But does the Indian ecosystem have the infrastructure to support and provide cloud based e-learning solutions to the masses? The reality is that high bandwidth internet is only available in urban India while 70% of India suburban and rural have sub standard connections.
The question to ask here is that do these solutions address the masses? With internet penetration deepening but only still at a miserly 10%, the larger problem lies in taking the education to the wider cross section of the population. Understanding the nature of this ecosystem is very important and Suphalaam is possibly the only one of the organizations we encountered that addresses the problem of the masses.
Technology Solutions in Education for India
Suphalaam Technologies Private Limited designs cost-effective embedded system products that bring rich multimedia applications into the hands of consumers. Multimedia is a powerful agent in education and it is has been fully leveraged in their range of educational products.
Suphalaam is headed and co founded by Purushottam Mishra who is an IIT B aand ARM Aluminus and Mr. Arun Kumar, who has also ex-ARM. Together, they have led Suphalaam’s drive towards some innovative solutions in the technology eneabled educational products such as a hand held device which aids in preparations for competitive exams.
Their most recent product is a tablet based learning platform which aims to make quality learning resources from coaching institutes availible in a portable and interactive platform. In a conversation with Mr. Arun Kumar, co-founder of Suphalaam, we were introduced to the infrastructural shortcomings of India and how they have a stop-gap solution that overcomes it.
Tablet is the way forward; fully online solutions, not so much
“What won’t work currently for most parts of India are the fully online solutions; the ecosystem doesn’t support it. We cannot assume that everyone will have a high speed internet connection. We need specific solutions for India.”
Arun also believes that there is more scope for e-learning platforms than content based solutions as the former can fit into other people’s systems better.
Suphalaam has tied up with 4-5 key players in the coaching industry and are rapidly expanding the availability of their system in other parts of the country.
The secret, he revealed, lies in the independence of the system from the Internet. “We courier content to the users on mass storage devices and only require a low bandwidth connection for tests and assessments. This makes it easier to access content and is not limited by a transmission medium,” reveals Arun.