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Best COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES of India 2018 How are Start-ups disrupting Indian education system?

Reiki – a spiritually flourishing career

Is your overseas education plan a well thought decision?

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ESTABLISHMENT OF SNIST Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology was established in 1997 in Hyderabad under the leadership of Dr. K.T. Mahhe, Chairman Sreenidhi Educational Group, a visionary and pioneering in the field of Education who understands the needs of learners of today’s generation and believes in reformation in the Educational Sector to prepare students for the challenges of 21st Century by providing World class education and infrastructure. The institute is approved by AICTE & State Government and is affiliated to JNT University, Hyderabad. At the time of establishment, College offered five branches at B. Tech level with intake of 260 students. Now it has grown into biggest Institution in the State of Telangana with an intake of 1680 students. The college is now offering 8 B.Tech courses, 7 M.Tech courses and MBA course. The Institution is attracting very best students who are in the top five % of rankers in Common Entrance examination conducted by the State Government.



College has submitted itself for accreditation by NBA at the age of five and half years and all the five courses for which applications were submitted were accredited by NBA. All UG and PG courses are accredited by NBA for two to four cycles.The Institute is accredited by NAAC with “A” grade. The college is also considered as high performing institution in Asia Pacific Region by WCRC, Singapore.

The curriculum is continuously revised based on the skill in demand analysis and the inputs received from members of the industry in Board of Studies, feedback from recruiting companies, alumni feedback from students appearing placement Interviews etc. SNIST is the one of the twenty five colleges selected by IBM for the IBM-ICE program to participate in curriculum development in IoT, Cloud Computing and Data Science. IBM has conducted faculty development program in these new technology areas who in turn are teaching our students. Besides this, the world renowned ERP organization SAP has introduced SAP subject in our curriculum which has also offered faculty development program so that the faculty is empowered to teach this course. Oracle corporationhas also entered into MOU with our college for conducting certification programs to our students.

EXCELLENT TEACHING-LEARNING PROCESS The college's view is that there is no meaning for teaching if learning doesn't takes place. Our faculty is dedicated in making every student understand the subject and also to train them to be life-long learners.



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PROMOTION OF RESEARCH& DEVELOPMENT Lot of emphasis is given to research to provide solutions to industrial and societal problems & to develop new technologies. Institute is encouraging the faculty to do academic research and to take up research projects from various GRANT-IN-AID projects from DRDO, UGC, DST, AICTE etc. Incentives are given to the extent of 1.2% of project sanction amount to the faculty. At present 7 research projects worth `90 Lakhs are ongoing and a dozen projects were completed worth `1.2 crores. `50 Lakhs per annum is provided by the Institute for academic research.

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR CONSULTANCY ACTIVITY Institute is providing consultancy to industries and other institutions. Number of MOUs are signed with industries such as ISRO, DRDO, Singereni Collieries & also with Cherlapally Industrial associations, Hyderabad. Consultancy projects worth more than `50 Lakhs have been executed.




Lot of emphasis & encouragement is given to students and faculty to apply for patents. The expenses towards this is liberally provided by the Institute. At present 5 patents are granted and 21 patents are filed / published by students and faculty. It is very heartening that majority of patents are filed with the contribution of Under Graduate students.

Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India has sanctioned Entrepreneurship Development center for this college and has provided `21 lakhs as a grant. The students are encouraged to take up career in Entrepreneurship. This flagship program in collaboration with ISB to provide training in entrepreneurship is well applauded.



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How are start-ups disrupting Indian education system? Choice and innovation drove the education reform in the 1990s. The charter school movement, the creation of reform-minded organisations like Teach For America, The New Teacher Project and the new policies focused on student’s access to equal education. While this was the scene in education, the hardware and software sectors were climbing the ladder of sophistication through powerful personal computing, the World Wide Web and the rapid expansion of e-mail. Then, in the 90’s, technology started feeling its way in schools, than ever before. Features

l Express creativity through Animation ................................................................... 24 l Reiki – a spiritually flourishing career .................................................................. 30 l Nutrition & Dietetics ....................................................................................................... 36 l Certified Ethical Hackers to rule the web ..................................................................... 48

REPORT l The correlation between education and wealth............................................................ 52

GUEST COLUMN l Is your overseas education plan a well thought decision? ......................................... 58 6 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

l Letters to the Editor.......................................06 l News...............................................................08 l Events.............................................................54

interviews l Shaheen Khan, Director, CEDP Skill

Institute ..................................................... 46 l Mr. Ashutosh Dayal Sharma, Chairman,

VGCF ............................................................ 48 l Santosh Kumar Choubey, Founder, AISECT

Group of Universities .................................. 50

Letters to the Editor Survive and win It! Survival of the Fittest! I always wanted to be a part of the corporate world. However, being a fresher I did not know the standards to be kept in mind before appearing for an interview, and the right way to survive in a private firm. The article gave me much useful information on how to build the correct attitude and work with integrity to stand out in the corporate world.

Principal Correspondent Ritika Arora Bhola Special Correspondent Gaurav Dubey Correspondent Upamanyu Borah Director Marketing Ajeet Kumar

Nikita Sharma, Mumbai

Manager Marketing Niti Chauhan Parminder Singh

Best Offbeat Courses I was actually less knowledged about emerging courses like mountaineering, tattoo artistry, carpet technology, photonics, etc. The insightful story on offbeat courses gave me quality information about the importance, eligibility criteria, required skills and job opportunities along with helping me to phase out the best option.

Assistant Manager Marketing Mehuli Choudhury Sr Designer & Visualiser Shaique Ahmad Designer & Visualiser Mayank Bhatnagar

Poorni Roy, Kolkata Here’s how to crack interview like a pro Reading the story will help freshers and one who will step into that timeline someday. But, it is important to understand what is expected from them and whether they fit in that given profile or not. Analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses alongside will help them in deciding how well the job suits them and they got to approach the interview. Dr R K Agarwal, Pilani Exploring opportunities in Forensic Sciences I was brief ly informed about the scope of forensic sciences from one of my friends. However, I was uncertain about the criteria of the discipline and the right institute to pursue it. This story on forensic sciences is spruced with detailed information on the subject matter and has definitely encouraged me to consider the discipline. Krishna Sanmugam, Chennai The Anatomy of Campus Placements Today, campus recruitment has become an integral criteria and every institute is putting their best efforts. I personally found the story ‘The Anatomy of Campus Placements’ inclusive, giving me and also my son comprehensive information about the different types of interview process and how to crack any interview with ease. And the placement list for colleges is so very crucial. Adhiraj Singh, Manipur 8 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

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Four years of Modi govt: Autonomy granted but education policy yet to take off

Delhi comes third in CBSE Class 12 Results 2018 with 89 per cent


BSE Cla s s 12 Re s u lt s was declared on May 26 a nd D el h i h a s come up to the third position with 89 per cent this year. Last year, the state could reach to 88.37 per cent in C BSE b oa rd ex a m s for Cla s s 12. T h i r uva na nt hapu r a m (now Trivandrum) in Kerala secured the top position with a pass percentage of 97.32. Chennai region’s pass percentage came second with pass percentage at 93.87. CBSE Class 12 exams 2018 were conducted on March 5 and had one re-examination because of the economics paper leak this year which was re-conducted on April 25 this year.

1120 vacancies in Indian Railways: Apply before June 30


he I nd ia n R a i lways h a s invited online applications to fill 1120 vacancies for SubInspectors (SI) under a recruitment drive for Railway Protection Force (R PF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF). Opening date for submission of online application form is June 1, while the last date is June 30. A Computer-based Test (CBT) will tentatively be conducted on September and October 2018 to fill 819 vacancies for male and 301 for female candidates. Candidates, who have completed their graduation from a recognised university, are eligible. The last date to submit online and off line fee payment is July 2 and July 5 respectively. Selected candidates will get an initial payment of Rs. 35,400 plus other allowances.

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he Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has had a mixed bag of achievements in the last four years. While the government has made substantial progress on granting autonomy to institutions, its much touted National Education Policy (NEP) is yet to take off. The Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto had also assured public spending on education would be raised to 6% of the Gross Domestic Product


(GDP but the actual figure remains much lower. In 2017-18, it was less than 3%. Dinesh Singh, former Delhi University Vice-Chancellor, said, “I do welcome the sort of autonomy they have granted to the IIMs and the other thing they could is to decentralise the kind of control they have on higher education that is exercised across India by a handful of central agencies. These agencies have limited knowledge of the needs and challenges of different regions of India in terms of education.”

CBSE Class 12 result 2018: Students scoring 95% or above soars in India

elhi University cutoffs are likely to increase by 0.25 to 1 percentage points across streams this year with more students scoring 95 per cent or above in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 results that was declared on Saturday. This year, a total of 12,737 students scored 95 per cent and above marks, which is 2,646 more from last

year’s 10,138. The number of students scoring 90 per cent and above this year is 72,599, which is an increase of almost 19,000 from last year, according to information shared by the board. The CBSE result have a direct impact on the DU cutoffs as at least 80 per cent of the applications received by the university is from CBSE students, a top DU official said.

AIIMS MBBS Results 2018 to be declared in third week of June


he AIIMS MBBS Exam 2018 was conducted in a Computer Based Test (CBT) mode on May 26 and May 27, 2018, in 155

cities across India. The A l l I n d i a I n s t i t u t e of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted the online exam i n t wo s h i f t s o n e a c h day viz morning 9 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 6:30 pm. Now, the results of the entrance exam will be declared on June 18 on the official website, the link for which is aiimsexams.org.


SC allows private medical colleges to fill up vacant seats


he Supreme Court has recently agreed to suggestions that the vacant post-graduate seats in private unaided medical colleges could be filled up as per the order of merit in the All-India National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) list. A bench of Justices, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra said this while hearing a matter of Uttar Pradesh during which the Medical Council of India (MCI) said that almost 41.95 per cent of postgraduate medical seats for academic year 2018-2019 in private unaided medical colleges in the state have remained vacant.


“We f ind this suggestion to be most appropriate and also assuage the grievance of the private medical colleges and open up new opportunity to the aspiring candidates in the merit list who otherwise could not secure admission in other medical colleges,” the bench noted in its order. The bench also made it clear “that in the guise of recommending names of candidates to private colleges, the candidate who has already secured a d m i s sio n el s e w h e r e c a n n o t b e permitted to resign from the concerned college to avail the opportunity under the stated dispensation.”

ICSE results: Mumbai boy tops with 99.4%

he Cou nci l for t he I nd ia n School Certificate Examination (CISCE) today declared results for the Class 12 and Class 10 exams with girls once again bettering boys in overall scores and 64 students getting more than 99 per cent. W hile 49 students got more than 99 per cent in the Class 12 exam, 15 students scored

more than 99 per cent in the Class 10 exam. Mumbai boy Swayam Das emerged the Class 10 all India topper with 99.4 per cent. Jalandhar’s Jasmin Kaur Chahal and Mumbai’s Anokhi Amit Mehta jointly bagged the second position with 99.2 per cent each. The third position was shared by 12 students who scored 99 per cent each.

Telangana govt makes health checkup of students mandatory in state-run schools


or the first time, the Telangana school education depar tment has decided to conduct health checkups of all students as part of the academic calendar for 2018-19, which was approved by Kadiyam Srihari, deputy chief minister and education minister. According to the academic calendar, all schools have to take necessary measures to conduct health checkup with the help of local primary health centers and take referral cases to the nearby area hospitals. “The health cards have already been printed

under cumulative records which need to be filled up and maintain properly. The health check of every child twice in a year is a must. The headmasters must ensure and implement,” reads the calendar.

IGNOU exempts fees for SC and ST students


ndira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched three new certificate courses Certificate in First Aid, Certificate in Tribal Studies and Diploma in Event Management from the coming aca dem ic session beg i n n i ng i n July 2018. The IGNOU has decided to exempt admission and readmission fees for the scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) students for the admission of certificate courses, under graduate courses and post graduate diploma courses. Those SC and ST students who are availing any kind of fellowship of fee exemption from other agencies are not eligible for fee exemption.

