IIT Kanpur-Incubated Start-Up Aims to Better Education in Rural Uttar Pradesh

Under its INVENT program, IIT Kanpur has funded a start-up which has developed an analytical tool to monitor student and teacher performance in rural schools.

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, May 23, 2017 /India PRwire/ -- Promorph Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a start-up funded by IIT Kanpur's SIDBI Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC), is now planning to expand to Uttar Pradesh after tremendous success in Jharkhand, where they had been working with government schools under Disha, a quality education initiative of Giridh District, Jharkhand.

Working in the field of education, Promorph has developed an innovative analytical tool that can help in improving the quality of education in schools, especially the ones in rural areas where the standards are abysmally low. This analytical tool has been developed in two versions - one for government schools and one for higher education institutions. In every district, teachers, headmasters and Cluster Resource Persons (CRP) are equipped with a mobile application which will aid them in marking attendance, assess student's knowledge and monitor learning conditions. At the district level, the web application provides pictorial monitoring and real-time analysis of Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

This tool not only automates school/institute operations, thus leading to lower workload, but it also helps to monitor school performance based on a number of KPIs and then to analyse the data generated. In Giridh, EmpowerU has brought about immense improvement in teacher attendance, Mid Day Meal monitoring, learning outcome assessment, monitoring of infrastructural conditions, performance evaluation and leave management. Between July'16, when EmpowerU was launched in Giridh District, and September'16, average teacher's attendance went up from 68% to above 90% and student attendance improved from 2,081 to 1,04,629. Approximately 70,000 students and 5,000 teachers are daily monitored in this district.

Since access to the internet is poor in rural areas, the EmpowerU app can also send data through an SMS, thus making sure that monitoring is done at all times. Another feature is the GPS tracking that does not allow any teacher to mark their attendance outside the school radius, thus helping increase teacher attendance in schools.

In their data analytics tool for higher education institutes, a number of features such as online admission, library management, online test and human resource management help in running an institute efficiently.

According to the Census report of 2011, Uttar Pradesh's literacy rate is the seventh lowest in the country and according to a 2014 report by ASER Centre, in primary schools in rural Uttar Pradesh, the percentage of enrolled children present in class was 55.1 per cent while that of teachers present was 84.7 per cent. In such a scenario, EmpowerU has the potential to make some real difference.

"The cloud-based service and monitoring platform provided by Promorph Solutions has the potential to change the way education monitoring is done in rural and semi-urban schools. The company can create high impact in the educational administration space, especially in low-income states. The proof-of-concept has already been done and pilot scale deployment has shown outstanding results," said Dr. Sameer Khandekar, Coordinator, SIIC, IIT Kanpur.

Promorph Solutions, incubated in 2015, has been founded by Onkar Dixit, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur. EmpowerU was awarded under the "Innovative Idea for use of Technology and Innovation in Promoting Good Governance", an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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