LMK speaks to the founder of Padhaaro

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A great idea by Ish Jindal has brought a sea change in the way the foreign guest spends their visit and experience the multi-sided culture of the country. It changed the way the foreigners travel in India. Through their enterprise, not only have they made it easier for foreigners to experience a smooth visit & stay in India, but also, they seem to be playing a very crucial role in bridging and promoting the inter national cultural connect and exchange. True to its name, their start-up Padhaaro welcomes anyone and everyone to visit India and experience the extravagant, exotic and elegant aspects of it.


  • How were the seeds of Padhaaro sowed?


We started off with Padhaaro almost 2 years back after we ourselves realized how your travel experience becomes much more enriching when someone who is native to a place shows around the places to you. Initially, we had a basic blog with a Google doc where people could apply as a greeter and similarly a traveler could request for a greeter service and we used to connect them manually over email. It turned out to be a fun experience for both the traveler and the local greeter and that’s why we decided to take it to the next level which is what you ssee right now and the product improvements to be released in future.



  • Please tell us about your team members. How  did you of all come together?


All of the team members had met at different conferences and forums and that is how we came together through mutual connections. To give a sense of the core team, Ish is an engineering graduate from NIT Warangal, comes from a consulting background and takes care of marketing, operations and partnerships. Sanchit takes care of all things on the technology front.


  • Keeping in mind the different safety concerns we have in our country, how do you ensure the genuineness of the greeters who get selected to accompany our foreign visitors?


We follow a stringent selection process and curate each experience so as to have quality experiences for our customers. We also have social media and background checks in place to ensure that all are Greeters/Local Experts are reliable and trustworthy. Reviews and references from travelers and other users of the platform also help us refine it further.


  • What are the challenges that you have faced while Padhaaro was being shaped?


I think, the main challenge for us was to position ourselves differently from other players in the market that do something in a similar space but the kind of services are different.


  • Please brief us on how Padhaaro serves the visitors.


Firstly, we are not in the services business rather a social marketplace or a platform to connect people. On one hand, there are people who are passionate about showing their city and sharing their experiences with fellow travelers and on the other hand, there are people who are looking for such local experiences which give them a holistic perspective of the place they are traveling to. We are enabling them to find them the right reliable person and use his services. This is win-win situation for both the Greeter and the one using his services.


  • Currently, there are 200 greeters and local experts working across 18 cities; do you have any plans to expand it anytime soon? 


We are adding new greeters to our platform each day and we plan to expand this number to 1000+ by the end of this year.


  • Do you think your past academic background as an engineer has helped you in starting up Padhaaro?

I believe coming from an engineering background makes one versatile and gives an ability to try out new things which is what you need when you are just starting something from scratch. There are no predefined frameworks in your mind and approach and hence you have the flexibility to experiment with stuff frugally and see what works best.


  • How does a greeter make it to your team and what is their work like?


As mentioned earlier, a Greeter needs to apply and go through the whole process of selection before he/she finally comes onboard. The experience provided by a Greeter or a Local Expert has to be such that it is appealing or fascinating enough for a user and also meets the basic standards of having being showcased on Padhaaro.


  • Would you like to share anything with our readers that would motivate them about Entrepreneurship and Starting up?


Don’t start something because you have been pushed into it due to some reason (be it the job you didn’t like or the freedom you always wanted), get into a startup only if you are being pulled to the cause of solving a pain point you really feel about.


Padhaaro Official website: http://goo.gl/KFQw0l

Annual AIESEC Youth Festival 



Present in over 124 countries and territories and with over 86,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization. AIESEC in Delhi University is a leading local chapter of AIESEC in the world delivering the highest quality of international internship experiences. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.

AIESEC in Delhi University has always been known to pioneer events. Events are a way to create an impact on the society, thereby showcasing their core product – Responsible Leadership. Through these events, it aimed to create more dynamic and capable member experiences apart from inevitably spreading awareness about critical issues. This time, it was Annual AIESEC Youth Festival.



Youth to business aims to connect young leaders and businesses around relevant topics in the world to generate new ideas, to explore the topics of leadership, innovation and corporate responsibility so as to generate thoughts about the future.The Youth To Business Forum 2014 was held on 30th July,2014 at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Delhi. The forum was based on the theme “At the Speed Of Ideas.”

