Sanjeev Nanda Helps Rewrite Story of Deprived Himachal Village: Women Entrepreneurs Lead Transformation of Banjni through Self-Employment

· United by a co-operative society and a self-help entrepreneurial group ,women of Banjni village, located in Kasauli, Solan district, Himachal Pradesh have dramatically changed their fortunes

Nestled between the beautiful Himalayas, the small Himachal hamlet of Banjni is known for its slow-paced life, economic and infrastructural hardships and lack of employment opportunities. Not anymore!

Banjni today is a living example of how empowering women can bring about a remarkable transformation in the fortunes of a society. And the change was brought in after the women of the village came together to establish a self-help cooperative society to unleash their collective entrepreneurial capacity, augment their incomes and raise their standards of living.

The transformation came under the guidance of Sanjeev Nanda, who realized that this pristine habitat was virtually untouched by the development happening around them. His efforts to script a new story for this remote village helped mobilize and motivate the women, to utilize their creative skills to obtain business benefits by recognizing the benefits of a collective economic endeavor.

The small village was inhabited by just 41 families. Amongst a total population of 190 people, there were 99 males and 91 females as per population census 2011. Not only was economic hardship a way of life, there were hardly any employment opportunities and most people had to migrate to nearby towns in search of work. Modern modes of transport were virtually non-existent here and children travelled for hours on foot to reach nearest schools.

A socially-conscious individual who strongly believes that young Indians need to take the lead in helping the benefits of growth and development trickle down to the grassroots, Sanjeev Nanda introduced a new idea to the populace of this small settlement . He mobilized the women of the village to develop a self-help entrepreneurial group along with registering a co-operative society. This turned out to be a landmark step in the lives of the village women.

The women of Banjni gained adequate support from a local lawyer, M Thakur, as he acquainted them with the functioning and procedures of forming a co-operative society. He also lent complete support in helping the women review the documentation of the memorandum of their registration. Upon completion of the legal formalities, the committee members were provided with their license. The Mahila Ekta Group then conducted research on product development.
Himachal, the beautiful Himalayan state had banned plastic bags in order to protect their fragile environment. Thus, the Mahila Ekta Group used innovative means to prepare paper/cloth bags as an alternative and successfully sold them to traders in Dharmpur.
“The Mahila Ekta Group completely revolutionized the lives of women. It brought together their scattered acumen and energies towards a larger business goal. Realizing that environmental concerns had raised the demand for eco-friendly bags in the state, the women decided to take this up as their business idea. They established a mini home-based industry of paper and cloth bags in the village, and started selling to nearby markets. Slowly as their business improved, and demand increased, the women started earning good incomes from this endeavor,” said Sanjeev Nanda.

Realizing that starting such a venture will need a lot of initial thrust and support, Sanjeev provided all logistic and material support to the group till it became self sufficient.

In a bid to inspire the women of the village, in 2014, Sanjeev and his wife, Medha Nanda, organized a visit of the self-help group members to Himachal Pradesh’s famous Bhuira Jam factory, where the members of Mahila Ekta Group had an inspiring interaction with Bhuira Jams founder, Linnet Mushran, a treasure trove of knowledge on entrepreneurship and self-help concept. The legendary lady also offered some useful tips to the women for a profitable business.
The remote village had other concerns too. Owing to the absence of a proper road, a traditional school bus service was not available in Banjni whose children travelled to Chamian School daily on foot.

“As part of our regular trips to the village to help the Group, we noticed that in absence of transportation or a bus service, the village children had to walk long distances to and fro from school every day. We organized two jeeps to transport children to school and this small intervention has completely changed their lives. They save a lot of time and energy every day that they now spend on studies and extra-curricular activities. An unlikely outcome of this step was the boost it gave to social inclusion indirectly when kids from different castes started travelling together and develop friendly relations for the first time,” added Sanjeev.

University of Sunshine Coast Partners with Australian Technical & Management College to Offer Degrees to International Students

USC and ATMC collaborate to help international students earn degrees outside Queensland where the institution is established

Every year more than 50,000 Indian students take admissions in different Australian Universities

One of Australia’s fastest growing regional universities, University of Sunshine Coast (USC) has entered into a ground-breaking partnership with the country’s leading higher education provider the Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC), which will allow the institution provide education and degrees to international students outside its campus.

The partnership will help USC turn into a mainstream university for international students who will now be able to get degrees from the institution outside Queensland state where it is located.

