Friday, July 26, 2019

COEP, MCCIA, Cummins launches new course


PUNE: To reduce carbon footprints, COEP, Cummins College, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SSPU) and Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) launches Post Graduate Diploma course on Electric Mobility (PG-DEM).

The Government of India is looking to promote electric mobility as one of the key solutions to reduce carbon emission. Incentives are being given to push the sale of electric vehicles through various subsidy or tax holiday to the consumers. The electrical vehicle and related infrastructure policy, 2018 has been launched with a vision to provide a conducive environment for EV manufacturing in Maharashtra. 

Keeping in view the need of the hour and addressing the requirement of a changing trend of the industry, MCCIA has shown initiative to address the Industry needs. In a joint press conference the launch of course was announced. It is supported by the industry stakeholders.  The PG-DEM has been designed after taking into account inputs and feedback from the industry stakeholders regarding the human resource capability requirements for this upcoming domain.

This is a one year PG Diploma mainly for working professionals in the engineering domain. The course will be instituted from August 19, with a total of 60 seats to begin with (20 each at COEP, Cummins College & SSPU) for an approx. fee for Rs. 1.5 lakhs per student. The PG Diploma course will comprise of three trimesters.

The diploma would be deployed by COEP, Cummins Engineering College and department of Technology, SPPU. Inputs were taken from the industry and other resources to develop the syllabus and content of the course. This course is being offered to the industry, especially MCCIA members, to upgrade themselves and their employees skill sets in the emerging field. 

Pradeep Bhargava, President, MCCIA, Prashant Girbane, Director General, MCCIA, Nitin Karmalkar, VC, SSPU, Arun Firodia, Chairman, Kinetic Engineering, Deepak Karandikar, Vice President, MCCIA, Rujuta Jagtap, Director, MCCIA, Dr. B .B. Ahuja, Director, COEP, Dr. Madhuri Khambete, Principal, Cummins Engineering College, Pratap Pawar, Past President, MCCIA were present.

Monday, July 22, 2019

"Ayurveda practitioners should focus on research"


PUNE: "In today's age, Ayurveda becoming trustworthy and people expecting more from it. Ayurveda Practitioners should focus on research and have to made it more compatible and cost effective. Research based ayurvedic practice will helps to popular Ayurveda," mentioned Dr Ashutosh Gupta, President of Maharashtra Council of Indian Medicine.
Dr Gupta was addressing the audience on occasion of the 3rd Anniversary of Keshayurved - India's first Ayurvedic Hair Testing Lab and Research Center organised by Aarogyavardhini Chikitsalaya and BVG India. A program for dignifying the dream of achieving 108 centers of Keshayurved worldwide and a felicitation ceremony of the proud Keshayurvedians.

Padmashri Prataprao Pawar, renowned Businessman, Dr. Arun Jamkar, former President of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Dr. Satish Dumbre, Principal of Ashtang Ayurved College and Dr Harish Patankar, founder of Keshayurved were present on this occasion.

In the last 3 years Keshayurved has started 108 centres all over the globe. Among these centers the Keshayurvedians doing excellent work were encouraged and awarded with Keshayurved Gaurav, Keshayurved Bhushan, Keshayurved Ratna and Keshayurved Mitra awards. Keshayurved Gaurav Grantha, edited by Jivraj Chole and the book, Kaya-Kesh-Kalpana were published on this occasion.
Dr Ashutosh Gupta said, "We have to develop research mentality in every field. To encourage research based practice MCIM planning to launch new fellowship courses in future. If we present Ayurveda in real context, then people follow the Ayurveda. There are many opportunities in this field. Keshayurveda is one super-specialty, everyone can develop one specialty in Ayurveda."

Ayurveda is our legacy of science, but it is popular in western countries. There are lot of opportunities to export Ayurvedic medicines. We should find root cause of any disease. For that we need to do in-depth research in Ayurveda, mentioned Prataprao Pawar.  Dr Arun Jamkar, Dr Santish Dumbare put their views. Dr Harish Patankar gave introductory remarks and briefed about Keshayurveda. Dr Vivek Ambare compeered the function.

British Council brings global Reading Challenge


PUNE: To celebrate the British Library’s 60th year in Pune, British Council, in association with the Reading Agency, UK, has brought the prestigious Reading Challenge to India, starting with Pune. The global challenge that has encouraged young readers to participate and compete with peers is celebrating 50 years of humans landing on the moon with this year’s theme of Space Chase.
There are various studies to that say that reading improves language skills and makes you knowledgeable, enhances creativity and improves brain functioning, promotes quicker thinking and improves mental health. The four-week challenge, open to children from the age of 6 to 11 will be rolled-out on 27th July.

The Children participating in the Pune Reading Challenge will have to read 4 books of their choice in 4 weeks over the competition period. The British Council will organise multiple workshops for participants to help them improve reading speeds and acquire storytelling and creative writing skills.
The competition will also test the participants’ writing and narrating skills. Designed on the principle of encouragement and motivation, the Challenge will reward participants on completion of a book. 

