Tuesday, 26 June 2018

NIIT introduces Just-in-Time job ready talent


PUNE: NIIT Limited, a global leader in Skills and Talent Development, announced first-of-its-kind strategic initiative - Talent Pipeline as a Service (TPaaS), to ensure reliable availability of specifically skilled talent to global organizations to match the pace of expansion in today’s fast changing, uncertain business environment. 

NIIT will train around 1,00,000 youth in 3 years for aspirational career opportunities in leading corporates in the IT & BFSI Sectors through this initiative. The IT sector is facing uncertainty of demand and would like to move to a Just-in-Time hiring model. The sector also needs talent that is specifically skilled on digital technologies so that they can positively contribute to projects from day first.

The BFSI sector is having to deal with a situation, wherein the work profile is changing dramatically. As per the BCG report titled “Indian Banking 2020: Making the Decade’s Promise Come True”, by 2020, 70% of banking & finance jobs would be in sales and/or relationship management. This requires new skills sets to be hired across the BFSI sector.

This changed scenario, calls for responsive and reliable talent pipelines which provide the capability to deliver specifically skilled, ready to deploy Just-in-Time talent that can deliver outcomes from day 1. NIIT’s Talent Pipeline as a Service (TPaaS) reliably delivers against this promise.

NIIT has specifically created bespoke career programs for leading corporates in the IT & BFSI sectors as per their business needs. Leading Banks, BFSI companies and a Tier 1 IT Services Company will be serviced under this initiative during the initial phase.

TPaaS also offers unique opportunity to students to chart an aspirational career with global organizations in today’s uncertain times. Students opting for career programs under TPaaS are assured placement with leading corporates on successful completion of the program.

Speaking on this significant initiative, Sapnesh Lalla, CEO NIIT Ltd. said, “Being in the talent development business for over three decades, NIIT understands the pressures that global organizations are facing due to non-availability of talent specific to their business needs. Therefore, in today’s changing environment NIIT would like to be a reliable partner servicing specific talent needs at the time businesses need the talent. Talent Pipeline as a Service (TPaaS) is our attempt to identify and groom the best Just-in-Time job ready talent for the emerging roles in organisations, to keep pace with changing business models.”

Shivaji Maharaj's coronation ceremony at Sinhgad


PUNE: The golden moment of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Coronation ceremony was celebrated on Sinhagad fort first time with loud cheers of ‘Har har mahadev’, ‘Jai Bhavani, Jai Shivrai’, ‘Chhtrapati Sambhaji Maharaj ki jai.’

Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, Pune city had organized a grand greetings celebration event on the auspicious occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Coronation ceremony and Dharmaveer Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj’s birth anniversary according to the Marathi calendar at Sinhagad fort.

Traditional instruments like dhol-tasha being played, beautiful rangolis, saffron flags, flowering on the traditional Palkhi with the idol of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and followers in huge numbers. To re-experience this moment in history, people gathered in massive numbers at Sinhagad fort.

At this occasion, MLA Bhimrao Tapkir, western Maharashtra co-minister Vivek Kulkarni, Pune metropolitan minister Kishor Chavan, Dr. Shital Malsure, Ajit Apte, Shahir Hemant Mavale, Shahir Shrikant Renake, corporator Vrushali Chaudhari, Prasanna Jagtap, Ramesh Konde, Lala Jawalkar, Sachin Pasalkar, Navnath Parge, Shrikant Chillal, Tushar Kulkarni, Nitin Mahajan, Ketan Ghodake, Shripad Ramdasi, Sampat Charwad, Sharad Jagtap, Rajesh Jadhav, Amar Satpute, Datta Tonde were amongst the dignitaries present.

The celebration event commenced at Veer Baji Pasalkar Samadhi near Rajaram Bridge to Sinhagad parking area with a grand 2-wheeler rally. This was followed by a grand celebration with Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s idol placed in a palkhi along with traditional instruments like dhol tashas being played.

