AMIT GOYAL,

Head, India and South East Asia, edX

India Today - - SMART EDUCATION E-LEARNING -

It is ad­mis­sions sea­son again; and again, stu­dents and par­ents are wor­ried about the sky-high marks re­quired to se­cure a spot at col­lege. Less than 20 per cent of In­dian stu­dents are able to se­cure ad­mis­sions to Tier 1 colleges, while the rest have to set­tle for not-so-elite colleges that barely of­fer de­cent job prospects. Online plat­forms give mil­lions of In­dian learners the opportunit­y to take free online cour­ses in trend­ing top­ics and tech­nolo­gies from top-ranking for­eign uni­ver­si­ties. There are 21 mil­lion learners glob­ally, and

India has 11 per cent of those learners. Every stu­dent wants to get into an IIM or IIT, but that is not pos­si­ble. In terms of aca­demic recog­ni­tion for these cour­ses, there are quite a few uni­ver­si­ties that of­fer online, credit-backed mi­cro-mas­ters pro­grammes. They pro­vide deep learn­ing in spe­cific fields, and are recog­nised by em­ploy­ers for their job rel­e­vance. Stu­dents can also apply to uni­ver­si­ties of­fer­ing cred­its for the mi­cro­mas­ters pro­gramme cer­tifi­cate, al­low­ing them an ac­cel­er­ated and less ex­pen­sive Mas­ter’s de­gree.

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