Thursday, October 29, 2020

Muktangan organises Toy & Game Design competition

29/10/2020

PUNE: 'Toyman' Padmashri Arvind Gupta will inaugurate the 'Khel Khel Mein', a national level Toy & Game Design competition will be organized by BVB's Muktangan Exploratory Science Center, Pune.

Arvind Gupta has made an enormous contribution to the field of education through Science Toys. The competition will be inaugurated on 1st November at 11 am, in a virtual event, in presence of Leena Mehendale, Chairperson of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Pune Kendra, informed by Nandkumar Kakirde, Honorary Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in the press conference.

Anant Bhide, Honorary Director, Muktangan Exploratory Science Center, Neha Nirgudkar, Dy Director, Muktangan Exploratory Science Center, Abhishek Angole, Coordinator were present on this occasion.

Nandkumar Kakirde said that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on the 74th Independence Day, has urged the youth of our nation to come up with indigenous toys and games reflecting Indian values. Responding to the PM Modi’s clarion call of “Team up for Toys”, Muktangan Exploratory is organizing a Toy Game Design Competition. Students can participate with their entries in the categories of Toys, Games or Projects - all of which will be based on Indian culture, mythology, history or geography."

Anant Bhide mentioned that, "The students can participate in two categories namely Senior & Junior Category. Students from the 5th to 10th Grade can participate in the Junior Category and Students studying in the 11th Grade and above can participate in the Senior Category. The competition is planned in two stages. In the first stage, Idea Stage, participants are expected to submit the ideas about their entry. The last date for the Idea Stage is 15th Dec’20. In the second stage, the Concept Design stage, the participants are expected to submit a working model of the idea. The last date for the Concept Design stage is 15th Feb, 21. An online exhibition of all the entries will be organized on 28th Feb’21. Winners of the competition will also be announced on Science Day, 28th Feb. Prizes worth Rs 2 Lakhs will be awarded in the various categories.

Neha Nirgudkar added, "In order to further the above objective, an Education Series, which will be free of cost to everyone, is planned from 20th Nov. The Education Series will provide access to online courses, hands-on workshops and expert Lectures. The Education Series will cover topics like Game Design, Thinking Skills, Toy Making, Fabrication Technology, and Programming Skills & Electronics. Free consultation & interaction sessions to facilitate the students will be conducted Live of Social Media. Teachers & Educators from all the institutes are requested to make the best use of the opportunity."

All the information about the competition & Education Series will be available on www.kkm.exploratory.org.in she mentioned.

Monday, October 19, 2020

राजेंद्र सरग यांना सूर्यगौरव राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार प्रदान

पुणे- कोरोनाच्या काळात माहिती जनसंपर्क क्षेत्रात उल्लेखनीय कार्य केल्याबद्दल जिल्हा माहिती अधिकारी राजेंद्र सरग यांना सूर्यगौरव राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार देऊन सन्मानित करण्यात आले. सावित्रीबाई फुले पुणे विद्यापीठाच्या सिनेटचे सदस्य राजेश पांडे यांच्या हस्ते हा पुरस्कार प्रदान करण्यात आला.

यावेळी सूर्यदत्ताचे संस्थापक अध्यक्ष डॉ. संजय चोरडिया, सचिन इटकर, श्वेता शालिनी, प्रजापिता ब्रह्माकुमारीच्या सरिता दीदी, ज्येष्ठ पत्रकार राजू वाघमारे, उद्योजक डॉ. दीपक तोष्णीवाल, सामाजिक कार्यकर्ते डॉ. राजेश बाहेती, 'रक्ताचे नाते' संस्थेचे राम बांगड, 'जागृती ग्रुप'चे राज देशमुख, किरण साळी, प्रा. अक्षीत कुशल, प्रा. रामचंद्रन आदी उपस्थित होते.

पुणे जिल्ह्यात 9 मार्चला कोरोनाचा पहिला रुग्ण सापडला. तथापि, 26 फेब्रुवारीपासूनच प्रशासनाच्या वतीने राबविण्यात येणाऱ्या योजनांची माहिती प्रसारमाध्यमांपर्यंत अचूक आणि तात्काळ पोहोचवण्यात माहिती कार्यालय आघाडीवर होते. ‘लॉकडाऊनमध्ये अधिकृत माहितीसाठी ट्वीटर, फेसबुक, व्हॉट्सअप तसेच -मेल या माध्यमांचा प्रभावी वापर करुन अधिकृत माहिती पोहोचवण्यात येत होती. त्यामुळे सोशल मिडीयावरील अफवांचे निराकरण करण्यास मदत झाली. याबाबींची दखल घेवून हा पुरस्कार प्रदान करण्यात आला.

