Kochi: The first ever Pallikkutam National Awards for Startups in Education was announced on September 5th via Zoom Meet in the presence of participants across the country. Delhi-based Harappa Education Pvt Ltd has won the Golden Award of Rs 1 lakh, Kochi based Stellariz EdTech Solutions Pvt Ltd won the Silver Award of Rs 50,000 and Mumbai-based KidzByte Media Tech Pvt Ltd won the Bronze Award of Rs 25,000.
The award was instituted by Rajagiri Media in association with Kerala Startup Mission and sponsored by South Indian Bank as part of their CSR activities. In all 89 entries were received from 14 states and they have brought in disruptive and frugal innovations in education providing scalable to free platforms for transforming education, the jury noted.
Dr Saji Gopinath, CEO of Kerala Startup Mission in his keynote address pointed out that edtech start-ups in India have taken education to the next stage of growth and development especially during the pandemic outbreak. Government and infrastructure is supportive of start-ups in education sector, he added.
Management experts Ravindranath Kamath (Next Education), Arjun Mohan (upGrad), Rahul Savoor (Wadhwani Foundation) Aastha Grover, Head Start Up India Hub, Raphael TJ, Chief General Manager and Chief Information Office, South Indian Bank, Dr Varghese Panthalookaran, Director Rajagiri Media addressed the gathering. This is the second National Award for Education instituted by Rajagiri Media this year, the other award, National Award for Innovation in Education 2020 declared on August 15th.