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Sardar Patel institute of Technology team wins CIMA Challenge

Team Maverick Minds from Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai won the 7th edition of CIMA Global Business Challenge, held in Mumbai early this month. The winning team was declared after a closely fought presentation round, and will now represent CIMA India at the Global finals in Poland with winning teams from 24 other countries.

The Global Business Challenge (GBC) 2015 hosted by CIMA, world’s largest management accounting body, is an international business competition designed to bring out the best in the young business leaders of tomorrow. The global competition is organized in partnership with Barclays, who shares CIMA’s vision of developing and nurturing young talent around the world. Debasish Biswas, Country Head, CIMA India, said, “This year we received registrations from over 440+ teams from all parts of the country, out of which 21 teams made it to the India Finals. This certainly demonstrates the keenness and growing trend amongst Indian youth who are prepared to face the global competitive scenario. We keenly await to see how our India team fares in the global challenge in August”.

The 21 teams that qualified for the national finals were from : NMIMS University Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology Mumbai, Malaviya Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati, Sri Ram College of Commerce Delhi, MPSTME, Jain University Bangalore, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, NIT Trichy, Amity Business School Noida, G.S. College of Commerce and Economics, Nagpur, The Jain International School, Deen Dayal Upadhaya College, Jagran Lakecity University Bhopal, Christ University Bangalore and Birla institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad.

JKBS students visit USA varsity under academic exchange programme

JK Business School (JKBS), Gurgaon, one of known business schools in the country, has collaborated  with California State University- Monterey Bay, USA (CUSMB) to promote academic interests through student and faculty exchange programs, Joint Research and other activities. Also, the faculty from JKBS & California State University will play a major role in developing a blueprint for these programs, including a structure for the prospectus and the degrees to be offered to the students.   Four meritorious students have been selected for the Student Exchange programme with California State University, Monterey Bay, USA namely Dheeraj Yadav, Monika Sharma, Jaspreet Kaur and Kapil Jain. The selected candidates got  an opportunity to learn for one full term study tour from June to August. During this tenure, the students will get a hold of Global Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Agribusiness, Venture Formation/Finance, and International Comparative Management apart from other curriculum activities. The students have been paid under “Govind Hari Singhania Global Leadership Award” and on successful completion the students shall be awarded certificates from the California State University, USA.

According to Dr. Sanjiv Marwah, Director, at JK Business School, “It is significant that students get equipped for future in the globalised world where they will be flooded with abundant opportunities in any field where they can acquire, work as a team and find solutions to problems by pooling different strengths together and arriving at a holistic approach in terms of practicality and ingenuity.”

 41stNational Competition for Young Managers

Globsyn Business School, the leading business management institution in eastern India, in association with All India Management Association (AIMA) and Calcutta Management Association (CMA), organized this year’s Eastern Regional Round of the “National Competition for Young Managers” on July 3 and 4, 2015 at its Amtala campus. The participants deliberated on the theme Transformational role of Young Managers in a new-age economy: Towards building Sustainable Organisation.

The Eastern Regional Round saw over 57 participants from 19 corporate houses, including Indian Oil, Hindalco, Bosch Ltd, Tata Power Corporation, Tinplate Company, Danfoss Industries, Mahle Filter Systems India Ltd., Rourkela Steel Plant and Gabriel India Ltd. among others.

Every year, since 1974, AIMA has been organising the National Competition for Young Managers with the aim of fostering creative excellence in management talent in the country, and to recognise young managers for their problem solving, team working and leadership skills.  The Competition involves a business plan created by teams of mid-level managers representing leading corporate houses from across India.

The participants at the NCYM-East deliberated on the theme “Transformational role of Young Managers in a new-age economy: Towards building Sustainable Organisation”, and were judged on the basis of their leadership skills, knowledge, experience, professional prowess and creativity. Qualities which would help in preparing them to become “Leaders of Tomorrow”.

Dr. Subir Sen, Dean, Globsyn Business School said, “The AIMA-NCYM event hosted by GBS provided young budding managers to hone their analytical skills, creative thinking, problem solving, team working and leadership skills in a competitive setting. This is in line with GBS philosophy of life-long learning envisioning through research, technology and innovation.  Our students had the benefit of attending presentations made by the competing teams. It was a great learning experience for them to watch the problem-solving process develop in action in a live setting, and the diversity of thinking that produces business results.”

