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IIM Nagpur and CIRT Pune Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Pune is renowned as the automobile and transport hub, as evidenced by the situation of a seminal institution such as the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) in the city. CIRT was established in 1967 on the joint initiative of the Ministry of Shipping & Transport & the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings, with a view to improve the efficiency and productivity of the transport sector. The Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIMN) is a designated Institution of National Importance that aims to be a leading management institution that shapes management systems, policy and governance through high-quality education, research and industry engagement.

A collaboration between IIMN and CIRT presents opportunities to build competencies and generate industry-oriented knowledge in transport management. To this end, IIM Nagpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CIRT in a hybrid ceremony on Thursday. The MoU was signed in presence of Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkari ji (Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways; and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) and Shri CP Gurnani (CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra and Chairman, IIMN Board of Governors), by Dr Bhimaraya Metri (Director, IIM Nagpur) and Capt. (Dr) Rajendra B. Saner Patil (Director, CIRT).

On this occasion, Dr Bhimaraya Metri (Director, IIM Nagpur) said, “Collaboration and cooperation between IIMN and CIRT will open up new doors for development of the automobile hub of the country, particularly in the transport sector. The coming together of these two institutions in a digital disruptive world will play a significant role in shaping the talent by adding new-generation skills and consequently act as catalyst for the growth of the region, as well as the entire state of Maharashtra.”

Shri Vaibhav Dange (Advisor, National Highways Authority of India, and Member, IIMN Board of Governors), said at the occasion, “This MoU paves way for top-notch research and consultancy engagements which will not only help realise the vision and mission of both the institutes, but also enrich the techno-managerial ecosystem of this region, and the state as a whole. This MoU unlocks the potential for collaborative growth in technical and managerial capabilities between Pune, an established automobile hub and Nagpur, the logistics hub and centre of the country.”

On the occasion, Capt. (Dr) Rajendra B Saner Patil, Director, CIRT said “This is a golden opportunity for IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune in achieving their endeavours. The collaboration of IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune will play a key role for the stakeholders in the Road Transport arena. The collaboration with IIM Nagpur for conducting short-term executive education programmes, long-term education programmes, research collaboration, and faculty development programmes is bound to result in building competency and generating industry[1]oriented knowledge in vehicle and transport engineering and transport management. The collaboration will also support in achieving the “Vision Zero” goal in road safety”.

Shri CP Gurnani (CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra and Chairman, IIMN Board of Governors), congratulated the signatories. He said, “I’m extremely thrilled about this partnership between IIM Nagpur and CIRT. Transportation and mobility is at the tip of disruption with new technology such as EV, autonomous driving, AI and ML. With these technological changes, our leaders of tomorrow will have to deal with very different ethical, sustainable and behavioral challenges. This is an opportunity to position ourselves to handle and shape the future of transportation and mobility, and ensure the very best practices are brought to the state and make it a model for the rest of the country.”

On this occasion Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkari ji, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises said “Signing of MoU by IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune ushers a new beginning in the area of Management and Vehicle Engineering.

While IIM Nagpur started its journey in 2015 and aims to create value-driven leaders, global managers, and entrepreneurs with strong conceptual foundations and analytical approach, CIRT established in 1967, a premier Institute in the Road Transport and Road Safety arena has been actively involved in creation of competent middle and top level managers of State Transport Undertakings (STUs) and Road Transport Officers from across the breadth and length of India.

The collaboration of both these renowned Institutes will now help to achieve the competency building of all the stakeholders from Road Transport and Industry. More significantly the collaboration of these two institutes will help the young managers and engineers in the very early stage of their careers for meeting various challenges. I congratulate both IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune for this historic milestone. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

The MoU provides for research collaboration, executive training and other educational programmes for corporate and government professionals, as well as consultancy engagements between the two institutions.

