Google Bets Big On E-Learning In India


The company is also looking at some of the bigger projects to be part of Government programs such as the Quality Enhancement in Engineering Education project that are funded by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development.

Technology major Google is gearing up to promote free education courses online, just like some of its other free services such as Web search, email and office documentation. The company is now engaging engineering colleges in India, including IITs and the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), to develop a platform aimed at offering free online education.

The company is also looking at some of the bigger projects to be part of Government programs such as the Quality Enhancement in Engineering Education project that are funded by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development.

“Education is bigger than search in terms of impact. This is going to produce a big change,” Ramanathan V Guha, one of Google’s top research scientists told BusinessLine in an interview adding that “The fundamental problem for India, if it wants to move to the next level, is that there are 150-200 million kids in the 5 to 20 age group who need to get educated. There’s not enough time and not enough teachers. But we can do some of it online.”

Google is repotedly conducting experiments with the IITs to find out the best means to reach online education to a wider audience, given the varied cultures and languages in India. While Guha said, five years from now every engineering student should have access to the same kind of core education as the IITs,” said Guha.

He assured that students in 500 engineering colleges across the country could get access to course material from the IITs under the initiative. While the educational institutions will manage and build the online course content, Google will offer tools and infrastructure.

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