On this occasion, the idol of Shivaji Maharaj was consecrated at the hands of the descendents of Tanaji Malusare, Dr. Shital Malusare. Shahir Shrikant Renake gave a poetic honor to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and temples were worshiped of Chatrapati Rajaram Maharaj’s idol.

Kishor Chavan said, Naraveer Tanaji Malusure won this fort quoting ‘First priority to winning the fort.’ To celebrate and re-experience the coronation ceremony of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and birth anniversary of Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj a huge crowd has gathered on the Sinhagad fort.

He further said that this golden moment in the history should be celebrated on every fort in Maharashtra. Sainath Kadam, Sameer Rupde, Dhananjay Gaikwad, Sachin Lohokare, Yogesh Deshpande, Sanjay Pawale, Nana Kshirsagar, Ravi Bodake, Sachin Gulanikar, Vishak Kadu were amongst the organizing committee for the program.

RBI plans on ensuring ATM security by banks’ funding


PUNE (MUMBAI): The Confederation of ATM Industry (CATMi), while welcoming the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) notification dated 21st June mandating control measures for ATMs, has proposed that the banks should bear the additional expenses on security for all ATMs branded in bank’s name.

According to CATMi, recent compliance-related directives such as the Cash management/logistics, Cassette Swap etc. asks for sizable investments that may account for up to 40% of the cost of ATM machines.

The ATM industry association also made a case for White Label ATMs (WLAs) or ATMs that are owned by private operators and not banks. It called for an increase in the prevailing interchange rate to enable such ATM operators make such sizable investments in future.

CATMi spokesperson and BTI Payments Pvt. Ltd CEO K Srinivas explained, “WLAs today are on a very weak viability structure as the cost of transactions are way higher vis-à-vis the interchange fee the operators receive. The cost of compliance, especially for WLAs, may put the already-stressed operators into further viability turmoil.”

“WLA operators are the only entities deploying ATMs in underpenetrated rural areas. With this additional cost of compliance and cash management costs, future deployments may come to a grinding halt unless interchange is increased on a priority basis,” he added.

ATM growth in the country is already at standstill whilst the card issuance continues aggressively powered by PMJDY and other Govt initiatives. Banks especially PSBs are in a rapid shut-down spree on ATMs. As a result of these, the debit card to ATM ratio has spiked; meaning there are more ATMs needed to ensure ubiquitous coverage to these new card holders across the country, especially in semi urban and rural areas. These investments, whilst good for the industry as a whole, need to be funded in the form of an increase in the interchange fee paid by the card issuers to the deployers of ATMs, else we will continue to see a lull in expansion of the much needed ATM network in the country,” said Lalit Sinha, Director General, CATMi.                                                                             

CATMi proposed that the RBI should take all stakeholders including banks and ATM service providers into consideration to find out the way forward to ensure compliance to the newly announced measures.

Pune volunteers create awareness about cloth bags


PUNE: With Maharashtra state calling for a complete ban on plastic across the cities, city NGO eCoexist has developed a thin cloth bag for groceries and shopping purposes. Interestingly, residents and other environment lovers have come forward to market them and create awareness about their use across the city.

“To meet the demand for a simple and affordable cloth bag, we have developed a thin cotton bag which can be retailed at Rs 20 only. This bag offers an income of Rs 7 per bag to the women who make it. Marketing of the bag is done for free and other overheads are borne by eCoexist. To enable the widespread distribution of these bags, we invited individuals and NGOs to participate in the network and sent stocks of the cloth bags to people across Pune,” said Manisha Gutman, co-founder eCoexist.

Bibvewadi resident Nitin Suryavanshi is one of the volunteers helping to create cloth bag awareness, and helping him in his mission is his 8-year-old daughter who is going door-to-door in their society, meeting people and explaining to them why one should convert from plastic to cloth bag.

