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BESA at DIDAC India 2018

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In the first weekend of October, BESA took the following UK companies to New Delhi for the 10th edition of DIDAC India: A.I. Solve, B Inspired, Developing Experts, EDLounge, Impero Software, iSams, Onvu Learning, Scanning Pens, Softoffice, Mangahigh and Texthelp.

With a population of 1.35 billion, India has the second largest population in the world, behind China. India is home to one of the largest and complex school education systems in the world, with more than 1.4 million schools and more than 230 million enrolments.

The event went extremely well – first of all, there was not a drop of rain in sight so we were off to a good start! The hall was jam-packed with visitors throughout all 3 days, all eager to see what each of our companies had to offer. The event was opened by international ministers & ministry delegates from 11 countries, 7 state ministers and key education stakeholders. The 10th edition of Didac India witnessed a huge success with participation from:

  • 200+ exhibitors over 15 countries
  • 1800+ innovative EdTech resources & solutions
  • 13,000+ educators from over 32 countries & covering all 29 States & 3 Union Territories of India.

The delegates showed great interest in in the UK Pavilion and UK workshop sessions. Alongside the exhibition were numerous activities and networking opportunities which allowed UK companies to meet and mix with educators, teachers, other companies, distributors and officials. This included a UK-India inward study tour organised by the British Council to enable UK stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the education landscape in schools and higher education sector of India.

Caroline Wright, Director General of BESA also had the opportunity to welcome Delhi’s Education Minister, Mr Manish Sisodia to the UK Pavilion and introduce him to BESA members: EDLounge and Mangahigh.

Due to BESA’s relationship with the Department for International Trade, most of the UK companies were able to receive grants for this event which allowed them to take part in this great trip. If you would like some more information on grants and grant eligibility for international events, please get in touch with me.

Thank you again to all exhibitors for your participation in this event and I hope it was a success for each and every one of you. I hope to see you all again next year either at DIDAC or another BESA supported event. For information on our events calendar for 2019, please drop me an email or visit our website.