Chennai: An Indian Institute of Technology Madras-incubated Startup GUVI is working to revolutionize recruitment process for Indian Students. Through its ‘GUVI Community Conference’ held at IIT Madras Campus today (2nd April 2019), the startup brought together the tech community from across the country under one roof to facilitate interaction among various stakeholders. This will be an annual event, intended to provide opportunities for recruiting freshers from Tier-I, II and III Cities in the tech sector.
GUVI is an online technical learning platform that has been started as YouTube Channel by Ex-Paypalians to share their technical learnings.
While in the traditional interview process, students are assessed only for particular skills in a short period of time, GUVI Community Conference provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talents holistically including coding skills, problem-solving, design thinking, Fool Proof System Building, and UI/UX friendly solution building.
In place of the time-constrained interview system, this format gives students a week’s time to come out with a solution to a problem statement shared by the recruiter/tech company and present the solution to the companies during the GUVI Conference. A company prefers these resources as not all projects require completion urgently. The training offered by GUVI enables students to become ‘job-ready’ in six weeks.
Speaking about benefits to students and recruiters through this process, Mrs. Sridevi Arunprakash, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of GUVI, said, “GUVI is on a mission to create 1 Million Coders in India by 2020 and this conference is a major part of our efforts to boost the Indian tech sector. This will be a unique opportunity for the students to get first-hand knowledge about industry expectations. This is a whole new approach to recruit and get exposed to the industry.”
Mr. S.P. Balamurugan, Co-founder and CEO, GUVI, said, “This is a breakthrough in recruitment since the whole recruitment model will get revamped if the students are recruited through this process do extraordinarily well in the companies they get placed in. During this Event, we also launched Experiential learning program called ‘Zen Class’ we internally call it is a modern day Gurukulam, a collaborative, project based learning with an industry Mentor which will help students skill up at a higher pace.”
Some of the top recruiters include Juss =pay, GoFrugal, Chargebee, Scapic, Ionix, Linarc, Infinity Software Solutions, DesignQube, FurnitureMagik, Crayon Digital and alphaTKG, among others. Students participating in this conference are from Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Karur, Namakkal, Nagerkoil, Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram.
Addressing the GUVI Community Conference, Mr. V. Vimal Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, JUSPAY, which created BHIM, the app that works on the UPI (Unified Payments Interface), said, “GUVI has done great work in bridging the needs of the industry with the colleges. GUVI has been working with JUSPAY from the time we were starting out and helped us hire some of our key engineers.”
Mr. Vimal Kumar, who is also one of the recruiters in this initiative, added, “GUVI gave us confidence that freshers can be trained to become true product creators. We are continuing to recruit in this conference as well.”
GUVI is already working with more than 52 top colleges in Tamil Nadu including Anna University, IIT Madras, Saveetha School of Engineering, Chennai, Jeppiar Group of Colleges, Chennai, KCT & Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology , Coimbatore, Nanda Educational Group of Institutions, Erode, Mohammed Sathak Group of Institutions, Chennai and Keelakarai among others. It has mentored and placed more than 5,000 candidates in Corporate firms and Startups.
Most technology companies, irrespective of their engineering domains, look for programming skills. Hands-on experiences in programming languages, data structure Algorithms and Web technologies are primary skill requirements for the students looking to get placed in IT Product company. Recruiters prefer students who have used these skills to build solutions. Through this conference, GUVI works to ensure that graduating students are aware of these expectations and prepare themselves adequately.
One of the students taking part in this exercise, Ms. R. Abirami from Mohamed Sathak A.J College of Engineering, Kanchipuram District who is pursuing Information Technology Engineering (4th Year), said, “I want to convey a big thanks to GUVI as they have provided a great platform to learn technology as well as Programming Language in our native language (Tamil). We also have the option of learning in different vernacular languages. And coming to this GCC event, there are people with lots of experience who gave us a lot of encouragement on how to get placed in product-based company.”
Mr. Arunbalaji S., a Third Year Computer Science and Engineering Student from Sona College of Technology, Salem, “First of all, I need to thank the GUVI for the opportunity to showcase our talents and connecting us with the industry. In this platform, I gained a lot of knowledge from the experienced industry people and advice on placements in the tech companies.”
Mr. Giridhara Rao M. from Saveetha School of Engineering, Sriperumbudur near Chennai, who is pursuing Electronics and Communication Engineering (4th year), said, “I learnt new technologies and practiced them through GUVI. The conference helped me apply what I have learnt through GUVI and gain an understanding of the companies’ expectations from students. The event gave us lot of encouragement and support to get placed in top companies.”
GUVI platform has more than 140,000+ learners, 150 Industry Mentors and over 60 Hiring clients. It hosts more than 1,000 technical videos (Machine Learning, Python, Java Design Patterns, Data Structures, Programming Languages) in vernacular languages. GUVI conducted developer boot camps in 50+ colleges. GUVI Community Conference is an annual event to recognize and reward the top performing GUVI learners from the student community. It also serves as a nurturing environment for upcoming professionals.