Indian publishing company acquires stake in Drillbit


Well-known publishing industry veteran and past president of the Federation of Publishers and Booksellers Association in India, Kailash Balani, has acquired a stake in DrillBit, a first-of-a-kind Indian anti-plagiarism web tool aimed at Indian and foreign universities. Balani, who has been in the industry for 48 years is a member of the FICCI Publishing Committee and has worked with some of the biggest names in publishing. Balani says, “Finally in India and not only in the West, students are being encouraged to develop their own original perspectives and high quality research. To this end, tools like DrillBit are making learning essential skills of developing a unique research voice much more accessible and affordable. DrillBit has subscriptions by more than 500 institutions in India and Asia and its acceptance is growing by the day.” Balani who began his journey in Indian publishing in 1974 has witnessed the evolution of the print and online educational resources and has a deep understanding of learning products in the Indian landscape across diverse subject areas including management, science and technology, social sciences, law and medicine.

Co-founders of DrillBit software engineers, JayannaBelavadi and Prashanth Kumar say, “We are so excited to partner with Kailash Balani of Balani Group. He is encouraging and mentoring early-stage startups in India. Balani has even been supporting us to make strategic decisions to improve our product and pricing strategies, and to promote DrillBit to a global market.”

Designed for personal use as well as for small colleges to multi-campus international institutions, DrillBit is a global plagiarism checker that uses advanced technology to catch the most sophisticated forms of plagiarism. It has the option to integrate into popular learning management systems like Moodle, Canvas, and Google Classroom; and has been designed in accordance with international security standards. DrillBit offers support in 100+ languages including Indian regional languages positioning itself as an important technology to promote academic integrity and offer a much-needed affordable solution to Indian students and publishers. DrillBit is even being exhibited at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2022.

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