It primarily targeted the problem of unemployment in the new generation. This year, Youth to Business Forum saw participation of speakers from various startups and popular brands( Ab-inbev, Hero, Coke, Microsoft, The Hindu, Letsintern, SkyHippo etc) While, most of the speakers were Delhi University Alumni, there were also a few artists and entrepreneurs who didn’t attend any college at all. The session was jam-packed with young national and international delegates. The whole event was divided into six panel discussions that touched topics such as media and journalism, entrepreneurship, art and innovation. It started at 11 am and ended at 5 pm.


Through UDAAN, the Delhi University chapter of AIESEC plans to provide underprivileged children with an opportunity to express themselves through cultural workshops and competitions and direct them towards quality educational opportunities.

This year Udaan was conducted on 2nd August’14 at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi. About 2000 underprivileged children participated in this event to celebrate the spirit of Balkalakaar. The day started with a hour long session of dancing followed by an art competition. After pumping in energy, the event moved into a fun-filled hour comprising of various dance competitions and magic show. One volunteer shares his experience, “Udaan’14 lets you be the impact by touching lives of deprived young minds by creating memories and experience of a life-time for them” The event ended at 4 pm. Kids waved goodbye, clicked a lot of pictures and promised to meet again.


Global Village is a cultural extravaganza of 100 youth leaders from across 25 countries. Our interns set up stalls where they showcase the culture of their countries. The day kick started with a magnificent Cultural show involving singing, dancing and presentations followed by the International Cultural Exhibition and a Global Café where in the youth of Delhi got a chance to interact with the Internationals and share their experiences. Planet Delhi was held on 3rd August at Rrala’s Habibi, MGF Mall, Saket. The event represents more than half the planet, hence the name Planet Delhi. The event started at 2.30 pm and drew to a close at 7.30 pm.

Throughout the year, AIESEC in DU organize a dynamic calendar of public events, seminars, information briefings and public events. They believe that knowledge truly is power. Through these events they seek to inform students about the international opportunities that AIESEC provides them to learn and grow as responsible global citizens. They are focused on activating leadership and developing everyone’s abilities through proactive learning and therefore unlock the potential of ourselves and others.


Delhi University at a glance!

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As thousands of students throng the various colleges of the University of Delhi, standing in unending queues, under a 45’C sun, enduring a seemingly never ending process of submitting forms and certificates, one wonders whether life at the University is actually worth all the rigmarole of the selection procedure.

In this space, I am going to give you a glimpse of the life at Delhi University which presents utterly incredible opportunities for intellectual and personal growth with a dash of unparalleled frolic, garnished with a smidge of melodrama which will totally compensate for the exhausting admission process.


  1. The academically oriented( and disoriented) people:

Delhi University along with presenting a diverse range of courses also presents a vibrant multitude of students, who come from different social classes and ethnic backgrounds from all across the country and the world. It is perfectly usual to witness daily conversations taking place in over 30 different languages in the same campus.  When it comes to the academic orientation of these individuals, one can find people who will end up as top notch politicians, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats, social activists and stand-up comedians. Also there are people who will spend a lifetime proclaiming their love to the University by getting their graduation, post graduation & doctorate degrees from DU and ultimately settling down in DU as professors held in high esteem, while a few of us will be just as intoxicated as we perpetually remain and will be struggling to differentiate left from right.


  1. Student Representation:

DU & DUSU are two inseparable words, with politics being the sworn faith of a number of students. ABVP & NSUI are the two main political parties, that along with other things ensure that a number of free goodies make their way to the pockets of the students during the election season. It is partly due to their efforts that the VC’s office and strikes are synonymous terms.


  1. The DU guide to food:
    The university and its vicinity together ensure that our gluttonous appetites find salvation. The best eating joints include the D-school canteen, the tea stall at Kirorimal, inexpensive eating joints at Kamla Nagar and the numerous banta and bhelpuri stalls.


  1. Fashion@ DU:

So what’s the latest trend in DU?

Everything  ranging from huge jhumkis to kurtas teamed up with checkered boxers, flip flops, coloured hair, ripped jeans, John Lennon glasses & hairstyle and of course the Let-It-Be haircut!


