Edtech in India — what lies ahead?

  • Products using AI/ML to identify skill gaps in children is a great opportunity.
  • Vertical products focused on building a particular set of skills will emerge
  • Products which focus on learning through peer-to-peer & group-based social learning networks
  • AR/VR products/ gaming/social platforms focusing on core skill building
  • Products which combine brain cross-training through physical and mental exercises
  • Online AI tutor to assess student’s responses and offer personalized learning content.
  • Social product to teach skills through videos, tasks, programs, activities, gamification
  • Platform for taking online tutorials D2C through subscriptions.
  • Products which use short stories, case studies, history to teach life skills
  • Massively Multi-User Online games with activities to learn and showcase life skills.
  • Games using situational simulations, interactions to teach right attitude and life skills
  • Products to learn work skills and get jobs. MOOC enabled Hiring marketplace
  • Products like Linkedin for first job aspirants.
  • Reskilling products for middle management (30–40 year old)

Future Of Education

Let me start with the gurukul system prevalent in ancient India. It was the principal center of teaching where the Guru (the teacher) and the Shishyas (students) stayed together. You can call them residential monasteries or schools where primarily vedas were taught. Vedas provided a set of moral, ethical, spiritual and dharmik values to students. Emphasis was laid on students’ core, cognitive, spiritual, and physical wellness. Current system promotes mindless acquisition of knowledge to suit vocational pursuits. Gurukul system evolved to modern schools (circa 1837 — Horace Mann) due to the need to educate a higher population of children. A system of professional teachers who would teach a standardized curriculum of core subjects to age-based cohorts of students. Let us admit, people haven’t been educated, they’ve been schooled. We focused on knowledge assimilation and less on application of knowledge. Thus, we have more rote learners than independent thinkers.

School of Tomorrow

  • Alternate K12 hybrid school model with curriculum flexibility.
  • Emergence of K6 segment focused digital businesses
  • Omni-channel ‘After school’ classes for casual learning.
  • Passion Economy — Teachers running individual subscription business online D2C
  • Pre-schools combined with daycare run with a differentiated innovative approach
  • Project based alternate school — hybrid with homeschooling
  • Other future skills such as AI, Blockchain, Esports coaching might also emerge.
  • Building an online interpersonal soft skill training product for the K12 segment.
  • School project creation, sharing and collaboration based tools and networks

College of Tomorrow

  • Collaboration across colleges student community through independent network
  • Enabling colleges seamlessly tie-up with corporates through tech platform for training students on specific domains
  • Products building a celebrity/expert led ‘Pay for knowledge’ platform in India.
  • Bite-size short content (audio/video) in ‘Pay for knowledge’ category.

To conclude

Edtech in India is still ~$750M market out of the total $135B Education market. China is expected to touch $380B education market this year. According to HolonIQ, less than 3% of total global education expenditure is currently digital, which suggests significant potential for transformation in a market expected to reach $10T by 2030, up from $6T in 2018

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Adith Podhar

Adith Podhar

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