The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed colleges to go surfing and with that the duty of importing the homework and even classwork submissions have by and enormous fallen upon dad and mom. On most weekday mornings, you’ll discover me flitting out and in of rooms, virtually like a headless rooster, attempting to assist my youngsters log in to their respective courses. There are occasions when I’ve uploaded my youthful baby’s homework instead of the older ones and vice versa.
It’s in instances like these that I discover myself wishing for a forewarning about submission deadlines, bus pick-ups and drops and even upcoming conferences with academics. Enter Kriyo. Based in 2017, it was created by Sucharitha Dasireddy (IIM-A), Shashi Reddy (ISB), and Shyam Reddy (IIT-Kharagpur) who left their company jobs to convey digital transformation within the training sector.
This Hyderabad-based free college administration platform addresses all these points and helps educators go digital in beneath 5 minutes, with out the necessity for any coaching.
With over 2,300 colleges from over 102 international locations utilizing Kriyo, a overwhelming majority of its customers are from India, USA and South Africa.
A Repair For ‘Mundane Duties’
“Whereas working at Amazon after my commencement from IIM Ahmedabad, I might usually hear colleagues discuss how opaque college communication with dad and mom was and the way usually it led to utter chaos,” Sucharitha says. Nonetheless, the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s again was an incident that she was aware of. “I had accompanied my nephew to his college to gather the college uniform. What ought to have taken half an hour took us a gruelling three hours. Standing there I thought of how a lot of a waste the day was for us,” she says.
The incident received her excited about streamlining a few of the processes that colleges adopted to make it simpler for folks. “I additionally did sufficient analysis to know what the ache factors for the college and academics had been. I needed to discover a stability between teachers and managing the day-to-day operations, which principally included routine, repetitive and mundane duties that eat the majority of their time.”
She then leveraged expertise to ease college operations and caused a change within the communication channel between dad and mom and academics. Including to this, Shashi, Head of Merchandise, says, “We constructed the Kriyo app protecting in thoughts the various necessities of colleges. Be it a small preschool or a toddler care middle with only a few youngsters or a sequence of Ok-12 Colleges with branches all throughout the nation, Kriyo has you coated.”
One-Cease Store For College
“Shashi and I had been positive that we needed to make use of expertise to resolve the issue at hand. We had little doubt in our thoughts that it was an issue that wanted expertise intervention,” says Sucharitha. Fairly than constructing a product and looking for a method to promote it, the founders of Kriyo recognized an issue and went about constructing a product to handle that want and clear up the problem.
They began with servicing 39 colleges in Bengaluru in 2018 and that was a pilot challenge, which helped them perceive what tweaks the product wanted and the place there was scope for enchancment. Talking about how the app helps, Sucharitha says, “The app is a one-stop store for every thing associated to highschool — from charge fee to submission enquiries, each day attendance trackers, good college bus monitoring to communication between dad and mom and academics. It may possibly all be carried out on the click on of a button.”
She continues, “The app is beneficial not only for present dad and mom of a college but in addition potential dad and mom. Whereas making use of for admission, one often has to go to the college, get the bodily type and fill it out. The app has utterly digitised this course of and saves dad and mom a number of journeys to the faculties. When you scan the QR code, the applying type turns into accessible to the dad and mom to fill.”
Even from the college’s perspective, going digital helps in protecting monitor of the a whole lot of enquiries that they obtain through the admission season. Jessica, who’s the centre head and proprietor of Curious Tots says, “With the Kriyo app, I’m able to handle all forms of communication with dad and mom digitally. It’s time saving and value environment friendly. Moreover, I can monitor enquiries, charge funds and lots of extra options on my cell on the click on of a button.”
Sucharitha describes the app akin to a non-public neighborhood on-line the place academics and fogeys can talk with one another seamlessly.
“Consider it as Fb for folks and academics,” she says. The app additionally has options which permits customers to share info like utility varieties, circulars from college, and so on, with different dad and mom and stakeholders. There’s additionally scope to set reminders and monitor conversations which you’re feeling are vital to you.
The most important USP of the app is how user-friendly it’s and the way it may be used throughout a number of working methods. “IOS, android and even desktop and laptop computer customers can obtain the app and use it,” says Sucharitha.
Having raised a small spherical of seed funding from their community, Sucharitha says that they’re planning on elevating the following spherical of funding quickly. “The funding will assist us get the product to succeed in extra folks and likewise to work on making it higher for our end-users,” she concludes.
(Edited by Yoshita Rao)