Collegedunia.com: An Edtech Startup For Students Across The Globe
Collegedunia began its journey in 2014 with an idea of BITS Pilani Alumni Sahil Chalana. The basic idea behind this startup was to provide the necessary pre-admission data to students and parents during the crucial phase of their life. It catered to the industry as a digital marketer and education consultant.
Collegedunia.com began to operate as a private, not-for-profit organization with a team of 250 young and talented individuals. The average age of the team members is 25 years. It has seen its journey from an ed-tech startup to an established company today. In terms of the market, education institutes spend a huge sum on marketing, primarily when they aim to attract a large student population from around the world.
Collegedunia wishes to share a part of such marketing. The company started catering to student’s needs across the globe and is still working on it because of the rise in the number of students selecting to study abroad. As a part of the industry, it is a platform for advertising of educational institutes free of cost provided they meet specific requirements. Collegedunia takes the responsibility of verifying information from the source before making it available to the users.
A crucial phase in each student’s educational life comes while deciding the admissions after completing 10+2. At some point in life, we all have gone through this stage when gathering different information for admission of various colleges was a cumbersome task for us. Today, with the flourishing ed-tech startups in India, students can easily access all information of not only India but universities across the globe.
The significant details of any university that a student requires for comparison are its rankings, fee structure, admission requirements and review from students who have been a part of the university. However, it might be a challenging task for some students to find answers to their questions on the official websites of the colleges and universities.
Therefore, to bridge this gap between the information seekers and the institutions ed-tech startups have come up as information providers. One such website is collegedunia.com where the search of students for colleges or universities comes to an end. It is a repository of information that is required from both a student and a parent’s point of view. It has served student’s needs like an education counselor and guided students across the globe. It has established its position as one of the leading college portals in our country.
Many times it is seen that lack of information can create a negative impact on the career of students. They see a very narrow pool of choices due to improper guidance. At such times, educational websites can be a great help. Statistically speaking, Collegedunia is a database of over 25,000 colleges in India and abroad, almost 11000+ courses and 250+ exams. Among all these options, students get the facility to filter their choices according to their needs.
Understanding the need for personalized guidance of individuals, Collegedunia has not restricted itself to a website but also launched an app-based platform for its users. The mobile application of this website is quite easy to access and requires registration before starting the experience. It has not restricted its usage to providing information, but at the same time, it has engaged students to contribute towards the website development by reviewing their colleges. The website has come up with cash rewards to encourage students to review their colleges by providing valuable details regarding their college experience.
The journey of the startup has not been easy because of several competitors already operating in this field. Its main competitors are Careers360, Shiksha, Toppr, to name a few. The ideas for the various ed-tech startups have been different. Though all are educational apps, some have been established to provide video lectures, aptitude tests, mock tests or comparisons between various colleges. The idea for Collegedunia has a hint of all different aspects to guide a student academically. The ed-tech sector has seen growth in the last decade and is a relatively new concept. Its success depends upon its acceptance by the youth and how well it can channelize information about the educational sector.
Collegedunia.com has been a part of this revolutionary setup and propagated light of education in the lives of many aspiring students. Be it an Indian student applying to study abroad or vice versa; it is essential to remain alert all the time regarding important deadlines, requirements and the rules and regulations of the universities they have shortlisted. With the involvement of the student community, Collegedunia would soon become more significant and the most reliable database for viewing information regarding colleges, courses, and examinations.
Complete career guidance is what the website has been established for. In its upcoming developments, the company plans to provide 24*7 online assistance facilities for students regarding admissions, career and more. Features like aptitude tests and mock tests can also become a feature of their app soon.
To cover a larger population of students and become the most preferred choice, it has kept all the features of their app free of cost. It is a one-stop solution to several questions of students. It has a very user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate with an option to shortlist and compare selections.
Apart from offering information, it also keeps students updated about the latest educational news, blogs, results of competitive exams, preparation tips and more. It has not skipped understanding any need of the student as it also offers financial aid information like the student loans that are available along with the EMI that would be incurred.
In its initial stage, it used to present data for colleges in few metropolitan cities only. Still, with the overwhelming response and hardworking team of dedicated people, it has come so far that it covers a large number of colleges and universities in India and abroad. Looking at the growth that the company has witnessed in the last five years, the future seems to be very promising.