Former Uber India top executive Bhavik Rathod has started an educational technology platform focussed on extracurricular activities platform for children between the ages of 5 and 15.
Kyt, with live private and small group sessions, aims to offer an alternative to traditional offline neighbourhood schools, which are often the only recourse for kids interested in dance, music, chess, singing, yoga etc.
Kyt, which Rathod founded along with wife Tripti Ahuja, has a team of professional educators and curriculum designers that work very closely with celebrity curriculum partners to create the course.
For instance, the company has partnered exclusively with the likes of Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi, captain of the India team that won Gold at the Online World Chess Olympiad, as well as Ruel Varindani, an award-winning choreographer from the Philippines, and Sabrina Merchant, a celebrity yoga instructor, among others, to curate online courses. Already, more than a thousand users have signed up and courses are starting next week.
“We’ll be adding more courses such as chess by GM Vidit Gujrathi, musical instruments like guitar and keyboard, public speaking and creative writing very soon to give more options for kids,” Rathod told ET.
The courses on the Kyt platform are progressive, and classes each week will be built on what students learn previously. “At the end of the course, the students will showcase what they have learnt – be it through a choreography, singing showcase, or a video and receive a certificate of completion signed by our curriculum partners. It’s perfect for children who are enthusiastic about specific interests and are looking to further hone their skills,” said Ahuja.
The Indian ed-tech sector has gained from high growth rates during the Covid-19 pandemic as schools shut across the country.
“The future of education is a hybrid of offline and online learning. Primary schools will soon re-open once Covid-19 is behind us. This blended form of learning has seen increasing adoption this past year in the United States, Singapore, Australia, India, and elsewhere,” Rathod said. A founding member of Uber India and head of Uber Eats, Rathod quit in October last year following a six-year stint.