More than a year after Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched edX, their massive online education initiative, India has shown the second highest number of enrolments with more than 150,000 students from the country taking various courses on the online platform. Of the 1.2 million students on edX from all countries, 30% are from the US while 13% are from India.
EdX offers MOOCs or massive online open courses and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health and artificial intelligence. At present, there are 70 courses on edX.
“Engineering courses were in high demand initially and then subjects in public health became very popular with Indian students,” said Anant Agarwal, president, edX, and added that the courses that can be taken online now were available earlier only in the brick-and-mortar mode.
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