Published: 15th May 2018
Here's how Robolab Technologies is taking robotics to India's young masses
Incubated at COEP, Robolab Technologies designs robotics kits and experimental manuals that can take a generation of high-schoolers to the future
Robolab Technologies is your very own centre of excellence in Robotics, Automation and IoT that offers students training courses in line with the latest curricula and industry requirements. Started by graduates of the College of Engineering, Pune, (COEP) Robolab Technologies was incubated by BHAU Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. “This company came into existence as an attempt to transform the educational facilities in the country and to provide an innovation platform to the students to show their skills and to create employment for the youth. Instead of taking up jobs, we chose to start a company. Having worked in the Robotics field for four years of our engineering course and being associated with the Robotics and Automation laboratory — Robot Study Circle — Robolab Technologies was bound to happen,” says Amol Gulhane, MD and CEO.
Amol and his partner worked out the business model and plan for Robolab in May 2013. Initially, they’d set up a lab at Guru Nanak Institutions in Hyderabad, which gave them the necessary momentum and since then, there has been no looking back. Currently, Robolab is working with nearly 50 institutions spread across different states. They are also associated with the research and development think tank of the Indian Army and provide technical solutions, “The Indian Army’s think tank handles the strategy and technical aspects of their missions, be it surgical strikes or training of their cadets. We provide them with our technical expertise for the simulators,” he explains.
Dream Team: Currently, Robolab Technologies has 18 team members. They want to expand to 100 by 2020
Robotics for the young soul
With so many educational institutions coming into existence every day, the quest for providing quality education to students is constant. Robolab’s service provides this technical edge to institutes. “India has nearly 3,500 engineering colleges and out of them, not even 1 per cent, that is, 35 have well-established robotics laboratories. The market size is very large. There are nearly 200,000 high schools in India that are privately operated. Our Robolab model for schools is economical and attractive as we provide curricular material. K12 schools with CBSE and ICSE curriculum are our focus as they are open and receptive to new and competitive technologies,” he adds.
Comprehensive teaching work
An extensive training session spread over two weeks is where the magic happens. “We walk that extra mile to make sure our customers are satisfied with our services. We keep researching so that clients can get the best value for their money and have a remarkable experience. Our motto is to provide customers with the service, along with our products and a personal touch by each member associated with the lab through our flagship training,” says Amol adding, “We don’t conduct one or two-day workshops as it doesn’t benefit the students in terms of knowledge and exposure.”
Robolab is changing the way India learns about technology. It is enhancing the skills and capabilities of the youth irrespective of whether they want to be job seekers or job creators
Amol Gulhane, MD and CEO, Robolab Technologies
Taught in motion
Through app-based online teaching, Robolab will be reaching all those students who don’t have access to a physical facility. “Recently, the government has pushed for Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) in schools, which are entirely government-funded. While interacting with school children we were surprised to find that they were quite aware of the latest technology available. We are already in contact with the selected schools for the ATL establishment at their campus,” he adds. The company uses industry experts to train students through the app, which is a great edge. Currently, the team consists of 18 members, but they hope to be a team of at least 100 by 2020.
For more, visit: www.robolab.in