Head, India and South East Asia, edX
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.