Virtual Classrooms - A Key to Make India a Knowledge Economy

Chandigarh, Punjab, IND, 2008-04-21 14:42:08 (IndiaPRwire.com)
Present education system in India is quite perturbing. As compared to 1.80 million schools in China, India has only 1.20 million and against 900 universities in China and 3600 in USA, India has only 362 universities. Further about 26 million people are added every yearto the existing education system making it cumbersome task to provide quality education. Globalization is demanding more knowledge outsourcing from India thereby widening the already existing rift between supply and demand of quality educators. Then rises the concerning question of bringing equilibrium.

A discussion on "Virtual Classrooms- A Key to make India a Knowledge Economy"today tried to find answers to this question. The discussion forum was organized by WizIQ, an online learning platform (www.wiziq.com).

Mr. Harman Singh, CEO, WizIQsaid, "Virtual classroom is the answer to the shortage of quality education providers not just within India but also abroad. There is a huge demand of Indian teachers worldwide. Indian students travel miles to developed nations to pursue higher education, with new age technology and knowledge sharing platforms, India is observing a reverse trend. Virtual classrooms though at a nascent stage in India, may provide a solution to the excessive demand of brick and mortar learning institutes."

"Although brick-and-mortar institutions still dominate the educational landscape, online education has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years in developed countries and the trend is sure to catch up in India with increased high-speed internet connections and a growing global appetite for inexpensive, one-on-one tutorials, added Harman.

The discussion also highlighted many aspects of Indian education scenario including the booming coaching practice.

"Coaching practice is growing highly commercial in India, preparations for entrance examinations for the IIT’s, IIM’s and other institutes of repute attract about 60 lakh applications, who spend an average of nearly Rs.12,000 each on coaching amounting to Rs.7,200 crores per year”, said Mr. Kamal Wadhera, CEO, Top Careers and You,a coaching institute serving students through correspondence and online.

Mr. Manoj Tyra, an author and mentor of Vedic Mathematicsshared his experience of teaching on WizIQ. He explained,” The platform enables simulation of face-to-face interaction with the student while maintaining the control with the teacher. It enhances the teaching experience with its advanced features like whiteboard, audio-video, content sharing and text chatting. In fact, next to cloning, virtual classrooms could be the best solution to the shortage of quality education providers across the globe".

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