ABP Education gathered that the application named Campus 24 serves as a social and utility platform for college-goers. Users can find a suitable job, run into placement opportunities, access various notes and documents, and connect with other like-minded students.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought everyday life to a standstill, and college-going students are pushed to the wall. As a result, online classes over various digital platforms have carved a significant niche for themselves. Several notes, dissertations, and other academic documents are doing the digital rounds as students are confined to their homes for what can be called a holiday they never wished for. Some are losing sleep over the road ahead, some are regretting not being part of sought-after college events, while some are longing for a normal college life, praying for these trying times to come to a close.
Thankfully, during this time of crisis, a group of engineering undergraduates have put their heads together to come up with Campus 24, an application that serves as a social and utility platform for the students. Through this app, students can reach their college campuses virtually, find suitable job and placement opportunities, access various notes and documents, and also connect with other like-minded students.
The masterminds behind this creation are Sagnik Majumder, Vishnu Rai, Diganto Bhattacharya and Sayantan Ghosh from Jadavpur University’s Production Engineering department, and Sourajit Basu and Ankita De from Electronics Engineering department of Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM).
ABP Education caught up with these effervescent minds. And during the interaction, Sagnik mentioned how, a few months ago, he tried approaching some seniors from different colleges, and found the going tough.
Talking about how college-level networking can prove to be tedious, he said, “There was nothing centralised for college students across India. I had to approach them via WhatsApp and to do so, I needed to get their contact details from mutual friends or a peer who probably got the contact from another mutual fellow. It is a very toilsome process.”
He further explained that one has to usually bank on social media platforms for networking, without knowing whether that person is legitimate or has the right amount of expertise in the required domain.
Such struggle with monotonous regularity made Sagnik come up with the idea of creating a platform to make college life hassle-free, hence simplifying the process of networking, sourcing important notes and documents once and for all.
“As I was ideating the app, the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. I realised that, following other countries, India may also impose nationwide lockdown and the college-going students will not be able to visit their colleges and campuses. I needed to boost up the process and launch the application soon,” Sagnik explained.
So he met other enthusiasts from the college and organised a team which also included two other students from IEM.
Throwing light on the objective behind the app, Vishnu said that there is no dearth of information and data related to college students. But everything is so scattered. It’s hard to assimilate the information as and when needed. Students also find it hard to reach out to seniors and make connections. Campus 24 offers the benefit of being an active part of the student community and connecting efficiently. “The vision is to bring every aspect of the college-life into the digital mode,” he said.
From the second day, soon after the launch, the app ranked ninth on Google Play Store. Currently, it has around one crore engagements and more than 3,000 people have downloaded it.
The other core-team member, Diganto said that the entire team invested around 1500 hours on virtual meetings and discussions. The app was then finally launched on June 7.
“We received a positive response from the first day after the launch. Around 1500 people subscribed on the first day and more students from across West Bengal started to join from the next week,” he said.
Adding to it, Sayantan said, “Everything can be done online and it is possible. We just proved this to ourselves.”
Throwing light on the development process of the app, Ankita said that they started with designing the platform and then went on to the development part. Speaking about the benefits, she said that Campus 24 provides a space dedicated to students where one can recreate college memories through various competitions and online exercises. And they can also access notes, documents, and study material from the utility section of the app.
The app is divided into two parts. Students can utilise the first part to share their college pictures and make connections. And the other part comprises global and campus communities, which will help students receive relevant information from several quarters.
Ankita said, “Everything is turning from physical to digital, why not the campus as well? Students from every college can come and interact in the app. There are various competitions held where students take part and share their college pictures. In the ‘communities’ part, students can create their community and add their friends.”
People are currently posting internship opportunities on the app, and students who are stuck at home can also get notifications related to a lot of opportunities out there.
Sourajit said, “It is a social media platform with a definite purpose to unite college students. This platform will help students not only during the pandemic but after the pandemic as well.”
Speaking on the future of digital learning, he explained that people are actively taking part in the online mode of education as there is significant growth in the number of users of various digital learning platforms.
The team is currently planning to participate in the ‘Make in India’ app innovation challenge launched by the government.
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