Young Indians (Yi) Mumbai Chapter launched

Mumbai, March 04, 2016: “We can. We will!” The mission of Yi was the buzz through the day as the Mumbai Chapter of Yi was launched today at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. And what better occasion than the CII Maharashtra Annual Day, as Yi Mumbai was launched at the hands of Mr. Subhash Desai, Honourable Industries Minister, Government of Maharashtra.

The New Chair for Yi Mumbai for 2016-17 is Mr. Sujit Patil, Vice President and Head Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies. While his tenure begins in April 2016, Sujit and his team are an enthusiastic bunch of young professionals who have already made significant headway. They have led and participated in a host of activities including the CII Tower Run 2015 and seminar on ‘Value based Leadership’ during National Youth Week. Yi Mumbai supported the National Volunteering Week in a big way by way of participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, creating awareness on child sexual abuse in schools and mentoring management students.

Speaking on the official launch of the Mumbai Chapter, Sujit Patil, said, “Young Indians since its inception in 2002 has come a long way and has made significant contribution towards nation building initiatives. It gives me immense pleasure to Chair the Mumbai Chapter of Yi. It will be my endeavor to lead the Mumbai Chapter to greater heights. We have chalked out a detailed plan for the year based on the Yi pillars and look forward to playing an active role in India’s development process.”

While the start has been great, the plan ahead promises to be even better. Yi Mumbai has laid out a detailed plan for FY 16 -17. This includes a focused outreach program with government officials, sessions on entrepreneurship & Innovation, mentoring management students and workshops across primary schools to create awareness on child sexual abuse. The plan also includes support to Project Swachh Bharat through a detailed volunteering program. In addition, the Mumbai Chapter plans to create a vertical on ‘Environment & Biodiversity’ among other nation building initiatives.

Sanjay Kirloskar, Chairman, CII Western Region and Chairman & Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, said, “In addition to Industry, CII also works on various aspects concerning society through its youth arm, Young Indians (Yi) since youth is the most active building block in society. Yi engages Indian youth to contribute to community development through its various projects. I congratulate Yi Mumbai Chapter on their launch and wish them great success in engaging the youth of Mumbai in nation building.”

Profile of Sanjay Kirloskar

Sanjay Kirloskar holds Bachelor’s in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. Mr. Sanjay Kirloskar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL). KBL is India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of pumps. The core businesses of KBL are large infrastructure projects (Water Supply, Power Plants, and Irrigation), Engineered Pumps, Industrial Pumps, Agriculture and Domestic Pumps, Valves, Motors and Hydro turbines.

Profile of Sujit Patil

Sujit M Patil, Vice President and Head Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies

Sujit drives corporate and brand PR and is responsible for building and sustaining the Group’s reputation across diverse stakeholders. He has played a key role in training spokespersons, defining crisis communication guidelines, strengthening media relations and streamlining PR measurement metrics.

Prior to joining Godrej, Sujit led a global Corporate Communications function at Tata Chemicals Limited, a global Chemicals company with operations across Asia, Europe, Africa and America. He has also worked with Larsen and Toubro Limited and Emerson Process Management. Sujit has extensive experience in working across the communication spectrum including in global branding, sustainability and M&A.

Over the years, he has won over 150 national and international awards for internal and external communication and is a regular speaker at key industry conferences including the World Communication Forum, Davos. He is among the three globally accredited business communicators in India, certified by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He is also the winner of the IABC International Gold Quill award, the only Indian communications professional to win this global accolade thrice.

 About Young Indians:

Young Indians (Yi) is an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Yi was formed in the year 2002 with an objective of creating a platform for young Indians to realize the dream of a developed nation. Yi has around 2350 direct members in 37 chapters, and engages around 10500 students through chaupals, under the brand ‘Yuva’. The Yi membership includes young progressive Indians between the age group of 21 & 40 and comprises entrepreneurs, professionals and achievers from different walks of life. “To become the Voice of Young Indians Globally” being the vision of Yi, it provides a platform for young Indians to participate in and contribute by becoming an integral part of the Indian growth story. Yi’s work is divided primarily into three groups; “Youth Leadership”, “Nation Building” and “Thought Leadership”. With Thirteen years of glorious past and decades ahead that promise nothing short, Yi intends to become a larger movement of young people and promote the attitude of “We Can, We Will”.

