24 years old, Roman Saini, who has earned a medical degree, cracked the civil services exam and became an assistant district collector, now has resigned his job and launched Unacademy portal, an online platform to give free coaching to poor students.
Roman Saini cleared his Std XII exam at the age of 16. He took the entrance test of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and cleared it at the first attempt. While studying MBBS in AIIMS, he got a degree in guitar from Trinity College, London.
At the age of 22, Roman cracked the civil services entrance exams getting 18th rank and became an IAS officer. He became the youngest IAS plus doctor combination of the county and but now he has resigned the job as being an assistant collector of Jabalpur for two years and has started helping others to achieve their goals by giving free online teaching for UPSC aspirants.
His ambition is to help students face various academic hurdles that stand in the way of their ambitions. He uploads lectures on his Unacademy platform on YouTube for those aiming to become computer programmers, doctors, civil servants, even experts in foreign languages. The portal has about 400 videos covering subjects like politics, art, history, geography, biodiversity, environment and ecology.
Over 1.1 crore have viewed the videos, while Unacademy has 64,000 Facebook likes and 20,000 Twitter followers. Among them, ten followers have cleared the civil services exams and their success has cheered Saini to offer coaching for other competitive exams.
Saini said confidently that the portal had given success to 10 of their students, who were strictly with them, did not take any other coaching and cracked the civil service exam.
Saini’s focus is on making quality education accessible. For this, he thought the offline mode was not the way to achieve it. He figures that there is a huge need for technological intervention due to scarcity of infrastructure and human resources to meet the demand of millions and that was the reason why he decided to follow fulltime the concept of Unacademy.
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