Enrolments in online courses may see surge from tier-2 cities

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Online education and skill enhancement is likely to see a significant uptrend this year and high number enrolments are expected from major tier-2 cities, a survey showed.

According to a study by Talentedge (an interactive education company), media/entertainment and IT/ITES have been identified as two industries that will constantly seek skill development in 2016.

 Some of the factors propelling the growth graph of online education in the country include easy accessibility to world class institutes at affordable prices, ease of learning while earning, dynamic and fast-paced domain growth and desirable promotions or job changes.
 “India is on the cusp of a digitally empowered era,” Talentedge CEO and MD Aditya Malik said adding that “we had conducted a similar survey six months ago when the “Digital India” initiative was launched and this survey has helped us gauge the level of acceptance and adoption of online education pan India.”
 The study noted that online programmes will be widely-preferred as candidates climb their professional ladder and the maximum takers for online education will come from the tier-2 cities.
 However, some of the factors acting as a major barrier for online education include internet connectivity issues, hesitation to move away from the brick and mortar system of learning, credibility of the programme provider and affordability.
 “The survey identifies the challenging areas that require our immediate attention and intervention. It can be taken as a credible yardstick for the progress made so far to fasten the process of digitising the country,” Malik said.

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