BASE students create new record in Karnataka CET 2016

As always, BASE students have once again put up an impressive show in the CET examinations. This year 7 students figure in the top 10 ranks in Engineering, a record. In Medical, two students have bagged ranks in the TOP 10.

Milind Kumar Vaddiraju is the topper of the CET examination 2016 in Engineering. Divya A. Jamakhandi (Rank 3), Rahul R (Rank 4), Vignesh S (Rank 5), Sourabh Bharadwaj B M (Rank 7), Channakeshava (Rank 8), Deeparaj Bhat (Rank 10) are the others who have made it to the top 10.

Sanjay N Goudar and Vachanashree scored Rank 2 and Rank 3 respectively in CET Medical.

A total of 23 BASE students have made it to the Top 100 in CET Engineering and 12 students in CET Medicine. This number could go up as results come in.

“After a harrowing journey of two years and looking back, my best choice has been joining BASE. Despite several hurdles, BASE has supported me in many ways- from giving me room to grow, the skill and the know-how to do so. I thank them for giving me the exposure to set myself a goal worth achieving”, said Milind Kumar Vaddiraju, Rank 1 engineering, CET examination 2016.

From the Tapas batch (‘TAPAS’ is a free residential program for economically challenged students initiated in 2012 by Rashtrotthana Parishat and BASE is a pioneering initiative in the field of education), 1 student figures in the Top 100 ranks and a total of 15 students out of 34 are in the Top 1000 Engineering ranks. Many of them are also expected to qualify in JEE Advanced exam.

“It is a matter of great pride to see our students perform so well. They have been very persistent in their training and have been diligently working towards their goals. We are truly proud of our students and wish them the best in all their future endeavours”, said Mr. Vallish Herur, Director, BASE.

Lodha Group launches ‘The Reserve’ at Lodha Belmondo

~Endorsed by Deepika Padukone for its rich lifestyle and luxurious offerings

~ Conceptualized as finest luxury weekend homes in a river side golf-based development – first in India

~ Bringing together world-renowned partners Greg Norman and Christopher Charles Benninger for the first time in the region

Expanding its footprint in the weekend homes offerings, Lodha Group, India’s No.1 real estate developer, has launched ‘The Reserve’. Set within the 100-acre luxury resort of Lodha Belmondo, on the banks of the Pavana river, The Reserve is an exclusive gated enclave with 28 villas and 6 residential towers, all commanding spectacular golf course views and offering the impeccable hospitality of a private members’ club. Bringing world-renowned partners for the first time to the region, The Reserve at Lodha Belmondo offers luxurious 3 & 4 bed residences starting 1.6 cr and Sky Duplexes and Golf Villas starting 5.5 cr.

The development is strategically located on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. A short drive from Lonavala or Pune, and a breezy 2 hour drive from Mumbai, The Reserve is easy to reach, yet reassuringly private and secluded.

Residences at The Reserve, designed by world-renowned architect, Christopher Charles Benninger, offer extravagant views of a 45-acre golf course, 90-acre of lush green open spaces, Pavana River and Sahyadari mountains. The 9-hole golf course designed by the legendary golfer Greg Norman, exceeds global standards, enabling gradations from easy to moderate to challenging, and an opportunity to experience the finest professional equipment and training facilities. Additionally, the Pavana river, which flows alongside the golf course will have a 1km long riverside promenade and boating facilities.

Speaking about The Reserve, Prashant Bindal, Chief Sales Officer, Lodha Group said, “In alignment with our vision of ‘Building a Better Life’, we are pleased to present ‘The Reserve’ as a perfect antidote to city life. The Reserve is a perfect weekend destination where one can simply come to unwind and recharge, preparing for the coming week. With its differentiated offerings, The Reserve at Lodha Belmondo has given a substantial impetus to demand within Mumbai and Pune. On construction front we are already at an advanced stage with various amenities like The Country Club with a private theatre, swimming pool, games room, fully equipped gymnasium, Juice bar and more are fully operational. We are now working towards completion of the golf course within few weeks along with other lifestyle amenities.”

