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April 1, 2022
Cloud computing has the power to transform education landscape
Bhavesh Goswami, the CEO & Founder of CloudThat, spoke with Digital Learning magazine about the transformative power of cloud computing in the education landscape.
Goswami’s journey to founding CloudThat began after working with tech giants like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft in the US. In 2012, he returned to India with a vision to foster a robust cloud landscape by providing training to individuals and corporations. This vision materialized as CloudThat, which has trained over 400,000 professionals on Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud platforms. CloudThat’s commitment to excellence has led to strategic partnerships with key cloud players, including becoming a Microsoft Gold Partner, AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, AWS Authorized Training Partner, Google Cloud Partner, and recently, a VMware Authorized Training Reseller.
Cloud computing has fundamentally transformed the education landscape in India. Traditional brick-and-mortar educational institutions have shifted to technology-enabled virtual learning platforms. The COVID-19 pandemic expedited this shift, driving the adoption of online schooling and e-learning. Notable educational applications like G-Suite for Education, Office 365 Education, Moodle Cloud, Blackboard, Naviance, and others have empowered collaboration and flexibility within classrooms.
Several benefits have emerged through cloud adoption in education, including:
Access to Digital Content: Lower-income students benefit as expensive textbooks are no longer required.
Reduced Hardware and Software Costs: Expensive hardware and software investments are no longer necessary, and cloud technologies like WhatsApp-based classrooms have gained popularity.
Enhanced Data Security: Cloud solutions ensure the security of study materials, student data, academic records, and administrative documents.
The potential for cloud computing to bring substantial change to the Indian education ecosystem is significant. It can address the prevalent issue of rote learning in the system and shift the focus towards problem-solving and analytical skills development. Notably, technology like CloudThat’s training on niche technologies like Azure, AWS, GCP, VMware clouds, DevOps, AI/ML, Big Data, and IoT is accessible to students from even the remotest areas of the nation, promoting inclusivity.
The future of digital transformation in education appears promising. Key factors driving this transformation include student success, student-centric delivery, affordability, campus security, digital integration, and the establishment of a robust IT foundation. Students are now learning in collaborative, interactive environments, and teachers are adopting technology tools to enhance their teaching methods.
The future of education is set to be more inclusive, efficient, and adaptive to the evolving needs of students and educators, with cloud computing playing a central role in this transformation.