GenAI catches the fancy of Indian learners

New Delhi: Indians are in a rush to upskill themselves in generative artificial intelligence (genAI).

Someone in India enrolled in genAI content roughly every three minutes in 2023, according to a study on learner trends by Coursera, which provides online courses.

Searches for GenAI content on the internet grew fourfold in the country compared with the previous year.

The study was based on data from more than 22.2 million registered learners, Coursera said.

Raghav Gupta, managing director for India and APAC at Coursera, said: “The renewed focus on lifelong learning, tech and, human skills, and blended learning on campuses will be the key to employability in the AI-driven world.”

Amid the surge in interest, global universities and industry educators launched more than 35 genAI courses or projects in India.‘Generative AI for Everyone’, a course authored by AI pioneer Andrew Ng, became the fastest growing course in 2023 and had the second highest enrolment from Indian learners on Coursera.Gupta said: “The interest in genAI, leadership, tech and data skills not only reflects the learners’ thirst for cutting-edge knowledge but also their commitment to staying at the forefront of the digital revolution.”

The data from the study show that Indian learners are particularly keen on courses that provide high-demand technology and data science skills.

The second most popular course in India in 2023 was Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad’s ‘Leadership Skills’, which covers topics such as influence, authority, power dynamics, stress management and lessons from the Mahabharata.

The study shows that people are opting for courses that are part of entry-level professional certificate programmes. Half of the top courses in India, like Google’s ‘Foundation: Data, Data Everywhere’ and ‘Foundations of Project Management’ are part of such programmes.

These courses typically require no background, knowledge or college degree.

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