Byju’s adds 6 million new students in a month after the nation goes into a complete lockdown

Byju’s adds 6 million new students in a month after the nation goes into a complete lockdown

  • Edtech startup Byju’s witnessed a whopping 150% surge in new enrollments ever since it announced free access in March.
  • That accounts for 6 million new students within a month.
  • It is the only Indian edtech platform on UNESCO’s list of learning platforms to support students amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Across the world, as many as 850 million students are suffering due to suspension of classes across 102 countries, as per UNESCO.
With the suspension of classes due to a nationwide lockdown, Indian students have transitioned to online learning alternatives.

Edtech startup Byju’s, which is on UNESCO’s list of distance learning platforms, witnessed a whopping 150% surge in the new enrollments after it announced free access in March. That accounts for 6 million new students within a month.

“This reiterates the fact that online learning mediums are a great enabler in helping students when they learn from home,” said Mrinal Mohit, COO at Byju’s.
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In fact, the application, which had 2.8 million paid users as of December 2019, saw a 60% increase in new registrations in the first week.

“Learning from home has gained utmost importance more than ever before due to temporary school closure. Students need a holistic and reliable solution that helps them continue learning from the comfort of their homes,” Mrinal added.

Recently, the edtech platform also introduced live sessions for free, catering to students in 4th to 12th grades. The students can access the resources and select any topic and schedule a slot to learn it via Byju’s application. Students in classes 4-12 can learn math and science concepts on the platform.
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The United Nations curated a list of distance learning platforms for schools and teachers to reach learners remotely. Byju’s was the only Indian edtech company featured on the ‘Distance Learning Solutions’ list.

Across the world, as many as 850 million students are suffering due to suspension of classes across 102 countries, as per UNESCO.

‘After making our content free to assist students earlier, we have now added free ‘Live Classes’ on our platform, where students can attend 3-4 regular sessions per week. Along with the existing content available on the app, live classes will bring a schedule to their learning and give them access to good teachers – something that they are missing especially now. Our live classes will remain free for students across the country until the current situation persists,” Mrinal added.
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