Young CEO hails CM’s attendance waiver

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Suhas Gopinath, who incorporated a company and became the youngest CEO in the world at age 14, rues he is no more a student to enjoy the Kerala waiver of 20 per cent attendance because he’s been a victim of attendance shortage.

Suhas, a native of Bengaluru, who could not complete his B Tech because of poor attendance, on Friday was all praise for chief minister Oommen Chandy for announcing 20 per cent waiver in attendance for emerging entrepreneurs in colleges.

“If I had a chance, I would have loved to start all over again in Kerala,” he said.

“I started earning when I was in the 9th standard, by undertaking web development businesses for American companies as a freelancer. I decided to start the company within months but had to do it in the US as Indian laws barred minors from starting businesses,” Suhas, the founder and CEO of Globals Inc, told DC.

He is all set to expand his Suprayog project, started in 198 schools in Alappuzha and Kottayam, to other districts in the state.

The Suprayog project he started in Kerala by tying up with the government offers cloud-based solution on mobile phones for school administration.

“This project is zero capital intensive as it works on mobile handsets. Through this application, the administrator (here the government) can track the attendance in the school as well as performance of each student in science and maths,” he said.

“Kerala is happy with the pilot project we did and I had a meeting with education minister Abdu Rabb at Emerging Kerala. And I am all set to scale up the project to other districts,” he added.

Suhas, now 26, was selected by World Bank for 50 frugal innovations while he was still in the college. He is also on the ICT advisory board of World Bank.

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