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Franciscan Solutions Pvt. Ltd.: Transforming the Education Sector with Digital Tools
"Change is the only constant” is a phrase that has been long heard, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the education sector which is still stuck to the traditional paper-based systems. The education sector is still playing catch-up in this game and is unable to propose any remarkable improvements to traditional systems. Born out of the need for innovation at a time when there were innumerable opportunities in the education domain is Franciscan Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a company that decided to be pioneers in digitalizing the education space. Being the first company of its kind, they aimed to revolutionize and enhance the school management system. “We didn’t come up with a product but rather a solution that kept meeting demands as the time changed,” says Rajeev Francis, CEO of the company.
When Franciscan Solutions was initially started in 2007, the teams noticed a prominent setback among schools which was deterring students from progressing academically and ethically. There was a significant communication gap between the students and their parents as there was no direct point of contact. By introducing E-Portal, Franciscan Solutions granted parents with access to student information that includes assessment grades, attendance information, fee report, curriculum, schedules, and more.
However, in the European and Middle Eastern market, schools still reach out to different vendors for various purposes such as website management, application development, and financial operations. The absence of a centralized system makes it difficult to collaborate between all the vendors leading to inefficiency in the overall functioning of a school. With the implementation of Franciscan Solution’s e-Care services, the management can monitor the activities of the staff and students from a single application on their smartphone or desktop. The ERP software is an end-to-end solution which provides access to the entire database and simplifies day-to-day tasks to enhance the productivity of the institute.
Given the lack of a concrete security solution for schools, a spiraling of criminal activities ensued, which prompted the company to improve student safety. They introduced the world’s first AI-based visitor and child pick-up management system which ensured that students were only escorted by authorized personnel and prior appointments were to be made to enter the premises. They also introduced world’s first dual control enabled security gadget that provides safety to the kids in and outside the school premises named “MySecureKid”. MSK automatically switches the control between parent and school as the child enters or exits the school premises. It is indeed one of the best child tracking and attendance marking system for schools and parents.
Franciscan Solutions has set the bar high for its competitors by consistently maintaining a 99 percent retention rate for the past 11 years and catering to 300 plus schools across India, UAE, and Australia. Being the first innovative company in the education sector, they have been the recipients of various honors including the award for the best industrialist. Aiming to develop newer solutions, the company strives to stay ahead of the market.