Speaking about the lifestyle at The Reserve, Deepika Padukone said “This is a perfect weekend getaway. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet, not very far. And there is so much to do here, that it just can’t get monotonous. A game of golf at a 9-hole Greg Norman golf course or quality time with family by the riverside promenade is the perfect way to unwind. I can spend my weekends blissfully here as it perfectly fits my active and busy lifestyle, be it sports or leisure. I recently spent 2 days here and it was an absolute delight. I enjoyed every bit of it. I feel the vision that Lodha has setup with this weekend project will completely change the way people look at their weekends. One can simply get here over the weekend to rejuvenate and get geared up for the coming week.”

For an ultimate private luxury experience, The Reserve offers access to a private member’s club, a 5-star hospitality service with a dedicated 24×7 resident manager, a private helipad and the finest therapies at a world-class spa by Evason by Six Senses. On account of large open spaces, the air quality in this neighbourhood (AQI of less than 70) is far better than any other city in India (including Mumbai and Pune) and even neighbouring regions, making it almost at par with leading cities like New York and London.

Weekend destination with luxurious amenities
· 6 luxury towers comprising of 3 & 4 bed residences, sky duplexes and 28 golf villas (2 towers of 3-bed luxe, 2 towers of 4-bed and 2 towers of sky duplexes
· 45-acre, 9-Hole golf course designed by Greg Norman
· 90 acres of lush green open space on the banks of river Pavana
· A private members’ club with a swimming pool, games room, gym, party lounge, library, 24×7 resident manager on call, Concierge and valet services
· 50,000 sq. ft. Country Club managed by Evason – international hospitality group by Six Senses
equipped with 10,000 sq. ft. spa, games room, fully equipped gymnasium, a private theatre, restaurant and a party hall
· Multi-purpose courts for sports, a full-sized cricket ground, an organic farm, amphitheatre, helipad and more

InsideView Adds Company Technology Profiles to its Industry-Leading Market Intelligence Platform

Tech Profiler Offers the Broadest Coverage in the Industry with Technology Intelligence for More than Half a Million Companies

InsideView powers the world’s business conversations. The company announced the launch of InsideView Tech Profiler, an add-on solution to its industry-leading market intelligence platform that provides information about technologies used by companies and decision makers. Tech Profiler allows B2B technology sales and marketing teams to focus valuable time and resources on targeting the right prospects based on the technologies they use. Tech Profiler is integrated directly into InsideView Sales and InsideView Target, and offered as an API for custom integrations, to help customers work more efficiently and effectively.

“We are thrilled to launch Tech Profiler and are eager to see our Indian clients and prospects making the most of this new feature added to InsideView’s Market Intelligence Platform”, said Sesha Rao, MD, InsideView, India.

“Adding technology information to our market intelligence platform gives technology sellers and marketers deeper insight into their prospects,” said Jenny Cheng, chief product officer at InsideView. “Tech Profiler has ten times the coverage of other technology profile solutions in the industry. Add that to all the other firmographic and demographic data plus the social insights InsideView offers and the result is an incredibly powerful tool for anyone selling technology to businesses. It’s all the intelligence you need in one platform.”

Intelligence on the technologies used by a company can give technology vendors a significant advantage. Many companies sell products that are complementary to other technologies, or that even require those technologies to run. Marketers and sellers can spend hours or days researching the technologies used by a prospect but often the information is difficult or impossible to find. Tech Profiler allows a company to focus only on prospects that use the technology and stop wasting time chasing prospects that don’t. On the competitive front, companies can leverage Tech Profiler to run campaigns targeted directly at users of their competitors’ products.

“Tech Profiler shows us which technologies, such as CRM, our prospects are using, so we can walk into sales calls prepared and proactive,” said Tracy Kinsey, Dynamics CRM Online Territory Manager at Microsoft. “It’s the difference between targeting the best prospects versus spending the time prospecting in the dark”, she added.

