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2 Big Challenges of India – Healthcare and Education

Posted on Feb 06, 2018
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At a Panel Discussion in IIT E-Summit 2018, Founder and CEO of ReachIvy.com got into a conversation with Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, a renowned IVF specialist and Satya Narayan, CEO of Career Launcher.
What India Needs to Focus on to Improve These Big Sectors

What India Needs to Focus on to Improve These Big Sectors

At a Panel Discussion in IIT E-Summit 2018, Founder and CEO of ReachIvy.com got into a conversation with Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, a renowned IVF specialist and Satya Narayan, CEO of Career Launcher. Here are some takeaways from the discussion:

Vibha: What do you feel about the trend of students going for Coursera, MOOCs, online. Do you feel threatened? Or do you capitalize on this trend?

Satya: MOOCs provide a great opportunity for entrepreneurs. Technology can be beautifully used in education sector. Technology can be used for ultra-personalization is only possible with technology. To check on a student’s performance, I just login and see a students’ performance there. And 6 months before the GMAT or CAT exam, I can check on the student’s level of preparedness. Some of the first in the world innovations in education technology, they are ready to happen in India, and that gives us the confidence that there is a great future.

Vibha: Aniruddha, I’m sure you have also faced the same dilemma in the medical profession. Nowadays, people use the Internet to diagnose, and even treat diseases. Everyone uses Google as the proxy doctor. Is this an unhealthy trend or do you see benefits of treating an informed patient?
Aniruddha: I don’t think doctors are going to become obsolete because of technology. We want to build a trust between doctors and patients. We want patients to come educated, and doctors to create their own websites, so that doctors become trusted sources. This can actually enhance their trust.

“I don’t think doctors are going to become obsolete because of technology. We want to build a trust between doctors and patients.”


Takeaways from the Panel Discussion:

The panelist summarized to include the following thought provoking points about the challenges faced in India for healthcare and Education:
For Healthcare:
1.The Indian population is the reason that health concerns are resonating across the country, but these concerns have not been able to shake the policymakers. They pay little attention to emerging health threats, even the most virulent ones.
2.We need to increase spending on preventive care and encourage health check-ups, curb tobacco and alcohol, and promote physical activity.
3.Even today, a staggering 70% of the population that lives in rural areas has no or limited access to hospitals and clinics. In contrast, the urban centers have numerous private hospitals and clinics which provide quality healthcare. This gap needs to be bridged.

For Education:
1.Most of the parents in India are not willing to send their children to schools to attain basic education, as they are illiterate so they don’t know the value of education.
2.In schools and colleges, lots of attention is given to theory and books and practical knowledge is completely ignored. Practical knowledge and skill based education is still far away from the reach of students studying in schools, colleges and universities.

The ethnicity in India creates challenges to provide quality education. Also, children of poor families are forced to work. Illiterate adults have limited access to education. Education through MOOCs, online courses with the right platform is the way to go forward.

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