Khan Academy offers math lessons in Hindi, other Indian languages on radar


New Delhi: Khan Academy, a US-based non-profit organisation and an e-learning website that revolutionized the way schoolchildren learn math and science in that country, have entered India by launching Khan Academy Hindi starting with lessons in various grades of NCERT recommended Maths curriculum.

Khan acdeamy, whose free video tutorials were used by many, including Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, is promoted by Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst in the US. According to reports, the platform will keep adding more videos, practice exercises and tutorials in Hindi for free.

The academy is currently in the process of translating the English lessons in Hindi.

“Math is something which easily translates—so we saw a good opportunity to leverage the English platform. Then, Hindi makes more sense as it caters to almost half a billion people. Khan Academy videos are used as a supplementary tool often, but it’s in a way the core as it offers complete education solutions,” Salman Khan told Live Mint.

Khan, who origionally hails from bengal, said the academy was also looking at translating its lessons to other Indian languages like Bangla, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Sinhala, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

“Bengali is close to my heart. Of course we are looking at other languages. We are going to focus on all major languages. What we are trying to do in India is about a whole different scale effort,” he said.

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