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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/227
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best Open and Distance Learning Practices in Higher Education
Project Name : EduriteONE

Details of Applicant
Name : Preethi Frederick
Address : 10, 3rd Main, Ashwini Layout, Intermediate Ring Road, Ejipura, Koramangala
City : Bangalore
State : Karnataka
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 560 047

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : Pearson Education Services Pvt Ltd
Address : 10, 3rd Main, Ashwini Layout, Intermediate Ring Road, Ejipura, Koramangala,,
City : Bangalore
State : Karnataka
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 560 047
Name of the head of Organisation : Meena Ganesh

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
The EduriteONE programme makes high-quality entrance exam coaching accessible and affordable to everyone irrespective of location, by utilising the latest VSAT technology platform, which enables live classrooms by the best faculty and two-way audio/video interaction. The programme brings together the latest technology, best faculty and comprehensive study materials to schools with the aim of maximising students’ performance in State and National-level Engineering and Medical Entrance Exams, thus enhancing the school’s reputation considerably.

Why was the project started :
We, at Pearson Education Services, felt that the divide between the urban and rural students in terms of opportunities and entrance exam preparedness was very vast. We felt the need for a solution which would level this gap and provide equal opportunities to all irrespective of their location.

Objective :
To provide equal opportunities to all students across India, irrespective of their location
Target group :Students from rural and lesser privileged areas of India
Geographical reach : Pan India
Date from which the project became operational :
Day Month 2010
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1. Two-way interactive VSAT platform
  2. Classes by expert faculty beamed from studios in Bangalore and other cities
  3. Comprehensive study material, tests and assignments
  4. Full access to online multimedia content
  5. Power backup and 24×7 support ensuring a high percentage uptime with central and local manpower support
  6. 24×7 online help, in addition to e-mail and end-of-session doubt clearing facilities
  7. Provision for class sessions to be viewed by students at any time
  8. Centralised monitoring system to track class sessions and student feedback
  9. 24×7 online access for parents to check their child’s progress
  10. Programme is delivered from the premises of the school

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1. Making high quality expert teachers accessible to students across the country
  2. Connecting multiple profile schools and facilitating sharing among the students
  3. Providing expert coaching to the remotest part of the country
  4. Pricing at a very affordable range to facilitate enrolling of all profiles of schools
  5. Providing a stable interactive audio video experience

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative

  1. Students of varied profiles had to be addressed in the same session. This was overcome by proper selection of faculty and training
  2. Lack of proper grid power in rural areas overcome by providing alternate arrangement through UPS and solar support
  3. Convincing the efficacy of remote teaching at the school level; this was overcome by creating interactive sessions and live recorded sessions
  4. Per student affordability; this was overcome by flexible pricing model to enable large student base participation

List the 5 points how can the prgramme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. VSAT technology as a model is very replicable and can be easily used by various organisations/ institutions

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. A single VSAT feed can be shared across a large number of schools enabling very rapid expansion
  2. The cost of adding new school reduces considerably with volume thereby giving the organisation the flexibility to price aggressively
  3. Stability of satellite technology platform and usability across various geographic terrains ensures feasibility for implementation
  4. Compared to usage of internet broadband connection in India, VSAT technology is a far ore robust and proven delivery method

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