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Meet the 3 friends who built Collegeshala for high-quality & low-cost education

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Three friends launched an edtech start-up, in 2020, to provide high-quality, but affordable education. Students would not confront any financial difficulties when enrolled in a course of Collegeshala.

All educational establishments were obliged to halt offline education during the COVID pandemic shutdown. Even now, educational institutions are not operating at full capacity. Many EdTech start-ups capitalised on the situation by developing a variety of online courses for students. Students may acquire new skills from the comfort of their own homes thanks to online classes.

Shouradeep Chakraborty, Upamanyu Chatterjee, and Mohamed Fazal Mustafa, three classmates from Kolkata, West Bengal, founded Collegeshala in 2020. The three buddies are undergraduate students who founded the company in order to establish a localised learning ecology.

Shouradeep saw that many pupils in his batch were unable to receive adequate instruction owing to financial and logistical constraints. The education supplied was either too pricey or inadequate. He observed that many non-technical undergraduate students were in distress. He confided in his boyhood friend Upamanyu about his worries.

The three did market research to determine whether their concept would be viable in the real world. They polled several instructors and students to gauge their reactions to the concept. The findings of the market research demonstrated the necessity for a new business. As a result, Collegeshala was born.

Fazal concentrated on the website and the technological parts of the start-up. The other two concentrated on obtaining highly qualified and effective professors for the app. Millions of college students from non-technical backgrounds use the app. The startup caters to the needs of students from the following programmes: BBA, BA, BCom, and BSc. Dr. Ashish Mohan, one of Collegeshala’s instructors, stated, “Affordability, Quality, Convenience, and Accessibility are the four pillars of Collegeshala.” I consider myself fortunate to be a member of this family. It’s heartening to see so many students taking advantage of the outstanding educational programmes and embarking on a path to a brighter future.”

The goal was to give a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. All of the courses on the Collegeshala app are reasonably priced.

Students will not confront any financial difficulties when enrolled in any programme.Students can use the start-up application to access study materials, live classes, and a syllabus tracker.

The pre-written notes make it easier for pupils to study properly and efficiently. Students do not need to exert much effort in order to compose their study notes.

One student said, “The Collegeshala classes have improved my life. The course is fantastic and simple to grasp. The academics are committed. They go over each issue in depth and in an easy-to-understand manner. I’ve also recommended the app to my non-technical undergraduate pals. I’m overjoyed to have discovered this start-up app.”

Collegeshala is now in three states: West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand. The startup’s team is in charge of technology development, content collection, content moderation, community management, marketing, and liaison. Peer-to-peer learning is promoted by the startup.

The primary focus remains the course content, which is produced and updated on a regular basis to meet the needs of the industry.

Appropriate abilities are created as a result of the courses, which assist students in gaining insights into the actual world. Students are encouraged to study and develop the required abilities.

Within six months of its inception, the startup received a funding of Rs. 1.83 crores from Lecture notes Technologies Private Limited. Collegeshala intends to expand to at least ten states in the following 12 months. The startup even hopes to expand into Southeast Asia and Europe. Such actions by the youth bring hope for a brighter future.

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