Budget Commentary by Nikhil Sinha, Chief Business Officer, Coursera

Budget Commentary by Nikhil Sinha

“The focus on learning outcomes and a new innovation fund are good initiatives to improve school education, but it would have been nice to see concrete steps to improve school infrastructure and teacher training, which are basic needs in the sector. In higher education, the Budget focuses on much needed and long overdue regulatory reforms with a promise of changes in the UGC, a revised framework for output based accreditation and greater autonomy for high quality institutions. It’s also encouraging to see the continued expansion of SWAYAM.

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But online education is an important component of the country’s ability to expand higher education and SWAYAM alone won’t be the answer to making high quality education widely available. The Government also needs to reduce the regulatory hurdles for good quality private online education providers, both domestic and international. With the SANKALP and STRIVE programs, the Government continues its emphasis on skill development. However, skill development needs to go hand-in-hand with job creation and the Government needs to focus on increasing employment in the formal sector. Overall, the budget moves the education and skills sectors in the right direction but execution and the allocation of funds will, as always, determine whether we see real impact on the ground”

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Nikhil Sinha is the Chief Business Officer at Coursera. In this role, he leads Coursera’s enterprise, online degrees, and professional certificates businesses as well as the Company’s corporate and content strategy. Prior to joining Coursera, Dr. Sinha was the founding Vice Chancellor of the Shiv Nadar University from April 2011 to January 2016. Dr. Sinha is a leading international expert on the information and communication technology industries and has extensive experience as an academician and corporate executive. In his academic career, Dr. Sinha served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas from 2002 to 2005 and a faculty member at the University from 1991 to 1999. Outside the academy, Dr. Sinha’s professional career has spanned over 30 years serving senior positions in several organizations.

Dr. Sinha began his professional life in the Government of India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in 1983. Dr. Sinha serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is Non-executive Chairman of the Board of HCL Infosystems and a Director of Silverskills Pvt. Ltd.

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