By the students, for the students

Vinaya Patil
Sunday, 14 January 2018

Lots of fun and some studying — that’s how most of us see college life as. But there’s another aspect to it — career and future plans. This one stresses out most college-goers. With a hundred different career options to choose from, students these days are left confused about the right path to take and the right approach towards it

ExploreIT, a student-oriented platform, guides youngsters in their research and career choices through various activities

Lots of fun and some studying — that’s how most of us see college life as. But there’s another aspect to it — career and future plans. This one stresses out most college-goers. With a hundred different career options to choose from, students these days are left confused about the right path to take and the right approach towards it.

ExploreIT is a medium that helps them in sorting their confusion and even giving them some experience. “We connect students to the mentors all around the globe to help them in writing research papers, inculcating additional knowledge, linking them to the most resourceful mentors who will inculcate all knowledge the students want,” explains Madhav Mahajan, a co-founder of the platform.

Registered in August last year by six youngsters, the platform was built over two years of work by them. The contriver and operations in-charge, Mahajan ensures the smooth performance of ExploreIT. “It’s an academic firm, with student-oriented services and includes research to guide the youngsters. We help them with their thesis, maintaining their thesis and provide educational counselling,” Mahajan adds.

Among the activities that ExploreIT undertakes are workshops, heritage walks, eco trails and inspirational visits to give students a full-fledged perspective of the paths they choose. “Being a member of ExploreIT will give you unlimited intellectual privileges which would include the call for papers, information on research paper conferences, education tours to the unrated but deserving heritages,” says Mahajan.

Speaking of the workshops conducted by ExploreIT, Mahajan tells us about their first initiative which was meant to pave a way for budding researchers and to make the students acquainted with basic research skills. “This workshop was aimed at students who intend to incorporate research methodologies into their projects. It provided an over-view of the qualitative and quantitative research process by examining fundamental methodological steps in designing a research,” he informs. This was done through a lecture and a small group exercise.

Apart from these, the group also undertakes eco trails to take students closer to nature and explain to them the significance of conserving environment. Heritage walks organised by ExploreIT also help people connect with their surroundings.

So far, the group has done trips to Gangtok, Mcleodganj (Dharamshala), Mulshi (Pune), Shillong and Shimla. “‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’, Albert Einstein said. Thus our eco trails are meant to explore and this exploration on the trails leads to the discovery of oneself too,” says Mahajan. Similarly, inspirational visits, he says, helps students in finding the right place to get it in sync with their career goals. “They are the best of both worlds —  they provide the recreation element along with the scope of career development,” he adds.

Speaking of the revenue model, Mahajan tells us that students pay a monthly amount of Rs 750 to become a member of ExploreIT and get hands-on experience of working with experienced people in their respective fields as also of handling a firm by the students, for the students. “We also plan to provide services to corporates in terms of maintaining a sustainable business, environmental-friendly practices, etc,” says Mahajan.

The students working with ExploreIT, which targets the 18-22 age group, are paid a monthly stipend. “We hope to connect with more colleges and student groups in the future to expand our services,” concludes Mahajan.

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