It was Sunday, 22nd March 2020. News was out in the evening that Telangana declared “LOCKDOWN” till 31st March 2020. Mails were sent, WFH planned. On 24th March lockdown at national level was declared.
Like all other companies we too quickly realised that business as usual will be disrupted with a direct hit on the cashflows. We all knew we had to do “something” to tide over. We had to prepare and plan to swim across without knowing for how long and how far.
We had an emergency all-hands meeting and the proverbial eureka moment happened!
It was decided that we would quickly launch two new platforms – one for online teaching and another for online proctored examinations. Knowing full well that our online teaching platform would compete with the likes of Google Meet, MS Teams, and Zoom which are totally free.
And touch wood, working for 5 days & nights our tech team launched the initial version of our online teaching platform. And in the next 5 days we had launched the online proctored examination platform. Both these platforms were built over our existing LMS which already had the student/faculty/course management modules.
Each one of us cutting across our functions be it admin, finance, support and tech suddenly found ourselves wearing a sales hat. We quickly got the word out through family and friends using all available communication channels.
Slowly one enquiry after the other started trickling in and then a flurry of calls and were swamped with continuous back-to-back online demonstrations.
Today we are happy to note that we have successfully onboarded some our country’s marquee institutions like: IITs (Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Tirupati), IISER-Pune, LPU (Lovely professional University) SRM University, VIT University, UPES, IIITs (Bangalore, Guwahati, Kurnool, Kota), NIPERs, NITs and host of other institutions including schools who made us our country’s largest online video-based service provider for online classes and online proctored examinations with over half a million accounts.
We were truly humbled receiving the Best Software Product Award for the year 2020 from Telangana’s IT Secretary Shri. Jayesh Ranjan in the Annual Awards and Innovation Summit organized by HYSEA (Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association) in November 2020.
We still have a very long way ahead!