I have been chasing Aakash Chaudhry for a meeting since December. You see, when the pandemic forced a nationwide lockdown last year, many people, including us at The Morning Context, began writing eulogies to brick-and-mortar coaching centres.
With an increasing number of parents beginning to accept the online mode of learning as a legitimate tool, valuations of education technology startups went through the roof, and the fear among their offline counterparts was palpable. But as the year drew to a close, it was evident that offline institutes were not going anywhere. In fact, the way forward for education companies would be to adopt a hybrid model, or a mix of online and offline modes, of education.
My keenness to meet Aakash Chaudhry was because he is the managing director of Aakash Educational Services Ltd, a company with a network of 200-plus centres across the country, some of the best educators and nearly 150,000 students on its platform. Started by J.C.