An app that Promises to Change Education

Social Media and Internet technology has changed the way people interact and communicate with their peers and friends. The internet technology has penetrated almost every sphere of human life and same is the case with Education. With this article we are going to describe an app that could change the way education and knowledge is imparted to students.

A professor pulls out a tablet-like device in the class and marks students who are absent. After the class, he enters the part of the syllabus he covered during that hour. The data, updated on a central server, is visible to the principal, head of the department, students and parents. He also conducts a test for students, on the mobile phone.

The application, which is redefining the way academic chores are traditionally managed by colleges, is from a Bangalore-based company, Ipomo. It is being used in 46 colleges (PU, degree, engineering, pharmacy, polytechnic) across Karnataka.

It all started in 2008 when there was no Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter; and the only big thing was gaming. It struck Hari Prakash Shanbhog and Vidyadhara S Talya, who were in Wipro then, that they should do something on the mobile space for youngsters. The two zeroed in on an education app.

Ipomo was founded in 2008 and angel funded by Rajeev Kuchhal, former vice president, Infosys, and former COO, On-Mobile; and Sanjeev Joshi, former vice president, Infosys.

They started in 2009 with an app to enable students applying for the CET to take a mock test. “There were umpteen coaching centres. So we didn’t want to get into that. The mock test enables students to compete with hundreds of others in different parts of the state, and not just with a few others in a classroom,” says Hari Prakash.

The first test went live the next year in partnership with Base, and was taken by 3,380 students of 50 colleges in nine towns. This year, Ipomo improvised the app, making it a portal of ‘Rooms’, or a collection of services. Ipomo also launched a Goodnight Test. “That’s a test a student can take in the night to check how well he or she has learned during the day. It became quite popular,” says Hari Prakash.

The app has a Campus Finder that helps students or parents to filter colleges based on location and stream. Colleges are filtered on the basis of cutoff ranks of previous year’s CET admission.

Currently the app is being used by 42,302 students of PU, degree, engineering and MBA streams. There are 8,327 students in the CET Room; and more than 70% of students are using the Campus Finder.

 In 2010, when the first mock CET test went live, Ipomo, in response to requests from colleges, added features for lecturers to make their task easier. This was started as a pilot project in three colleges of Bangalore: Seshadripurm PU College, Seshadripuram First Grade College , and Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College For Women. Currently, all government first grade colleges in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Coorg are using the system.

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