After serving as the Assistant district collector of Jabalpur for two years, Roman Saini quit his IAS job to teach for free for a startup called Unacademy. The Indian Administrative Services was just not his thing. He was too Roman for it.
On a serious note though, he says his heart lies in the education sector. His schoolmate, Gaurav Munjal, approached him with the idea of Unacademy when Roman was studying medicine at AIIMS. He liked the idea. And a few years later, he has cracked the Civil Services exam, got the most sought after job in the country, served for a couple of years and has now quit IAS to pursue his passion, full-time.
Unacademy offers free video lectures for UPSC, French, computer science, Engineering and a few other fields. It runs on the lines of Khan Academy and the likes, and has over 400 tutorial videos from 31 educators. It’s helping students learn without having to travel or pay for tuition. This is the power of internet, which will be lost if we do not strive for net neutrality and let free basics take over. Subtle plug, right?
Roman feels he has no regrets as he did everything he enjoyed doing. He loves to educate people and aims to make quality education accessible to everyone. Tutoring for free on YouTube and resigning from such a coveted post in government was indeed a tough decision, tougher than leaving his medical practice to prepare for UPSC. His family is paranoid, but Roman feels he has taken the right step.
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Trust our politicians to shoo away young minds from the most sought after job in the country. And if they fail, there’s passion.