Technology is proving to be a disruptive influence on education today. With technology as a catalyst, education is moving from a knowledge-transfer model to a collaborative, active, self-directed, and engaging model. This change couldn’t have come at a better time for India.

The urban population in India is expected to grow faster than its overall population by 2030. This will create a huge pressure on the economy and the education system. Along with this there are other challenges in our education system. First is the sheer capacity to deliver education to all sections of our society. The quality of existing educational institutions is another challenge. Technology has the capability to address all these issues. Trends such as the growing penetration of high speed broadband, low cost computing devices and a strong thrust from the Government are accelerating the transformation of India’s education system.


We’re at the dawn of the age of the Internet of Everything (IoE) enabled by network, WiFi, IT security, cloud surveillance and software applications for learning. Deploying these solutions will not only help institutes save costs, but provide connected learning experience that will make it easier for higher education institutes to collaborate on research projects.

Although these are early days, IoE is opening up a new world of educational opportunities, not limited by time and place, for students to learn more, and in new ways, by connecting to resources around the globe.

Cisco predicts that worldwide, IoE in education has a 10-year net present value of US$175 billion, which will be delivered through streamlined and personalized instruction, and through the collection of data for making better decisions and reducing expenditure on instructional resources. This value is based on the global adoption rate of IoE increasing from less than 5% in 2013 to 32% by 2022.


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