FICCI Announces 13th Edition of Higher Education Summit 2017

The fourth industrial revolution, brought on by the advent of the Internet age, demands that institutions embrace an education revolution too. Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media platforms are just some of the drivers reshaping how today’s learners are acquiring the skills for future of jobs.

The 13th edition of FICCI Higher Education Summit 2017 will be held on 9th – 11th November 2017 at India Exposition Centre, Greater Noida, and the centre of attraction for this year will the theme of summit i.e. “Education 4.0: Student at the core”. Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, GoI, Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, GoI, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh are among key dignitaries who are expected to be present at the summit. The high-power panels during the conference will be deliberating upon ongoing rapid technological disruption, India’s higher education readiness to meet the challenges, policy roadmaps to facilitate the change in 21st century and other topical issues in Higher Education.

Over the years FICCI Higher Education Summit has been an apt platform for deliberations upon key issues pertaining to Higher Education and it has also given perspective to Government, Industry, Higher Education Institutions other stakeholders to proactively develop approaches to adapt and manage the change effectively. There would be parallel sessions on topics such as Innovation Driven Learning, Role of Regulators and Institutional Leadership, Role of Technology in Higher Education, Shift Towards Autonomous Higher Education Institution, Diversity and Social Inclusion and Social Outreach in Higher Education.

The summit is supported by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GoI, Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI, Services Export Promotion Council and All India Council for Technical Education. This year Finland is Country partner for the Summit. Andhra Pradesh has associated as a State Partner.

The summit will be an ideal platform to tap the global market and network across the continent with educators, higher educational institutions, service providers and technology companies etc. The inaugural session will witness the presence of more than 1200 national and international delegates. The exhibition will be expecting more than 150 exhibitors from top of the line Institutions showcasing their best practices to the global participants and will explore collaborations.

Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) and B2B Meetings with delegates from over 300 international stakeholders, including Finland, USA, Turkey, Singapore, UK, European Union, Africa, Middle East and SAARC, etc. are expected to participate in the event.

On November 9th, FICCI’s 4th Higher Education Awards will also be held at Hotel Le Meridian to recognize and felicitate the achievements and the excellent work done by various institutions and individuals to improve the quality of higher education in India.

CREDAI moves CCI against cement cartels

Took up the issue of undue increase in prices of cement despite low demand

Real Estate sector accounts for almost 67% of total consumption

To control the cost of construction and make home prices work for the common man, the Confederation of Real Estate Developer’s Associations of India (CREDAI) has moved the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Cement Manufacturers who have been unduly increasing the cost of cement. CREDAI has also highlighted the violation by cement manufacturers of the Commission’s “cease and desist” order of 2012. The 2012 order of CCI had held that the cement manufacturers had formed a price cartel and were fined nearly Rs 6000 crores by the regulator.

In its submission to the Commission, CREDAI has pointed out that the cost of raw material used in manufacturing the cement has come down from January 2015 to September 2015 but cement companies never passed on this benefit to their customers. Instead, they seemed to be working together in controlling supply and prices.

CREDAI has said it is well known that the Real Estate sector is under pressure currently with a consequent decrease in cement demand. It is also estimated that housing and other real estate sectors account for nearly half of the cement demand in the country.

Despite the low demand, the prices of cement have jumped by 20-40 % in top cities pan India in the last couple of months. “It is notable that the cost of raw material for cement production has come down significantly during January, 2015 to September, 2015. It is unfair that the cement manufacturers indulge in practices that control the prices of cement. CCI has warned CMA in the past as well but it is unfortunate that they seem to be continuing with their price and market manipulation” says Mr. Getamber Anand – President, CREDAI National.

The confederation complained that there seems to be no grounds for supply restriction and the recent price increase in cement given the low demand. The confederation also brought to notice the Commission’s order dated June 20, 2012 wherein cement manufacturers were directed to ‘cease and desist’ from indulging in any activity relating to agreement, understanding or arrangement on prices, production and supply of cement in the market. “In that order the commission had determined the penalty amount on various cement companies. However, various cement manufacturers challenged the order before the Competition Appellate Tribunal that chose to grant stay to the penalties. But the Appellate Tribunal did not find anything wrong in the order of ‘cease’ and ‘desist’ which continues to operate till date,” says CREDAI.

