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Ask Insights (India) announces strategic alliance with The FutureWork Institute, Inc. (USA)

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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (NewsVoir): The coming together of two women-led firms from the East and West is truly symbolic of the Diversity and Inclusion work they so passionately embrace. Ask Insights (India) is proud to announce a strategic alliance with The FutureWork Institute, Inc.
In these times of rapid globalization, it is crucial to bring knowledge of different cultures together to bridge divisions and polarities and to transform systems within corporate, education, environmental and healthcare systems.
Ask Insights is a Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Organization led by Dr. Niru Kumar. The Consultants are Senior Doctors, Psychologists, NLP practitioners and D&I Experts bringing with them a wealth of knowledge of Human Psychology and Physiology and applying it skillfully to the field of D&I.
The FutureWork Institute, Inc. led by Margaret Regan is a pioneer in the research and translation of future trends to transform organizations. Their objective is to prepare individuals and organizations to go through a MIndShift, HeartShift and SkillShifton the change journey to becoming more Inclusive and future fluent workplaces.
Ask Insights has been providing Consulting and Training to several Fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo, Vodafone, SAP, Yum Foods, Walmart, Aditya Birla Group etc. Having trained more than 15,000 people across levels, industries and locations, Dr. Niru has the expertise and experience to engage in large global projects and conversations and to work together with The FutureWork Institute on a number of these projects.
In planning for this Alliance, Margaret Regan made the point that, “The FutureWork Institute has developed a number of virtual platforms to disseminate knowledge on several aspects of D&I such as Gender, Generations, Culture and Unconscious Bias. This alliance will help take this knowledge to plants and factories situated in remote areas in India.” Dr. Niru Kumar added, “Technology can be such a boon in India. We plan to leverage the experience and knowledge of a US-based expert and have Indian experts customize the content to reflect the country context and bring it to remote India.”
In announcing the alliance, both founders commented, “We feel very fortunate to have this alliance. Margaret’s vision and experience is unmatched. Dr. Niru’s knowledge of Indian culture is unparalleled. Together we strive to transform society, organizations and the world towards authentic Inclusion.” (NewsVoir)



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TDH & RMI multi- stakeholder intervention in India gets UN Recognition

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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (NewsVoir): Working in collaboration, Terre des Hommes (TDH) and the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI) were judged at the 2018 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights to have developed the most innovative and inspiring solutions to take the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) from paper to practice.
As winner, TDH – presenting our multi-stakeholder approach – has now been invited to present this approach to eliminate child labor in mica mining in India at the UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in 2019 in Bangkok.
The UN Forum in Geneva is the world’s largest annual gathering on business and human rights, with more than 2,000 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, UN bodies, national human rights institutions, trade unions, academia and the media.
“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition at the UN Forum,” said Carel Kok, CEO Terres des Hommes. “Our efforts to address child labor in India reflect our global commitment to change the lives of the children by raising the visibility of child’s rights and bring together all the actors that play an important part of the solution.”
The common approach taken by Terre des Hommes and RMI to promote human rights and eliminate child labor in Indian mica mining encompasses a comprehensive program that involves multiple partners drawn from government, civil society and local communities as well as business actors. The program also recognizes that the creation of a sustainable mining sector and eradication of children rights violations in supply chains can only be achieved by simultaneously addressing all factors – economic, social – and by ensuring the commitment of all actors to contribute to and adopt the solutions.
The Terre des Hommes and RMI programs will provide additional means of livelihood, quality education and health care in 100 villages throughout the mica mining region in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. The integrated approach also includes the creation of responsible workplace standards covering environmental, health and safety obligations that will be implemented by owners of mica mines and processors and efforts to enable a legal framework to regulate the sector.
“It’s an honor for the Responsible Mica Initiative to receive this esteemed recognition by the UN Forum,” explained Fanny Fremont, Executive Director, Responsible Mica Initiative. “It’s a testament to the commitment of all of our members and program partners who have joined forces to create a responsible and sustainable mica sector.”
Terre des Hommes is a founding partner of the Responsible Mica Initiative. The organizations conduct their programs in parallel, each focusing on different villages to maximize their impact, while leveraging the diverse stakeholder relationships they have developed that are critical to the success of their programs. (NewsVoir)



