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Education Industry In India


  • Summary
  • COVID-19 Impact
  • Industry Clusters
  • Growth Drivers
  • Key Players
  • Market Stats


India holds an important place in the global education industry. India has one of the largest networks of higher education institutions in the world. However, there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. At present, India has the world’s largest population of about 500 million in the age bracket of 5-24 years and this provides a great opportunity for the education sector. The country has become the second-largest market for e-learning after the US. Increasing disposable incomes, awareness and government policies like Skill India, EBSB, SANKALP, STRIVE, PMGDISHA and supported policies like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana are the driving the growth.

Covid-19 Impact

Covid-19 has prompted experts to rethink the conventional mode of education. Digital education appears to be a viable solution to fill in the void for classroom education for a time span of three to four months while minimizing the chances of any infection to students until classes resume. More importantly, it has also brought the issue of digital education to the centre stage. Going forward, digital education is likely to be integrated into mainstream education.  Educational technology companies are taking online education to the next level, as a result, ed-tech seen substantial growth in terms of new users players, such as UpGrad(50%), Vedantu(10x growth), CL Educate (100%), Imarticus Learning (54%), Simplilearn (15%) and Toppr (100%) have seen a sharp rise in new users.

However, in the long run, remote learning has a long way to go before it can be seen as a potential alternative to school education. Face-to-face interaction is usually perceived as the best form of communication as compared to the rather impersonalized nature of remote learning.

The statistics below are taken from Industry data available pre-Corona virus impact.

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing disposable incomes and willingness of people to spend on education is a key driver for the Indian education industry
  • The huge demand-supply gap with an additional requirement of 200,000 schools, 35,000 colleges, 700 universities and 40 million seats in the vocational training centres.
  • Large English-Speaking population allows easy delivery of educational products. India was ranked 34 out of 100 countries in English Proficiency Index 2019
  • The largest population in the world of about ~500 million in the age bracket of 5-24 years, presents a large number of opportunities in education space.
  • As per the Union Budget 2019-20, under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA), over 2 crores rural Indians have been made digitally literate.
  • Other major initiatives by government are Skill India and Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana.
  • The Government has laid the foundation of 141 universities and 7 IITs in the past four years.
  • With increasing awareness, private Indian players are collaborating with international brands to provide international standard quality education.
  • In 2019, Unacademy, an educational technology company based in Bangalore, received PE investment of US$ 50 million.
  • Udemy, a US-based online learning marketplace, has entered India with an employee hub at Haryana.
  • Shagun, an online junction for school education has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Market Stats

  • The education sector in India is estimated at US$ 91.7 billion in FY18 and is expected to reach US$ 101.1 billion in FY19.
  • The country has also become the second-largest market for e-learning after the US. The sector is expected to reach US$ 1.96 billion by 2021 with around 9.5 million users.
  • The combination training method, that involves online learning and games, is expected to grow by up to 38 per cent in the next 2-4 years.
  • India has over 250 million school going students, more than any other country.
  • A number of colleges and universities in India reached 39,050 and 903, respectively in 2017-18. India had 36.64 million students enrolled in higher education in 2017-18.
  • The Government has allocated the expenditure budget for higher education US$ 5.4 billion and for school education and literacy of US$ 8.08 billion.
  • The government provided US$ 51.23 million for ‘World Class Institutions’ for FY 2019-20.
  • The total amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow into the education sector in India stood at US$ 2.47 billion from April 2000 to March 2019

Map – Industry Clusters


Key Players in India


  • Delhi University
  • IIT’s
  • Delhi Public School
  • Vidya Bharati Schools
  • Educomp Solutions
  • NIIT Limited


  • Udemy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College
  • Yale University
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