My dream is to fulfill my child’s dream

One day, after finishing my hour-long jog and on my way back to my house, a sudden thought entered my mind – What if my child desires to become an astronaut and work at NASA. How will I prepare him for it? Where will I school him and more importantly, how would I fund that. My child, like every child, deserves only the best and as a parent, I want to ensure that money is never any hindrance to his growth.

I am not yet sure that my son will become an astronaut but I often see him gazing in the sky at nights. He asks me the names of the stars and also things like why is the Sun so yellow and bright. He wonders if there is life on moon and if he could build a house for his mommy and daddy there.

I only hope that he does carry with him this desire to make this happen although whether he finally it will be his decision to choose his career.

To egg him on and to give him an early start, on his 4th birthday, I bought him a telescope. Now he looks at the constellations and am glad to see him look up the mystical space online.

I have made this a routine of learning about astro-world and discuss these thoughts with him. My wife and I are always encouraging him to learn more and learn better. We also encourage him to speak his views and ideas and try not to shoot them down. We hope that our belief in him shows through and such that he has the confidence in him to pursue his dreams.

We are supportive and want the best and are fully aware of the reality. Any education in this field will require a huge cost. Therefore in addition to all the moral and emotional support, we are also gearing up for the financial support.

My wife and I regularly invest a stipulated amount in our recurring deposits, make fixed deposit on a quarterly basis. Recently, we have started an SIP in my son’s name. I already have a life insurance policy but have taken another one to secure my child’s interest as his future depends on it. In life, there are no guarantees but I hope that my financial decisions are prudent and my child gets to become the best.

Pay close attention to your child’s interests and nurture his talent early in life. You never know, he might be the next Sachin Tendulkar. Invest in your child’s future. http://bit.ly/1HWrH4k

Make In India: Why affordable education is a must

“The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.” – William McDonough

“Someday you may tax it” – Michael Faraday’s response to William Gladstone when asked to comment on the utility of his blue-sky research into the newly discovered phenomenon of electricity.

“.. this new knowledge has all to do with honour and country, but it has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending.” RR Wilson in response to a query as to why USA should spend money on pure science.

The above three quotes make an interesting case study about the need for pure science in the development of a society. While a Nobel Prize may add to prestige etc. a lot of research is more fundamental in nature providing an incremental improvement in society. Most of it is a result of a faceless scientist in a laboratory because the final step that produced the technology was based on a lot of earlier work and hence it is difficult to credit a single individual. Typically, controversies that surround the awarding of a Nobel Prize highlight this issue with great precision.

So what is the role of blue sky research and society? One can, in principle, import technology, train engineers to run it and become a great power. China, Korea and even Japan are classical examples of economies based on ‘reverse engineering’ where a technology is purchased, cheaper alternatives of mass production are found and the same technology is made available at a lower cost to the world. One can survive and even flourish on this.

But is this a good long term solution for a nation? For one thing, it makes the nation permanently dependant on reverse engineering, cost control and quality control. This is fine to quickly set up shop in the international market place but such economies will remain a small time merchant who give 10% discount on small purchases – no great creativity can be expected from them.

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Integreon Recognised in 2015 IAOP Global Outsourcing 100 List® of the World’s Best Outsourcing Service Providers

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 MUMBAI – 17 February 2015 Integreon, a leading global provider of outsourced legal, document, business and research support, has been recognised as one the world’s best outsourcing service providers in the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP) 2015 Global Outsourcing 100®. This marks the fifth consecutive year Integreon has been recognised by the IAOP and the second time in the last three years the firm has been named to the prestigious Global Outsourcing 100 list.

Integreon was selected after a rigorous IAOP process that weighs firms based on four criteria: size and growth, delivery excellence, programs for innovation and corporate social responsibility. Inclusion in the Global Outsourcing 100 follows a year of continued strong growth and performance for Integreon, as supported by high client satisfaction scores and growing worldwide demand for the firm’s outsourcing services.

