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Two recent reports in the Financial Times and Nature say that India is emerging as one of the biggest markets for what have come to be known as massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Indian students are the second biggest group in two MOOCs initiatives, edX and Coursera.

Online education is the wave of the future. It may not necessarily replace classroom teaching in all cases, but it does offer a wider range of education options for students.

One possible reason Indian students have taken to online courses with such enthusiasm is that the Indian university education system is, with some exceptions, broken.

Our education policy is obsessively focused on the supply side—setting up more universities and institutes rather than trying to fix the problem of teaching quality. The Right to Education law is a stellar example of wrong priorities.

Online courses now offer Indian students an escape from mediocrity.

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