E-Learning company iProf Learning Solutions, which offers a personal education tablet device and runs a chain of Wi-Fi-enabled e-learning centers across India, has launched a new education solution for tablets, XtraClass, which combines school curriculum along with test prep content for Engineering and Medical exams.
The company states that this solution will offer interactive study material for classes 9–12 and competitive exams like Common Entrance Exam (CEE) which will be the entrance exam for both IITs and NITs from 2013, All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and Chartered Accountant Common Proficiency Test (CA-CPT) along with a 24×7 faculty interaction service, iProf Live, which allows students to contact professors of their choice either through the Internet or through a toll-free phone number to get their doubts solved.
Content: The study material will comprise of video lectures, concept nuggets with 2D & 3D animations, digital notes library and a question bank. iProf claims to have more than 300+ hours of content including audio and video lectures, digitized notes and practice tests.
Students can use any of the three tablets offered by iProf including AI, Galaxy GT P1010 and HCL AM7, to access this content. iProf added that it will also enable schools having wi-fi routers to access iProf services over a secure connection, thereby allowing students to access any content additions and upgrades on a real time basis. The company has partnered with IT companies like IBM, Wipro and Sify to implement an end to end solution for content management and delivery.
Tie-ups: iProf claims that over 25 schools in cities like Jaipur, Patna, Agra, Bhilwara, Boondi, Jhalawar, Kasganj across Rajasthan, UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh have adopted their XtraClass solution and over 3,000 students are expected to benefit from this solution.
In April 2011, iProf had raised Rs.22 Crores in Series A funding from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and IDG Ventures India (IDGVI) and according to an annual report filed by them, iProf had reported a net loss (before tax) of Rs 78.83 lakhs for the financial year ended 31st March 2010, with the total turnover being 17.95 lakhs.
Similar developments: Earlier in the month, E-learning startup Edutor Technologies had introduced an Android based education solution called ‘Augmented Classroom Solution (ACS)’ through which it offered learning material like digitized textbooks, multimedia material, interactive concept maps and assessments complementing the school syllabus on Android-based Tablet PCs.
Prior to this, Bangalore-based LimberLink Technologies which delivers engineering content to engineering students through an apprentice program called ‘Jed-i‘ (Joy of Engineering, Design, and Innovation), had raised funding from Accel Partners. Aptech had also partnered with Hungama to offer educational content on digital platforms which was recently deployed on Airtel’s DTH platform through an interactive value added service called iEnglish.
In March 2012, cloud-based education company AcrossWorld Education had partnered with the Delhi-based company Go-Tech, to launch a low cost education focused Android tablet called ‘ATab’ which offered three years free access to AcrossWorld’s Education Bridge platform and was priced at Rs 5000.