“The demand for cloth bag will begin slowly, but that is not the only reason why I opted to be a volunteer. We are helping the needy women get a sustainable way of living and also creating a livelihood by giving them the work of stitching cloth bags, thus, serving a dual purpose,” he said.

Tejaswini Deshpande, another volunteer in Aundh, has sold 75 cloth bags since morning and, “There are plenty of queries for bulk orders, though there are mixed reactions about the plastic ban,” she said, adding, “Many are concerned about the planet, but at the

same time doubting the implementation.”

Mumbai-Pune E-way toll decision in 9 weeks: State


PUNE (MUMBAI): The Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court it would take nine weeks to decide whether toll should be collected on the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway as it was awaiting a report from the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).

A division bench of Justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing public interest litigations (PILs) filed by four activists seeking that the right of the contractor, Mhaiskar Infrastructure Private Limited, to collect toll on the expressway be revoked. According to the petitions, the contractor has already recovered the cost of the project as per its agreement with the state authorities and, despite that, it continues to collect toll, thereby making "wrongful gain".

Last July, the state government had informed the high court that the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) had initiated a discreet inquiry into the allegations. The court had, earlier this month, directed the ACB to produce before it files pertaining to the inquiry and also sought to know from the government and MSRDC if it has taken any decision on whether the toll should continue to be collected on the expressway. Government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani today submitted the inquiry files in a sealed report.

"The MSRDC's remark on whether or not toll should be collected is expected in three weeks. The government, after receiving the remark, would take a final decision in six weeks thereafter," Vagyani said. The bench posted the petitions for further hearing on July 2. According to the pleas, the contractor has recovered Rs 2,869 crore that it was entitled to and was now making wrongful gains by continuing to collect the toll.

In March 2017, the petitioners had complained to the ACB to initiate action against public servants, involved individually and collectively, for failing to revoke the contractor's right to collect toll even after the completion of the contracted toll income.When the ACB did not take any action, the activists petitioned the high court in April that year.

Monday, 25 June 2018

MIT organises National Felicitation Ceremony of UPSC


PUNE: MAEER’s MIT School of Government (MIT SOG) - Civil Services Training Institute (CST) has organized the 10th National Level Felicitation Ceremony of UPSC CSE – 2017 toppers.

All India Rank 1 – Anudeep Durshetty, All India Rank 2 – Ms.Anu Kumari, All India Rank 3 – Sachin Gupta and Maharashtra Rank 1-  Girish Dilip Badole (All India Rank- 20),Maharashtra Rank 2-  Digvijay Bodke (All India Rank- 54),Maharashtra Rank 3-  Dr. Suyash Chavan (All India Rank- 56) other 125 toppers  will be felicitated on 29th June 2018 at Pune. The UPSC toppers will be interacting with UPSC aspirants appearing for Civil Services Examinations. This is the 10th year of felicitation by MIT School of Government (MIT SOG). 

The felicitation ceremony will be held in the presence of Kamalesh Sharma (IFS Retd), Former Secretary General, The Commonwealth of Nations, Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis, PVSM, AVSM VM (Retd.) & Smt. Aruna M. Bahugunaji, Former Director, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy. The function will be presided over by Prof.Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad , Founder President, MIT World Peace University, Pune. Prof. Rahul Karad, Executive President, MIT World Peace University will be present for the function.

To attend the ceremony students / aspirants have to register on www.mitcst.com
Students from all over India can log on to website www.mitcst.com  to see the live streaming of the ceremony.

A month on, SPPU’s sports plan is directionless


PUNE: A month after former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched Mission Young India Fit India, it remains on paper. Savitribai Phule Pune University has no action plan about the programme launched with much fanfare.

There were voices of concern from various quarters within the varsity at the time of the launch as no student was invited despite the authorities saying that the mission is to promote fitness among students.

Moreover, there were no details about the mission given during the speeches or after. Deepak Mane, head of the department of Physical Education, had no answers then about the budget for the mission, the plan of action and the absence of students on the list of invitees to the event.

