A fresh vision for the future of classroom education.

Education today

The Present

Classrooms have a pedagogy that is reminiscent of the pre-internet era of teaching-learning through group lectures where one teacher speaks to a class of 60 students. There is no attention paid to the learning needs or styles of individual students and thus the quality of learning outcomes at leading public universities is a 67% failure rate.

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The Future

Our vision for the classroom of tomorrow is to create a “Learner Centered Model” with high quality learning outcomes where nearly all students achieve learning objectives for the course. Through Connected Learning pedagogy, students choose between Self Learning, Peer Learning and Teacher assisted learning to suit their personal learning styles.

A vision backed by learning data

Our vision for the future of classroom education is based on data of learning styles of Indian students from our execution over the last 24 months along with Facebook School of Innovation and Freshworks School of SaaS at Sastra and GiTAM University.


“The aim of education / adhyayana (अध्ययन) is to be a tool for preparation for a life-long journey to awaken the primary faculties of human consciousness and become self-aware individuals.”

— India’s National Education Policy, 2020.

This journey of life-long education is depicted in our emblem of a child learning under the tree of awakening. The motto Anu Gacchata Pravaham (अनुगच्छत प्रवाहं) is a benevolent blessing for our pupils: “May you follow the universal flow of life”.

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A full stack digital educational experience

By aligning stakeholders across all layers of the educational stack, we are accelerating the digital transformation of classroom education to a learner centered model.

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Regulatory Layer

Pupilfirst is a founding member of the National Educational Alliance for Technology, a Public Private Partnership Scheme for promoting educational technology companies by Ministry of Education, Government of India.

Pedagogy Layer

We create our own Pupilfirst learning management system (LMS) for running an asynchronous online school, where learning is achieved through focused tasks, directed feedback, an iterative workflow, and community interaction.

Curriculum Layer

Along with industry partners like Facebook and Freshworks, we create competency based curriculums that delivers in-demand industry skills to students in emerging technologies.

Institutional Layer

The final magic ingredient is a methodological process that has been developed through two years of research that lets faculty guide students to achieve high quality learning outcomes consistently.

Pupilfirst School is translating our vision into reality today.

School of Innovation India from Facebook

School of Innovation India
from Facebook.

Along with Facebook, we have created the School of Innovation to bring modern emerging technology curriculums in AR/VR to students pursuing School and Higher Education.

Learn more about our Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality programmes.

School of Innovation India from Facebook

Web Technologies from Freshworks

Along with Freshworks, the leading Software as a Service (SaaS) company, we have created the school of web technologies to teach modern software engineering to students.

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School of Innovation India from Facebook

Machine Learning from Jiffy.ai

Jiffy.ai is a silicon valley based AI startup which is partnering with Pupilfirst to setup the School of Machine Learning.

Coming Soon
School of Innovation India from Facebook

School of Electric Vehicles from Micelio

Micelio Fund is a clean mobility ecosystem fund which is investing across the electric vehicle value chain
in India.

Coming Soon

Pupilfirst LMS is our open-source learning management system.

The project's overall goal is to make modern tooling available in the field of education, and to do so in a manner that promotes effective techniques for improving student outcome.

Outcome driven teaching

Focus on creating real learning outcomes for students. Coach your students through an intensive 'Learn by Doing' process to achieve outcomes. (Jobs. Money. Degree.)

Outcome driven teaching
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You are an expert in your domain. Pupilfirst enables you to quickly and efficiently review the quality of task submissions by students, share feedback and create a conversation around what students have learned.

Foster a culture of sharing knowledge

Pupilfirst encourages collaboration by building student communities that can solve its own problems, and even supports teaming up of students to go through a challenging course together.

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Our Team

  • Sanjay Vijayakumar

    Chairman and CEO

    Sanjay is a serial entrepreneur, co-author of India's Student Startup Policy and Governing Board Member of Kerala Technical University.

  • Suma Sundararajan

    Chief Operating Officer

    With a double master's from US and a decade of work experience at IIT Chennai’s Social Incubator, Suma has deep operational expertise across students, academia and industry.

  • Hari Gopal

    Chief Technology Officer

    Hari is a full-stack software engineer with 13 years of experience and leads the development of Pupilfirst LMS, one of the largest open-source projects that uses the ReScript programming language.

  • Reena Singh

    Senior Manager, Teaching Learning Operations

    Dr. Reena Singh manages course operations on Pupilfirst School. Before this, she was an Assistant Professor at MIT, Manipal. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from IIT Mandi.

