“The TABLAB project is a customized, new age digital learning project specially designed for rural and underserved…”: Puneet Goyal, Co-Founder, iDream Education

Speaking to Pravin Prashant, Puneet Goyal, Co-Founder, iDream Education talks about iDream focus in India, TABLAB Model, TABLAB projects in different schools and its advantages. Excerpts of the interview:

How many schools/students have benefited from iDream project in different parts of the country?

At iDream we have been working in the ed-tech and impact learning space since 7 years and have worked with more than 4,500 schools across 11 states. The TABLAB project is a customized, new age digital learning project specially designed for rural, underserved digital learning basis our years of experience, and it was launched by us in 2016 with TABLAB identity. We have worked with more than 50 government schools and 10,000 students across the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and more. Since our work has been with corporates in education CSR and NGOs, and not yet with state governments, therefore the numbers have been limited but we are now actively targeting larger numbers.

How iDream model can be scaled up to reach large number of students? Can this model be used for ITI training?

TABLAB has been designed to scale up for both school based learning since this is an easy to setup, lab for government schools. The bilingual LMS has been designed to integrate any subject/skills centric content and therefore it can be customized for ITIs and skill development with ease. TABLAB basically is a student centric and impactful platform which can be suited for any learner to solve the finer problems being faced by current digital learning initiatives.

Also, depending upon any projects budget limitations and ability to have tablets, we have two options: TABLAB for institutions (B2B implementations for hand holding on digital learning) and learning SD cards for direct to user projects/skill development (anytime, anywhere personalized digital learning in their own language and English).

Both the options are greatly scalable and customizable based on state/skill specific needs and targets.

What all course material has iDream developed for state boards and what is the role of iDream Education?

iDream Education has multimedia learning content readiness for 11 states completely as per state boards. We have also put together digital book libraries for 11 state languages and state boards to be integrated in the tablets.

Also, for further languages, we have content development partners in other states which can be integrated to our tablets. We have developed our offline tablet LMS with capacity to integrate any content and therefore even for higher education, any developer’s content or OER can be integrated to the tablets/SD Cards.

As for role, we design, integrate, develop and support the entire project including the hardware/auto charging trolleys, content and cloud based usage/impact assessment support

How many NGOs are you working with for TABLAB project? 

Specifically for our latest solutions in student centric digital learning since 2016 we have worked with Relaxo Foundation, CRY (Child Rights and You), Humana People to People India, CAP Foundation, Deepalaya and more (some of who are corporate foundations and we generally don’t share names due to our terms with them).

As shared, the TABLAB has been recently launched, tested and stablized over the last two years and now we are keen to build a stronger outreach to NGOs, government and other stakeholders investing in social/rural education.

What is the investment made for setting up TABLAB in schools? What is the investment made by the organization on this new venture?

In terms of our investment on TABLAB, as an integrated customizable digital solution for rural learning, we have invested around Rs. 1.5 crore till date and further investments will be incurred on content readiness in multiple languages.

TABLAB as a project can be implemented from as low as Rs. 1 lakh per institution to Rs. 6-7 lakhs per TABLAB depending upon number of tablets, subjects/types and grades of content covered and size of the auto charging trolley delivered with the project. As per Learning SD Cards for skill development, they bypass the hardware cost and can use the existing android devices that most rural youth carry today, and therefore can be scaled for skill development and even as a project for ITIs.