IIM Calcutta Wins International Awards


wo case st udies published by the II M Calcut t a Case Research Centre have won awards in the 2017 edition of the European Foundation of Management Development case competition, a recently released IIM(C) statement said. The awards were announced earlier this month, the statement added. In the inclusive business models categor y, spon sored by t h e I n s t i t u t e fo r M a n a g e m e n t Development, t he I I M Calcut t a team of Professor Indranil Bose and student Gaurav Gupta won the award for their case ‘SIMsePAY at YES BANK: Creating Value Through an UnSmart Innovation.’ June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 11


Fee of affiliated colleges of Panjab University to be increased by five per cent


e e s of a l l t h e a f f i l i a t e d colleges of Panjab University will be increased by 5 per cent in the new session. The Senate, after deliberating on the issue of rationalisation and revision of fee structure, examination fee and all other charges, resolved to an overall fee hike for affiliated colleges to the university in Chandigarh and Punjab. However, there shall be no increase in late fee admission charges. On May 6, in the earlier Senate meeting, an overall fee hike of 10 per cent was approved at the university for new entrants to traditional and self-f inancing courses in 201819 while it stuck to a 5 per cent increase for ongoing students.

Google India offers educational programme for summer vacations


ech giant Google has launched a new educational programme for children and parents for the summer vacations. As part of its ‘#SummerWithGoogle’, the company will offer a variety of activities to keep teenagers (1318 years) engaged throughout their summer vacations, Google India Director (Trust and Safety) Sunita Mohanty said. Google will release one assignment every week for four weeks, which will include use of various Google products like Google Earth, Google Translate and Google Arts and Culture, she added. The last assignment will entail development of an app to share their summer experience.

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Second Noida girl to become all-India topper in two years


ouching the golden mark of 499, Meghna Srivastava of Noida has emerged as the all-India topper in CBSE’s class XII exams becoming the

second girl from the city to achieve the feat in the last two years.A Humanities student who says she is thrilled at her achievement, Meghna was trying hard to deal with the media attention throughout her interviews. But the attention is here to stay for a while as she has got 100/100 in four subjects - Psychology, Geography, History and Economics with one mark less only in English.While Meghna had been a diligent and a consistent student throughout, the CBSE Economics paper leak controversy did upset her a lot, she admitted.

Sanskriti University Announces Scholarship of Rs. 1 crore for J&K students


P-based Sanskriti University today announced a scholarship of one crore for the students of Jammu and Kashmir, saying the varsity has a variety of new courses with assured placements. “T he Sa nsk r it i Un iversit y has decided to provide opportunity to the students of Jammu and Kashmir to pursue higher education at its Mathura campus and it is for the first time when the varsity is extending admissions to the students of the state,” executive director of the university P C Chabra shared. General Manager Abhisheik Shukla

said the university, as part of its efforts to contribute towards equitable growth across different strata of the society, has decided to award scholarships to the tune of Rs. one crore to the meritorious students from Jammu and Kashmir who come from humble backgrounds.

IBM India says Cyber Security a Gold Mine for jobs


lobal technology major IBM has said there is a massive shor tage of cyber secu r it y professionals in the country, urging

young graduates to look this segment, wh ich is a h ig h-ma rg i n seg ment for companies, as a lucrative career option. The company, which looks at India both as a market as well as a talent pool to serve the global markets on cyber security, said a whopping 3 million cyber security professionals are required in the country but the supply is not even a lakh now. The IBM executives declined to give a clear answer whether cyber secu r it y ca n emerge a s a muchneeded succour from an employability perspective, but explained that different skill sets and approaches are required for grabbing such jobs.


Javadekar launches apex education programme


he H R D M i n ist r y re ce ntly a n nou nce d t he lau nch of ‘Samagra Shiksha’ programme subsuming three existing schemes: S a r v a S h i k s h a A b h i y a n (S SA), R a sht r iya Ma d hya m i k Sh i k sk h a A b h i y a n ( R M S A) a n d Te a c h e r Education (TE). This has been done to treat school education holistically, from pre-school to Class XII. “The programme will focus on qu alit y educat ion and en hanci ng learning outcomes of students, bridging


social and gender gaps in the school education, and promoting vocalisation of education,” Prakash Javadekar, Mi n ister for Hu ma n Resou rce Development, said at an event to mark the launch of the new scheme. Java deka r also said CWSN (Children With Special Needs) girls from Class I to XII would be given a stipend of Rs 200 per month. To focus on the impor tance of libraries, schools would be given an annual grant of ₹5,000 to Rs 20,000 under the initiative.

Godrej group to groom humanities students for career in cultural sector

he Godrej group has launched a leadership programme for s t u d e nt s of hu m a n it ie s t o prepa re t hem for recr uit ment i n the cultural sector. Godrej Culture Lab, the group’s initiative for crosspollination of ideas, will also offer employment opportunities to deserving students at the end of the one-month paid internship programme – currently the only one of its kind being offered in India.

“A unique curriculum has been developed for the students. They will hear from industry experts, they will visit cultural spaces for behind-thescenes knowledge and through the month, they will also learn how to curate, promote and produce a worldclass event,” Parmesh Shahani, head, Godrej India Culture Lab, said. At the end of the programme, fellows will organise an event at the lab.

UGC grants autonomy status to Jain University The University Grants Commission (UGC) has granted autonomy status to Jai n Un iversit y as per UG C’s new regulation on “Categorisation of universities for Grant of Graded Economy 2018 under the UGC Act of 1956’’. Jain University has been placed u nder Categor y II of instit utions eligible for g raded economy and t he g ra nt was awa rded based on

accreditation given by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

UNICEF launches data visualisation app


he University Grants Com m ission ( UG C) ha s granted autonomy status to Jain University as per UGC’s new regulation on “Categorisation of universities for Grant of Graded Economy 2018 under the UGC Act of 1956’’. Jain University has been placed under Category II of institutions eligible for graded economy and the grant was awarded based on accreditation given by the National A s s e s s me nt a nd Ac c r e d it at ion Council (NAAC).

Cabinet to establish central university in Andhra Pradesh


he Cabinet today approved the setting up of a central u n i ve r s i t y i n Ja n t h a l u r u district of Andhra Pradesh. A provision of Rs 450 crore has been approved for meeting the f irst phase expendit u re towards establishment of the university. The Cabinet also approved the operationalisation of the central university in the transit campus, initially by forming a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give a legal status to it till the amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 is enacted and to enable commencement of academic activities from 2018-19. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 13


How are start-ups disrupting Indian Education System? Start-ups have been continuously revamping ways through which modern India learns today. Several new education start-ups have overturned the conventional model of education in India. Gaurav Dubey analyses the role of education technology in higher education, with a checklist of relevant Indian start-ups to look out for and plays out its pros and cons.


hoice and innovation drove the education reform in the 1990s. The charter school movement, the creation of reform-minded organisations like Teach For America, The New Teacher Project and the new policies focused on student’s access to equal education. While this was the scene in education, the hardware and software sectors were

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climbing the ladder of sophistication through powerful personal computing, the World Wide Web and the rapid expansion of e-mail. Then, in the 90’s, technology started feeling its way in schools. When the ‘No Child Left Behind’ education policy kicked in 2001 and new funding sources like the Gates Foundation added fuel for schools to measure progress and raise achievement


levels, technology strongly imprinted upon minds, with the rise of portable technology, popularly known as ‘smart’ devices, having more connectivity than ever. Current Scenario The main challenges that plague our higher education system include access, parity and merit. All of these can be easily tackled with the help of technology. As infrastructural constraints and delivery issues prevail, dependence on technology for imparting education will continue to grow, thereby attracting increased investments in the sector. There have been several advancements in this area, including the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that have altered the way of imparting education, by creating a premium industry sector called Educational Technology. Education Technology, shortened as ‘Ed-tech, is about learning in a mobile, networked world. Interpreting education in technology, it aims to enhance teaching practices and improve the learning outcomes as a consequence. The thrust of Ed-tech lies in the development and application of tools (including software, hardware, and processes) intended to promote education. Economy of Education in India Every year, more than 20 million student enrolments are recorded in the Indian higher education system. Hence, it is marked as the third largest, after United States and China. According to a recent EY report, this number is expected to rise to 140 million by 2030, accounting as the largest pool in the world. Today, higher education forms nearly 60 per cent of the sector and is poised for an average growth of 18 per cent CAGR until 2021, as stated in The Financial Express article. According to a note by India Ratings and Research, a Fitch Group company, India’s education sector is set to reach `7,80,000 crore in size from `6,42,300, a growth of over 20 per cent. The education sector has tremendous potential to grow due to the huge demand-supply gap.

Indian Ed-Tech Start-ups Almost flocking together, the startups are geared up to play a key role in delivering education in India using the internet to scale and solve the last-mile problem. With the right blend of cheap smartphones and affordable internet, they offer access to quality education, anywhere and anytime. As per the report published by start-up data tracker Tracxn, since 2006, more than `67,496 crore has been invested in Ed-Tech, whereas one-third of the amount was

According to India Ratings and Research, India’s education sector is set to reach `7,80,000 crore in size from `6,42,300, a growth of over 20 per cent invested in 2015 alone. The following list shall enlighten you about the level of enormity and creativity of some of these leading Ed-Tech startups in India. MeritNation Based in Delhi, MeritNation provides interactive study material for class 1 to 12 students, studying in CBSE, ICSE, and Maharashtra (MSBSHSE), Karnataka (KSEEB) Kerala (SCERT) and Tamil Nadu board. The website encompasses a broad range of test preparation material ranging from engineering, medical and other vocations. They serve to users escalating to figures in crore, by presenting courseware features like multimedia tutorials, interactive

exercises, tests and analytical data reports to analyse strengths and weaknesses. Simplilearn One of the world’s largest professional certification companies with customers in more than 150 countries, Simplilearn offers more than 400 courses from a panel of over 2,000 industry experts; ranging from Data Science, Project Management, Big Data, Digital Marketing, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), etc. The start-up claims to have trained more than half a million professionals since its inception in 2010. It is named the eighth most influential education brand in the world by LinkedIn in its Education Edition report. Unacademy India’s largest free education initiative, Unacademy, aims to index the entire world’s education on its platform in all languages. The founders, Gaurav Munjal and Roman Saini, have made it India’s most popular educational channel on YouTube, with 200,000 visits and 1.5 million page views a month. CultureAlley With roots in Jaipur, CultureAlley provides a language-education platform designed by linguists from across the globe, with an interactive and contextual courseware. Named ‘Hello English’, its app enables Indians to learn English from 15 vernacular languages. The most widely used Android learning app, with more than 10 million downloads has the backing of 500 Startups, Kae Capital, and Tiger Global. Toppr The key start-up Toppr, deals with entrance exam preparation by providing personalised and adaptive learning tests and practice packages to help students ascertain and improve their ranks. Founded by Hemanth Goleti and Zishaan Hayath, Toppr is compatible for state board, medical and IITJEE exams. Achieving a record of 6, 90,000 registered students as per its website, Toppr courses are priced

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between `2,900 to `6,900 per year. Vedantu A personalised online tutoring platform crafted for middle school and high school students, Vedantu presents an attractive package of live tutoring, twoway interaction, flexible schedules, and access to class recordings. With teachers from premier learning institutions like IITs, NITs, and IISc, Vedantu offers a technology platform that can establish a two-way audio-video connection between the teacher and student at surprisingly low internet bandwidths. Advantages and Limitations The vantage point of Ed-tech allows the learner an opportunity to access study material anytime, anywhere, on any connected device. In the remotest of regions, online platforms connect millions of deserving students to the top-notch educators in the world. Ed-tech is instrumental in addressing the demand-supply gap for quality education. Although online learning in India stands at less than $1 billion, it is growing at a healthy 16 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

Although online learning in India stands at less than $1 billion, it is growing at a healthy CAGR of 40 per cent, as mentioned in an article by The Financial Express CAGR of 40 per cent, as mentioned in an article by The Financial Express. Further, the emphasis on Digital India has given impetus to Ed-tech and is expected to have a positive impact on the education sector. Offering an array of unique benefits, such as costconvenience and customised pace of progress, e-learning functions as a support system to the higher education in the country. However, technology

isn’t everything. One needs to also use the brain before getting the best out of technology. So, one must not solely rely on it. After all, it’s a man-made product, with drawbacks of its own. Without a good understanding of technology, some educators feel handicapped and are unable to develop ways of applying technology to their respective disciplines. The Road Ahead Education Technology can prove to be a truly industry-changing move for academicians, as it would help them streamline time-consuming processes such as lesson planning, reporting, record keeping and ultimately in simplifying communication. There’s an entire gamut of opportunities in the Ed-tech segment in India to take care of analysing student’s progress and budget performance for the educational institutions. So, the future of education heavily depends on the ongoing dialogue between the educational institutions and professionals in the tech industry.

