At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing for a 'Digital India', IIT Kharagpur is working towards helping start-ups to weave their businesses around the concept.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit '2017 at IIT Kharagpur opened up a new area for the start-ups to explore - 'Edupreneurship' (entrepreneurial venture targeting the education segment) by using the resources of National Digital Library (NDL), the open-to-all repository of huge volume of digitized educational contents of the country.
By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world.Andaccording to FICCI 2013 report to cater to the knowledge building of this young population India will need six universities and 270 colleges each month for the next 20-years! "No doubt the sector is going through rapid growth and would have a great demand to help the students and all other stake holders," said Prof. P. K. Dan, of Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship.
Edupreneurship the KGP is way is not about opening a tutorial home or a not for profit organising promoting education through a mobile app. But the initiative should be targeted towards helping the nation cater to the educating the masses and skill building for the Indian population.
"It is true that we can Google any information today but NDL can fetch resources according to your educational need" pointed out Prof. Partha Pratim Das of Computer Science and Engineering, who is leading NDL project of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The NDL project is directly monitored by The Prime Minister's Office.
Explaining how the startups can use NDL, which is now the store house of knowledge from primary class to doctoral degree, Prof. Das stated that apps, services and platform scan be built not only to help students, teachers and parents but also for the school, university and college management.
The Edupreneurship session showcased areas where start-ups can work on. Some of the interesting areas highlighted were - creating platform to connect teachers and students, LinkedIn type platform for teachers, content sharing platform, content curating and segregation. Also showcased was the idea of coming up with a Zomato like portal for searching schools or pre-schools, build game based learning platform, e-commerce for school accessories, communication channel between school and parents and use of technology to simplify internal administration process of schools.
"Start-ups can use NDL resources, which are free to access. Once the product is up and running the start-ups will have to give NDL usage based royalty. NDL too would showcase the start up in its website as content sharing partners, thereby giving them mileage," explained Dr. Das.