AICTE along with IIT Madras-incubated start-up wins world record for holding online program for maximum users

IT Madras incubated startups GUVI and AICTE has set Guinness Record with 1.12 lakh people taking part in the online ‘AI for India’ event. Just spare a few moments to know more about it….

Over a lakh people participated

As many as 1,12,314 people participated in the ‘AI-for-India’ Initiative organized on April 24-25, 2021 by IIT Madras-incubated startup GUVI and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to upskill Indians in Python programming language. They set the world Guinness record for ‘Most numbers of users to take a programming lesson in 24 Hours,’ beating the previous record by 50 times.
The vision imparted by Sridevi, Co-founder and Ex-COO of GUVI to impart knowledge and skill of AI to every nook and corner of India was GUVI’s guiding light to reach this milestone.

Set Guinness World Records

In addition, as many as 1.43 lakh users took part in the online training session to build a Face Recognition App during the same event. The program was conducted by GUVI in association with AICTE, IIT Madras Research Park and BUDDI.AI, the clinical and revenue cycle automation platform that has solved Healthcare’s most complex monetary challenges. It was targeted towards students, IT professionals, and anyone in the age group of 8 to 80 years interested in coding.

IIT Madras incubated start-up excels

Swapnil Dangarikar, Official Adjudicator, Guinness World Record, presented the certificate during the online event held on April 30, 2021. The ‘AI-For-India’ had participants from a cross-section of the society such as school kids, high school students, college graduates, job seekers, and experienced IT and Non-IT professionals, among others.
Addressing the online event, Prof. Rajive Kumar, Member Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), said, “Non-engineering students, those pursuing graduation and even school students have taken part in the event. This is the second world record that AICTE has been involved in the past one year. AICTE will continue to work with startups like GUVI.”

Taught in three vernacular languages

The host of the workshop guided the participants on how to build a facial recognition app from scratch. Unlike regular IT workshops, the medium of instruction was in three Vernacular languages besides English – Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The vernacular approach is one of the unique features of GUVI that sets them apart from its competitors.

Addressing the event, Ram Swaminathan, CEO,, said, “98% of our employees are in India and we are very proud of building one of the world’s top notch healthcare platform from India.
I think that GUVI is working hard towards upskilling and re-skilling Indian workers. We believe AI is the future. We look forward to taking part in many more events like this.”

Python and Face recognition app

The startup also announced that the courses on Python and Face recognition will be offered for free for learning until the end of May 2021. The certification for that Python course will be available on paying a minimal fee of Rs. 1770/- as it is issued by IIT Madras.
The event also introduced discounted pricing for the AICTE and NEAT-selected GUVI product on monthly and yearly subscription services.

The course catalog ranges from Cloud Computing, Full-Stack Engineering, Web-Development, Data Science & Analyst to Computational thinking, Cybersecurity, and Ethical hacking. GUVI also has its gamified practice platform-CodeKata, Webkata and MicroARC for interactively facilitating assessments. Registered users are eligible to download the globally recognized certifications upon completion, which they can post to their portfolio for a better professional reach.

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