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Former IITians start coaching websites

With the parental tendency to tell their children to learn from successful seniors and classmates being a long established norm, a number of former IITians have started their own coaching centres to help students with the preparation, Mallica Joshi reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2013 23:56 IST
Mallica Joshi

For students hoping to crack the engineering entrance examinations, former IITians have, for long, been the go-to guy.

With the parental tendency to tell their children to learn from successful seniors and classmates being a long established norm, a number of former IITians have started their own coaching centres to help students with the preparation. A number of other coaching centres boast of having teachers who are former IITians.

But lately a new trend is emerging. More and more entrepreneurs are going online to reach their target audience.

What do these websites, then, offer? Extra work sheets, specialised tools, video lectures of some of the more important topics given by the most popular coaching faculty are some of the features.

Websites such as PrepSquare.com, askiitians.com and knowledgebin.com are some of the portals that have risen in popularity in the last few months. Run by former IITians, the websites have own a good reputation among aspirants.

The new trend has seen such a success that former IITians are now leaving their high-paying jobs to man the platforms full-time. Raghav Verma, 26, is among those who left his job as a consultant in a Noida-based firm to start his own website. The IIT-Delhi graduate was joined by three others from different IITs to start PrepSquare.com, a site where questions are solved on video to give students more clarity.

“The key difference between us and the other websites is that unlike other packages, we have videos explaining the concepts involved in every question. We also have detailed analytics and progress tracking to help students figure out areas where they are weak,” Verma said.

The students, too, think it is a good idea. “Getting tips and extra help from websites is a good idea because I can’t keep running off to the coaching centre at every little doubt. And if the founders are former IITians, it gives students more faith in the content,” said Pulkit Jain, an IIT aspirant, who regularly logs on to websites for help.

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