Tech Profiler is InsideView’s first vertical add-on solution to its market intelligence platform, offering specialized data for the technology vertical market that is curated by InsideView’s proprietary MTV methodology which gathers, triangulates, and validates data from multiple sources. The solution shows sellers and marketers the technologies used by a company, including 2100 front-end and back-end technologies spanning more than 100 tech categories and growing. Tech Profiler delivers 10 times broader coverage than other technology datasets on the market, with more than 525,000 company profiles and millions of decision-maker profiles. Tech Profiler is the only solution integrated into a comprehensive market intelligence platform, InsideView, which is also integrated into all leading CRM systems and marketing automation platforms.

“We needed tech profiles that cover the range from small to large enterprises and InsideView has the broadest coverage on the market,” said Yasser Said, Vice President Global Sales Operations at Informatica. “What’s more, our sales teams love that it’s part of the InsideView Sales platform, so everything they need for pre-call research is in one place. And I like the simplicity and reasonable cost of the solution for our organization!”, he added.

Technology intelligence is valuable for many uses, so Tech Profiler is available in three InsideView products.

· Sellers can leverage Tech Profiler within InsideView Sales account profiles, while doing pre-call research, to see the technologies a company uses.

· Marketers can enhance their target lists using Tech Profiler within InsideView Target, which now offers a Technology filter for building tech-smart lists.

· Sales and marketing application developers looking to further differentiate their solutions can integrate Tech Profiler’s data through InsideView APIs.

Haryana Government and Jindal University Release State Higher Education Plan 2016, Lay Out Roadmap to Transform Higher Education Landscape

· A collaborative initiative of the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Haryana and International Institute for Higher Education & Capacity Building (IIHEd) of O.P. Jindal Global University, Haryana
· Plan identifies steep gaps in higher education accessibility between regions in Haryana and recommends measures to fill these voids
· Minster of Education, Haryana calls for implementing the State Higher Education Plan for promoting academic excellence in the state
· JGU, Vice-Chancellor, calls for improving quality and ensuring greater accessibility in higher education institutions across the country

​Shri Ram Bilas Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Haryana unveiled the State Higher Education Plan 2016, a comprehensive roadmap for revamping Haryana’s higher education landscape with an aim to boost the gross enrolment ratio, ensure greater equity, reduce inaccessibility to education, and enable the state to reap a rich demographic dividend.

The State Higher Education Plan Haryana 2016 (SHEP) has been prepared by the Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. of Haryana in collaboration with International Institute for Higher Education & Capacity Building (IIHEd), O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU)

The document was officially released at the JGU campus in Sonipat, Haryana in the august presence of Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. of Haryana and numerous other dignitaries, education ministry officials, senior bureaucrats and representatives of higher education institutions from across the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma noted, our vision is to create and promote an atmosphere of academic excellence in the state and the State Higher Education Plan 2016 is the first step in that direction. The government will systematically implement the recommendations of the SHEP and seek to achieve accessibility and quality of education in higher education institutions across the state.

Congratulating JGU and its team for their contributions in compiling the State Higher Education Plan 2016, the Minister observed that the state of Haryana was indeed proud to have a higher education institution like JGU which is not only contributing to research but is also making great progress in forging international collaborations and taking India to the world.

Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma further promised greater collaboration with JGU in the future, and said, “There will be greater collaboration with JGU on issues of higher education, and the Government of Haryana and the University will work together towards enhancing quality of higher education in the state.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vijai Vardhan,Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. of Haryana noted that the State Higher Education Plan Haryana 2016 is a research intensive document that characterizes critical issues of availability, accessibility and quality in Haryana’s higher education landscape. The comprehensive document is the result of extensive education mapping exercise on areas of regional and general deficit.

Describing the importance and imperative need for the SHEP project Mr. Vijai Vardhan, observed, “Our country’s universities are tasked with producing a relevant workforce for the 21st century, nurturing minds which will create new ideas and new technologies that will drive invention, discovery and understanding. These graduates will have cutting edge ideas boosting not only personal success but national economic competitiveness.”

