Scholarly: An Edtech Company Obsessed With Analytics & Customer Satisfaction

  Vivek Bhandari,      Founder & CEO

Vivek Bhandari

Founder & CEO

The genesis of Globalisation, Liberalisation and Privatization has led to commercialization of domestic and International Education. Today, Education has become The Education Industry globally. A Large chunk of students are heading for Developed Economies for pursuing higher education. Bureau of Immigration(BoI) reports that 4.44 lakhs Indian students flew abroad for Foreign Universities last year. Industry or not, the real dilemma is to choose the right and most suitable university that aligns with a student’s acumen and interests. At the same time, students are often troubled with more than just choosing a university.

Should I opt for Science or Arts? Can I study at Ivy Leagues or top global universities? What is better For profile building a research paper or an internship? What is the difference between Early Decision and Regular Decision? Is 1440 a good SAT score for getting scholarships?

These are some common conundrums that students, aspiring to study abroad, struggle with. Scholarly provides a one-stop solution to tackle such and many more puzzling questions and ease students’ anxiety. Headquartered in Europe, Scholarly was founded by Vivek Bhandari, an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM Calcutta, with the vision of training smart and ambitious students and making them College-Ready for admissions to their dream university. In 2020, Scholarly started providing its services in India and South Asia. Growing at a rapid pace, Scholarly has helped thousands of students in their higher education journey. Per Bhandari, “Our analytics capabilities and data on tens of thousands of assessments allow us to understand students better and develop customized plans for them. This helps our students outperform in their classes and standardized tests. We identify the students’ strengths and help develop those further rather than trying to bring every weak area up to average”.

Exceptional Approach To Creating Scholars
Scholarly’s objective is to make students college ready and help them achieve high quality college education. The edTech firm helps students understand their interests and determine the appropriate majors and colleges aligned with their objectives. This is through its cognitive and psychometric testing and assessments.

Cognitive & Psychometric Assessment– Scholarly’s cognitive and psychometric assessment provides insight into student’s mental ability, as well as their key behaviors, motivations, and interests. With this multi-dimensional assessment, Scholarly has helped hundreds of students make the right subject decisions and career choices.

Research Papers– College-level research courses for high school students, under the guidance of eminent professors is a unique service provided by Scholarly. These courses help high school students understand how their favorite subjects are taught in college. Additionally, being able to apply the concepts learnt in the classroom to real world problems broadens the student’s perspective. The research papers are offered in a variety of subjects like Physics, Biology, Economics, Marketing Management, Psychology, Computer Science, and Data Science etc. and lead to two transferrable college credits recognized by US universities.

Students attend live online classes with university professors and are exposed to college level research in that field. This provides three benefits, 1)Students get a flavour of what they will learn in a particular subject in college and know whether that’s aligned with their interests 2)Students are able to apply the concepts they have learned in textbooks to real life problems and 3)Students learn how to ask the right questions that can then be answered through data collection and experiment.

It’s worth mentioning here that during Summer 2022, Scholarly professors are helping students conduct research in Physics, Biology, Economics, Business and Marketing, Computer Science, Data Science and Psychology. With the relaxations in covid travel restrictions, students that want an on
campus experience can also travel to university campuses and participate in the courses in person.

SAT Training– A perfect SAT score can boost the student’s admission as well as scholarship prospects to top universities. Scholarly combines the power of advanced analytics and live tutoring with the guarantee of 300-point improvement to bring out the very best in each student. It provides several complimentary assessments for students that want to assess their current level. Students get to see detailed analytics around their correct answers, wrong answers, time spent per question, difficulty level of questions, respective sections where they are weak or strong in. This helps the students focus their efforts in the right areas and see their performance trends in those areas.

Admission Support– Apart from outstanding grades, developing a holistic profile is crucial in receiving admits from top universities. Scholarly provides a 360-degree application support to guide students through the rigors of complex and challenging admission process. With programs like essay/SOP writing workshops, book clubs, business plan development, foundational testing, NGO connect, mock interviews, website building, and summer internships, Scholarly trains students to become the best version of themselves and helps them showcase their skills and activities.

The Journey So Far
Starting with a close knit cohort of thirty motivated students a few years back, Scholarly has assisted hundreds of students in their higher education journey. In what appears to be a little strange for a fast-growing edtech company, Scholarly does not appear to be chasing VC funding. The founder shares an important message, he says “Our focus is on delivering outstanding value and service to our students and parents. We are pleased with the strong results demonstrated by our students and the positive impact Scholarly has made in their lives. In our mind, sustainable growth is a by product of a high-quality service and customer satisfaction”.

With its end-to-end solution, analytical capabilities and extreme focus on customer satisfaction, Scholarly seems to be carving a unique niche for itself in the college admission and higher education space.

The Road Ahead
Scholarly is currently focussed on helping high school students with admissions to their dream universities. This EdTech firm obsessed with analytics & customer satisfaction is growing at a rapid pace and intends to ensure a high-quality service to its customers. Over the next 24 months, Scholarly will expand its services to students and young professionals interested in graduate studies and other skill enhancement courses.

Vivek Bhandari, Founder & CEO
An IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta alumnus, Vivek is passionate about higher education. A former banker and mortgage expert, he mentors students and professionals for admissions to the Ivy Leagues and top universities globally. Over a two-decade career, Vivek has led large global organisations providing banking products, IT enabled services, technology services, loan servicing, property management, and other real estate services. He has extensive experience of working in India, the US, and Europe, and a strong understanding of these markets. Based in Luxembourg, Vivek regularly travels to North America and India for work.

Scholarly’s Benchmarks At A Glance
•Extensive data on tens of thousands of students allows Scholarly to develop suitable plans with a high degree of confidence.
•The quality of Scholarly’s faculty and the overwhelming reviews received from the students.
•Scholarly’s SAT prep platform and the analytics help students outperform on standardized tests.
•The Research Paper program with eminent professors helps students develop their college readiness.

“My daughter completed three assessments which took less than one hour. I was amazed by the accurate and detailed report that Scholarly provided. The report matches exactly with what I have observed, and I was surprised that so much information can be obtained in a survey without even meeting the child. The counselling session covered the report in detail and helped us understand her strengths and motivations. We feel confident about her subject choices and college plans” - Geetika Jain, a parent from Jalandhar

“The overall experience with Scholarly helped improve my college readiness. I would recommend the credit courses to students that are interested in learning and going the extra mile to differentiate themselves”- Mehul Jangir, joined California Institute of Technology (Caltech)in 2021

“Highly recommend Scholarly to all those who aim to enhance their profile/increase their chances for selections to best global universities” A rnav Ghatiwala, currently studying at the University of Pennsylvania

“Our association with Scholarly started when Hridanshu had just completed his Grade 10. The Covid lockdown had greatly impacted extra-curricular activities and even school studies. Scholarly helped us get back on track. They also assisted us with shortlisting of the universities, and we are very pleased with the number of admits and scholarships my son received. We have always found Scholarly to be very proactive and professional. They have a strong understanding of the international admissions and profile building space. As a parent, I whole heartedly recommend them” - Ghanshyam Khandelwal a parent from Bangalore