An app that aims to take notes online2 min read
Manipal: In order to build a single platform for sharing of information pertaining to academics and college related activities, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) has introduced a mobile app, ‘Collpoll’, making Manipal University (MU) one of the four universities in the country to partner with the Bengaluru-based Collpoll organization.
The app has become a platform for sharing of notes and assignments, projects, making announcements and getting notifications. In addition to this, students can also ask doubts directly to the related faculty through this app. It can be accessed not only on Android devices, but also on iOS and Windows devices. Students who don’t possess smart phones can access the app on the laptop provided by the institute.
On being asked about its inception, Dr.G.K.Prabhu, Director of MIT, gave all credits to his students. “Since I wasn’t very much aware of social media, my students who took me to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter gave me the idea of such platforms,” said Dr. Prabhu. “It’s actually better to have everything at one place. However, I feel there is a need to connect this app to some clubs such as the alumni and internship clubs,” said Sunanda, a third year MIT student.
Emphasizing on the need of technology and smart education in the country, Dr. Prabhu said, “In a large campus like Manipal, it becomes a first priority to have regular and direct interaction with students. Since, MIT has almost 175 sections, it wasn’t physically possible to go to each class, which is why we were looking for such a platform.”
The Collpoll app is currently on an experiment period this semester and is mostly used by the first-year students. “If we get a good feedback from our students, I will strongly recommend the app to our university, to introduce it in all the colleges under the university,” added Dr. Prabhu.
For years, MIT students have relied on the Om Xerox shop located at the heart of the campus. It remains to be seen whether virtual sharing of notes online will become an option that students increasingly use in the future.
Edited by Shriya Ramakrishnan