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app: Screen Time Helped! O2 To E-comm, Teenage Techie Has App Solutions | Gurgaon News

app: Screen Time Helped! O2 To E-comm, Teenage Techie Has App Solutions | Gurgaon News
Gurgaon: The prolonged closure of schools since March 2020 has disrupted education in an unprecedented way, but 14-year-old Tanish Sethi, a Class 10 student of a private school in Sirsa, sees it as a blessing in disguise.
Increased exposure to online classes and digital learning methods during this time helped this boy become a serial app developer. And earlier this week, it earned him the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar in the innovation category.
On January 24, the Union ministry of women and child development awarded 29 students from across the country for achievements in various fields. Tanish from Dabwali in the Sirsa district got the award for developing a unique e-commerce mobile application, Pashu Mall, that connects cattle vendors with buyers.
His father couldn’t have been more proud. “Being a teacher, I know how much these lockdowns have impacted the learning levels among children. However, I am proud of my son. Not only did he learn coding and mobile application designing on his own, but also developed dozens of apps during this period,” said Ajay Sethi, Tanish’s father.
When the first lockdown in March 2020 shrunk classrooms into tiny screens of smartphones, Tanish, then a Class 8 student, had been spending more time on the Internet than ever before. He chanced upon a YouTube tutorial on app development, and thus started the quest to feed his curiosity.
“I have been a tech junkie for long. I had learnt image editing and logo designing quite early, too. But I could not explore much because school life did not leave me with enough time. Also, I did not have a phone or a laptop then. The pandemic changed all of that. Online education increased my time with the digital world,” Tanish said.
Talking about the initial push, Tanish said he often checked government websites for innovation competitions and realised that people of his age were developing applications. “I started searching for online courses on app designing. I came across a YouTube tutorial, where I got to know that I needed to learn to code first,” he said. Tanish spent the first three months of lockdown learning coding, and by June 2020, he was already feeling confident about developing an app.
However, he still did not have much idea about it. “Then, I came across a saying — where there is a gap, there is a scope for an app. And the first gap I saw was the difficulty my parents and teachers were facing while juggling between online classes and offline school work. So, I developed a to-do list app called List Up on June 20, 2020,” he said.
The feedback on his first app pushed him to start designing more complex apps with advanced coding skills. Since then, he has developed nine apps, he says.
When the second wave hit the country and schools closed down again for months, Tanish had already aced app designing. The oxygen crisis in hospitals and his neighbourhood and the lockdown woes of the cattle traders caught his interest.
“I was very moved by the oxygen crisis. I developed an Oxygen Store app and started searching online for oxygen suppliers. I would call them up to sign up on my app, but the majority of them turned me down, thinking I am just an overenthusiastic kid,” he said.
His breakthrough came when he learnt about the struggles of the local farmers and cattle traders. Due to lockdown, ‘pashu mandis’ had closed down.
While cattle traders could not find buyers, farmers could not rent cattle for ploughing and other needs. So, Tanish developed and launched Pashu Mall.
“This time, I reached out to buyers and sellers in the local area. I also put up posters to reach out to more of them. I then circulated the app details among the protesting farmers through social media. Soon, the app had recorded over 16,000 downloads,” he said.
His parents said Tanish was a self-trained app developer, and they only supported him financially.
“We only paid for the classes and the fees for approvals from Google Playstore,” said Sareena Sethi, Tanish’s mother.
With the board exams around the corner, Tanish is not undertaking new assignments at this point. He spends most tof the ime studying and fixing bugs and providing updates to his existing apps. Tanish told TOI he aspires to crack the IIT entrance test and become a certified coder one day.