Research Methodology

Module 1 A detailed template was sent across to UGC affiliated universities across India to measure several parameters, both online and offline. Our template collected factual data on the following information areas:

Learning pedagogy | Exposure | Industry Interaction | Infrastructure | Placements | Global tie-ups

Module 2 A geographical spread of the sample was ensured by selecting multiple starting points spread across the cities. The sample survey of over 5,000 colleges/universities (excluding IIT's & IIM's) was conducted in select tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 cities.

Module 3 Our research team did an assessment to find out individual scores secured by the educational institutes on respective parameters based on the received information template forms.

Module 4 Raw scores and weighted score for each parameter was calculated to get the perceptual score.

Module 5

Outstanding Excellent Extremely Good VERY GOOD GOOD

The cumulative scores were calculated and the top universities were rated on the median-based ‘star’ rating process.

NB: The colleges/universities have been rated alphabetically at each level of the star rating. February 2017 < CAREERCONNECT < 17

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CAREERCONNECT proudly presents yet another issue which categorically lists the Best Higher Educational Institutes across India. Below is an extensive list of the most sought after colleges and universities in both public and private category. The purpose behind this endeavour is to highlight the educational institutes after analysing them on various parameters, to help students make better choices. Name of the Institution

Asian College of Journalism, Chennai Anna university, Chennai Xavierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute of Communications, Mumbai Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad Azim Premji University, Bangalore NIMS University, Jaipur University of Mysore, Mysore Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga GNA University, Phagwara Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad Shiv Nadar University, Dadri National Law School of India University, Bangalore Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law, Hyderabad National Law School of India University, Bengalore St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, New Delhi University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi Entrepreneurship and Management Processes International, New Delhi Pope John Paul II College of Education, Puducherry Sanjay Memorial Institute of Technology, Berhampur Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Jadavpur University, Kolkata National Institute of Design Ahmedabad Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad University of Calcutta, Kolkata Mizoram University, Aizawl Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University, Raebareli Sree Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology and Science, Mahabubnagar 18 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018


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Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar University of Burdwan, Bardhaman Delhi Technological University, Delhi Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata Eternal University, Sirmour Geethanjali Institute of Science and Technology, Nellore Guru Nanak Institute of Management, New Delhi KR Mangalam University, Sohna Road Mahant Bachittar Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata South Asian University, New Delhi National Law University, New Delhi Karnataka University, Dharwad Ashoka University, Sonepat Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar University, Delhi Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Christ University, Bangalore English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad FLAME University, Pune Dr. C.V. Raman University, Bihar Lovely Professional University, Phagwara AISECT University, Jharkhand Panjab University, Chandigarh Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior Dr. C.V. Raman University, Chattisgarh VIT University, Vellore Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, New Delhi Bharath University, Chennai June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 19

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Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal Chandigarh University, Mohali Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal Globsyn Business School, Bishnupur Goa Institute of Management, Goa University of Calicut, Malappuram Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur Indian Institute of Science and Information Technology, Khurda International Management Institute, New Delhi Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad NIIT University, Neemrana Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow Banasthali University, Banasthali Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur DAV University, Jalandhar Graphic Era University, Dehradun National Institute of Technology, Surathkal Indian Maritime University, Chennai Institute for Financial Management and Research, Sri City National Institute of Technology, Warangal National Institute of Technology, Calicut International Management Institute, Kolkata Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi Jaypee University of Information and Technology, Solan Kamala Institute of Technology and Science, Karimnagar Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bengaluru Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar Manipal University, Manipal University of Madras, Chennai Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur Pacific Medical University, Udaipur 20 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018


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SASTRA University, Thanjavur PES University, Bangalore Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur Tagore Engineering College, Chennai Tezpur University, Tezpur National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi IMS Unison University, Dehradun Reva University, Bangalore Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat Kaziranga University, Jorhat Trident Academy of Creative Technology, Khurda Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune Charotar University of Science and Technology, Nadiad Highway, Gujarat Guru Kashi University, Talwandi Sabo Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow Sri Sri University, Cuttack Bundelkhand University, Jhansi CEPT University, Ahmedabad Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar Jaipur National University, Jaipur Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi Banasthali Vidyapith, Banasthali Magadh University, Bodhgaya Kakatiya University, Warangal Sharda University, Greater Noida ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Hyderabad Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi MS Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore Garden City University, Bangalore June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 21

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Central University of Jammu, Jammu Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod  Central University of Punjab, Bathinda Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, New Delhi University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Camellia Institute of Technology and Management, Hooghly Christ College of Engineering and Technology, Puducherry Dr BC Roy Engineering College, Durgapur Fr Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering, Mumbai Gandhi Institute for Technological Advancement (GITA), Bhubaneswar Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia IILM Institute for Higher Education, New Delhi Indore Institute of Law, Indore Amity University, Noida Manipal University, Jaipur New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow University of Mumbai, Mumbai University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Uttaranchal University, Dehradun Alliance University, Bangalore Babu Banarasi Das University, Lucknow Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh Krishna Institute of Engineering & Technology (KIET), Uttar Pradesh Pondicherry University, Puducherry Symbiosis International University, Pune Visva Bharati Santiniketan, West Bengal Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh DIT University, Dehradun Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology, Guna Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, New Delhi Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala MATS University, Raipur Mody University, Laxmangarh 22 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018


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Nagaland University, Lumami Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar Regional College of Management, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar Rourkela Institute of Management Studies, Sundergarh Rukmini Devi Institute of Advanced Studies, New Delhi SSM College of Engineering and Technology, Baramulla Gauhati University, Guwahati Tripura University, Suryamaninagar Chitkara University, Chandigarh Shivaji University, Kolhapur Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Kolkata Balaji Institute of Technology and Science, Narsampet North Eastern Hill University, Shillong Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Integral University, Lucknow Jayoti Vidyapeeth Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University, Jaipur Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara Visva Bharati Santiniketan, Bolpur Navrachana University, Vadodara Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Polytechnic College, Thanjavur University of Kalyani, Kalyani Sharda University, Greater Noida Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Institute of Management and Research, New Delhi Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar Galgotias University, Greater Noida Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow Presidency University, Kolkata The NorthCap University, Gurgaon GLA University, Mathura Jain University, Bangalore Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra Xavier University, Bhubaneswar Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), Dehradun Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 23

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National Law Institute University, Bhopal Roorkee College of Engineering, Roorkee University of Rajasthan, Jaipur Indus International University, Una ITM University, Gwalior Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Goa Presidency College, Berhampur Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology, Puducherry St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College of Engineering, Chennai Assam Down Town University, Guwahati Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala Chhatrapati Shahu ji Maharaj University, Kanpur Central University of South Bihar, Patna Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar Osmania University, Hyderabad Himalayan Pharmacy Institute, Tadong JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand University, Bareilly Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad School of Law, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, Meerut Andhra University, Visakhapatnam University of Allahabad, Allahabad OmDayal Group of Institutions, Howrah Sir Padampat Singhania University, Udaipur Viswanadha Institute of Technology and Management, Visakhapatnam Ganpat University, Mehsana-Gozaria Highway University of Lucknow, Lucknow Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai Jaipur National University, Jaipur Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur MBS School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi Sarojini Institute of Technology, Ranchi 24 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018


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Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Engineering, Pune Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur Punjabi University, Patiala IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla Barkatullah University, Bhopal Goa University,Taleigao Plateau Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Pauri Garhwal Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, Jaunpur Patna University, Patna Medi-Caps University, Indore Alliance University, Bangalore Mewar University, Chittorgarh IMM Fostiima Business School, New Delhi Model Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jammu Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok Peoples University, Bhopal Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, Goa Alakh Prakash Goyal University, Shimla Manav Bharti University, Solan Jiwaji University, Gwalior Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai Vaishnavi Institute of Technology, Tirupati Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Institute of Science and Management, Ranchi Trinity Academy of Engineering, Pune Cambridge Institute of Technology, Ranchi Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar Swami Ramananda Tirtha Institute of Science and Technology, Nalgonda Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad Vinayaka Missionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Research Foundation, Salem Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 25


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A career in the field of animation and multimedia can give wings to fly to all the budding professionals in India or abroad. With increased demand among many students, the discipline has developed over the years in India. Porni Banerjee gives you information on what animation is, eligibility criteria, specialisations in the field, its career prospects and scope, books to read and top institutes offering the course in India.


f you have an ardent interest in drawing and want to highlight creativity through your work, then professional animation and multimedia courses will be of help to you. The subject is booming and would 26 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

certainly give you ocean of opportunities to explore your skills and proficiency and make your mark in this domain. Understanding animation Animation is the process of making the

illusion of motion and change by rapidly displaying set of static images that minimally differ from each other. This technique is put to use to bring characters to life and make it appear like they are in motion. Animation is of bringing new


lives into all the characther. Animator also use techniques like 2D hand drawing, 2D Computer generated, 3D Computer generated, stop motion or model animation techniques to create animation sequences. The method that you apply depends on the specialisation that you have through training. In the age of digitalisation, computers and various softwares are used to refine the works of animation (2D & 3D). This field is known as CGI. We see works of animation in our day to day lives in various forms. CGI can be seen in action in movies, cartoons, animated movies, advertisements, TV shows, websites, etc. Eligibility Criteria To make a career in animation, one must possess a set of skills and qualities. The student should have The student should have good observational and communication skills, creativity, drawing and sketching skills. Patience and concentration are the qualities imperative to pursue animation, and an eye for detail is a must. A person must be able to work with team. Possessing computer and software skills are essential too. Animation courses in India In India, Animation is a booming discipline and courses are available in three formats• Bachelor’s Degree courses • Diploma courses • Certificate courses BACHELOR’S DEGREE COURSES u u u u u u u u u

BA in Animation and Multimedia B.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia Bachelor of Visual Arts (Animation) Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Graphics and Web Design BA in Animation and CG Arts BA in Animation and Graphic Design BA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation B.Sc. in Animation and VFX B.Sc. in Animation and Gaming

It is evident from the list that Bachelor’s Degree courses cover various aspects of Animation and Digital Art. These courses chiefly cover topics like including

Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Visual Effects (VFX), 2D and 3D Animation. Duration: Bachelor’s Degree programs are UG Degree courses. The course duration is three years.

Patience and concentration are the qualities imperative to pursue animation and an eye for detail is a must

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Diploma in VFX Diploma in Animation and VFX Diploma in Animation, Video | Editing and Post Production works

Duration: Diploma programs generally last for a period of one year. But course duration may vary from one institute to another. Some institutes offer even 6 months long Diploma courses! Eligibility: Animation can be pursued after completing 10+2 with any stream – Science, Humanities or Commerce from a recognised board. Minimum marks criteria may exist in case of some institutes (around 50 per cent marks). CERTIFICATE COURSES

Eligibility: Students who have passed 10+2 (any stream- Science, Commerce or Arts) from a recognised board are eligible to pursue this course. You need to obtain a minimum criteria of around 50 per cent marks.

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Duration: Certificate programs’ duration depends on the institute. Course duration could be anywhere between 3-6 months.

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Diploma in 2D Animation Diploma in 3D Animation Diploma in Digital Animation Diploma in CG Animation Diploma in Animation and Filmmaking


Certificate in VFX Certificate in 2D Animation Certificate in 3D Animation Certificate in Editing, Mixing and Post Production Works Certificate in CG Arts

Eligibility: Students who have passed standard X are eligible to pursue the certificate courses.


