CodeFire Technologies got awarded as "Best Web Development Company in Uttar Pradesh" in August 2018 in Business Leader Summit Awards 2018 organized at Mumbai.
The awards were based on a comprehensive market research study and opinion surveys conducted by Worldwide Achievers. Shri Babul Supriyo ( Hon'ble Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Govt. of India), Shri Manoj Tiwari (Hon'ble Member of Parliament and President BJP-Delhi), Deepak Vasant Kesarkar ( Hon'ble Minister of state for Home (Rural), Finance and Planning , Govt. of Maharashtra), Mr. Ravi kishan (Indian Film Actor), Mr. Adi Irani (Indian Film Actor), Mr. Shiva Rindani (Indian Film Actor), Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Govt. of India), Shri Anil Kumar Sahani (Former Member of Parliament , Rajya sabha ,Govt. of India) were the Chief Guest & Guest of Honor at the gala ceremony and gave away the award certificates & trophy to the winners which included Individuals/organizations from all across India.
Worldwide Achievers organized Business & Realty Leaders Summit Awards 2018 in association with ZEE BUSINESS as Telecast Partner and Achievers India as Magazine Partner Ceremony to felicitate India's leading top Banking Sector, Telecom Industry, Manufacture Industry, Service Industry, Healthcare & wellness, Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism. The event was held at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai on 29th August 2018.
Business Leaders Summit – an open platform that brings together some of the India's most brilliant minds to share their leadership strategies and insights into financial, economic and management issues. The main purpose of the summit is to focus on business & service sector, challenges and opportunities in the respective field.Read more
CodeFire Technologies has been mentioned in Yourstory.com for funding and providing technical support for in house initiative started by Director HR CodeFire Anjali to help parents community
CodeFire Technologies has been mentioned in Yourstory.com for funding and providing technical support for in house initiative started by Director HR CodeFire Anjali to help parents community through their webportal www.SchoolAdmissionIndia.com
Once a helpless mum who missed her son’s school admission dates, she now ensures 70k mums don't miss theirs
Like many women, Anjali Srivastava packed up her life in India – which included a coveted job as a college lecturer – in order to live with her husband in the US.
And then, life happened.
The mother in her took precedence over her techie side, as she assumed the mantle of being a stay-at-home mom when her son came along. The family then moved back to India. But the joys of being a full-time parent come to a staggering halt quite early in Delhi NCR, when it’s time to initiate your child into the real world. A Wall Street Journal article dubbed the Delhi nursery school admission process “tougher to crack than Harvard” – because it is laden with opportunistic vendettas, ridiculous wait-lists, underground corridors, and schools competing with one another and opening applications at different times in order to pressurise parents into securing seats. Thus, when it was time for Anjali’s son to get enrolled, she not only missed the minuscule window the school had kept for applications, she also found herself overwhelmed, running pillar to post amassing information for all the alternatives in the city.
So life came full circle when the maternal and techie sides joined forces, for she had resolved that no other mother will face this ordeal of missed admission dates again. What’s more – Anjali did it, and continues to do it as a service to parents everywhere free of cost.
Born to a rather formidable woman who was a school teacher herself back in the day, Anjali was raised to value ethics, integrity and honesty – and she, in turn, applied these learnings to train in softball, and eventually led the Punjab team to win three National Championships. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences and Application (MCA).
Anjali started her career as a Computer Science college lecturer in Jalandhar and, in 2003, upon getting married, she quit that job in order to move to the US with her husband. They returned to India, right around the time Anjali’s son was born, and therefore, she made a conscious decision to be a full-time parent. In 2008, when her son was two-and-a-half and enrolled into playschool, the family took a short vacation for 15 days – but when they returned, to Anjali’s utter horror, the application windows of almost all the good schools had been closed, and there was no medium that disseminated this update. “I was freaking out and I recall wondering how there was no quick and easy way to find out about admissions,” she says.
A little probing told her that one had to check all the leading newspapers regularly, besides checking the individual websites of schools, or simply call the schools to stay in the loop. So, one fine day, when Anjali was waiting in queue to collect an admission form from a school, she started doing some digging. Interacting with some of the other parents queued up with her, she learned that everyone had been frustrated with the gap that she had previously felt personally victimised by – and resolved on the spot that she would solve this problem.
How she'd do it, however, was yet to be solved. “Coming from a technical background, my husband and I knew we needed to use technology to solve this and that's when SchoolAdmissionIndia.com was born. I could feel the same passion towards this project as I once felt for softball,” she recounts.
They quickly put together a website with minimal investment, and collectively put in efforts to gather and post rudimentary but vital information about different schools in one place; be it fees, application due dates, documents required etc., after verifying the information with the respective schools, so that parents and guardians do not miss admission windows due to a lack of information.
This thought was pure – and it was heartfelt endeavours just like this that catapulted them into virality. The defining moment was when they decided to go one step further in 2008, and up the ante on their good samaritanism, by actually going from school to school in Noida, clicking pictures of lists put up on the notice boards, and subsequently posting them all on their site. Word about this got around like wildfire. “After we did it a couple times, parents started calling us to ask when we would post the results of schools next. We used to a get huge amount of traffic on result days and used to get really excited in early days,” Anjali says.
