Khan Academy, a US-based non-profit organisation and an e-learning website, launched a Hindi version Thursday at the India Habitat Centre.
The brainchild of MIT graduate Salman (Sal) Khan, the academy currently caters to over 3.3 crore students in 190 countries, with the assistance of 13 lakh registered educators. The academy claims to have answered 440 crore academic questions till date.
“We are hugely motivated by the Indian government’s focus on facilitating quality education for all and the use of technology as an enabler to do so. The partnership with Central Square Foundation in India is a key step towards enabling Khan Academy’s vision of democratising world class education, for anyone, anywhere. Applying our mission to India, we are hoping that making localised content available will benefit learners of all ages,” said Khan.
To provide “free and quality education” to children, the academy hopes to work in collaboration with corporates, the telecom sector, state governments and the Centre.
The Hindi platform will contain “practice exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics and teacher tools to empower learners in and outside the classroom to study”. This, the academy claims, will enable students to “see their progress and goals, and create personalised recommendations” on what to learn next.
Speaking on his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s visit to the Silicon Valley, Khan said, “It was a very positive meeting and he was very enthusiastic about the work we are doing”.
Khan said he would try and collaborate with state governments to find ways in which the Internet can reach far-flung areas in India. “Unlike other entrepreneurs, we actually encourage downloading and distributing. By all means, please use bittorrent or any other software to download and disseminate,” he said.
“I think with this venture, in the long run, we have a shot at making education a basic human fundamental right and bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots,” he added.
“We want the academy to supercharge physical knowledge and fill in the gaps in the existing system, whether it’s at a well-resourced school or not,” said Khan.