Key highlights from Integreon’s last 12 months include:

  • Expansion at five of the firm’s twelve global delivery centres – including those in New York; London;Fargo; Manila, Philippines and Noida (Delhi), in addition to other infrastructure investments, as the firm has grown its operations to meet increasing client demand.
  • Development of innovative, new services for legal, document, business and research support, most recently Simplicity™ and Simplicity Plus™ for managed discovery.
  • Industry recognition at LegalWeek’s 2014 British Legal Awards, in Chambers Global 2014, as a 2014 “Best Overall LPO” by India Business Law Journal, and in accolades from other respected publications and industry analysts from around the world.
  • Fostering best practices and innovation across the industry through the firm’s Centre for Legal Services Innovation and worldwide support of the FT Innovative Lawyers program in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Continuing certification to stringent ISO information security and quality management standards, including a recently upgraded certification of its Manila delivery centre to the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 security standard.
  • A growing corporate social responsibility program, notably including Project Edu-Lync, which uses video conferencing technology to enable instructors from around the world to teach students at a school for the hearing disabled in India. The program’s success was a highlight of the keynote address at Microsoft’s Lync 2014 Conference in Las Vegas.

“Integreon is honored to once again be recognised by the IAOP in their Global Outsourcing 100 list of the world’s best service providers,” said Bob Gogel, CEO of Integreon. “Our experience and our focus on quality and service excellence are what clients appreciate most. My thanks to our many Associates around the world for their hard work, creative thinking and dedication to delighting our clients, which has made Integreon one of the world’s most trusted providers of knowledge and legal services outsourcing.”

By identifying the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors, the 2015 Global Outsourcing 100 helps buyers compare and select the most suitable providers for their needs. Firms were evaluated by the IAOP following meticulous scoring by an independent judging panel with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors.

The panel was organised by the IAOP and led by IAOP Chairman Michael F. Corbett, who noted, “Being named to the Global Outsourcing 100 list is no easy task. The IAOP is pleased to recognise Integreon for their excellence and achievement.”

About Integreon

Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, business and research support solutions to leading law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. Around the globe, Integreon’s 2,200 Associates support more than 250 clients in areas such as discovery, legal process outsourcing (LPO), market and competitive intelligence, operating model transformation and back office redesign. Integreon also excels in business support services such as IT, document processing, finance and human resources. With our unrivaled outsourcing experience and industry-leading onshore and offshore capabilities, clients increasingly rely on Integreon to provide value-added solutions and meet their needs in a demanding business environment. Integreon has won more than 40 industry awards over the past five years and supports its global client base from 12 delivery centres across the US, UK, India, China, the Philippines and South Africa.

For more information about Integreon’s extensive range of services, please visit www.Integreon.comand follow Integreon on social media at LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Weibo.

For additional information, please contact:

John Vignolo

Burson-Marsteller

212-614-4785

john.vignolo@bm.com

About IAOP

IAOP is the go-to association leading the way to improve outsourcing outcomes by bringing together customers, providers and advisors in a collaborative, knowledge-based environment that promotes professional development, recognition, certification and excellence. With over 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is not only on top of the latest trends but in front of them. Through its expansive global chapter network, premier training and certification programs, knowledge centre, member community and more, IAOP helps members learn, grow and succeed. For more information and how you can become involved, visit www.IAOP.org.

The media contact for IAOP is:

Kate Tulloch-Hammond

Media & Communications Manager, IAOP

+1.845.452.0600, ext. 122

kate.hammond@IAOP.org

India conference at Harvard 2015

Mumbai: The India conference is an annual event organized by Harvard students. The conference has in the past focused on a plethora of issues related to India. Though the structure of the conference has remained constant in the past, the content was always fine-tuned to reflect the relevant sentiment in India at the time of the event.

 

This year, the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School hosted over 75 speakers and 600 attendees over two days in early March. The event was kicked off on the 7th of March with an exciting debate focused on New Politics in the age of new Media between Mr. Ram Madhav (General Secretary BJP) and Mr. Prithvi Raj Chavan (Ex. Chief Minister of Maharashtra). Mr. Madhav, spoke about how the BJP was able to effectively use the new social media platforms to not only gauge but also engage with the relevant electorates. While Mr. Prithvi Raj Chavan acknowledged the need to tweak the Indian National Congress’s own communication strategy, considering the 2014 election results, he warned that “if the secular character of the country was disturbed that all bets were off”.