The Reading Challenge will culminate in a mega award ceremony at the British Council Library, where winners from each age group will be felicitated and awarded certificates in the presence of parents and other participants at the 60th Anniversary Celebrations mega-event on August 31.Winners will also receive an annual Family Library membership, or complimentary annual Family membership renewal in case of existing members. 

British Council Library members and non-members can enrol for the Reading Challenge. Registrations are open from July 21. On the occasion, Gunjan Narula, Head of British Council in Pune said, “With a focus on inspiring learning and creativity, we are seeing a consistent increase in the number of family memberships where parents bring their kids to the library for a family’s day out to build an affinity towards reading, learning and social interaction.”

“We understand the significance of reading in shaping an individual’s growth and we are therefore bringing Reading Challenge, one of the popular programmes of UK to India, starting with the city of Pune. Reading Challenge will inculcate the habit of reading amongst children – making them confident individuals and storytellers as they grow up,” she said.

Visit: British Council, Third floor, Ramsukh House, Ganeshkhind Road, Near Sancheti Hospital, Shivaji Nagar, Pune
Email: sneha.phadke@britishcouncil.orgor call 8879826821 to know more.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Atomberg unveils Gorilla Renesa smart fans in Pune

Manoj Meena

PUNE: Mumbai headquartered Atomberg Technologies, a smart and efficient motor based company in the business of manufacturing energy-efficient Gorilla fans, launched their Gorilla Renesa Smart Plus IoT smart fans in Pune, which is one of the most important markets for them in India for business and growth.
WIFI enabled, app operated and Alexa and Google Home controlled, the Gorilla Renesa Smart Plus fan helps in saving up to 65% electricity by consuming 28W power in full speed.  Currently operating in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Pune, the company is eyeing 10% market share in the premium fans segment within the next two years.

The fan market is estimated at Rs 10,000 crore in India, out of which the premium ceiling fan category is a 1500 crore market, growing at a rate of 25% each year. Looking at capturing 10% of this market, Atomberg Technologies has already seen a 3x growth in terms of revenue in 2018-19. The annual revenue run rate has hit 100 crores in Q1 of 2019 with more than 4 lakh units installed across the country. The company already has more than 10% market share in e-commerce. Products are easily available on Amazon, Flipkart and on their own website.

 Atomberg has established a strong distribution network with presence in all top electrical counters and markets across the city. In Pune, Atomberg is rapidly expanding and is present in more than 120 top premium electrical counters spread across the city. The response from the offline market in Pune has been great and the summer season has seen phenomenal early sales of all the models.

Commenting on this announcement, Manoj Meena, CEO & Co-Founder of Atomberg Technologies said, “ With enhanced reach of the internet and the e-commerce ecosystem, consumers in cities like Pune are becoming more aware and demanding. This is leading to quicker adoption of new technologies even in conventional products like consumer durables, therefore opening up avenues for more innovation and variation in the category. But to be truly successful in today’s market, you cannot be either an online only or an offline only player. You have to a full-fledged omnichannel player and you need to be present wherever the customers are.”

He added, “Atomberg’s new Gorilla Renesa Smart Plus is going to be a game changer in the smart-tech market. In addition to being smart, it is also India’s most energy efficient fan and runs three times longer on inverter than ordinary fans. A household in Pune can easily save upto 1500-2000 INR per year/fan using these fans.” With 300 service centres pan India, Atomberg fans offer a 3 years warranty as compared to 1 year warranty offered by the industry pan India. Through their products, they have already touched more than a million lives till now in the country.

A youth commits suicide to finish Blue Whale task


PUNE: A 20-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Perne Phata area while trying to complete a task in the ‘Blue Whale’ online game he was playing on his cellphone on Wednesday evening, said police. The deceased has been identified as Diwakar alias Santosh Mali. He was a student of commerce at a college in Wagholi.
Police said a suicide note in Mali’s handwriting has been recovered from his room. Police Inspector Dagadu Hake of Lonikand police station said that the primary investigation has revealed that Mali was addicted to the ‘Blue Whale’ game on his cellphone. “From the content in the sucide note and the investigation so far, we feel he has committed suicide to perform the task in the online game,” Hake told
Mali’s suicide note has content in Marathi and English. “Those who caged the Black Panther…Our Sun will shine again…The caged Black Panther is free now and is not facing any restrictions now…The End,” Mali’s suicide note stated. Mali has also drawn images of panther in the suicide note. Police said his Facebook posts before committing suicide also suggest that he was addicted to the online game, in which he referred to himself as “Black Panther.”

Police said Mali was so addicted to the game on his cellphone that he did not attend his college for the last few days. Mali’s mother also told mediapersons that her son was addicted to his cellphone. Unable to stop her tears, the shocked mother appealed to all parents to be cautious about their children’s use of cellphone. The Blue Whale Challenge is an online game in which players are asked to complete tasks in a set time frame, several of which include self-harm and even suicide.

The World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases has termed ‘gaming disorder’ as a pattern of gaming behaviour (digital-gaming or video-gaming) characterised by impaired control and increasing priority given to gaming over other activities. Loni kand police station, under the jurisdiction of Pune Rural Police, is probing the case further.