10 Jan

The Impact Of Locally Curated Content By The Learning Platforms On The Indian Education System !

The Impact Of Locally Curated Content By The Learning Platforms On The Indian Education System !

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According to the All India Survey of Higher Education released by the Ministry of HRD (provisional 2014-15 edition), there are 757 Universities, 38056 colleges, and 11922 stand-alone institutions in India. These, together, serve 33.3 million students. There are an estimated 14.18 Lakh teachers which gives a Pupil-Teacher ratio in Colleges and Universities of 24.

According to one report, an estimated 40% of college teachers are non-regular, designated variously as temporary, contractual, ad hoc, guest or self-financing. They usually get anything between Rs 4,000 and Rs 20,000 per month, and work for about six months in a year on contractual basis. They get no other benefits. It is no surprise, therefore, that the quality of teaching in higher education institutions in India is not good.

On one side we have the premier educational institutes like the IITs and IIMs where conscious efforts are made to recruit the best faculty with incentives not only in the form of good pay-scales but also the offer of excellent facilities to do research in the areas of their interest. At the bottom of the totem pole are faculty members who are paid as low as Rs 5,000 a month, not given a permanent job and no facilities.

India today is estimated to have a population of 1.3 Billion of which a sizable number is still below the age of 35. The Census of India 2011 estimates that about 19.2% of the population is between the ages of 15-24. This means that roughly 249 million people are in the college-going age group. As against this, we have 33.3 million students enrolled (AISHE).

This large gap needs to be bridged. It cannot be bridged by building more brick and mortar institutions. Apart from the fact that this would require enormous amounts of money, we have seen that there is already a serious shortage of faculty across the board.

The only viable means of reaching the large underserved population is by using technology. It is an acknowledgment of this great shortage and in an effort to bridge the gap that online learning platforms are appearing on the Indian education landscape.

Platforms set up by Indian companies are more attuned to the Indian environment. Like in most other countries, the Indian platforms also offer advantages like customized learning, anytime-anywhere, self-paced and at lower cost.

While there are international platforms like edX and Coursera etc., that have been around for some time, they suffer from two major problems. The first is that the courses available on these platforms do not match the Indian syllabi and the second is that most of the speakers in these courses use accents that are not easily understood by the average Indian (except for rare exceptions like the courses offered by IIT Bombay on edX).

Indian platforms need to focus on curating locally created content. This is not easy to do especially in the Higher Education space, as there are a variety of different subjects that are taught. However, getting good faculty members to offer courses,though difficult, is not impossible. There are excellent professors available in some of the better private institutions and players like Millionlights have been successful in getting good Indian content to their learners, both on their portal as well as on their dedicated educational TV channel. In the school learning space, we have examples like Byju that are creating Indian content for Indian learners.

Indian platforms like Millionlights have another advantage that they own the entire distribution chain. This means that they can snap-fit the courses they offer to closely meld with the courses being offered by a college. By enabling this, they are helping the colleges to offer courses in the Blended Learning mode which has been found to be very effective.

Needless to say, like in most other products, the quality of the content that is offered by a platform will determine failure or success. Students will always gravitate to that platform where they believe the best and most useful content is on offer.

In the area of Skills and Vocational courses, it is best to offer courses that are designed and certified by industry. By doing so, there is a much greater chance that the person who has successfully completed the course and been certified will get good (or better) employment. In the IT Skills area, most of the major companies that offer widely accepted products are not Indian. Hence, the courseware created by them is mostly in English and with a foreign accent and hence difficult for the Indian learner to understand.

Therefore, the two key issues that have to be kept in mind by Indian platforms are

(a) to offer courses that are aligned with the Indian curriculum and

(b) to ensure that all courses are available in Indian languages and with Indian accents (if in English).

As we have seen above, the requirement is very large. To be able to really take advantage of the “demographic dividend”, the government and private players will have to work hand in hand, with the government formulating enabling policies, and the private sector reaching out to the millions of unserved learners.

(Disclaimer: This is a guest post submitted on Techstory by the mentioned authors.All the contents and images in the article have been provided to Techstory by the authors of the article. Techstory is not responsible or liable for any content in this article.)

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About The Author:

Professor Pradeep Varma, previously an advisor at the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), gave his counsel on critical Senior Management issues. He also oversaw the development of the National Institutional Ranking Framework for the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of education, IT and Software and top management in the corporate sector.

At Millionlights, as a non-Executive Chairman, his core focus area is strategic direction setting and evaluating and assisting with current and future business opportunities, including strategic relationships and partnerships.

01 Nov

New Features on millionlights.org – change is the only constant

change is the only constant

change is the only constant


Change is the only constant thing in this world.

We have been constantly making an effort to improve the user experience. With more than 2 lac users, we think it our duty to give you a better experience and feedback system to make improvements in our feedback mechanism.