 

The first day of the conference covered many panels including India’s security challenges, skill development programs, smart city plans, education, liberalization of legal and arbitration services, and environmental sustainability. The day ended with an excellent keynote panel on Women’s empowerment in Emerging India with Rahul Bose, Kiran Bedi and Renana Jhabvala as the panelists. While Kiran Bedi spoke about women empowerment being an unfinished agenda, Rahul Bose challenged Indian families to reevaluate the way we raise our boys. SEWA head Ms. Renana Jhabwala spoke of encouraging signs in this context, considering how women now talk about careers as opposed to just about marriages 30 years ago. The day closed on a high with all three panelists engaging the audience in a lively debate on what constitutes empowerment and why change seems imminent.

 

Mr. Sajjan Jindal, MD & Chairman of the JSW Group with the opening keynote kicked off the conference for the second day at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Jindal spoke about this unique time period and opportunity for India post the 2014 elections. He elaborated on how the foreign investors are focused on India considering the various issues facing the other BRIC countries and the urgency for credible reform. He also pointed out the radical shift in Indian politics, with caste-based politics being replaced with development-oriented agendas.

 

This year’s conference was titled India’s path to global leadership. The title was intentionally meant to be audacious. We (co-chairs of the conference) felt that it deeply resonated with us as it aptly reflected our own sense of optimism. We wanted the conversations for this year to be not so much about the decimal points but more about the big picture. We wanted the panelists, attendees and organizing team to dream big when it came to India and her future.

 

The second day of the conference focused on various panels including the technology, social innovation, manufacturing, ecommerce, impact investing, entrepreneurship, investing, healthcare and women leadership.

 

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman Quality Council of India through his keynote to a packed Spangler Auditorium at the business school, highlighted the importance and success of the Swachh Bharat campaign. He discussed how such a campaign had helped to create awareness in society and motivate people in creating a cleaner India.

 

The sense of optimism among the members of the various technology and ecommerce panels was palpable. Mr. Rahul Narvekar, CEO Indianroots, fittingly described the ecommerce sector, and the emerging startup ecosystem in general in India, as one that is rapidly learning, adapting and surviving. He emphasized the need for a single-minded focus on execution and reacting deftly to succeed in such frontier and nascent businesses. Mr. Rahul Anand, CEO Hopscotch, also spoke about the need for Indian startups to do things differently and to be wary of using cookie cutter business models that may have worked in the United States and Europe. These young CEOs exuberated a sense of urgency and confidence that seemed to define the new India. In spite of archaic government laws, and various idiosyncrasies related to the Indian consumer, these were men and women who strongly believed in their own ability to shape the future by remaining nimble and focused.

 

Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Non-Executive Director, Tata Sons delivered the closing keynote. Mr. Gopalakrishnan engaged in a witty, and unorthodox discussion, opening his speech stating how he believed that India was the “Benjamin Button of the world”. He spoke of an India with over 2000 years of history and culture, with a relatively young heart as a 60-year-old democracy and a 20-year-old capitalist economy. He highlighted how there was Indianness before an India was there. In many ways, it was a fitting closing to two days of discussions about India since it spoke about some of the concerns related to the cultural and social fabric of India but more importantly it left the audience with some pertinent questions to think about when it came to what a new India should look like.

Just 3.8 percent budget for education sector: Students Federation of India

Students Federation of India (SFI) has said that BJP’s true colours came out when the Union finance minister Arun Jaitely completely ignored the demands of education sector.

SFI state president Y Ramu and general secretary Noor Mohammed said in a statement on Saturday that Centre’s attitude in granting funds for vital institutions in AP had showed their real intensions. Mohammed said that AP higher education council had sought grant of nearly Rs 1500 crore in the first installment for taking up works on nine premier educational institutions including IIT, IIM and central university. “The funds granted will not suffice even taking up land levelling works and salaries of staff,” they chided. He said that Centre allocated Rs 68,968 crore for education sector from total outlay of Rs 17,77,477 crore, which is just 3.8 percent. He said that the budget would not be sufficient event to meet the requirements of primary education. SFI leader flayed that government completely ignored several expert commission recommendations to grant at least 10 percent budget for education sector.

