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CHANNEL YTheIndianEXPRESSPUNENewsline I TUESDAY I MAY 21 I 20135www.indianexpress.comROHANSWAMYThereareover350collegesinthestateforengineeringstudiesthatofferover70coursesspecialisingin specific fields of engineering.It’snowonderthenthatstudentsarestag-gered by the enormity of the choice whilepickingtherightcollegeforthemselves.InFebruarylastyear,engineeringgraduatesSushilMundadaandAbhishekBallabh,hituponanideatorescuethestudentsfromtheirquandary.Theyhavenowdevelopedawebsitetohelpengi-neeringaspirantssecureagoodcollegebygivingacut-offanalysisaswellasacol-legebranchpredictor,whichservesasaguideto wheretheycanapply,depend-ingontheirmarks.Thestudentscanalsoavailonlineandofflineeducationcoun-selingforsecuringtheirseatinthecol-legeoftheirchoice.Mundada,29,saystheideawasbornoutofhisownexperienceswhenhewasscoutingforacollegetostudyalmostadecadeback.“Thereissomuchinforma-tionoutthere—fromwhatcoursesneedtobeselectedtothecollegethattheywanttogoto,aswellasthemarksre-quiredtogetintothecollegeoftheirchoice.Allthesereferencedandcross-referencedwiththerankingofthecol-lege,theplacewhereitislocated,aswellastheprospectsofacampusplacementfouryearslaterisalotofinformationforanystudentoraspiringengineertocol-late,”hesays.“WebeganworkingonthecollegesinthestatetohelpthestudentsandlaunchedthewebsitethisyearinApril,”hesays.Thetwoworkedforoverayearbeforecomingupwiththewebsite–www.extraaedge.com.Mundadasaystheinformationonthewebsitehelpsinnotjustbreakingbarriersregardingchoicesforstudentsbutalsogivesthemawiderscopetomeettheirendgoals.Butthatisnotwheretheyhavestopped.Inadditiontohelpingstudentssecureadmissiontocolleges,theyaregoingastepfurtherbyhelpingthemsecurein-ternships,collegeprojectas-signmentsandevenshareinformationaboutcampusplacements,openrecruit-mentandfurtherstudies.“Alltheonlineservicesarefreeofchargeforthestu-dentsandcanbeaccessedbyeveryone.Moreoverwehaveadiscussionboardwherethesetopicscanbetakenupwithotherstudentsandevenprofessors.Therecanbepostsaboutjobsaswellasnewtrendsintheindustrytoo,”hesays.Theentireconceptofthecut-offpredictorandthebranchlocatorisbasedonanalgorithmwhichmakesuseoftheresultsofthepreviousyear.Forinstanceitallowsthestudentstoac-curatelypredictcut-offsforaparticularcollegeusingtheresultsfromthecut-offthepreviousyear.Mundadasaystheywillbeteamingupwithcollegessothatprofessorscanuploadassignmentsandcoursesonthesite.“CurrentlytheBhar-tiyaVidyapeethUniversityhassignedonwithus.Oncetheacademicseasonstartswewillbevisitingallcollegesinthecitytoropethemin,”hesays.Whiletherearenofurtherplansontheanvilregardingdevelopingapplicationsforsmartphonesandmobileplatforms,theduomentionsthattheywillbetakingaseriouslookatitafterthewebsitehaspickedonamongstudents,collegesandfacultymembers.All Caps HighINTERNATIONALSchoolofBusinessandMediarecentlyheldtheirconvocationcel-ebrationsattheirNandecampus.TheeventwasattendedbyBKBhansal,CMDofMorganStanleyandAnilWanwari,FounderandCEOofindiantelevision.com,whogaveouttheprizestothe397gradu-atingstudents.Thegraduatingstudentsincluded82frommediastudies,289frombusinessmanagementand26fromsupplychainmanagementcoursesofferedbytheinstitute.Addressingthestudents,Bhansalsaidonlytheyouthcanchangethepresentscenario.“Freshideasthatwillmouldthefuturecanbegeneratedonlybystudentslikeyou,whoareenthusiasticandreadytofacetheworld.Youaretheonlyoneswhocanpullthemarketoutoftherecession,”hesaid.Wanwarisharedthestoryofhowhestartedwithhisonlinetelevisionportalandhowitgrewbig.“Youmusthaveapassiontodrivetheideafromasmallop-portunitytoalargescale,”hesaid.ICAI holds FirstConvocation in the CityABATCHof250studentsoftheInstituteofCharteredAccountantsofIndia,Pune,whoclearedtheirCAexamsinMayandNovem-ber2012,receivedtheirdegreesonSun-dayinthecity.Thiswasthefirstconvoca-tionfunctionheldbytheinstituteinthecity.DrWNGade,Vice-chancellorofUni-versityofPune,wasthechiefguestattheevent,whileDrSudhakarJadhwar,DeanofCommerceattheuniversitywastheguestofhonour.ShubhotAggarwal,PresidentofICAI,alsoattendedtheconvocation.Puneranksfourthinmostproducersofchar-teredaccountantsinthecountry.Morethan25,000studentshadappearedfromthestateand6,000clearedtheexam.NAME: SumiSukumaranSTUDYING AT:LLBthirdyearatNewLawCollege.SONGS I CANT STOP LISTENING TO:IlovelisteningtoRidebyLanaDelReyandBetweenusbyPeterBradleyAdamsFILM I CAN WATCH AGAIN AND AGAIN: IloveP.S.ILoveYouandTheUglyTruthFAD FIRST: IamcrazyaboutwearinghighheelsandreadingnovelsIN MY FREE TIME:IusuallywatchEnglishsoapsandmoviesWHEN I BUNK COLLEGE I CHILL AT: MyfriendsandIusedtohangoutatHubbleBubbly,ahookahbar.NowitisclosedsowehangoutateachothersplaceSTYLE STATEMENT:IstylemyselfaccordingtotheoccasionanditalsodependsonmymoodIN FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:Iseemyselfasagoodlawyer,ifnotinacorporatefirm,theninalegaldepartmentA PERFECT DATE:Nottoofilmy,justaquietplacewherewecanbothsitandtalkTHREE SPEED DIAL NAMES:Mymother,fatherandbrother.IamveryclosetomyfamilyROLL ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING:WhenmyfriendscrackjokesabouteachotherFOOD LOVE: Nothinginparticular.Mychoiceoffoodchangeseverymonth(AS TOLD TO JUHI AGGARWAL)C A M P U S C H I T C H A T(Clockwise from top) The websitewill allow engineering aspirants tonarrow down their choices; SushilMundada; Abhishek Ballabh; ascreenshot of the websiteStudents of the Institute ofChartered Accountants of IndiaStudents atthe eventThe SlambookConnecttheDotsA new websitehelps engineeringaspirants selectcolleges thatbest suit theiracademic pursuits

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