Bengaluru tops online learning in India: Coursera

Computer science and data science courses are more popular in the country than in any of the other ten highest enrollment countries on the website.

PTI| Updated: May 02, 2016, 19:44 PM IST

New Delhi: India is the third largest online learning market globally after the US and China, according to online learning site Coursera, whose recent analysis found hi-tech city Bengaluru with the maximum number of registered learners in the country

Out of Coursera's 18 million registered learners, 1.3 million are from India with top registered learners hailing from Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad, the website said today.

Driven by the vast interest coming from Bengaluru, technology hub, nearly half of enrollments in the country are in technology courses such as computer science (25 per cent) and data science (18 per cent).

Computer science and data science courses are more popular in the country than in any of the other ten highest enrollment countries on the website.

The data reveals that an increasing interest in flexible, career-relevant online courses resulted in a considerable spike in new registrations of 70 per cent over the past 12 months in the country.

"The most active online learners in India are entrepreneurial, young professionals in their 20s and 30s who are laser focused on gaining the technical skills that are sought after by India's top employers," Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera said in a statement.

The analysis has revealed that 21 per cent of learners access their course material on their mobile phones and the proportion of male learners are 76 per cent while female learners comprise 24 per cent.

The peak time for learning has been shown to be around 4 pm.