Published: 01st March 2020
Nyabazar, a portal developed by GITA students, compares online courses so that you don't have to
In the future, the team behind Bhubaneswar-based Nyabazar wants to collaborate with job portals so that they can mediate between the students and the portals. They will send student résumés to them
With so many e-portals out there, we are really spoilt for choice. A little too spoilt, perhaps. But that doesn't stop companies from putting out more e-portals, does it? In comes Nyabazar.com, 'Naye India ka Nya Bazar' (New India's New Bazar), as their tagline goes. Launched recently by students of Gandhi Institute for Technological Advancement (GITA) in Bhubaneswar, this portal compares and contrasts several courses available on the World Wide Web and based on a rating system, ranks them so that making the right choice becomes easier for you.
They have onboard two people tasked with the job of helping candidates fine-tune their résumés and sometimes, even put one together from scratch. But their USP is the mentors they offer. "This is the 21st century, we can't just depend on skills, we also need softer skills like conflict and stress management, leadership skills and so on. Mentors will help the individual develop these skills," says Debiprasad Samal, one of the founders.
The four individuals onboard to help with fine-tuning/creating résumés
It was at Startup Odisha 2019, the conclave for entrepreneurship, that the idea for Nyabazar.com was selected at the ideation stage. The mentor they were assigned through the conclave encouraged them to pursue the idea as 'it has a lot of scope'. "When we Google for courses online, we usually end up opting for the first or the second option. But what we do is consolidate all the data regarding the courses, like the price and so on, from all the platforms onto our website and it becomes easy for a learner to choose," explains the 21-year-old. And just like Amazon and Flipkart, they also have a rating system which makes the decision-making process easier for students. Soon, they want to start the comments option too. Currently, they have partnered with six e-learning portals including Udemy, Unacademy, Udacity and more.
Debiprasad Samal, Shivam Giri and Dipesh Gaurav | (Pic: Nyabazar)
So, when did mentorship come into the picture? "I personally faced many problems when I was in search of a mentor. Maybe our portal can make it easier for others," he says, sounding hopeful, adding that as part of their launch offer, mentorship will be free for a month. As of now, they have four mentors on board and they are in search of more. "Our main aim is to become a brand that is recognised," says the Bhubaneswar-born youngster. When it comes to the next steps, they want to do with jobs what they are currently doing with online courses. They also want to start Nyabazar Mall, wherein customers can order anything from malls around them and it will be delivered within 24 hours. How's that for future plans?
Trivia about Nyabazar:
- Debiprasad had initially formulated the idea a year ago but for some reason, it did not work out then
- The other two founders are Dipesh Gaurav and Shivam Giri
- About 22 to 25 members are working on the portal
- It wasn't easy to convince e-portals to partner with them. It took numerous follow-ups
To know more about them, check out nyabazar.com