Holding a crucial place in global education industry, India has more than 2 million schools (government, public and private) that educate more than 300 million students (Source: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation). India is the second largest market for e-learning after the US, which is currently pegged at $2.5 billion, and is expected to touch $6 billion by 2020.
The Government of India is also aiming to raise the current Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) to 100 percent by 2030. These initiatives are likely to help the education sector of India to boost at a rapid growth rate. The above stated factors inspired Elets and digitalLEARNING Magazine to conduct a comprehensive “Top Schools of India Ranking 2020”. This is the eighth consecutive year for which the ranking will be released. Covering the schools spread across the length and breadth of the country, the Top Schools of India Ranking will help the parents in making an informed choice about the school where they can get their ward enrolled, looking beyond the barriers of demography. Besides, it will also help the schools in understanding their current withstanding and improve where they are lagging behind.a
Goodwill and Legacy
Apart from academic information and skills, a good school also aims to serve a number of purposes from building confidence to inculcating a habit of believing in teamwork and achieving big success in coordination with others. School faculty and the team play a prominent role in building the base foundation of a child. So, it is very important to pivot on the goodwill of a school and the way they cater to its students.
Along with that, a school works really hard around the clock to establish a legacy and build an institution that takes care of students’ growth path. We consider goodwill and legacy as major components to measure the success of your performance.
National Education Policy is playing a very important role in innovating and taking a leap towards evolving curriculum. The NEP is based on the four pillars of Access, Equality, Quality and Accountability. There will be a 5+3+3+4 structure which comprises 12 years of school and 3 years of Anganwadi/ pre school replacing the old 10+2 structure. It is in a way giving a major revamp to the school education segment.
With such a major reconstruction and development that is happening around, it is very important that you adopt to the changing scenario and use it to the best for your schools.
Educating in COVID era
COVID struck the world and every sector in a most unprecedented way. Though the education industry rises out of the ash and managed to perform best of its capability during the pandemic time.
Depending on the various school infrastructure, demographic domains and various other factors, different schools performed in varied ways during covid. Pandemic was the crisis and performing well in a crisis should be a major parameter to measure your performance.
Social Footprints and Online Presence
With almost every sphere of technology being influenced or linked to the web world, every institution’s online presence has acquired immense significance. Hence, making it possible to assess what makes a school important in the eyes of its visitors or prospective clients, the schools’ websites have acquired immense significance. Today, almost all big players have a huge online presence. We are surviving in an era where we search for everything on Google first; parents also do the same when the time comes to send their children to school.
Talking of Social Media, it helps to develop networks of students and teachers. The online presence of any school helps it to strengthen connectivity without any limitations on proximity. Students can also use these platforms to connect with various educational institutes as these institutes constantly communicate through social media channels promoting and sharing relevant information from student’s point of view.
Technology Adoption & Smart Infrastructure
In the face of the pandemic, the Indian education system has recently recognised the importance of technology adoption. When the lockdown forced the closure of physical classrooms, schools turned to technology-enabled solutions for conducting virtual classes, which has aided in the rapid growth of the edtech sector.
One of the yardsticks we used to evaluate how one school has an advantage over others in the industry is ‘Technology Adoption & Smart Infrastructure.
However, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Personalised Professional Learning, and Robust Infrastructure can be used to define Technology Adoption & Smart Infrastructure or Schools.
Building Future Leaders
Education supports teachers in developing future leaders. We cannot have a shortage of leaders for a thriving economy. Students learn life lessons that help them to comprehend the world and fundamental concepts. It also encourages students to improve their communication, creativity, and innovation skills.
Building Future Leaders is one of the critical parameters considered in the ‘Ranking of schools in India’ because leaders require education so that they can demonstrate what they have learned at work. Whether the leader wants to run a business or lead a department makes no difference. Life lessons delivered in real and online program curricula by an organised and thorough teacher make all the difference.
Academic Exellence & Outcomes
The Top Schools of India ranking by Digital Learning magazine included “Academic Exellence & Outcomes” as a parameter to recognise the efforts of schools that use best practices for overall student development.
Holistic education is a methodological paradigm shift that prepares students to face any real-life challenges. Learning about oneself, developing healthy relationships and positive social behavior, social and emotional development, resilience, and the ability to view beauty, experience transcendence, and truth are the most important theories underlying holistic education. Furthermore, the criteria used to select materials, outline content, develop instructional procedures, and prepare tests and examinations are known as educational outcomes. Educational outcomes must be learner-centered rather than educator-centered. The actual number of educational outcomes will differ from one program to the next.
Outstanding and Tech-savvy Faculty
We believe that ‘Outstanding and Tech-savvy Faculty has been one of the most important parameters used in determining the ranking of schools in India.
Tech-savvy educators foster a positive environment in which students enjoy learning. Teacher technology training bridges the technological divide between students and teachers and is critical to the success of e-learning in the classroom.