September 15, 2009 12:53:53 am
An e-notice board,conceptualised by two IIT Delhi alumni who were tired of sticking posters all over their vast campus,was launched at two city campuses on Sunday by an NGO also launched by the same team.
Students of Laxmi Bai College and IIT Delhi will be the first beneficiaries of Droabe, which is e-board crudely reversed,launched on Monday. Students of each college,armed with a user name and password,can log in to view and post notices; discuss issues; and later,as the idea grows,chat one-to-one and also receive email.
The fun does not end there: when they pass out,their information will be moved to an alumni database where they can interact with former students and batchmates.
There were 1,000 registrations in IIT even before the launch,and over 150 Laxmi Bai College students logged in by evening to experience Droabe, said Vinayak Garg,who launched NGO V.I.S.V.A.S. (Visionary Initiative to Sculpt a Virtual Academic System) along with his friend Bhushan Shinda.
Students can post notices too,and we have a team of moderators who monitor user activity. We also have people in the NGO who monitor the moderators so that we can put deleted notices back on if they are not offensive, said Vinayak.
At Laxmi Bai college,student details were collected through teachers by distributing forms and at a more tech-savvy IIT,students logged on to the V.I.S.V.A.S. website visvas.org to register.
The idea of starting an e-notice board came to us while sticking posters all over the IIT campus while we were students there. We conceptualised an LCD screen and worked our way up from there, said Vinayak. The endeavour is part of the V.I.S.V.A.S. projects aimed at improving educational standards in the country,something for which the NGO charges no fee.
Droabe will be up-and-running in SRCC by mid-October and LSR is in talks with V.I.S.V.A.S. to launch a notice board there.
With a healthy visibility in IIT,there is no dearth of talent in the NGO. In fact,Pankaj Kumar Sharma,currently a student in IIT-D,is the brain behind the codes.
Their ample contact-list has helped V.I.S.V.A.S. get someone to provide free Internet space. The next major project is an SMS-update service linked to the notice-board for which funding is being sought. Another plan in the works is a separate common space for multiple colleges after they are linked.
Endless are the possibilities. For the time being,students of Laxmi Bai College and IIT-D will Droabe.
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