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Tested by Covid, online rivals and startups, Delhi's coaching centres hit the reset button

From cracking boards, JEE, to UPSC, Delhi, like the rest of India, has coaching centres for every season and reason but as online learning picks up, these brick-and-mortar classrooms are embracing tech to stay in the game

February 27, 2022 / 10:36 AM IST
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They have helped millions of students ace the toughest of the exams but now coaching centres that dot Indian cities, towns and villages face their biggest test as startups and online rivals snap up students, offering them learning from the safety of their homes in times of the coronavirus.

Hit hard by lockdown and restrictions brought by Covid-19, these coaching centres—tucked in a room of a home or housed in multi-storey buildings—are finding the going tough.

With limited finances, the small and medium-sized players are the most vulnerable in this multi-billion dollar industry.

“As if COVID-19 was not bad enough, we are facing attrition of students to online coaching and tuition startups, which gained prominence during the lockdown,” said Manoj Prabhakar, who runs Impact Tutorial in Laxmi Nagar, a coaching hub in east Delhi.