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Pankaj Agarwal,founder and CEO, TagHive
Agarwal knows the value of good education. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and Harvard Business School, he had an enviable career with Samsung Electronics at its headquarters in South Korea. But he chose to be an entrepreneur in the education space. He set up edtech firm TagHive in 2017, which was incubated by Samsung for a year. His learning solution for India, Class Saathi, is tailor-made for the country. Reason: It needs no electricity, no Internet connectivity, is low maintenance, low cost, and subject- and class-agnostic. How does it work then? Based on the concept of quizzes at the end of every chapter, the solution consists of clickers (powered by a coin cell) for students, which connect via Bluetooth to a teacher’s smartphone which runs the app. In fact, a pilot run in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) found that attendance and learning outcomes of students went up within a month, the company claims. This led to TagHive being invited by the U.P. government to deploy its solutions at 200 schools, followed by the Madhya Pradesh government for its 2,000-plus schools. Then the pandemic struck and TagHive pivoted to focus on its at-home learning app, with content for Maths and Science for Classes VI-X, according to the NCERT syllabus.