One of the most vivid memories I have of my teenage years is when the Class 12 board results were declared. Amidst all the excitement and ruckus that inevitably followed, bringing an end to my school days, the first thought that came to my mind after seeing the mark sheet was, which college should I apply for.
Turned out, taking that decision wasn’t easy at all. While my parents chose my school closest to our home, deciding on a college, a ‘good’ one for that matter, was not that simple. The future course of my life, professionally, would depend a lot on my college education. As I waited in a long queue on a hot summer day of 2007 to collect my enrollment form for a certain college, I remember wishing desperately for a quicker and easier way of gathering all the information I needed to help me decide which college was best suited for me. If only all the information about every college could be had simply with the click of a mouse.
The exponential growth of internet has made information across varied platforms available at the click of the mouse, but when it comes to facilitating informed decision making on higher education, it is surprising how little the scenario has changed over the past one decade.
But things have started to change since startups like Collegesearch have made their entry.
Articles like “Top 10 College Campuses in India” aren’t of much help, and the information available on Google seems unduly lacking. Classified websites can only offer contact details and addresses and before you realise, it’s time again to stand in those long queues.
Facing this lack of information during their own search for the right colleges, Anirudh Motwani and Parul Bansal decided to take the issue into their own hands. In October 2010, the duo founded IndiaCollegeSearch, an online discovery platform for courses that the many top colleges have to offer. The company later rebranded itself as Collegesearch.in.