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Radiant Life Care, KKR to acquire majority stake in Max Healthcare through merger

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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): Radiant Life Care Private Limited (“Radiant”), a leading Indian hospital management company promoted by Abhay Soi and backed by global investment firm KKR, announced today that it has entered into a transaction whereby its shareholders will eventually acquire a majority stake in Max Healthcare Institute Limited (“Max Healthcare”) from Max India Limited (“Max India”).
The acquisition will be undertaken through a series of transactions, including Radiant’s purchase of a 49.7% stake in Max Healthcare from South Africa-based hospital operator Life Healthcare in an all cash deal, followed by demerger of Radiant’s healthcare assets into Max Healthcare which will result in KKR and Radiant promoter Abhay Soi together acquiring a majority stake in Max Healthcare.
The combination of Radiant and Max Healthcare will create the largest hospital network in North India, which will become among the top three hospital networks in India by revenue and the fourth largest in India in terms of operating beds. The merged entity will operate over 3,200 beds throughout 16 hospitals across India, including tertiary and quaternary care facilities offering high end critical and super speciality care supported by strong local brands such as BLK Hospital, Max Saket Hospital, Max Smart Hospital, Max Patparganj Hospital, and Nanavati Hospital.
The combined business is expected to provide significant growth potential and compelling business synergies. By providing best-in-class patient care, the combined business plans to address India’s growing demand for quality medical treatment.
Upon closing, Abhay Soi will lead the combined company as its Chairman, supported by a strong leadership team.
Abhay Soi, Chairman and Managing Director of Radiant, said, “Radiant has achieved significant growth and expansion during a time of rapid industry consolidation, and the proposed acquisition of a majority stake in Max Healthcare marks an exciting step forward in our strategy to increase scale by merging with a leading and complementary hospital network. We are fortunate to have strong support from KKR as we continue our mission of providing superior medical services in India.”
Analjit Singh, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Max Group, said, “Max Healthcare has been an integral part of my entrepreneurial journey and I can’t think of better partners than Radiant, backed by KKR, to carry forward this legacy. Over the years, the business has come to be known for its consistently high level of service and clinical excellence across 14 world class facilities, and to this day, it continues to set new benchmarks in clinical quality.
The merger offers significant growth potential with revenue and cost efficiencies to be extracted. Both Max and Radiant possess complementary sets of capabilities in running healthcare establishments and KKR brings with it extensive global experience and expertise in healthcare investments as well as capabilities in prudent financial management and efficient capital allocation.”
Sanjay Nayar, Member & CEO of KKR India, said, “We are excited to back Radiant’s efforts towards consolidation in the healthcare sector by helping them create an effective platform in India for the highest-quality healthcare service providers, best in class infrastructure, practices, doctors and management teams. The country’s private hospital market has grown rapidly in recent years, and we expect demand for quality healthcare to outpace overall economic growth as Indians demand better quality care. The combined business will enjoy a leadership position amongst the attractive metros of Delhi and Mumbai.”
Transaction Details
As per the Composite Scheme announced today by Max India, the transaction will be completed through the following steps:
i. Prior to the merger transaction involving Radiant and Max Healthcare, Max India will demerge its non- healthcare businesses (comprising of Max Bupa and Antara Senior Living) into a new wholly owned subsidiary of Max India whose shares will be listed separately on both BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited.
ii. This new company will be spun off, and shareholders of Max India will receive one share of INR 10/- each of the new company for every five shares of Rs 2/- each that they hold in existing Max India.
iii. Following the demerger and the spin-off, Radiant’s healthcare assets will be demerged into Max Healthcare which will then undertake a reverse merger with Max India to create Merged Max Healthcare (“Combined Entity” or “Merged Entity”). As a result of the reverse merger, shareholders of Max India will receive 99 shares of the Merged Entity of INR 10/- each for every 100 share of INR 2/- each that they hold in Max India.
iv. Post-merger, Max India will get dissolved without being wound up and subsequently the equity shares of the Merged Entity will get listed on both BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited.
v. Based on the share exchange ratio recommended in the valuation report issued by S.R. Batliboi & Co LLP and B.S.R Associates LLP, the resultant shareholding of the Combined Entity will be 51.9%, 23.2% and 7.0% (post sale of 4.99% as mentioned below) held by KKR, Abhay Soi and Max Promoters respectively, with the balance being held by public and other shareholders.
A record date will be fixed in due course by the Board of Max India in conjunction with the Board of Radiant.
The Combined Entity will be promoted by Abhay Soi and co-promoted by KKR. Max India’s current promoters (“Max Promoters”) will subsequently step down through the process of de-promoterisation after completion of the merger. KKR will also acquire an additional stake of 4.99% in the Merged Entity from Max Promoters, funded primarily from KKR Asian Fund III. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
The merged entity will continue to use the current brand name Max Healthcare, with appropriate adjustments to its logo.
Rationale
Consolidation of the healthcare business of Radiant with Max Healthcare in a single listed entity can create significant value for all stakeholders:
• One of the top three hospital chains in India
• Attractively positioned in two large healthcare markets
• Well recognized local brands
• Promoter led strong leadership team
• Balanced vintage mix of hospitals
• Track record of robust financial performance
• Significant potential to extract cost savings, realize synergies and improve margins
• Strong platform to consolidate through acquisitions of attractive healthcare assets. (ANI-BusinessWireIndia)



