“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. – Arthur C. Clarke
In the latter half of the 14th century, Laurentius de Voltolina painted an elaborate scene of a traditional German classroom. To most, the depiction is immediately familiar owing to its close resemblance to modern teaching. The truth however, is that under a seemingly ageless practice, technology has given birth to tectonic shifts in contemporary academics. It is in the face of this digital revolution moving full steam ahead, that Xtraview was conceived.
Our company, Xtraview, was established in 2020 by co-founders Kavitta B Bedi
and Katherine Ernst Mehta. By harnessing the power of technology, our primary aim was to challenge the status quo and create a multifaceted platform for students and institutions to engage, innovatively.
Working against the backdrop of equality and efficiency, our team at Xtraview envisions a future where the academic landscape will transcend physical boundaries. We believe that knowledge is global, unbiased and collective and therefore, the means to achieve it too should be. Our diversified collaboration with universities and companies accelerates the mission to empower students, afford greater insight into their inherent potential and facilitate the release of their unique X factor. We believe that each of you exist in multitudes and are determined to have the world witness every part of what makes you, you.
We, at Xtraview, strive to empower. In our attempts to create a nourishing ecosystem, our services extend to students, counsellors and institutions alike. Our ultimate goal in working with each child, is to unveil their unique potential. It is common knowledge that children are often reduced to their school reports, standardized test scores, college essays and application forms. In such, Xtraview delivers the opportunity to surpass these limitations by taking part in a live, unscripted interview with an expert interviewer. Our interviews serve as platforms for the student to have unfiltered, engaging conversations where ideas and opinions are generously expressed. The crisp, ten-minute conversation is recorded, secured and eventually shared by our team to universities of your choice, companies you wish to intern with or learning coaches. The added element bolsters your faceless application and in turn, permits admissions officers and interested companies to grasp your academic, industry-specific and noteworthy capabilities. These services can be procured by both students as well as counsellors who are seeking ideal ways for children to exhibit their outstanding skills.
To esteemed institutions, Xtraview promises a future with no boundaries. Despite living across the globe, your applicants are granted an equal opportunity to express themselves as effectively as they would in an in-person interview. Not only are our unscripted recordings available for perusal at any given time, but reviewers too are promised a hassle-free experience. By partnering up with Xtraview, the recording will be stored and accessible to the institution for 12 months, at no additional cost. Upon receiving the link, admissions officers can access and watch the video to assess students holistically, evaluate crucial skills, monitor consistencies across the application and review both verbal and non-verbal aptitudes. The experience we offer is not only resourceful, but also reliable, compact and swift.
OUR DREAM TEAM
Comprised of communication specialists, ace interviewers and expert assessors, The Dream Team at Xtraview is committed to providing a seamless experience. We offer our ambition, enthusiasm and unconditional support in enabling students to express and institutions, to assess. Our professionals are aware of their responsibility toward each individual and strive relentlessly to uphold the vision and values of Xtraview. No matter what you need or where you wish to go, they are here to remind you that you are not alone.
Kavvita B. Bedi: Founder and CEO
In addition to being the Founder and CEO of Xtraview, Kavitta B Bedi
is also the Founder and CEO of JBC INC (Just Because its Children). She is an entrepreneur at heart as well as an angel investor in numerous tech startups in the domain of crowd funding, food tech, supply chain, health tech and ed tech. She is an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and holds a specialization in Marketing Management from the Times School of Marketing. She has worked extensively in the field of communications with British Council, India, in brand management with Daewoo Motors and as a spousal member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Katherine Ernst Mehta: Founder and Director
Katherine Ernst Mehta is the Founder and Director of Xtraview as well as the Founder and CEO of Edvanta Counselling. Her primary engagement is in enabling international high school students across India, Singapore, Indonesia and UK navigate the US undergraduate admissions process. With a major in Anthropology, Dance and Drama (Kenyon College, Ohio), she has worked consistently toward building a career in international education since circa 2009. Apart from this, she has researched and edited Indian art history texts, coordinated semester long academic programs through the School for International Training and served as a College Essay Counselor for Ethan Sawyer. Incredibly, she has supported numerous underprivileged students in navigating the college application process and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Welcome Association.
Mary Therese Kurkalang: Social and Cultural Consultant
Hailing from the lovely city of Shillong, Mary Therese Kurkalang is an independent consultant with over two decades of work experience in the arts, publishing and social sector. Since 2018, she has devoted herself to exploring the cultural intricacies of the Northeast, while simultaneously consulting and mentoring projects on social justice and grassroots community building under her flagship, KHUBLEI. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and taking long walks!
Arundhati Dasgupta Singhal: Journalist and Author
A journalist and author, Arundhati Dasgupta Singhal upholds an impressive history of work experience with the country’s leading financial dailies. Her latest, and longest occupational engagement was in writing monthly columns on myth and culture for the Business Standard. In addition to teaching comparative mythology on numerous online platforms, Arundhati writes on a broad range of topics, from marketing to economics. At present, she is avidly involved in building an online archive of myths, legends and folklore.
Sangeeta Rana: Communication and Marketing Professional
Remarkably, Sangeeta Rana invests herself in professional engagements, interests and activities across the spectrum. Not only is she an alumnus of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK but has worked extensively with British Council, EducationUK and Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in furthering their media and communication strategies for programs in South Asia. At present, she overlooks business development for a leading international dance company. She is a photographer and visual storyteller, with a keen interest in dialogue centered around art. Her photographs have been displayed in both national and international exhibitions.
Sangeeta Bose Tagore Anand: Wellness Speaker and Preceptor
Sangeeta Bose Tagore Anand considers herself to be a social spectator who carries with her, an eclectic baggage of work experience. By working in the fields of hospitality, aviation, travel, finance, art curation, retail, risk management and loyalty marketing, her perspective has both been shaped as well as enriched. In addition to being a wellness speaker and preceptor, she is a moderator, an empath and a sum of her learnings.
Renu Ramakrishnan: Intercultural and Communication Consultant
Based in Gurgaon, Renu Ramakrishnan teaches Communication Skills at Great Lakes Institute of Management. She is closely associated to Lehigh University’s Iacocca Institute, USA and the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University, as a facilitator, mentor and program consultant. Over the years, she has worked with numerous international training companies and corporations, including J. Walter Thompson, BeechNut Nutrition and Crayola. She has facilitated sessions with leading companies and is particularly adept at enabling expatriates overcome linguistic and cultural barriers.