Why corporate learning and development in India is poised for big transformation?

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“The mark of an innovative company is not only that it comes up with new ideas first, but also that it knows how to leapfrog when it finds itself behind”. – Steve Jobs

Corporate learning and development in India is poised to undergo a big transformation. Let me support this statement with some statistics. India has a population of more than 1.3 billion out of which 65% are below the age of 35. It is expected that, by 2020, average age of Indians will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan.

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This evidently concludes that India is a country of young nationals, now let’s look at the current scenario where businesses are becoming more and more competitive, automation is taking away jobs; therefore, continuous upskilling is becoming the need of the hour and essential to sustain.

To meet the continuous upskilling requirement, the Learning and Development (L&D) function has to be cutting-edge and equipped with the latest technologies. However, the L&D function at the vast majority of corporates in India is still at the initial stage of learning evolution.

Let’s look at the picture below on the evolution of corporate learning:

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In India, majority of the corporates are still relying on Instructor-led training and trying to get materials online. Having said that transformations are now taking place in the L&D functions.

The way India leapfrogged from no phone connections to mobiles phones with 4G connectivity. Similar is the case for corporate L&D.

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Corporates are now asking for game-based, mobile responsive learning. The Learning Management Systems (LMS) are cloud-based and support social and game based learning. The LMSs are also integrated with HR and Business applications.

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I look forward to knowing your thoughts/comments on the future of corporate L&D in India.