Rohan Lodha, CEO at Super Scholar
Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
Mr. Rohan Lodha: My previous start-up provided interest-free education loans to Indian students. I knew these students individually, and they wanted to study and were super excited with an interest-free EMI option. Yet, most of them got rejected for loans. That's when I knew that something was broken in the Indian education system, and scholarships were the perfect solution. Unfortunately, only 1 in 400 students in India receive a scholarship compared to 1 in 6 in the US.
I knew that for Indian students to get to the next level, EdTech is the best option that offers top-quality global education at an accessible price. We make EdTech even more accessible to every Indian student through our "Edtech Scholarship Program." This is how Super Scholar became the EdTech Scholarship Platform for Indian students.
Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Super Scholar?
Mr. Rohan Lodha: Super Scholar provides the following to its student community:
Course Recommendation and Search Engine
Numerous Ed-Techs are promoting various online courses creating confusion among students to pick the right online course. Super Scholar provides a search engine that lists all the paid and free online courses by bringing all learning platforms under one roof and levels the playing field for small and big Ed-Tech firms. These courses include crash courses, certification courses, micro-degrees, live classes, etc.
Super Scholar also recommends the most relevant course from the candidate's personalized profile, which one creates after sign-up. Course recommendation helps solve tutorial hell and gives an accurate online course roadmap to get your dream job in their dream company.
An Ed-Tech Scholarship is a 21st-century scholarship to provide financial aid for online courses. Ed-tech courses today are expensive; hence, making online courses more affordable Ed-tech scholarship plays a significant role. Therefore, Super Scholar partners with Ed-Techs to provide up to 100% Ed-Tech scholarships to everyone.
Great Companies: What makes Super Scholar different from hundreds of other similar service providers?
Mr. Rohan Lodha:
Super Scholar is the first and only platform that hand holds a student from start to finish. You can start your course search on our platform, pay for it through our scholarships, and eventually get internships and placements with your credentials.
We are also entirely unbiased. We are not sponsored by any individual EdTech company and put the student first over everything else. Our vision is to build a community of students that can review courses and help their peers,
Great Companies: What are the struggles and challenges you face?
Mr. Rohan Lodha: The biggest struggle and challenge is to form parents' opinions about online courses is whether or not the product lives up to what was pitched to them. Online learning has been touted as a more-than-capable replacement for offline education. Still, poor trade practices and false promises made by aggressive sales and marketing teams have made parents lose faith in online learning and the Ed-Tech industry.
Students have not been provided adequate content, mentorship, or expertise to learn via online learning. There are several underlying reasons for this, leading to the growing lack of trust in online courses and the Ed-Tech industry.
Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future?
Mr. Rohan Lodha: Super Scholar plans to go international soon. We will list international courses on our platform with content in various languages by partnering with global Ed-Techs. We will also build a global student community to help students aboard.
Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting, what would it be?
Mr. Rohan Lodha: Ignore every risk and start. Failure is part of the journey, and humans are wired to run away from it. If you can teach yourself to embrace failure, you will be unstoppable. Either way, you will learn a lot.