Institutes of animation and multimedia Some of the top institutes offering the course are as follows:

Arena Animation, New Delhi Bangalore, Mumbai, Noida Picasso International Animation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; VFX â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gaming College, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Udaipur NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata Animation Point MM Education, New Delhi VIT University, Vellore National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad Amity University, Mumbai Indian Institute of Film and Animation (IIFA) Multimedia, Srinivasanagar Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Animation has huge potential, if we look at the present scenario, skilled and creative animation professionals enjoys a good demand in India

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Advanced PG Courses Advanced courses are also available in the forms of M.Sc., MA, Master of Animation, PG Diploma and PG Certificate courses. Some well known courses can also be considered by the students. They are as follows: 1. M.Sc. in Animation and Multimedia 2. M.Sc. in Animation and Digital Filmmaking, 3. M.Sc. in Visual Effects, 4. MA in Animation and Multimedia, 5. MA in Digital Filmmaking and Animation, PG Diploma in Animation PG courses can be used to specialise in sub disciplines of this field. Some of the well known areas of specialisation include: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Visual Effects Modelling 3D Animation Illustration Texturing Game Design (Computer and Mobile) 7. Graphic Design 8. Specific Software

Career Prospects and job opportunities Animation has emerged as one of the most favoured disciplines among Indian students to pursue a bright career. Previously, this field was less in demand among the masses. However, over the last few years, the subject has gained much popularity and has been developing rapidly since then looking from the Indian perspective. Success of animation films and cartoons has greatly contributed to the growth animation and multimedia in India. Studios, film production houses and animation companies are investing heavily into this domain so as to improve the quality of animation sequences present in their works. They have realised the fact that animation has received huge potential and has flourishing career prospects in India. If we look at the present scenario, skilled and creative animation professionals enjoys a good demand in India. This becomes the reason that studios, film production houses, animation companies are ready to pour as much money as possible on the talented artists who can bring their work to life, define their talent through through their creativity and help them earn their share of profit.


Job Profiles Top designations animation students can earn in this field of are:

Director Production Designer Script Writer Storyboard Writer Illustrator Layout Artist Digital Painter Animator Modellor Compositor Editor Books and Study Materials

Those who start own business houses can exploit the opportunities hidden in animation industry up to maximum extent

Some heavily researched books on animation written by well known authors are available in the market and online. The books are as follows which can be preferred by the students.

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation by Peter Lord Animation Methods â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rigging Made Easy by David Rodriguez 3D Animation for the Raw Beginner Using Maya by Roger King Digital Modelling by William Vaughan The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects by Isaac Kerlow

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Salary Structure One can earn a descent salary by choosing a career in animation. After finishing the in-house training with leading animation production studio, one can work as a junior animator with salary ranging between ` 12000 to ` 18000. As the animator gains expertise

and experience, he/she can surely look forward to promotions and salary anywhere between ` 25,000 to ` 40, 000. Those who start own business houses can exploit the opportunities hidden in animation industry up to maximum extent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the goldmine fields to explore.

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Reiki – a spiritually flourishing career “Reiki is love, Love is wholeness, Wholeness is balance, Balance is well being, Well being is freedom from disease “ — Dr Mikao Usui

If you aspire to have a spiritually based profession, whereby you are helping others and bringing enlightenment, healing and love to the world, be encouraged to follow your passion. It is a sign of your destiny and soul path – and is time to begin! — Porni Banerjee 32 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018



ood performance in academics is a big responsibility and a major challenge for every student to prove themselves as shining stars. Some students feel more stressed than others due to exams or study pressure. Although student life is considered the ‘golden period’ of life, fear and nervousness during examinations and failures and struggles are no less. During such a period of crisis, one can switch to ‘Reiki’ to overcome feelings of negativity and add value to life. Reiki is extremely beneficial for students especially those who have a forgetful mind, low confidence or have the tendency to get nervous during or before exams as the practice helps to heal and strengthen your mind in all aspects.

hands on one’s body to transfer energy. Furthermore, the process of healing requires chanting prayers to cleanse the pollutants in the body including anger, jealousy, and feelings of unworthiness, depression, guilt, insecurity or resentment that interfere with life force energy and cause a variety of problems. The practice of Reiki goes beyond healing physical ailments. The philosophy encourages a lifestyle that promotes harmony both with others and within oneself. The ability to improve oneself is possible through Reiki teachings. Who can practice Reiki? Interestingly, the ability to use Reiki is not “taught” but it is rather the art of transmitting energy from teacher to student in a class. The student undergoes an “attunement” that allows

benefits of both earthly and spiritual world. Reiki Masters have both the worlds in their hands. Benefits of reiki for students During examinations some students feel more stress than others. Exams are perceived as longer hours of study, bloodshot eyes, unwashed hair and late-night panics. These anxious and stressful days bring along with it piles of pressure, which not only detaches you from your social life but leave you feeling exhausted with all energy sucked out. Reiki can help students, preparing for any examination, get success in examinations in a number of ways. Doing Reiki improves memory and concentration, decreases mental stress and fear of examination, boosts confidence level and increases the

In today’s globalised world, Reiki is considered as one of the best medicines to treat both physical as well as mental pain What is Reiki? The word Reiki comes from “Rei” meaning God’s wisdom or higher power, and “Ki” meaning life force energy. Combined, Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki therapy is an alternative healing modality that was developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. Apart from being a relaxing agent, the application of Reiki is diverse. Practitioners prefer laying their

the student to feel and transmit life force energy. Since, it is not a religious practice; anyone can learn Reiki without any religious beliefs. Good news is that Reiki needs no academic qualification. All you need to have are the qualities of caring, healing, faith, dedication and little patience to become completely proficient in such form of practice. A unique aspect about Reiki is that all the other professions may give you only monetary success but Reiki gives

capacity of logical and intuitive thinking. Overall, regular practice of reiki enables students focus on their academics with a positive attitude and a success opportunity. Reiki technique is spiritual, which could be practiced by every student regardless of their religion, caste, gender, race, community, etc. Reiki works wonders and creates miracles. It not only recovers ailing people, but people of all age groups can June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 33


Other institutes offering Reiki as a course are as follows:

All India Institute of Occult Science, New Delhi Reiki Healing Foundation, New Delhi International Center for Reiki Training, New Delhi E Books for imparting Reiki education Apart from physical training, you can take online classes as well. You can take help of some well-written easy-tounderstand ebooks - all by Reiki Rays which are available on the internet and train yourself if you are self confident. They are as follows:

Reiki Case Studies Reiki and Healthcare How to Keep Reiki by Your Side All Day Long Under the Moonlight Healer, Cleanse, Thyself of Negative Energies Praise to be The Light: The Reiki Lightworker’s Way Show Me the Money: The Reiki Way Attunements Demystified Sleep Tight with Reiki Reiki your Crystals Reiki Tips: You Haven’t Thought of Healing Past and Future with Reiki Angels in Reiki Practice and Life Combine Reiki with Other Reiki Tools 34 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

Reiki improves memory and concentration, decreases mental stress and fear of examination, boosts confidence level and increases the capacity of logical and intuitive thinking experience a sea change in themselves to get positive results, build good qualities and achieve prosperity. In the globalised world, Reiki is considered as one of the best medicines to treat both physical as well as mental pain. 3 Levels of Reiki Degree 1 Learning the Art of Self-healing In Reiki Level 1, the student becomes familiar with Reiki energy and is trained on how to perform healing on the self by tapping into the energy fields. The balancing of the energy fields creates the space for cultivating awareness and self love which is required before we start healing others. No previous experience is required to start 1st degree. Syllables of Reiki level 1: • The origins of Reiki and its principles • Chakras (energy centers) • Overview of Five Element theory of energy • How to activate Reiki energy • Self Healing Method • Attunement in Reiki level 1 by Reiki master

Degree 2 Learning the Art of Healing others Reiki level 2 is offered to those students who have completed level 1. Level 2 is considered the “practioners level” and provides the student a deeper understanding of the Reiki principles. The energy solidifies and becomes a more grounding field for healing. A person with degree 2 can do powerful healing on others as well. The technique of the application of ancient symbols is taught during healing sessions. During the practice, the aura of the student becomes stronger. This aura can heal spiritual, emotional as well as issues. Syllables of Reiki level 2: • Introduction of aura • How to do Reiki for healing session for relaxation • Introduction of basic Reiki symbols and how to use it in healing sessions • How to do an absentee (“distance”) healing session • How to do a Reiki healing for chakra balancing • Attunement in Reiki level 2 from Reiki master


The balancing of the energy fields creates the space for cultivating awareness and self love which is required before we start healing others Degree 3 For starting the 3rd level, the student is required to successfully complete Level 1+ 2. Moreover, the student must have a prior experience of healing others. The Reiki master level teaches the students the processes of how to check and clean the aura, the process of how to cultivate Reiki energy in himself/ herself so one can heal or attune others. Additionally, apart from learning various Reiki symbols, the students are taught the techniques of balancing energy in his/her body. Syllables of Reiki Master Level: • How to teach Level I & initiate in level 1 (methodology) • How to teach Level 2 & initiate others in Level 2 • Method of checking and cleaning aura • Practice of tai –chi, and chi –gong (balancing of energy) • Introduction of pranic and crystal healing • Master level symbols and details • Attunement in Reiki Mastership 36 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

The University of Nagpur (Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University) offers the following courses of Reiki :-

Certificate course in Reiki (6 months) PG Diploma in Alternative & Complementary Therapy which includes :-

Anatomy & physiology, biochemistry & nutrition Reiki (Level I & II) and Reiki and Crystal Healing from Reiki master. It is important to note that certification is provided to all those who qualify the 3 levels.. Wide acceptance of Reiki Reiki has given so powerful and positive results that now many medical centres, hospitals, nursing homes, health resorts, and holistic hospitals have started to widely acknowledge and

accept it as a complimentary aid. These institutes also have separate, exclusive healing sections for Reiki and other spiritual and holistic healing sciences. Undoubtedly, the demand for Reiki is on the rise day by day and it is likely to increase more in future. A person can successfully establish himself/herself in this domain with years of experience, time and improved knowledge on the subject. Reiki lets you serve humanity through its processes and earn dignity. Dr Mehmet Oz, one of the leading cardiovascular surgeons in the United States, was one of the first to include a Reiki practitioner in his department at The Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre in New York City. The unique and the most interesting aspect is that Dr Oz has allowed the use of Reiki during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. Dr Oz says: “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals”. Government recognition given to the Reiki Healing Technique and certification in India.

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Nutrition & Dietetics A Healthy Career Option

As they say, ‘The greatest wealth is health.’ Staying fit and eating healthy has become the prime objective of the youth nowadays which has led to an increase in demand for graduate or post-graduate level programs in Nutrition and Dietetics offered by various universities and colleges across India. The course though new, is gaining importance slowly but steadily. It not only helps you introduce to the world of healthy food but also offers lucrative work opportunities both in India and abroad. Ritika Arora Bhola explores this career option.


owadays, ‘Eating healthy and staying fit’ is the only mantra to survive the fast life of a metro city – where the individuals are forced to work for odd hours with improper meal timings and unavailability of healthy food at all hours. Therefore, people especially professionals have become 38 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

more health conscious and consulting nutritionists and dieticians for healthy diet charts and lifestyle. Diet definitely plays an important role when it comes to staying fit and healthy. A balanced and good diet not only improves the quality of life but helps in shedding off those extra kilos, boosts immunity and

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“I feel, in this field the liable for initial years are difficult. One has to struggle a lot but scope is very good especially if you want to migrate to foreign countries.” Esha Bhola Bariatric Dietician and Health Expert at Primus Hospital, Delhi

one of the most sought after in the last few years because of the lucrative opportunities it offers. Nutritionists and Dieticians usually get employed by hospitals, fitness centers, hotels, spa centers, government organisations and even in schools and colleges. One can start his own consulting clinic as well. Due to the changes in food habits of the urban population lately, the role of nutritionists and dieticians

There are many programs available at the graduate, postgraduate level, and course combinations, to choose from is becoming more important. The experts not only suggest corrective food habits considering various aspects of an individual like age, profession, work routine and health issue etc., but also help in improving their quality of life. They also educate their clients about preparation of food according to the principles of nutrition. Observing the same, Esha Bhola, Bariatric Dietician and Health Expert at Primus Hospital, 40 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