SchoolAdmissionIndia.com amassed goodwill through aggressive selfless service, and came to be one of NCR’s most searched admission information portals. What’s more impressive is that it has reached the top spot without compromising on the objectivity of information, and by staying staunchly opposed to advertisements – knowing fully well that the advertisers’ vested interests would dilute the essence of what it is trying to build. “Others who are in this field are running ads from schools and sharing parents’ information with the schools as leads. But all that would be against our ethics and defy the sole motive of providing unbiased information. And this model itself has become our differentiator,” Anjali explains, adding that they even keep upgrading their technology to provide information in the best possible manner.
"Maintaining the site was a big challenge at first. I used to check with schools for accurate information, update the site and send newsletters out with the latest admission dates. I then thought of involving parents and the community by creating a WhatsApp and Telegram group and then created a mobile app for the same," she says.
In the first year, they amassed about 500 registered users, which multiplied six-fold in the year after that. In the same year, Anjali, along with husband Pranjal, started CodeFire technologies – a software services startup where she now heads the HR function – which is not only how SchoolAdmissionIndia is currently funded, but also how it got its first couple of dedicated full-time developers. “That’s when the site started evolving from being a blog to more of a social network,” recounts Anjali.
Towards the end of 2012, SchoolAdmissionIndia had about 15,000 registered users, and became self-sufficient, as users collaborated and shared information more and more. Today, this figure stands at 70,000, still without any paid advertisements or marketing.
As far as Codefire is concerned – it boasts of a 45-strong team, and delivers cutting-edge technologies – right from web and mobile applications to AI and blockchain. Under Anjali’s leadership, CodeFire was rated as one of the top 50 places to work by Silicon India in 2014.
Lately, since they have been getting requests from parents all across India to list schools in other cities as well, they are actively moving forward in that direction. "With this vision, we are now letting schools self-register themselves and provide important information to parents. A hundred schools have already signed up in the past five to six months," she says.Read more
Call them comeback queens – they managed to return even stronger after their career breaks
A man on a career break is considered an “unstoppable force” that voluntarily decided to pause, devote time to family and contemplates his true purpose in life. But a woman on a career break is considered an “unstable force” that voluntarily decided to stop, devote time to family and contemplates her true purpose in life.
For both men and women, dropping out of the pipeline in the wake of burgeoning familial responsibilities is a tough decision to make. However, as is evident, a lot more is on the line for women, owing to the above unscientific binary. And these biases tend to multiply exponentially, the longer their career break lasts.
According to a recent Catalyst report, 140 women held 12.4% of board seats and just 3.2% of board chairs in 2017 a figure that can only be explained by corporate India’s inability to help women strike a work-life balance, and their failure to tap into the talent pool of women who are ready to return to the workforce after a career break.Read more
Anjali Srivastava: Helping Parents with School Admissions
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Reason for starting? I was a full time mother and enjoying parenting, particularly my break from work. During the admission process to get my son into formal school, I realized that a lot of parents were not totally informed as to how the process worked. Since I come from a technical background, I decided to create and provide such a platform for parents, where they can get information on different schools in one place; information on fees, application due dates, documents required etc.
It was a big struggle during the initial years but then it really started to work as a one stop platform for all the information parents needed for the admissions process in order to save time. Now we have more than 65,000 users who registered with us from the NCR area. Every year when parents secure a seat at school for their child and don’t miss a deadline, it gives us satisfaction and encourages us to help more people. This gives me satisfaction because I look forward every year to introducing new and innovative ways to help.Read more
Anjli Sharma - Great Companies Women Entrepreneur Award Winner 2020
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Anjli is COO and Director of CodeFire Technologies Pvt. Ltd. It is a software solutions company providing services across the world in technical and functional domains. We take pride in being able to say that, We love to solve complex problems as this leads to learning and application. CodeFire has been awarded one of the Top Company in Uttar Pradesh because Technical excellence, Value commitment and Customer delight are three core pillars of strength in CodeFire Technologies.
We work on cutting edge technologies starting from Web and mobile applications to Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. I head the HR and Operations along with managing SchoolAdmissionIndia. Under my leadership CodeFire Technologies got awarded as "Best Web Development Company in Uttar Pradesh" in August 2018 in Business Leader Summit Awards 2018 organized at Mumbai. CodeFire is featured in Top web development companies in CEOinsights Magazine in 2018 and was featured in "50 Best Companies to Work For" by SiliconIndia Magazine You can check more about CodeFire at https://www.codefire.org/company/awardsRead more
Wall Street Journal mentions SchoolAdmissionIndia
February is a cruel month for parents of tots in India's competitive capital—it's when parents brace themselves as nursery schools release their lists of admissions.
The first list of names came out Tuesday, which is why, if you were looking, nine of the top 10 Google Trends searches in India were Delhi nursery schools. Remaining lists for general admissions will continue to come out through the month.
Why is this such a big deal?Read more
The Hindu Newspaper
The recent furore over school admissions, admission deadlines, dates and availability of relevant information has been a concern for most parents. But now Internet is coming to their rescue, there is a site SchoolAdmissionIndia.com that comes in handy for troubled parents in the Delhi/NCR area.
SchoolAdmissionIndia.com is a leading nursery admission portal with more than 32000 registered members. The portal provides relevant information about schools, enables discussions, sends timely alerts and conducts contests for both parents and children.Read more