  1. Daily life:
  • Bargaining is our birthright and we shall have it!
  • We have our own abbreviations & lingo, hence we often end up going to “KNags” and having “CBats”!
  • We love our four legged behavioral siblings (read the University dogs) that are found in abundance all over the campus.
  • We love the societies that we are a part of, and we practically live and grow among their members.
  • We may be wasted but we still appear to be the descendents of Derrida!
  • Lastly, we carry the DU-SWAG wherever we go!






Game of Thrones – An Internship by Adstuck


As an AdStuck intern, you would require to extensively promote one of their Android apps. They will be giving you certain activities which will have to be executed on your android enable phone. For every activity, you will be getting certain points, and each of this point has a monetary value. This points cane be redeemed, at the end of Internship, for cash which will be given by AdStuck company.

Note: You will be selected only as a Lord. All other characters i.e. Lannister and wingmen would be selected by you from your network once you get selected as an Intern.

Now, this is how the whole internship works:

You will be acting as the Lord. You will be given the android app link which you would need to download. After downloading, you will be getting a ‘code’ at the same time. This code would be used to add a group of 5 ‘Lanisters’ under you. Now, these lanisters could be anyone: your friends, juniors, relatives or any acquaintances. Following this, each lanister would have to make a group of 20 ‘wingman’. Again, these people can be either friends or relatives.

So, in all every lord has: 5 lanisters, 100 wingman (20 * 5). The total head count stands at 105 (excluding you i.e. the ‘lord’ or Intern). As a lord you will have to make sure that all 5 lanisters do the allotted tasks and every lanister has to ensure that, all wingman under them do the allotted tasks. Each of you get some points based on tasks which can be later redeemed for cash rewards. The more tasks you do, the more points you accumulate and the more cash benefits you get.


Take away Details:

? Lord – He/She gets Rs 1500 per month, Internship certificate from AdStuck and of course, the extra monetary benefits depending upon the points you accumulate. Also, if you perform exceptionally good, you will be appointed as ‘Lord of Lords’ and will be getting extra rewards for the same. The stipend amount would be given only if your group meets a certain work bench mark with all of them as active.

? Lanisters – He/ She gets Rs 1000 per month, Internship certificate from AdStuck and the extra monetary benefits depending upon the points accumulated. Same conditions apply as that for Lord.

? Wingman – Out of 20 wingman in a group of lanister, only top three get certificates. Each wingman gets monetary benefits depending on the points accumulated. However, there is no fixed stipend for them.



For Application Questionnaire – click here:

You can read more on this opportunity by clicking the link here

If interested in the Internship, you can mail your application to neha@letmeknow.in in this format with along with the mentioned attachments in order:

  • Mail Subject – ‘AdStuck Intern Applicant’
  • Updated Resume
  • Filled answers to the Questionnaire

Read more about the company here: http://adstuck.com/

You will be notified on your mail once you get selected and will then be taken on to further rounds. For any queries, you can directly drop a mail to neha@letmeknow.in ; Good luck!


Be Better: Meet Our First Judgement Day Winner Aashvi Mittal

Seems like just yesterday when we told you about the Be Better launch and the INR 50k of rewards which come with it. With about 30 winners in just 18 days, who knew time flies by so quickly!

To quickly recap, Be Better is a brainchild of the alumni from IIM Calcutta at ambitionME. It is an initiative asking you to explore multiple aspects of your personality and having some fun along the way.

Supported by Naukri.com, Healthkart, Fresca, Postergully, Let Me Know, Be Better is a series of quick and easy tasks which will remind you of the little things often ignored in our busy lives. So you can try to Be Active, Be Cool, Be Savvy, Be Aware, Be Loving, Be Smart,….. you get the picture.

Finally, introducing the winner @ Judgement Day 1: Aashvi Mittal take a bow! You floored us with your simple, stupendous entry @ Be Cool and the players couldn’t agree more with you. You would be receiving a “Cool” gift hamper from Fresca Juices once Be Better ends. Many, many congratulations.

So what are you waiting for? This is super easy, takes less than 5 minutes to complete a task and you have a shot to be at the top of the leaderboard daily. Join the madness NOW.

#BeBetter at: http://www.ambitionme.com/Contest/beBetter/?utm_source=letmeknow&utm_medium=posting&utm_content=20140718&utm_campaign=bebetter

Get inspired, be Better!

Get inspired, be Better!

