Published: 22nd September 2017
Online portal Vedantu ensures that students not only excel in studies but also fall in love with it
Now learning is getting real-easy for the students with Vedantu tutorial platform where teachers provide coaching over the internet
A question to all the school students out there. On an average, how many times do your parents ask you to switch off the computer and to stop spending time online? Don't answer that question. We've all been through that. But the next time, chances are they might not ask you these questions, or even better, they'd encourage you to go online.
Let us get that confused frown out of your face and talk about Vedantu. Online tutoring platforms are very common these days. Most of them would probably burn a hole in your pocket, but not Vedantu. With one-on-one and group sessions online, this portal ensures that students from classes VI to XII not only excel in Mathematics and Science, but also fall in love with these subjects.
Now they have one more reason to make you like them - The International Student League (ISL). An online mathematics test, the winners get to go home with some amazing prizes and some may not be going home, but will travel to the Oxford University, UK or to CERN, Switzerland for a two to four-week-long premium internship programme.
Ahead of the contest, we catch up with Saurabh Saxena, Co-founder and Head of Academics, Vedantu. He had to tell us a lot about his venture and was obviously excited about the upcoming contest. "This is the second edition of ISL. This time, we wanted the contest to happen in the middle of the academic year, so that more students could take part," he says.
The contest is open to all children from classes III to XII. While the older ones get to go the UK and Switzerland, the younger ones too can't complain. Their prizes vary from drones to VR headsets.
Our story dates back to 2006 where we found a company called Lakshya, a chain of learning centres in North India. We've been teachers who'd taught more than 2,000 students. To reach out to more students, offline wasn't the way to go. So we thought of creating an online platform that would provide more access to great teachers to each and every household.
Saurabh Saxena, Co-founder of Vedantu
Initially, it was really difficult for them to bring potential students to the portal. Everyone thought it was easier to study online. Saurabh interestingly compares it with a customer's behaviour shift to online shopping.
"Here in Vedantu, we're asking students to not go to their regular classes. People didn't know that learning happens online. We give them a trial session first. Students can see what happens online. The kind of teachers that they get in Vedantu are much better. But the main challenge is engaging them in a trial session," he says.
Till date, Vedantu has had over 48,500 registered students and 580+ teachers on its platform. Their first venture in education, Lakshya, was founded in 2006 which later got acquired by a listed company called MT Educare (Mahesh Tutorials) in 2012. As part of Lakshya the founders taught and mentored more than 10,000 students and trained more than 200 teacher
As time passed, they were able to overcome these challenges. The cost is one big reason. The other is the kind of innovative programme that they introduced for the students. "We have structured programmes right from Grade VI to XII where they can learn with us throughout the year.
In the foundation programme that goes on from April to February, their entire syllabus is covered. We improve their basics and give them extra worksheets. So apart from coaching them to score good grades, they have a better understanding of the subject.We ensure that the students' mathematics and science knowledge is strong and they start loving the subjects," he says.