New learning opportunities for India’s minority language speakers

The opportunity of a personalized learning experience for the preparation of job-oriented exams is now becoming a reality for India’s minority language speakers. The mobile-based test preparation platform OnlineTyari, which provides learning materials, mock tests, e-books and other services for the preparation of standardized job tests (such as banking or Government jobs, Union Public Service Commission, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) has now made available its content in Marathi, one of the numerous regional languages in India spoken by around 71 million people.

This is a significant step forward for this promising Indian startup founded in 2014 with the objective of providing study materials to increase the job opportunities of the excluded non-English speakers. Their content was initially available only in English and Hindi, but with the recent addition of Marathi, they moved a step forward towards their objective of 10 vernacular languages to be added during the next year.

“Students familiar with Indian languages must not feel marginalised, and it is imperative that they have access to the highest quality content in any language they choose.” Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education and ex-CFO, Infosys, who has invested in the firm (YourStory)

The amount of good quality learning materials available in regional languages is very limited and considering that around 30% (Forbes) of the population in India speaks English (and even a lower percentage is able to read and write in English) this is a very important achievement to increase the opportunities of minority language speakers in the country.

Additional sources: YourStory, The Economic Times