A lot has changed in the world of education since 2010, when the world’s most successful education institute, Grace Educational Institution, began offering free online classes.
Grace students, who are eligible for scholarships, now receive an email every week with a list of their most popular classes, and they can enroll.
The school, founded by an Indian mother and her son, is the largest online education provider in the country.
Grace offers a mixture of in-person and online classes, but the majority of its students enroll in the online programs.
As Grace students are enrolled in the free online program, they are enrolled with the expectation of a full-time job and a salary.
But those expectations have changed over time, and there are now a few obstacles to overcome.
Grace students attend the school in New Delhi.
“Grace has changed.
It has become a bit more of a business,” says Vishal Kumar, one of Grace’s founders.
“It’s very difficult to do what they are doing.
You need to build up the infrastructure.”
Grace started as a college in 2010, but as it expanded, it had to raise capital to pay for new classrooms, and that raised more and more hurdles for Kumar and his wife.
The family was forced to sell their home in 2013, and now, they have to deal with the constant pressure to pay off debt and make the school profitable.
“We’ve been doing this for two decades, but it is not easy for us,” Kumar says.
The couple are trying to build a business model around their new business model.
“If you go to our Facebook page, we have about a hundred people interested in us,” says Kumar.
“People want to learn about the system and how to make money.
They want to make a difference.”
The family has spent about $300,000 on new classrooms in India, and Kumar and Vishal are using the money to pay back debt, but they are facing several hurdles.
“Our debts have gone up,” says Kamal Shah, who is managing director of the India Education Trust (IETF), a nonprofit organization that supports the school.
“I’ve seen some people who are not in a position to do anything.
I’ve seen a lot of people not have the money they need to pay their bills.”
In India, there is no clear minimum amount of education that is required for a full time job.
For students who don’t have a formal job, a full day of classes is not enough to cover tuition, and in some cases students can’t afford to pay rent or food for the school’s food court.
To help students who are in this position, IETF is funding grants to students.
The grants have been awarded to students who have graduated from Grace’s online program.
In order to earn a grant, students have to submit a resume, a short letter of recommendation, a resume and three letters of recommendation from alumni of Grace, including alumni of the IETF.
The IETF also offers a $50,000 scholarship for students who complete a course that matches the course.
While this program is a step in the right direction, it does not cover the full cost of a Grace education.
“The whole thing is still a bit out of reach,” says Shah.
“There are a lot more hurdles to cross to get to the next level.”
The Indian government recently made it harder for Grace students to graduate from the online program through new regulations that will reduce the amount of income that students earn after graduation.
Students will have to pay $50 a month in tuition for three years, up from $25,000 currently.
In addition, Grace is not eligible for state loans, so students have no choice but to repay that debt.
“At this stage, we are just waiting for the government to give us some more money,” says Rakesh Kulkarni, one student who was granted a grant for his Grace course.
“So far, we can’t even pay our bills.
It is impossible.”
Kulkarn, who graduated from a government-funded online program in India two years ago, has had a difficult time finding work since the regulations took effect.
“Every day, I am on my phone, waiting for work,” he says.
“My father and I are looking for a job right now, but we cannot find any.”
While Kulkarki is working on his degree in engineering, Kumar is unemployed.
“He is trying to work, but he is not getting any money,” Kumar tells me.
Kumar’s wife is also struggling.
“All the money I have is in a savings account,” he said.
“That is my life.”