PODCASTS | Leading into Tomorrow
In the seventh episode of EY's ‘Leading into Tomorrow’, Kait Borsay of Times Radio speaks to Dr. Amarendra Behera(Joint Director, Central Institute of Education & Technology, National Council of Education Research and Training, Ministry of Education, Government of India) Shabnam Sinha (Lead Education Specialist at the World Bank in India) and Shankar Maruwada (Co-founder and CEO of the EkStep Foundation) on the world’s largest digital education platform, DIKSHA, created by the Government Of India. DIKSHA is a digital public good which facilitates learning through digital technology, radio and TV, hosts 300,000 pieces of educational content in 30 languages and increases access to quality education for students and teachers. The DIKSHA initiative has been so successful that the World Bank is now seeking to embed this digital public good across a number of African countries to help them meet their education goals.
MEDIA | Economic Times
This is an excerpt of an article written by Rohini Nilekani published in the Economic Times op-ed on July 3, 2003.

With the successful implementation of Aadhaar, India has been able to evolve a model of public digital infrastructure, which is different from other parts of the world. There is a large body of student population probably of around 200mn that has no access and/ or affordability for the top-end EdTech products.


“Learning will go micro and will become just-in-time expertise to provide a product or service... Credentials will become data-driven and your work will become your resume, as the world moves to data-driven micro credentials,” said Nandan Nilekani, chairman of EkStep and non-executive chairman of Infosys.


“Today, 2.5 billion people have smartphones and they have options in terms of data, apps and capabilities. This has an impact on education too,” said Nandan Nilekani Chairman, “Digital unbundling leads every sector, including education, to go from mega to micro and creates new ways to mix and match.”


Educators need to prepare for a coming “education revolution” that will see learners breaking from traditional models to embrace shorter spurts of education throughout their lives, according to technology expert Shankar Maruwada. He predicted that learners will move toward shorter courses of education and lifelong learning.


CEO and Co-founder of the EkStep Foundation, Shankar Maruwada, explains how they’re leveraging technology, big data and mobile platforms to drive forward education at scale in India. The idea was to think big: they aimed for a big goal to reach 200 million children in India and improve their access to learning opportunities.


Tens of millions of children across the globe lack a basic primary education and are unable to exercise their full potential as citizens and participate as productive members of society. This is arguably one of the worst shortcomings of the human condition. We are addressing this problem of early childhood learning through the EkStep platform.