शासकीय कार्यालये तसेच विविध सामाजिक संस्थांच्या वतीने आयोजित जलसाक्षरता, स्वच्छता अभियान, प्रदूषण नियंत्रण, बेटी बचाव यासारख्या प्रबोधनपर व्यंगचित्र प्रदर्शनात राजेंद्र सरग यांनी सक्रिय सहभाग नोंदविला आहे. याशिवाय त्यांनी रेखाटलेल्या व्यंगचित्रांचे औरंगाबाद, पुणे, परभणी, सेलू या ठिकाणी प्रदर्शन भरवण्यात आले आहे. विविध दिवाळी अंकांत त्यांची 11 हजारांहून अधिक व्यंगचित्रे प्रकाशित झाली आहेत.

 

TCS to help companies attract, retain digital talent

19/10/2020

PUNE (NEW YORK | MUMBAI): Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced the launch of TCS Workforce Analytics, an AI-based unified system of engagement, insights and foresight for employees, managers and CXOs, designed to enhance productivity and workforce experience.

The new solution is designed to help enterprise deal with the talent management challenges of the digital era. Digital transformation calls for new kinds of talent, with diverse skill sets and capabilities, which traditional recruitment methods are ill-suited to assess. The challenge is made worse by the large-scale shift to remote working and virtual interactions, requiring the adoption of new ways of keeping employees positively engaged, motivated and productive.

TCS Workforce Analytics uses machine learning, natural language processing and a patented cognitive engine developed by dot in Inc, a TCS Co-Innovation partner, to objectively evaluate skills, personality traits, strengths, cultural compatibility, workplace values, and the learning style of an individual.

These insights can then be used to match the right individual for the right role, and put together high-performing teams. Organizations can also use these for leadership development, career management, performance improvement, and safety and wellness interventions.

TCS' research-driven solution enhances productivity and workforce wellbeing, improves cultural fitment, and augments learning experiences. Further, the solution enables organizations to support diversity and inclusion, contextual engagement, and ensure compliance to HR policies. It also delivers a superior workforce experience, resulting in improved talent retention and enhanced employer brand value.

“The new ways of working in today’s world, are fundamentally transforming the talent management function. role fitment, talent development and engagement at scale can only be accomplished using data, analytics and cognitive technologies. We designed TCS Workforce Analytics to empower HR organizations with insights and foresight that will help them deliver superior business outcomes and enhanced workforce experiences,” said Dinanath Kholkar, Global Head, Analytics & Insights, TCS.

The TCS Workforce Analytics Solution is the latest addition to TCS’ portfolio of proprietary frameworks and solutions that reduce program implementation risks and significantly accelerate speed to value for customers transforming their data landscapes. Other solutions include DATOM™, a data and analytics maturity assessment, consulting, and advisory framework; DAEzMo™, a data and analytics estate modernization framework; and Decision Fabric™, a cognitive business engine that enables the automation of complex business processes and powers contextual industry offerings.

TCS offers a comprehensive portfolio of data and analytics services and solutions as well as intellectual property catering to every business stakeholder. It follows a holistic approach to data centricity that covers the entire data value chain to drive business effectiveness.  This includes simplifying the data and analytics landscape, bringing in synergy across the knowns and the unknowns in the business ecosystem, and enabling the deployment of solutions at scale.

BoB, Accenture complete technology integration

19/10/2020

PUNE (MUMBAI): Accenture and Bank of Baroda have successfully completed the technology integration of the former Vijaya Bank’s branches with Bank of Baroda – part of the post-merger integration of the first three-way merger of public sector banks in India. Accenture is now helping align former Dena Bank’s IT systems with Bank of Baroda.

The merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda in 2019 created the country's third largest public sector bank. Upon completion, the combined technology architecture will help the merged entity seamlessly integrate its India-wide customer service and business operations network of nearly 9,000 bank branches and more than 12,000 ATMs.

In its role as lead technology partner, Accenture developed the blueprint for consolidating the IT systems of the three banks and is overseeing the execution of the technology integration strategy, which includes data migration, application and data center consolidation, as well as business continuity management. With the completion of the Vijaya Bank migrati
on, around 21 million customers from across 1,900+ Vijaya Bank branches have been seamlessly migrated to Bank of Baroda. The migration was executed remotely during the ongoing pandemic with no impact on business continuity.

