eVidyaloka: Digital Classrooms for Underprivileged

Abstract

eVidyaloka, founded by a techie and a Chartered Accountant who quit their promising careers to follow their heart, aims to disseminate education to the poorest of the poor of the Indian society. For a country with a population of 1.2 billion, where 1 out of 4 people is under the age of 14, the future depends highly on its ability to provide quality education to this young generation. The crisis in education sector ranges from resource crunch to quality of teaching itself. Venkat and Satish, the founders of eVidyaloka, created a model that would connect passionate volunteer-teachers across the world through live, interactive online classes for rural children via the digital classroom setups in the village schools. They are using cutting edge digital learning platform to bridge the gap between supply and demand of quality education in rural India. Digital Interactive learning techniques, that were previously available only to the privileged, were taken to the other end of the spectrum. Venkat and Satish are the torchbearers in this journey. eVidyaloka stakeholders included not just the students and the volunteer-teachers but also the school authorities, local government, local NGOs and many other well-wishers and volunteers who work to put together a platform to enable this form of learning.  However, off late eVidyaloka is struggling to maintain its initial momentum.

AuthorsAtul Kumar Singh, Vanishree Sattiraju
InstitutionXLRI Jamshedpur, India
Competition Year2017
PlaceRunner Up
TrackSustainable Entrepreneurship
Key WordsCSR, Socially Responsible Investing, Environmental Performance, Social Performance
CoursesSustainable Finance, Strategic Management, Finance, Business Sustainability, Business and Society, or Environmental Entrepreneurship
Target AudienceMBAs, Undergraduates
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posted June 19, 2017

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