* For the record, Rehna attempted courses offered by Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, CISCO, etc
* The courses were mostly based on digital marketing and finance
* Rehna attempted the record as she wanted to enhance her CV and stand out from the crowd during college placements
A Kerala woman has bagged a world record for completing 81 online courses in just one day.
Rehna Shajahan, 25, from Kottayam in Kerala, made it to the International Book of Records for achieving the maximum number of online certificates in a day.
The previous record for maximum online certificates received in one day was 75.
Rehna told Times Now, "My sister was studying at Delhi University when I began dreaming of getting admission at a central university. I prepared for M Com entrance at Jamia Millia Islamia for my postgraduation but lost my admission by only 0.5 mark."
She continued, "I decided to join two masters through distance mode - Masters in Social Work and PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling - simultaneously. A year later, I made it to Jamia's MBA course. When the results came out, I was the only person in our state to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship."
She said, "One day during the COVID-19 lockdown, I ended up doing 55 courses within 24 hours. When I told Dr Sharnas Muthu, the Director of Delhi-based NGO Women's Manifesto I previously worked with, about this, she encouraged me to attempt the world record."
For the record, Rehna, who was brought up in Bahrain, attempted courses offered by Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, CISCO, etc.
"I wanted to enhance my CV. I completed my MBA during the COVID-19 period. When companies came for placements, they used to ask how we utilised the lockdown period other than just finishing the course. I wanted to stand out from the normal crowd," Rehna said.
Recalling the day she attempted the record, Rehna said, "I started at 8 am. At 11 pm, I had received 66 certificates. I had to pass nine more in an hour to set the world record. For a moment, I thought I should give up but then I decided to stop counting."
Since the certificates only mention the date and there's no time stamp, Rehna had to break the record before the clock struck 12. "I had to break the record before the date on the calendar changed," Rehna explained.
Most courses require at least 70 per cent marks to get a certificate, she said.
When asked about how she managed to complete so many certificates in such a short span of time, the 25-year-old said, "There are multiple choice questions. It is not time-consuming when you have the basic knowledge of the courses. I chose to do only the courses that were free and provided certificates."
The record was attempted on November 24, 2020.
"I was working in Dubai as an HR and recently resigned to come to India for my father's transplant surgery next month," Rehna said.
She added, "My family has been my biggest support. My mother told me that she'd bring food to my room. My sister is my inspiration."
Rehna is currently working as a career coach and helps students in personality development and teaches them how to pursue online courses.