SwiftChat, one of India’s leaders in conversational AI, has recently collaborated with Google to introduce Read Along, a speech-based reading tool by Google, as a bot on their platform. The Read Along bot on SwiftChat will help early learners aged 5-11 years learn to read independently using their voice.
The Read Along bot on the SwiftChat app will support over 700 illustrated stories in English and 7 Indian languages, namely Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and Urdu. It will take the learners through a customised reading journey, and they will receive feedback and assistance from Diya, Read Along’s inbuilt reading assistant. The bot allows learners to improve their reading skills at their own pace by adjusting the difficulty levels based on their reading ability.
The launch aligns with the Ministry of Education’s NIPUN Bharat initiative (National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy), which aims to ensure that every child in India attains their foundational literacy and numeracy outcomes by 2026–27.
“Inability to read fluently can significantly impact further education, ultimately impacting the child's ability to realise their full potential. By regularly using the Read Along bot on the SwiftChat app, children will be able to improve their reading skills. SwiftChat’s mission is to bridge the gap between technology and people by delivering simple and meaningful solutions on a large scale. We want students to learn to love reading, and believe this partnership is a wonderful step in that direction”, says Shikhar Gupta, Chief Product Officer at SwiftChat.
Read Along uses Google's speech recognition technology to help develop reading skills and was first launched in India as Bolo. The tool is available as an Android app and as a website. With this collaboration, Read Along will also be available as a bot on SwiftChat.
ConveGenius was founded in 2013 by Jairaj Bhattacharya and Shashank Pandey with a mission to guarantee quality education for the bottom 100 million students in India. With the newly launched SwiftChat platform, the Company plans to scale its vision beyond education to all knowledge services and expand globally, targeting 1 billion households.