Indian students prefer online coaching to offline classes

Indian students seem to favour online training programmes over classroom coaching, thanks to live sessions and easy accessibility.

Students are counting on online teaching for competitive exams — JEE, NEET, GATE, SSC and banking exams, as per a survey by education platform Gradeup.

As many as 90% of the respondents prefer to take online coaching. Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have the maximum share of students opting for them. This trend can be attributed to the growing participation in live sessions and recorded lectures, thereby making it convenient for students to study from home.

Live classes enabled students to interact with co-learners and teachers along with instant resolution to queries. In fact, nearly 20% of the students are willing to shell out more money to benefit from online sessions.

For instance, Vedantu, an online tutoring platform is working on providing a personalised experience to its students with the help of Artificial Intelligence tools. The platform has live teachers to explain concepts.

“It’s like an audio-visual whiteboard which allows space for interactive learning and teaching at the same time,” Anand Prakash, Co-Founder told The Better India.

The larger picture

Technology has revolutionized India’s education sector. “Students are using these self-learning applications along with their regular studies. Times are changing, so is the learning style of the kids,” Sangeeta Singh, Principal Delhi Public School told The Tribune.

Online education platforms including Internshala, Byju’s and Coursera have transformed the e-learning space in India. Overall, the user base of the online education industry is expected to hit 9.6 million by 2021, which was 1.6 million in 2016, as per a KPMG report.

The scope of online training is not limited to school and competitive exam coachings. Given the need to adapt to the changing skill demand in the job market, online training has helped job seekers learn new skills.