Growing up digital — navigating the world of ed-tech

At the International Village School in Chennai, students pick up agricultural skills from a tech-enabled aquaponic system. Founder Chairman Rajesh Shankar lists some of the technology that has the classroom hooked: sensors to monitor water levels and trigger motors, custom- programmed boards to sequentially water the plants, the list goes on. Meanwhile, Bengaluru-based Amar and Mrunal Deshpande, a husband-and-wife duo who have a story-based podcast for children, are relying on simpler, everyday technology to disseminate their audio stories in rural Indian villages. “We plan to do this via tools like WhatsApp —…

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How India’s ed-tech sector can grow and the challenges it must overcome

The Indian education system is often the subject of debate over outdated curriculum, rote learning, rising cost, poor quality of teachers and lack of infrastructure. On the positive side, our country boasts of world-class institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University. We are also one of the largest and oldest education systems in the world. Formal education in India is still based on a traditional model or brick-and-mortar classes. Students have to attend schools and…

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