Abhijit Chirde

Product Designer




Research into education and training in rural India

My Role

UX Designer
Planing, Qualitative research, Interviews, Focus group discussion, Data synthesis, Documentation, Presentation

Timeline and Status

2022, 2 months
Research published


We facilitated a research work to document the education and training landscape in rural parts of India.

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This case study explores the educational landscape of rural India, where the majority of the population resides. With over 1.3 billion people, India faces unique challenges in ensuring access to quality education for its rural communities. This study aims to shed light on the experiences of rural students, their educational journey, and the strategies employed to prepare them for the ever-evolving global landscape.


Foolproof India Studio's dedicated team of experts embarked on a comprehensive study in rural India to gain valuable insights into the educational landscape. Utilizing a combination of research methodologies and design heuristics, the team conducted an in-depth analysis to generate this comprehensive report, covering a range of critical topics.

This case study aims to contribute to the understanding of rural education in India with various critical pillars such as:

Experiences of academic and non-academic education in rural communities

Role of technology in different ways of engaging with educational content

Education and learning happening beyond the classroom

How community can play a role in education



To ensure a comprehensive and well-rounded research approach, we meticulously planned each stage of our study. Our process began with ideation, where we brainstormed key research objectives and identified the areas of focus. We then developed tailored questionnaires designed for different target audiences, including students, adults, teachers, and education officers. Additionally, we created comprehensive discussion guides to facilitate qualitative research, enabling us to delve deeper into the nuances of the rural education landscape through interviews and focus group discussions.

To complement our qualitative findings, we also conducted surveys to obtain quantitative data, enabling us to analyze trends, patterns, and statistical correlations. By employing this multi-dimensional approach, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, we aimed to provide a comprehensive and holistic understanding of the rural education scenario in India.


A diverse sample of rural schools, students, teachers, and community members was selected to ensure a representative understanding of the rural education landscape.

Data Collection

A mixed approach, including surveys, interviews, and on-the-ground observations, helped us in gathering comprehensive data from multiple rural regions across India. The study has considered factors such as accessibility, infrastructure, teaching methodologies, curriculum, community support, access to technology, availability of institutional support etc.

Data Analysis

Thematic analysis was conducted to identify key patterns, challenges, and success factors associated with rural education in India. Quantitative data was analyzed using statistical methods to provide an evidence-based understanding of the educational scenario.

Learnings in brief

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  • Education is viewed as a gateway to better opportunities
  • The Covid pandemic transformed the digital habits of rural India
  • Conventional career choices are considered safe
  • Financial limitations drive educational decisions
  • Social and cultural stigmas prevail when there is a lack of economic resources
  • Digital education can augment but not replace in-person school education
  • WhatsApp, YouTube and Google drive the most of mobile usage and more...


By examining the challenges and opportunities within the rural education landscape, this study offers recommendations to enhance and enrich the educational experience for the better. Moreover, it emphasizes the importance of considering the lived environment and the unique experiences of individuals within these communities, ensuring that any proposed interventions align with the realities and aspirations of the people.

Combining empirical data with a nuanced understanding of the context, this case study seeks to contribute to the ongoing efforts to improve education in rural India, empowering individuals and fostering positive change.

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