CREDAI has submitted to the CCI that cement manufacturers have contravened the June 20, 2012, order as the prices of all the cement manufacturers are moving in tandem leaving the customers with no choice but to succumb to the cartel. “This is quite unfortunate and not in public interest. We all want to participate in the “Housing for All” vision of the Government, but we are unable to bring down our costs of construction to a level which is affordable to the common man”.

Earlier in the month, CREDAI NCR Board at its AGM has taken the unanimous decision to stop procurement of cement from the companies which have unilaterally increased cement prices in last one month like Ultratech, Lafarge and others. All the members of CREDAI NCR have agreed to implement this ban. The decision took effect in the Delhi, NOIDA, Greater NOIDA, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Yamuna Expressway, Raj Nagar Extension, Faridabad, Neemrana, Bhiwadi and Adjoining areas.

Industry awaits Renewable Energy India Expo (REI) 2015

Global Interest, International Investments & Technology breakthroughs mark 9th edition

UBM India will host the 9th edition of its flagship event, Renewable Energy India Expo (REI) from 23rd to25th September at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida. REI is a global platform where India’s green economy community including overseas participants will congregate to discuss industry trends, challenges and market insights including the Indian regulatory framework. The event aims to further upscale and mainstream the applications of renewable energy resources, showcase innovations, product launches and enrich the deliberation through international exhibition and conference platform.

REI India 2015 will feature country pavilions from China, Japan, Italy, Taiwan, Canada & USA, a delegation of business houses led by Honourable Ms. Amy Adams, New Zealand Minister for Justice, Courts, Communications and Broadcasting. The event has been well received and supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy- Government of India (MNRE), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP), National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office (IGEF), Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Developers Association (TNSEDA), Solar Power Developers Association and Indian Biogas Association, and will see the presence of key dignitaries Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary , Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Mr. Kameswara Rao, Energy, Utilities, and Mining Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited, Mr. Munehiko Tsuchiya, Executive Director, NEDO, Japan, Mr. Dillon Banerjee, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, Dr. Martin Hanz, Deputy Chief of Mission, Head of Economic and Global Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in India, Dr. S Gomathinayagam, Director General, National Institute of Wind Energy, Government of India, Shri Ajay Jain, Secretary to Government, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Arvind Kumar, Secretary (FAC), Government of Telangana, Shri S.K. Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, His Excellency Mr. Wilmar Rizali Indrakesuma, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Chargé d’Affaires Mr. Radu Octavian Dobre, Embassy of Romania, His Excellency Mr. Daniel Carmon, Embassy of Israel, H.E. Mr. Petko Doykov, Embassy of Bulgaria, His Excellency Mr. Tomasz Łukaszuk, Embassy of Republic of Poland.

Bringing together manufacturers, EPCs and service providers, REI 2015 trade expo has over 500 participating exhibitors including companies like Bergen Associates, BOSCH Solar Energy, Bonfiglioli Renewable Power, Conversion India Pvt Ltd., Canadian Solar, Delta Power Solution (I) Pvt Ltd., EMMVEE Photovoltaic Power Pvt Ltd., Enerparc Energy Pvt Ltd., GE, Genus Innovation Limited, Harsha Abakus Solar, Hero Future Energies,

Mahindra Susten, Nuevosol Energy Pvt. Ltd., Phocos India Solar Pvt Ltd., Regen Powertech Pvt Ltd., Rolta Power Pvt. Ltd., Siemens Limited, SkyPower Global, Sterling Wilson, SunEdison Solar Power India Pvt Ltd, Suzlon, Vikram Solar Pvt Ltd. amongst others. The show will also serve as a launch platform for companies to introduce new products and technologies. Navitas Green Solutions Pvt. Ltd. will launch their Sapphire series of solar PV modules by which clients get the benefit of natural day lighting and power generation; PV Power Tech will launch high efficiency 4 bus bar cell with 260 watt module in 60 cells, while Staubli Tec Systems India Pvt Ltd will introduce MC4 EVO 2, the first PV connector in the market that is suited for all climatic environments thanks to resistance to UV, ammonia, salt-mist spray and high IP class (IP68) and for high current rating up to 69 A. The MC4 EVO2 is suitable for a wide cable range and all original MC4 products are fully intercompatible.