IET Pinkerton lecture focuses on next evolution of the Internet

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s largest professional societies for engineers, on July 10 hosted its annual IET Pinkerton lecture at Infosys Bangalore, which was delivered by Dr. Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco on the theme “Re-Imagining Society through the Internet of Everything”. The talk focused on the next evolution of the Internet, the paradox of forecasts and also trends relevant to India.  Dr. Pepper identified critical global challenges how the Internet of Everything (IoE) can help address them through digital technology and transforming data to actionable insights. He also highlighted the latest trends in India’s fixed and mobile IP networks and presented specific IoT use-cases. Dr. Pepper also talked about the challenges to seize the opportunity for Digital India including critical technology and public policy issues that can accelerate or stall the transformational benefits of IoE for India and the world.

Dr. Robert Pepper said, “The world is going digital and IoT is redefining  customization and innovation in engineering. The IET Pinkerton lecture is a unique proposition by the IET to ensure the technical community is kept abreast with the latest trends in engineering and technology and IoT/IoE is definitely the next market transition for all sectors of engineering and society. I am honoured to be part of this important conversation”. The IET Pinkerton lecture is hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in honour of John Pinkerton, who was involved in designing the UK’s first business computer in 1951

GNIOT summer training programme on vehicle science

GNIOT group of institutions Greater Noida in collaboration with Prigma Edutech Services (PES) organised seven days summer training program on vehicle conceptualization, overhauling, diagnostic and maintenance. In this program students disassembled and assembled MARUTI 800. The objective was to give practical exposure to the students so that they can understand their class room concepts more deeply. More than 100 students across NCR participated in the programme. To name some colleges who participated were Delhi Technical University, University of Manchester, NIT Jalandhar, DIT University Dehradun, CEC Chandigarh and more. Our motive is that all our students should get jobs in Industry and we always appreciate such kind of training programs to make them skilful said Prof (Dr) Rohit Garg, Director of GNIOT Noida adding, “In India we have many educated Engineers but not skilled Engineers. Our mission is to make every engineer Skillful,” said Arpit Goyal CFO of the company.

IMT Ghaziabad re-brands its PGDM Executive Program

IMT Ghaziabad has introduced rebranding drive for its 15-month PGDM- Executive Program to offer the best curriculum, pedagogy, and learning environment to mid and senior level professionals and develop a knowledge and skill platform that cultivates global expertise. The key features of the program include Strong industry interface, Contemporary course curriculum, Business Simulation Workshop, Advanced Communication Workshop, and Live dissertation project arranged by the placement office etc. The Executive Program offers a mentor mentee program uniquely tailored for executives to create a refreshed perspective, new strategic approaches and a valuable peer network. Dr Bibek Banerjee, Director, IMT Ghaziabad said, “The program offers unparalleled access to a broad range of global study opportunities to Students and makes them experience the complete immersion in global markets and develop local knowledge that cultivates global expertise.”

ATDC at National Principal’s Meet

Annual ATDC’s Principals’ Meet was hosted by Apparel Training & Design Centre, India’s Largest Quality Vocational Training Provider for the Apparel Industry at Manesar, Gurgaon from June14-16, 2015. The 3-day Meet was primarily focused on understanding the emerging skill framework in the country and how ATDC plays a key role by contributing to large scale quality skilling of Indian youth specially women in rural/ mofussils and semi urban areas for meeting the rapidly changing skill requirements of Apparel Sector with real time Industry relevant skill modules & new learning solutions, thus providing wage employment for youth specially women. Rajeev Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Dr. Latha Pillai, Director, RGNIYD. Dr. Hari Kapoor, VC, ATDC, Dr. Darlie Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC also graced the meet.

The sessions consisted of deep-dive deliberations & strategy discussions for each tier of the ‘Step-ladder’ model of ATDC & total quality management of courses along with sessions on improving the quality & enrolment in the long-term programmes, contents standardization, promotion and quality enhancement of teaching pedagogy through Digital Contents, streamlining of finance & account processes, strengthening the management of Centres’ and new approaches for industry interface, placement, certification and assessment of trained candidates.

90 students from non-metro cities got placed at the FLAG 2015

Last month top recruiters at FLAG 2015 by EmployabilityBridge, in association with CII, filled upl more than 90 vacancies with the job aspiring students from across  southern states. The event took place at Jerusalem College of Engineering. FLAG 2015 received overwhelming response from students of all the southern states.

The Chennai FLAG had seen participation of companies from multiple industries including Manufacturing, Telecom, IT, Finance, and Analytics. The companies were hiring for openings at different locations. Handing over the offers to the selected candidate the participated companies said that FLAG model by EmployabilityBridge is a great model to find the right talents from non-metros. It saves time, cost and traveling to number of colleges to find our required manpower. It also communicates that good candidates were spread across and not just only from renowned institutions.

