Knowledge Ashram Pvt. Ltd.
Chief Technical Officer
August 2012 – Present
The Knowledge Ashram E-Learning Platform — Duration: 13 months
Knowledge Ashram began its roots with a self conceptualized e-learning platform, bringing the best of study material on the web on a single portal for higher education students around the country.
We leveraged a number of technologies in the open source domain to achieve our mission. My role involved handling the technical aspects of the project and ensuring the content development team had everything they needed to research and compile educational material. This included the content development platform, customized tools for data extraction and processing, remote deployment cum feedback systems and other miscellaneous support systems.
Shri Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust — Duration: 3 months
Shri Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust (SSSST) is a humanitarian organization, established in 1968 on the premise of selfless service to mankind. The organization includes a number of schools, one of which gave us a chance to impart our technical skills to empower their mission.
I was involved in the development of an online Content Management System for the institution; where teachers could collect study material from multiple sources and the system would make it available on the institute's local network using various acceleration and caching methods.
BITS Pilani (WILP) / OnlineLab — Duration: 3 months
The BITS Work Integrated Learning Programmes allows professionals to enhance their academic qualification while gaining significant professional experience at their respective employing organizations. Our work involved implementing an Online Lab Environment, providing students with a better interface to try lab exercises on the online portal itself.
This project required us to work with the existing LMS (Moodle) in use. A primary concern was having a parallel user authorization / authentication system if we create the new environment from scratch. We mitigated the issue by interfacing directly with Moodle and letting the current LMS handle user metadata without needing to duplicate anything. The process was further streamlined with the introduction of single sign on using Google's OpenID authentication system for the BITS Pilani domain.
FoodKing Online — Duration: 2 months
FoodKing is a multi-cuisine restaurant inside the BITS Pilani campus. The establishment wanted an integrated solution to handle Point of Sale and Inventory Management with an online component capable of receiving orders from the internet.
This project required us to implement a system capable of operating in intermittent network connectivity. Additionally the staff was not too inclined towards learning a new system so the new solution would have to accommodate all the requirements without compromising their existing work flow.
CP Project — Duration: 4 months
The client wanted a custom made solution for Online Grievance Redressal. The platform allowed separate signups for the service providers (onsite authentication) and end users (social authentication) where it facilitated real time collaboration and ticket resolution in a web based environment.
This project required a custom real time chat application where each chat session evolves into a support ticket, eventually leading to grievance redressal. We used the latest technologies available to us to ensure the project's longevity, including but not limited to, websockets, asynchronous request handling, and a pub/sub content delivery model.
BITS Pilani (WILP) / Open edX — Duration: 6 months
The edX project is a MOOC initiative by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with the edX consortium. The consortium has open sourced the platform which is now available as Open edX for anyone to use and possibly contribute in its development. The platform itself presents a lot of new innovations in the way content is authored and consumed, which in turn, deeply interests the BITS Pilani university.
We were engaged in handling the technical aspects of deploying the platform and integrating it with the existing services and workflows that exist within the university.
BITS Pilani (WILP) / eLearn Portal — Duration: Ongoing
The BITS Pilani university, as an organization, hosts a number of services for its clients. These services have organically evolved over time and most of them came to have their own way managing users and authentication. However, this mandates that users remember a separate set of login credentials for each service. To improve service, the university realized the need for a Single Sign On system where users could be authenticated in a variety of services with the notion of a global identity.
This essentially required an Identity Management System which facilitates central management of users with the ability to service authentication and authorization requests from other applications. For this project, we decided to implement an open protocol backed by the tried and tested LDAP directory server.
The project has now culminated into an online portal which is serving more than 25,000 users every day. This portal also serves as a platform for targeted delivery of news and announcements with new features continually integrated into it.
SHArP Edge Learning Pvt. Ltd.
Team Lead - Content Deployment Platform
March 2012 – August 2012
SHArP Class — Duration: 6 months
SHArP Class is a technology platform for engineering students which seamlessly integrates the traditional chalk & talk method with smart classrooms based on cognitive learning methodology.
My role involved overseeing the customization and implementation of an open source e-learning platform for the company. I was also responsible for imparting technical training to a team of four, ensuring skill parity and role normalization.
SHArP Tutor — Duration: 2 months
SHArP Tutor is an offline device for engineering students to facilitate self paced learning while enhancing their experience with multimedia rich content.
I was involved in handling the authentication and authorization backend for this project, including generation and management of product keys and DLC.
HR management system — Duration: 1 month
The company required an in-house HR management system to handle employee attendance and occupancy. The system required users with multiple roles and access methods to function.
My team implemented an open source HR management system (OrangeHRM) with some customizations for our specific cases.
Tech Support — Duration: 6 months
Being a small company with little resources to spare, I was also the in-house tech support lead for a staff of thirty. My repertoire included Windows Domain and Active Directory management, network troubleshooting and server maintenance.
January 2011 – Present
Jyoti Advertising — Duration: 1 month
The client deals in advertising and fielding tenders from various corporations. One such corporation, BSNL, issues tenders on their online portal and this client required a solution to fetch relevant tenders in an automated fashion.
This was a solo project and I was responsible for building a data mining tool to automate their business process and notify them whenever required.