First In Class and Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the largest free edutech initiative in India and the world
NEW DELHI: The First In Class edutech platform has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) to create the largest free edutech initiative in India and the world. Tablet and PC Lakh (1,00,000) will be distributed free of charge. All tablets will be loaded with fully functional online learning platforms, also free, provided by First In Class.
This is done to mark the occasion of 75th Independence Year of India – Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. The MoU was signed during the Rotary India 2022 International Presidential Conference being held this morning in Hyderabad.
The driving force behind First In Class is “everything for learning, learning for everyone”. India’s first and only edutech platform in which the cause of social justice is the core value. It is the kind of positive, pioneering disruption and pioneering effort that can truly revolutionize the way edutech is delivered, perceived and implemented in India.
First In Class will provide high-quality K-12 content in line with CBSE-NCERT curricula. In a notable first, classes will be available in Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi and 6 other regional languages to facilitate inclusion, access and native language learning. More than 10,000 hours of audio-visual and GUI content will be part of the course libraries. This will be linked to interactive tests and assessment nodules. Classes will be facilitated by live instruction. A special ongoing review platform for parents to track the progress of their services will be available in a user-friendly format.
Cultural learning, language learning, language training and spiritual learning modules will also be available through the First In Class platform. For higher education, entrance test modules and specialization in UPSC, law and engineering are also offered.
The MoU was signed between RILM Chairman Kamal Sanghvi and iTV network founder Kartikeya Sharma on Saturday.
“The course is structured and organized by some of the best educators in the country in accordance with the CBSE NCERT curriculum. Above all, it is offered in Hindi, English and many regional languages to ensure inclusiveness and mother tongue learning. This is all the result of years of research and effort to create content using the latest teaching techniques to ensure that students benefit from holistic learning,” said Kartikeya Sharma, Founder of iTV Network.
“The government is keen to promote digital learning. In this context, RILM has already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with NCERT to provide e-learning content. In this new year, in line with the public priority of vocational education, First In Class in collaboration with RILM will create content for vocational education for upper classes,” said Kamal Sanghvi, President of RILM earlier.
“It is our way of saluting our martyrs in this 75th year of independence. Although it is impossible for us to fulfill our debt to those who sacrificed their lives, it is our tribute. We are working on learning by online in India for 10 years, reaching thousands of schools offering world-class audio-visual content,” said Rotary International President Mr. Shekhar Mehta during the mission proclamation earlier this year.
Mr. Vivek Tankha, Member of Parliament and Rotarian, said as the event approached, “What is done today, the world will remember. This Memorandum of Understanding is an organized effort to tell Rotary and the business community that we are ready to educate one million deserving children.”
First in Class was founded by Dr. Aishwarya Pandit. She graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in History from Miranda House, University of Delhi, in 2008. Later, she pursued an MA in History of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London in 2008 and 2009. Assistant Professor Teaching Legal History at Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University, Dr. Pandit is the tour de force of First In Class academic initiatives.
She taught two courses as visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management, Indore in 2016-2017. She is also a guest columnist for The Sunday Guardian newspaper. Recently, her book Claiming Citizenship and Nation: Muslims Politics in North India 1947-1986 was published by Routledge and she is currently working on a book called Emergency: The Making of an Opposition, Harper Collins (to be published in 2022).
“First In Class was born from the vision that every child is unique and deserves equal opportunities to learn and think. Our program is the result of extensive research into new digital learning techniques. Our highly experienced teachers have carefully curated the program to prioritize the perspective of students,” said Ms. Aishwarya Sharma, Founder of First In Class.
First In Class is emerging as one of the most in-depth, diverse and content-rich Edutech platforms in India which strives to provide affordable Edutech solutions in local languages to Indian masses. It has been built on years of research and application of the latest technologies and teaching techniques by some of the best educators in India and abroad.
The RILM is one of the largest education initiatives in the world focused on total literacy and quality education run by Rotary. As part of the TEACH initiative, he focuses on teacher support, e-learning, adult literacy, child development and Happy School. It trains and recognizes teachers, helps modernize government/government-subsidized schools, and establishes online learning centers across the country.