Education and professional courses should not be limited to uploading videos online; In an exclusive interview with Ashis Aryan, he said higher education should not be restricted to those who can attend such campuses. Edited verses:
What is the idea behind the launch of Metaversity as a platform?
For the past two years, education has gone online, not by choice, but by compulsion. Before Kovid, it was unthinkable that classes would be online, with people earning degrees online. As a result, many quick fixes appeared. Software intended for office communication was used for classroom instruction.
What we are building now is a combination of imaginary experience, identity and resources so that we can solve it for students in a holistic way – from the beginning. Instead of watching the class unfold, you sit back and practice the class. A simple VR (virtual reality) tool will help you do that. Hardware prices are declining. Our forecast is that in the next few quarters this will probably be around $ 100, which is about 7,000-10,000 Rebels. Bandwidth is also almost free. So why not practice being in the classroom?
I learned most in college before and after class with my friends at the library, cafeteria, and halls. There was a lot of network. All of that is missing in online education today. Graduation rate is less than 10% online.
Through Metaversity, we are going to educate the community and the community. I’m coming from Twitter, so I know the power of social, community building. During Kovid, I saw how people connected online and built communities. I want to bring the same thing to education.
Are you a pioneer in Meta Space or are you already ahead of the ecological stage?
Our perspective The world is now ready. The main reason is Kovid. People accept that things can be real, and here it is. Even if Covid is gone, not everyone goes to campus all day long. You can go one or two days a week. The world is ready for the opposite. People love more immersive experiences, and in education, there has never been a basic innovation. People are also rolling in imaginary places. In our view, this place is a very fast innovation.
How do you plan to compete with other big companies in Metavers that come to you with very deep pockets?
Zoom was out of place two years ago and see where it is now. How big is it now? Everyone is trying to get into this place. We, on the other hand, focus on education. We do not build a layer for everything. We will continue to focus on the student. Yes, everyone tries to do this, but this is beauty.
The market is huge. There are many differences to solve a problem and a small Nimble group is more likely to find a solution and a solution than a larger group in a larger company.
Metaverse is a very different layer from the Internet. My view is that it will restart the playground and create a new operating system. Different players come and hold different positions. Our goal is to take the Methavas class.
I think the current companies are unloading big bags and things are not moving fast. You may not see a new trend on the horizon.
How big is your company? Where do you plan to expand?
We are a global, US-based company with a team of about 50 people. We have a technology team in Bengal. What we are building is a global implementation. We are expanding because more and more people want to work on both the academic and the cutting edge. Our plan is to first run two courses in India and one in the US and invite schools and colleges to re-create their online campus. Many colleges want to do this because they know that the real estate they have owned for the past two or three years is a lie.
It is cruel to expect students to go anywhere and go to the city, leave home and attend a particular course. We are also getting a good feeling from the students. Our first class will begin in May at the Metaversity Campus. We are increasing and hiring more.