Introduction of IT (Information Technology) in every field has changed the life of every individual. Education world has also recognized its importance and implemented IT in almost all process of getting education. From libraries to classrooms, from laboratories to books, use of IT is evolving constantly and evolving in each ways and means of education.
E-learning is not restricted to worldwide web, but it is one of the platforms for people to access anything and everything. E-learning is so easy and comfortable in today’s world that any people from any country can earn a degree from foreign academic institution via e-learning. World’s renowned universities run virtual campuses where students from all corner of the globe enroll themselves in their academic program.
In the beginning, e-learning was popular amongst professionals who want to study along with job but its flexibility has attracted other students in the recent year. Jobholders choose those courses in e-learning which are relevant to their working areas while general students connect to e-learning for the ease and comfort. Every course in not available in every university in India and thus few students go for e-learning to study particular course which is not available in their city. For few professional, e-learning is the way to climb up in the corporate ladder. Thus e-learning becomes a common phenomenon in education world not only in India but throughout the world.
India had around 137 million internet users by 2012 where 99 million belonged to urban areas and rest 38 million were from rural areas. A research report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says that this figure will reach to 330 million by 2016. The considerable rise of Internet users, growing acceptability of online payments, the proliferation of internet-enabled devices (computer-notebook, computer-tablets) and favorable demographics are the key factors driving the e-learning.
Internet users in India now prefer reading e-books, watching e-tutorials, and video counseling. In addition students now do two or multiple courses together without compromising with jobs and other regular courses they are in and in this way e-learning add more number of degrees in their profile.
Increasing pace of internet user increased the scope of expansion of online education and a convenient mode of learning. Rural areas of India are not behind the race of using Internet due to the availability of internet facility in Mobile phone. Now rural aspirants also understood the acceptability of e-learning courses and this way they are getting quality education without joining a good university.
E-learning does not give ease, scope and comfort only but it reduces the expenses, usually incurred in regular courses. Online education provides free e-books, free library, and e-journals and there is no transportation fare involved in going to academic institutes. Thus for an underdeveloped country like India where tradition education demands huge investment, e-learning or online education is a big opportunity to shine the future of millions of students.
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