 

Yuvabharathi Public School: Making Students Experts in all Spheres of Life

Changes in education are expected yearly because of its dynamic nature that is dependent on many components from upgrades in technology, mandates of the department of education, available resources, educators’ motivation, parental influence, and the students themselves. These changes can influence perspective towards the acquisition of knowledge, as well as learning outcomes. Having acquired the technical understanding and identified the availability of several online educational resources, it is almost certain that one can’t brush aside the benefits of online educational tools towards constructive learning.

With even the most remote village gaining access to an online classroom during the pandemic that replaced the physical presence of a teacher, technological advancement and internet usage have gained a phenomenal reach globally. On the other hand, none can deny the emotional support, motivation, and facilitation that the physical presence of a teacher can provide. “Even under normal circumstances, we were continuously focusing towards preparing our students to face the world ahead. With no exception to the current scenario, we will further continue to give our best to equip the students to face the challenges of tomorrow’s world,” says Anand Chinnasamy, Correspondent, Yuvabharathi Public School (YBPS).

As a preparatory step, the management at YBPS has already taken its initiative by showing its readiness in accommodating competency-based learning as a measure to ascertain student’s overall development. Cybersafety has been imparted during these days to promote cognition of the pros and cons of various platforms and ensure emotional safety. Student clubs across various disciplines (though essentially a feature already existing) would be enhanced to meet the market requirements. Skill-based activities integrated with academics would be another aspect of ensuring future readiness for every student.

Ranked No.1 in Coimbatore, YBPS has won awards for outstanding academic excellence, co-curricular activities, STEM education, and Happiness Quotient Index as well. The sprawling 11.236-acre school campus houses the state-of-the-art infrastructure – physical, administrative, and technological –that has augmented the performance of the school and the stakeholders in various dimensions. “We provide a platform to identify, nurture and showcase the talents and innate potential of students by actively participating in Model United Nations, Olympiads, Drama and communication skills exams,” adds Geetha Jayachandran, Principal, YBPS.

Value education percolates in the culture of YBPS. The school’s outreach activities involve the students in volunteering and inculcate empathy, kindness, charity, and social responsibility. The students are engaged in Shanti Ashram’s Poverty Solutions Programme, annual blood donation camps, active implementation of SEWA programme, supporting social causes like the Gaja cyclone relief fund by conducting a school fair, conduction of free medical camps, adopting of a nearby village settlement for spreading awareness. The students of the Interact club actively organize a Blood donation camp, joining hands with Ganga Hospitals, Coimbatore, on the occasion of Independence Day every year since 2014. Around 120 donors donate blood every year after being duly screened.

Environmental consciousness is one of the core values promoted by YBPS; Team Yuva leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the creation of awareness, promotion of environmental values, and conservation of biodiversity, water, energy, and other resources. The school campus is a plastic free-zone where students use metallic water bottles and utensils to shun the usage of plastics. The recycling unit, organic gardening & sales of products by students, Herbal Garden, Yuva’s Miya (the backyard forest following the Miyawaki technique), and cross country runs have proven this academic institution to be more than just textbook and classroom teaching.

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TSSC announces partnership with CSC to train 1 lakh rural youth for the maintenance of BharatNet

Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) today announced partnership with The Common Services Centers (CSC) to train 100,000 (One Lakh) CSC Village Level Entrepreneurs and rural youth on the maintenance of optical fiber under BharatNet across the country. This will ensure availability of reliable Internet to citizens in rural areas, enabling their participation in digital governance and economy.

The training will be conducted through CSC Academy, the Education and CSR wing of CSC, and will focus on acquiring knowledge about optical fiber applications, splicing of optical fiber, installation of Optical Fiber Cables, and entrepreneurship and soft skills. Training will be imparted through an online mode with both self-paced modules as well as live classes. TSSC will provide certification to the trainees after an online assessment.

