At the second annual New Delhi gathering for EduCon — a conference series organized by YouTube globally that seeks to connect ‘EduTubers’ with pertinent resources and one another, which was attended by 200 creators — the video giant doled out grants to eight education-focused vloggers.
The funding was part of the greater YouTube Learning Fund — a $20 million commitment to grants for education-focused content creators that YouTube announced last October.
The winners, per India Today, include: ExamFear Education (771,000 subscribers), Learn Engineering (2.9 million), Don’t Memorise (767,000), Study IQ Education (6.1 million), D’Art Of Science (62,000), Learnex — English Lessons Through Hindi (2.7 million), GetSetFlyScience (3.2 million), and Let’s Make Engineering Simple (840,000). They will put the money toward videos in a variety of categories, per India Today, including English language training, environmental science, political science, calculus, genetics, and chemistry.
At the same time, YouTube touted a recently-announced product at EduCon called Learning Playlists — educational playlists whose watch pages don’t feature any other video recommendations so that viewers can stay focused on the video at hand. Four of the creators that YouTube has funded have contributed videos to those playlists, Don Anderson, the head of family and learning for YouTube APAC, told India Today.
YouTube currently counts 265 million monthly active users in India.