Vahan – An education startup which was founded in 2015 by Madhav Krishna has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Villgro a Chennai-based social business incubator. Vahan is a mobile education platform for low- income adults, and designed to complement instructor-led training for underprivileged communities, also helps them to learn English to find employment in high growth sectors such as retail, hospitality, beauty and wellness, where English proficiency is important.
Madhav Krishna, founder of Vahan said that
“After conducting research with people from low-income communities looking to learn English, we found that the lack of resources for practicing was one of the biggest reasons why they weren’t able to learn the language effectively. That’s when the idea for Vahan was born, our goal is to mimic language immersion for low-income English language learners through our app,”
Instructors can track their students scores and progress with the help of the App which has a web-based Learning Management System, instructors can also review student responses and revert them with their feedback via SMS or voice messages. The App work on smartphones as well as on basic feature phones and it supports the content properly. The students just need to call on a number to start their session. There is no requirement of the data connection and no download is required. The content of the app is align according to the requirement of the client’s training programme.
In india around 50% of the people are unemployed due to lack of English language and communication skills and it adds to 12 million people every year.
Vahan have piloted their products with the organizations who provide free English classes as a Second Language for low-income immigrants. A total of 65 students are run through the test for over 12 weeks. The app is very usefull for those candidates who faces difficulties in understanding English even if they are pursuing some training in institutes due to unavailability of good English teachers.