Since Hope is a waking dream..


We all believe that things will get better, that despite all this gloom there is always light around the corner. But do we really need new governments or upheavals of systems to realise that there is hope around us? Isn’t it all around us everyday? Look at that young man who serves you chai in the morning and studies at night . Spare a minute for the pretty girl there who can’t see a dog suffering. Hear the story of the gifted leader who could have had his pick of high paying corporate jobs but rather chooses to go teach underprivileged kids instead. What is it that you feel, if not hope?

Every street in our every city carries heroes who go about their lives with kindness , honesty and honor. If only we could spare a minute to share their stories instead of narrating deeds of criminals that fill our newspapers and appear in televisions everyday.

Opinia360 is a mobile application which has been created as a way to expand the democratic process through digital mediums. It aims at making it simpler for Indian citizens to get their voice heard. It is a web and mobile based application which crowd-sources solutions to the most critical issues of time. It sends one socially relevant question every day and takes the response as a nationwide collective thought. People’s belief in seeing hope in the gloom, took to the streets to discover the real heroes of our society. Here are a few of the heart-warming stories they heard.


Roohneet Koachar

To help those who can’t ask for it is among the noblest of acts any of us can do. Rohneet Koachar shares the story of how she first fell in love with stray dogs and continues to rescue them as and when she gets the opportunity. Whats inspires us is that her act of kindness has brought

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about a change in the people in her neighborhood. Today , they all take an extra moment to feed and shelter the strays.

“We see so many dogs suffering on the streets each day. It is hard to watch. Coco was lying on the street, injured in an accident , when I took him to the vet. He never went back to the streets. Today, I take care of 8 street dogs. People from my neighborhood have started being kind to dogs too. They leave out food and water for the street dogs whenever they can. I am grateful to all of them. Give kindness a shot. People follow.”


Adhiraj Singh

How often do we see little kids and old people , weak and helpless, but choose to ignore them completely. Opinia360 speaks to Adhiraj Singh , who cared enough to want to make a difference. He speaks of how a small deed can make a big difference in somebody’s life.He proves that the feared era of selfishness is not yet upon us. There is hope .

“I once saw a little kid standing outside a government school.There was an exhibition going on.He was fascinated by the lights inside . I took him in with me ,showed him the place.”

“Bhaiyya”, he looked up at me with hope,”Can I study here?” It broke my heart. I spoke to his parents who said they were too poor to educate their children.I wanted to help him in some way. I paid his fees. One small act can make a huge difference.

I can tell you that people still want to help others. You just have to set an example.


Asmita Singh

The general consensus seems to be that honesty has been the first casualty of the modern age.

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Asmita Singh, a travel blogger/food lover shares her experience with an auto driver that is sure to bring a smile on the faces of the most jaded of us. It gives us hope that honesty is not dead yet.

“I forgot my phone in an auto once. Before I realized it was gone , the auto driver came back to return it to me. I lost it again a little later. Funnily , it was the same auto driver who returned it to me this time too. I was so overwhelmed. I only regret that I do not have a picture with him”

I tell everyone that I have seen honesty. It looks like an auto driver”, she says.

Read the Opinia 360 blog for more stories, https://www.opinia360.com/blog/i-see-hope-asmita-singh/

The youth is rushing faster towards disillusionment than towards improvement, and it is this very fading away of hope that Opinia 360 decided to set out and re-discover.

Register on their website at www.opinia360.com and download the application on Google Play, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.foxspan.opinia360

There is hope all around. They see it. And we are sure you will too.

Be Better At Lil’ Things That Matter




Best toh sab hote hain. Better banke dikhao toh jaanein!

Challenge yourself on the road less traveled. Undertake a series of tasks which will remind you of the little things often ignored in our busy lives. The #BeBetter  tasks are simple, but you need to do more, and do well.

A brainchild of the alumni from IIM Calcutta at ambitionME, #BeBetter is not meant to be just a contest. It is an initiative asking you to explore multiple aspects of your personality and having some fun as you do so.

Need more motivation?

Undertake the #BeBetter tasks anytime during these 50 days (1st July – 19th August) and we have rewards worth Rs. 50,000 to give you company.

With best compliments from Naukri.com, Healthkart, Fresca, Postergully, Let Me Know and ambitionME.

