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8 Biggest News in the Online Education Sector in 2018

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8 Biggest News in the Online Education Sector in 2018

In 2018, the IT industry in India saw rapid growth in job creation. The advent of newer technologies like Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain is promising and has endless applications which are directly helping brands and consumer experience. These are fueled by the wider applications of Data in now common, Digital Marketing and Product Management roles.
The changing technology and shifting landscapes have led to an increase in the job roles – companies are now hiring people with specific skill sets and are seriously looking forward to upskilling their current employees to prepare them for the future.

Here’s how UpGrad contributed in facilitating this change in 2018 with the help of online education:

10,000+ Learners

2018 saw more working professionals taking a step forward to upskill themselves. Companies too are promoting their employees for Learning and Development in data skills.
UpGrad, turning 3 this year, has touched a learner base of 10,000+ learners enrolled in various programs and 1,867,000 learners registered for the Startup India Learning Program. Arguably providing the best learning experience, with a total of 6000+ learners enrolling in just data specific programs.

Acadview joins UpGrad

Upskilling in relevant skills has become imperative for college students as well. UpGrad acquired Acadview in October 2018 – We aim to facilitate college students to learn in-demand technologies through online programs and industry projects and help them find coveted jobs.

450+ Career Transitions

UpGrad made a record 450+ career transitions. With the structured and rigorous industry-relevant programs taught in collaboration with world-class faculty, more working professionals are choosing online university education at UpGrad and are comfortable studying without quitting their jobs.

Mayank Kumar, CEO and MD of UpGrad says,
“…education is not just about the content. It is about an end-to-end experience – content, assessment, feedback, hand-holding, mentorship, career placements, etc.” This is what makes the UpGrad Learning Experience unique and differentiated.

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Best Education Brand

UpGrad was awarded as one of the Best Education Brands of 2018 by The Economic Times.

Forbes 30 Under 30

Co-Founders Ravijot Chugh and Phalgun Kompalli listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2018.

Top Startup in India

UpGrad made it to the LinkedIn Top 25 Startups list in India. We’re proud to share this accomplishment with our learners, industry and university partners and the entire team at UpGrad!

Ranked in Best Programs

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PG Program in Machine Learning & AI from IIIT-B & UpGrad was ranked 1st in the Top 10 courses and training programs on Artificial Intelligence in India: Ranking 2018 by Analytics India Magazine.
UpGrad’s Data Science Program with IIIT-Bangalore and Digital Marketing & Communications program with MICA were ranked in Top 10 programs in respective categories.

56 BaseCamps

UpGrad organised 56 BaseCamps this year – out of which, 50 were across 4 major Indian cities and 6 were international BaseCamps. Through BaseCamps, our students get a chance to network with industry mentors, participate in fun quizzes, lunch with the peer group and discuss all things Data, Digital and Technology.

With all above milestones in the kitty, and we are all set to welcome 2019 with a new zeal and a hunger for grander and even more achievements – all for the purpose of building careers of the future and instigating the habit of continuous learning in each and every individual who decides to put their trust in us.

Stay updated with UpGrad.


Omkar Pradhan

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Omkar Pradhan is part of HR Team at UpGrad, He majorly takes care of Talent Acquisition across the various functions here, along with the same, He is also responsible for Campus Hiring, Omkar comes with approximately 3.5 years of Rich Recruitment Experience which is across various industries. Omkar is absolutely passionate about Talent Acquisition.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1How big is the online education sector in India?

Online education is the rapidly growing face of India’s modern education system. Market estimates suggest that the online education sector in India is set to expand by 2.28 billion USD between 2022 and 2026, advancing at an approximate CAGR of 10.7%. The yearly revenues are estimated to rise to 148.57 billion USD in 2022. In a matter of 5 years, this sector is estimated to expand by 126.4 percent. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, colleges, and universities were forced to switch to virtual classrooms, and the online education sector in India rapidly started expanding. This expansion is bound to continue in the next decade too.

2Why is online learning said to be more effective?

The concept of conventional classroom education has taken a major hit due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Nowadays, we do not have to be physically present in a classroom to learn; virtual classes are the newest trend and catching up very fast to become a mainstream thing. And online learning is also very effective, especially because it allows students and teachers to pace out their sessions as per their comfort and allows for customized learning. Different students possess different requirements when it comes to studies, and online learning provides that autonomy to learn and understand better instead of rushing to complete things.

3How to minimize eye strain from looking at the phone?

It is possible to minimize the strain on your eyes that results from continuously staring at your phone. Firstly, make sure to adjust the screen brightness and display to be soothing, and choose a room with adequate lighting. Then, make sure to blink frequently; this helps keep your eyes moist. Also, if possible, use a laptop or desktop for your online classes; smartphone screens are too tiny, which adds to the stress on your eyes. And, don't forget to take a few breaks and look away from the screen from time to time.

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