India’s e-governance dream dates back to 1990. With the use of computers in Railways, Land Records departments etc. Since then, the Indian government has tried and aimed for complete reformation by means of technology to improve the competence, authenticity, pellucidity of operations. There was very little scope for Citizen Interaction so it lacked to achieve results.
Our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said on 1st July 2015.
“The Digital India programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into an empowered society (or Nation) and knowledge economy.” – as per Digital India Website.
Digital India initiative consists of 9 Core-Components, some of which are:-
- 1.The Creation of Digital Infrastructure
- 2.Digital Administration Of Government
- 3.Proliferation of mobile phones connectivity nationwide at inexpensive costing
- 4.Deliverance of fundamental services to the public. The most crucial one being "Education", others may include health services, security, finance, planning and cyber security
- 5.Digital literacy Programme
Many would realize that, Digital India is not a ‘Policy Change” but also a “Social Change” which involves transforming the mind-set of its Citizen.
Tools for Digital Indian
Nation-Wide High-Speed Internet –
With the Launch of Nationwide 4G Mobile Internet Service, at record breaking low cost by providers like Reliance Jio , Airtel, Vodafone etc. High-Speed Internet has become accessible & affordable to both Rural & Urban India
Though this transformation happened after 2005. Days of long queues in-front of Railway or Airline Tickets are gone. Indians can now book their Tickets ONLINE. Thanks to IRCTC Website & Mobile App.
Travel Planning & Hotel Booking online –
Many companies have made it possible to plan our travel, vacations, stay at the click of few buttons, using a Website or Mobile App. Thanks to providers like MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, Yatra.com, Oyo Roomsetc.
User friendly Taxi Services -
Online Shopping -
Online Banking –
Many Indians have now got habituated to Online Money Transfer. It’s cumbersome for them to carry Cash Money nowadays. Thanks to the Public-Sector & Private Banks who have made it possible by using the NEFT & IMPS Service
Government’s Steps Promoting Digital India
Government so far has played a pivotal role in promoting Digital India. It has not only framed well-planned policies but also implementing them.
- 1.Reserve bank’s introduction of UPI, USSD based UPI Transactions, the BHIM App was an encouragement towards Digital Payments.
- 2.Government’s tie-ups with Major Technological Companies for implementing Open Wi-Fi Hotspots was a major push towards Universal Access to Internet.
- 3.DigiLocker helping people to store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark-sheets and degree certificates
- 4.Attendance.gov.in is a portal keeping a record of the attendance of Government employees in real-time. It promotes transparency.
- 5.MyGov.in - A platform to share inputs and ideas on matters of policy and governance. Citizens may send their feedback through a "Discuss", "Do" and "Disseminate" options.
- 6.Swach Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app is being used by people and Government organisations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.
- 7.eSign framework allows citizens to sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.
- 8.The eHospital application provides important services such as online registration, payment of fees, appointment, online diagnostic reports, enquiring availability of blood ONLINE etc.
- 9.National Scholarship Portal is a solution for scholarship process. It provides information right from submission of student application, verification, sanction and disbursal of all Scholarship programmes by our Government.
Indian Education rushing towards Digitization
The Current State of Education in India is facing several challenges.
Some of the major challenges in Indian Schooling System include:-
- 1. Non-Availability of Good Teachers & Guides in Schools.
- 2. Poor Teacher-to-Student Ratio.
- 3. Knowledge Divide between the Urban & Rural Areas of India.
- 4. Attracting, Convincing & Retaining Students to complete their basic primary education, for Rural India. Mid-Day Meal program was started with this purpose.
- 5. Un-Availability of Expert Teachers in Schools & High Schools.
- 6. Lack of Proper Infrastructure, Science Labs, Computer Labs and Instructors in several Schools.
Rattled with all such Challenges, aspirants & parents often look outwards for some “extra” help or guidance, in the form of Tutoring. Local Private Tutors, Home Tuitions, Group Tuitions, Tutoring Centres, Preparation Centres are some of the alternatives which the Students opt for. Over the last two decades, Indian students have developed very-high dependencies on Tutoring.
However, Tutoring in India comes with a complete different set of problems. Some are:-
- 1. Student Localities in Urban Regions have limited number of Tutors.
- 2. Students in Urban & Semi-Urban Regions have to travel long distances to find good tutors.
- 3.Students in Rural Areas relocate to areas with better tutor concentration
- 4. Tutoring Centres and Middle-Tier are quick to recognise this gap and frame-up to exploit.
