Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Australia India Institute (AII) organized a workshop for Ed-Tech leaders and academics from both the countries. The event was held in Bangalore on 27th June 2019.
Indian startups in the Ed-tech space that focus on creating content for the students are numerous. Names such as Byjus, Toppr and Unacademy are household names today. But the same cannot be said about using technology in the classrooms in India.
Experts from the academia and technology sector came together to discuss how to overcome this drawback and increase the use of technology for education in both countries.
The consensus was that Ed-Tech in Victoria, a city in Australia, was more stable in terms of availability of funding and resources. Indian startups are struggling on both these fronts. The only “unicorn” India can boast of in this space is Byjus.
The primary responsibility of any institution is the deliverance of good education. They should not be spending more time on administrative issues as they do now. The correct usage of technology can go a long way in attaining this goal. And this presents a significant opportunity for Ed-tech companies.
It was universally agreed that when it came to using technology for making classes engaging for students, schools lagged behind colleges significantly.
Professors from IIIT, Bangalore and Monash University, Indian entrepreneurs such as S Ganeshan of Liitlemore Innovations, Mayank Kumar of UpGrad and others spoke about the need for government-funded institutions to experiment more with technology.
It is to be noted that in July 2018, three MoUs were signed during a bilateral meeting between India and Australia. The focus of that meeting was to increase collaboration in skill development and vocational training.