CollegeDunia: A Smart Platform To Hunt The Best Colleges & Institutes
Indians are quite serious about education and could go to any corner of the world in order to find the right education platform for their kids. Understanding such dilemma of Indian parents, Sahil Chalana decided to launch CollegeDunia, an online portal that guides both parents and students to look for the best educational institutions and colleges across India.
Launched in May 2014, CollegeDunia has been offering guidance and information regarding courses, fees structure, eligibility criteria which are sorted by educational stream, location, ratings and budget collected from a list of over 10,000 colleges across India. Besides information about different colleges and their admission procedure, CollegeDunia also guides students about 42 different entrance exams held throughout the year for various streams such as Engineering, Law, Science, Arts, Management, Medical, Architecture, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Dental, Design, Paramedical, Education and Hotel Management.
The vision of this startup is basically providing a one-stop solution to find the best colleges & institutions as well as learn about various different entrance exam schedule in various different streams through their extensive and widespread educational web portal. According to Chalana, the founder of CollegeDunia, the main goal of the startup is to become the Zomato of the education sector.
Backstory – The Journey to CollegeDunia.com
After completing his graduation from BITS Pilani in 2010, Sahil Chalana started his entrepreneurial journey by starting an education forms company titled getmyform.in. Unfortunately, the concept didn’t pick up well for Sahil. Although, the company failed and both the co-founders parted ways, Sahil didn’t give up on the entrepreneurial stint and instead took his first business failure as a lesson that taught him the value of persistence.
The experience in the education sector provided some keen insights about the huge gap within our education ecosystem where information is scattered and there’s no easy way that college aspirants could look out for the best colleges during the pre-admission session. With a mission to change this scenario, he founded CollegeDunia that would cater as a search engine for colleges, institutions and every detail on entrance exams throughout India.
Today, whether you are looking for medical colleges in Pune, Engineering colleges in Bangalore or MBA Colleges in Ahmadabad, you can find all the vital information about them with detailed fee structure, admission policy and criteria as well as the availability of seats, all under one web portal called CollegeDunia.
To scale this startup, the CollegeDunia team came up with a business model that would provide the information regarding the colleges and entrance exams to the parents and students for free, whereas they would charge the educational institutes for leads in order to scale the company’s revenue.
Understanding the trend where parents and students often submit their applications to multiple colleges to secure admissions, CollegeDunia makes it easy for them by sorting the available educational institutes with in-depth information such as detailed fee structure, cut offs, the admission policy and eligibility, scholarship policy, and even co-curricular features. This education portal focuses highly on the minute information that are important for students such as amenities, hostels, college fests, etc.
Current Scenario And Future Plans
CollegeDunia is becoming the mainstream education portal for college aspirants all over India by helping them find and secure admissions in the best colleges across the country. Currently, the education web portal receives over 4 lakh visitors every month and hopes to cross the 1 million mark soon.
Within the 1st year of its launch, CollegeDunia was successful in raising over $150k angel investment from MIH-acquired automobile portal, Gaadi.com, in addition to several other undisclosed investors. Started off as a small startup with just 5 employees, CollegeDunia is growing at a decent pace towards its goal of becoming the online hub for students to nurture their future career goals. Today, the startup has over 100 employees and provides information from over 10,000 colleges about 6000+ courses and 42 entrance exams.
Although, there are tough competitors in the industry, which provide information regarding management, engineering and medical courses across India, CollegeDunia stands out because of its detailed navigation system for better usability as well as neat and clean UI which easily guides the college aspirants to find what they are looking for.