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Charcoal Eats comes to Silicon Valley of India

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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (NewsVoir): Charcoal Eats, a full-stack quick service restaurant (QSR) brand, launches its operation in Bengaluru with its new outlet at HSR Layout.
The 30 seater dine-in restaurant is spread over 500 sq. ft. and is managed by franchise partner, Miam Foods. The Bengaluru outlet launch comes soon after the company’s recent entry into Chennai, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Gandhinagar, and Indore.
With the new addition, Charcoal Eats now has 34 outlets across 12 Indian cities. The company plans to scale up its presence to 75 outlets across India by March 2019.
“Food is the common language that can unite people of different locations and generations. The fact that we have been warmly welcomed in all parts of the country, from Gurugram to Chennai, and Gandhinagar to Jamshedpur, gives us confidence that people of Bengaluru too will love our wide range of modern Indian flavours. The Silicon Valley of India is home to a multitude of young people from across the country looking for good food experiences and hence a key market for us,” said co-founder and CEO of Charcoal Eats, Anurag Mehrotra.
“We have served over half a million customers in the last 2 years with a high level of customer satisfaction and repeats. We are excited to be in Bengaluru, starting with HSR Layout, and look forward to serving the entire city very soon,” he further added.
“We are excited to partner with Charcoal Eats. The key factor for us is their focus on food quality and customer delight, and the fact that they were able to consistently deliver these across cities. We are confident of delighting consumers in Bengaluru with our delicious offerings and the overall Charcoal Eats experience,” said Mohit Kumar, Partner, Miam Foods.
Charcoal Eats prepares its food in best-in-class, modern, hygienic kitchens; uses high-quality ingredients, and strictly avoids any artificial flavours, colours or MSG. A direct impact of these measures can be seen in the company’s high repeat rate. The company which started with 6 biryani variants, today serves over 50 different options, ranging from their signature biryanis to a unique puff crust pizza, from juicy starters to mouthwatering curries, and for their younger audiences, addictively loaded French fries and soul-satisfying rolls.
In addition to walking up to the outlets, customers can access Charcoal Eats directly via its app, website or customer care number. Charcoal Eats is also available on all leading food platforms such as Uber Eats, Zomato, Swiggy, Foodpanda, etc. (NewsVoir)



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A star-studded launch for Elan Epic

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Actor Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan Launched the Project