In July 2019, CSC was entrusted with the responsibility of Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of BharatNet Optical Fiber Cable, First Line Maintenance (FLM) of equipment and providing last mile connectivity through Wi-Fi. Since then, Fiber Restoration Teams comprising more than 10,000 rural youth have been trained and mobilized for the BharatNet maintenance through CSC.

With the announcement by Hon’ Prime Minister to connect every village across the nation with optical fiber in the coming 1000 days, CSC is gearing up to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) broadband Internet connectivity to all villages.

Mr. Arvind Bali, CEO, TSSC said, “With a growing national interest in fiberisation, there has been an increase in demand for skills and jobs that are needed for this infrastructure and related services. It is our endeavor to support the government’s vision for a digitally connected nation and an ‘Atma Nirbhar’ Bharat. Fibersation is the backbone of digital infrastructure that is needed to drive this vision, particularly in the rural areas.”

Elaborating on the training, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, CEO, CSC SPV, said, “Through this partnership, we plan to raise a pool of skilled VLEs and rural youth who will provide last-mile optical fiber connectivity across the country under the BharatNet programme. This will also generate employment opportunities in rural India and contribute towards Government’s mission of a self-reliant India.”

Mr. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, CEO, CSC Wi-Fi Choupal Services India (P) Limited said, “CSC Wi-Fi Choupal has been entrusted with the maintenance of optical fiber in 1,18,121 Gram Panchayats across the country since 2019. As many as 10,000 VLEs and rural youth have been providing maintenance services across these GPs. With this partnership, we will be able to enhance the number of skilled workers for optical fiber maintenance, ensuring uninterrupted Internet connectivity in rural areas.”

ISKCON in association with Bada Business announces World’s Largest Webinar, on ‘Business Yoga with Bhagavad Gita’

 

The two-hour webinar will be conducted on 20th of June, starting 12 PM, delivered by ace Business Coach, Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Bada Business.

 

India, June 18, 2021 : India-born Ed-Tech start-up Bada Business, known to offer the most affordable entrepreneurship training programs in the world, is conducting a free webinar, called ‘Business Yoga with Bhagavad Gita’, for the youth from across the world, on June 20th, Sunday, from 12 PM – 2 PM, in association with ISKCON. Coinciding with the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder of ISKCON, the event aims at imparting scientific and practical wisdom, extrapolated from the shlokas of Bhagavad Gita to help solve day-to-day life & business challenges.

 

It may be noted that this event would also set a new world record for the ‘Highest number of participants in a webinar’. More than Ten lakh participants are expected to join the webinar from all parts of India, including far off places like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and a few from other South-East Asian Countries as well. Originally, it was meant for an age group 15-35 years, but with immense number of requests pouring in, it will be open for anyone to join, irrespective of age group.

 

The webinar will be conducted by ace Business Coach, Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Bada Business, Dr. Vivek Bindra. It can be viewed on Dr. Vivek Bindra’s YouTube channel, known for being the world’s most subscribed YouTube channel on entrepreneurship with over 16.6M subscribers. Registrations for the event can be done at iiyc.co.in

 

The event is a collaboration between ISKCON and Bada Business. ISKCON since its foundation in 1966, has been dedicated to the work of sharing India’s ancient wisdom and culture with an aim to check imbalance of values and promote unity and peace all over the world. Its efforts to educate and train youth in living a more productive and wholesome life were recognized by the US civic agencies dealing with widespread drug addiction prevalent there during 1960s-70s. Till date ISKCON has distributed about 500 million books on topics like Bhakti Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation through about 750 centers or temples spread in over 100 countries all over the world. Its members also run the world’s largest free vegetarian meal aid program called ‘Food For Life’. Many global leaders have recognized ISKCON’s significant role in promoting world peace and harmony.

 

ISKCON has been conducting educational, training and cultural programs for youngsters. These programs have addressed issues like Drug Addiction, Mental Health, Environmental Degradation etc.