Delhi says, “I did a diploma course in Nutrition and Dietetics from India. I feel, in this field the liable for initial years are difficult. One has to struggle a lot but scope is very good especially if you want to migrate to foreign countries. If one wants to study nutrition abroad, the scope is even better.” Agreeing with her, Neha Aggarwal, PhD student in Nutrition affirms, “I completed M.Sc in Nutrition and Dietetics. Now I am pursuing PhD in the subject because of the job opportunities available for lecturers and professors in colleges across India and abroad. They pay really well too.” Kanika Bansal, Health expert, Blogger and Dietitian, who runs her own clinic in Delhi says, “In India people are now becoming more health conscious and coming in contact with Dieticians for a proper diet chart. Health problem like obesity is increasing especially amongst children who prefer eating junk food over healthy diet. Also, earlier people never used to consult dieticians for health related problems or weight gain, but now with growing awareness they are not only joining fitness centers and indulging in yoga and aerobics but also coming in contact with dieticians for a proper diet chart to shed off those extra kilos in a healthy way.” Educational Qualifications After clearing XII standard with at least 50 per cent marks, an aspirant can opt

for a graduate-level dietician or nutrition course offered by various private colleges and govt universities. There are numerous programs available at the graduate, postgraduate level, and course combinations, also to choose from. If you get admission in the Delhi University, you can go for B.Sc. Home Science program, of which Food and Nutrition is a part. As per the university curriculum available on the website, there are basically two types of programs: BSc Home Science (Pass) and (Honors). In BSc Home Science (Hons), a student can specialise in Food and Nutrition, whereas in the Pass programme, there is no specialisation. In order to pursue the Honours programme, one needs to have science background as its subjects include Botany, Biochemistry, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry. On the other hand, the top two colleges (IHE and Lady Irwin) allow students from non-science and science backgrounds. If you are opting for a postgraduate program then you can either go for two-year Master’s program or one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN). The Master’s program allows you to specialise in the following areas: • Therapeutic Nutrition • Public Health Nutrition • Food Science Master’s program (M.Sc) includes


Fast Facts Best schools SNDT Women’s University Institute of Health Systems (IHS) Lady Irwin College Avinashilingam University for Women Banasthali University Qualification B.Sc Home Science M.Sc Food & Nutrition subjects like Biochemistry, Research Methods and Computer applications, Food Safety and Food Microbiology, Advanced Human Nutrition, Food Science and Quality Control, Principles of Food Science and Physiology. Course Objective 1. To identify dietary and nutrition problems in segments of population. 2. To use economically, socially and technologically viable methods to control nutrition problems in the country. 3. To utilise new administration and management techniques to monitor nutrition and dietetics. 4. To encourage research and R&D on nutrition and develop future scientists for the country. 5. To advise governments and health bodies on issues related with nutrition. Skills Required • Interest in food/ food preparation • Good communication skills to interact with people, individually and in groups • Writing skills to produce reports, documentation, leaflets • Good research skills • Figure out new ways to solve a problem. • Patience and a genuine concern for fellow beings

Planning, administrative and organisational skills

What you become

Funding/Scholarship In India, financial institutions or banks such as State Bank of India and other state subsidiaries offer a maximum loan of up to `7.5 lakh and about `15 lakh to study abroad. This amount can be paid in easy installments spread over a period of a few years at reasonable or low interest rates.


How much a course would Cost? A graduate degree course in nutrition and dietetics could cost you around `10,000 or above per year depending on the college you choose. A diploma could cost more but its course content would be integrated in order to make it a one-year program

UN organizations

Increasing demand for nutritionists and dieticians Demand for dieticians and nutritionists is definitely increasing, slowly but steadily because of the growing awareness about eating healthy and being healthy and fit. FMCGs and Pharmaceutical companies like Nestle, Novartis, Unilever, Cadbury’s GSK, Eli Lilly to name a few require nutritionists mainly in two areas - R&D and medical marketing. Government bodies are also seeking nutritionists in large numbers for social welfare and developmental work. They also work in public health departments. Dr Surendra Jain, Assistant Technical

The nutritionist/dietician’s job

Dietician Recruiters Governmental

FMCGs R&D institutes Schools and colleges

Research the nutritive value of food Understand all food components Advise people on eating habits Plan diets that will improve health A thin line of difference

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“Earlier people never used to consult dieticians for health related problems or weight gain, but now with growing awareness they are not only joining fitness centers and indulging in yoga and aerobics but also coming in contact with dieticians.” Kanika Bansal Health expert, Blogger and Dietician

Advisor, Nutritionist at FNB, Ministry of Women and Child Development recently said in an event, “Depending on the number of vacancies available, UPSC conducts interviews for posts at Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). If recruited you jump on to become a class-I gazetted officer.” There are a sizeable number

If you are opting for a postgraduate program then you can either go for two-year Master’s program or one-year PostGraduate Diploma of nutritionists working as Advisor, Technical Advisor or Deputy Advisor in various government organisations. “There are 43 food and nutrition extension/field units across the country where a nutritionist’s support is needed,” she added. Pay Packets In this profession, a fresher can get anywhere between `10,000 to `20,000 in a standard hospital or nursing home of repute. Several Indian sports organisations and factories hire nutritionists and dieticians for 42 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

designing a healthy menu for their cafeteria. Several health clinics and spa centers also hire dieticians to use them for designing healthy, low-calorie monthly food charts for their customers. When combined with a degree in hotel management, the salary levels could be between `20,000 to `5,000. On the other hand, experts in this field can be hired by celebrities and elites as their personal advisors. They may earn salaries from 50k to over lakh. “In India, the starting salary of a Nutritionist is usually 15k-20k but varies from hospital to hospital,” states Bhola. Tips for Getting Hired Enlisted are few tips that can help you get hired as a dietitian: 1. Always keep yourself updated about your profession. Keep reading about the latest food technology, food measurement techniques for measuring calories consumed and other elements like fats, carbohydrates, proteins, etc. 2. Y o u c a n r e a d v a r i o u s f o o d magazines and journals also where expert nutritionists keep giving tips and suggestions. 3. Dieticians are expected to have good communication skills as they get to interact with clients.

Thus, one should be optimistic and confident during interviews. Top Companies to look for Here are the top five companies in the hospitality industry hiring nutrition professionals: • Hyatt Corporation • Accor Hospitality • Taj Group of Hotels • Vatika Group • Le Meridian Apart from these, there are several others also where you can apply namely Apollo group of hospitals, AIIMS and other private nursing homes that hire dieticians and nutritionists. Various luxury sports clubs and fitness centres also employ these professionals. Positives: 1. To pursue this course one needs to score at least 50 per cent in 12th or graduation. In some colleges there’s direct admission, while few requires appearing for a personal interview, written test and group discussion. 2. Besides Master’s degree, colleges also offer one year diploma and Post-Graduation diploma in nutrition and dietetics. 3. In today’s times where people are very much conscious about their


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I completed M.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Now I am pursuing PhD in the subject because of the job opportunities available for lecturers and professors in colleges across India and abroad. They pay really well too. â&#x20AC;? Neha Aggarwal PhD student of Nutrition

2. The opportunities may be limited in the beginning but if you are willing to travel, the salary may be high. 3. Jobs over ships and cruise lines may require you to stay away from home for several weeks. health and fitness, this subject has gained immense importance because nutritionists and dieticians can design food charts for your own family members and not just customers. The subject provides ample scope for personal research

as well. 4. You can start your own clinic and can work in hospitals also. Negatives: 1. T h e s t a r t i n g s a l a r i e s a r e comparatively lesser than other professions.

Market Watch In India, a career in nutrition is often considered as a supporting career unlike mainstream career and even the scope is also not too great as compared to the other countries. But, nutritionists do get hired by almost all FMCG companies that manufacture food items like Colgate, Nestle, Close Up, Amul, Bournvita or Complan etc in their research teams. International Focus The scope for dieticians is great abroad, with high pay packages, lucrative opportunities and additional benefits/ perks they get what not from their companies or clients. The importance of this profession is also growing in India from the last few years. In countries like the United States, medical dieticians earn a monthly salary of say $20,000-40,000 if they possess the expertise asked by the companies. ww Registered Dietitians After successfully completing studies in Nutrition and Health, the professionals are offered credentials authorised by the Indian Dietetics Association (IDA). It can be used by dieticians working at day-care clinics, hospitals or consultancy clinics. It is mandatory for a dietician or nutritionist to get this credential. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 43

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Breaking into the computer systems to hack accounts of friends or relatives was once a favorite pastime of tech-savvy/ computer geeks, which has now has become a full-fledged career option. Ethical hacking as a career option is being opted by a large number of IT students because of its huge scope both nationally and internationally and lucrative pay packages it offers. Also, with an alarming increase in the cybercrimes, the ethical hackers are being recruited by companies in large numbers. In this article, Ritika Arora Bhola explores this offbeat career option in detail.


ith the alarming increase in the cases of Cybercrimes and Cyber thefts in Indialike hacking email accounts, stealing and intercepting sensitive data, password attacks, abusive emails etc., the security of Internet has become a major issue of concern especially for the government agencies and IT companies. Considering 44 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

this, the need for well-trained and expert ethical hackers has increased immensely in the past few years. Globally, Ethical Hacker as a career option was common and widely pursued and practiced by the IT professionals, but in India this offbeat career option has become most sought after in the last few years because of its tremendous scope and lucrative job opportunities and pay packages that it offers.

When we talk about hacking, the first thing that comes to our mind is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;serious offenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; but when hacking is performed under a duly signed contract between a hacker and an organisation with a good motive to safeguard security systems of an organisation, hacking is then considered ethical and is required in almost fields be it IT companies, government agencies, hotels, airlines to name a few.


penetration testing, intrusion testing or red teaming is used to find loopholes in an IT system and break into it. Ethical Hackers are mainly skilled and proficient IT professionals with a strong desire to solve issue or problems and prevent malicious hackers from causing damage to the Internet or security systems of companies. They are well-versed in computer and networking algorithms. They report the loopholes in the security system to the owners and provide solutions to protect the network.

According to Nasscom, India will entail at least 77,000 ethical hackers in the coming years as compared to the present figure of 15,000

Ethical hackers are also known as a ‘white hat’ friend, someone who hacks with a legal permission to strengthen systems and makes them penetrationproof. Ethical hackers are mainly a group of computer experts who help in finding loopholes/vulnerabilities/faults in an IT system if any, so that the system remains safe from any malicious hacker. Ethical hacking, also known as

In other words, ethical hackers try to penetrate networks, detect the vulnerabilities in the security systems and fix them before any trouble shooter can take advantage of it. An ethical hacker is generally appointed by big corporate houses to ensure the safety and privacy of their data. Computer security is a global issue and it’s the job of an ethical hacker to make the cyber space safe, now and forever. According to a report by the Nasscom, India will entail at least 77,000 ethical hackers in the coming years as compared to the present figure of 15,000. If a beginner understands and becomes proficient with the internal workings of an organisation’s security system and possess the capabilities to discover new faults or flaws in the security system, then he/she will find it more comfortable to shape his/her career and take it to an advanced level. The eligibility criteria usually include

an undergraduate or post graduate degree in Computer Science, other certifications in Computer Networking and Programming would be an added advantage. Ethical Hacker:Eligibility Those who have an educational background, a degree in Computer Science, IT or Computer Engineering are usually considered ideal for pursuing a career in Ethical Hacking. Aspirants must know programming languages like C, C++, Python, Rubyto name a few. They should also have understanding of widely used operating systems like various versions of Windows, Linux and Firefox etc. Some of the well-known certifications in Ethical Hacking include CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI ( Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) offered by EC Council; CCNA Security (Cisco Certified Network Associate Security); SCP’s SCNS (Security Certified Network Specialist) a nd SCNP (Security Certified Network Professional); CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) offered by Intl Information System Security certification Consortium and many more. Certification from SANS institute in the US though expensive is another valuable certification in the field. Courses can be neutral, or vendor (company) specific such as certifications offered by Cisco, Microsoft, Novell etc. The course in ethical hacking trains students’ to find problems and loopholes in a network or a programme, using similar methods as that of hacking. The intense certifications mentioned above provide critical network security fundamentals for all network administrators. Skills covered include the design and implementation of firewalls, IDS, wireless security, Cryptography, Linux security, Windows security among others. Ethical Hacker:Job prospects With increased exposure, high usage of Internet and networking even in the remotest places and increased cybercrime across India, ethical hackers are in great demand in every field and especially in the IT industry. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 45


