RUPANTAR, an education initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society, has now spread its wings internationally and established a partnership with EdTech Israel through a signed MoU to foster synergies between Israeli and Indian ‘education startups’.
Israel has established its reputation as a global hub for innovation, producing more startup ventures than Canada, India, Japan, South Korea and Britain combined. To tap this expertise and share its own success story, Sri Aurobindo Society through its RUPANTAR programme has signed an MoU with EdTech Israel to foster synergies between Israeli and Indian Education Startups. Sharing our vision, EdTech Israel is an organization leading the Israeli ecosystem of education innovation, connecting Israel to international markets, partners, investors, governments and businesses.
The partnership was forged during the Global Education Summit, held in Tel Aviv on June 4–5, 2019, which is Israel’s annual event exploring global industry trends and showcasing latest innovations in learning and educational technologies. Sri Aurobindo Society was invited this year to share its vision on ‘Innovation in Education in India’ and participate in a panel discussion titled ‘India: K12 and beyond, Israel’s best chance’.
‘Sri Aurobindo Society is excited to partner with EdTech Israel to enable, accelerate, and implement educational solutions and sustainable social businesses that will bring innovation and impact to India's education needs,’ said Sambhrant Sharma, Member – Executive, Sri Aurobindo Society.
This MoU gives boost to our RUPANTAR programme’s most recent education transformation initiative – Edupreneur Village, which is India’s first incubation programme focused on education technology startups. The objective is to improve India’s education systems by connecting our young education entrepreneurs to Israel’s innovative talent, content, methodologies and technologies.
Another critical point of interest for the Israeli technology startups at the summit was Auro Scholarship – an innovative microscholarship programme for Indian K–12 students, soon to be launched under the RUPANTAR umbrella. Again a first in India, this scholarship will focus on building talent rather than discovering talent as other scholarships do. Students will learn through mobile apps by our partner education technology startups, including Israeli startups, and students who show improved Learning Outcomes will win a micro scholarship on a monthly basis.
In the near future, Sri Aurobindo Society looks forward to more important collaborations for which the foundation was laid during the Innovation Week programme, held from June 2 to 6, 2019, preceding and following the summit. This was an exclusive programme offering visits and opportunities to network some of the world-class education innovation organizations, including prestigious ones such as Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Weizmann Institute of Science.