 

“ISKCON’s aim is to train and educate youngsters in leadership and self-excellence skills thus bring out the best of character and competence in them, this mega- webinar is an attempt in that direction”, said Yudhishtir Govinda das, Communications in-charge for ISKCON.

 

Commenting on the initiative, Dr Vivek Bindra, Founder & CEO of Bada Business said, “We are happy to be able to bring an entirely free-of-cost, value-adding webinar to our audience, yet again. Scheduled one day prior to the International Yoga Day, ‘Business Yoga with Bhagavad Gita’ will help people get an understanding of how various learnings from Bhagavad Gita can be unified for application in real-life business situations, similar to how Yoga helps us in getting connected with our inner selves. The three key areas of learning that we will delve into are – Taking Ownership of one’s ventures and life, Building Leadership Qualities and Living Life Ethically and Happily.”

 

 

Bada Business is known for conducting world record-breaking, free-of-cost webinars aimed at guiding budding Wantepreneurs, Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs to establish and lead more resilient, productive and profitable businesses; which is especially an area of concern amidst the ongoing economic instabilities. This comes just after the lockdowns are lifted in major cities in India. Both organizations believe in impacting the life of youth.

 

Homeflic Wegrow is Changing the EdTech Industry for the Better and Forever

Homeflic Wegrow Community Private Limited was incorporated on October 2020 with a dream to empower the youth. They believed that the real progress of our nation lies in the hands of our youth leaders who can make a massive impact on the world if given the right tools. That is when the company swooped in and worked tirelessly to support that much needed change in our society.

Homeflic Wegrow is a platform which is focussed towards providing vocational and experiential learning to the students who seek it. Their focus does not lie in the conventional academic structure but lies in the holistic development of a student which would aid them professionally and personally. They provide online courses which can be availed at pocket-friendly prices from the comfort of your home. These courses are futuristic and dynamic in nature as the variety of these courses ranges from learning the French language to mastering the stock market scenario.

Apart from this, the team has strategised endlessly and planned various networking events, trips, knowledge meets, entrepreneurship bootcamps and taken tribe sessions together to work towards educating our youth consciously. The team works in synchronisation to make magic happen across various departments, be it operations, human resources, sales, marketing or social media management. The team is full of young, high-spirited individuals who know how to make their way through any problem which arises before them. They are talented and possess diverse and detailed talents which have come together to produce something unique and special.

They strive to improve the current education system to give it more structure and ensure its accessibility. This organised education system which works on the principle of using technology for good and social upliftment, will also ensure that the new education system does not discriminate on the basis of the socio-economic background of any student.

The team has worked wonders previously and has achieved great milestones such as taking the valuation of the company to 10 crores in a short span of just 8 months! Their future plans include expanding their vision to other domains as well which would aid students in their process of growth. This includes helping them find suitable accommodation while they set out to achieve their dreams and also inculcate the offline teaching model through a learning management system like no other!

Stay tuned to see what amazing tricks the incredible team has up their sleeves!

For more information, please visit the website: www.homeflicwegrow.com.

 

A Vaccine, Visa, and Vista of the Future: The Updated Guide to Getting to University in a Pandemic

In the present circumstances, each new development and announcement might seem to throw a curveball in your journey to your dream university – and as counselors, we understand  The  

Your watchword right now needs to be “awareness”. By keeping track of latest developments, you will be able to successfully plan your academic journey and minimize uncertainty.

The latest notification by the CBSE Board has stated that it is now considering two options for marking Grade 12 students—either the final exams from both Grades 10 and 11 in addition to the Grade 12 internal assignments will be considered, or only Grades 10 and 12 together. Students are awaiting a swift and fair decision, but if you are one of those who are on track to university but stuck due to administrative delays, read on to see what exactly you need to do in the interim.

