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2016: India 2nd biggest revenue earner

India is Coursera's 2nd biggest revenue earner, Sep 28 2016 : The Times of India

India has become online education company Coursera's second biggest revenue earner, Nikhil Sinha, chief business officer of Coursera, told TOI. The India revenue crossed revenue from the UK earlier this year.

Soon after Coursera was launched in 2012, India became its second biggest market in terms of the number of registered users. In 2016 , it accounts for 1.5 million of the 21 million registered users.But paying users grew dramatically in 2015.

Paying users who complete their courses receive certifications and degrees that are now highly recognized by industry . Sinha said the most popular courses in India are those related to technology , data science and business management. A high proportion of non-paying users tend to drop off from courses midway , but among paying users, about 65% complete the courses. Coursera offers courses from top global universities including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Duke and Caltech.From India, it offers courses from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.Sinha said 75% of those who opt for ISB courses are from outside India.

In Sept 2016, it partnered with Manipal Global Education Services to offer curated educational content to Manipal Global's more than 1.5 million learners and alumni community. The learners will receive certifications from Coursera and Manipal Education Group.

Year wise developments


Manash Pratim Gohain, Oct 28, 2022: The Times of India

Number of online institutions, 2000-22
From: Manash Pratim Gohain, Oct 28, 2022: The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Enrolment for online education between 2021 and 2022 grew 170% while for open and distance learning (ODL) by 41. 7%, taking fresh enrolment in non-physical mode to a new high.

In 2021-22, a total of 20. 3 lakh students from India opted for ODL as against 14. 6 lakh in 2020-21. In online mode, the total number of students, which also include foreign students, grew from 25,905 to 70,023 in the same period.

According to data accessed exclusively by TOI, the majority of students for online programmes come from Karnataka, Maharashtra, UP, Rajasthan and Delhi. For ODL, highest enrolments are from Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and West Bengal. Males and general category students form the majority for both the online and ODL programmes offered by higher education institutions (HEIs) in India.

According to UGC, as on October 17, 2022, 66 HEIs are recognised/ entitled to offer 371 programmes, which include 136 undergraduate courses and 235 postgraduate courses in online mode. Course-wise at undergraduate level Bachelor of Business Administration is the most popular programme with the highest (13,764) enrolment,while in postgraduate level, MBA courses are the most popular with 28,956 enrolment. Online programmes which are not restricted by territorial jurisdiction have seen participation from Guyana, UAE, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and the US.

During this period the number of HEIs offering online programmes also increased by 38%, from 42 HEIs in 2020-21 to 58 in 2021-22.

“Online programmes provide a window of opportunity to many students who are unable to join physically in a college or university. Enrolments will pick up further once we announce the National Digital University together with flexible online education regulations. . . ,” said M Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC.

According to professor Raghavendra P Tiwari, vice chancellor, Central University of Punjab, quality is one of the major challenges of online education. “Higher education institutions are not fully equipped to offer quality online education. One of the requirements made by the UGC to approve institutions to offer online courses is that every institution should have developed its own learning resources in the areas where they are offering through online mode. However, online education needs to be promoted and therefore many institutions are applying for it. However, some are outsourcing this activity and taking learning materials from other sources whereas UGC regulation says that online education should not be offered in franchise mode or outsourced. Therefore, HEIs should expand collaborations. At present the collaboration is between public funded institutions. ”

“Online education in science is a big issue as every institution cannot develop their own virtual labs,” Tiwari said.

In ODL too there is significant growth in enrolment during this period despite a decline in number of institutions offering courses in distance mode. HEI’s in ODL mode decreased from 93 in 2020-21 to 86 in 2021-21, but the number of programmes increased from 1,066 to 1,078 during this period and total fresh admission crossed 20 lakh. Admission window is active at present with cutoff date as November 15, 2022.

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