Courses in Ethical Hacking Certificate Course in Cyber Laws M.Sc. Cyber Forensics and Information Security Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws Post Graduate Diploma in Digital and Cyber Forensics and Related Laws Advance Diploma in Ethical Hacking Certificate in Information Security and Ethical Hacking Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) CCNA Certification Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Post Graduate Diploma in IT Security

Those with work experience of five years or more can get from `10 to 12 lakh per annum Though a new and offbeat course, IT enthusiasts are taking interest in pursuing it largely as it there’s huge scope and opportunities available in India and globally. The job of Ethical 46 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

hackers’involve finding out any vulnerability that might exist in the security network of a company and to fix it permanently. Aspirants can join government as well as private firm as Ethical cyber security expert as they are in great demand in all spheres. In India, IT firms are the main recruiters of ethical hackers. However, it is not limited only to IT companies but experts are also required by airlines,financial service providers, hotels, retail chains and several government agencies to name a few as security is a major concern for all. Government agencies include military and law enforcement agencies, Defense sector, detective companies, forensic laboratories, investigative services etc. that offers challenging roles for ethical hackers. Some skilled hackers work for investigation agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Information and get paid generously. Some MNC’s employs security testers to audit their ITsecurity systems. Graduates can set up their own firms as well offering ethical hacking services on freelance basis to IT companies. IT companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS,IBM, HCL, Tech Mahindra, Reliance and Airtel etc. are also looking

for trained and knowledgeable ethical hackers. They are usually employed as Network Security Administrator, Systems/Applications, Network Security Systems Manager, Web Security Administrator, Security Executive and Web Security Manager. Ethical Hacker: Remuneration With an increase in demand, career avenues and pay packages for an ethical hacker have increased significantly in the last few years. An amateur or a fresher can earn upto `2.5 lakh per annum. In the beginning, a certified professional is employed as an assistant or trainee for security system of a company. With experience of several years, one can expect upto `4.5 lakh per annum. However, those with work experience of five years or more can get from `10 to 12 lakh per annum. There’s plethora of job opportunities these days both nationally and internationally. Why Choose This Course? If you are very much tech savvy and like to hack others’ accounts without their knowledge this course is for you. Though hacking is illegal but ethical hacking is needed immensely to curtail increasing cybercrimes. Being an ethical hacker, you will get to learn and read the hacker’s mindset and have a proactive approach

Top IndiaN Institutes offering this course Extreme Hacking, Pune Indian School of Ethical Hacking, Kolkata All India IT Association, Bhopal MSS, Indore Indian Cyber Security Solutions, Kolkata Inspire Cyber Security Training, Surat Delhi Institute of Computer Courses, New Delhi International College for Security Studies, New Delhi Pristine InfoSolutions, Pune Aryantech India Pvt Ltd to see beyond the existing security tools and legalities.Cyber Ethical Hacker (CEH) course provides IT professionals a glimpse into the mindset of a typical hacker. The focus will always be on maintaining and keeping IT systems secure. The course will make you see beyond current security tools and policies to know where and how an attacker might try to gain access to a company’s network. What you can learn from this course? • Ethical Hacking: History and Current Status • Foot printing and Reconnaissance • Network Scanning techniques and countermeasures • Enumeration techniques and countermeasures • System Hacking • Malware Threats and countermeasures • Packet sniffing techniques and defense against sniffing • Social Engineering techniques and countermeasures

CEH course provides IT professionals a glimpse into the mindset of a typical hacker • • • • • •

Denial of Services and countermeasures Session hijacking techniques and countermeasures Hacking Web servers and countermeasures Hacking Web applications and countermeasures SQL injection attacks and injection detection tools Wireless Hacking and Wi-Fi Security tools

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Hacking Mobile platforms, mobile security guidelines and tools. Intrusion detection system evasion, firewall and honeypots, evasion tools and countermeasures Cloud computing threats, attacks, security techniques and tools Cryptography Types of penetration testing and vulnerability assessment

Areas of specialisation in the field • Secure coding and Malware Analysis • N e t w o r k S e c u r i t y a n d Cryptography • Other than that, if you want an InfoSec job, go for some certifications in Ethical Hacking course. Some of the best offered certifications courses available in India are: • Offensive Security Training and Professional Services • Security Tube Trainings June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 47


Encouraging Employment Services through Capable Workforce Formed in the year 2010, Council of Education and Development Programmes (CEDP), has been pushing the envelope in industry oriented short term professional courses with on job training, ensuring that students have the knowledge and practical skills to enhance their employability. Shaheen Khan, Director, CEDP Skill Institute- Mumbai, in a conversation with Upamanyu Borah, outlines the importance of vocational education, and the organisationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constant focus towards training and re-training requirements to materialise the national dream of skilled India.

How can Vocat ional Educat ion help st udents learn and gain experience? The vocational courses after SSC or HSC are of two types. Diploma courses offered through the ITIs or other vocational training Institutions or B. Voc. Degree courses offered by 48 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

colleges or universities in different sectors. Here again it is important to note that most of the vocational courses are offered within the premises of the institutes and there may be a component of internship in a related industry for a short period. One needs to check whether there is an internship

opportunity of a longer duration as a part of the course. How does a student decide which is the best vocational course for him/her? The student has to decide a few fields or sectors in which he/she would like


to work. Then, he/she should look for vocational courses that are long term, giving him/her a certificate from a recognised Institute or University, and having a component of on the job training as a part of the course. He/ she should talk to past students or a few people working in the field of his choice and understand prospects or advantages as well as problems of working in that field. The students should make an informed choice and not take an impulsive decision while choosing a course. How to get a Vocational Career and Education? C a r e e r a n d t e ch n ic a l e d u c a t io n classes are a great option for students interested in vocational careers or an alternative path to the traditional four-year college degree after high school. However, technical training and hands-on skills provided can enhance st udent’s experience and competitiveness, whether they are interested in pursuing a career in c o n s t r u c t io n , c o m p u t e r s c ie n c e or f inance. Career and Tech nical Education courses, generally facilitate more hands on training work model than traditional academic coursework, thus helpi ng improve sk ills such as teamwork, problem solving, and com mu n icat ion a mong st ude nt s. Growing developments in technology and automation may be most evident in manufacturing and service sector jobs, but professional and information industries also experience changes. How useful is Vocational Education from job perspective? Vocational education with a component of long duration of ‘on the job training’, definitely has a higher potential for promoting employability. However, short -term skill training programs may not be sufficient to equip the student for a job in the related field. Skill development requires long term practical training and most of the technical skills cannot be acquired in a short duration. How i s C E DP c ont r i but i n g t o Vocational Education and Training? CEDP Skill Institute offers all the vocational courses through a Work

Integrated Training (WIT) model where more time is spent on ‘on the job training’, in an industry or company and comparatively less time is spent in classroom teaching. This kind of vocational courses if delivered in the right manner can have better job prospects after completion of the course. As a result, by the time a student completes his/her diploma course, he/she has a work experience and therefore is ready for a job in any related industry. In the training and education space, CEDP Skill Institute provides training

their needs for skilled manpower. In social sector courses such as Nursing Aide and patient care, students are placed for work experience in various organisations having expertise in the related field. Presently, CEDP has 147 training and education centers across the country. Which industries value Vocational Education? Many industries are coming forward to partner in the vocational training of young people by giving them an opportunity as apprentices, trainees,

Presently, CEDP has 147 training and education centers across the country. Many industries are willing to engage in the skill development efforts in an effectual way and it’s just a beginning. in the areas- Paramedical, Automotive, Hotel Management, Industrial Safety, Financial Accounting & Management, etc. We n o t o n l y g i v e t h e m t h e opportunity to learn on the job but also offer stipend for the work they do. Thus the Industry response can be good if the vocational training is addressing

or as st udents under the National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM) scheme. Today, many industries are willing to engage in the skill development efforts in an effectual way. This is just a beginning but I am sure many more industries will be willing to engage in skill developing efforts. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 49


Bridging a measurable difference through quality education and women empowerment Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation (VGCF) is a synthesis of devoted hands and strong minds with an overarching aim to empower women and girls of marginalised groups through sustainable initiatives in the field of education. Mr. Ashutosh Dayal Sharma, Chairman, VGCF, in a candid interaction with Upamanyu Borah, speaks about their genesis, initiatives taken and forthcoming, and the value ladder they have created through a non-linear journey of strategy, perspective and humanitarianism. 50 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018


Q: Give us an overview of VGCF. A: Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation (VGCF) was started with the aim of providing quality education to girl child living in rural areas. The mission is to empower women of marginalised groups through sustainable initiatives in the field of education, which will enable them to be economically independent and socially secure. However, it was started as a society under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1960 in Delhi on 4th July, 1997. The vision was given by Dr G L Gupta, father of Vinod Gupta, and founder of VGCF. He had recognised the value of education and how it has changed his life, and decided to give all his wealth to charity. As a result, he made education a primary beneficiary for his charitable contributions. Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation has helped in advance education across fields including: business, science, information technology, communications, law, and wildlife preservation.

Q: Tell us about VGCF’s initiatives so far. A: To fulfill its noble objective of providing quality education in rural India, VGCF chose Rampur Maniharan, a remote village in Western Uttar Pradesh, and established Bill Clinton School. Its foundation stone was laid by the former President of USA, Bill Clinton. The construction work of a modern and hi-tech Science Block is also underway at Bill Clinton School. Keeping up with the need of times in mind, another institute Hillary Clinton Nursing School was established along with Hillary Clinton Women Centre. Seeing an overwhelming response from the villagers around, VGCF has established other institutes under one roof; a unitary campus turned into an education complex, which is now called Ramrati Education Complex (REC). So far, Rs 39.50 Cr has been invested by VGCF in REC, IIT Kharagpur, and Luckhnow University, to name a few. Q: How has REC’s initiatives transformed the lives of Rampur Maniharan villagers? A: Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation started Smt. Ramrati Gupta Women’s Polytechnic in the year 2000 to empower women through vocational education and skill development by running courses which also resulted in self-employment – in various fields such as Fashion and Textile Designing, Beauty Culture, Secretarial Practice and Computer Science, which has since been phased out. The foundation seeing the need and demand started the Bill Clinton School and Hillary Clinton Nursing School to provide high quality education resulting in jobs in the health care sector. Today the foundation has the trust of the residents of the area and a positive response from the locals. Parents are keen to see their children educated. They are appreciative of the work being done by the Foundation for their children - providing free Meals twice a week to students and staff, along with free Bi-Cycles being provided to the girls for commuting to the school. Q: Any new infrastructural initiatives or investment plans in the pipeline? A: VGCF is coming up with a new Science Centre at Rampur and has planned to invest Rs 7 Cr for its establishment. The New Science Centre, designed by well known architects from Delhi, is planned to be completed in the year 2020.

Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation has helped in advance education across fields: business, science, information technology, communications, law, and wildlife preservation.

Q: What all facilities would be available for the students at the Science Centre? A: We are planning to provide modern facilities by creating more space - additional class rooms, large laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science. This will give the desired impetus to further strengthen student’s education in the region and benefit Rampur and adjoining areas like Saharanpur, Shamli and Deoband. The Science Center shall comprise of 2 Computer Labs, 1 Maths and Language Lab, besides Physics, Chemistry and Biology Labs and 14 other class rooms. It shall also have Student’s Recreation Room, Teacher’s Room and a Reception. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 51


It is often perceived that there is a lack of conducive environment in institutes. How, according to you, such an environment can be built to provide the right kind of education to students? If you look at the course curriculum of higher education institutions in our country, a majority of them stress on theory-based education – something that is not very well received by most of the students. Being in their teens and early twenties, these students need not only theoretical knowledge, but an equitable focus on practical & research based learning, sports, cultural development, skill development and personality enhancement. If any of these aspects goes missing at an institution, it leads to an unfavourable and discouraging atmosphere for growth and study. The AISECT Group of Universities, with its long understanding and experience in the education sphere, has always paid an equal focus on the above-mentioned aspects alongside excellent theory-based educational pedagogy. This not only leads to holistic development of the students, but also helps keep them interested in regular classes. At a time when we regularly hear cases of low-attendance at colleges/universities, I believe this is the right way to walk ahead. In this regard, we have established an excellent research-oriented environment, powered by a selfsufficient Core Research Group, along with several research councils and Biotech Parks to aid research at our universities. Excellent research infrastructure encourages students to venture in it. Moreover, we have mandated compulsory skills education modules for all the programs at our universities. Recently, we have been aggressively promoting liberal arts and performing arts related activities at our universities to further aid personality enhancement and holistic development of our students.

