is rise in demand for online distance education. There has been an increase in acceptance of online distance learning from students in the higher education sector as well as learners working as professionals that are looking to enhance their skills and knowledge. The low coverage provided by higher education institutions leads to less convenience for workers that stay at a distance from the institution. Also, the rising ownership of computing devices coupled with improvement in Internet penetration, and increase in government initiatives to promote online distance programs should boost online distance education. The entry of popular Indian institutes, such as the IITs, IIMs, and IIFT, along with private institutions, such as Sikkim Manipal University, in online education also points to the expected growth of distance learning in India.
Further, the report states that one major challenge in the market is complex regulatory environment. There is an absence of a regulatory framework for the delivery of online courses in India. According to the DEC in India, vendors are not allowed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to offer courses that can be completed solely through the online mode. While offering online supplementary study materials are permitted, there are no clear rules by regulating bodies regarding the delivery of online distance education. This, especially, applies to universities that look to offer distance learning programs in engineering and technological fields. While major changes are happening in the open and distance learning market in India, there is no formal body to regulate the delivery. It is essential that policies are proactively formulated along with codes of practices, so that a conducive environment is created for distance learning and there is more credibility in the programs offered.
EduKart, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), SchoolGuru, and Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL),Avagmah, DLP India, Edureka, EMERITUS Institute of Management, Hughes Global Education, Sikkim Manipal University, TalentEdge, University18, University of Delhi, UpGrad.
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