Education in India is definitely set to improve by leaps and bounds. First, Educomp started online education for schools in Karnataka and also started online tutoring for engineering entrance exams. Recently, the HRD ministry launched a $35 laptop which is set to bring internet to most students in the country and thus revolutionize education in India. Now, EdServ has taken it a step further with the launch of a free application that will enable students to ask questions and receive answers via SMS.
EdServ is not at all new to the education space. EdServ aquired SchoolMate early this year; SchoolMate, a branded CRM and ERP software, helps schools in updating parents about their children’s educational performance through various platforms like SMS, E-mail and Web. The following month, EdServ acquired Smart Learn Web TV, a service that provides e-learning and tutorial courses for IIT, JEE, and AIEEE aspirants. EdServ had acquired 2tion.com last year itself, but just recently launched the SMS service for students.
2tion.com is the number one tutoring portal in India with 24000 qualified tutors & 89000 students from all over the world. The new mobile application, called SMART (Students Mobile Apps for Resources & Tutoring), will help these students and tutors connect to each other via SMS. Below is an illustration how the application will work.
This great benefit of this application is that a student can post a question as soon as he/she has a question, as compared to the next best option which would be to ask a question online or via email. Availability of internet is much less as compared to the mobile connections in India. This means that more students, including those in rural areas, can be reached using this application. And the best part: this application can be downloaded absolutely free at 2tion.com. Students can even SMS ‘SMART’ to 9566178844 to acquire the application.
This application seems set to turn a new leaf in the Indian educational system. My only concern is, with so many tutors and students available at any time to answer questions, what if a question is posted by a student in the middle of an exam and replied to immediately? What are your views on this application?