New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (NewsVoir): Elan Group, one of the prestigious and fastest developing real estate developers in Gurugram, launched their luxury retail project-Epic.
As the name suggests, the launch was a star-studded one and the evening oozed of glamour and luxury.
Rakesh Kapoor, Chairman Elan Group said, “We are super excited to launch our new retail project in Gurugram. The strategy & planning of ELAN EPIC made this Project a Premium destination. The Epic is a one-of its kind destination with never before features.”
The glitzy event was hosted by the evergreen actor Anil Kapoor along with the ravishing Mandira Bedi. The grand evening was complemented by the performance of Mouni Roy & International ‘one of its kind’ Aerial Chandelier Act was performed by an Artist from Germany, star rapper Badshah, Singer Jasmine Walia & red carpet welcome by Shenaz Treasurywala made the evening rock. The group also contributed as a good cause to Being Human Foundation owned by Salman Khan.
“In today’s time we see a considerable shift in lifestyle; now the retail destination has widened its horizons. Attributing to it we have executed some of the most astonishing and highly appreciated projects in Gurugram. With the launch of Elan Epic, we aspire to offer high-end luxury retail that will raise the bar and set a new benchmark in Indian retail,” said Ravish Kapoor, Director, Elan Group.
Strategically situated between high-density residential zone of Sec-70, Gurugram, the project will be ‘The Destination for the generation next’. Sprawling over an area of 4 acres with a built up area of 0.7 million sq. ft, Elan Epic will be a new destination “away from heat & dust” by design. Elan Epic will be India’s first commercial project with such a large water body. The project is skillfully designed by UHA London. Elan Epic will provide new retail experience to its end-users enabling them to spend quality time with friends, family & kids. The project is different from the rest due to its unique and eco-friendly architecture.
The project is located on a corner and east facing plot along a 90 metres wide major arterial road. Central Atrium has a space-frame roof with hanging creepers that gives a rain forest view. The multiplex brags of 5 screens highlighting Premier, Gold Class.
The Possession date will be the end of 2021. Elan Group has three more projects under construction- Elan Mercado in Sector 80, and Elan Town Centre in Sector 67 and Elan Miracle at Sector 84, all located along major growth corridors in Gurugram.
Other Facilities
-Free Wi-Fi Zone.
-4 Exclusive floating Restaurants
-Well connected floors through highly visible 18 no. of Escalators for high footfall on all the levels.
-Vertical Green Walls with air Purifying Plants in Public Plazas.
-Double Height Shops
Hanging Pods with highly reflective surface creating Unique & dynamic ambience. (NewsVoir)



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Meeraas 2018, an evening of soulful Ghazals honoring Majrooh Sultanpuri

