New Delhi, February, 2022.
First In Class edutech platform has signed an MoU with Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) to create the largest free-of-cost edutech initiative in India and the world. One Lakh (1,00,000) tablet PCs will be distributed free-of-cost. All the tablets will be loaded with fully functional e-learning platforms also free-of-cost provided by First In Class.
This is being done to mark the occasion of the 75th year of India’s Independence – Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav.
First In Class will provide K to 12 high quality curated content in line with CBSE-NCERT curricula. In a notable first, the coursework will be available in Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi & 6 other regional languages to facilitate inclusion, access & mother tongue learning. More than 10,000 hours of audio-visual & graphical interface content will be part of the course libraries. This will be linked with interactive testing & assessment nodules. The coursework will be facilitated with live-teaching. A special continuous review deck for parents to track the progress of their wards will be available in a user-interface friendly format.
Cultural learning, language learning, linguistic training and spiritual learning modules will also be available through the First In Class platform. For higher education, entrance test modules and specialisation in UPSC, Law & engineering are also on offer.
The MoU was signed between RILM Chairman Kamal Sanghvi and iTV Network Founder Kartikeya Sharma in a virtual ceremony.
“The government is keen to promote digital learning. In this context, RILM already has an MoU with NCERT to provide E-learning content. In this new year, in line with public priority in vocational training, First In Class in collaboration with RILM will create content for vocational education for higher classes”, said Kamal Sanghvi, Chairman RILM at the MoU signing.
“The coursework is structured and curated by some of the best educationists in the country in line with the CBSE NCERT curriculum. Crucially, it is being offered in Hindi, English and many regional languages to ensure inclusivity and mother tongue learning. All of this is the fruit of years of research and hard-graft to create content using the latest pedagogical techniques to ensure students benefit from holistic learning”, said Kartikeya Sharma, Founder, iTV Network.
“First In Class is born out of the vision that every child is unique and deserves equal opportunity to learn and think. Our curriculum is a result of extensive research on new digital learning techniques. Our highly experienced teachers have carefully curated the curriculum to prioritise the student perspective. We at First In Class believe we have a duty towards children of martyrs and those from the armed forces and corona warriors in addition to students in cities across India who have made sacrifices for the nation and we need to assist their families towards a brighter future”, said Mrs. Aishwarya Sharma, Founder, First In Class.
The MoU signing was witnessed by Rotary International President Mr. Shekhar Mehta, and senior Rotarians Mr. A.S. Venkatesh, Mr. Vivek Tankha and Dr. Mahesh Kotbagi.
“This is our way of saluting our martyrs in the 75th year of independence. While there is no way we can fulfill our debt to those who sacrificed their lives, it is our tribute. We have been working on E-learning in India for 10 years, reaching out to thousands of schools providing world-class audio-visual content”, said Rotary International President Mr. Shekhar Mehta at the MoU signing.
Member of Parliament and Rotarian Mr. Vivek Tankha said “What is being done today, the world will remember. This MoU is an organised effort to tell the Rotary and corporate world that we are ready to educate one lakh deserving children”.
Mr. A.S. Venkatesh, an IIT-M & IIM-A alumnus and Rotary International Director added “This is a significant MoU that is going to change the way India is going to be in the years to come”.
Dr. Mahesh Kotbagi, Rotary International Director, added, “Dedicating e-learning facilities free of cost to martyrs children is a great way of showcasing our Indian philosophy”.