STUDENTS who visit computer-training centre can be broadly divided into three categories. The first category is of keen learners that comprise 25 per cent of the crowd and want to acquire jobs on its basis. The second 45 per cent bulk category of the learners are the ones who want to learn computers to enhance their professional skills and remain abreast with the latest. The remaining 30 per cent are the non-serious kinds.
This is the axiom that propelled a Chandigarh-based IT company, NetWorld Solutions to launch an IT education Web site, www.seekexperts.com, last week. The site enables students to interact directly with IT professionals to obtain high-quality IT education.
The core focus of
this Web site is to provide access to affordable professional training
to students and provide an opening to experienced IT professionals who
can earn a bit extra by giving their expert advice.
The main drawback faced by these training centers is the lack of quality instructors. The prospective students are unable to obtain unbiased advice as to which curriculum or career stream best suits them. Prospective students are also unable to assess the skill level of instructors before committing to training expenditure and the biggest tragedy is that an aspiring student is unable to access the untapped knowledge reservoir of working IT professionals.
based IT education model is not always able to meet all its objectives
due to a number of factors. Some are unable to impartially advise
students on course suitability or they are unable to implement the
promised curriculum." Mr. A.S. Sandhu, a business manager of
NetWorld Solutions, says and adds that they are trying for a tie-up with
Brainbench, the leader in online certifications that is the accepted
A feature on SeekExperts.com enables registered students to post questions directly to experts or to a general forum from which any expert can answer questions. Answered questions are then forwarded to a searchable database of questions, thus facilitating self-help among students. The quality of an experts answer enables the students to judge the capabilities of each expert.
SeekExperts.com will shortly offer aptitude tests so that a new entrant into the IT field can assess his or her aptitude. The students and experts require a common meeting place. Registered SeekExperts study centres provide the facilities, such as classrooms, PC access, library etc for use by students. The study centres can also act as a catalyst between students and experts by matching student groups with experts. The study centre can also use the services of freelance experts thus reducing manpower costs and the centres can also save on advertising costs, as SeekExperts.com will provide most of the required exposure that a study centre needs.
The portal has been launched initially
at Chandigarh. The site will be launched in Delhi within a few months
and by the end of 2001, it is expected to cover whole of India.