Aakash provides professional coaching for medical and engineering entrance exams in India. It has an annual student base of more than 80,000 students and more than 100 study centres across India. It offers regular classroom programs, distance learning and E-learning programs. It offers long-term courses, short-term courses, test-series courses, and crash courses.
The medical wing of Aakash, which was the first part, was started by J. C. Chaudhry, a botany teacher, in 1988. Known as Aakash Institute, it coaches students in grades XI and XII for admission to medical colleges in India.
The engineering wing, Aakash IIT-JEE, was started in 2007 for providing coaching to students of classes XI and XII for engineering entrance exams, especially the Joint Entrance Examination.
The Aakash Foundations brand, founded in 2009, coaches students in classes VIII to X, preparing them for the board exams and junior level competitive examinations like the National Talent Search Examination and exams conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation.
The Aakash National Talent Hunt Exam (ANTHE) is conducted annually through which scholarships and fee waivers are awarded to meritorius students joining a coaching program. In 2015, it received over 177,000 applicants. Nowadays, it is conducted twice a month.
Aakash offers e-learning programs through Aakash iTutor, a tablet-based application, and Aakash TV Tutoring DTH coaching program, an alliance with India’s DTH service provider, Bharti Airtel’s new iTV Service — iExam — for a coaching services through Airtel digital TV. In 2012, the Business Standard noted that Aakash was “bullish” about its online offerings.