Edtech means education technology. The sector has been growing rapidly. There are concerns as well as regulatory needs in the Edtech sector.
The Indian Edtech industry is valued at US $ 750 million in 2020. It is expected to reach US $ 4 billion by 2025. It has a year on year CAGR of 39.77%. There are more than 4,530 Edtech companies as of 2021.
Some of the unicorns and big names in the sectors are BYJUS’s, Unacademy, Upgrad etc. as of 2022. It is expected to add more numbers to the unicorn club. Some of their contributions are supplementary education of students in school and higher education. It provides alternatives to traditional higher education courses. It reskills the learner as well.
It lowers infrastructure costs and grabs a more student base which helps to leverage economies of scale. The young population which has high aspirations is a good target market for online education. The growing job-seeking population drives demand for industry-relevant training.
Some of the advantages of Edtech are flexible learning options, more - cost-effective, Imparting ‘on-the-job’ skills, supplementing the conventional model, enabling remote education and most importantly supplementing the government’s digital push. Students can relearn anything that they missed during the formal classes, giving them the opportunities to learn better and fill the gap.
Regulation is required because of the disruption to conventional learning due to pandemics, privacy concerns, neglect of social skills, protection of the rights of minors and social and ethical concerns. It also poses a threat to formal physical institutions.
The sector needs to strengthen its digital infrastructure, socialisation, and data protection and raise awareness among users and developers keeping in mind the lines of regulation that the government put forth for the users, developers as well as the business as a whole.
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