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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (NewsVoir): The well-known literature foundation, Pasbaan-e-Adab’s, most awaited event, Meeraas 2018 – an evening of soulful ghazals, on 22nd December 2018 at Y B Chauhan Auditorium, Nariman Point, Mumbai was in honor of Majrooh Sultanpuri.
A memorable evening with Janab Andalib Sultanpuri, son of Shri Majrooh Sultanpuri in the presence of his family and fans from the literature fraternity and the Indian film industry, was an honor for the musicians, singers and team of Pasbaan-e-Adab to compose his unsung poetry and ghazals to be able to share it with a packed audience on Saturday evening.
Evening commenced with Shri Quaiser Khalid, IGP Mumbai Police, honoring the support and guidance from Janab Andalib Sultanpuri for sharing the book of Janab Majrooh Sultanpuri holding his handwritten ghazals and poetry for the team to compose the music and perform it.
Thanking and in gratitude, of the team of Pasbaan-e-Adab, Shri Quaiser Khalid felicitated the team members for their contribution of valuable time and support to bring together a memorable evening for all.
The trio singers, Rehman, Sujata and Humayun brought the evening alive with the guidance of Janab Andalib by presenting to the audience works of his legendary father’s most treasured and loved ghazals.
Presenting a glimpse of the recordings of the ghazals recited by Majrooh Sahab was the inertia that catapult the compositions sung by the singers.
Audience enjoyed compositions such as, “Nighahein zaki”, “main akela hi chala, tha janib-e-manzil magar log saath aate gaye aur karvan banta gaya” sung by Rahman ji, Sujata ji and Humanyun ji to loud applauses and asking for repeat performances.
With music and TV personalities also in the audience, Shri Quaiser Khalid acknowledged their presence. Sanjeevni (from Qareeb movie fame) sang a few old movie numbers written by Majrooh Sultanpuri such as “aayee eh mehrbaan”, “Ankhon Se Jo Utri Hai” to an enthralling applause from the audience.
Keeping the requests from the audience in mind, the trio singers performed numbers like “chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko”, “awaaz mein na dungha”, “monica oh my darling” . truly a memorable evening from the unheard and uncomposed to the most famous ground-breaking songs of the golden era of the Indian film and music Industry.
Pasbaan-e-Adab – Introduction
The younger generation of our times is getting detached from their traditional and cultural roots due to influences of different cultures. Change is always difficult and though we learn from other cultures, keeping our heritage and culture alive by spreading the knowledge about its richness and depth is crucial for the next generations to be able to access, learn and value it.
Pasbaan-e-Adab, stands for protecting the patrons of literature. The foundation aims to spread and maintain the country’s historical and cultural values. This was the primary reason for which Pasbaan-e-adab was formed.
In the past decade, the foundation has organized many programs, promoting peace and harmony through Literature. As an institution it has grown to welcome an elite audience with willingness to learn and grow their understanding of Literature in various languages and forms in the company of the most renowned poets of the country.
It includes, Izhaar – International Poetry Festival, Anubhuti – Quality Hindi Literature, Meraas – Heritage portraying our ancestral heritage, Kavyanjali – Literary works from Marathi Poets & Literati.
These programs are conducted in the Hindi, Urdu and Marathi languages respectively. The programs include International Literature Festival, adapting well-known literature writings with a musical representation, discussions and views on various writings by the poets and writers. (NewsVoir)



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ipsaa plans to operate 200 day care centres by 2020

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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 (NewsVoir): ipsaa, India’s largest, independently owned chain of day care centres today announced the company’s plans to operate 200 centres in India within the next 24 months.
Speaking on the expansion plans, Kanchan Mittal, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at ipsaa said, “Growing working population in India has led to significant demand of credible and quality child care. We have observed a substantial increase in demand from tier 2 cities, and will be instituting over 125 new centres in the regions of Ranchi, Coimbatore, among other cities within the next 24 months.”
The company currently operates over 75 centres in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Goa, Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata. With an employee strength of 400, the centres have capacity of over 6000 children. ipsaa plans to triple the centre capacities with the new launches.
A recent survey revealed that poor quality of child care is one of the main reasons why women quit from work, and ipsaa’s mission is to support quality childcare and support women in pursuing their careers and aspirations.
Last year, the maternity act transformed the day care industry in India, and the opportunities have become multifold in the sector, for both unique day care centres, and corporate day care centres. Apart from key residential centres, ipsaa operates day care centres at HDFC ERGO, ICICI and many other institutions.
In 2017, the company also acquired Mumbai based chain of day care centres, ICPL to have a strong foothold in western India. (NewsVoir)



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33 items moved from 18% slab: Puducherry CM

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Puducherry CM V Narayanaswamy and Finance Ministers of Kerala and Uttarakhand, Thomas Issac and Prakash Pant after the 31st GST Council meeting on Saturday (photo:ANI)