Sharad Saxena, Chief Technology Officer, Bank of Baroda said, “Accenture’s role in the consolidation of the technology infrastructure of former Vijaya Bank with that of Bank of Baroda has helped us offer a smooth, hassle-free experience to our customers during the migration. The integrated technology architecture gives former Vijaya Bank customers the ability to opt for Bank of Baroda’s entire suite of offerings, while continuing to use their existing payment instruments until further notice.”

“Technology plays a pivotal role in successful post-merger integration and unlocking value for all stakeholders,” said Sonali Kulkarni, Lead – Financial Services, Accenture in India. “With this collaboration, our objective has been to minimize disruption to the employees and customers across the three banks, while enabling business continuity.”

Okhai launches Helpline for rural artisans

PUNE (MUMBAI): Okhai, established by Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) with a mission to encourage and empower women in the rural areas, has launched a helpline for artisans across the remotest parts of India on the occasion of International Day of Rural Women.

This initiative is in line with this year’s theme - ‘Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19’ to create awareness of these women’s struggles, their needs, and the critical role they play in our society.

The helpline has been launched with an aim to augment its support to all artisans at the grassroots gifted with traditional skills to craft apparels, home décor products or accessories and present opportunities to them in these unprecedented times. The helpline number will enable these artisans hailing from different parts of India to call and register their concerns.

They can also catalogue details of the products they create, their geographical location and the number of artisans in their group that will facilitate access to newer markets and amplify their voice and visibility in the handicraft industry. 

“Handicrafts is the second largest income generating industry in the country today after agriculture but it has not been immune to the effects of this global pandemic. The helpline is born out of Okhai’s desire to create a solution to this challenge and safeguard the talented and skilled artisans in all forms of art. The helpline number - 6359 021 888 will also be registered on WhatsApp for easy access. While Okhai has scaled during the pandemic from representing 2300 artisans in March to 16000 artisans in October, this helpline will provide assistance to artisans in the farthest regions of the country.” said,
Kirti Poonia, Head- Okhai.

Okhai’s fundamental objective to launch this helpline is to reach out to the tribal and rural artisans in India and help them become independent and self-reliant. The support for grievances will be provided in collaboration with Creative Dignity group of volunteers supporting the crafts industry through the pandemic. Okhai will also explore collaborating and partnering with organisations and government bodies working in rural areas with the local artisans.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

GJEPC inaugurates India Intl Jewellery Show

13/10/2020 

PUNE (MUMBAI): The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC), the apex body for promotion of gems and jewellery, today inaugurated the first ever India International Jewellery Show, IIJS Virtual  2020, powered by GIA.


GJEPC has organized IIJS for 38 editions, however due to pandemic the physical trade show has been transformed to a complete virtual experience for exhibitors as well as domestic and global visitors. The show will be open for 5 days till October 16, 2020.

The highlight of the inaugural ceremony were Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railway, Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray were the Guests of honour for the event and attended the ceremony virtually and addressed the audience.

The IIJS Virtual 2020, has over 330 Exhibitors, 8000 registered Buyers, 2900 meetings have been booked and around 200 visitors registered from the US, UK, UAE, Qatar, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Italy, Egypt, Belgium, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Copenhagen etc.

Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, said, “GJEPC has adapted well to the changing lifestyle. We want to make Maharashtra the number one trading centre for diamonds and jewellery not only in India, but the world. We are already in the process of making a Jewellery Park in Mumbai. If the industry needs any help from the Maharashtra Government, we are ready to support it. But anything that we do, should provide employment for the people of Maharashtra. Today, we are going to showcase our jewellery tradition to the whole world virtually.”

Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, said, “In fact, this imbibing of technology to reach out to customers across the world shows the resilience of Indian business, Indian industry, and the commitment to serve customers, particularly with the festival season around the corner, both in India as we celebrate Navratri, Dussera and Diwali; and across the world, where Christmas and the New Year are going to be times when we erupt in joy and bring back the mood in the world.”

Colin Shah, Chairman of GJEPC said, “The show has been receiving overwhelming response from exhibiting companies and buyers alike. I am confident and optimistic that IIJS Virtual will bring the much needed momentum in the Gems & Jewellery business ahead of festive season.”  