He said it should be “looked at in a positive manner.” He added that there would be a meeting about an action plan. A month later, nothing has been done, he said. When questioned, Mane said, “We are doing our duty.”

A student on the condition of anonymity said, “Many varsity officials feel they are not answerable to anyone and half the schemes announced remain on paper. Living in the hostels is pitiable and the mess food is not good. There are no facilities for disabled students. They must do more for the students.”

Youthville makes Pune students feel at home


PUNE: Everything has changed for the young in the country from their clothes, food, bikes and cars to how they bank and communicate. But time has stood still in student hostels- cramped rooms, bare necessities and unappetising food. The alternative is poorly run private hostels, living as paying guests or sharing apartments in not-so-welcoming environs.

Real estate services consultancy JLL in its ‘Student Housing: A new dawn in Indian real estate’ report says India has 34 million students in the higher education space with 74% concentrated in the top 10 states and the unmet demand for student housing is very high. The total number of beds in campus housing and private hostels currently available in India is close to 6.1 million and there is unmet demand in all these markets in the student housing segment, says the JLL report.

Start-ups are seizing this opportunity thrown up by the demand-supply gap for quality student housing in the country. Among the early movers in this space is Pune-based Youthville Serviced Hostel. Vineet Goyal, founder of Youthville, says the college and university hostels available currently are rundown and have not been upgraded with the needs of the students.

Thus, he saw an opportunity to provide better facilities and make it a more memorable experience. Goyal belongs to the promoter family behind Pune-based real estate company Kohinoor Group. For Goyal, this was about exploring a new asset class in real estate which offers better returns than office and retail real estate. Pune gets three lakh students every year with around 10-15% of them migrant students, while beds on offer in the existing hostel rooms total 5,000-8,000.

Youthville started operations in Pune in September 2017 with 129 beds and will have its first full year from this coming academic year. It is exclusively for girls as security is a big concern and there is willingness to play for a safe and secure facility. “Around 100-odd students have already confirmed for this year and by June 2018 we will be at full capacity,” says Goyal. The second project in Pune will see 260 more beds added with target of reaching 3,000 beds in 18 months in Pune. Around 300 beds could come up in Nagpur.

Currently bookings for Youthville are done directly with students filling the admission form along with the necessary details. Youthville has set up kiosks in a few colleges where students can connect with the hostel. Bookings are for the whole academic year. Students can also search for rooms online but this will not be for this academic session. Youthsville is listed in online hostel marketplaces but it will be valid only till June 30.

Goyal plans to go pan-India in five to seven years and have 25,000-plus beds. “We will be investing around Rs 50 crore this year and look to invest around Rs 100 crore in next three years,” says Goyal. The start-up is also talking to equity players to raise funds and expand. Goyal says some colleges have approached it to be their outsourced partner and take over their hostels and operate them. Given that running a hostel in not an educational institution’s core competence area, these institutes want to outsource the hostel to his company while they focus on the academics, says Goyal.

Youthville’s yearly fees on triple sharing basis works out to Rs 1,35,000 per bed per year while on twin sharing it is Rs 1,83,000 per bed per year. Food will cost another Rs 36,000 annually. The first of the Youthville hostel is only for girls but in future it will be for both boys and girls with separate entrance and access. These hostels will come up in the 5 km-radius of educational institutions and will be slotted in the mid-segment. Goyal says there is demand for high-end student housing and it could add that to the portfolio.

To offer a better living experience, Youthville has well-appointed rooms with bed, study table cupboard, wi-fi and air-conditioner (optional). There is cafeteria, laundromat, library, fitness studio, games room, equipped music room AV room to watch movies or sports events, doctor on call and shuttle service. A small kitchen on every floor is also provided. Security is provided with access control with surveillance cameras in common areas. Events, picnics and birthday celebrations are organised in the premises. Food is served as per menu created, managed and maintained by the students. Goyal says there is a strict ‘no-alcohol, no-drugs and no-ragging’ policy with zero tolerance for any breach. The hostel wardens are replaced by Youthville Buddy, who handhold the student and are their go-to-person for anything they need to make the whole process an enjoyable experience, says Goyal.

