Monday, October 04, 2010

DTU students go online to share notes, exam tips

On one cold December evening, a student of Delhi Technological University (DTU), Anand Meena, was waiting at the college photocopy shop with his seniors when he struck upon the idea to create A month later in January 2009, a team of six DTU students Meena, Samrat Malik, Divya, Abhishek Bindal, Abhishek Kanojia, Aakash Agarwal launched an online portal, Aglasem (the next semester) to make students life smoother.

The task of gathering notes, photocopying hundreds of pages of sample papers can be harrowing. Worse still, if you need to consult a book at the last moment before the exam and it is not available in the market or library. But now, with just the click of a mouse a student can get all the information he wants on the website.

Speaking about the portal, Meena said: "It started when DTU was known as the Delhi College of Engineering. Today, it is also a part of the students community of Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) and IP University. Here, we try to make available sample papers, notes from toppers, tips to build resumes and cover letters as well as updates from other engineering campuses.

A year and nine months later, Aglasem is a happening place with updates from campuses such as DU, NSIT, IP University, Jamia, JNU, IIT-D, IIT-M, ISM Dhanbad, among others. One can even download course books, learning software, tutorials and much more. The Aglasem Forum also carries out fruitful college-related discussions. This forum proved to be a boon for admission-seekers.

The success story of this portal is far-reaching as apart from India, majority of its visitors come from countries such as the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Russia, U.K., Pakistan, Mexico, Germany and Turkey.

"Students who submit papers also get to earn. We pay a token Rs. 100 or Rs 200 to those who submit sample papers and notes. With inflow of ads, the site has started generating over four dollars daily. This is enough to keep it running. We don't charge students for downloads. This is not a commercial venture. We just want to help students and save paper," said Meena.

"Since its inception, the popularity of the portal has grown and attracts around 10,000 visitors every day. During admissions or exam time, it has recorded hits of up to 20,000 per day," said Meena. At present, 14 students of DTU,seven from NSIT and two from IP are in the core team working dedicatedly for Aglasem. Besides, there are around 35- 40 volunteers working exclusively for the various sections.

Source: The Times of India, October 4, 2010
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