Digitisation is one of the most important priorities of our nation and the COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the process of its penetration across every strata of the society.
On the one hand, all the essential services like food and other commodities were made available through online medium, and on the other hand, online classes opened the gateway for education to a large-scale population like never before.
Our interviewee, Saksham Sharma, a B. Tech (IT) student from Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun has developed a Digital Register that is helping students and teachers to facilitate the online education system in making it more efficient, economical, and eco-friendly.
Recently, he also got recognition and was awarded by honourable minister, government of Uttarakhand, Shri Subodh Uniyal for creating this app.
In an exclusive interview with DehradunTales, he explains that the digital register facilitates to keep track of your timetable, notices and upload syllabus, marks, attendance, and other useful PDFs in cloud storage. It also enables to write notes, visualize academic calendar, and has accurate and up to date online backup system of your whole data.
Saksham believes that “To become as innovative as possible in order to do something productive for the betterment of our country”.
DehradunTales wishes him all the good luck in his noble endeavour.
Read the full interview to know his vision behind the app, challenges faced by him, his future plans and his dream to make India a digitally powerful nation.
Before going into the details of your journey, please tell us something about yourself.
My name is Saksham Sharma. I belong to Rishikesh. I completed my intermediate from Omkaranananda Saraswati Nilayam and now I am pursuing B. Tech Computer Science from Graphic Era Hill University. My Hobbies are developing applications, travelling, and listening to music and my aim is to become a successful software engineer.
How did you conceive the idea of developing a Digital Register?
I noticed my faculties struggling a lot with attendance, timetable, marks, notices etc so I came up with an idea to simplify their work by creating a Digital Register.
Tell us about the Digital Register in brief like its features, cost, availability etc.?
Digital Register facilitates you to keep track of your timetable, notices and upload syllabus, marks, attendance, and other useful PDFs in cloud storage. It also enables to write notes, visualize academic calendar, and has accurate and up to date online backup system of your whole data. The app cost only my time and efforts. Currently, it is available on Android but soon it will also be available on iOS.
How do you think this app will benefit educational institutions? How can it be a tool to empower India as a digital nation?
Digital Register is an advance way to simplify and reduce the working hours for both faculty as well as students. This app is a modified and digital version of a manual register which results in saving time and money. It is also eco-friendly as it saves lots of paper.
What kind of challenges did you face while working on it?
Initially, I did not face much problem but later along the process there were some bugs and errors in the app that were eventually fixed by me.
What measures do you think the government should take to promote digitisation especially in rural India?
The government should provide adequate infrastructure and run digital campaigns at school level. It should provide free access to internet and live classes in vernacular medium. GoI should also work on making digital skill to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Skill Development Program.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include developing apps, travelling, and listening to music.
Who is your role model or source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration is my teacher; Mr. Sushant Chamoli. He motivated and supported me throughout the process, and I thank him for his continuous support.
What are your immediate future plans and where do you see yourself 10 year down the line?
Currently, I am working on my start-up which is in the final stage of completion. I want to grow in the field of software technology and contribute to the digitisation of the nation.
What is your message to the readers of DehradunTales?
My message to everyone is
“become as innovative as possible in order to do something productive for the betterment of our country”.