Category: Private Sector Initiative
Sub Category: Innovation In Education Practices
Reference No. WES2014/awards/447
Details of the Applicant:
Name: Amit Mahensaria
Organization: Impartus Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
Details of Programme /Project/Initiative:
Impartus, using video enabled learning as its chosen area of expertise, provides innovative technology solutions for the education sector. Its flagship product BlueBook is a comprehensive education technology platform including Automated Lecture Capture. It was founded in 2011 by a group of IIT and IIM alumnus and has formidable education technology team pan India and abroad. Using its expertise in videos, Impartus is taking learning beyond the classroom in a personalised manner (anytime, anywhere and at one’s own pace) as well as providing a mechanism for self-improvement of teachers. BlueBook serves the two pain points of education sector: Students are unable to absorb a significant portion of what is being taught in the class Lack of effective mechanism for teacher feedback and improvement Instead of providing external content to institutes, it supplements the traditional classroom based learning through the use of technology and does not aim to replace the existing eco system.
Impartus aspires to pioneer technology innovations in the field of video enabled learning and thereby evolve into a leading global technology company in the education sector. Its flagship product BlueBook enables: – Automated Lecture Capture – Learning Management System – Live Streaming and Video Conferencing Till date students only had books, guides and photo copy notes for learning outside of classrooms. Impartus enables live classroom videos outside of classrooms (automatic audio video recording and distribution via internet as well as intranet). It also provides an integrated LMS as well as live streaming facility for integration of multiple campuses and real-time two way communication from anywhere across the world. BlueBook is fulfilling the aim of taking learning beyond classrooms and is available on all popular devices (laptops, tablets, mobiles) and platforms (Android, iOS, Windows).
Target Group: Higher Education Institutes, K-12, Corporate Training
Geographical Reach within India: Pan India
Geographical Reach outside India: Middle East and UK
Date From which the Project became Operational: 1-9-2013
Is the Project still operational?: Yes
List 5 achievements of the programme/project/initiative:
1.Global Innovation – audio-video quality processing based on classroom design – ability to switch between multiple video views – on-demand viewing as well as video conferencing .
2.Complete Automation: Cutting edge technology backbone for automated: -Start/Stop of recording – Quality improvement – Compression and Security – User Distribution – Health Monitoring system.
3.Leading Institutes as Customers: Engg: PESIT, Bangalore Management: IIM-B, Great Lakes (Gurgaon and Chennai) Medical: Gian Sagar Group, Punjab K-12: PODAR International – Mumbai, Shiv Nadar Delhi.
4.Customer Satisfaction: We have received several repeat orders and our largest customer, PESIT has doubled the number of classrooms from 60 to 122 after one year of system usage.
5.Awards and Recognition: Letter of appreciation by Sh. Narendra Modi, praising for innovation in education. Awarded “Best product of the year” at World DIDAC 2013 and other accolades.
List 5 Key challenges faced while implementing the project/programme/initiative and how they were overcome:
1. Classroom Environment: Indian classrooms have noise and light glares coming from windows. Our proprietary software processes the videos based on classroom design and conditions for high quality output.
2.Teacher Apprehension: Teachers are apprehensive towards getting video recorded. We do conduct awareness and training sessions at all our partner institutes to win teachers.
3.High Volume Usage: Daily more than 2,000 videos are getting recorded. The complexity is managed through an automated recording and distribution service.
4.Scalability: We have our operations pan India across 30+ universities. Since the solution requires hardware and software integration, we have built a dedicated technical team pan India.
5.Low bandwidth in India: We do intelligent compression of the audio-video files (upto 85%) which ensures optimal compression and high quality.