Vipul Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, said, “The industry has been quick to adapt to the new normal. IIJS Virtual, is an effort to build a robust digital architecture that showcases India’s leading manufacturers and connects them to the buyers from India and world. I am confident that the show will be a pivot in driving the business, trade and exports for the sector.”

Friday, October 9, 2020

चित्रपटांसह आता नाटकही ओटीटी प्लॅटफॉर्मवर

.स्क्वेर ग्रुप प्रस्तुत "जस्ट गम्मत"हे विनोदी नाटक ओटीटी प्लॅटफॉर्म वरती महाराष्ट्रात पहिल्यांदाच लाईव्ह परफॉर्मन्स करणार आहे. येत्या 12 ऑक्टोबरला झूम अप्लिकेशन लाईव्ह परफॉर्म होणार. कोरोनाच्या काळात नाट्यगृहे बंद आहेत गेली 7 महिने नाटक हे बंद आहे. यावर निर्भर असलेले कलाकार हे खऱ्या अर्थाने अडचणीत आलेले असून मनोरंजन क्षेत्र ठप्प झाले आहे.

पुढील अजून किती काळ लागेल हे ठाऊक नाही तरी देखील कलेची आस असलेल्या कलाकारांनी कोरोनाच्या काळात देखील मदत कार्य करता करता कला सुद्धा जोपासली आहे.अशाच पुण्यातील कलावंतानी कोरोनाच्या काळामध्ये एका विनोदी व्यावसायिक नाटकाची जुळवाजुळव करून नाट्यगृहाची सुरू होण्याची वाट पाहता ओटीटी प्लॅटफॉर्म वरती ऑनलाईन पद्धतीने नाटक प्रेक्षकांसमोर सादर करायचे हे पक्के ठरवले.

पहिल्याकाळी प्रेक्षक नाट्य गृहापर्यंत येत असे आणि आता "कलाकार,. प्रेक्षकाकडे" जात आहे. ही नवीन संकल्पना घेऊन एक निखळ मनोरंजन म्हणून "जस्ट गम्मत"ह्या व्यावसायिक नाटकाची निर्मिती करण्यात आली. कोरोनाचा काळ असून सुद्धा ह्या काळामध्ये काम कलाकारांकडे नव्हते अशातही गेली दीड महिने सरकारने दिलेल्या नियमानुसार तालीमी केल्या आणि या दरम्यान कित्येक तरी संकटाला सामोरे जावे लागले. अशा संकटावर मात करून प्रत्येक कलाकाराने या नाटकासाठी मेहनत घेतली आहे.

'यापुढील काळामध्ये जर नाट्यगृहे सुरूच नाही झाली किंवा काही अटी शर्तीवर सुरू झाले तर त्याची वाट पाहता सर्व कलाकार नाटकाच्या माध्यमातून प्रेक्षकांकडे जातील त्या कलेचा मोबदला म्हणून मानधन स्वरूपामध्ये ( तिकीट) ऑनलाइन तिकीट देतील त्या बदल्यामध्ये आम्ही नाटक पाहावयास येणाऱ्या प्रेक्षकास ऑनलाईन आयडी लिंक देणार आहोत.यातुन प्रत्येकास हातभार (मानधन) मिळेल "असे यावेळी नाटकाचे निर्मिती व्यवस्थापक प्रशांत बोगम यांनी विधान केले

या नाटकाचे निर्माते दत्ता दळवी, लेखक दिग्दर्शक प्रताप मालेगावकर असून यातील कलाकार गणेश रणदिवे,योगेश शिरोळे,सायली चव्हाण,तेजस्विनी साळुंके,जगदीश चव्हाण,सागर ससाणे,स्वप्निल मद्वेल,समर कांबळे, नेहा दोरके, अविनाश कीर्ती,आणि प्रशांत बोगम हे कलाकार आहेत पूर्ण नाटकाची निर्मिती व्यवस्थाची बाजू प्रशांत बोगम यांनी योग्यरित्या सांभाळली आहे, यावेळी स्वाती हनमघर यांचे सहकार्य लाभले. महाराष्ट्रात वेगवेगळ्या ठिकाणी अशा प्रकारे आँनलाईन व्यवसायिक नाटक परफॉर्म करणारे कलाकार यांच्या पाठीशी उभे राहणार असे आश्वासन अखिल भारतीय मराठी नाट्य परिषद चे अध्यक्ष मेघराज राजेभोसले यांनी दिले.