Google’s initiative to support Education in India
India is also a part of the countries to receive grants from Google.org’s global USD 50 million commitments to support non-profits who are building tech-based learning solutions.
Google.org announced additional grants of USD 3 million to Central Square Foundation and The Teacher App. With additional grants, Google’s total grant for NGOs is USD 11.4 million.
In addition to partner NGOs, Google will help them scale their existing initiatives and fund content creation and teacher training, through tech-based learning solutions.
Google aims to empower teachers with training and resources on concepts of math, science, language and others with a grant of USD 1 million to The Teacher App. The funds will be greatly utilized to scale the platform to reach 500,000 teachers in two years.
Google will provide USD 2 million grant and technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team, to the Central Square Foundation to aid the expansion of curriculum aligned educational video content.
To produce at least 200 hours of quality content in vernacular languages, the grant will support a minimum of 20 content creators.
Role of YouTube
With growing connectivity and affordable data, YouTube is emerging as a popular destination for learning in India. There is a huge opportunity for creators in India to enhance education and learning through YouTube owing to the learning and educational content that drive over a billion views a day globally.
These new projects are in addition to Google’s existing projects that were funded last year in India. Four NGOs got a total grant of USD 8.4 million to add scale to their existing efforts.
Education in India
Primary education begins at age 6 with Middle/Upper Primary school education ending at age 14. Primary and Middle i.e. lower primary (Standards I to V) and upper primary i.e (Standards VI to VIII) education is compulsory and free in India. Schooling is offered at state-run and private schools, however, private schools often have poorer facilities and infrastructure than government schools. It is clear that the native language is the medium of instruction for most primary schools and English as a second language generally begins by grade 3.
Secondary education begins in grade 9 and lasts until grade 12. The supportive language of secondary language stage is divided into two, two-year cycles generally referred to as General/Lower Secondary School, or ‘Standard X’, and Upper/Senior Secondary School, or ‘Standard XII’
At privately-owned vocational schools that specialize in just one or only a few courses, Young people who do not wish to go on to tertiary education, or who fail to complete secondary school often enrol. The vocational and technical education is not highly specialized and is rather a broad overview of knowledge applicable to employment unlike in the United States.
Since the beginning of tertiary education in the year 1947, India’s higher education system is highly centralized and undergoing large changes. Largely based upon the British system of education, educational policy is ever-developing.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), which is responsible for the development of higher education, allocating funds, and recognition of institutions in India, oversees the University education.