Online learning startup Skill-Lync promises India’s mechanical engineers a job, or their money back

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That’s an unusual preamble, but it sets the scene for Skill-Lync, an India-based online education company that is currently part of the Y Combinator program in the U.S. The business is bootstrapped and developing a fascinating service that helps India’s thousands of engineering graduates to turn their book smarts into employable skills and jobs.
Skill-Lync started out as a YouTube channel to share engineering tips, but today it is an online training course for mechanical engineering candidates. It operates three different types of courses, ranging from one-off modules to full-time curriculums.
With an estimated 1.5 million mechanic engineering graduates leaving India universities and colleges each year, competition for jobs is tough but equally, with many overseas markets seeking skilled talent, there are international opportunities but many students are unaware of how to pursue them.
Skill-Lync seeks to match mechanical engineers with U.S-based Masters degree courses and/or employers directly. That’s done through an online learning course that uses video content developed alongside industry companies — the goal is to help instill employable skills and experience to students.
Students watch videos independently but come together in groups on WhatsApp to work on assignments. Course teachers operate virtual ‘open hours’ on a Friday to allow interaction with students, questions and more.
The regular courses cost $250 per unit and cover specific areas related to mechanic engineering and its application in the workplace.
Last year, some 2,500 students took part in Skill-Lync courses and while the courses are demanding, with around a 22 percent completion rate, the results are impressive for those who cross the finishing line. So impressive, in fact, that Skill-Lync is launching a new and more comprehensive course that guarantees a job at the end of it or else participants get a full refund.
The new course — which guarantees employment or a refund — lasts for eight months of 40 hours per week, with a part-time option of 20 hours per week over 15 months. It is priced at Rs. 245,000 — around $3,500 — and open to qualified candidates based in India.
“Students learn in-depth technical concepts in developing a full-fledged Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” co-founders Suryanarayanan Paneerselvam and Sarangarajan Iyengar — who studied in India before getting on Masters Degrees and later jobs in the U.S. — told TechCrunch. “The course teaches students concepts such as Battery Performance Management, Electric & IC Engine Powertrain, Strength Analysis (Finite Element analysis), External Aerodynamics & Design.”
The first cohort will open in April, enrollment applications are open until March 15.
Online learning startup Skill-Lync promises India’s mechanical engineers a job, or their money back
Skill-Lync founders Suryanarayanan Paneerselvam and Sarangarajan Iyengar (left and right) started with a YouTube but now have a business that helps mechanical engineers developed employable skills to get hired
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