Rotary District 3150 distributes over 75,000 Desks worth Rs 18cr

Rotary International District 3150, with support from with local clubs, foreign partners and Rotary Foundation  has distributed 7,593 High School Dual Desks  in Hyderabad. These school desks will benefit 2, 27, 790 children every year in the five revenue districts of Telangana State according to Ravi Vadlamani, Chairman Save Our Schools initiative of Rotary District 3150 and the man behind the Desks Distribution which he has earned a name as “Desks Uncle’ from the school children. At a function held on June 25,  Telangana’s minister for Irrigation, Mines and Geology handed over desks to 145 schools.  Dr. D. Manoj Desai, Director Elect Rotary Intl, Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, Member of Parliament, Medak, Smt. Santha Sinha of MV Foundation and Marri Ravindra Reddy, Counsellor of Rotary Foundation, Renuka Butta, MP from Kurnooll were present.  The minister said that Telangana Government iwascommitted in improving all round performance of Government School. “We would soon introduce English medium in all government schools.”

$2.4 Million in fellowships to support Ph.D. students at in STEM Fields Carnegie Mellon University

Outstanding science, math, and engineering students from India will have additional support in pursuing doctoral degrees at Carnegie Mellon University, through new fellowships provided by India’s Science and Engineering Research Board.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) President Subra Suresh and Prof. T K Chandrashekar, Secretary of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Government of India, signed an agreement on July 3, 2015, in the presence of Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and Chairman, SERB. The agreement calls for $2.4 million in fellowships over the next five years.

The fellowships will provide stipends for a minimum of five Indian students each academic year. The program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016. CMU will encourage all admitted doctoral students from India to apply for a SERB fellowship.

SERB was created by the government of India in 2010 to promote basic research in science and engineering and to provide financial assistance to researchers, academic institutions, research and development laboratories, industrial concerns and other agencies.

Prof. Chandrasekar is a member of the Global Research Council, which was founded by President Suresh when he was director of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

‘Be a Super Senior’ campaign

Pune based startup Letsintern has launched an online campaign ‘Be a Super Senior’ to assist students in making admission choices in partnership with Scrollback  This campaign aims to make decisions easier for students seeking admission by getting insights from students currently studying in various colleges. This campaign is designed to help potential students get assistance and advice from current students on different merits of the college before making a choice.

“Our mission is to help improve career and education outcomes of college students. ScrollBack’s technology will leverage the first-hand experiences of 2,00,000 college students on Letsintern.com to help college-bound students take more informed decisions about admissions. Questionable quality and increasing costs of higher education are making more such efforts the need of the hour,” said Gaurav Mishra, V.P. Growth, Letsintern.com.

US Ambassador at Ashoka University’s first-ever convocation

Ashoka University on June 28 hosted its first Convocation ceremony at its campus in Sonepat as 195 enthusiastic students from Ashoka’s Young India Fellowship (YIF) of the Class of 2015 were awarded certificates. US ambassador Richard R. Verma, awarded the certificates to the students.  Bhushan Kumar was awarded the Torchbearer Award for embodying the spirit and ideals of the programme and displaying all-round excellence. While Prineeta Kulkarni was awarded the YIF Scholar Award for achieving the highest academic rank in the class and having shown exceptional and demonstrated commitment to learning.

Ambassador Richard R. Verma said, ” I urge all students to remember that leadership is not a degree or diploma.  It is not reinforcing the status quo or giving up or finding ways of working around problems instead of through them. Leadership is what we do between a challenge and the next step forward. It can be on a global scale, it can be within your state or corporation or organization, or it can be in your community, your neighborhood or family  yes, your families, friends, and neighbors need your leadership too — it may not get the headlines, but you sure can have a real and lasting impact.”

JD Annual Design Awards 2015

The annual event held on June end showcased and celebrated the richness and diversity of India’s cultural heritage driven by the fashion industry and its talents. The Innovative Collection Award was won by Impure Theme, Best Collection Award by evanscenes theme and Special Award for using innovative fabric dye material (ratanjot herb) was given to DNA theme. All these themes were presented by the students of JD Institute. “This year, we want to demonstrate that fashion is not only a vehicle to promote cultural exchange but also it has the potential to be a lucrative venture that employs large number of people in the region. The textile and clothing industry can generate more jobs and make a substantive contribution to government revenues in India if more attention is given to it,”said Rc.Dalal,Exceutive Director,JD Institute of Fashion technology.