- 5. Lastly, how do Students measure "good tutors"?
Neck deep in various such problems, challenges and hardships, Indian Students & Parents are more inclined towards adopting Innovative Methods.
E-Learning & Digital Education
Students nowadays are apt with Computers, Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones. Moreover, thanks to 3G & 4G Mobile Internet & Broadband Technologies, Students have got access to the mammoth World Wide Web. Internet Access has made it easier for them to read and consume Contents online. They are getting introduced & gaining experience of E-Learning.
E-Learning has emerged as the preferred choice among Students, Aspirants & Parents, ailing from the problems mentioned above. Not just that, E-Learning is gaining popularity due to:-
- 1. Convenience - Students can learn at their own convenience. It doesn't involve any wasting time, energy & money while travelling long distances for learning.
- 2. Flexibility - E-Learning doesn’t have any time-constraint. Learning 24/7.
- 3. Pace of Learning - E-learning is essentially self-paced.
- 4. Accessibility - Thanks to the smartphone boom and digital revolution, E-Learning can be availed from anywhere, at any time, from any device.
- 5. Affordability
- 6. High-Quality Learning – Since E-Learning Materials are produced by Top Researchers, Top Academics & Experts.
- 7. Green & Environment Friendly - E-learning doesn't require any use of paper. It's a big step in eradicating global warming and preventing deforestation.
Digital Indian embracing Digital Education
With Digital Education gaining grounds in India, it would be worthwhile to list some ways Students are currently enjoying & embracing Digital Education:-
Static Text Contents
Formatted Textual Contents or Informative Slides
Online Test Engines
Online Q & A Forum
YouTube Videos & Channels by Prominent Experts, serves as a great source for learning using Videos.
Open Online Courses
KhanAcademy, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, CodeAcademy, TutorialsPoint etc serves Videos, structured sequentially to form a Course. Many of these Website also provide an Internationally Proclaimed Certification.
Surely, Digital Education is gaining acceptability among the Conducive Indian Society. Add to it the fast changing horizon of Internet Access, Internet Penetration and increasing Internet Speed. Digital Education is fast becoming a household phenomenon within the 1.3 Billion strong Indian Population.
Is LIVE Interactive Digital Education possible?
In the last section, where we wrote about the various forms of Digital Education, we deliberately missed writing about ‘something’. Something which is immensely popular in the West. Something which is extremely demanding. When we describe this “Something” to a Digital Indian, they mostly exclaim, “Is it possible in India?”
- Imagine a student Ravi from New Delhi, sitting at his home and learning Calculus from the Best Calculus Tutor in India, based out of Chennai.
- Think of Sneha from Orissa, sitting at her home and preparing for JEE-Advanced from a renowned Trainer, located in Kota.
- Imagine Pramod from Chandigarh, preparing for SAT from a Trainer based out of New York.
- Imagine Rahul, an aspiring Automobile Engineer from Kolkata, learning the tips of the trade, from an Experienced Mercedes Engineer based in Germany.
The “Something” that we are talking about, is called Online Tutoring or Online Tuitions or Online Coaching. Few people may also want to call it eTutoring or eTuitions or eCoaching. It is an Integral part of Digital Education. Online Tuitions is the only form of Digital Education which revolves around Real-Time LIVE Human-to-Human Conversation & Interaction. All other forms of Digital Education lack Human-to-Human conversation.
TutStu, the Final Destination of Digital Education
TutStu brings the concept of Online Tuitions, for the first time for Indian Students. Students are offered FREE Registration & Unlimited FREE Online Tutoring.
TutStu Identifies, Rates, Ranks & Lists Tutors in a Marketplace, for Students to Select & Learn from them, Online. On TutStu, Students can find tutors in 30+ Subjects and 300+ Branches.
At TutStu, it’s DIY (Do-It-Yourself). Search for a Tutor in any Subject or Branch. Select a Tutor. Chat with the Tutor. Attend Unlimited FREE TRIAL Classes. Finalize a Tutor. Fix regular appointments with your Tutor. Learn from Tutors, LIVE, ONLINE, using Video Conferencing (Audio + Video + Chat + Whiteboard). Pay Tutors directly.
Simply put, TutStu is the only solution in India providing Personalized Infrastructure, Softwares and Tools for Online Tuitions, to the Interaction-loving Digital Indians and Students.