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CollegeDekho, India’s ambitious EdTech raises $8 million

CollegeDekho, India’s ambitious EdTech raises $8 million

With a population of more than 1.3 billion, India is rapidly emerging as a coveted hub of technology and investments. With hundreds of millions of people having access to reliably fast internet connections, numerous internet service providers, as well as mobile applications, are eyeing the country’s vast market. Education is one sector in India that is ready for disruption. One of the most ambitious startups attempting to spearhead the disruption in education is CollegeDekho.

CollegeDekho (meaning: look for colleges) provides a platform where high school graduates can connect with colleges and seek admissions. CollegeDekho has just raised an amazing $8 million in a Series B round of funding which was led by Girnarsoft Education and Man Capital. The startup already has over 36000 colleges registered on its platform and stated that it intends to use the fresh capital to expand and include more institutions in India and abroad.

Each year sees millions of students enter college in India. However, various reasons like familial pressure, social peer pressure, rigid cultural norms, and even widespread stigma prevent most of the students from following their passions. These students end up opting for engineering or medical courses in college, all because of their apparent and perceived higher value in society. As a result, India produces the world’s highest number of engineers and doctors, most of whom are substandard and struggle to find a job for years after graduation.

RuchirArora, the founder, and CEO of CollegeDekho aims to tackle this widespread problem prevalent in India and make it easier for millions of high school graduates to decide upon a career which is best suited for their talents, through a consolidated platform for researching higher education.     

 

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