StartupEd had an opportunity to take an exclusive interview with Rohit Maurya, founder of Gurukul.Guru – an initiative that is revamping the education system in India. Read this interview to know about his journey. Here is how it went:

Tell me a little bit about your venture. What inspired you to start your venture?

Gurukul.Guru is an educational startup that is redefining the education system in India. We see many problems in the Indian education system as it was designed by the British to produce the workers for the factories at the time of the industrial revolution.
Now, we are living in a digital revolution where any information is just a click away. We are now seeing the emerging trends of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The factory workers are being replaced by machines and AI as they are capable enough to do the task of factory workers.
Many developed countries are changing their education system to cope with the digital revolution. Unfortunately, It seems that our educational institutes are not changing at the same pace. They are still living in the era of the industrial revolution.
We always boast about our IITs and IIMs. But the fact is that we are far behind in terms of innovation, creativity, and original thinking. Gone are the days when we were leading the world through our education, inventions, discoveries. Why don’t we study how our Gurukuls were excelled in that past? Gurukuls were successful because they allowed a student to think beyond limitation, they rewarded original thinkers, allowed debates without any bound, allowed learning by doing and most importantly, Gurukuls knew the purpose of education.
We created Gurukul.Guru that has the spirit of a Gurukul, and we are trying to create an education system that focuses on innovation, creativity, and original thinking with the use of modern technologies.

Entrepreneurship is all about problem-solving. For E.g. – A young guy couldn’t find a taxi, he founded UBER which transformed the way people commute. What is the problem set you are working with?

We always hear lots of people talking about problems with our education system. But, there are very few who are actually trying to solve these problems, most of them blame each other. Blaming is not going to solve any problem. First, we have to define the problem, then find out the root of the problem. Only then can we solve the problem.
We are trying to solve the problem of our education system. A perfect education system takes care of every aspect that is required to make a student’s life successful. We have created our own pedagogy called Guru’s Pedagogy that guides us to achieve this.
Read the Guru’s Pedagogy in detail – Click Here

What are your plans for growth?

We have an offline institute in Kalyan, Mumbai that helps us to understand how a student thinks, and also helps us to experiment with our teaching methodologies. It also provides financial freedom for us.
We are creating an environment here in Kalyan, Mumbai where teachers, students, parents discuss the true meaning of education.
We are also creating a school management platform that will help a school to manage a student’s attendance, fee collection. This platform also helps a school to take quizzes online and help students, and parents to see the progress of a subject using graph.

What is the biggest mistake you have made in your journey and if you could go back in time, what would you do differently?

We always make mistakes. The biggest mistake for me was waiting for the right time.

This is a hypothetical situation- imagine that you can invite anyone for dinner and they would surely accept your invitation. Who would you invite and why?

I would like to invite Albert Einstein. We all know he was one of the greatest scientists but very few of us know he was a great educator too. We are very inspired by his thinking about education. His quotes are really inspiring and motivating. Some of his quotes on education –

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds to think.”

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

What is that one piece of advice you would like to give to all the entrepreneurs out there?
Figure out your destination. Start your journey as soon as possible. Learn to enjoy the journey as you are going to face a lot of challenges.

Once my friend told me that hope for the best, prepare for the worst.