The second wave of Covid 19 is hitting India hard and staying indoors at all costs is the need of the hour. The physical and mental distress of the populous is channelizing into Anxiety, Depression, Stress and what not. Although the remote working scenario is helping the workforce of India stay indoors and have the sense of security. But it is not enough. Therefore, with the skyrocketing Covid-19 cases, there is a subsequent rise in the awareness programs and initiatives from various startups.
Edtech start-ups are coming forward and launching a slew of initiatives to help their employees and frontline workers like free courses for the children of frontline workers. Moreover, these startups are also helping their employees as well as their families to cope with the medical emergencies, financial instability or free vaccination drives.
Here is a list of 7 such edtech startups that are going an extra mile to support the frontline workers and their employees amidst the Covid 19 crisis.
Byju’s: Established in 2011 and headquartered in Bengaluru, India’s Edtech Unicorn BYJU’S has created an INR 20 Cr CEO’s fund to help employees cover medical expenses during the second wave of the Covid pandemic in the country. The fund will be used to pay for Covid-related medical expenses of employees, their parents, spouse and children. Each employee can apply for reimbursement of up to INR 5 lakh from this fund to cover hospitalization costs for themselves as well as their families. The company is also working on setting up vaccination support for its employees in the 18+ age group.
upGrad: Established in 2015, upGrad is an online higher education platform providing rigorous industry-relevant programs designed and delivered in collaboration with world-class faculty and industry. upGrad will be covering 100 per cent vaccination costs for all its staff (full-time, contract and intern) and their families. The company is already in advanced discussion with private service providers for vaccination and the drive will start as soon as government approvals and procurement of vaccines is allowed. The vaccination drive will be voluntary for employees and their immediate families, who can avail of it in major cities. The drive will also embrace ex-employees who may seek assistance from upGrad. Thus, more than 10,000 people comprising self, spouse, kids, and parents of current employees and ex-employees could be benefiting from this move.
Bambinos.live: Established in 2020, Bambinos.live is a Bangalore-based ed-tech startup that aims to build the future of extracurricular learning to make kids more successful. It provides various activities and subjects for children aged 4 to 15 years and has a highly unique selection of courses. The company has initiated a ‘Fight Against Covid’ campaign providing live extracurricular courses accessible to the children of frontline workers across India free of cost. The campaign is a month-long initiative starting to keep the children of frontline workers indulged in fun learning activities and help them cope with the mental ramifications of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The courses which start from INR 5000, will be provided free of cost for these children. Out of the 40+ courses which Bambinos is currently offering, parents can choose whichever course of their choice across multiple genres like dance, fitness, personality development, e-sports, communication & many more.
Vidyakul: Established in 2018, Vidyakul is one of its kind interactive vernacular e-learning platforms that enables teachers to create online courses for K-12, JEE, NEET, AIIMS in tier-II & tier III cities. Vidyakul is working on preparing study material, video lectures, study notes & online tests by analysing last 10 years’ exam papers & NCERT books with the best teachers across India. Vidyakul offers live lectures and pre-recorded courses (from Class 9th- 12th in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and Hinglish) to help state board students learn academics. Right now in India there are more than 1.8 crore confirmed cases of Covid 19 and many of them are coming from Tier II, III & IV cities, so Vidyakul decided to give classes on mental pressure control to students whose families got affected by this Virus and also start an awareness campaign on its platform to build awareness on this pandemic. The company also decided to bear all the expenses of their Tutors (Vaccines, Food, Medical bills and Travel) and also decided not to cut any salary of teachers who tested positive.
Scaler Academy: Established in 2015, Scaler Academy is a Bangalore based online tech-versity for the top 1% of software developers in the country, offering an intensive six-month computer science course through live classes delivered by tech leaders and subject matter experts. The company has initiated a vaccination drive wherein they will bear the cost of covid vaccinations for its 350 employees and their immediate family members. The company has tied-up with leading healthcare service providers so that its employees, who are from their hometowns and currently working from home, get the covid vaccine as per the government’s eligibility guidelines.
Leverage Edu: Established in 2017, Leverage Edu is a New Delhi based edtech startup helpi students figure what they should do and where they should be at – wherever that be in the world – to realise their full potential. The company helps students navigate & assess their journey thus far, matches them to personalised mentors, counsels them towards their higher education dream with an employability lens, and makes sure that everyone punched way above their weight to make dreams come alive and truly be able to level up. The company is currently providing free vaccines to all of its 250+ employees and their families in 35+ cities. Working closely with its team, the company is also running from pillar to post to secure beds and oxygen in New Delhi. While its overseas education business is peaking amid growing vaccinations and falling infection rates in the United States and Canada, the company is focusing all its energies on helping employees through this challenging period.