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February 11, 2005

Teaching US students from India

Businessworld profiles the new "offshore tuitions" opportunity which involves teachers in India helping US kids improve their test scores:
The Karol Bagh centre of Educomp Datamatics could easily be one of them, another teaching shop promising to help students get into the IITs and IIMs.

Step in and you realise the difference. There are teachers, but no stud-ents. There are computers, but no blackboards. Actually, the students are 16,000 miles away at the Franklin School, Santa Barbara, California. Educomp is running a pilot for taking tuitions online for students in the US.

This is education outsourcing. Or, to use the cliché of linking everything sent from overseas as a process, it is being termed as education process outsourcing (EPO). Career Launcher, another Delhi-based teaching company, also has teachers on its rolls who are tutoring American students.


Arun Natarajan is the Editor of TSJ Media, which tracks venture capital activity in India and Indian-founded companies worldwide. View sample issues of TSJ Media's Venture Intelligence India newsletters and reports.