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IMConfuzed.com - Colleges and Careers 2.0 by Student Entrepreneurs from BITS Pilani
This bunch of second and third year guys from this premier Institute draw their inspiration from Steve Jobs quote “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and follower."
By: Sahil Chalana
The idea came when they analyzed how difficult it was for them to get reliable information after their own schooling about careers to choose and colleges to enroll. Umpteen phone calls, scrapping all over orkut, personal visits here and there but still they found that confusion was becoming their epitaph. “That's when we decided to work on a total confuzion reliever solution related to colleges, careers and admissions" says Kunal, 3rd year mechanical engineering student of BITS Pilani .
After a year of non ending discussions, arguments, canteen sessions and even hiring people, these four BITS Pilani students have launched their dream IMConfuzed.com http://www.imconfuzed.com into the web arena. They brand it saying "colleges and careers 2.0" where students write, find and decide which college and careers they should enter. Since the site is made for college aspirants, it was named IMConfuzed since it bore a resemblance with the aspirant’s mentality who is truly confused.
"Since all of us are students, handling the site development work along with our studies was a tough ask. Since we had classes in the morning, other commitments in the evening, a normal IMConfuzed.com meeting is generally scheduled at 12 midnight, headquartered at Kunal’s hostel room in 206 Krishna Bhawan followed by ANC (All Night Canteen) session at 1:30 AM and slog till 4:00 AM." says Kartik who is a third year student.
Information on the internet is very scattered, unreliable and sometimes even not available for example many colleges in India today do not even have website of their own. Moreover, a student today is just not satisfied with the academics or the brand name of the college, he wants to explore, wants more information, rather the internal one which could be academic flexibilities, sport infrastructure, frequency of extracurricular etc. Students today seek personalized and easy to use information. IMConfuzed.com is based on those fundas only.
On IMConfuzed.com, one not only can get information on admission procedures, cut offs, courses but also inner details like campus life, extra curriculars – societies and clubs, placements, hangouts, and details of what not even before joining. Apart from this users can find exclusive blogs on college fests, raise your voice, vocational careers etc in the confuzed corner section. With an enabled web 2.0 platform, the site also lets users create their profile, their interests, career preferences and connect with fellow aspirants to decide what would suit them better.
The defining point of the site is that it gives the user customized search instead of ending up with bizarre results from a generalized search. If someone is looking for political science or hostel, the results from this site will display only the colleges offering political science or providing hostels.
Currently, IMConfuzed.com has complete information on most of the wanted colleges of Delhi University, around 120 blogs and various institutions and colleges have appreciated the efforts and extended whole hearted cooperation in shaping up this site. http://www.imconfuzed.com/
The team members of IMConfuzed.com take pride in acknowledging that it was the entrepreneurship culture at BITS Pilani coupled with the strong alumni network and overall support system such as incubation facility at the Institute, which was responsible for this innovation.
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IMConfuzed.com is being nurtured at Technology Business Incubator (TBI), BITS Pilani and has industry stalwarts from Pennywise solutions, Quasar Media, TIE Delhi, Tekriti Software and nLeague services have been mentoring these student turned entrepreneurs.