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Teen founder for IIM portal

- B-school joins social networking bandwagon

Floating a social networking site isn’t an in thing anymore, with every geek dreaming to become Mark Zuckerberg.

But, what makes IIM-Ranchi’s Darnster different is that it has been developed by a 14-year-old Facebook fan and is the first networking portal for any management cradle in the country.

Army Public School student Divya Ranjan’s web wonder was launched on IIM’s temporary campus at Suchana Bhavan on Tuesday evening.

IG (special branch) S.N. Pradhan launched the portal in the presence of IG (Ranchi zone) M.S. Bhatia, chief technical officer of Jharkhand Police Vineet Kumar, Xavier and other IIM officials.

The entrepreneurial teenager admitted that he was very inspired by Facebook founder Zuckerberg and wanted to design a media that not only gave a voice to millions, but also connected existing platforms to increase the potential of social networking.

“I was into ethical hacking earlier, but my vision developed after I saw the movie Social Network (based on Facebook),” Divya said.

Darnster, which he began developing in December 2011, has two versions — one for public use and another exclusively for IIM-Ranchi. “In the second, IIM students, teachers and staff can chat, discuss issues, update status and do a lot more,” the boy said.

He added that the networking site had several fresh features. “For instance, there is an option to update one’s Facebook and Twitter status without logging into the two separate sites. Besides, one can earn badges of credit for everything done on Darnster — right from the number of subscribers they have to the number of posts made.”

IIM director M.J. Xavier said they were glad to have someone like Divya on board. “We at IIM-Ranchi believe in entrepreneurial spirit and motivate youngsters like him to make a difference,” he said.

IG Pradhan said they would request Divya to design a networking site exclusively for policemen. “Studies suggest that constables are the most stressed among men in uniform. But, they are creative souls who like to make poetry, paint and even dabble in mimicry. It’s time they have a platform to share their passions.”