Enhancing Higher Education

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“The Indian education sector is constantly evolving and we want to be a part of this change and lead from the front. We strongly believe that a right mix of traditional teaching methods and adoption of technology is imperative to help the Indian Education sector,” says Akshat Srivastava, Managing Director, Enhance Education Pvt Ltd, in conversation with Pragya Gupta

Through the use of technology, millions of students can be given certification and skill upgradation programmes that can foster lifelong learning

Please share the genesis of Enhance Education in India.
Enhance Education was formed to address the technology pain points in the Indian higher education system. The core team consists of people with deep understanding of technology.
The vision of the company is to provide platforms to the higher education vertical that improve their processes, help both students  and administrators, and generate more revenue from existing streams. Our focus is on enabling the use of technology on campus to  help all the stakeholders within the ecosystem.

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How do you enhance education through technology? Also please tell us how you address the challenges of educational institutes with your technology solutions.
We have launched our collaboration platform My Open Campus that is geared towards the needs of the Indian campuses. The platform provides features like online student database and profile management, online assessments, placement and internship opportunities coupled with a complete secure collaboration solution.
We help the college right from the admission of a student to his life inside the campus and then onto placement. The platform smoothens the interaction between the various stakeholders including administrators, faculty, students, alumni and corporates. It is a  structured and moderated platform where we add value to each and every facet of the campus.
We have noticed that most colleges in India use technology solutions that are piecemeal – My Open Campus plans to create a  structured online ecosystem that gets all these disparate systems into one easy to use platform. The platform is free to use for any  educational institute ranging from large universities to coaching classes to specialised colleges.

Enhance Education is planning to come up with online certifications for skill enhancement. Please shed light on the solution.
We are partners of National Mission of Education in ICT (NMEICT) and National Programme on Technology Enhance Learning (NPTEL)  and help extend their offering across our partner colleges. More than 12,000 hours of premium content created by the IITs under NPTEL is available on our portals, along with learning ecosystem meant to help students enhance their knowledge through intensive  interactions.
We will soon be launching online skill enhancement and certification courses through leading universities and other certification  agencies. Students will be able to get industry-certified courses on My Open Campus that will help them advance their careers. The  idea is also for a student to have an online repository of courses that they have done or participated in. This online profile can be  embedded in their resumes which will then be opened to corporates across India. We understand that it is only through the use of  technology that millions of students can be given certification and skill upgradation programmes.
To start off, we will be having vocational certifications that add value to core degree courses that students complete. However, over  the next three years, we plan to add several mainstream higher education courses to the roster. Overall, within next three years, we plan to offer 100 different course certifications to students.

What are the products and solutions offered to the education sector?
We have launched two portals – My Open Campus and My Open Courses. Both are geared to the higher education vertical. My Open Courses offers lectures created by NPTEL. We have created an interactive platform where students can watch these lectures and also interact with the creators of these videos, as well as with other students. They can get their queries answered and also extend help to their peers.
My Open Campus is a secure collaboration platform that is ‘white labeled’ for a college. It has all the features that an educational institute needs right from admission to placements and also creating a vibrant alumni network.
My Open Courses has been launched less than two months back and we have seen tremendous response from students. Already, more than 10,000 students and mentors login to the site on a daily basis. We have an average time spent of close to 20 minutes per student.
In the last couple of months, 25 large educational institutes have embraced My Open Campus totaling over one lakh students on the  platform already.

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