GreyCells18 launches education channel Topper

GreyCells18 launches education channel Topper

MUMBAI: Greycells18 Media has announced the launch of its curriculum-based education TV channel Topper, which is part of the Topper Integrated Learning System (TILS).

The new education channel will initially cater to classes IX to XII, and provide content that will comply with CBSE and other related state boards. It will Initially cover physics, chemistry and mathematics.

GreyCells18 co-promoter Raghav Bahl said, "It is about time India looked beyond TV as a medium of entertainment like in the west. We are confident that Topper learning system will not only broaden people‘s horizon as TV as a medium of education but will also revolutionise the education system in India."

TILS deploys technologies like digital video, text and data on the DTH platforms. It provides content such as "Daily Quiz," "Topic Tips" and study pages.

Till 15 April, Topper will be a free-to-preview 24 hours television channel available on DTH platforms Tata Sky and Dish TV. It can be viewed on channel 570 on Tata Sky and on channel 097 on Dish TV, respectively.

With three hours of fresh content from 3 to 6 pm, the channel will telecast six fresh episodes daily with four episodes based on the regular course and two episodes on the exam specials (pertaining to the upcoming board exams).

All fresh episodes will have four repeat telecasts over the week to allow students to catch up on what they may have missed.

After viewing a topic on Topper TV, a student can access additional study material on the site, and also take tests online. A performance record of each student is maintained to check progress. The portal also offers an interactive facility, whereby students have access to a panel of experts who will answer their queries online.

GreyCells18 co-founder Sunil Khanna said, "We are happy to announce the launch of the first curriculum-based learning system. Statistics show that there are approximately 300 million kids who enrolled in schools across India. With limited seats available in colleges and premium professional courses, it is imperative to have a strong primary and secondary education background. Thus, there is a significant opportunity to supplement the existing school system for children to make the best of their secondary education. We hope Topper will provide a major impetus to the current education system. "

The "educators" of the channel include Chandralekha Singh, PhD from University of California, currently teaching at Pittsburg University; Shankar Venkatagiri, Phd from Georgia Tech, currently teaching at IIM Bangalore; Debabrata Goswami, Phd from Princeton University, currently teaching at IIT Kanpur; Shaleen Sharma, B Tech (Hons) from IIT Roorkee; Sumeet Luthra, MBBS, FRCS(London); Mona Srivastava M.Tech, IIT-Delhi; and Pavan Chauhan B.Tech, PGDBM (IIM Bangalore).

Greycells18 co-founder Sricharan Iyengar said, "‘Topper‘ features a group of star teachers who have been carefully identified. With exceptional track records - iconic and inspirational – these individuals come armed with experience gathered from teaching in the best institutes of the world, coupled with a passion for their subject. This team will present modules to students in the in the simplest manner."

Greycells18 Media is a joint venture forged by Sunil Khanna (former head of Reliance‘s DTH and associated with Zee‘s distribution business for long), and Sricharan Iyengar (former VP and business head ESPN Star Sports). Also holding equity are Shantanu Prakash of Educomp and Network18‘s private equity initiative Capital18.

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