 

    Get Your JAB –

If you are 18 or above, we cannot stress the importance of having your vaccinations done before you enter your destination country. This should be your first priority at the moment, as major schools in the US – over 360 public and private institutions – mandate vaccination before entry to the country. While other popular locations like Canada, the UK, and Australia have not specified this demand, it is probable that they too will deny entry for those who do not carry a WHO-certified vaccination certificate.

 

At present, the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield is the only WHO-approved vaccine in India, and the gap between doses has been extended to 12 weeks. However, states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, and Telangana have reduced this gap to 4-6 weeks for students with foreign university admits and workers who have to travel internationally. They have also allotted priority slots and a dedicated vaccination schedule for these individuals, establishing special portals, passport-linked vaccination confirmation, and other facilities to fast-track the process. According to the Kerala government, approximately 2000 students have already registered for this service and more are to follow suit – we hope to see other States implement this policy as soon as possible, as this is the ideal decision in light of the urgency of the situation.

 

    Other Medical Formalities:

The vaccine isn’t the only health requirement that needs to be fulfilled for an international student; many countries have specific tests that need to be completed before they approve a Visa, from HPV to Tuberculosis checks. Students need to be in good health before they travel – ensure that these formalities are completed as soon as possible through approved health centers.

 

    Your Student Visa:

Without a valid Visa, you will be unable to enter the country you are slated to go to. Once you have all the necessary documents (keep a checklist handy!), you will need to jumpstart the process. The Visa will have certain stipulations for entry; for example, students who are to head to the US need to secure a date to apply for their F1 Visa the moment their i20 Forms are processed. They will need to email the Embassy for this category with the copies of their form attached, even if the date is not initially visible. The F1 Visa does not allow students to enter the country before 30 days from the commencement date of their course.

What does this mean for students who need last-minute vaccinations? The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that is available in the US has a 21-day (3-week) minimum recommended interval between doses. If the student can reach the university 30 days before their course, as per their Visa, and avail of the on-campus vaccine, they would receive the second dose well in time for school to start. It is important to communicate with the university administration and check for quarantine requirements and vaccination policies.

 

    Get in Touch with Your School and University – Get the networking bug inside you!

Keep an eye out for updates on the current situation. Write to your university explaining the delay in exam result announcements; they will allow you flexibility provided they know your intent to enroll with them is still high. If there is no response, request your school administration or counselor to get in touch with the university instead of doing it yourself. The school could send a letter that is followed up by the student, or vice-versa – the school’s involvement lends an official understanding to your case, and the school should ideally work in collaboration with the university to request an exemption for your unusual circumstances and explore how to work around the delay in exam results.

 

    Polish Your Pre-University Knowledge:

Many universities have degree-specific courses, modules, or preparation material to be completed before matriculation (your formal start date). Ensure that your work on these is not hindered, as these are foundational for you to understand your classes once you get to university.

 

Despite everything that is going on, the key takeaway is that you need to plan like you will reach your university in time. For select States (the list is expanding!), a vaccine taken now is eligible for a second dose by the 15th-20th of July at the latest. Even with 2 weeks allotted for recuperation, this leaves students with a comfortable entry date of the first week of August.

 

As for the Board examination results, some universities, for instance those in Canada, have already mentioned that these are not mandatory. Last year, the IB Board finals were not conducted, but students were granted admits regardless.

 

Compared to the first bout of the pandemic panic in 2020, global universities are much better prepared this year. No one was expected to report to campus during the first wave, but 2021 has seen the US ready to open its doors for international students. Canada and the UK will likely follow suit and have already established special measures for students from red list countries like India.

 

During this period rife with ifs and buts, you have to stay prepared – be in touch with Embassies to follow up on your Visa process, confirm your vaccinations, tick all the other boxes for valid entry, and progress in a manner as though it is certain that you are going. Finally, it is important to stay positive – we’d highlight this in a bold, shining gif if we could! – and continue to work on your other commitments alongside your communications with your school, university, and embassy.

 

AUTHORED BY MR. ADARSH KHANDELWAL, COLLEGIFY.