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The story began in the late 80's, when they met for the first time. Krishna Rao Akula was the charming all-rounder with his impish ways. Diametrically opposite was Vijay Dupati, the new kid on the block with his calm and composed demeanor. However soon enough it was Vijay who garnered all the attention when he topped the next test.

Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another,"What! You too? I thought no one but myself..." - Lewis

Krishna and Vijay's friendship was born when the former noticed that the latter was early to class just like himself. Slowly they began talking and became friends. They started enjoying each other's company and spent a lot of time together discovering their common passion for cricket. They became so close that they could remember each other's birthdays! Boys did not make a big deal out of birthdays where they studied.

Time passed and the day came where they had to make the life altering decision. Coincidentally both chose engineering but fate took them on two separate paths. Vijay went abroad for further studies whereas Krishna took the bold step of teaching and guiding students preparing for IIT-JEE.

Cut to 2011. Krishna conceived the idea of starting his own venture i.e, Learnpedia which was his dream and aspiration. Vijay, meanwhile, was settled in a plush role in a top company in USA. One fine day, he got a call from his old buddy, Krishna who shared his excitement about starting his own company. It didn't take much convincing from Krishna's end. Vijay wrapped up his assignment, sorted out all that he had to, and moved to Hyderabad, lock, stock and barrel to take over as the Co-Founder and COO of Learnpedia. The company, thus born, is fundamentally rooted in friendship and the air of mirth and trust extends across the organisation.

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IITs bring down Class XII cut-off to 75%

The Indian Institute of Technology have made the basic criterion for admissions simpler by announcing that cut-off for students who cleared IIT-JEE (Advanced) will be 75% in the Class 12 board examinations or a top 20 percentile, whichever is lower. The IIT council, at its 48th meeting in Chennai ratified the decision to make the minimum marks 75%. The meeting of the council, the apex body that coordinates the functioning of all 16 IITs, was chaired by Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani.

The council deliberated at length before deciding that in addition to the 20 percentile condition, it would offer another provision — that candidates in the general, OBC-NCL (non-creamy layer) categories should score 75% in the Class 12 board exams and those in the SC/ST category and persons with disability should score 70%," HRD ministry secretary Ashok Thakur said .
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You have to fight to reach your dream.You have to sacrifice and work hard for it - Lionel Messi

Profoundly inspired by Messi's spirit is Tharun Akula, Sales & Marketing Manager at Learnpedia. Tharun likes to push the boundaries and explore the unexplored. The thirst for adventures is quelled only by embarking on newer journeys. It only helps that Tharun is an avid biker and an ace athlete.

Tharun is among the most experienced at Learnpedia, joining the team, right at the inception of the company. He sees the company going from strength to strength in the years to come. He strongly endorses the notion that one should dream no matter what the outcome. His immediate dream is to pursue an MBA in marketing. He says, "When you do something best in life, you don't really want to give that up - and for me, that is marketing."

Considering his passion for his work, it comes as no surprise that Tharun was consistently acknowledged as the best employee for the past two years. He is a true inspiration to his team. He has found what he loves and he encourages all of you out there to come out of your cocoon and do something different yet wonderful.

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JEE Advanced to go online from 2016

The JEE Advanced exam is all set to take a major leap into the digital age! At a meeting held just a week ago, The Joint Admission Board of IITs agreed that the JEE Advanced, which determines admission to all the 16 IITs, should go completely online by 2016! That's not all, the IITs are also planning to restructure the format of the JEE Advanced question paper before it makes its big online debut. While a major section of the academic world is rejoicing this bold step into the future, some have greeted this plan with skepticism. They fear that shifting this exam online might prove to be a huge deterrent for aspirants from less-privileged sects of society who have no access to the Internet and will keep them from realizing their dreams. What is your take on this new development in the JEE world? Do you think its a reason to rejoice or a cause for worry?

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Knowledge is Power

'Mentor', 'a loyal friend', 'forever smiling' these are some of the endearing ways in which his colleagues address Ambarish Kumar, IT Administrator at Learnpedia. Ambarish has won people's hearts with his charming and pleasing demeanour.

A Master in Science from United Kingdom, Ambarish feels motivated when he listens to speeches delivered by Steve Jobs, Co-founder Apple Inc. He says that Jobs inspires him to rise above and do something exciting and different.

Talking about excitement, he is filled with joy as he cannot wait to hop on to his new Toyota Etios and get away for a long spin, a self-confessed car freak that he is.

A typical day at work would see Ambarish listing the work for the day, coordinating with his team, checking the email server, keeping an eye on bandwidth, resolving customer issues, etc.

We went ahead and asked him what he would do if we won a lottery for ten million dollars. He instantly replied that he would invest in Learnpedia, thus quelling the entrepreneurial urge, to become a partner.

What really motivates Ambarish to come to work everyday is the fact that the team has become a family and everyday is a learning experience and he personally believes that knowledge is power.

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The Musical, Magical Number Theorist

You all must have heard of Manjul Bhargava by now! This mathematician of Indian origin was trending worldwide a few weeks ago for being awarded the prestigious Fields Medal, which is regarded as the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics’. But did you know the math wizard is also a very talented tabla player who trained under the great maestro, Zakir Hussain? He says that while playing the tabla, he finds mathematical inspiration in the rhythms of Sanskrit poetry, which he loves! Sometimes inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places? Where do you find your inspiration?

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The only way to do great work is to

Here is Keerthi, Assistant Faculty at Learnpedia. A Masters in Biotechnology, Keerthi oversees the content development for ScorePMT, an online digital platform for students preparing for medical exams. A self-confessed science aficionado, she literally and figuratively eats, sleeps and breathes Zoology and Botany. No, you don't believe it? Neither did we, until we actually heard her say this, " Whenever I have free time, I brush up on my knowledge of Zoology and Botany". See, told ya!.

A typical day in Keerthi's life would be something like this - Come in sharp at 9.30 am. Prepare a detailed plan for the day. Co-ordinate with her team members which include two animators, three editors and three digital content operators for developing content in a way that simplifies the curriculum making it fascinating, with the help of illustrations, graphs and animations. She then gets in touch with the faculty to record their lectures in the studio. Keerthi says she is grateful to her team-mates for responding to her needs in the most effective manner, notwithstanding the fact that they do not comprehend those very concepts that they are out to simplify! "It is definitely heartening to see how they go the extra mile to abide by my requirements. That really keeps me going."

The only time you will catch Keerthi out of her desk, is during the lunch break. She promptly returns to her desk and resumes work once food and such sundry issues are addressed. Keerthi's spirit and commitment is truly infectious. She is an inspiration to all of us here.

Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain

With the monsoons here, what do you do when you are caught in the rain? Walk slowly so that the raindrops don't beat against you or run for the nearest shelter? MinutePhysics, the super cool Youtube channel decodes the physics behind getting wet in this extremely fun and informative two-minute video. A must-watch! What are the other mysteries of the universe that boggle your mind? Ask us and we might just find an answer for you!

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The young and dynamic workforce at Learnpedia

We at Learnpedia are blessed to be in constant company of that elusive fountain. Our team is replete with young and dynamic people who bring in freshness and joy to work.

The average age of Learnpedians is 28, with the youngest member being 20 and oldest being 38 only!

When you walk into the Learnpedia office you will fall in love with the mirthful gait and the 'nothing's impossible' attitude of the team.

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We have moved!!!

We are pleased to announce that as of Feb 15th 2014, we have moved to a newer and bigger office. We have simply outgrown our old location and we are expecting to do much bigger things in the coming years.