Adobe Digital Dialogue

October 5, 2017 /Digital Education /

Helping India’s education system to digitise

The ubiq­ui­ty of mobile devices, in con­junc­tion with the fact that two-third of India’s pop­u­la­tion is under 35, is pro­vid­ing the impe­tus for busi­ness­es and insti­tu­tions all over the coun­try to digi­tise.

As a result, insti­tu­tion­al pil­lars such as India’s edu­ca­tion sys­tem, are being forced to adapt their process­es to over­come the dig­i­tal divide. With the many hun­dreds of small and mid-mar­ket busi­ness­es that already cater for mobile-only Gen Zs and Mil­lenials, edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions are under even more pres­sure to adopt dig­i­tal plat­forms and ser­vices.

Dig­i­tal doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate

As dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion pro­gress­es, it is impor­tant that nobody is left behind, which is why I pas­sion­ate­ly believe that the edu­ca­tion sys­tem must be alert to the neces­si­ty of adopt­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy now, for the sake of the future.

India’s edu­ca­tion sys­tem is cur­rent­ly a micro­cosm of the ‘dig­i­tal divide’, and stu­dents that are con­ver­sant with mobile tech­nol­o­gy out­side the class­room must sure­ly find the school expe­ri­ence alien, if not alto­geth­er irrel­e­vant.

The moment stu­dents step into that class­room they enter a dif­fer­ent, much old­er world: from Snapchat and Insta­gram to black­boards and exer­cise books. In oth­er words, the ‘paper­less gen­er­a­tion’ is being con­front­ed with a class­room that has not changed for over a cen­tu­ry.

Dri­ving change

As a mat­ter of social respon­si­bil­i­ty, Adobe wants to be a part­ner in ensur­ing that schools become active par­tic­i­pants in the dig­i­tal jour­ney.

The impor­tance of cre­ativ­i­ty in the school sys­tem is well under­stood, and cre­ativ­i­ty is a space that Adobe has owned for the past three decades. Add to this Adobe’s lead­er­ship in dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy and our val­ue propo­si­tion for the edu­ca­tion sys­tem is com­pelling.

As with Gen Z, how­ev­er, the edu­ca­tion sys­tem is more than a mar­ket seg­ment. Its mod­erni­sa­tion is a chal­lenge that all respon­si­ble stake­hold­ers need to con­front if India is to realise its poten­tial as a lead­ing dig­i­tal econ­o­my. The seeds we plant today will be ful­ly har­vest­ed by our cit­i­zens, com­mu­ni­ty and busi­ness lead­ers, and entre­pre­neurs of tomor­row.

At Adobe, we under­stand that mobile devices are a crit­i­cal dri­ver of India’s dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. We view the mobile-only mar­ket as a dis­tinct seg­ment and are invest­ing in devel­op­ing local­ized solu­tions accord­ing­ly.

As an orga­ni­za­tion, we remain the epit­o­me of cre­ativ­i­ty. Hav­ing reimag­ined the entire Cre­ative process a few years ago, we are now on a mis­sion to unlock vast amounts of cre­ativ­i­ty in India’s edu­ca­tion sys­tem.

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  • By Akshay Raghav - 7:27 PM on October 25, 2017   Reply

    Wow, real­ly nice arti­cle Sir. Thanks for shar­ing.

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