Mr. Vardhan also commended IIHEd and JGU for their efforts and contributions in creating a meaningful discourse on revamping higher education and expressed hope that the visionary document will help the state substantially improve and expand its education sector.

Speaking on the occasion Prof. C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University said, “The state of Haryana has extraordinary potential to nurture quality institutions, colleges and universities and is expected to play a leadership role in the setting up of world class universities and institutions which is in line with the key objectives of this Plan that seeks to establish Haryana as an intellectual capital of the country.”

Prof. Kumar further noted, “The state education ministry led by the honorable minister has made significant efforts towards galvanizing academic consciousness for raising the quality of higher education in the past few years, I am hopeful the government will make serious efforts to implement the State Higher Education Plan, which underlines a number of substantive issues relating to equity and access of higher education.”

Haryana Government and Jindal University Release State Higher Education Plan 2016, Lay Out Roadmap to Transform Higher Education Landscape

Speaking of the report Nisha Nair, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School & Fellow, IIHEd, said, “Haryana can contribute tremendously in nation building initiative in the coming years as 67 % of its population is expected to fall in the working-age group of 15–59 by year 2026. The Plan moots for setting up of academic staff colleges, research centres, and institutions of research excellence in the state that will help create and inculcate a culture of research amongst the faculty and students at both institutional and state level universities and colleges of Haryana.”

Speaking at the program, Prof Anamika Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Fellow, IIHEd discussed the highlights of the Plan and the recommendations laid out by it. “We have tried to take into account the systemic inequalities existing in social structures that augment educational inequalities. The higher education system finds itself skewed in favor of males, urban centres as well as economically better-off citizens. The report identifies districts that have been left behind and blocks within districts that need greater focus. The report also identifies the districts which are devoid of any government university and need immediate attention,”

While there are a number of private professional institutions catering to technical education in Haryana but lack of government institutions hinders the progress of students from poor socio-economic background.

Given the rich sports, art and culture tradition of Haryana, the Plan also advocates co-opting of sports in formal education and utilization of institutional resources in promoting sports.

Timken donates Rs.49 Lakhs to Sankara Eye Hospital for an OCT Equipment

“Timken contributed Rs. 49 Lakhs to Sankara Eye Hospital for an Ocular Coherence Tomography Instrument”

Timken India has donated Rs. 49 Lakhs to Sankara Eye Hospital for an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which will facilitate better diagnosis of the hospital’s community patients. Mr. Sanjay Koul, Managing Director, Timken India and Ms. Sunitha Pai, Head of Communications, handed over the cheque to Mr.Vikram Chaudhuri,Unit Head,Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive instrument used widely in diagnosis and evaluation of response to treatment of retinal diseases. It helps in the diagnosis of a range of retinal diseases including glaucoma. The instrument offers efficient, speedy and more accessible diagnosis.

OCT facilitates one to see the “cut-section” of the retina optically by non-invasive means. OCT image allows one to look for accumulation of fluid within the retina and also to look for growth of abnormal membranes. It is also used as an aid to diagnose glaucoma and in the follow-up to look for subtle changes that indicate progression of glaucoma.

Sankara Eye Hospital’s initiative of “Gift of Vision” has been helping people from economically restrained backgrounds gain access to quality eye care and treatment. Gift of Vision reaches out to the poor patients with various vitreo-retinal diseases and offers them screening and treatment, all free of cost. The hospital is currently equipped with advanced retinal screening equipments such as hand held non mydriatic fundus camera. 80% of the patients screened with retinal diseases will usually need services of the OCT Angio after comprehensive eye examination. This contribution by Timken has equipped Sankara to further stretch the reach of its “Gift of Vision” initiative.

“We are proud to associate with an institution that is working towards the betterment of the society. This donation was our contribution to a cause and we are immensely happy to be a part of this project,” said Mr. Sanjay Koul, Managing Director, Timken India.

