Amazon.com Inc has launched an online academy to train students for one of India’s most competitive college entrance tests, the e-commerce giant said on Wednesday, as it taps a boom in virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon Academy, available as a website and an Android smartphone app, will offer to learn the material, live lectures, and assessments to help students prepare for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which allows entry into top engineering schools across India.
Content on the platform is currently available free and will remain free for the next few months, Amazon India said in a statement.
Each year, close to two million aspirants to coveted undergraduate engineering courses takes the government-run JEE, for which some take additional classes with private tutors. Many of those tuition centers have either moved online or shut during the pandemic.
India has seen a boom in online education, or ed-tech, a market that has only expanded as the pandemic forced schools to close.