Youthville is not the only one. There are others who have already been here. Stanza Living, a student living start-up co-founded by Sandeep Dalmia and Anindya Dutta, has gone up from 100 to 2,000 beds in around a year across Delhi, Noida and Dehradun with plans to go to 10,000 beds in 12 to 18 months across the country. There is Saket Jalan’s Campus Students Communities with student hostels in Bengaluru and Mumbai, Shobhit Maleta’s Inde Campus Student Accommodation and Satyanarayana Vejella’s Aarusha Homes which have identified opportunities in this segment.

“Student housing is a thriving asset class in established markets of the US and the UK, and a fairly large but emerging market in Australia. India however, has a lot to catch-up to do given that we are only making a start now,” says Ramesh Nair, CEO and country head, JLL India. “Student housing has tremendous potential for developers, it provides a window to diversify from presently turbulent sectors to mainstream real estate. For asset management entities and funds, it is an emerging segment with potential to offer returns much higher than established assets,” adds Nair.

Lack of options pushes vendors to violate plastic ban


PUNE: Purchasing over a kg of mangoes from a makeshift stall in Wanowrie can get you a plastic bag, though preferably after sunset. “There is a risk, but then we do take risks all the time. We have set up our stall in an unauthorized place and always have problems with the police. We know about the ban, but then our business is small. We can’t afford to spend additional money for other forms of carry bags. Paper bags can’t be used for heavy fruits like apple, orange or mango or semi wet fruits such as grapes,” said a vendor.

He, however, admitted that precaution is a must for them. “We first ask the customers if they have brought a bag with them. If they are buying fruits in small amounts, we do not encourage then. But if someone has bought 2kg of mangoes, it is not wise to deny the bags as they will visit another shop. We are giving them plastic bags, preferably during evening hours,” he said.

Along Salunke Vihar Road, a couple was on Sunday spotted trying to convince an ice cream seller about something. Within minutes, the seller was seen bringing out a small plastic bag, packing a few ice cream cups in a hurry and handing it over to the couple. “What can I do? They are my regular customers. And they were buying nine cups of ice cream. They should have brought a bag, but then they forgot. And being a businessman, I can’t let a customer go, ” he told.

At the food court of Amanora Town Centre, salespersons at a north Indian snack stall was seen packing a plate of food in a plastic disposable bowl and then putting it in a plastic bag for a customer. As pune-news.com reporter asked them about the ban, one of them said, “I can’t say anything on the ban.”