With this partnership, USC is set to enroll its first international students in the heart of Melbourne, Victoria at the start of the March 2016 semester. The international students will be able to enroll in USC programs at a new ATMC facility in Melbourne.

With a large number of international students, including those from India, concentrated in Victoria state especially Melbourne, this ground-breaking development will allow the University to tap into a greater share of international students. University officials say the step was partly in response to student demand from India and Nepal.

The announcement to this effect was made at an event in New Delhi attended by top officials from both institutions including Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President, USC Melbourne; Dr. Scott Snyder, Chief Operating Officer, USC Melbourne; Professor Robert Elliot, Pro Vice Chancellor (International and Quality), USC Melbourne; Dr. Manish Malhotra, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ATMC and Mr. Gregory Simmons, Executive Director, ATMC.

“Students in India value degrees from Australian universities and are very interested in studying in our metropolitan areas. USC Melbourne will kick off with eight degrees, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in areas such as Business, Accounting and Information and Communications Technology. This exciting expansion follows the growing success of our USC SouthBank campus in Brisbane,” said USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.

USC is the ATMC’s third Australian university partner, along with Federation University Australia and Charles Darwin University.

Australia remains a favored destination for education among Indian students. An estimated 50,000 Indian students gain admissions in Australian universities every year.

ATMC Chief Executive Officer Dr Manish Malhotra said he was delighted with the commencement of the partnership.

“USC is an outstanding, progressive Australian public university with a commitment to graduate outcomes and excellence in teaching, which will make it a perfect partner in attracting international higher education students to Victoria. This will also be highly beneficial to Indian students who now have another institution in Victoria to get their degrees from,” he said.

ATMC has more than 2,400 international students enrolled across seven campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney with offshore campuses in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Professor Hill said ATMC staff would deliver USC’s programs using the personalized, face-to-face teaching methods that had helped rank USC in the top 20 percent of Australian universities for teaching quality every year for the past 10 years (‘The Good Universities Guide’).

The degrees which will be offered by USC Melbourne in 2016 are discussed below: Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology, two Masters of Business Administration (MBAs), MBA/Master of International Business and Master of Professional Accounting.

Mohite Motors Pvt Ltd to launch ‘AUTO – DECARB’ technology at Auto Expo 2016

Maharashtra based company Mohite Motors Pvt Ltd to launch ‘AUTO – DECARB’ technology at Auto Expo 2016 which is to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 4th February 2016 – 6th February 2016.

The technology, AUTO-DECARB, is a patented innovation manufactured by General Optics Corporation (GOC) of Taiwan and is now being introduced in India. After being tested and adopted by most Asian markets, like Singapore, the technology is being brought to India, even before it is introduced to the developed western markets like Europe and the Americas.

Developed using patented core technology, AUTO-DECARB uses pure Hydrogen to De-carbonise, De-tox and De-sludge any vehicle Engine, without opening it. It not just helps to clear carbon deposits from petrol/ diesel engine, but also helps to SAVE FUEL, increase Engine Power and Reduce Emissions. Currently the operations done at most auto-maintenance centers in the country, is manual process and could take over 2 days to complete without de-carb levels being guaranteed. Auto Decarb could finish the entire process in a about 30 to 40 minutes and show remarkably efficient results.

AUTO-DECARB machine is tested and certified by CIRT, ARAI and TUV SUD in India and has proved to be effective in controlling pollution, performance enhancement as well as improvement in fuel efficiency. There are no input costs except negligible amount of power and water. The machine is maintenance free as there is no mechanical operation involved.

Mr. Shivaji Mohite, Chairman & Managing Director, Mohite Motors Pvt Ltd India, said “ We are extremely pleased to make our presence felt at the largest and the most influential platform in the country for Auto/Auto-components, AUTO EXPO 2016, by introducing the game-changing AUTO DECARB technology to the country. With this technology, we are underlining the fact that state-of-the-art technology in auto maintenance, not yet introduced in the western world will be available in India. We have also looked at providing a solution to the ever increasing issue of emission levels, especially in a city like New Delhi today.”

Hot-Swap Ready and a Plethora of Drive Mounts: Lian Li’s New PC-M25

Latest mATX Mini Tower Chassis Fits up to Seven 3.5” HDDs and Gigantic Graphics Cards

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC-M25 chassis. This small form factor (SFF) chassis offers ample storage options and a hot-swap HDD cage for advanced storage applications.

Mini Tower, Maximized Drive Capacity
The PC-M25 includes a hot-swap HDD rack where users can conveniently install and remove up to five 3.5” drives with rubber suspension and without needing tools. The bottom HDD tray can mount an additional three 2.5” or two 3.5” drives. This makes a total of as many as seven 3.5” hard drives for advanced RAID storage applications.