With the feedback from users, we have enhanced the portal with the features that are more user friendly.

Hope you guys like them and makes learning easier.

We have  new tag line as well – Nayi Shiksha – Nayi Soch

which translates into – a new vision for learning.

Presenting new features via millionlights.org

Navigation :

  • Simpler, Cleaner and certainly more intuitive. We have removed a number of unnecessary clicks required to access the course. 


Free and Paid Courses

  • If you are looking at only free courses, we have made the search easy for you. The Free and Paid courses are now listed separately.


Referral Code

  • Now, you can refer the site to your friends. The friend will get a notification on email as well as phone and as soon as your friend registers, both of you get Rs.500/- added to your wallet. As a result, you will end up paying less for the next course you enroll for.   Want More? You can invite as many friends as you want for registration, and get the benefit. These friends can in turn invite their friends and get the benefits. Who knows, you may end up enrolling the complete courses for free!!


Feedback Email

  • We now have a special page for Feedback email, for us to help you better. Other than the Contact us page, and the online chat, you can use the Feedback Mail to reach us directly to send us your valuable feedback and suggestions.


One click Sharing

  • The courses can be shared on LinkedIn, Facebook, as well as through email. Whether you have enrolled for the course or not, its easy to share with these buttons.


Rate the course

  • Rate the course, by clicking on the stars. You can rate a particular course from the course details page as well as from the My Courses page. So, now it will be easy for you to choose the course.



Press Release

  • Check out our all new Press Release page to keep track of our all the new happenings at Millionlights.






09 Sep

Millionlights Wants to Skill the Underserved of India

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The inspiration for the brand came from the idea of reaching out to millions of lives and lighting up their future through the use of technology”. Millionlights founder hopes to take the platform to desktop, mobile and TV. So it’s an app, a cable channel, and more

08 September , 2016by  Regina Mihindukulasuriya

The Millionlights vision encompasses a hope to be able to reach out to the farthest corner of India and deliver skill-based training to everyone. It’s an edtech platform founded in 2016 and is accessible across India.

Here we speak to Akshat Shrivastava, founder of Millionights to know about his aspirations for educating millions across the nation.

What is Millionlights?

Millionlights is an education content provider using technology to achieve massive scale. It was formed to create a better future for millions of people across India through learning and skill development. The Millionlights vision encompasses a hope to be able to reach out to the farthest corner of India and deliver skill-based training to everyone. Millionlights believes that for India to be relevant on a global scale, there is a need for millions of trained, skilled people. Education is the only way to alleviate poverty and move a large underserved segment of the population out of their current cycle of unemployment and make them productive members of society. The inspiration for the brand came from the idea of reaching out to millions of lives and lighting up their future through the use of technology.

What’s unique about Millionlights?

One of the key features of Millionlights is access to the best authored and curated content leading to industry recognised certification on all screens (Mobile, Desktop and TV). The technology platforms developed by Millionlights facilitate live lectures, offline viewing, TV programs, and faculty and industry interactions. The learning platforms ensure peer interaction, faculty hand-holding and discussion forums and are based on localised content.

How do you add value to the Millionlights learners?

Creating a content agnostic ecosystem that will reach out to more than 50 million potential learners in India. We are building the Millionlights platform across desktop, mobile and TV and will provide the top certification and content providers a plug and play access to the Indian learner base. We aim to be the largest online education ecosystem in India, catering to the largely under-served market.

Funding Status of Millionlights

Initial funding came from me and Millionlights has also raised Pre-Series A. We plan to go for Series A in the next few months.

And Monetization Paths?

There are multiple avenues for monetization. These include:

– Sales of Training Courses and Certifications
– Advertisement sales and inventory sale on TV and across all our platforms
– Going forward, we will also look at revenue streams from subscription of our TV channel viewers

What are the future plans of Millionlights?

We plan to work closely with industry partners to increase our bouquet of content and certification providers so that it reflects the needs of the industry. We will also expand our reach across cable networks, OTT and leverage all digital channels to reach the end user. We will also be curating content from leading Indian universities and offering it on the Millionlights platforms.

Marketing plans

For TV – our marketing plans include working with our partners and taking the TV channel to as many houses as possible – this push will be through radio, digital mediums and of course TV itself.

For the portal – where we offer full length MOOCs courses, we will work with our academic partners and advertise in the press and academic journals.

Finally, what’s the market size here?

With a median age of 25 years, India has over 550 million people below the age of 25 years. According to census figures, over 32% of the 1.1 billion population is between the age group 0- 14. This means that the number of people in India needing primary and secondary education alone exceeds the entire population of the USA. Since these students will be seeking higher education in India over the next decade it illustrates the sheer size of the Indian education market.