Two final-year engineering students - H K Manikandan of Coimbatore Amrita University and T S Suresh Kumar of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) - have developed an exclusive website, offering a plethora of information on opportunities, for the benefit of students. Not just confining themselves to learning, the duo, old schoolmates, had gone a step further in conceiving the novel idea of developing an info portal and rightly naming it letzknow.com.
The New Indian Express caught up with Manikandan to know more about their pet project. It took us over six months to give a final shape to the portal. It was launched on October 22. Aimed at bridging the information gap between students and students-related events (both on-campus and off-campus), the site shares information on tech fests, cultural shows, symposia, workshops, global contests, social initiatives and lots more. The site features events and opportunities on business, management, arts, science and social innovations besides engineering which are available for free usage, he said, adding that as of now it had 400 plus events with 860 students registration.
In addition to the events info, the portal is involved in digitalising abstracts of student projects and papers. About 30 students - 12 from Amrita University, three from Anna University and 15 from VIT - are part of the team that mans the whole show, performing the role of programmers, site maintenance engineers and campus ambassadors, Manikandan pointed out. Whatz Up gives event information, Technical Abstractz gives an insight into the students projects and â€˜Campus Deskz pertains to database which provides basic information on Indian students including student-turned professionals. Added to this, the portal has a featured advertisement column appearing on the right side bottom of the Home page.
The duo had learnt the tricks of the trade even when they were students of Salem St Johns Matriculation Higher Secondary School. Our interest was more on computer while at school and both of us were selected for the UNO-sponsored Global Youth Leadership Conference held in the US in 2003, Manikandan added. He further said that they forayed into assembling of computers right from their school days and it is still on. They had assembled 63 computers during their schooling from 8th to 10th class. Some of their customers include schools, banks and private companies. They have named their company as Tech Track Technologies. Manikandan can be contacted on 98945 80664 for more particulars.