BENGALURU (INDIA) – Amazon.com Inc has started an online academy to provide training to students in a bid to prepare them for one of India’s most competitive college entrance exams, said the firm on Wednesday. This comes as the eCommerce behemoth is tapping a boom in virtual learning during the pandemic.
“Amazon Academy” is available as a website and an Android smartphone app. It offers learning materials, live classes and assessments to help students prepare for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), allowing them entry into top engineering schools in the country.
Currently, the content of the platform is available free of cost and it will remain so for the “the next few months”, said Amazon India in a statement.
Every year, close to two million aspirants appear for the government-run JEE, for which some attend private classes. Many of those tuition centers have either moved online or have closed down during the pandemic.
The country is witnessing a boom in online education or ed-tech, a market which has only expanded since the pandemic forced schools to close.