Tata Trusts ties up with Khan Academy to provide free online education in India

Dated: December 09, 2015

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Tata Trusts has announced that they will be supporting US-based non-profit Khan Academy to provide free online education to Indians through one of the biggest open-access online platforms.

"This is a concept which is refreshingly different, extending free education and knowledge to anyone, anytime and anywhere which can change the world of illiterate to literate," said Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Trusts, which owns three fourth of Tata Sons. "We expect this initiative to make a tremendous difference to the present and future generations."

The five year partnership will provide free, world- class education in Maths and Science for anyone who seeks it in India in local languages. The effort is also to focus on designing and improving the Academy's content creation capacities primarily for the middle and low income students in urban areas in the first two years. In the following three years, the plan is to reach out to the rural hinterland.

The hedge fund analyst-turned-founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, said that Indian students already use Academy's content but it is now in the process of creating specialised content in English and Hindi for the benefit of India, one of the youngest nations in the world.

He said, the Tata Trusts has been supporting education for over a century now, which involves giving grants, providing scholarships for students going abroad for studies, etc.

The tie-up with Tata Trusts comes days after the Khan Academy announced an entry into India and a partnership with Central Square Foundation. Khan said the not-for-profits are needed where markets have failed and education and healthcare among the sectors where a room has been made for play by the non-profits.

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