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Changing education inequalities in India

India is regarded as a humongous laboratory for sociological experiments by many researchers. This is fundamentally because of the large social stratification, contrasting societies and complicated blends within a society itself, which are enough to provide new insights to social enigmas frequently. The disparities in India are so high that it would be hard to believe that the country that hosts 100 billionaires in Forbes lists, also houses the largest fragment of poor and hungry in the global tally. This is the economic scenario, but it is one of the most influential factors affecting other disparities such as education. On the other hand, such complexities are often interrelated augmenting one other. Educational inequality is the situation or the system in which there exist large disparities in the society on the opportunity and access to education. This is a result of a complicated social structure, which is shaped up by long standing social norms, believe and most importantly, by contrasting economic divisions.

Educational inequality forms up gradually as an ongoing process. Education is affected by social, political and economic status of people. Individuals who are from wealthy section of the society always have the privilege to reach out for better schools and institutions. While those from the deprived section are prone to lower quality, in the process, the system contributes to a deepening chasm. On the other hand, the educationally enlightened group gains more access to political and economic system turning them to be favorable to suit their interest of their own kinds. Such a structure has an adverse effect in the deprived section affecting them from multifarious direction. It is evident from the observation that if educational inequalities can be decimated, a huge change will follow in the social structure. However, to obtain the very change educational disparity, impetus from political and economic sector is inevitable.

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Digital Gender Atlas for Girls’ Education in India Launched

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, presented the Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girls’ Education in India to the media in New Delhi today.

The Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ms. Vrinda Sarup was also present on the occasion. The tool, which has been developed with the support of UNICEF, will help identify low performing geographic pockets for girls, particularly from marginalised groups such as scheduled castes, schedule tribes and Muslim minorities, on specific gender related education indicators.

 The Atlas is placed on the MHRD website and available and ready to use by States/Districts/Blocks education administrators or any other interested group. In order to plan and execute educational interventions, the purpose of the Gender Atlas is to help identify and ensure equitable education with a focus on vulnerable girls, including girls with disabilities.
To ensure this is feasible, the Gender Atlas has been developed as a hands-on management tool to enable critical decisions and actions in pockets where gaps are to be met.

Online Education in India – Going the Right Way

Technology in education is creating a disruption in the higher education sector globally. Heavy textbooks and notebooks are paving the way for technology led means of learning like interactive videos and virtual live learning sessions. Online reading devices, mobiles, tablets, laptops, multiple digital tools and applications are revolutionizing the learning habits of the student community.

According to the Docebo report of July 2014, the global market for self-paced e-learning is growing very fast in the developing economies of the world – the highest being 17.3% in Asia, followed by Eastern Europe (16.9%), Africa (15.2%) and Latin America (14.6%).

Online education has the potential to bridge the gap between the education provider and a student by providing a more engaging, interactive and mass reach platform. Features such as live instructions, video conferencing, remote test administration and peer to peer networking equip online education to complement the brick-and-mortar classroom training. At the same time, innovation will be required to overcome the challenge of low engagement and high dropout rate on the student side and lack of edtech adoption on the faculty side.

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‘Acche Din’ for the Education Sector, says EY Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/tax/acche-din-foreducation-sector-says-ey_1313152.html?utm_source=ref_article

Education of a nation is one of the foremost requirements for its development. Considering that India is one of the most populated countries in the world, it has an inherent advantage of a large youth population, which provides huge opportunities to the players in the education sector.

The investments in the education sector have witnessed tremendous growth in the past decade. Education sector has attracted foreign direct investments (‘FDI’) worth USD 964 million during April 2000 to September 2014 . According to estimates, private education sector should grow to USD 115 billion by 2018 and enrollments in the K-12 level should grow to 351 million, thereby requiring an additional 34 million seats by 2018 . Further, the higher education sector in India is expected to witness a growth of 18% per annum until 2020 .

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