Come Play.

#BeBetter at ambitionME:



Viber Campus Ambassador #goodvibes

Spend this summer ‘working from home’ for one of the well established firms; a name which we might often find and may even use in the list of our smart phone applications. #Spreading goodvibes #Internships

Here are just some of the reasons to apply for the happiest internship this summer. See more details and apply here:

VIBER #goodvibes

1. You’re the voice of the Next Big Brand: 
Viber is one of the fastest growing mobile apps with over 200 Million uWith Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. Viber users can send free text messages, photo messages, video messages and share locations with other users. Users can also make free HD-quality calls to other Viber users on iPhone®, Android™, Windows Phone, Blackberry®, Windows®, Mac, Symbian, Nokia S40 and Bada devices over 3G/4G or WiFi connections. Viber is constantly innovating by introducing new platforms and adding fun new features including stickers and emoticons. What’s better than getting rewarded for speaking up about a trusted well renowned brand?

 2.  You matter:

Your opinion matters. How you feel about certain things, people, places, activities, songs, movies, TV Shows, books, food, favorite super hero, makes a difference. Through #GoodVibes we give you a platform to share all the things that make your day better and puts you and your friends in a good mood almost instantaneously. We want to know about these things and so does everybody else. Together, we create a culture, a movement of #GoodVibes.

 3. It’s raining gift vouchers, gadgets. smartphones and more:

Saving up on your pocket money religiously to buy that smart-phone you’ve had your eyes on since a long time? Well, what if we tell you that you can get it for free? Successfully complete all the tasks that are assigned to you during the period of the program and win performance based rewards in the form of exciting gift vouchers and some of the best gadgets and smartphones. It cannot get any easier!

 4. World Tour, homies! 

They say that the best time to travel is when you’re young – when you don’t have a 9 to 5 job holding you back among other major responsibilities. We make that happen for you! Apart from the rewards previously mentioned in #2, we give you the Mega Prize of packing your bags and seeing World courtesy the Viber #GoodVibes World Tour. Hop in!

 5. Get bragging rights for your resume:

You know what looks better on your resume that the one sentence career objective you cut-copy-paste from the internet? Work Experience. More so,  if you have an experience worth talking about, from a company that’s one of fastest growing brands. All the participants of the Viber #GoodVibes Ambassador Program, get an internship certificate, on successfully completing the simple tasks, to boost your resume. Now, that’s something to talk about in your interview!

 6. Be the popular kid in your college:

#GoodVibes is all about following and sharing Viber’s philosophy of ‘Connecting Freely’ and encouraging more people around you to do the same. This means more interaction with people on everyday basis, a chance to network with like-minded #goodvibes messengers and the opportunity to be that kid ‘everybody knows’.

Now, who wouldn’t want to be that?

7. We don’t care where you live:
The Viber #goodvibes Ambassador program is for anybody from Delhi to Dehradun. No location constraints whatsoever. You can be anywhere in the country and we’d love to have you on board to help us make #goodvibes a viral movement – a revolution. You can comfortably work from anywhere in the country.

 8. We don’t focus on making you more broke than you already are  

We have all been college students once and we understand the value of every penny and having Maggi for dinner. As a #goodvibes Ambassador, you work from the comfort of your college campus, without having to pay ridiculous cab-fares to transport yourself to a fancy cubicle-ridden office. You spent absolutely no money to be part of the #goodvibes program and that is not even the best part! ; )

 9. Former Viber interns recommend it:

If you are still in doubt, then maybe you’d want to listen to college students just like you who have previously interned for Viber. Agnes Lee, one of the top performers of the Viber internship that took place earlier this year, says, ‘The experience was amazing.I literally used to wait for the tasks to be uploaded so that I could nail them on time! I registered for #goodvibes the day I came to know about it.’ Oh, and did we tell you she won an iPad mini for her spectacular performance? Yes, she did!

1o. Because sharing #GoodVibes is fun!

We know you love talking, messaging and being in touch with the crazy bunch of people you call friends and you do it without the asterisk of terms and conditions. You do it because it’s easy, it makes you happy and most importantly because it’s fun! That’s exactly what Viber #goodvibes Ambassador program offers you too – an internship that is not boring. We don’t make you study, or research, or submit reports, or even get us coffee and print outs. We make you do things you love to do so you are part of an internship that comes with a promise of being one of  the coolest and funnest ever. : )
Register for the Viber #GoodVibes Ambassador Program today! 

