Roshni Mukherjee quit a lucrative corporate job to provide free online lessons to India’s least served children. Shilpa Sharma met the teacher of the year
‘‘Why should quality education be the right of only those who can afford it” asks Roshni Mukherjee, one of 100 women who received the Women Achievers Award from the Ministry of Women and Child Development earlier this year. Her brainchild, the website Examfear.com, is a favourite when it comes to online tutorials for students between Std 6 and Std 12. It’s an unlikely career path for the 29-year-old former analyst.
Log on to Examfear.com and you will find almost 5,000 videos on subjects like physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. This content is crucial to Roshni’s mission. She says, “While there are students in rural areas who might have access to the same syllabus as students in the cities, the way it is taught to them makes a huge difference.” Roshni made her first video in 2011, and her Master’s degree in physics determined its theme. “I made a couple of videos based on lessons from the Std 11 physics syllabus and uploaded them on YouTube. I wasn’t sure if they would get even a few hits but the views ran into thousands.” Today, Roshni offers instruction through her YouTube channel (ExamFearVideos), as well as the website.
Exam Fear Videos has over 100,000 subscribers today and its founder says she learns something new every day from the feedback her students give her. Does she not miss the paycheck at the end of the month? “I have now started a contribute option on the website, so students who want to pay for lessons can. I get some revenue from the YouTube advertisements as well.” Next, Roshni wants to start making videos in vernacular languages so that children from the remotest corners of the country can access them. “Sadly, a lot is dependent on exam results in India. I want to make education fun and when I read comments like: ‘What you taught us in 10 minutes, our teacher couldn’t explain in one week’, I know I’m headed in the right direction.”