Edtech company Byju’s said it has cooperated with NITI Aayog to give children from 112 aspirational districts free access to high-quality education and tech-driven learning programmes.
Byju’s said that its career-plus programme will identify and provide high-quality test preparatory coaching to 3,000 students of classes 11 and 12 who wish to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and Joint Entrance Examination.
Students for the career-plus programme will be admitted after a pre-designed test and provided with course content material, mentoring, and support. The courses will be conducted at dedicated physical centres and online as well.
NITI Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant said, “Technology has played a key role in helping ensure continuity and a lot of classrooms have moved to an ‘online’ format. In many ways, this has catalysed the development of innovations in the education space, and it is imperative for us to reimagine education and keep pace with these innovations.”
Effective use of technology in education can aid transformation and with Byju’s joining in, students in these aspirational districts will get an opportunity to access quality education, he added.
Meanwhile, Byju’s founder and CEO Byju Raveendran said, “Through our Education for All programme, we have been empowering and impacting millions of children across the country, and by partnering with NITI Aayog, our efforts are being strengthened further.”
Education holds the key to driving society forward, and we believe that every child, irrespective of their socio-economic background, deserve to have access to quality education.
“We are confident that with this partnership, children from under-served communities and locations will be empowered with tech-enabled learning and bring in positive systemic changes in the education ecosystem,” he added.
Aspirational districts refer to most developmentally challenged districts across sectors including education, healthcare, basic infrastructure and finance. These states include Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, and Sikkim.