Education in Local Languages with AI

By: Bank of Baroda
Fri Nov 20, 2020
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The first wave of edtech companies saw players focused on engaging students and young learners with memorable experiences through smartphones where English remained the major medium of instruction.

However, a large section of students, who were not comfortable with English, were left out due to language gap. Many startups have recognized that when a student in the remote village turns to one-to-one tuition at the click of his phone, the real edtech revolution would begin to unfold and thus offering solutions to fill this gap.

Gurugram-based Doubtnut focuses on mathematics because that appeared to be most doubt-ridden subject for students in Classes 6-9 as well as those preparing for IIT-JEE and other entrance tests. It uses complex AI, ML algorithms and image recognition technology to show video lessons in response to photos of text problems. Students have to upload a picture of the question on its app. The platform then crunches the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), matches it with pre-recorded content in its database and directs the user to a solution video.

Kochi based Entri is a local language learning app that provides different types of learning content like mock/adaptive tests, flashcards and video lessons in local languages for job aspirants. The app offers upskilling courses to help people excel at exams that would land them a job with state and federal governments. These courses are taught in the language in which they are most comfortable.

iChamp is a 100% free practise app catering to both students from classes 1 to 8 of both CBSE and ICSE curriculum. It offers Maths, English and Hindi challenges to students with rewards linked to performance in these challenges. The platform combines parameters likes gamification, competition, rewards/recognition and fun.

Learning Matters, Bengaluru-based startup, offers four products - the Star Teacher programme, the Star Teacher Tool Box, Tara (the cloud-based, NLP-powered virtual voice teacher) and Kengine, a curated library of learning videos from across the world, translated into Indian languages.

According to a report KPMG India, Indian language users have already overtaken the total number of English language users on the Internet in India. There were 175 million English speaking internet users and 234 million Indian language users in 2017. This has prompted many edtech startups to slowly expand to tier 2 and 3 cities to increase their audience.

Credits : Akhil Handa

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