Trai’s attempts to stem the menace of spam calls and messages go back 15 years. In 2018, it finally implemented a blockchain-based system that was meant to be a silver bullet. Four years on, however, this silver bullet seems to have missed its target.
The American creative learning marketplace entered India earlier this year with a bank of over 30,000 pre-recorded online classes. It’s already partnering with popular Indian creators and offering attractive subscription prices. But the lack of live classes and interactions between users and teachers puts it at a disadvantage against Indian competitors.
As India’s apex body on technical education, AICTE was expected to promote the quality of technical education, but tight control and excessive red tape has stunted its growth. The government is working on a draft bill for a new regulatory body, but for technical institutions, it’ll just mean one invigilator in place of another.
LEAD wants to be the go-to brand for thousands of India’s private schools—where students pay Rs 1,000 or less as monthly fees—to go digital. In two years, it wants to double the number of schools it’s present in, but to get there, it has to tighten more than a few product screws.
India’s first open source unicorn, Hasura has shattered the notion that proprietary solutions are the sole path to building a billion-dollar business. However, while its open source base has helped it build a global community, getting them to buy into its commercial solutions—especially as contributors—won’t be easy.
For a long time, coding in edtech has been synonymous with WhiteHat Jr in India. A handful of smaller companies like CuriousJr, Coding Ninjas, StayQrious are trying to break through and they’re doing it by focussing on markets where accessibility to tech and coding is nearly non-existent. To succeed, they’ll need to recalibrate the very nature of coding edtech.
Amazon Academy has been discreetly building a foundation in India’s online test prep market since last January, with over one million registered users already. But even after onboarding reputed teachers and partnering with traditional coaching institutes, the venture seems to be missing some key ingredients.
Byju’s big bang entry into the public sector comes via a headline-making partnership with NITI Aayog that promises free educational resources. But without inputs from on-ground stakeholders, the programme is seeing a serious mismatch between Byju’s content offerings and the realities of a post-pandemic learning gap.