Former cabinet secretary  Ajit Kumar Seth receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Birmingham

Ajit Kumar Seth, former Cabinet Secretary to Government of India (June 2011- June 2015) received an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK on July 15 in London. The only Cabinet Secretary in India to have served in two successive dispensations was named Doctor of the University (DUniv), in the presence of hundreds of graduands and their families. Seth is already an alumnus of the University of Birmingham, being awarded a Master’s in Development Finance in 1993, when he was also awarded the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Prize for his outstanding academic performance. Prior to this he received a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Chemistry at St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and an MPhil in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), also in New Delhi. On receiving his honorary degree from the University of Birmingham, Mr Seth said: ‘The experience of my stay in Birmingham in 1992-93 was memorable, and in some ways transformative for me, and also for my wife and my young daughter, who accompanied me. The University, which I hold in very high regard, evokes precious and warm memories in us. We loved the city of Birmingham and its warm and friendly people.” Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, said: “Mr Seth’s honorary doctorate supports the strong bonds the University has with India  a truly wonderful country I have had the great pleasure of visiting on several occasions as Vice-Chancellor. Mr Seth is one of our outstanding alumni and it is a great pleasure to welcome him back to his alma mater to receive an honorary doctorate. Mr Seth embodies all that makes a Birmingham alumnus exceptional; using his charisma and confident manner to demonstrate strong leadership throughout his impressive career.’

EBS integrates the education sector to the e-payment world!

E-Billing Solutions Pvt. Ltd (EBS), a pan-India online payment aggregator, has has doubled the number of education institutes in its portfolio with almost 6 times surge in the number of transactions and around 150% increase in payment volume through its payment gateway in the same period. This remarkable achievement is a result of EBS’ unparalleled pioneering approach that provides a technical platform between online sellers & service providers (merchants) and banks via a secure payment gateway solution. Speaking on the achievement, Bhavin Mody, Director, said, “EBS was launched with an aim to provide a secure and robust interface between merchants and banks. Completing a significant penetration into the education segment while empanelling leading education & learning institutions such as Bharati Vidyapeeth, ISM Dhanbad, and Shankar Mahadevan Academy demonstrates the trust online merchants have in our services. With our reputation for seamless transaction processing, we are expecting acquisition of larger accounts in our ever-growing merchant base.”

ITM Health Centre at Panvel campus

ITM Institute of Health Science opened “ITM Health Centre” at its Panvel Campus in collaboration with Dharma Bharati Mission to make quality health care service available to under privileged community at an affordable price. The Health Centre will cater to people in remote areas like Kalamboli and Panvel of Raigar District. Dr. P V Ramana, Founder & Chairman, ITM Group of Institution said, “ITM Health Centre is a ‘Service to community initiative at helping poor and under privileged to procure quality health care service at an affordable rate. The Health Centre is a full-fledged unit with the service of one full time general practitioner and will also house a pathology lab with all facilities”. Prof R S S Mani, VP-Institutional development for ITM Group of Institutions  stated that some more such joint ventures would be coming up in the near future.

Dialogue India Academia Conclave

Dialogue India in collaboration with Showcraft Productions organized the 1st edition of its annual Dialogue India Academia Conclave followed by the 3rd Dialogue India Academia Awards Ceremony in New Delhi on June 23.  The speakers intensely deliberated over the education issues confronting various stake holders especially institutions.  The sessions covered topics like “Can India become the hub for Higher Education”, “Should Private Education be declared as an Industry?”, “How to attract and motivate the right faculty?” and “How to engage the Industry and create job opportunities for the students?”, building a bridge between the private universities/colleges, government departments, academicians, policy makers and the Corporate sector to understand the role of the private academic institutions in building a great infrastructure to skill our youth and prepare them to Make in India.

Anuj Agarwal, Editor/Publicist Dialogue India, who is also President, Career Plus Educational Society and National Coordinator MAULIK BHARAT, M.D. – ECS Pvt. Ltd.)  said that  higher education in India especially in private sector is into its transition period. With investments reaching lakhs of crores, education is now a game for big players. This is the state of our higher education, where donations, fancy corporate cultures, new courses and extensive publicity is given more importance to trap students and little importance is given to the quality of faculty, education and student output. Pawan Sinha, Educationist and Spiritual Guru said, “If by 2020, India’s population is expected to become the world’s youngest with more than 500 million Indian citizens under 25 years of age and more than two thirds of the population eligible to work, we are speaking of a growing number of India’s youth who will need the right educational infrastructure to develop skills and adequate opportunities to get employed or become entrepreneurs.”

