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After Harvard et al, the IITs take the lead in online professional education

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Last month, the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, US, announced that it will offer its first online master’s degree course in computer science. It would also be one of the first full credit online courses in the world. In India, an initiative led by the IITs and the Indian Institute of Science is attempting to do something similar. Recently, the Indian government announced a tie-up between the US-based Cornell School of Administration and the holding body of hotel management education in India under which hotel management aspirants would be able to study and get, right here in India, a degree from the famous seat of learning. The entire course will be online. These are not scattered developments but part of a gradual move the world over to offer serious, mainstream education online. The question, however, is qualitative: can technology-aided access to quality education transform India’s education system?

Basically, India has a large mass of aspiring students vying for too few seats in too few good colleges, especially in technical fields. There have been plenty of new brick-and-mortar institutes, but they are mostly substandard, fail to attract students and often have had to close down. In this scenario, say exp­erts, only online education can fill the gap as it can cater to a large mass of students with a small group of quality faculty. Already, this model has spawned considerable success in coaching, tuition and entrance tests, which have all gone online, including the coveted Common Admission Test for IIMs. The next step, of course, is for courses to go fully online.

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