  • Mahesh Krishna Kumar

    Senior Full-Stack Developer

    Mahesh is currently a full-stack developer at Pupilfirst with more than 5 years experience in product building using Ruby on Rails, Javascript and ReScript.

  • Bodhish Thomas

    Senior Full-Stack Developer

    A natural jack of all trades, Bodhish is currently focusing on building a repertoire of full stack web development skills. He's very active in the developer community, and is our go-to person for new & exploratory projects.

  • Vinu T V

    UI/UX Designer

    Vinu is a designer at Pupilfirst focused on user interface design and branding with 6 years of experience. He thrives on the challenge of interaction and visual design efforts with the engineering team.

  • Raj Suhail

    UI Engineer

    Raj is a User Interface Engineer with more than three years of experience. He has a passion for making UIs accessible and delightful.

  • Shanthi R

    General Administration

    Shanthi has over 9 years of experience in the field of business administration and office-management. At Pupilfirst, her expertise is used to manage our accounts, deal with day-to-day business needs, and to keep the office humming along smoothly. In her free time, she loves to play badminton & watch movies.

  • Rajesh Radhakrishnan

    Senior Manager, Finance

    Rajesh is a finance professional with more than 15 years of experience. At Pupilfirst, he looks after the accounts and finance of the company.

  • Nandhu

    Manager, Course Operations

    A mechanical production engineer by degree and a tech-enthusiast by passion who is ready to learn, adapt, upskill and contribute to the emerging technologies. Also, an avid follower of sports and loves to travel.

  • Aravind Mahadevan

    Manager, Course Operations

    Aravind is a programme manager handling course operations at Pupilfirst. With a PGDM in Marketing and Operations from SJIM Bangalore, he worked in the banking sector for 3+ years before joining Pupilfirst.

  • Nagarajan Gunasekaran

    Manager, LITE operations

    Nagarajan is currently an Associate Manager for course operations at Pupilfirst. As a mechanical engineer with a plethora of interests in academia, he is determined to help the student community evolve. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK.

  • Alkka Elisa Roy

    Manager, Community, Alumni & Placement

    Alkka is involved in driving student engagement activities, facilitating the placement of students and maintaining alumni relations at Pupilfirst.

  • Mamatha Krishnan

    Communication Training Expert

    Mamatha is an experienced teacher with a passion for education. She has experience in teaching at different levels, and on various platforms, and has various certifications including B. Ed, NET, SET, TKT, and CELTA.

  • Yaswanth Kumar Bethu

    Junior Web Developer

    A recent undergraduate from the class of 2022 in Computer Science and Engineering, he was also a student and teaching assistant at Pupilfirst before joining the team full-time. He is currently focused on building web development skills, and he strongly believes in "knowing something about everything and knowing everything about something".

  • Kaiser Sakhi Bhat

    Junior Web Developer

    One of our newest members, Kaiser has joined as a junior developer. Kaiser holds a master's degree in Computer Applications, and before joining us, he completed an internship in Android development.

Our shareholders and advisors

  • Siddarth Pai

    Siddarth Pai is partner at 3One4 Capital. Siddarth believes that Pupilfirst is on track to create a sustainable organisation that delivers annuity returns to its shareholders.

  • Girish Mathrubootham

    Girish Mathrbootham is co-founder at Freshworks. Girish believes that Pupilfirst has found the right model that aligns interests of all stakeholders for enabling students to learn in-demand skills from industry experts at classrooms.

  • Shreyas Shibulal

    Shreyas Shibulal is partner at Electric Vehicle Fund Micelio. Shreyas believes that Pupilfirst can not just improve the quality of education but also create a learner community focussed on electric vehicles.

  • Vinil Bhandari

    Vinil Bhandari is Director of Engineering at NYSE and advisor to the leadership team. Vinil believes that the open source technology being built by Pupilfirst in tight collaboration with India's higher education regulator can result in massive social impact for millions of learners in India and developing countries.

  • Max Michaels

    Max Michaels is a seasoned executive with experiences at IBM, Cisco, AT&T, and McKinsey & Co. He is an active investor in over a dozen startups and funds including Stride Funding, and GSV Ventures. Max views PupilFirst as an EdTech with scalable impact in India and beyond.

Registered Office Address

Pupilfirst Pvt. Ltd.,
1st Floor, C M Complex,
Kalavath Road, Palarivattom,
Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala,
India — 682025
CIN: U74999KL2017PTC069556

Business Office Address

Pupilfirst Pvt. Ltd.,
International Center for Free
and Open Source Software,
Swatantra, South Pavilion,
Sports Hub, Karyavattom,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala,
India — 695581.


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