New Delhi [India], Dec 22 (ANI): After attending the 31st Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy on Saturday said that 33 items have now moved from the 18 per cent slab to 12 per cent and 5 per cent categories.
“33 items have come down from 18 per cent to 12 per cent and 5 per cent as they are common man’s consumption goods,” Narayanaswamy told reporters after the meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Narayanaswamy added that the Congress’s demand of all goods coming down to 18 per cent category and below was agreed by the central government.
Uttarakhand Finance Minister Prakash Pant said that 22 goods have come down from the 28 per cent slab. He informed that items including television, auto parts and computers are included.
“Only the luxury and sins goods items remain in the 28 per cent slab. GST on real estate will be discussed in the next GST Council meeting,” he added.
Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said that the issue of disaster cess, needed for additional revenue for mobility owing to the flash floods in the state, would be discussed in the next GST Council meeting.
Talking about today’s meeting, Isaac told reporters: “As of now, there are 34 items in the 28 per cent slab, which contributes to a quarter of total revenue to GST. Six items have been removed, like certain parts of automobiles and so on. There were also lots of clarifications in regard to the service sector.”
He informed that the introduction of a composition scheme for small-scale service producers has been accepted in-principle, adding that the rate and threshold level will be determined later.
In the 30th meeting, chaired by Jaitley via video conferencing, the agenda revolved around the administerial progress made in the GST system. Discussions also took place on the necessity to levy cess in case of exigencies. (ANI)



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Mu Sigma connects with underserved youth through muPathshala program

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Shukla Bose, Founder of Parikrma Humanity Foundation, with Parikrma students and muPathshala mentors from Mu Sigma

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Dec 22 (NewsVoir): After the successful launch of the muPathshala program in June 2018, Mu Sigma has partnered with Parikrma Humanity Foundation to help enable equitable outcomes for the underserved students of today.
Supporting around 100 students, the muPathshala program provides access to the company’s innovation lab, including exposure to machine learning and AI to solve real world problems, giving birth to a new breed of Junior Decision Scientists.
After the successful completion of Mu Sigma High, across several schools in the US, Mu Sigma, a Big Data Analytics and Decision Sciences Company had introduced muPathshala in June this year to create a new league of students who are future-ready.
“One should not be excited about what one knows, but more importantly about what one does not know. Mu Sigma is built on this simple principle that learning is more important than knowing. Through muPathshala we want to inculcate the mindset of problem-solving at a very early stage and create talent that has the interdisciplinary skills the world needs,” said Dhiraj Rajaram, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Mu Sigma.
Mu Sigma’s signature learning program, muPathshala aims to create a new breed of Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Engineers, Doctors, Teachers, Artists, Musicians and Sportspeople. Equipped to embrace the VUCA world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, and thrive in it, this program will expose high schoolers to real-world problems and share how Mu Sigma innovates for Global Fortune 500 companies while solving some of their toughest problems.
This time, through the muPathshala program, Mu Sigma and Parikrma Foundation will ensure that students who come from varied socio-economic backgrounds and do not have access to the realm of decision sciences gain that necessary exposure. The opportunities available to these children are extremely restricted. The muPathshala program provides exposure to the real-world experience and an academic flavor of data driven decision making which allows the students to tap into their potential by widening their horizon.
The program is spread over five weeks where the students are grouped in teams. They are provided a Mu Sigma mentor to work with and assigned mini-projects with realistic data to work on. Taken through different aspects of data driven decision making, the students are guided through breaking down a problem in a structured manner, analyzing data to validate various hypotheses and then providing recommendations to a mock customer. Upon successful completion of this high intensity workshop, students graduate with a Junior Decision Scientist Certificate from Mu Sigma.
Parikrma Humanity Foundation was founded in 2003 by Shukla Bose. It operates on a 360-degree development model, supporting various aspects of a child’s life. The Foundation provides three meals a day, comprehensive healthcare, counseling, community support for parents, etc.
“Parikrma also believes in an end-to-end (e2e) model in which the child is supported from age 5 to age 25, ensuring that they break out of a cycle of poverty, which they call completing ‘The Circle of Life’. Their Final Leap program aids a student in choosing the right professional course which matches their strengths and interests or provides scholarships to pursue college or vocational training. We feel fortunate to partner with Mu Sigma for the program,” said Shukla Bose, the Founder of Parikrma Humanity Foundation.
Mu Sigma aims to run the program in at least 30 progressive schools globally by 2019. (NewsVoir)



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Bengaluru students showcase sustainable solutions at Green Hackathon

