Infographic: Sameer Pawar
Adding to the trend of recording educational material on video for distribution outside the physical classroom is Piyush Agarwal, founder of Bangalore-based Aurus Network.
A Stanford dropout, he says, “I use a lot of online educational videos by expert teachers from different places. Not everyone has resources like Stanford—especially in India.”
Agarwal has found a way to broadcast at very low bandwidths, using simple studio equipment and an internet connection. Founded in 2010, Aurus received funding (sub-$1 million) from the Indian Angels Network and now has 30 clients including IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Patna and Amity University.
Agarwal was involved with distance learning programmes at Stanford and knows that current solutions are expensive and inefficient.
Aurus’s service is entirely cloud-based and they now plan to create an online marketplace where educational institutes can sell their own content. It serves 1,500-plus locations providing content to 10 to 100 students each.
(This story appears in the 01 November, 2013 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)