“In the past year, 480 patients with retinal diseases have been treated free of cost at the hospital. We hope to reach out to more people who are suffering from retinal conditions and provide them a lease to a brighter future”, said Mr.Vikram Chaudhuri, Unit Head, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru

Timken has been in a long term association with Sankara Eye Hospital and has been rendering their support to its community activities. They have also donated a fully fledged bus to the hospital for the transportation of the community patients to &from the hospital, during this association.

STMicroelectronics and Arduino Launch Cooperation to Expand Maker-Community Access to STM32 MCUs and Sensors

· First Arduino board based on STM32 ARM® Cortex®-M MCU

· Delivers high-performance graphics, TFT touch display, wireless link, and connectivity for audio, MicroSD, USB OTG, and camera

· First demos at Bay Area Maker Faire, May 20-22

STMicroelectronics and Arduino Launch Cooperation to Expand Maker-Community Access to STM32 MCUs and Sensors

Moving to enable makers to make even more than before, STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Arduino, the world’s leading open-source ecosystem for Education, Maker, and IoT markets, today announced an agreement that brings the industry-leading STM32 family of microcontrollers (MCU), along with ST’s full portfolio of sensing, power, and connectivity technology, even closer to the Arduino maker community. The first product of the STAR (ST and Arduino) program, the STM32F469-based STAR Otto baseboard, will be demonstrated at the Bay Area Maker Faire, May 20-22 2016. Now, IoT developers and other makers can build high-performance graphics into their smart devices using accessible hardware and software to improve their applications with easy-to-use touch displays and audio for command and control as well as for media-streaming use cases.

STMicroelectronics and Arduino Launch Cooperation to Expand Maker-Community Access to STM32 MCUs and Sensors

STAR Otto presents to the Arduino environment exceptional performance from the 32-bit STM32F469 MCU, which includes ST’s Chrom-ART™ graphics accelerator and MIPI DSI[1] display interface along with an open-source software graphics library. Moreover STAR Otto uniquely provides a pre-integrated wireless link and audio capabilities, enabled by an ST MEMS[2] microphone together with the necessary open-source drivers. This efficient and optimized approach lets makers focus on their value-add and makes integration a breeze while enabling a broad range of Smart Home and Smart Industry applications.

In addition to the STAR Otto microcontroller baseboard, the cooperation aims to deliver a range of Arduino shields that expand the functional possibilities. DSI-display and NFC-reader shields are planned for Q2 2016 and a Sensor shield is scheduled to be available in H2 2016. Moreover, several STM32 Nucleo expansion boards and software libraries, including those for environmental sensors and proximity detection, have already been ported to the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and can seamlessly be used with the new STAR Otto baseboard.

“By adding ST’s broad family of industry-leading STM32 ARM Cortex-M-based microcontrollers to the Arduino universe along with a broad array of ST sensors and other components, makers will have at their fingertips the ability to design, build, and manufacture just about anything,” said Daniel Colonna, Marketing Director, Microcontroller Division, STMicroelectronics. “Because of the tremendous enthusiasm within the maker community for Smart Home and Smart Industry applications, we’re supporting those development efforts with our audio- and graphics-friendly STM32F469 MCU and other exciting products from ST broad portfolio.”

“Arduino has grown by encouraging kids – from 10 to 100 years old – to learn electronics and programming to make projects by building on the learnings of others and now we’re excited to add the STM32 family into the Maker community, to broaden learning with new features such as audio input/output and touchscreen display control,” said Federico Musto, CEO & President of Arduino S.r.L. “We fully expect commercial IoT companies to also use these new features to easily design new smart home devices and applications, or improve products that drive industrial automation and control.”

New Cisco Research Provides Digital Roadmap for Capturing $405 Billion Retail Banking Opportunity

Key digital solutions – including sales and service transformation, mobile payments, analytics, video advice, and cybersecurity – drive more than 90 percent of the value for retail banks

Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO): $405.3 Billion. That’s the Digital Value at Stake (VaS)[1] retail banks have the potential to realize from 2015 to 2017. Yet, in 2015, financial services as a whole captured just 29 percent of that opportunity. Of the challenges slowing growth and innovation, cybersecurity weakness is certainly at the forefront. Cybersecurity concerns have prevented retail banks from adopting digital technologies and business models. And this has contributed to them missing out on more than 70 percent of the potential revenue opportunity.

