Sunday, November 29, 2009

India offers lessons for the world - The National Newspaper

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    • Ms Ajay is employed with Tutorvista, a US$38 million (Dh139.5m) outsourcing firm based in Bangalore, which was launched three-and-a-half years ago.

      The company offers personalised coaching online to 20,000 students, from undergraduates to elementary school students, most of them in the US.

      India has in recent years emerged as a lucrative outsourcing hub, offering low costs and a large pool of educated talent.

      The business of remote tutoring, or hiring a qualified tutor over the internet, had an estimated worth of $250m in 2006 and is expected to be worth $2 billion by 2015, a 2007 study by the global knowledge firm Evalueserve shows.

    • Remote tutoring has opened up a world of opportunities for India’s well qualified teachers, especially for those in rural and remote towns, where job opportunities are scarce. Twenty per cent of its tutors are PhD holders and 60 per cent hold master’s degrees. Many of them are retired civil servants and housewives looking to earn some extra cash.
    • The teachers, who earn between 8,000 rupees (Dh629) and 20,000 rupees a month based on assignment and qualifications, are only expected to know English, have knowledge about their subject and own a computer.

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