A Layman Guide To Writing A Perfect Personal Statement

Personal statements are usually required by some colleges and universities during admission and it is written for only one purpose: show the committee that you are different than other candidates in the flock. There are two types of personal statements that are commonly assigned to the candidates along with the admission application.

  • General Personal Statement
  • Specific Personal Statement

In general, personal statement you are free to expose your views or present a personalized write-up. Specific personal statements, on the other hand, are written in response to some specific questions.

Key Elements

  • Style 

Your style of writing should be clear and concise. Avoid using italic, bold or underlines. Adopt a simple and natural writing style instead of a complex and fancy one. Add mild humor if you want but be careful while presenting it. Also, make sure that there are no spellings or grammar mistakes and the document is punctuated correctly.

  • Format

Personal statement is somewhat similar to essays in which you start your work from introduction and finish it in the conclusion paragraph. In between, you discuss your skills, achievements, expertise and goals. You can also discuss your aims and objectives and the reason to apply in the specific institute. Jot down your co-curricular activities and link them to your course or area of interest. Other ideas that you can include in your personal statement are as follows

  • What are your career goals?
  • How do you plan to achieve your specific goals?
  • What inspired you?
  • What are your key traits (Compassionate, patient, reliable, persistent, etc.)?
  • And, what you are skills (team player, team coordinator, leader, manager, etc.)?

Tips To Write Seamless Personal Statements

  • Start With a Catchy Statement

Before you start writing, find an angle from which you can make your personal statement more interesting to the reader. You can add any interesting life event or a humorous story to develop the level of interest right from the beginning.

  • Answer Questions Accordingly

Many institutes provide you with a list of questions and ask you to answer those questions in their personal statement. To respond to their answers clearly, you’ve to answer each question in a separate paragraph.
Moreover, if you are applying in many universities at the same time, avoid using a same personal statement for all.

  • Grab Attention From Onset

Your introductory paragraph should be attention grabbing, as it is the first paragraph that the admission officer reads. If he finds it interesting, he will definitely read it to the end.

  • Show Creativity

Admission committees are always in search of those applicants who are different from the rest of the horde because of their skills and capabilities. So, try to write your statement in a manner that reflects that distinct side of yours. Think, act and write creatively.

  • Avoid Presenting Controversial Views

In your personal statement, avoid including political or religious views as these are called controversial subjects.

  • Research Before You Write

Sometimes institutes ask a general question such as why you are interested in getting admission there. You can’t answer that question, until you are completely aware of the university’s faculties, ethics, environment, etc. Therefore, research before you make any comments on that question in your personal statement.

  • Proofread

Don’t forget to proofread your essay at the end. Even a best writer commits mistakes. Read it again and again to find out possible mistakes. Make sure there is no grammatical or spelling mistake. If possible, ask someone to edit your statement and make corrections so that you can increase your chances of admission approval.

Stewart Agron
An inspirer and a motivator at a renowned firm, Stewart Agron mostly spends her time nurturing new dissertation writers helping them present an inspiring research. When she’s not mentoring, she loves to hit the beach in her area and read the novels of Jane Austen.

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Here’s why I feel Online education should be recognized by Universities

 One evening, I received a very enthusiastic call from one of my best friends who wanted my help about the basic legal compliance for his new Startup. I was ashamed to realise that even though I had answered two papers on Law on Contracts before he asked me this, I had to train myself by attending an online business law class before I could answer his doubt satisfactorily. Most student-initiated startups like this, businesses need very basic services which could be easily taught in law colleges. However, having attended four semesters at a law school, I have realized that examinations here prefer to test the power of a student’s memory to learn sections of the bare act and names of case laws, among other details and barely attempt to test analytical skills. In the exam, it does not matter if I had the ability to apply relevant legal provisions in to a certain hypothetical situation, and I can expect top grades in my second year at one of India’s National Law Universities, just by virtue of a strong memory. Moving on from one semester to another, from the paper on Law of Contracts to Labour Law, I noticed that we are being taught about the difference between two technical terms in a subject rather than the practical sides of legal education like the method of registration a company or annual compliances or drafting of contracts.