द ऑफेंडर - स्टोरी ऑफ अ क्रिमीनल चित्रपट प्रदर्शित

पुणे: ऑफेंडर - स्टोरी ऑफ क्रिमिनल हा चित्रपट विविध मान्यवरांच्या उपस्थित प्रदर्शित झाला. अभिरुची सिटी प्राईड येथे प्रीमियर शो प्रसंगी रुपाली चाकणकर, माजी महापौर दत्तात्रय धनकवडे, माजी स्थायी समिती अध्यक्षविशाल तांबे, युवराज बेलदारे, एपीआय ज्योती गडकरी , अनिल डफल  सहित चित्रपटातील कलाकार निर्माते दिग्दर्शक उपस्थित होते.
चित्रपट क्षेत्रातील कोणतीही माहिती नसताना केवळ जिद्दीच्या जोरावर सात जणांनी एक चित्रपट बनवावा, त्याचे सेन्सॉर बोर्डमध्ये कौतुक व्हावे आणि त्याला आंतरराष्ट्रीय पातळीवर 4 अवॉर्ड्स मिळावेत; ही गोष्ट स्वप्नवत वाटते ना? पण हे स्वप्न नसून सत्य आहे.
ऑफेंडर - स्टोरी ऑफ क्रिमीनलहा केवळ सात मित्रांच्या जिद्दीतून उभा राहिलेला थरारपट  शुक्रवारी महाराष्ट्रातील थिएटर्समध्ये रिलीज झाला आहे.  या चित्रपटाची कथा डॉ. अमित कांबळे यांची असून, संकलन-दिग्दर्शन अर्जुन महाजन यांनी केले आहे.या चित्रपटात अर्जुन महाजन, डॉ. अमित (श्रीराम) कांबळे, दिप्ती इनामदार, अनिकेत सोनवणे, दिनेश पाटील, सोमनाथ जगताप, सुरज दहिरे, शिवाजी कापसे आणि लव्हनिस्ट यांनी भूमिका केल्या आहेत. सह-दिग्दर्शन सोमनाथ जगताप, छायाचित्रण अनिकेत सोनवणे, कला ध्वनी विभाग दिनेश पाटील, सुरज दहिरे आणि शिवाजी कापसे यांनी सांभाळले आहे. दिप्ती इनामदार यांनी वेशभुषा सांभाळली आहे. अर्जुन महाजन यांनी या चित्रपटासाठी 2 गाणी लिहिली असून, आरोह-कृष्णा-सुजीत यांनी संगित दिले आहे. चित्रपटातीलअशी तु माझी होशील काहे गाणे चांगलेच गाजले असून, सामाजिक संदेश देणारेघे भरारीहे गाणे देखील प्रेक्षकांच्या पसंतीस उतरत आहे.
या चित्रपटाविषयी बोलताना या चित्रपटाचे दिग्दर्शक अर्जुन महाजन यांनी सांगितले, कोणताही नायक नसलेला केवळ खलनायकांची गोष्ट बनवणे आव्हानात्मक होते. या चित्रपटात कुणीही नायक नाही. सर्वच पात्रे खलनायक आहेत. त्यांना खलनायक बनवते ते त्यांची वैचारिक परिस्थिती. या चित्रपटातून आम्हाला व्यक्तीच गुन्हेगार असते, असे नव्हे तर कधी कधी परिस्थितीही गुन्हेगार असू शकते, हा संदेश द्यायचा होता. म्हणून ऑफेंडरची निर्मिती  झाली.
या चित्रपटाचे लेखक डॉ. अमित कांबळे यांनी, मी स्वतः एक डॉक्टर असल्यामुळे मला गुन्हेगार आणि त्यांची सायकॉलॉजी यांची माहिती होती. त्यामुळे ऑफेंडर करताना मला काय लिहायचे आहे, याची पूर्ण कल्पना होती. मात्र, ती प्रत्यक्षात उतरवणे तितकेच आव्हानात्मक होते. कारण चित्रपट क्षेत्रातील कसलिही माहिती नसताना आम्ही केवळ सात जणांनी सोबत येऊन सिनेमा करणे, हे अतिशय आव्हानात्मक होते. या चित्रपटातून आम्ही खूप काही शिकलो, खूप चुकाही केल्या. पण आमच्या सर्वांच्या कष्टाचे फळ आता सर्वांच्या समोर येत आहे, याचा आम्हाला खूप आनंद आहे., असे सांगितले.
एक क्रिमीनल सायकॉलॉजिस्ट डॉ. नितीन नाईक, त्यांचा एक पेशंट शैलेश पिंगळे आणि डॉ. नाईक यांची पत्नी कला, यांच्या जीवनात घडणार्या विविध गोष्टींची एकत्र कथा या निमित्ताने मराठी सिनेमाच्या पडद्यावर आली आहे. सस्पेन्स थ्रीलर वर्गात मोडणारा हा सिनेमा 3 वेगवेगळ्या कथांना एकाचवेळी पडद्यावर दाखवतो, हे या सिनेमाचे बलस्थान आहे.