by October 1, 2011 0 comments

Before opting for further studies or course every working professional has certain questions in mind. Whether I will get the time to prepare for the exams while on job? Is it advisable to resign and then go for further courses? How would I pay the hefty price for the course? There is an answer to these questions –Online Education. Online education provides the value for money and time to those who can’t afford or don’t have time to attend classes on the daily basis. The greatest advantage of the online education over conventional education is the flexibility. You can study from virtually anywhere whether in lunch break, at home or while travelling. Also online education knows no geographical boundaries. It gives you the access to interact with students and experts from every corner of the world.

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We got the chance to interact with Karthik KS, Founder & CEO, 24×7 Learning, which is an eLearning & Talent Lifecycle Management Company that offers management, technical and other professional degree programs and career oriented courses to the working professionals and individuals.

Q) How effective is online education?

With the penetration of Internet across the country, online education is gaining a lot of prominence. Online education is student centered. Every person has their own way of learning and comfort levels, so online courses give the freedom to follow individualized methods of study. Online education allows the students to study anywhere and anytime. Learning and the course can be accessed from the comforts of students’ home or office. In case anybody misses the lecture, it can be accessed later as well. Students from different locations with various experience levels and diverse backgrounds can interact via discussion forums provided by online education infrastructure. The active participation of such students in the forum creates a rich knowledge repository accessible to every student.

Q) How working professionals can gain from online education in terms of quality and expertise?

Today’s working professionals in India thrive for a quick career growth and better lifestyle. But for many professionals, going back to school for a higher professional qualification becomes difficult due to time and travel constraints. Online education fits well for this class of working professionals. ‘Anywhere and anytime’ motto of online education can help the professionals fulfill their dream of a better job and pay cheque.

Q) What is the future of online education?

India is said to have the third largest education system after China and United States. There are nearly 26000 colleges for higher education which clearly are not enough to cater to the huge number of youth in the country. Moreover there is a shortage of 3 lakh professors in the higher education as mentioned in a UGC report that was released in August 2011. Apart from these infrastructural issues, quality course content and quality of the faculty are other primary concerns of the Indian education system. The online education is visualized to have the potentiality to fill this huge gap.

Q) What changes do you intend to bring in online education in India?

Our programs through AVAGMAH, cater to working professionals who want to learn and enhance their education while continuing with their jobs. The short term courses from AVAGMAH like IFRS, PMI, soft skills, etc help students in colleges to enhance their skills in industry specific verticals to gain additional skills so that their CVs stand out vis-a-vis their peers when appearing for interviews. The long term courses like online BBA, online MBA helps working professional who had to drop out of their academic life to start working due to compulsions and have no scope to leave work to study can now dream of continuing their education at the comfort of their homes/office.

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