Edtech startup CollPoll makes key leadership hires; Adds clout to high-profile senior management with the hiring of industry veterans to drive growth plans
Bengaluru : CollPoll, a Mobile-first Campus Automation Platform that helps educational institutions streamline all academic and administrative operations, announced important additions to the technology and customer success divisions. Sabari Girish Parampoor has been appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Kunal Deep has been named Vice President – Customer Success. Dr. Parag Diwan has joined CollPoll’s Board of Advisors with immediate effect.
Sabari will oversee technology strategy, improve operations, and drive growth. He will also be responsible for building a strong engineering culture aimed towards delivering solutions at scale.
In a career spanning over 18 years, Sabari was the Director of Engineering in the CTO Office at Indegene. In 2013, Sabari co-founded Rideler, a smart carpooling solution, optimized for the daily commute, and acted as the CTO of the startup. Prior to that, Sabari was a senior management team member at Manhattan Associates and VMware and was responsible for leading the Research and Development (R&D) Integration India team at the former in addition to spearheading Full-stack projects using J2EE at the latter.
In his new role, Kunal will be heading the Customer Success function and will lead the implementation of products in educational institutions while building a long-term relationship with them. With over 13+ years of experience, Kunal is the Co-founder and CEO of EduSaksham, an Edutech startup that provides aspirants with test series content to help them prepare better for all competitive exams and qualify for their favorite colleges or posts. Prior to that, he was a senior team member at Deloitte. Kunal started his career at Infosys.
Dr. Parag will be advising CollPoll on its overall strategy for products as well as assist in the development of specific functionalities such as accreditation and ranking tools. His insights will further grow the company and to this end, will help in gaining more momentum to the vision of digitising educational institutions. Dr. Parag has 35+ yrs of experience in education, energy and entrepreneurship. He is also the Chairman of Paradigm Consultants & Resource Management Pvt. Ltd – a management consulting firm that provides resources to tech-centric startup ideas and helps budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a reality.Prior to that, Dr. Parag was the President and CEO of Great Lakes Education Group. In April 2015, Dr. Parag joined Laureate International Universities as the Chief Academic Officer for Energy Programmes. He was also the Founder and Vice-Chancellor of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in addition to previously being the Dean and Director of All India Management Association (AIMA) – Centre for Management Education.
CollPoll has seen aggressive adoption across all sizes of educational institutions and has automated more than 3000 business processes, 150,000 applications on career opportunities, half a million assignments, four million quizzes and six million feedback. It has helped institutions improve learning outcomes, achieve academic excellence, cut down administrative costs and comply with government regulations. The CollPoll platform helps institution administrators drastically reduce paperwork and human errors by digitising hundreds of workflows within the campus and seamlessly manage critical functions such as admissions, record management, fee payments and others. It helps teachers to plan lessons in advance, manage attendance, grade assignments, and also communicate with parents and students. Students can register for events, take quizzes, join clubs and chapters, discover jobs or internships, give feedback and request leave using CollPoll. Recently, CollPoll raised INR 16 crore and aims to help institutions adopt technology to provide an education that equips the students for the workplace of the future.
CollPoll was founded by Hemant Sahal to let stakeholders in educational institutions collaborate effectively. Since 2018, its focus has expanded to end-to-end automation of institutions far beyond the traditional ERPs. The company offers ERP for Administration, Learning Management System with Video Conferencing integration, AI-proctored Examinations, No-code Business Process Automation Engine for contactless & paperless campus, and Campus Social Network for digital engagement.
Hemant Sahal, CEO and Founder, CollPoll
“We are delighted to welcome Sabari, Kunal and Dr. Parag to the CollPoll family. They are a perfect fit as their varied expertise will have an immediate effect in growing the momentum of CollPoll multi-fold. Sabari, Kunal and Dr. Parag join us at an ideal time as we prepare the company to help educational institutions smoothly transition thousands of students & teachers to digital mode during the pandemic.”
Sabari Girish Parampoor, CTO, CollPoll
“I am very excited to be a part of CollPoll’s leadership team and growth plans. The education landscape is changing as we speak, and CollPoll is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this shift by helping institutions embrace and adapt to the future. I look forward to bringing my experience to the company and overseeing the technology strategy to drive further growth.”
Kunal Deep, Vice President – Customer Success, CollPoll
“I am extremely happy to have joined the CollPoll team. With an aim to be the startup that provides world-class products to institutions across the globe, I look forward to taking CollPoll to 500+ institutions in India in the next 3 years.”
Dr. Parag Diwan, Board Advisor, CollPoll
“It is a pleasure to be able to support the brilliant minds at CollPoll and be a part of the Board of Advisors. My vision for the near future is that the CollPoll platform becomes the pre-eminent solution for institutions of higher learning to bring about their digital transformation.”