Statements like ‘In these testing times…’ or ‘Its been three months since lockdown’have become very cliche and aren’t appealing anymore. Instead statements like ‘We’ve to live with Corona’ or ‘We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails’ are setting the trend now. After all, it's the basic characteristic of humans to adapt with surroundings.People have now really begun to explore the online version of everything. The biggest proof of this being the Ed-Tech industry.

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If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking"

by R. Buckminister Fuller

Thinking on the same lines of this quote, schools, colleges, and many startups in India have taken various steps to overcome the limitations put by lockdown and provide education to various categories of students. Since the first lockdown, there has been an astonishing growth in the use of online mediums and e-learning platforms for education. Be it school kids, under-grad students, or competitive exam aspirants, everyone is using various apps and websites. Many schools have begun their ‘e-classes’, where kids attend live lectures and soft copies of study material are also provided to students. The concept sounds simple theoretically but is very hard to manage on the ground level. And yet many schools have proved their metal by successfully executing this. Coming to competitive exams and college students, the valuable contribution of startups of the Ed-Tech sector cannot be ignored. All of them have seen a steep increase in no. of users during the lockdown upon making some changes in their strategies.

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When BYJU’s (India’s earliest and most valued Ed-Tech startup) decided to offer its content for free during the lockdown period, 7.5 million new users were registered on this app and the revenue collected in the month of April alone was Rs. 350 crores. BYJU’s has recently introduced a ‘Live Classes’ feature which replicates a classroom-like environment to a large extent and is different from the regular pre-recorded videos. Also, students have to attend the scheduled classes periodically, just like schools.

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When BYJU’s (India’s earliest and most valued Ed-Tech startup) decided to offer its content for free during the lockdown period, 7.5 million new users were registered on this app and the revenue collected in the month of April alone was Rs. 350 crores. BYJU’s has recently introduced a ‘Live Classes’ feature which replicates a classroom-like environment to a large extent and is different from the regular pre-recorded videos. Also, students have to attend the scheduled classes periodically, just like schools.

Vedantu being another startup that gave free access to all of its content, crossed a watch time of 1 billion minutes for its videos. Toppr, a startup that offers reference material, videos, practice question papers, solutions, etc. for various entrance exams like JEE, NEET, BITSAT has given free access to all its live classes for classes 5-12. Other startups like Unacademy, Board Infinity also witnessed an increase in revenue like never before.

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The lockdown has been an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to study various courses relevant to their curriculum. Here too, startups have played an essential role. Coursera, a very popular platform for e-learning, which partners with various colleges and universities saw an increase of 173% in registrations in March itself. There has been a whopping increase of 875% in enrollment of public health content. Great Learning is another such startup, whose annual revenue increased to Rs.325 crores by offering content in fields like Data Science, ML, AI, cloud computing, digital business, etc.

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The lockdown has been an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to study various courses relevant to their curriculum. Here too, startups have played an essential role. Coursera, a very popular platform for e-learning, which partners with various colleges and universities saw an increase of 173% in registrations in March itself. There has been a whopping increase of 875% in enrollment of public health content. Great Learning is another such startup, whose annual revenue increased to Rs.325 crores by offering content in fields like Data Science, ML, AI, cloud computing, digital business, etc.

These numbers speak for themselves, but coming to the conclusion, COVID19 has affected the Ed-Tech sector greatly. Also, there is a big change in people’s point of view towards e-learning. As mentioned earlier, people have begun adjusting to the situation and they’re finding solutions to overcome the limitations put by the lockdown. By now, most of us have gained the ability to patiently watch the videos for hours and enlighten ourselves. The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding, it doesn’t matter how we obtain it. So let's learn and learn in every way possible.


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