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Is the popularity of Online Courses from Foreign Universities growing among Indian students?

Comments By  Mr. Saiju Aravind, Founder of EduBrisk 

The pandemic has hampered the aspirations of many students who were planning to pursue higher education in India or even go abroad for their studies.  Many Indian Universities have adapted to the forced regime of e-learning but a majority of them are still under the process of change. Under the circumstances, the online courses provided by the Foreign Universities are becoming a feasible & popular option among Indian students.

Sharing his expertise on the situation, Mr. Saiju Aravind, Founder of EduBrisk says India with a vast population relies on intense competition for admissions in premiere institutions. This adds to the predicament of limited quality education which exists in only a select few institutions. A few other private institutions that charge exorbitant amounts are only for the elite few and often do not live up to their promise of object oriented education. Many of the Course Structures in India are obsolete as they do not conform to industry requirements nor are integrated.

Due to the constraints of Covid, educational institutions have had no choice but to rely on e-learning and learning management systems (LMSs). This has not only increased the awareness of many top institutes offering specific courses but also has provided accessibility to these colleges. Education Institutions in western countries are far more advanced in LMSs and course structure. They are used to relying on virtual classrooms and comprehensively monitoring and assessing students. Their admissions are based on aptitude and they have a robust admission process and scholarship/fee waiver schemes which makes it attractive for students who opt for seats in such institutes. The effectiveness of their course translates to employability and the course is blended with hands-on experience in the Industry with state of the art facilities”

On the other hand, the Indian Government is planning to achieve internationalisation of education in India by working towards granting validity to one year postgraduate (PG) programmes from foreign universities. Currently, such programmes from foreign universities are not valid for getting admission in higher education courses or government jobs as PG in India is a two-year course. Another plan, which is in the works, is getting foreign universities to set up their campuses in India. Both the initiatives have been mentioned in the new National Education Policy and active steps are being taken to implement them.

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