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Arpit Arora

Staff Writer

Formerly a researcher at CivicDataLab and Pratham Books, Arpit tried to understand and unravel the Indian education system as a statistician. Now he's doing that as a writer at The Ken, reporting on India’s $180 billion education market.

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Hasura’s biggest open source strength is its greatest commercial weakness

Hi Yagna, Thank you for reading out story. I agree that there is more to the world of open source businesses, ecosystem and Hasura that can be discussed at further length. Having said that, the story reflects the experiences of the people we interacted with and written with the intention to make the subject more accessible to a wider reader base which might not be verse with the subject like you are. We will keep in mind feedback about adding in more detail to our stories as we report more on this space.

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Hasura’s biggest open source strength is its greatest commercial weakness

Thank you for reading, Manas! Open source branched from the Free Software movement to solve some of these challenges around paying the developers and sustaining the contributions. Now, many projects are also funded by foundations to support development of projects. As for open source businesses, they now hire more developers due to increased recognition. The larger community which contributes to the product also does so because it benefits their work and business, and having a freely accessible software in theory balances out the trade-offs.

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The community-shaped hole in Skillshare’s plan to take on FrontRow, Unlu

Thank you, Rajendra. Udemy can definitely be a competitor to Skilshare but there might be a few challenges. 1. On Udemy the pricing is primarily per course compared to Skillshare's subscription model without many popular India creators 2. Udemy in its current form seems to be more focused on technical skills rather than creative learning ones 3. The creators I talked to also mentioned that their experience of uploading classes on Udemy was not great

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AICTE to HECI: Alphabet soup for India's autonomy-starved technical institutions

Hello Karan, thank you for sharing your thoughts but I would have to disagree with you. 1. The insinuation that are story is a "puff piece" based on the "sponsorship" would be incorrect. For our reporting we reached out to professors and students at both public and private institutes across the country. 2. At no point in the story we are arguing that there should be no regulation, what our reporting suggests is that over regulation has created an environment where colleges aren't able to perform basic functions smoothly. 3. Regarding the problem of students, we clearly highlight the impact current situation has created on the growth of students at these institutes. We also argue how students fees can be supported beyond traditional approaches. 4. Finally, this is a story about AICTE, not about how students are being taken for a ride. That's a different story altogether.

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