Offline/Target Market/India

    From Strategic Planning

    India – education landscape


    Internet access in India

    • Total population: 1.2B (July 2010 estimate, CIA World Factbook)
    • Total students: >290M[1]
      • Primary school enrollment: 95% of children
      • Secondary school enrollment: 40% of adolescents
      • Out of school children: 8M[2]
    • Total Schools: 1.2M [3]
    • Internet users/Penetration: 81M / 7%

    Primary needs

    According to the World Bank, the secondary educational system has the following key needs:

    • Expansion (currently only reaches 40% of youth)
    • Curriculum and teaching practices upgrading
    • Expansion of public-private partnerships (60% of secondary schools are privately managed in India)

    Governance

    Schools have a vast array of stakeholders, including:

    • 35 state boards (covering 604 districts)
    • 2 central boards
    • Other educational agencies

    A National Policy on ICT in Education was recently which is planned to install computer labs in 100,000 public schools by 2013.[4]

    Partnership possibilities

    Education sector

    • Educomp
    • Edurite
    • IBM
    • Designmate
    • IL&FS Education and Technology Services
    • CORE Technologies

    National Level education

    • Azim Premji Foundation
    • Quest Alliance
    • American India Foundation
    • Global e-Schools and Communities Initiatives (GeSCI)
      • Implementing the Rajasthan Education Initiative (REI)
    • DEF
      • Gyanpedia interactive and collaborative portal with Media Lab Asia: comprehensive, multilingual, dynamic virtual platform for countrywide content exchange
    • NIIT Technologies
      • Strategic alliance with US-based Ncomputing beginning in 2007[5]
        • Used by Andhra Pradesh Government in 2008[6]
        • Reduces computing costs by 50%
      • Headquarters: Guragon & New Delhi, India
      • Two branches:
        • NIIT Limited: education centers providing classroom and on-line learning solutions (>100 edu centers in China & other Asia-Pacific)
        • NIIT Technologies: IT services arm, providing IT software

    Local education initiatives

    • New Horizons / North Eastern Council (Mizoram, NE India)
    • Khulja Sim Sim (Delhi)

    Other Government initiatives

    NeGP goal of establishing 1000,000 Common Service Centers in 600K villages[7]


    Notes/References

    1. “Towards a national policy on ICT in School Education in India” [1]
    2. Education in India,” World Bank.
    3. “Towards a national policy on ICT in School Education in India” [2]
    4. Vital Consulting, “Affordable Computing for Schools in India,” 2008.
    5. Economic Times, “NIIT Ncomputing Inc ink pact to provide low-cost computers,” 6 Nov., 2007 [3]
    6. [ http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Andhra-Pradesh-Government-Selects-NComputing-Provide-18-Lakh-Schoolchildren-With-Computing-909126.htm Marketwire], 13 Oct., 2008
    7. Kazi, Seyed S. and Osama Manzar, “Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009–2010 .in’ India.”