Appsolute saga of 3 college dropouts who developed 90 apps
Three village youth, all college dropouts, from Alwar district have developed over 90 free educational apps that offer study material in digitised form.Updated: Jul 14, 2017 20:57 IST
Three village youth, all college dropouts, from Alwar district have developed over 90 free educational apps that offer study material in digitised form.
They said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ drive has inspired them to develop apps.
Thousands of students have downloaded the apps that are available on Google playstore under the name RDS Education – the most popular one being a set of NCERT book notes and solutions of classes 6-12.
The youth – Rahul Yadav, Devendra Singh and Sahil Gupta, all aged 19, instead of joining a computer institute, learned to develop apps from Google’s free online courses.
Rahul and Devendra are sons of farmers while Sahil’s father is a shopkeeper. They belong to different villages of Behror tehsil in the district.
“We cleared class 12 exam from a school in Behror in 2014 and after dropping out of college started an online business of selling vegetables. We managed to save some money and bought a laptop and learned how to develop apps through Google online courses,” Sahil told HT.
Sahil dropped out of National Institute of Technology, Silchar (Assam), Devendra stopped preparing for NDA entrance and Rahul dropped out of KMSU University to join hands for developing the apps.
“We were inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative,” Sahil said.
The apps of NCERT books are basically a compilation of solutions of the problems at the end of the chapters of all the major subjects including maths, physics, chemistry, biology and Hindi.
The download record shows that each app has been downloaded by 50,000 to 1,50,000 students.
“All three of them had been experimenting with the App for a long time before they managed to develop it. I personally know of many students who have benefitted from the Apps,” said Sumit Yadav, director of Unique Career Maker School, Behror.
“We compiled solutions after discussing problems with teachers and also by referring to the answer keys available in the market,” Sahil said.
So how do they earn a living? “The apps are free but we earn from Google advertisements. We are also developing an anti-theft app,” he said.
To create awareness about the apps, they regularly visit schools. The apps are available under RDS education, with each alphabet denoting their first name.
Apart from the educational apps, they also developed apps on spirituality, general knowledge and general awareness.
In addition, the three friends have developed an artificial intelligence bot – a computer programme that leverages artificial intelligence to enable natural conversations with people – on Facebook messenger.
“Educational apps are the future. Students will study from tablet instead of books,” Rahul said.
First Published: Jul 14, 2017 20:57 IST