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Adhya Menda, Founder and CEO of WeRise along with the winning schools

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Dec 22 (BusinessWire India): WeRise, a social enterprise initiated by Adhya Menda, a student of Mallya Aditi International School in association with The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) introduced Green Hackathon 2018, a platform for schools students of Bengaluru that addresses the civic issues of the city and provide innovative tech solutions to promote sustainable living in the most scalable, impactful and cost effective way.
With the overarching theme of innovative technological solutions to promote sustainable living, the event kick-started with over 500 students, from about 100 entries in Bengaluru to present innovative ideas on sustainability and natural resource management at RMZ Ecoworld, Bellandur.
Criteria for evaluation pivoted around five key environmental concerns – environmental impact, idea innovation, technical maturity, scalability and business value. The students designed and developed working model solutions which could benefit society at large. Some of these solutions were put together with the use of open data, design thinking and a change-making approach.
“The Green Hackathon is all about inspiring young school children to think about innovative technological solutions for real world community issues that bother us in our daily life. I strongly believe these young school children can contribute to building solutions to the most pressing environmental and civic problems of our times. Through this platform we want to create an opportunity for every young visionary to showcase their innovation that can make a difference in the city we live in,” Adhya Menda, Founder and CEO, WeRise.
“The Green Hackathon is a project based learning strategy that enables students to grapple with present day environmental issues of Bengaluru and provides solutions to these. While doing so, it also helps students enhances their knowledge and accentuate their skill sets. The participation of schools and their effort and commitment has been commendable,” Saltanat Kazi, Fellow, TERI.
The event was a representative of pockets of excellence the city’s children have in store. Some of the winning solutions under the senior category include:
-First Prize was bagged by Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College for their Hack named ‘CAP’ – Collision Avoiding Program, A hack that picks up any obstruction on the railway track and send the range and size of animals to the nearest railway station so as to avoid wildlife being killed by trains, the same can be replicated to other modes of transport. The team received a cheque worth Rs 40,000.
-Runners up – Mahila Seva Samaj – Hack name 3S – One solution is an app that has been developed to alert water leakages for household level. The team received a cheque worth Rs 25,000.
-Consolation – Army Public School PRTC – Hack Name Hydro-matic is a hack that integrates present day hydroponic system with technology and automates actions that is required for maintaining a hydroponic garden. The team received a cheque worth Rs 15000.
In the Junior category, the winners include:
-Carmel High School who presented efficient innovation with their hack Named “SWIPE -O- USE”, where RFID card is used to register the user and account the water consumption so as to bring about behavioural change. The team received a cheque worth Rs 40,000.
-National Public School, Banashankari school devised a hack titled ‘transforming the way we commute’, that automated the bus seat arrangements during peak hours to ensure that more commuters could travel at ease. The team received a cheque worth Rs 25,000.
-Sarvodaya National Public School designed a hack named ‘Sensible’ to avoid entry of wildlife in human settlement area by having an automated collapsible fencing. The team received a cheque worth Rs 15000.
The event also witnessed two (Ink Talk session for schools) conducted by Sumesh Mangalassery, Panellist, Copenhagen Climate Change, Founder of NGO Kabani and Akanksha Priyadarshini, Co- Founder and Chief Product Officer on sustainable topics that included Resilience and Sustainable communities, Sustainability in Food Revolution respectively.
The event was mentored and judged by industry experts, Jyothi Mehra, Curator, Sri. Visweshwarraiah Industrial and Technological Museum Bangalore, Janak Mistry, Design Principal Shristi School of Arts, Design and Technology, Sunil Kumar, Senior Science and Innovation advisor, British Deputy High Commission, India, Shweta Srivastava, Associate Dean, School of Environment, Law and Planning at Srishti, George Varghese, Senior Tech Consultant and Advisor for WASH, Bangalore, Dr. Shoba Anand Reddy of Indian Institute for Human Settlement, Dr. Sridhar Babu and Vijay Kumar of TERI, Jiji Thomas from RMZ Corp. (BusinessWire India)



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