Published: 23rd March 2020
E-learning portal Widhya promises to transform the industry with its micro tasks and internships
Rahul Singh and Rishabh Arulkumaran are roommates at Mahindra École Centrale and the streak of entrepreneurship is common between them. This is how the duo launched Widhya last February
Time and time again it has been established that academics when coupled with practical training holds students in good stead when it comes to dealing with challenges in the careers they pursue. Many courses and e-learning portals have shown us how this is done and one such new portal on the block is Widhya. Don't Google them just yet as their website is under construction. But we can certainly tell you how they work as we spoke to Co-founder Rishabh Singh who launched the portal with Rahul Arulkumaran back in February 2019 and are gearing up to relaunch it in a month or two.
Coming from a junior college that promoted rote-learning, Rishabh had first-hand experience of yearning for practical experience. Currently pursuing Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Mahindra École Centrale (MEC), Hyderabad, this 22-year-old wanted others to have ample opportunities in this regard. The model of Widhya is simple, explains Rishabh. "Our integrated internship programme offers courses and micro tasks, which are given by the company. The more tasks you complete successfully, the higher you rise up on our leader board. The performance is then shared with partner companies and they then offer internships accordingly," says the youngster. The courses offered, which include Marketing, Artificial Intelligence and so on, are designed by experts, keeping in mind those aspects that are not taught in the classroom.
Widhya was launched in February 2019
When it comes to micro tasks, they can be either curated by team Widhya or the company itself and include projects like app development and website building. "We get the exact brief from companies and then pass it on to students who work on it," he says. There are a series of micro tasks that the student has to excel at for the company to consider them. Giving us an instance, he explains that Maverick IT Solutions presented a micro task, for which 50 students participated, out of which 12 were interviewed and five were taken on as interns. They have piloted seven projects that have led them to the conclusion that the motivation behind students opting for their courses varies. Bagging internships are not the only reason students take up this course, Rishabh tells us. Sometimes it's simply to perform better in class.
Before the team relaunches Widhya, they want to launch Dream Connect, their app. "There are so many dates a student needs to keep track of — exams, deadlines for applications...the list is endless. Students can consider this app as their personal calendar, which even sends a reminder when important dates are approaching," explains Rishabh who was born in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. An attendance system is also underway but he tells us that there is still time for that.