Two Rajasthan government employees have created over 250 mobile apps over eight years to provide free study material in Hindi to rural students. Surendra Tetarwal and Suresh Ola, also known as “App Gurus”, began working on the project in 2015 to aid students who had trouble finding study materials online in their preferred language.
Tetarwal, a sales tax officer, and Ola, a headmaster in the education department, both have postgraduate degrees in computer sciences and worked on the apps in their free time outside of their government jobs.
The duo has received multiple awards for their contributions to the field, including the National ICT Award in 2019 from the Union Ministry of Education, the Rajasthan Bhamashah Shiksha Vibhushan Samman in 2019-20 for donating mobile apps to the state government to improve education, and the Rajasthan E-Governance Award in 2016-17 for their remarkable contribution in the field of e-governance by mobile apps in education.
The apps provide study material for primary, middle, and senior secondary classes, as well as for students pursuing graduation and post-graduation. They have donated about 100 mobile applications to the state government to further develop study content and cater to the needs of the students. The apps have been downloaded by lakhs of users and have crores of page views, said Tetarwal.
The apps are available for free on Google Play Store, and Ola said they have also created a free, open-source mobile app maker platform for the teacher community. The platform will allow thousands of teachers to contribute to the digitalization of education by creating their own mobile apps without any technical knowledge. Ola said that the server shifting work is currently ongoing and the platform will be live in the next four to five days.
-With agency inputs
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