Final year engineering student Sankalp
Singha hacked into his college website a few years ago to check how many more
classes he and his classmates could bunk without getting into any major
trouble. Now, he and three of his buddies have come up with a social networking
site meant exclusively for the youth.
Singha and his college mates, who have
already registered with 'Campus Plugin', no longer have to hack into any site
to check their attendance. They can simply click on something called 'Bunky
Check' to find out the status officially.
that changed his life
"I slogged for over two years to give
shape to the site. It took me three months to code it. It includes nearly two
million lines of code.
I am still upgrading it. All this was
possible due to the kind of training I received from my college. Now, we have
started a web development company and offers have already started pouring in.
We have already developed a website for bloggers in Hindi. The money we receive
from such efforts goes into our site. I have always tried to think differently.
It was my rock group that came up with a song for my college. This is used by
the institution in its advertisements," Sankalp said.
college days memorable
"My idea was a site designed
exclusively for the youth and their needs. Apart from 'Bunky Check', there is
something known as 'CrushList'. Through this, people can chat with each other.
If one of them develops a crush for the other, he or she can send a special
message. This is not sent to the other person outright. The identity is hidden.
Only if the other person reciprocates and sends a crush message, the identities
In this way, there is no embarrassment even
if an advance is turned down. There is something known as 'Random Chat' where
members can chat with anybody without identities being disclosed. If the chat
continues for three minutes, one alphabet each of the chatters' names is
disclosed. If the chat continues, the two finally get to know each others'
identities. In this way, one can simply move away if he or she is not
interested in a certain person without facing the risk of being bothered later
on. There is also something known as 'Shoutbox' where youngsters can make
themselves heard," he said.
His team includes an Android developer and
two programmers. "We shall upgrade the site by February. It will include
features like 'Route Planner'. This will be helpful for students from different
colleges returning home to the same place. By adjusting their dates, the
students can book taxis and train tickets together that would make their
journeys cheaper and more comfortable. I want it to be the best site,"