21st century as rightly been recognized as the Digital era! If you ask any person where they shop from, most people would say online. With internet being all-pervading, it comes as no surprise that digitization has changed a lot of things. With the Indian internet population at over 500 million users (as of early 2019), internet is the best way to reach out to maximum number of users and education leaders are making the best of this today. With the current lifestyle, most people have no time to go back to school if even they have the intention to get more degrees for career advancement, job promotion or simply to learning something new, online education benefits them. Online learning is quickly gaining popularity amongst students who either take online courses alongside traditional courses or complete an entire course of study online leading to a degree award. A study by KPMG in India and Google, India's online education market is set to grow to 1.96 billion USD and around 9.6 million users by 2021 from 247 million USD and around 1.6 million users in 2016. Increased penetration of internet and smartphones in India is one of the key factors which are driving the growth in the online education market in India. High penetration has not only created huge consumer base for eLearning companies in India to acquire but also to monetize the opportunity.
The Government of India is also keen to use the evolving technological resources in helping making education accessible to all deserving students. The country offers significant opportunities to the educational content development companies in India. eLearning companies in India are also working effectively with the central government, state government, and educational boards to make the cloud platform prevalent. Every year sees a new competitor in digital learning domain, taking note of this, in this issue of Higher Education Review Magazine, we have showcased a list of `Top 10 Most Promising Digital Learning Portals 2019'. A carefully curated list, it portrays the uniqueness of e-Learning providers who are addressing the need of prospective learners and creating a change with their unique offerings in this domain. I hope this feature helps you in your find the right platform to pursue online education and we achieve our mission.
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