Highlights of the expo include the live experience of a Solar car, workshops and master classes by Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES), the Business Plan Competition that will offer opportunities to potential entrepreneurs to win funding from investors, World of Innovation- the launch-pad arena, Technical Symposium on skills development by National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE).

Yogesh Mudras, Acting Managing Director, UBM India Pvt. Ltd, said “UBM India’s objective for the 2015 edition of REI Expo is to bridge the gap between Industry, Government & Investors. To support the Indian Government’s vision of achieving 1,75,000 MW by 2022, REI Expo would serve as an Industry catalyst in bringing the technology and the international fraternity including investors to India to enable potential projects and set up manufacturing units under the “Make in India” campaign. In a nutshell, REI 2015 will be world’s 2nd largest event in this sector with multiple country participation, best of technology, cost effective solutions, participation of Industry leaders, various country delegation, top global brands exhibiting and their product and solution offerings and a content rich conference.”

The expo will also boast a power packed conference themed “Indian Renewable Energy Landscape – Evolving the Success Parameters”. Eminent industry Speakers from across the world will discuss on key issues and trends related to Renewable Energy, the status of Solar and Wind power in India, strategies to scale it up to achieve 100 GW and 70 GW by 2020, Policy interventions, manufacturing reach, financial viability of projects whilst mitigating risk, Smart Grid Pilot Projects, Geothermal Energy Status and Bio Energy. Some key topics of discussion at the conference over the three days include:

· Welcome to the New Era of Solar Energy in India
· Solar Park: Developers & State Perspective
· Roadmap for achieving 60 GW of Wind Generation in India
· Repowering of old wind farms by Indo German Energy Forum, Support Office
· Harvesting Power – Integrating waste into our culture
· Solar Power: A definitive game changer
· Make in India- RE Sector By Bloomberg New Energy Finance
· Smart Grid with Smart RE
· Right Beneath our Feet- Realising our Geo-Energy Future by and The Indian Geothermal Association
· Balance of System: The Nerve Centre
· Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Renewable Energy Sector by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)

The trade show will also be preceded by the Renewable Energy India Awards 2015 that aims to celebrate excellence and recognize contribution of Indian companies in the Renewable Energy sector. The event provides an opportunity to organisations to showcase their exceptional accomplishments & abilities in the direction of Innovations & Excellence. With supporting partners, Ernst & Young as Process Advisors and Avalon Global Research as Knowledge Partner, the Awards will be conducted professionally and systematically to bring out the best of India’s talent.

Along with the REI Awards, UBM India will launch a collector’s Edition Publication, “India’s Leading Renewable Energy Companies”, a premium publication capturing the development of Renewable Energy business in India in FY14 -15 and profiling the leading companies in the Renewable Energy Sector.

Auto Expo 2014 to move to Greater Noida

Auto Expo 2014 is now scheduled to take place in the month of February 2014 and at a brand new event located in Greater Noida.

Traditionally, Auto Expo has been held in the first week of January at Pragati Maidan.

The organizers said that they decided to delay the event to February to avoid clashing the dates with the Detroit Auto Show.

The event is being moved to Greater Noida because of date clashes with another event scheduled for Pragati Maidan.

Holding the event in Greater Noida would let them have more space for the event while expecting only serious visitors.

Formula-1 track in India named Buddh International Circuit

Formula-1 track in India named Buddh International Circuit

The first and the only Formula-1 track in India has now been officially named Buddh International Circuit.

This track has been designed by Herman Tilke and is scheduled to host its first grand prix later this year.

Formula-1 track in India named Buddh International Circuit

Formula-1 track in India named Buddh International Circuit

There are still some formalities pending but we assume that the track would clear everything on time for the first Indian Grand Prix this year!

The track is located around 40 kilometers from the capital city of Delhi and is situated near the Gautam Budh Nagar district close to Great Noida.

Bharat Stage IV Emission Norms

Bharat Stage IV Emission Norms

India would get the latest Bharat Stage IV emission norms from April 2010.

These emission norms would be applied to 11 cities:

Delhi NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat, Alwar, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad)
Kanpur and