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Education is at the heart of new digital economy and the digital learning solutions' market in India is currently at $2 billion -- the second largest market for digital education after the US, global networking giant Cisco said here on Thursday.
Realising the need to skill students in disruptive technologies like Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cyber security, Cisco on Thursday announced a "Blueprint for Digital Education" here.
The blueprint will allow colleges and universities to enable students learn anywhere with "Cisco Connected Classroom" solutions which use the Cisco "Digital Network Architecture" (Cisco DNA) and collaboration solutions such as "WebEx" online meetings and Cisco "Spark" all-in-one communications solution.
Currently the Indian education industry at $97.8 billion and is set to grow to about $140 billion by 2020.
"Education is at the heart of new digital economy and the digital learning solutions' market in India is currently at $2 billion and outside the US, India is the largest digital education industry," Sudhir Nayar, Managing Director, Commercial Sales, Cisco India and SAARC, told reporters here.
"We are committed to create environment that enables solutions and tools for digital learning and digital campus in the country," Nayar said.
The blueprint aims to help colleges and universities create a completely integrated digital environment that meets the high expectations of the industry.
However, the education system faces challenges such as capacity, scale and quality.
"At Cisco, we create the infrastructure that can help the education system to transform," Nayar said.
The blueprint is based on Cisco's highly secure core network and unified voice, video and wireless communications, protected by state-of-the-art security solutions and lay the framework for connected campuses, empowered educators, informed administrators and students.
"In terms of affordability the new model would cost Rs 200 per student per month, which includes automated attendance, browsing facilities for the students, among others," Nayar noted.
"With smart workspaces that automatically track student attendance and progress, schools and universities can operate efficiently in a rapidly changing environment," Cisco said in a statement.
Digital learning classrooms can support new online learning experiences, worldwide collaboration and rich online media consumption with virtual classrooms.
Cisco "Connected Research" solutions are also helping researchers, faculty and students conduct high-performance computing (HPC) in a secure environment and quickly scale computing resources to fuel innovation.
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