Policy to regulate edtech platforms on the anvil

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The central government is working on a policy to regulate edtech platforms, which have entered the academic space in a big way during the pandemic. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan made the announcement during an online All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) event, where regional language technical education books and free online course coupons for students from economically weaker sections were launched.

Pradhan spoke about related policy issues as well, one of them is edtech or education technology, which has dominated the Indian education system given the hybrid nature of learning ever since Covid-19 struck. “We have found that some edtech companies are exploiting students in the name of loan-based courses… The companies are welcome to do business in India but they cannot exploit students,” said Pradhan.

“I have asked all departments to issue strict advisories in this regard. We are also talking to the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology as well as the law department about how we can have a common policy on edtech platforms in India,” the minister further said.

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