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Post-independence era has seen India flourish remarkably in the field of providing higher education. Government initiatives along with innovative technology have facilitated the education providers to overcome all the boundaries and impart knowledge in every corner. India can be counted to posses one of the largest higher education systems in the world. Still, there is a lot of untapped opportunity and potential for the development of higher education system in India. Various limitations of attaining regular course of education opened doors to this alternative system, i.e., distance education.

Our research is an outcome of extensive primary and secondary research spanning over 3 months and thorough analysis of industry trends. For the study, we have conducted F2F and telephonic interviews with industry experts and several distance education institutions.

Our report, “Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018” provides an in-depth research and analysis of the current status and expected position of the distance education system in India. According to our report, the distance education market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 34% during 2013-14 to 2017-18. On the back of technological development, increasing awareness, rising faculty crunch at higher education level, and increasing penetration of internet in the country, this market is anticipated to reach new heights. Moreover, the aim of the government to raise its current gross enrollment ratio to 30% by 2020 will also boost the growth of the distance education in India.

The report also provides market forecast of student enrollment in various courses (arts, commerce, science, management & IT) through distance education till 2017-18. Among all the courses in distance education, Management and IT fields are attaining popularity among students. Its demand in job market has given it priority over the other conventional courses.

Moreover, the report also presents an overview of the regulatory norms required to enter into the distance education market. Various government initiatives being adopted to boost the growth of distance education market have also been highlighted. Besides, a section on new education techniques, such as E-learning and M-learning, has also been covered in the report.

Further, deep analysis of growth drivers & significant hurdles, and a brief overview of major distance education institutions have also been covered in this report. Overall, the report is an outcome of extensive research and prudent analysis and is meant to offer suitable knowledge base to those who are interested in Indian distance education industry.

Table Of Contents

Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018
1. Analyst View
2. Research Methodology
3. Distance Education Overview
3.1 Education System
3.2 Current and Future Market Outlook till 2017-18
3.3 Student Enrollment
3.3.1 Student Enrollment by Course (till 2017-18)
3.3.1.1 Arts
3.3.1.2 Commerce
3.3.1.3 Science
3.3.1.4 Management
3.3.1.5 IT
4. Growth Drivers
4.1 Growing Working Population
4.2 Cost Effectiveness
4.3 Increasing ICT Awareness
4.4 Faculty Crunch at Higher Education Level
4.5 Introduction of New Courses in Distance Learning Institutes
5. Barriers in Distance Education
5.1 Technological Issues
5.2 Quality Issues
5.3 Student Perception
6. Government Initiatives
6.1 Government Support
6.2 Institutional Projects by Government
6.2.1 University Grants Commission
6.2.2 Sakshat: A One Stop Education Portal
6.2.3 Commonwealth of Learning
7. Regulation for New Institutions
7.1 Recognition
7.2 UGC Requirements
7.3 Programmes Offered
7.4 Staff Requirement
7.5 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation System
7.6 Delivery System
7.7 Infrastructural Requirements
7.8 Other Requirements
8. Road Ahead for Distance Education in India
8.1 E-learning: A Big Push to Distance Education
8.2 M-learning: Gaining Prominence
9. Key Distance Education Institutions
9.1 IGNOU
9.2 Sikkim Manipal University
9.3 Delhi University - School of Open Learning
9.4 Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
9.5 Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

List of Figures:

Figure 3-1: Number of Distance Education Institutes (1981-82 to 2011-12)
Figure 3-2: Distance Education Market (Billion INR), 2011-12 to 2017-18
Figure 3-3: Annual Enrollment in Higher Education (Million), 2011-12 to 2017-18
Figure 3-4: Annual Enrollment in Distance Education (Million), 2011-12 to 2017-18
Figure 3-5: Share of Distance Education Enrollments by Type of Institute (2011-12)
Figure 3-6: Share of Distance Education Enrollments by Level (2011-12)
Figure 3-7: Share of Distance Education Enrollments by Course (2013-14 and 2017-18)
Figure 3-8: Annual Distance Education Enrollment in Arts Stream (Million), 2013-14 to 2017-18
Figure 3-9: Annual Distance Education Enrollment in Commerce Stream (Million), 2013-14 to 2017-18
Figure 3-10: Annual Distance Education Enrollment in Science Stream (Million), 2013-14 to 2017-18
Figure 3-11: Annual Distance Education Enrollment in Management Stream (Million), 2013-14 to 2017-18
Figure 3-12: Annual Distance Education Enrollment in IT Stream (Million), 2013-14 to 2017-18
Figure 4-1: Working Age Population (Million), 2013-2018
Figure 8-1: E-learning Market (Billion INR), 2013-2018

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