Tuition fees are an expensive necessity, whose exorbitant pricing often keeps poor people away, but a Jamshedpur girl has found a solution for students in higher classes whose parents cannot afford tutorial classes for science or commerce.
Twenty-year-old Shweta Das’s new start-up Gyaansutra is an online tutorial platform, which provides an affordable price of a maximum of Rs 400 for 13 classes in a month.
The start-up facilitates tutors who are currently undergraduates and have a passion for teaching.
The tutor list comprises school alumni and friends- whoever is passionate about teaching.
Gyaansutra currently has around 12 tutors and offers classes for class VIII to the graduation level.
Das, a 2018 alumnus of JH Tarapore School in Jamshedpur, realized that any tuition in Jamshedpur easily costs around Rs 1000, which may not be easy for everyone.
So, she used the lockdown period to become an entrepreneur and started connecting tutors and students.
“Everyone says education shouldn’t be a business but it is,” said Das.
“The current tuitions are sometimes so high especially for kids from poor backgrounds. So I wanted Gyaansutra to bridge that gap. This venture is commercial from the entrepreneurial side but also helpful to students,” said Shweta who’s currently pursuing a BBA from the Jamshedpur Women’s College and also pursuing a Company Secretaries (CS) course.
The two-month-old organization has an investment of only Rs. 3000, as Shweta used her skills to build the website- www.gyaansutra.com.
Shweta has already pitched her business idea across entrepreneurship and competitive start-up platforms.
Students will have to register through the website, create an account and choose the subjects from the online booking section.
Students can choose their schedule as per the available calendar followed by payment through Google Pay or similar platforms.
Online classes are scheduled on platforms like Google Meet.
Gyaansutra, in the past two months, has got 20 students who are currently availing classes online.
In the future, she also wishes to take the system offline.
Shweta is bridging the gap between the tutor and students at an affordable price and the already registered students seem to like it.
The service has 24x7 customer support.
“It’s easy and you can attend classes at your convenience. The teachers give notes too, which makes it better,” said Faiza Siddique, a student of Jamshedpur Women’s College.