"Our education system is Outdated','We need more IIT's and IIM's", "Engineering Graduates are not unemployable."
We have been hearing these kinds of phrases a lot from people around us for the past two decades, but nothing has significantly changed in the system. Then, How do you think a country like India, which has 1.3 billion people, with 50 percent of its population below 25 years of age, would have survived this broken system? Have you given a thought about it? We have, and a five-year journey helped us to discover the answer too.
I founded TeachEdison in 2015 with Neeraj and Siva. All of us were leading comfortable lives. Thanks to our Alma Mater, which helped us procure jobs from campuses. But, something was missing, typical schedules and the lack of satisfaction. I had a great admiration for MOOCs and strongly believed online education is going to disrupt the industry. Rather than witnessing, I wanted to be a part of it, use the opportunity to create a more significant impact in the space, when shared it with my Co-Founders, they were equally excited. They kickstarted our journey of solving the quality education problem.
TeachEdison’s mission is to provide quality education by finding and connecting the best teachers with learners.
We took the online curated marketplace route, but the progress was slow and capital intensive. While pondering over how we could create a faster impact, we met a training business owner in late 2017. A reluctant meeting turned out promising when the director of the training company invited us to collaborate with him and solve his business problems with Technology. As we started approaching more Training As A Business Owners, the issues were similar. We quickly pivoted and began consulting for this market. As we got deeper, We understood that the Individual tutors and private academies market play a very crucial function ( Comparable to the position of the informal sector in the Indian economy) in the education market.
The Biggest realization – From the kindergarten age till our employment, one thing has never changed – Tuitions.
We all go to schools, colleges as a part of the system, but the actual learning happened outside the system. Be it school exams, competitive exams, entrance tests, even after our engineering; there is a whole lot of people rely on these private coaching centers for bridging the gap between academics and industries.
The four years of formal education would haven’t given a job, but a 4-month training in Ameerpet or BTM Layout would definitely help you land a career in the industry. There are multiple approaches to solving the quality education problem. While a few EdTech companies took it upon themselves to solve this by providing Online Apps with Digital Content and Virtual Mentorship, TeachEdison took the alternative.
We decided to empower the millions of subject experts, tutors, training institutes with Technology.
By providing them with the right set of tools to have their own Website, App, CRM, Marketing Automation, Learning Management System, Manage Operations, and all the other tools, one needs to set up a successful Online Training Business.
We aspire to empower millions of teachers who, in turn, can impact billions of people’s lives. It’s better to teach a man how to fish than feed him for a day.