TeamLease Edtech, a learning solutions provider, has launched Digivarsity, a tech-first platform that integrates academic learning with real-world experience for higher education students. The platform aims to equip students with the practical skills and academic knowledge required for long-term career success.
Digivarsity has already partnered with over 150 employers and ten universities in India to provide innovative degree programs with a focus on the workplace. It allows them to integrate their college studies with practical work experience and make informed educational choices. The platform aims to grow further and has plans to partner with universities that offer a range of educational options, including campus-based, online, and distance learning programmes. Employers have also committed to sponsoring eligible students for Rs 25 crores for the current academic year.
Additionally, the company has partnered with several PSUs to develop further work-integrated degree programmes, including the Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT-WR), CSC Academy, Assam Electronics Development Corporation (AMTRON), the Government of Telangana, and APSCHE (AP State Council of Higher Education).
“Digivarsity is set to herald a transformational change in the higher education landscape in India. Over the next five years, we will invest Rs 100 crore to scale the platform and reach over 10 lakh students. The goal is to equip students with the skills demanded by the job market and shape the future workforce,” said Shantanu Rooj, founder and CEO, TeamLease EdTech.
The launch of Digivarsity addresses significant challenges that employers and universities face today. Most employers complain about their inability to hire and retain skilled workers, and universities struggle to provide students with employability-focused skill development. With the help of Digivarsity, universities can expand their impact and reach while enabling work-integrated degree programmes and building a talent supply chain for the future.
“Every student enrolling to the Work-Integrated Degree Programs of the partnering Universities shall be provided with an On-job internship/apprenticeship opportunity with an employer. The student shall hence graduate with real-world work experience. Moreover, every learner shall also get a monthly stipend to support his education and other costs, thus enabling the vision of ‘Earn while you Learn’,” says Neeti Sharma, president and cofounder, TeamLease EdTech.
“At Digivarsity, we believe in leveraging technology to personalise education,” explains Jaideep Kewalramani, COO and head of employability business, TeamLease EdTech. “Our AI-driven platform is designed to meet the specific needs of students and employers. We consider subjective and objective variables such as location, interests, academic background, and aptitude, providing a truly personalised experience. It matches higher education programs with relevant employer opportunities, ensuring students receive targeted guidance. Additionally, the platform utilises progressive Aptitude Tests, Visual Cues, and Digital Video CVs to enhance the candidate assessment process. This sets us apart from traditional education platforms.”