Start-up bug bites Delhi University students

Student-run start-ups are gaining pace and innovative young minds are coming up with new working ideas for better society, which includes 3D learning in educational institutions, recycling plants, economical meals and trips to offbeat locations. In fact, college students who would earlier keep themselves busy by joining college societies are now working after classes to run their own business.

Interactive learning

3Dexters, a start-up which focuses on revolutionising the classroom, and make learning fun and interactive through skill-based 3D designing and printing, is run by a group of students from Delhi University. Raunak Singhi, a B.Com student from Rajdhani College of DU is one of the directors of 3Dexters.

“We are promoting learning through 3D printing and catering the technology to schools and other educational institutions,” he said. In the second year of its running, the start-up is engaged with 30 schools, including those from Gujarat, Bihar and Mumbai. They are also involved with 12 schools in Delhi-NCR.

They work with schools by either giving them a teacher to work with or by providing quarterly training to the schools’ teachers. The curriculum is specially designed for Classes III to IX. There is also a diploma course for college students. Raunak said his vision is to have 100 schools under 3Dexters and to spread 3D printing across India.

Segregation of waste

We-Convert, a start-up running for two years now, is an initiative by a duo from DU’s Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences. Promoting a plan for Swachh Bharat, it aims at easy and automatic segregation of waste, and its recycling. The start-up has installed machines to segregate and recycle waste at five locations in Delhi-NCR — IIT-Delhi, an American coffee-house chain in CP, New Delhi railway station, a metro station and in Pritampura. People can register to use the machines at the start-up’s website.

Another start-up Hello Meal is an attempt to cater to students who crave home-cooked food. Tushar Kantidas, the start-up’s founder, is a graduate of DU’s Swami Shraddhanand College. The organisation promises to provide an economical meal at your doorstep if you live within 6 km of Vijay Nagar.

Tushar said, “Such online businesses are limited. My friends and I came up with the idea after facing inconveniences during college.” Hello Meal has diversified with an app, a toll-free number and no delivery charges. The start-up has received a good response with around 150 orders daily.