According to Prof Anand Mohan Agarwal, Vice Chancellor, GLA University ‘Make in India’ has immense potential and every institution, every teacher, every mentor should carry the responsibility to educate the common mass so that they can equip themselves for the Global Market. Real education is that which enables one to stand on one’s own legs. The other prominent speakers at the convention included Speakers like Manohar Chellani (Founder – Education India Foundation), Prof (Dr) Prem Vrat (Vice Chancellor ITM, Gurgaon), Dr. B.R. Mehta (Schlumberger Chair Professor Department of Physics, IIT Delhi), Prof R.K. Lalwani (Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, Dehradun), Prof. Avinash Singh (Pro-Vice Chancellor – Emeritus, University of Technology and Management), Dr Rajeshwari Narendran (Professor in IIM, Visiting Faculty  Harward), Dr Madhuri Parthi (Academician), Dr Rubina Mittal, (Prof, Delhi University), Dr Urvashi Makkar (Director, IMS, Ghaziabad) from the academia, who joined distinguished names from the Corporate like, Anurag Batra (Chairman, Business World), Dilip Chenoy (MD&CEO, National Skill Development Corporation), Dr Ajay Lekhi (President, Delhi Medical Association), Ashutosh Khanna (Partner, Kornferry International), Dr Rashmi Singh (Jt Secretary, Women & Child Development, GOI), Llyod Mathias (Head Marketing, Hewlett Packard), Shibani Kashyap (Singer), Himanshu Charuvedi (Chairman, HTC Sports Group).

 Tata Power’s ‘Shiksha Sarathi’ program a huge success

Tata Power’s subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Private Limited (CGPL), the 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Plant in the Kutch region of Gujarat, is deeply involved in community development work around the plant neighborhood.  Project Shiksha Saarthi is an education initiative in the region.   One of the teachers who participated in the initiative from Mota Kandagara village, says, “I have been a teacher for 11 years in government schools, but I have never felt so confident, so enthused, as I do now,” she exclaims, “CGPL has helped me add tremendous professional value to my portfolio. Attending its teachers’ training workshop was an eye opener. I picked up many new and innovative methods of teaching, discussed problems commonly faced by all teachers and jointly tried to find solutions to these problems. The training also boosted my skills in management, research and administrative systems. Now I am ready to tackle any challenge that comes my way!”  She is one of the many competent professionals in the Kutch region of Gujarat who are being educated in Mundra. Partnered with Pratham Education Foundation, one of the largest NGOs working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India, Shiksha Saarthi was launched as a programme set to transform the profile of school education in 84 schools of Mandvi and Mundra Taluka of Kutch, focusing primarily on the six catchment villages that lay within the CGPL site  Tunda-Vandh, Mota Kandagra, Nanabhadia, Tragadi and Modva.












Rocky.S, to mentor JD fashion students

Rocky.S, a name Known in fashion fraternity of India for his excellent construction will also mentor students at JD institute of Fashion technology, New Delhi. The ace designer will be actively involved with the academics and will work closely with the jediiians for their final collection. His monthly lectures will feature various experiences in design, market intelligence, retail and business of fashion. Apart from mentoring, the fashion expert also plans to select student designers on the basis of talent, vision, hard work and creativity and create a core group who will present the collections at the JD Annual Design Awards, New Delhi. Rocky.S has been acclaimed for his costume designing for several major film projects which include GADDAR for actress Amisha Patel (set during the Indo Pak partition period) KRRISH for actor Hrithik Roshan (Super hero film, sequel to Koi Mil Gaya) and his recent film projects; ‘Marigold’ and ‘Goal’ to name a few for which Rocky has styled not only the lead actors but the cast of the entire film.


English Skills for Employability Research Report

The British Council, in partnership with Manipal City and Guilds, Trinity College London and the National Skills Development Agency, launched a report’English Skills for Employability  Setting Common Standards’  that explores the role of English in the NSQF, with a particular focus on English as a Skill for Employability for entry level and semi-skilled employment in the sectors of Healthcare, Hospitality and Construction. The report also explores the facilitating role that the Common European Reference Framework (CEFR) for language can play for all languages in India, in the context of the NSQF, to improve the quality of language training and facilitate better progression in learning.

With two thirds of the region’s population below 30 years of age, employment and employability is a top developmental priority for countries in the region. Many policy making bodies view English as a key skill and one that would go a long way in improving the opportunities and employability of the large and growing mass of youth in South Asia, in a fast globalising world. The report has been authored by Emma-Sue Prince, Director of Unimenta and S Manish Singh, Managing Director of PROGILENCE Capability Development Pvt. Ltd

In India, creating and formally adopting a national framework of occupational standards and qualifications through the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) is an important first step to improving employability skills, up-skilling Indian workers and ensuring that the quality of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is standardised. This also ties in to the need for meaningful recognition of achievement of skills and knowledge, important for employment and progression (vertical or lateral) of workers and aspirants.

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