At the times of online marketing, here is an online coaching portal counted as one of India’s largest educational channels which provides top quality study material through YouTube videos that too free of cost to the IAS aspirants thanks to efforts of Gaurav Munjal and Roman Saini.
Named as Unacademy, with its non-traditional teaching methods, has turned into a mecca for IAS aspirants in such a short time.
The two young men are helping innumerable students across India to crack UPSC, most prestigious exam of India through their e learning method. They keep on posting the tutorials on You tube which could be access by anyone at free of cost to lakh of aspirants who can’t afford expensive coaching institutes.
Deeply passionate about what they do, these childhood friends and neighbours came together in 2010 to set up a platform that would help students of computer science learn via videos. Some years later, Roman became one of the youngest doctor-IAS officer combinations in the country — he not only cracked the AIIMS entrance exam at the age of 16 but also secured the 18th rank in the IAS exams when he turned 23.
Meanwhile, Gaurav, who had been developing websites from the time he was in Class 7, went on to become the co-founder and CEO of the company Flat.to, a website that addresses the accommodation woes of students across the country as to media.
Roman made some 120 videos and assisted in putting together another 50. About half of the 400 videos on the website today are made by him.
“I have a 9-5 job. After that, I end up putting in another 8 hours everyday researching for these videos. Gaurav and I also work on all Saturdays for Unacademy. So, with this, we manage to upload 2 videos every week.”said Roman to the media.
Just like the name suggests, Unacademy is the opposite of traditional academies. Gaurav and Roman’s initial investment as students on this project was on Macbooks, recorders and cameras, to ensure that the videos were of good quality. Today, these two successful individuals invest something more precious — their time — for zero monetary gain.