India is one of the most populous countries of the world. People are its largest export, and unwittingly, majority of these exports are unskilled labour force. The Government of India has introduced various programs to help this country elevate its skill status which eventually will become un-parallel. This is however a long term plan as it takes effort to imbibe skills and to educate a generation.
While many training organisations have come forward to assist the Government in imparting this education, the speed of this education delivery remains the primary challenge. The only way to substantially reduce the time and also the money in imparting education to such a big population is the alternative approach of digital medium. It is only the Internet which can reach faster than any of the traditional classroom approach.
As of 2013, World Bank states that the internet penetration in India is at 15.1%. China is at 45.8%, USA at 84.2% and Japan at 86.2%. Even with such low internet penetration in India, most of the internet suppliers cater to Grade A and B cities. As of 2016, Broadband has become quite affordable in Grade A cities, where it actually delivers high speed internet, however, 81% of India’s population lives in Rural and Sub-urban areas where internet is still a luxury. Jio is one such hope that will be able to provide affordable internet at high speeds to both Urban and Rural areas of India, thereby creating a huge opportunity for imparting Digital education to the masses. Internet is similar to fuel – lower the internet costs, lower will be the cost of everything being delivered digitally.
With an investment of more than Rs. 150,000 Crores ($2.2 B), Jio has set the precedent to create the world best skilled resource base in India. In the coming years, India will witness many more MOOC platforms, digital education delivery platforms, that will provide quality learning at affordable rates, and with a huge convenience to India’s largest unskilled population.