Explained: the impact of 5G on the education sector in India

By Dr Amit Bhalla,

The introduction of fifth generation wireless cellular technology in India by PM Modi aims to take the country and its economy to new heights with significant developments. Although the long-awaited network has been launched in India, it is yet to roll out nationwide. Under a graduated approach, 5G connectivity will initially only be available for a few states. By the end of 2022, only about 75% of India’s population is expected to have access to this faster broadband service. This 5G technology is going to influence India’s vital sectors including education.

The digital university was founded

“Now we are considering a digital university. We opt for virtual laboratories. We go for virtual teachers. In all areas, if we develop quality content and presentable content, how do we send it to every nook and corner of the country? 5G will be the primary means of reaching the unreachable,” said Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.

The education front will be impacted end-to-end by fifth-generation mobile networks. It will improve instructional efficiency, understanding efficiency, and campus operations efficiency by providing uninterrupted coverage, better speed, low network latency, and more stable communications.

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Better opportunities will be made possible by the integration of 5G, which will help raise the general level of education.

5G and education

The transformational effects of 5G technology extend beyond the manufacturing, transportation and healthcare industries. It will enhance the quality of education by creating a myriad of learning opportunities.

Smarter classrooms

5G is sure to make Indian classrooms smarter than before. The school will be digitally prepared to deliver education anywhere in a faster way, enabling new teaching and learning methods such as wider distribution, seamless recording, easier accessibility and interactive experiences. , leading to enhanced focus, effective problem solving, and real-time feedback. (RTF), etc

Transparent distribution of information in all spaces

Experimental or demonstration sessions in class will no longer suffer from geographical constraints. Thanks to the excessive speed of the 5G network, the dissemination of information across a larger group of students and between multiple tutors will now be achievable without difficulty, regardless of where they are.

Reduced administrative burden

Educators are increasingly merging traditional teaching methods with graphic, audio/video and online aids to enhance learning. This strategy keeps students interested while giving educators access to top-notch materials to complement their courses. 5G-enabled IoT devices will significantly reduce the administrative workload for educators. They will be better able to employ technology in the classroom and focus more on the unique needs of each student.


5G may change the one-size-fits-all approach typically used for education. Developing intelligent systems that can recognize each student’s unique needs and design specialized learning paths will make learning more personalized. Availability as well as access to various sets of courses and exams depending on what the learner is looking for or requires can be achieved through 5G.

Improved AR and VR experiences

The use of augmented reality and virtual reality in lessons is beneficial for those who prefer to develop skills by being able to visualize abstract subjects. With 5G-enabled AR/VR tools, students will benefit from a smoother user experience with increased network capacity as well as the ability to bring tangible forms of learning into the classroom using conventional teleconferencing systems.

The need to address educational disparities had been exacerbated by COVID-19, and now game-changing solutions can be accelerated by 5G. India’s education system is poised for a sea change with 5G, just like many other industries. It will enable millions of disconnected students to learn through reliable high-speed connectivity, ushering in a revolution in educational practices that will improve student learning outcomes for a better future for the country.

(The author is Vice President of Educational Institutions Manav Rachna. Opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of FinancialExpress.com.)

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