Edtech firms hope for a new normal
Pradip K. Saha
02 April 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has opened up a world of possibilities for India’s edtech companies, which have rushed in to fill the learning gap as millions of students are forced to stay home due to a nationwide lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading.

Like their peers around the world, India’s leading online learning companies are offering students free access to their platform and content. Byju’s, with over 42 million users and a valuation north of $8 billion, announced on 11 March that it was making its learning programmes for students in grades 1 through 12 free till April-end. Soon after, its Mumbai-based rival Toppr made access to its live and video classes free till 31 March. They have extended free access to live classes till schools reopen. Exam prep startup Unacademy announced 20,000 free live classes for candidates preparing for various entrance exams. Upgrad, which offers online upskilling programmes for professionals, made access to its upGrad Live platform

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