Introducing skills as compulsory credits in regular curriculum AISECT, India’s first higher education group in India to establish IoT lab by Frugal and Intel, and Cloud Computing Lab by Microsoft, also becomes first education group to introduce skills as compulsory credits in their regular curriculum. Santosh Kumar Choubey, Founder, AISECT Group of Universities, in an exclusive conversation with Charu Pandey, gives an insight of the educational synthesis of the university for sustainable as well as continuous professional development. 52 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

Which is the most favoured discipline in your institute by the students? What could be the reason behind such a preference? AISECT Group of Universities offers more than 30 courses in multiple disciplines. The most favoured discipline by students is Engineering & Agriculture. Major factors determining these preferences are high end sophisticated laboratories installed with industry grade machines. An academia industry linkage supporting good placements marks another crucial facet for students. With respect to agriculture, modern curriculum and practical outlook makes it a flagship course for the group. How is your curriculum unique in terms of maintaining a balance between education and other activities? AISECT Group of Universities is India’s first skillsbased higher education group. It is perhaps the only higher education group in the country that has embedded employability enhancement and mandated skills courses alongside regular education curriculum.

Every semester, our students choose 1 skill module. This means that by the time a student graduates, he/she has atleast 5-6 skills handy. Moreover, our universities have a thriving culture of extra-curricular activities and opportunities for students, with various student communities such as the words. ink Society, MUN Society, Eco Club, The Legal-Aid Society, drama & literary societies, Adventure Club and Yoga Club, amongst others. Apart from that, we organize round-the-year sports tournaments, debate competitions and cultural festivities at our universities. Recently, we’ve also introduced various liberal & performing arts related activities at our universities to aid holistic development of our students. Do you think that the faculty and infrastructure of your institute are well equipped to meet the global standards of education? We have excellent student to faculty ratio, with almost 40 per cent of our faculty members having a PhD or industry background. AISECT Group of Universities has established all its universities with state-of-the-art infrastructure including advanced laboratories, lecture halls equipped with video conferencing, digital classrooms and digitized library services. We have various active student communities such as the debating, drama and literary clubs, cultural events, and round-theyear competitions bring out vibrancy in campus life at our universities. The campus offers sports, cultural and extracurricular facilities such as cricket and football grounds, badminton courts, gymnasium, stationary shops, cafeteria, etc. Apart from that, we have developed a huge amount of soft content to promote e-learning. Our pedagogy has a great mix of the most modern technology to conventional tools. We are the first higher education group in India to establish IoT Lab by Frugal & Intel and Cloud Computing Lab by Microsoft. We are also the first higher education group in India to introduce skills as compulsory credits in regular curriculum. Our universities have skill academies imparting hands-on training in 55 skills. All our universities follow this format.

Apart from the present courses, what new disciplines are you planning to introduce in your course structure? How will they be beneficial? Given that new technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and high-tech agriculture are the most sought-after courses these days, we have already started programmes in these subjects. Further, we are planning to start courses on Data Sciences & Data Analytics, Forensic Science and Financial Engineering. These courses will be beneficial as they are being developed in line with the region’s employment demands and the interests and feedbacks that we have received from masses. Today, placement is a matter of serious concern. What is your strategy to deal with this issue in order to ensure 100 % placement? Our ‘Employment for every student’ strategy is mainly focused on four aspects – university placements, employability enhancement, entrepreneurship incubation and industrial exposure. Aided by AISECT’s three decades of experience in employment based vocational education, our universities hold the distinction of having some of the most successful placement cells in their respective regions. Along with it, the Group has established interlinked Entrepreneurship Development Cells and Incubation Cells in all its institutions. It is by far India’s only higher education group to receive the Phase-I permission for ‘Atal Incubation Center (AIC)’ by the Neeti Aayog. Our rigorous focus on skills and employability as the compulsory additions to the main curriculum, coupled with the focus on entrepreneurship incubation, has helped us transform our students into more competitive, industryready professionals. We provide

students with ample apprenticeship opportunities throughout the duration of their programs, all the while engaging with various local and national level employers. Our aim is to make the students industry-ready beforehand and help them become confident professionals once they graduate into an actual workplace. Moreover, we have a Platinum Edvantage programme partnership with Microsoft, wherein six types of Microsoft Certification courses are offered. We also hold extensive research linkages with International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (Australia), University of SIGEN (Germany), Benaka Biotechnologies Inc (USA), NCTU (Taiwan), Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), KAIST (South Korea), KYIV University (Ukraine), Tribhuvan University (Nepal) and MoI University Eldoret (Kenya). Apart from this, we jointly conduct post-graduate courses in partnerships with BSNL and hold a forward-looking skills development partnership with Reliance Jio and Tata Group, to provide our students with optimum exposure to industry and help them enhance their employability. What are your policy expectations from the government on private universities? Being a bonafide group working for past 12 years in higher education segment our policy expectations from government on private universities is twofold. Firstly, the government should keep the government universities and private universities at par, both should be seen through the same lens & judge them on same standards for quality & deliverables. Secondly, government policies should be conducive for genuine private universities, which are focused on skill & vocational training to take courses up to formal degree level. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 53


The correlation between

education and wealth “Education, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equaliser of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery” – Horace Mann Education is an investment in human capital and it is believed to boost efficiency and productivity. The more specialised you get, the higher your earnings become. The type of degree matters too. Empirically, a professional degree commands much greater incomes than normal graduate degrees. A four-year degree can be the key to financial success in the long run. — UPAMANYU BORAH


hen we talk about the connection between e d u c a tion a nd we a l t h, the focus should be on income more than wealth. With increasing tuition fees and student loan debt all over 54 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

the world, wealth accumulation takes longer and the path remains rough. It is not impossible but definitely difficult in the short term. That is why affordable education, along with affordable healthcare is a trademark of

great and prosperous countries. For a government, Investment in education is one of the safest and surest ways to improve the economic condition of the country and standard of living of lowincome households and individuals. It


also has other less obvious benefits like lower crime rates and improved personal health. In my opinion, there is no way to determine the absolute value of a college education â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it depends on the degree you get, how you use it, how productive you are, the career field you are interested, and many other factors. Though, it has been shown by many studies that there is a strong correlation between education and wealth. In a 2015 study by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center for Household Financial Stability, it was inferred that wealth is strongly linked with education. The study found that Americans who had an advanced degree were 50 times more likely to become millionaires than those who only have a high school diploma. The odds for a person without a high school diploma of becoming a millionaire were only 1

in 110, while it was 1 in 4.6 and 1 in 2.6 for graduates and post-graduates respectively. The median family with a graduate or professional degree had 95 per cent more wealth than the median family without a high school diploma The accumulated wealth also grows much faster for individuals with a graduate/professional degree than those without one. Department of Education of New Zealand had concluded in its 2013 annual report that the average earnings of those with a tertiary education were 24 per cent higher than those with higher secondary or nontertiary education. There might be other factors at play here but the correlation between education and wealth has been found to be quite strong. What we are trying to investigate here is whether the causality is strong too. To establish a relationship between cause and effect, we can look at the correlation between income and specialisation, as it signifies the higher levels of education. For example, from data of 2016 on Salary.com, it was shown that in the medical sector, a specialist earns almost twice as much as a general practitioner. While the salary data does not show this kind of disparity for most other sectors in India, this disparity exists in most Western countries where salaries are closely related to the level of specialisation. On an average, studies have shown that with every year of schooling, annual earnings increase by 10 percent. While this has been proven, opportunity costs

of staying in school and missing earning income also rears its ugly head. As long as the opportunity costs are balanced out by the long term benefits of a degree, it makes sense to remain in school and maximise income as much as possible in the long term. While there are many college dropouts who have become successful entrepreneurs and have earned oodles of money, and while there are articles written about how the value of college or university degrees are diminishing or that they are not really worth it, the general trend statistically remains strongly in support of education. Not only does education make it easier for older workers to find jobs, it has also been shown to reduce unemployment significantly in many countries in times of economic downturn. Of course, accumulation of wealth is meaningless without financial literacy. Sadly, most schools and colleges seem to skip past it. As of now, I would strongly suggest the people reading this who are yet to graduate to take their education very seriously. Even if you choose not to work for some organisation, your education will still remain invaluable when starting your own venture. Truth be told, education never ends with a degree. Life is a long journey and learning should be an integral and everyday part of that journey. In the end, to be successful, what matters is the value you bring to the table and how you use that to produce results, sometimes tangible, sometimes intangible.

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As content war aggravates, India Content Leadership awards the Creative Heroes


nkspell Solutions organised the first edition of the #ICL2018 India Content Leadership Conference and Awards on May 03, 2018 in Mumbai. Award-winning Communication and Content expert, Pavan R Chawla, Vice President - Adfactors PR, who was a panelist and moderator in two separate panels, said, “The Inkspell Content Leadership Summit and Awards event covered several important areas and nuances at the crossroads of content, creativity, media and the IoT from various angles for today’s integrated Marketing and Brand custodian. It brought excellent practitioners as panelists and speakers from across sectors and disciplines, together with a quality audience of professionals, for what was undoubtedly an excellent knowledge and insights experience for all.” Some other renowned speakers at the event included

Ali Hussein (Eros Digital), Vijay Koshi (TVF), Parveen Singhal (Wittyfeed), Vivek Bharagava (Dentsu Aegis), Aditi Shrivastava (Pocket Aces), Soumini Sridhara Paul (Hungama), Manav Sethi (ALTBalaji), Madhavi Irani (Nykaa), L. Ramakrishnan (ABP News), Kapil Sharma (9xMedia), Rituraj Bidwai (Reliance Petroleum), Ganesh Iyer (Radio Mirchi), Aditi Shrivastava (Filtercopy), Shradha Agarwal (Grapes Digital), Tarandeep Singh Sekhon (KidZania India) and Manish Bhatia (HSIL). Following enterprises/agencies/publishers/professionals were declared as winners across different categories of the India Content Leadership Awards 2018: The Viral Fever, Adhil Shetty, Kenscio Digital, Sameer Saxena, Transamerica, Jagran Prakashan,The Amazon A-to-Z GST Guide, IRCTC.COM, Chrisaldo, Franklin Templeton Investments, Grapes Digital, DigitalF5 & Yellow Door, SonyLIV, Publicis India, Yes Bank, SunStrategic, UTISwatantra, Abbott India, RKS BBDO, Zee Cine Awards 2018, DViO Digital, Logicserve Digital, Aajtak, Hindustan Times, NSDC, Tata Teleservices, INFIDIGIT, White Rivers Media, Star Plus, Shaadi.com, IdeateLacs, Angel Broking, Radio City, mCanvas, Radio Mirchi, Kenscio Digita, Timeus Interactive, Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, The Good Edge, ALTBalaji, BankBazaar, ShareChat, Lexiconn, Zeno, Gozoop, Arm Digital, D-Crypt Digital, Mahindra & Mahindra, JLL India, PowerDrift Studios, Logicse Edelweiss SME Loans Campaign, Zee Cinema, Video Campaign and Hansa Customer Equity.

