While there is no dearth of talent in our country, many brilliant youngsters are not able to enhance their professional skills as many contemporary topics and lessons, especially those related to computers and technology, are available only in English.
However, this language barrier is not a barrier anymore, thanks to a website called GUVI, which stands for ‘Grab Your Vernacular Identity’. With the help of GUVI, students across the country are able to learn programming and coding in vernacular languages, paving the way for them to gain employment in the IT industry.
GUVI, the brainchild of 3 professionals from Chennai, Arun Prakash, S P Balamurugan and M Sridevi, was initially only a YouTube channel, with instructional videos on coding and programming. With views crossing the one million mark, and requests for theory lessons pouring in, the founders decided to take it a step ahead in November 2014 to make it an online platform that brings together mentors and students, helping them learn and find jobs as well.
Now, GUVI not only has video tutorials, but also assignments and practice papers for students in English as well as Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Most of the videos are free, and special packages come at a reasonable fee. The videos are made by professionals who are experts in their field of technology and programming, be it databases, web or mobile development.
With more than 40,000 users, GUVI has transformed students with no knowledge of English to proficient programmers. Personalized mentorship provided by GUVI has helped students from low income group, particularly girls, to learn and practice programming and become employed. And several colleges in Chennai and Coimbatore have also bought GUVI’s courses for their students.
GUVI proves that while linguistic barriers are undoubtedly challenging, they are not impossible to overcome, and that is something to celebrate.
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Written by Anisha Kashwani