Dheeraj Mehrotra, a Lucknow-based educator and recipient of the national award for teachers, has developed more than 100 Android educational apps for students, teachers and parents on one common platform.
Mehrotra says he is the first educationist in the country to have developed more than 100 educational apps for Google Playstore to bring about quality change both in teaching and learning. His apps, which he developed mostly in 2015 and a few in 2016, are listed in 141 countries.
“These apps are all free apps aimed towards teachers and learners in particular to promote quality literacy for all. The best part of my apps is that it contains no advertisements at all,” Mehrotra, who was given the National Award to Teachers by then president APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006, says.
He says after Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised a Rajasthan man, Imran Khan , who made 50 mobile applications and dedicated them to students free of charge in 2015 he was motivated for developing these apps. His 18-year-old daughter Shruti—who is taking the class 12 board exam—also inspired him to develop a few apps which simplified her learning process.
“Some of my friends also found the apps to be more than useful,” Shruti told Hindustan Times.
Mehrotra says he is looking to develop apps to motivate teachers and one for students to help them handle the tense moments during the result time. He may develop one defining career opportunities for students.
A former principal at De Indian Public School, New Delhi, 44-year-old Mehrotra has a teaching experience of over two decades. He taught computer science at Lucknow’s City Montessori School till 2010.
And that’s not his only accomplishment.
To name a few Mehrotra, who works as the vice-president (academics) at Next Education India, has a doctorate in education management, a white and a yellow belt in Six Sigma, is a certified NLP business diploma holder as well as an educational innovator and a teacher trainer.
He has authored over 40 books on computer science for ICSE, ISC, CBSE, over 10 books of academic interest for the field of education excellence and has published over 1000 papers and write-ups on academics.