In India, higher education is changing and evolving with new programs, courses, emerging ideas, and trends, as well as a strong focus on internationalization. As the government promotes higher education, research and innovation as driving factors of development, the country is steadily progressing towards becoming a global education hub. “For a long time, higher education was at a standstill, but in recent years, the situation has altered. Through new education policies, programmes and objectives, educational institutions are focused to promote academic excellence, bridging disparities and preparing students for the future by establishing inclusive and varied learning environments,” states Pranav Gupta Ashoka University Founder.
Courses and Events on the Rise
Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in interest in STEM fields such as data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The demand for business and management courses has increased dramatically as students seek to hone their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. In this constantly changing work environment, these domains are capturing the attention of Indians who want to learn the skills they need to succeed. As a result, students seeking a more comprehensive education and a more comprehensive outlook are increasingly taking advantage of courses combining law, design, humanities and finance.
Technology has also become increasingly important in higher education. Using artificial intelligence is one technology that has a strong potential in higher education, not only for delivering knowledge to students, but also for removing barriers to accessing high-quality education. AI is being utilized by several schools and universities to simplify IT procedures, alleviate time-consuming educational and administrative duties, and improve students’ educational experiences.
Gupta points out, “Ashoka and Plaksha universities are already cutting-edge institutions that were created with the intention of improving Indian education and equipping our learners with the resources they require to excel in their careers. Our programmes and liberal arts approach are both intended to help them succeed in the workplace once they graduate. And now with the introduction of technology in higher education, we are adapting to it in our classrooms and campuses. Other than promoting engagement and accessibility, students can benefit from more experimental and contextualized active learning processes enabled by online and blended learning, VR, AR and AI technology.”
Corporate Trends and Governance
Increasingly, corporations are supporting R&D projects and creating their own higher education institutions, which has resulted in an increase in corporate participation in higher education. This has led to curricula becoming more industry-focused, and universities and colleges designing courses that meet market needs.
Meanwhile, the government has increased its commitment to higher education by introducing many initiatives and programs to replace the previous obsolete paradigm of education. As well as the implementation of National Education Policy-2020, the Academic Bank of Credit, scholarships, and a focus on vocational training, universities have been given more autonomy as well.
Pranav Gupta shares, “The Indian government’s persistent dedication to promote higher education in the nation is greatly impressive. Their latest policies and efforts have created new opportunities for students to achieve their academic aspirations with better convenience and financial assistance. The government’s attempt to enhance the higher education ecosystem in India is quite admirable, and I think they will contribute to the development of a generation of highly educated and capable individuals who will assist to define the country’s future.”
The internationalization of higher education
A number of steps are being taken by the Indian government to attract foreign students and esteemed faculty to its shores. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved international institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Oxford and others to establish campuses and award degrees in India. Additionally, the Study in India program has been launched, promoting India as a destination for higher education. As a result of these significant measures, Indian students would have the opportunity to obtain global degrees at a reasonable price, enhancing India’s reputation as an international study destination. In addition to improving Indian educational institutions’ international credibility, these actions will facilitate a more diverse and accessible educational environment.
Pranav Gupta of Ashoka University asserts, “When most Indian students choose to study overseas, there is a significant outflow of capital. The rise of foreign education in India is a positive development since it can retain our students while ensuring that everyone receives finest education within the country. Along with accessibility to high-quality education and human capital retention, it would also increase competitiveness and compel our Indian institutions to stay focused and boost their quality levels to match market expectations.”