The Indian state of Bihar has produced numerous gems for this country. One of the most hardworking tribe of men will be found in this state. One such shining star is Md. Khalid Hasan. This boy hails from a village in a small town of Siwan. He brushed aside the typical image of a village boy who only thrives to score good marks in studies. Entrepreneurship has stricken his soul. Soon after completing Diploma in Electronic Engineering from Jamia Milia Islamia, he worked as a service engineer for MVL Telecom.
But this wasn’t enough for him.He pursued B.E after leaving the job. He came up with Electro Ark blog. Well, this was just the beginning. Well, this was just the beginning. His never ending quest to ‘do something’ laid the foundation stones of Aapka Times (www.aapkatimes.com), whilst pursuing a B.E. in Electronics and Communication degree from Jamia Millia Islamia.
His portal, Aapka Times is the only news portal which covers news across the Universities and Colleges. It has been in partnership with the annual fests of Delhi University’s top colleges Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Miranda House, Jamia Hamdard University, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) and many more prestigious institutions. Since childhood, he was aware of the happening of surroundings. He had zeal in him to do something extraordinary.
Thus is what makes him distinguishable from others. His start-up, AapkaTimes is a perfect platform for budding journalist and students interested in this field. It nourishes and polishes the skills of creative writers present among us.
Where did you get primary education?
I studied in government middle school till 8th class in my village (Since my childhood I lived with my maternal grandfather, so mentioning that place as my village).School was situated in a small village Moghal Biraicha from Barauli block of Gopalganj District. Still I remember We used to go to the Bagicha(Garden) to attend classes under a tree as we had not enough class rooms for us but thing which was good was the quality of teachers. We did not have good infrastructure but we had quality teachers who used to deliver their best in a class under tree.
Any memories which you love to share with our readers?
Yes I always share one thing with the people who specially come from Hindi background or villages as I started learning English alphabet in 6th class in my school. It was the year 2006 when I got admission in school of Jamia Millia Islamia in 9th class. Science teacher was my class teacher and she had habit to dictate notes and explain them in class. This was the first time that I was attending classes in English so it was difficult to understand anything.
Once I was studying at my home and local guardian checked my notebook in order to monitor my studies and he asked whether I write every single line dictated by teachers or not?
I replied Yes I write everything. He asked me then why did I skip 4-5 lines every time after writing a couple of lines. My reply was simple Ma’am says to write like this only. Then he said there is not teachers who will ask to write like this what exactly she said? I said that she dictates few lines and after explanation for few minutes she says write down (That time write down means ‘Neeche Likho‘ for me as I was not aware of English terms) so I used to write with gap among the lines.
Tell us something about your journey to forge towards your passion.
As I mentioned earlier I am from a small village with a zest to do excellent in life. I have seen insurmountable hurdles to reach here. Drop by drop petty achievements have made this ocean of success in my life. The journey from student to social activist, from there to the founder of Aapka Times was memorable, challenging yet inspiring.
I was always inclined towards writing since my childhood; I tried to write whatever happened around me. This love for writing combined with my latter passion for social Activism gave the idea. Then I decided to launch my web portal, where budding journalists can get a platform to showcase their skills, and luckily it worked well. AapkaTimes was a combined initiative of me and my friend who was when working for a news channel. He guided me, hours of conversation and my indomitable spirit led to the birth of Aapka Times.
The journey from the scratch wasn’t easy, though hope is a big world and sky is the limit. I didn’t have enough funds to pay for my website designing so I took the charge and learned the art of website designing too. Engineers innovates so did I. Then, cropped up the problem of getting content writers, bit by bit people volunteered which today we see as a strong team of Aapka Times.
Who do you consider as your role model?
Whenever people ask me about my role model only one name comes in my mind -the name of my maternal grandfather Mr. Toofan Ahmad, who is a retired teacher. Whoever I am today is because of him only. He is an educationist and has been helping to transform by, making efforts so that nobody goes uneducated in his home state. He is inspiration for many.
What inspired you to start Aapka Times?
I had an interest in writing ever since childhood. I’ve always been interested in events happening around me. Due to this interest, I had an idea to initiate an independent news portal. However, I didn’t have a clear picture as to how to begin. But as fate would have it, a call from a friend who was a reporter in a reputed newspaper, followed by long hours of conversation wherein we discussed about the idea and all the knitty gritty involved in the same, was the beginning of Aapka Times. Hence, I came up with a wonderful plan of not only creating a news portal but also of encouraging students to hone their writing talents and provide them with a platform to showcase their talent. On December 8, 2013, we launched our news portal.
How is your news portal helpful to the community or in what ways you would like to serve your people through your news portal?
Well, this is the first time in the era of the Digital India; we are trying to connect all the universities and colleges through news through medium of Aapka Times. Whenever freshers apply for the job, company asks for the experience and rejects them which leads to frustration. It also degrades self confidence of students which affects their career sometime. Keeping this situation in mind, Aapka Times has been providing a platform for the students to come and join our internship program to learn journalistic skills and get experience.
Till now we have been very successful in reaching out students and teachers of India’s top universities .The top universities which we have been covering are Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University, Aligarh Muslim University, Jadavpur University Kolkata.
We are planning to hold free training sessions and online journalism related workshops for the students. We would make them learn the nuances and techniques of news reporting.