Our research shows that there are currently in the region of 100 companies of varying size and scale in India engaged in providing e-Learning related services. The following graphic captures the citywise and offerings breakup of these companies:
TIS enters the school segment with an initial investment of Rs100 crore from Tata Industries and plans to increase its current headcount of 200 employees in its school division to 600 people by the end of this year.
This is a segment dominated by heavyweights such as Educomp & Everonn but Tata Interactive believes that it has the right mix of experience and product offering to back up its aggressive strategy.
Supam Maheshwari, Brainvisa founder & CEO struck gold when he sold off his stake to Indecomm Global Services just before the global recession. He is now back to play a second innings as an entrepreneur with his latest venture - FirstCry.com, an e-commerce portal selling a range of branded baby care products.
The global market for Self-paced eLearning reached US$27.1 billion in 2009 according to a new report by Ambient Insight called, "The Worldwide Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2009-2014 Forecast and Analysis." The demand is growing by a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.8% and revenues will reach $49.6 billion by 2014.
In its drive to flesh out a knowledge-based economy, the Saudi government is giving much needed attention to the education sector. More than a quarter of planned budgetary spending is dedicated to education and capital spending in the sector is expected to rise 34.4% in 2008. The number of universities is also on the rise – from eight to more than 20 since 2004 – but the Kingdom will still have trouble keeping up with the demand emanating from its massive young population.
Amid growing discontent with the public school system, to which over 90% of Saudi students attend, the private school industry is seen as a growth industry, as is the e-learning industry, which was expected to have hit $125m in value in 2008. One private university, Alfaisal University in Riyadh, hopes to cultivate valuable connections to the international scientific world through a new research agreement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Lack of interest in science and engineering fields among tertiary students contributes to the growing skills gap in the Kingdom, a trend the government is aiming to reverse. In due time, the investment in education is expected to help curb national unemployment and the economy's reliance on foreign labour.
In response to a lot of queries I have decided to provide some information on the courses available for budding instructional designers in India. If you know of a course that should be in here or if you represent an institution that offers courses in instructional design please feel free to email me at:
Symbiosis Centre For Distance Learning
Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design (PGDID) This
PGDID program provides basic theoretical and practical skills needed to
design, deliver and evaluate courseware. Students explore the theories
of Instructional Design through reading, viewing e-Learning modules and
In one of the biggest exits by a private equity firm in India, UTI Ventures has made 50 times its investment by selling its 35.5% stake in e-learning firm Excelsoft Technologies for Rs 125 crore to hedge fund DE Shaw.
UTI Ventures had invested Rs 2.5 crore in 2001 in the Mysore-based firm. Other firms reportedly in the fray for the UTI Ventures stake were Sequoia Capital, Fidelity Ventures, Cisco Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank and Softbank.