JobBuzz Workplace2025 Conclave brings together India’s top Business Leaders to envision tech disruptions at work spheres


o raise an industry dialogue on these disruptions, JobBuzz - an employer rating and review website from TimesJobs - recently organised one-day long HR conclave titled ‘JobBuzz Workplace2025: Technology, Talent and Transformation Conclave 2018’ powered by Times Internet Limited. The recently concluded event at New Delhi’s Taj Palace hotel, witnessed the conf luence of India’s top CEOs, CTOs, CHROs and business leaders. The day began with an exclusive CEO roundtable where India’s top leaders discussed ‘The Evolution of Work: New Realities Facing Today’s Leaders’. This session was anchored 56 < CAREERCONNECT < June 2018

by Gautam Sinha, CEO, Times Internet. After this session, Satyan Gajwani, Vice Chairman of Times Internet formally inaugurated the event via video message and welcomed all delegates. This was followed by a welcome address by Gautam Sinha. In his speech Gautam Sinha hailed the use of technology and said, “New digital and communication technologies are eliminating the conventional ways of working. The transformations that surfaced in 50 years, are now merely taking five years owing to the technological advancements. It is imperative for every individual and organization to prepare for the age of compressed timelines”. Highlighting the digital transformation at workplaces, Sanjay Goyal, Vice President & Head of Product, Technology, TimesJobs, TechGig and JobBuzz said, “Workplaces are rapidly turning to technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, data science and chatbots to make their work easier. This phenomenon is only going to increase in the coming years. The only way to make the most of this technology-led future is to remain ahead of the learning and adoption curve.” The event concluded with a glitzy awards night where best new-age workplaces were felicitated based on the employee reviews posted on JobBuzz. Different organizations were honored under 11 award categories.


Women Changemakers successfully hosted 3rd edition of Career Fair & Confluence for Women


omen Changemakers, gender diversity hiring vertical of Stockroom.io, has successfully rolled out its third edition of Career Fair & Confluence for women to connect female jobseekers with gender diversityconscious employers. The event held at Gurugram’s Hotel Leela Ambience saw over 500 excited job seekers throng the venue. Being an exclusive platform for companies and talent, this one-day career fair and confluence provided the attendees with an opportunity to network with women leaders from various established organisations. It also helped the female talent explore career opportunities by giving them a chance to discuss with recruiter and apply for a job on the spot. The one-day career fair began with the talks by eminent speakers - Mini Mathur, well known Indian television personality; Manya Ranjan, Head of Strategy division at

Sterlite Power; and Ritu Gupta Mehrish, Executive Coach and many more who shared important industry insights in interactive and energizing sessions to impart tangible tools that anyone can apply to their business or career. The speakers touched upon diverse topics like work-life balance for women and how gender diversity hiring is a cultural issue in companies. The talks addressed a lot of the problems being faced by career women in India and were very well received by the audience. ‘ Commenting on the success of the summit, Naren Krishna, Founder and CEO of Stockroom, said, “Women Changemakers is all about reducing the gender diversity gap at workplaces. We are really happy with the magnitude of amazing response that we are receiving from the candidates as well as our participating companies. The fact that lot of global companies are regularly sharing their diversity numbers shows their acknowledgement of the diversity problem. The varying degrees of progress they’re making in the efforts to diversify their workforces clearly underscores how difficult it is to move the numbers and make even a one percent increase in the representation of women, especially in technical roles. Even a 1% change translates to a big win for women in technology. We are determined to celebrate every one of these wins, no matter how big or small.”

India’s Coding Community waits with bated breath as Code Gladiators 2018 heads for final rounds


fter fighting the gruesome coding battle for over 70 days, only top 300 coders will be able to enter the grand finale arena on 9th June. The 2018 season of Code Gladiators saw participation of 2,28,864 coders in totality. Out of which 10,000 ace coders made it to the semifinal rounds after clearing the preliminary rounds. All these techies – semi-finalists as well as other participants – are eagerly waiting for the nail-biting final rounds in June as the title win brings along glory, fame, recognition and of course a huge prize money! The 2018 edition has seen participation numbers swell multi-fold and that too with the introduction of new themes. This year, the contest had new themes like Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to let coders experiment with their work, and as expected these themes had blockbuster participation. Highlights of Code Gladiators 2018 include dedicated tracks for advanced technologies such as Amazon Alexa, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, and Mobility & Location Services. These saw a

phenomenal rise in participant levels indicating a growing interest in the country for these emerging technologies. Prizes worth Rs. 75 lakh await winners at the Code Gladiators 2018. These include Rs. 2.5 lakh for the winner, Rs. 2 lakh for the first runners-up and Rs. 1.5 lakh for the second runners-up. The winner of Code Diva, award for the best women coder, will receive Rs. 50,000. Besides these, there are prizes such as Fastest Finger First, Daily Leaderboard Topper, and Language Winner. June 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 57


Career Connect announces winners of its National Education Excellence Awards 2018


areer Connect magazine organised its first National Education Excellence Awards to honour schools, colleges and universities for their exceptional contribution in the field of education, at Shangri La-Eros Hotel in New Delhi on June 1, 2018. The lamp lighting ceremony took place in the gracious presence of Father Babu Varghese SDB, Principal, Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, New Delhi; Dr P Gunasekaran, Vice Chancellor, VIT – Bhopal; Vinod Sethi, Academic Advisor, Garden City University; Dr Thamas Ponraj, Principal, St Britto’s College, and Smiti Suri, Publisher, Career Connect magazine. The gala ceremony saw speeches from top educationists and thought leaders, followed by the award ceremony. Vinod Sethi, Academic Advisor, Garden City University, highlighted the concerns of India’s

higher education system and said, “Today the higher education system of India is facing – Lack of quality and excellence. Many steps have been taken for its improvement, although it is unfortunate that only 2 universities of India are ranked in the top 200 educational institutions of the world”.


“We are dedicated to improving the standard of schools by way of enhancing the quality of learning, teaching capacity of teachers and leadership of the management. Indian education system has to enhance the quality of our educative culture. Today, education requires equilibrium and capacity for mental adaptation,” said Father Babu Varghese SDB, Principal, Don Bosco School – Delhi, while

Fr. Babu Varghese SDB Principal Don Bosco School

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Shailendra Kumar Thakur Vice Principal C S K M Public School

talking about the nuances of secondary education in India. Dr Vijay Dutta, Principal, Modern School, threw light on the necessity for students to tread on the right path to achieve success. He further suggested that students should inculcate the habit of ‘Reading’ for conditioning of their brain. The award ceremony witnessed a reverie of emotion and enthusiasm, infused with amazement. The awards were conferred to schools, colleges and universities under 12 categories. Six schools received awards under the following categories. Don Bosco School received the award for School with Best Faculty in Delhi, The Scindia School clinched to get a dominant position of being India’s Best Boarding School for Boys, Modern School was awarded India’s Best School for Holistic Development of Students, The Frank Anthony Public School received the award for India’s Best ICSE School

Supreet Bakshi Senior Faculty Member Scindia School

Best Higher Education Institutes in India

EVENTS in Delhi. CSKM Public School won the award for Best Result Oriented School of Delhi, while Hans Raj Smarak Senior Secondary School was conferred Best School for Feasible Fee Structure in Delhi. Six colleges/universities were also awarded under the following categories. Garden City University – Bangalore, leaving behind all private universities of India won the award for India’s Best Private University. Undoubtedly, Logistics is an evolving education discipline and St Britto’s College was awarded India’s Best College for Logistics Studies in the logistics education domain. Lovely Professional University raced ahead of other private universities and won the

award for India’s Best University in Open, Distance & Online Learning. High skill-sets are paramount for students and Rabindranath Tagore University won the award for India’s Best Skill based University. Venturing into the Northern part of India in 2017, VIT University – Bhopal won the award for Best Emerging Engineering Institution in Northern India. Similarly, M.G.R Education and Research Institute received the award for Best University in Southern India. Father Babu Varghese SDB, Principal, Don Bosco School – Delhi; Supreet Bakshi, Senior Faculty Member, The Scindia School; Dr Vijay Datta, Principal, Modern School; Mrs. J R Lakra, Senior Faculty Member, The Frank Anthony School; Shailendra

Kumar Thakur, Vice Principal, CSKM Public School; and Ashok Mahajan, Chairman, Hans Raj Smarak Senior Secondary School were present on the occasion and received the awards for their respective schools. Vinod Sethi, Academic Advisor, Garden City University; Dr Thamas Ponraj, Principal, St Britto’s College; Manish Kumar, Deputy Director, Lovely Professional University; Arvind Chaturvedi, Director, Rabindranath Tagore University; Dr P Gunasekaran, Vice Chancellor, VIT UniversityBhopal; Dr V Cyril Raj, Dean (Engg & Tech); and Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute received the awards on behalf of their respective college/ university.

Dr. Thamas Ponraj Principal St. Britto’s College

Dr. P. Gunasekaran Vice Chancellor VIT Bhopal University

Manish Kumar Deputy Director Lovely Professional University

Arvind Chaturvedi Director Rabindranath Tagore University

Dr. M. Ravichandran Director, Dr. M.G.R Education and Research Institute

J R Lakra Senior Faculty Member The Frank Anthony Public School

Dr. Vijay Datta  Principal Modern School

Ashok Mahajan Chairman Hans Raj Smarak Sr Sec School

Vinod Sethi Academic Advisor Garden City University

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Is your overseas education plan a well thought decision?


iven a chance and a choice, everyone would like to have an opportunity to study abroad but that is not the right thing to do. Often the reasons to make this choice are low percentage marks in India or peer pressure. In some instances, the only reason one studies abroad is to settle down in the destined country after the completion of the course. Then there are some instances where a wrong course or overseas study destination is chosen, simply because ones’ IELTS language score is not good or one is just desperate enough to study abroad; irrespective of what the course is. Often it’s parent’s pressure to study abroad because of their societal status! It is often forgotten that overseas education comes at a very high price and parents often take loans at high interest, sell their land or family silver to fund the expensive education. So this investment ought to be backed by serious planning and clear objectives. To start with, one should always

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going abroad is to receive higher and better quality education and from that perspective following points needs special consideration:

Ajay Sharma

look within ones’ own country for higher education options available in the areas of their interest. If qualified to get admission into a good academic institution and especially at the undergraduate level, there is no need to go overseas for education. Overseas education, especially on research and specialization side, is best taken as postgraduate level. The primary reason behind a student

Choose an overseas course as per aptitude and exclusivity. Unless overseas education is offering exclusivity vis-àvis knowledge, there is no point going for it. Sad but true, many a times such decisions are taken because of beautiful buildings and other attractions that are of particular interests to youth. Choose a university or college that is recognized by local government agencies to accept international students. This is especially important in countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand that offer pathway to work permit, followed by permanent residency, after the qualification has been earned and studies are over. Choose a course of right duration, which qualifies the student to apply for post qualification work permit and subsequent permanent residency.


Choose a course that looks into future and addresses the shortages of future job market. Always choose a course that will have good demand and is recognized within ones’ own country or will help one in contributing to family’s business. This is very important in situations where one is not settling down abroad or one does not get a post qualification work permit or residency. The huge investment made in overseas education must not go in vain. Choose a course that suits ones’ parent’s budget and not just because fellow companions are doing it. Choose a university and course, whose credits are easily transferable to other courses and institutions. Choose a university and course that offers options of internship and training. Getting practical experience and skills is very important. Last but not the least; choose the overseas educational consultant very carefully. Ask all the right questions when opting for the right destination, institution and course. Following tips will help: Go to a known consultant, who has infrastructure, offers the best advice on all the popular destinations and has welltrained staff.

An ideal consultant will have official representation of these institutions and not be a sub-agent of an authorized agent. Most of the time students get cheated because they are not informed about the institutions accreditation with local Government as regards acceptance of international students is concerned. Ensure that there is no misinformation

of these consultants get commission from the institutions. Ensure to get right advice on the English language test that is required to meet admission requirements. Ensure to keep the officials of the university/college in the loop before any payments are made and also clear all the queries, if any. Ask them directly to an authorized university/college

Adaptive Learning has the potential to solve a crucial classroom challenges. Adaptive learning systems use machine learning to help personalise the presentation of learning material based on their learning speed, interest and problem areas. about the duration of the course one should undertake; especially if the intention is to settle down in the destined country under an immigration program. Such programs will normally require local qualification for certain duration to be eligible. Don’t be misguided into short team 6-12 months, unless that is what one is looking for and relates to a specialization or a skill. These certificate courses rarely carry any value. Check with the consultant on his fee policy before starting the process. Most

official rather than just depending on the agent. In Summary, take overseas studies as a lifetime investment and right decision should be taken after comprehensive research and thought. Most importantly, go for it only if it is offering something that the country of your origin does not offer. And don’t forget your Indian values while studying abroad, and share them with everyone. (The article has been authored by President, Abhinav Outsourcings, an immigration and visa consultancy. ajay@abhinav.com)

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