Spacious Clearances and microATX
The PC-M25 has space enough to fit mammoth VGA cards up to 410mm in length and ATX PSUs up to 230mm long. Unlike its little brother the PC-Q25, it can be installed with Mini-ITX as well as microATX motherboards, with four expansion slots for more elaborate builds. Users can install CPU coolers up to 80mm in height.

Streamlined Cooling and Airflow
The PC-M25 employs a simple cooling design while maintaining great performance. Using a high-airflow, low-RPM 140mm fan, it intakes fresh air through two vents on both side panels, through the HDD cage, and exhausts through a 120mm fan at the back of the top panel. A removable dust filter is positioned on the bottom of the case under the removable HDD tray.

Clean Design and Quality Construction
Lian Li is famed for its quality of construction and minimal design, exemplified by the PC-M25. Everything from the power button to the case stands are cut from quality aluminum; it’s a solid, lightweight chassis weighing only 8.24 pounds.

Price and Availability
The PC-M25 will be available in mid-February for $169.

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Bengaluru gets ready for an exceptional “Family Weekend”

India’s biggest Kids festival expands to South India with its first launch event

Shop till you drop with over 70 exhibitors offering the greatest products & services
Krackerjack stage full of performances: Zumba dance fun session with parents, Live band performance, Storytelling Sessions, and much more!
Workshops Galore: Musical workshop, Science of Gravity, Magic with Bubbles, Science of Sound, Mask Painting, Pottery, Balloon Art, Quilling, and much more!
Activities Abundant: Trampoline, Inflatable climbing structure and slide, Bungee Jumping , Zipline, Rope Climbing, and much more!
Meet & Greet your favorite Cartoon Characters: Chhota Bheem and friends, Gizmo from Superbook, Dora the explorer from Nickelodeon

Focusing on providing an exceptional experience for kids and families, Krackerjack Karnival is all set to provide the perfect “Family Weekend”. Now in its 7th edition, India’s biggest Kids festival, expands to South India with its first launch event to be held on 6-7th February Jayamahal Palace Hotel, Bengaluru.

The ‘exhibition cum Carnival’ is created to provide a truly international level kids festival for Indian families, giving them access to numerous options of entertainment and learning in an outdoor environment. The Bengaluru line-up promises to be outstanding, impressive, and unlike any other event, the city has witnessed before. The various interactive engagements spread across the venue give families a chance to experience innovative workshops, thrilling rides, adventure activities and delightful performances in a carnival like atmosphere.

Ms. Chandrika Behl, Project Director, Exhibitions India Group, shared on the upcoming event, “We are delighted to spread the magic of Krackerjack karnival with our inaugural event in Bengaluru. Keeping true to our theme SHOP. PLAY. LEARN; the festival serves as a perfect opportunity for kids and families to spend quality time together in an enjoyable and high-energy ambiance.”

There are three main focus areas of this spectacular fiesta. The first includes fascinating exhibits, showcasing a wide variety of the latest products and services – right from apparel and accessories, books and toys, baby care and maternity, furniture and home décor, outdoor and sporting goods, to services such as vacation planning, catering and cakes, children’s photography and portraits, and much more. Participants include Fortune, Geomag Toys, Kumon India Education, Makery Labs, McCain Foods, Parag Milk Food, Shemrock, Superbook, School Needs and to name a few.

Secondly, a workshop arena has been specially created where kids are exposed to educative activities which promote learning through fun mediums. The third, and our main attraction of the show, is our spellbinding stage area with back-to-back performances and sessions from morning till evening.

The Krackerjack Karnival is organized by the Exhibitions India Group – India’s finest trade promotion organization since 1987. Launched in 2012, the event has witnessed tremendous growth over the years. Furthermore, having the first mover’s advantage krackerjack karnival has grown to be the preferred choice for leading brands and SME’s dealing with kid’s products and services.

From the exhibitor point of view it is an ideal place for established brands to conduct promotional activities, product launches, and dipstick studies. Most importantly, it is an apt platform for companies to personally engage with their target audience and reaffirm their loyalty.

The event has specially observed notable increase in participation from SME’s, women entrepreneurs and home grown businesses since this medium is a perfect opportunity for them to test new markets, gather feedback personally, create awareness about their brand and build their database for future marketing.

