Educomp to invest Rs 125 crore to set up over 500 tutorial centres

Education services provider Educomp Solutions plans to invest about Rs 125 crore to set up over 500 tutorial centres by 2010.

Its tutoring subsidiary Learning Hour will establish 50 centres by the end of 2008, taking it up to 150 by 2009 and 500 by 2010 and cover CBSE, ISC/ICSE and state education boards' syllabii.

The facilities at the centres will include live video, two-way audio and shared whiteboards, instant messaging, application sharing, biometric attendance systems in addition to online assignment access, Learning Hour director Chandan Aggarwal said.

Tutoring sessions will be recorded by a camera and a microphone in the class and be made available on the website so that students need not take notes in the classroom, he added.

Eight centres are initially being launched in the National Capital Region and Punjab to provide tutoring in mathematics, science, physics, chemistry, accounts, economics and English.

Learning Hour also plans to launch a home-tutoring service shortly. It has a library of over 16,000 interactive, multimedia modules and comprehensive test and assessment programme to track students' progress, he said.

The funding plan for the roll-outs were in process and would be announced at the appropriate time, Mr Aggarwal said. He estimated the market for school tutoring at about Rs 3,000 crore and said most of it was dominated by unorganised players. Educomp employs over 3,000 professionals and has 11 Offices in India and one each in Canada, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United States.
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