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Hi­man­shu Ag­gar­wal 32 Varun Ag­gar­wal 29 CO-FOUNDERS As­pir­ing Minds, Delhi

India Today - - THE IDEAS FACTORY - By Ekta Mar­waha

In­dia pro­duces grad­u­ates by the mil­lions but how many of them are re­ally em­ploy­able? The ques­tion per­turbed IIT- Delhi alum­nus Hi­man­shu Ag­gar­wal no end when he was work­ing with Net­work Ap­pli­ance for four years in the US. With younger brother Varun, then do­ing a post­grad­u­ate course in com­puter sci­ence from Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Hi­man­shu de­vised AMCAT, an em­ploy­a­bil­ity mea­sure­ment test to map skills-to-job fit­ment, based on ap­ti­tude, per­son­al­ity and func­tional area. The broth­ers set up As­pir­ing Minds in June 2007 to push the con­cept. “the pur­pose is to con­nect po­ten­tial can­di­dates with re­cruiters,” says Varun. The test re­sult ben­e­fits both stu­dents—as they get an an­a­lysed re­port on their strength/weak­ness and can work upon them—and re­cruiters, who get a ready-to-use data­base. An in-house re­search team of over 40 peo­ple works con­tin­u­ously on up­grad­ing and up­dat­ing the test. It’s all about a neat fit. “We be­lieve there is a right kind of job for ev­ery­one. We try to fit them there,” says Varun.


“It is an ex­cel­lent tool that con­nects col­leges with em­ploy­ers. Stu­dents from small towns are also made ac­ces­si­ble.”

Mukund rajan, Man­ag­ing

Part­ner, tata op­por­tu­ni­ties fund

Hi­man­shu and Varun tied up with col­leges to set up test cen­tres and pitched AMCAT to com­pa­nies as a cred­i­ble test that does away with the need to line up cam­pus place­ments for re­cruit­ment.

Tested OK

AMCAT has be­come In­dia’s largest em­ploy­a­bil­ity screen­ing. More than 30,000 stu­dents take it each month. Over 110 com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Gen­pact and Tata Mo­tors, take its scores for re­cruit­ment.

VIKRAM SHARMA/­di­a­to­day­im­



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