While attempting to overcome the impediments I had been facing in my stream, I came across an array of websites offering online education which was capable of bridging the gap between what I was learning at college and what I have been missing out but is required in the industry. It was then that I realized that if one wishes to learn more- beyond the customary college education or even if one desires to enhance his skills, then online education provides us an excellent opportunity.

That is how my research began and I ended up discovering sites like Coursera, EdX, Udacity among many other such websites, which have been the front runners of Massive Open Online Courses. The MOOC’s have made access to quality education easily accessible, convenient and economic. They demand minimum requirements from the students- only an internet connection and a will to learn. These courses demand only around 12 hours per week and are therefore not too time consuming. Such courses are usually divided into week-wise allotment of video lectures, quizzes and tests. They also offer an option called ‘Community’ wherein students can participate in discussion forums and can have their doubts clarified by the course co-coordinators, who are usually professors from top Universities all over the world.

World’s most reputed universities have tied up with these websites, thereby making MOOCs all the more popular over the years. While online education is not limited to MOOCs only, since many online courses charge a considerable amount- but MOOCs have the added advantage of breaking the barrier of costs involved in higher education, apart from relaxing the usual hindrances of managing time or the relaxation of the distance involved. MOOCs also serve as an excellent platform for all those inquisitive minds who want to study courses outside their streams. Irrespective of one’s age, he/she can opt for any course which interests him.

online education

The procedure that needs to be followed for almost all MOOCs includes registration and creation of a free online account, followed by selection of courses depending upon one’s interests and availability of time. Specific set of instructions might be present like stream related knowledge for professional courses like that of Advanced Organic Chemistry while others might not have such strict pre requisites. Courses are usually divided into various modules and have a test at the end of these modules and also a final examination for assessment, based on which the certification depends. The modules are taught by means of Video lectures, which can be accessed repeatedly.

I have opted for 4 online courses so far and I have enjoyed the learning experience I have gained from each. I was especially enthusiastic about one of them- Constitutional law, since this course is being provided by Yale University, which is among one of the top ten universities of the world. The way this online platform works simply amazes me, since I have experienced a great understanding of a subject from Yale University and I have enjoyed the learning process, which has been far better than the traditional classroom lessons.

Here’s my share of the research on online education which pertains to the legal stream. However, the sites that I will now mention have numerous courses on every possible subject of interest.

  1. Coursera provides free online courses in collaboration with top universities. Some of the courses that I found interesting include American Constitutional Law offered by Yale University, Property and Liability: An Introduction to Law and Economics, Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy, Law and the Entrepreneur etc.
  1. Harvard University had embraced the idea of online education many years before it became popular and widely accepted. Important legal courses being offered by the University include Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, The American Constitution and how it protects the citizens of USA from their government etc. It provides online classes which can be accessed during fall and spring semesters. Almost all distance education classes are taught by the faculty at Harvard University. Students opting for distance learning courses are not only given the opportunity to take part in virtual classrooms according to pre decided time tables, but also the chance to communicate with the faculty.
  1. Oxford University provides a very well-structured online course on Master degree in International Human Rights Law, primarily meant for those yearning to pursue higher education in the field of Human Rights law from a reputed institute while staying at home or carrying out work related responsibilities.
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), which provides virtual access to almost all MIT publications and resource materials. The best part about this is that OCW gives open access and is therefore freely available for everyone and also one is provided with a certificate from EdX upon completion. It has online laboratories and discussion platforms to boost peer to peer conversations. Among other courses, here are some that I noticed: The Law of Mergers and Acquisitions, Inventions and Patents, Patents, Copyrights and Law of Intellectual Property, Innovative Businesses and Breakthrough Technologies – The Legal Issues,

A recent report carried out by Aspiring Minds (an employability solutions firm) and based on a pan-India study of 60,000 graduates across colleges, revealed that 47% graduates are not employable in any sector of the knowledge economy. Today’s economy does not permit an average recruiter to spend huge amounts of money on training a student from a reputed college, but without practical skills needed for the job. Online education obviously cannot seek to substitute the customary model of University education, but the aim is to complement that learning with that practical knowledge, which is very essential for employability and the lack of which will not be entertained by employers. I feel Universities should recognize such online courses where experts share relevant skills with students that help them make more employable once they graduate

Sharanya Mukherjee.

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