With the aim to promote innovations in the edtech space using artificial intelligence, Noida-based edtech startup Extramarks has partnered with Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi).
In this partnership, Extramarks will help IIIT-Delhi to set up an AI-based research laboratory in the computer science department to the institute. The laboratory will work to find new use cases of AI in the edtech segment.
Explaining further how the partnership will work, the director of IIIT-Delhi Ranjan Bose said that with the help of Extramarks, the students will gain practical experience for their constructive research in the field of AI.
Ritvik Kulshrestha, CEO of Extramarks Education, said that the company has already implemented AI in the schools where it is already offering digital learning programmes. Kulshrestha further claimed that the startup has also incorporated AI in its app-based learning content. “With this partnership, Extramarks is looking to develop advanced technologies in AI which will further students to learn in a personalised and independent environment,” he added.
Besides a partnership with IIIT-Delhi, Extramarks is also working with the Smart City programme to develop ‘smart class’ in 10 schools in Bhopal. For this, Extramarks will provide curriculum content and training material for teachers. The city authority and the firm are together running a proof of concept (PoC).
Besides Extramarks, other startups that are leveraging AI in the edtech space, including Byju’s, Reliance-owned Embibe, Verzeo, uLektz, among others.
According to a report by MarketsAndMarkets, the global AI market is expected to grow from $21.46 Bn to $190.61 Bn between 2018 and 2025. Besides its potential use in edtech, AI has been leveraged in other industries as well such as healthtech, agritech, fintech, among others.
The need to incorporate new-age technologies in education has also recently recited by Amazon India head Amit Agarwal. At the 14th India Digital summit in Delhi, Agarwal said, “We also need to improve the education standards at the elementary level. We need to focus more on science, especially on artificial intelligence (AI).”
Moreover, Niti Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant has also acclaimed AI for bringing impactful solutions in various segments. In December 2019, Kant took to Twitter to point out that AI startups in India are solving the problems of accessibility, affordability, and availability in education.