In light of this, and with the pressing realities of agile “fintech” disruptors, digital consumer demands, and complex regulatory hurdles – how do retail banks compete and capture the revenue opportunity at hand? As the largest segment of financial services, how do they grab their fair share?

Today, Cisco announced new research. The “Roadmap to Digital Value in the Retail Banking Industry” outlines the Digital Value at Stake for retail banking – as well as a digital roadmap for success. The study reveals digital use cases that drive the fastest value and return on investment for retail banks. With the right technology investments such as analytics, mobility, video, and virtualized delivery models – and with a plan for navigating security risks – retail banks can create a blueprint for capturing their share of the hundreds of billions in Digital Value at Stake.

“The ability for digital technologies to create and drive new revenue opportunities, combined with the ability to lower operational costs through digitized business processes, brings tremendous opportunity,” said Jason Bettinger, Director of Financial Services for Cisco’s Business Transformation Group. “But, too many banks are moving slowly or not at all. By waiting to digitize their businesses, or by delaying new technology initiatives, banks risk not only missing out on the potential Value at Stake, but are actually at risk for being put out of business altogether.”

Cisco Roadmap to Digital Value in the Retail Banking Industry

Retail Banks Must Accelerate Digitization or Risk Extinction: “Fintech” startups are disrupting retail banks by unbundling their products and services. By doing this, they’re able to seize a share of the banks’ most profitable business while avoiding the barriers to entry that naturally come with being a full-service bank. These start-ups are digitizing their offerings. Retail banks that fail to drive their digital transformation may be put out of business completely. According to a 2015 study by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center), an IMD Business School and Cisco initiative, 4 out of the top 10 retail banks will be displaced by digital disruption in the next three years. However, only 27 percent are taking a proactive approach by disrupting their own businesses. Cisco’s research identified key digital use cases in the retail banking industry that drive more than 90 percent of the $405.3 billion opportunity. These digital solutions include video-based advisors, workforce transformation, mobile payments, virtual tellers, information-based consulting, white-label services, connected ads, marketing, and more. A critical foundational element across all the use cases? Cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Weakness is Slowing Digital Innovation in Retail Banking: Despite the tremendous opportunity and competitive pressures that come with digital transformation, retail banks are still slow to digitize. A recent Cisco study, “Cybersecurity as a Growth Advantage” surveyed 1014 senior finance and line-of-business executives globally and found that 71 percent agreed that cybersecurity risks and threats hinder digital innovation in their organizations. Another 39 percent of respondents said they’ve halted mission-critical initiatives due to these concerns. Sixty percent admitted their organizations are reluctant to innovate in areas such as digital products and services because of the perceived risks. Specific digital initiatives delayed potentially include omnichannel capabilities, wealth management and asset transfers, mobile banking and mobile payment capabilities, self-service and virtualized delivery models. Cisco’s economic analysis estimates that by not digitizing more fully, incumbent retail banks missed out on $144 billion globally from 2011 to 2015.

Bottom line – cybersecurity concerns do not need to be a hindrance to digital innovation. Retail banks can transform cybersecurity from a liability into an asset that supports customer trust, innovation, and growth. All of these digital solutions depend on a robust cybersecurity foundation.

“By assessing, adopting and combining the right digital use cases for their needs, and doing it securely, retail banks will capture their share of the Value at Stake and be in a position to operate more agilely and compete,” said Bettinger. “By innovating and driving relevant new products and experiences to the market quickly, they can be the new disruptors.”

To calculate Digital Value at Stake, Cisco conducted the industry’s most comprehensive economic analysis. Spanning across the private sector, it includes 16 industries – financial services being one. The analysis is rooted in customer engagements and evaluation of 350 private sector digital use cases. Thirty of those are focused on financial services. To read the full report, including the key digital use cases recommended for retail banks, visit: