Indic AI Foundation for social good

Provide quality education to differently abled to enable them to achieve higher education, get employment & excel in public & private sector

Photo of Sarita Chand
0 0

Written by

Eligibility

  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Sarita Chand

Initiative's representative date of birth

17th Feb 1981

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Woman

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • India

Where are you making a difference?

India

Website or social media url(s)

https://indic-ai.org/

When was your organisation founded?

We got registered as Section 8 Company NGO in India, under Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 17th Nov, 2019

Focus areas

  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce

Project Stage

  • Pilot (have done first proof of concept)

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $100k - $250k

Organisation Type

  • Non-profit / NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

I visited Saksham NGO to meet some visually impaired children & the teacher introduced me to some of her bright students who wanted to clear IIT JEE exam. Reema, a 9th class student was so passionate that she wants to learn Machine Learning, so that she can solve the education accessibility challenges of the visually impaired. Another student Pranam from 9th class, was the topper of 9th class in his inclusion school. As we interacted with more students, it was the unavailability of right guidance & accessible material that makes it difficult for students to pursue higher education. Thus our new journey started to find a scalable & cost-effective solution that can help these 13 million children of India to achieve their highest potential

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

Despite 5% reservation in public sector employment, the share of employment of differently abled in govt jobs remains at 0.44%, that too mainly in Grade C and D jobs. The employment rate in private sector is also estimated at a poor 0.3%. Many of the jobs reserved for them are vacant because of unavailability of suitable candidates.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

The aim of Indic AI is to provide quality education to differently abled to enable them to get employment and excel in public and private sector jobs. To achieve this goal, we would provide accessible study material, classroom trainings from Best private institutes & mentor-ship support. Academic Collaborations: Indic AI Education is an accessible platform for differently abled, to provide exam oriented content and classroom trainings (for competitive exams such as Accounting, Healthcare, Banking, MBA, Law, Govt Jobs, Engineering etc), academic courses (such as school & college exams) as well as job-oriented professional courses (such as digital marketing, coding, cyber security etc). We are collaborating with the best institutes to provide trainings and making their quality content available in accessible format in a cost-effective way. Inspiring Innovation: We are using Deep Learning, ML algorithms and Technology based solutions to create accessible content , reduce the cost footprint and make our offerings scalable. Our models are trained on domain-specific Indian content, ensuring our models have low error rates & high accuracy as compared to commercial models.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

Indic AI is the only platform in India with focus on accessible education of differently abled. We provide access to online and classroom academic, competitive exam-oriented as well as professional job-oriented courses, to ensure they learn, clear exams, get jobs and become financially independent. We will collaborate with private companies to provide internships for practical exposure and mentors to guide and support them. We are developing and fine-tuning Deep Learning and Machine Learning models to make our solution smarter and work with greater degree of automation. Training models on local educational content would ensure less error rate in automation, reducing the cost of manual intervention in making content accessible.

5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

Social transformation: Most of the differently abled aspire for govt & public sector jobs, because of higher job security. But even in a best-case scenario, not all of them will qualify the same. So, we want the students to have the industry-oriented skills, do internships & explore job opportunities in private sector, these skills will also help them to perform on govt/public sector jobs. But most important for us, is that we enable our students to take ownership of their learning to keep updating themselves for new generation skills. For example, the mentors of our Engineering students will encourage them to learn AI, data structuring etc and participate in all the Tech competitions in their colleges. Arts students are encouraged to participate in all college committees and do internships with private sector companies.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

School students: coding, logical reasoning, mental maths, English, use computer independently. College Students & working professionals: use computer independently for all their college exams & assignments, financial planning, content developers , market research, Financial modelling Python, AI, ML, Cyber Security, Analytics, DM, Progress Matrix • Exam oriented: Students clearing the exam/ Total exam course students • Professional: Students who have completed the course/ Total professional students • Academic: Total numbers of hrs spend by students enrolled/Total academic students

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Few other NGOs are doing a great job of training differently abled students for private sector jobs. They provide inhouse classroom trainings on accessibility, sales, marketing, tele calling, computer and support for school/college education. Our main aim is to create a scalable model in a cost-effective way, so that we enable all the beneficiaries and don’t restrict it to Tier 1 cities or selected classroom NGOs. So, we are creating an online platform and collaboration of NGOs above, companies, private institutes, mentors, accessible content partners and sponsors.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Pilot program: In Nov 2019, we had worked with 5 students Initial Batch Identification: We have now enlisted 100 visually impaired students from India. The group consists of students with diverse goals, ranging from clearing competitive exams (such as Engineering, management, banking, government, teaching exams etc.) and preparing for jobs and interviews (computer skills, software coding, digital marketing, entrepreneur etc.) Minimum Viable Product: Indic AI Education website and app will be launched by Feb, 2020, with 100 plus hours of accessible content for professional trainings, and partnering with multiple private training providers for 100 students enrolled in the current batch. AI and Technology solution: Our model for caption and transcript generation on Indian educational content is trained on Indian education dataset & first version would be ready for launch by March 2020

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Main sources of revenue would be: a) Commission income from sale of paid courses: We have 2 types of courses on our platform viz. free courses that are fully subsidised by the course provider & paid courses that are subsidised by at least 50% discount by the course provider. Indic AI would charge a commission on paid courses sold through its platform. b) Sales revenue from Technology & AI solutions: We would be offering our deep learning models & accessibility solutions to institutes, course providers, corporates etc. on commercial basis. In FY 21, FY22, FY23, FY24 the revenue to total expense ratio will be 10%, 35%, 52%, 92% respectively. In short & medium term we need grants and CSR funds , in our 5th year we become profitable.

10. Team

The Indic AI team consists of entrepreneurs, machine learning and analytics professionals working in the industry with cumulative experience of over two decades in education, analytics, banking and technology. Sarita Chand is founder of Indic AI and is responsible for partnering with Training Institutes and NGOs. Earlier, she was the co-founder of Edupristine (Neev Knowledge Management Pvt Ltd). Edupristine is one of the largest training institutes for working professionals in India, providing

Help Us Support Diversity! Are you a member of an under-served , under-represented, or marginalized group in your country of residence? (yes/no) (this question is optional – if you choose to fill it out, the response will not be shared with your fellow contestants)

  • Disability (including: physical, intellectual, and/or mental disabilities)

If you selected “yes” to any of the categories above, please explain how being a member of this group has impacted you and your work?

Working with differently abled is a huge motivation and an amazing learning experience. You get encouraged to see how they are so passionately working towards their goals, despite having minimal resources and negative ambiance that surrounds them. We strongly feel their inclusion is required, in schools as students and teachers and in corporates as owners and employees. A strong education system is the backbone to achieve the same.

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

Find this idea inspiring? Add your own!

0 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment