amitabh kant: India can become world’s edtech capital, says Amitabh Kant
“India needs to significantly improve its learning outcomes and technology can help us leapfrog in a big way,” Kant said while addressing the 8th National Forum of the Public Affairs Forum of India (Pafi) on Friday.
“I am confident that India can become the edtech capital of the world with the private sector playing a key role and the public sector acting as a facilitator,” he added.
According to Kant, with artificial intelligence throwing up data it will be possible to hold specialised classes for students on a real time basis, thereby improving outcomes. “This will greatly benefit students and teachers,” he said, adding that the country as a whole will benefit as technology will help spread education up to the village level.
Reiterating that affordable internet and access to internet infrastructure is the key for India to enhance its learning outcomes, Kant said the government is committed to spreading BharatNet under the public-private partnership to ensure every village has an internet connectivity.
“We need the internet much more than physical infrastructure. We are well poised to take this forward but the private sector and many more young entrepreneurs can make India a global edtech hub,” Kant added.
Talking about the new education policy, Kant said that NEP has clearly responded to the clarion call to integrate technology at every level.
Admitting that India is at the beginning of the edtech revolution, Kant said the sector is geared up for exponential growth and is expected to reach $40-45 billion over the next ten years.