Founded in 2015 by Madhav Krishna, Vahan is a mobile education platform designed to complement instructor-led training for underprivileged communities. It helps adults from low-income groups to learn English to improve their employability.
The product finds its utility at a place where skill training institutes find it difficult to train their candidates in English due to lack of good English teachers and the dearth of an effective curriculum.
How Does It Work?
Vahan’s learning platform works on voice and SMS based apps, even on messaging apps like WhatsApp. The app is designed to work on both feature phones and smartphones. Learners just need to call a number to initiate a session. There is no download or data connection required. The content of the app is customized to align with the curriculum of the client’s training program.
According to Madhav, 75% of all mobile phones in India are feature or dumbphones and 65% of all mobile phone users in India don’t have access to the Internet. Hence, there was a need to deploy such a solution that is cost effective and easily accessible even on the go.
The app has a web-based Learning Management System that allows instructors to track their students’ scores and progress, review students’ responses and send them feedback via SMS or voice messages.