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How a digital university can transform India’s education system

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the education sector. But even before the pandemic, building new brick-and-mortar universities was an expensive proposition. The lack of an adequate number of universities meant limited options for aspiring students. These challenges and the need to integrate higher education with the knowledge economy motivated universities to pay attention to the reforms required in the way we impart higher education. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 laid the path to address these challenges.

The surge of digital technologies has inspired us to reimagine teaching-learning methods, university governance systems, higher education goals, and how future universities are perceived by employers. There is an increasing recognition that the current university model is rigid and that traditional universities have failed to customise education to take care of needs, interests, financial capabilities, and diverse cognitive abilities of students. Therefore, educators and policymakers feel that we must create flexible educational systems to provide customised high-quality “anytime/anywhere” education. Such pre-packaged education by academics would help us achieve the economies of scale required in India.

With emerging technologies driving information economies, it also becomes necessary for those employed to acquire new skills relevant to their changing roles. Unfortunately, the current model is of little help. Read More at

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