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Online Education Soars 32% In Tier 2 And 3 Cities, Expected To Surge By 20% In 2024

The report reveals that the online education has become a catalyst for career growth, allowing individuals to upskill, switch careers, and escalate in their jobs even in smaller towns

Online Education Soars 32% In Tier 2 And 3 Cities, Expected To Surge By 20% In 2024

Outlook Start-Up Desk

POSTED ON December 08, 2023 2:48 PM

College Vidya recently released a study that underscores significant changes in the educational landscape, especially in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Online education has witnessed an unprecedented surge, showing a remarkable 32 per cent growth in demand from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in 2023, and this demand is expected to further increase by almost 20 per cent in 2024. 

The surge can be attributed to several key factors. Firstly, the greater accessibility of electronic devices, including smartphones, has empowered students in smaller cities to seamlessly connect with education providers. Secondly, there is a rising awareness about the availability of online full-time courses, and the embrace of online education by reputable institutions has fostered trust in their validity and authenticity, resulting in a 45 per cent increase in enrollments in the last year.  

Moreover, improved digital literacy and enhanced internet services have significantly contributed to the accessibility of online education. The impact on students in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities has been transformative.  

The accessibility of online education platforms has provided students with unprecedented opportunities. They can now pursue elite higher education without the challenges of relocation, broadening their academic horizons. Affordability has become a cornerstone, enabling students to pursue dream courses from reputed institutions and work simultaneously, breaking financial barriers. 

Furthermore, online education has become a catalyst for career growth, allowing individuals to upskill, switch careers, and escalate their jobs even in smaller towns. In the last year more than 32 per cent of working professionals from smaller towns have enrolled for upskilling so that they remain job-ready and combat the rapid changes happening in the industry, the report added. Secondly, women in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities have shown keen interest in continuing their education without quitting, and especially abled individuals have found a supportive and inclusive avenue for higher education through the online mode. 23 per cent of women and 11 per cent of especially abled individuals have enrolled in online courses in last the year.  

This study has meticulously analyzed enrollment data from over 13 cities, revealing that Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal emerged as the frontrunners, with the highest number of students enrolling.  

These states not only contribute significantly to the overall enrollment figures but also underscore their prominence in shaping educational trends across the region 

Certain courses and programs have been particularly successful in these cities. Online MBA, B.Com, M.Com, and Work-Integrated Learning Programs (WILP) like B.Tech and M.Tech have gained immense popularity. The success of these courses can be attributed to their professional value, equal recognition by UGC-DEB, and the limited availability of quality higher education options in these cities in the regular mode. 

Rohit Gupta, COO and co-founder of College Vidya said, "Addressing the challenges associated with online education, especially in Tier 2 & 3 cities is crucial. With this study, we wanted to highlight the growing demand for online courses in smaller towns. And to address this increasing demand, we are committed to providing academic counseling to overcome awareness gaps, enhancing offline availability of learning materials to combat connectivity issues, and offering personalized assistance and better student support for a seamless learning experience" 

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