Published: 21st June 2020
Can you repeat that in Odia? Thanks to Clavictor Academy, you can ask your teachers that
Bhubaneswar-based Clavictor Academy ensures that all those plus two students struggling to adapt to English medium don't struggle anymore. Their app Clavimate has various ways to ensure this
Have you ever thought about how difficult it must be for those coming from Odia-medium schools when they join CHSE (Council of Higher Secondary Education) boards in educational institutions where the medium of instruction is English? Well, Tusar Kant Sahu and Suraj Nayak, who have 'been there, done that', certainly did. While the former studied (what?) at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla, the latter is pursuing his PhD from NIT Rourkela and they met through a mutual friend. Inspired by their own experiences, and a wee bit by the movie Super 30, they registered Clavictor Academy in August 2018. The start-up is supported by the Foundation for Technology & Business Incubation (FTBI) at NIT Rourkela.
The team | (Pic: Clavictor Academy)
The idea behind Clavictor Academy was that they make videos, wherein they teach concepts first in Odia and then in English. They are taking the help of first and second-year NIT Rourkela students who prepare the script for the 15-20-minute video and are guided by the research and development team every step of the way because they need to be acquainted with the curriculum and all that they are required to cover. After this, the video is recorded in the studio space that has been given to them by the institute. "Of course, we ensure that we screen the students we pick," says Tusar. The videos are interspersed with animation based on the content. Whether it's a diagram, a story or just points, their animation team of eight prepares it. After the students watch the videos, a doubt clearing session happens weekly on a WhatsApp-like platform and all this is facilitated on their app, Clavimate.
They ensure the recorded videos are kept interesting by asking questions from time to time, apart from using animation
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math and English are the subjects they cover and to deliver content on every subject, they have two to three teachers. "We have two things going for us. First is affordability and second is that we explain the content in Odia first," says the 24-year-old. This is why they have over 1,000 downloads (their app is available on Google Play Store) and, at present, have 500 students who use their platform. While a yearly subscription, which includes group discussions and JEE/NEET coaching apart from their regular content, costs `15,000, subscribing for the content required alone costs `7,500. The team has completed the first year syllabus and are halfway through with the second year syllabus. "We want to initiate videos for students of classes VIII, IX and X and work on JEE and NEET coaching too, which we intend to begin this September," concludes Tusar.
At work | (Pic: Clavictor Academy)
Reviews on Google Play Store
- Best and the only platform for regional-level online education videos
- Best app for Odia medium
- Really helpful for CHSE students and its affordable too
For more on them, check out facebook.com/clavimate