Apni Pathshala

Using Free Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open educational resources (OERs) make learning fun, free, available, accessible, and meaningful. Think of this as a buffet from which you can pick and choose to feed any student’s curiosity! At ApniPathshala Learning Pods, we make extensive use of OERs to promote student-directed learning. This means kids aren’t restricted to learning only what’s in their textbooks; they can explore their own interests and passions.

However, there are two problems with OERs, which represent a paradox. First, very few parents and teachers know about them. Second, when they do stumble across them, they find that there are so many that they don’t know how to make good use of them. This is where ApniPathshala comes in. We help students navigate the vast ocean of OERs, guiding them to the most relevant and enriching resources available.

Using Free Open Educational Resources (OERs)

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

NIOS developed its own OER project to supply free educational resources for vocational streams. This open university initiative ensures that students have access to high-quality materials without any cost.

Project OSCAR

This IIT-Bombay enterprise houses a sizable collection of scientific and technology-based animations and simulations. It aims to instruct undergraduate and postgraduate students in diverse scientific topics, consequently influencing their careers.


BeyondExams is a not-for-profit edtech startup offering free educational resources. Whether you want to learn a new skill, prepare for school or university exams, or explore topics beyond your curriculum, BeyondExams has learning material for all your needs.

National Digital Library of India

Managed by IISc, Bangalore, this initiative involves 21 institutes across India. It aims to make a variety of rare, unprotected works by numerous authors accessible online, gathered from libraries all around India.


The NCERT website provides textbooks and resources for school students and institutions. Available in Hindi, English, and Urdu, these resources are an initiative by the CBSE body of India to support learning at all levels.

Khan Academy

This easy-to-use educational platform offers personalized learning dashboards, organized studies, and progress tracking. With videos, practice exercises, and assessment exams across a wide range of topics, Khan Academy is a valuable resource for students.

National Digital Library

An IIT Kharagpur initiative, this platform provides free access to content in English and other regional languages on a public network, making educational resources widely accessible.


Approved and run under the guidance of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Agropedia offers knowledge resources about agriculture, supporting students and professionals in the field.


This digital repository contains theses and journals submitted by doctorates and research students, providing a wealth of academic resources for higher education.


A joint initiative by seven IITs and the MHRD, NPTEL offers free courses and certified exams aimed at improving the engineering sector in India. Courses are in video formats taught by IIT professors.


A platform to explore digital initiatives by the Government of India, DIKSHA offers a great starting point for students and educators looking to access quality educational content.

The Benefits of OERs at ApniPathshala

Using OERs in our learning pods, ApniPathshala has seen incredible growth in students’ curiosity and learning. The flexibility and variety of resources allow students to explore topics beyond their standard curriculum, leading to a more engaging and fulfilling learning experience. By integrating OERs, we help students develop critical thinking, creativity, and a love for lifelong learning.

At ApniPathshala, we believe that every student should have the opportunity to access high-quality educational resources, regardless of their background or financial situation. By leveraging OERs, we can make this vision a reality and support the next generation of learners in achieving their full potential.

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Using free Open Educational Resources