Jabong Begins 2016 New Year With A Big Bang


With lowest cash burn in 24 months and best improvement in EBITDA margin in a EOSS month, targets to be India’s first e-commerce company to breakeven

Jabong, India’s leading online fashion retailer and one of the five fashion ecommerce companies operating within the Global Fashion Group (GFG), has announced that January 2016 has become its best month in terms of performance since the company was set up in 2011.

Jade eServices Pvt. Ltd., which runs Jabong in India, registered the highest-ever month-on-month (M-o-M) growth of nearly 35% in its net revenue for January 2016. The traffic to the Jabong app has also grown by 20% in this month.

Says Jabong CEO & MD, Sanjeev Mohanty, “2016 has started off on a momentous note for us with January becoming our most successful month yet, where we give a glimpse of the future of Jabong to our consumers, shareholders, business partners and competitors. What I have learned in the past 45-odd days at Jabong is that the basics of business remain the same across traditional and digital ecommerce if you have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of your business. While I am glad that my fashion background has come in handy, yet this incredible, record-shattering feat would not have been possible without the untiring efforts of our team.”

He adds, “With the lowest cash burn in the last 24 months despite the sale period, we are now targeting to be India’s first e-commerce company to break even without compromising on our top line. Some players in the industry hide their real performance behind the veils of lofty GMV figures. In those terms too, we touched $66m in GMV in January itself positioning us as the largest fashion e commerce company in India, with a robust growth of 56% in our gross orders and 59% in gross items. At this rate, we will be within striking range of the $1 billion GMV mark by our year-end.”

Filings submitted with the Registrar of Companies show that Jabong’s growth in 2014-2015 was at 98%, which is nearly 20% more than its closest rival, while Jabong’s losses had shrunk to 40% lesser than theirs comparatively. In absolute figures too, Jabong’s net revenues were higher with a lesser cash burn. These numbers again reaffirm Jabong’s position as India’s largest pure-play fashion ecommerce player, and that it is slated to become profitable before any of its rivals. As India’s preferred fashion ecommerce brand, Jabong’s most recent growth indicators for January 2016 reinforce company’s accelerated growth rate as it transforms itself from being a start-up to a more professionally run, profit-oriented enterprise.

Telit deviceWISE Platform Wins Best Industrial IoT Solution

Three Telit Partners Also Recognized for IoT Leadership

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that the Telit deviceWISE platform won Best Industrial IoT Solution at this year’s IoT Evolution Expo Battle of the Platforms. The award was given for the first time at this year’s event in recognition of the growing importance of IoT in industrial automation. In addition, Telit issued the prestigious 2016 deviceWISE Partner Awards, recognizing three companies for IoT innovation: SAP won the award for Enterprise Integration Partner, Red Lion won Device Partner, and Swisscom won the Mobile Network Operator award.

“Battle of the Platforms is a great opportunity for market leaders to differentiate themselves by providing a competitive look at their solutions,” said Carl Ford, CEO, Crossfire Media, executive director of content, IoT Evolution. “Telit’s Industrial IoT platform stood out for its ability to quickly and easily integrate heterogeneous manufacturing technologies with enterprise applications without programming.”

Prior to the battle, Telit hosted Telit IoT Innovation, designed to inspire and educate companies and developers looking to capitalize on IoT applications. The event featured use cases from several Telit ecosystem partners including keynote presentations by Oliver Mainka, Product Manager for Predictive Maintenance & Service, SAP and Dr. Jason Hallstrom, Director, Institute for Sensing & Embedded Network Systems Engineering, Florida Atlantic University.

“Telit IoT Innovation provides tremendous value to participants by leveraging the experience of Telit and our vast ecosystem to help companies in all industries innovate and accelerate time to market,”said Fred Yentz, CEO of Telit IoT Platforms. “We thank all of our partners for making this event a success and especially thank our Gold Sponsors: Arrow, Hi-Mix, QuickLogic and Sprint. We also congratulate the winners of this year’s deviceWISE Partner Awards.”
Telit’s industrial IoT solution – deviceWISE for Factory – is the industry-leading, enterprise-grade industrial automation platform designed to easily connect complex, disparate production equipment from different suppliers with different protocols and interfaces to enterprise systems and applications without custom programming. Pre-configured for Cloud connectivity and integration via Telit’s IoT Portal, the scalable architecture is configurable to any manufacturing environment in any industry by leveraging a vast library of built-in standardized device drivers and enterprise connectors. deviceWISE is perfectly suited to all manufacturing verticals including automotive, pharmaceuticals, machinery, oil and gas, electrical power generation, water and more.