And the brain behind making this material accessible to Gujarati medium students for free is that of a 17-year-old boy Hitarth Sheth, who developed the first application to help his classmates when he was merely a 12-year-old. Hitarth developed a rudimentary app in 2015 when he was in standard VII to ensure that his 60 classmates finished homework on time.
Now a student of class XII, Hitarth is celebrating the success of another application he developed to solve problems of Gujarati medium school students when limited content was available online. His second app is much better than the first one and caters to a much larger mass too.
“I and a few of my friends had a common problem that we forgot finishing homework on time in class VII. Sometimes we were unable to understand some topics. Hence, I developed an android application for 60 classmates,” said Hitarth, a student of Bhulka Bhavan School.
He learnt app development online. The initial success inspired him to create another application that helps individuals to check if they have diabetes symptoms.
“Being a Gujarati medium student of class IX, I realised that there is a lot of learning content for English medium students but for Gujarati medium there is little. This encouraged me to develop the app GujjuStudent,” said Hitarth who himself does programming and content creation work on his own. He is making the learning apps available for free to students and 1.2 lakh students have already downloaded his app.
The app provides study material from class V to XII including textbooks. Apart from text the app has videos and links of online content.
“I realised that if Gujarati medium students are facing so much problem then what would be the condition of students from other Indian languages. I am now developing an application to assist school students of eight different languages,” said Hitarth. He plans to study computer science after school.
Hitarth’s father Gaurang is a senior human resource official in a company in Bharuch while his mother is a housewife.