Noida based e-learning solution Liqvid has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hewlett Packard to deliver Liqvid’s bilingual EnglishEdge software through the HP Lab-in-Box network.
As part of this partnership, Liqvid will be responsible for providing content, conduct train-the-trainer programmes, and also extend its offering to all future HP Lab-in-Box projects.
Liqvid will also be promoting HP LIFE e-learning program across its customer base and the program will be made available at all of Liqvid’s study centres. Liqvid claims that its customers include IIT Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Educomp and British Council, among others.
In August 2012, Liqvid had raised $3 million from a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, Japan. Following this funding round, the company had stated its plans to enter into the corporate and Government domain and go international, targeting developing countries. It seems that HP might its first big corporate partnership following the funding (correct us if we are wrong).
HP Lab-in-Box: HP Lab-in-Box also known as Tatkal Kaksha, was launched in 2011 by HP along with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to bring mobile computing resources to remote and urban schools in India.
HP Lab-in-Box is apparently equipped with 15 HP PCs, one HP multi-function printer, an electrical generator, wireless connectivity and built in furniture to accommodate 15 students and one teacher, all housed in a shipping container for easy transportation across India. The education software used here is based on NCERT’s education content platform.
The company claims that so far, this solution has been deployed across seven locations and can be extended for distance learning education, vocational training programs, and for training to ex-military servicemen on entrepreneur skills. However, it did not disclose the locations.
Other e-learning players: In February 2013, the company had partnered with London School of Business & Finance (LSBF) to launch a Postgraduate Professional Development Program. In the same month, Vuclip, a mobile video search and delivery startup, had launched a new mobile video channel, edu, that will feature educational videos for K-12 and higher education. For the same, Vuclip has partnered with Khan Academy and MIT Higher Education
In April 2013, Educomp had sold 50% of its stake in IndiaCan, a vocational training business to Pearson, its JV partner in the venture as a part of its plans to focus on digital content & IP offering and asset backed offerings like schools and colleges.
In 2012, Aptech had partnered with Hungama to offer educational content on digital platforms which was recently deployed on Airtel’s DTH platform through an interactive value added service called iEnglish. DTH operator Tata Sky, also offers a similar service, Active English, with content being offered by the British Council.
There are other educational solutions like EnableM, a mobile learning VAS company, iProf that launched XtraClass, an education solution for tablets, Edutor Technologies that launched its education solution for Android tablets called ‘Augmented Classroom Solution (ACS), Pressmart that launched a tablet-based learning solution which allows schools and students to store and access books, among others.