Texas Instruments and Ministry of Science and Technology announce India Innovation Challenge Design Contest(IICDC) 2018offering INR 8.2 Crore asStart-up funding,Stipend, Tools and Prizes for Indian Engineering Students

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Texas Instruments and Ministry of Science and Technology announce India Innovation Challenge Design Contest(IICDC) 2018offering INR 8.2 Crore asStart-up funding,Stipend, Tools and Prizes for Indian Engineering Students
– INR 3.5Cr to be allocated asstart-upfunds, INR 3.5Cr as stipend andINR 1.2 Cr worth of toolsand prizes
– Opportunityfor Indian engineering students to earn 15,000+ certificates
– Top ten start-ups will be incubated by NSRCEL at IIMBangalore

India, Bangalore, June 2018: Texas Instruments (TI) today announced the upcoming edition of DST – TI India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC)which opens for registration from June 20, 2018till Aug31,2018. A dedicated TI-IICDC page was launched on MyGov portal byDr. Anita Gupta, Advisor and Associate Head-NSTEDB, Department of Science and Technology, Professor Suresh Bhagavatula Chairperson, NSRCEL, IIMBand Mr. Sanjay Srivastava, Director, Texas Instruments India University Program at IIM Bangalore today. Students can register their innovative ideas and participate in the contest through this link:https://innovate.mygov.in/india-innovation-challenge-design-contest-2018/ .The Ministry of Science and Technology (DST)and Texas Instruments extend support tothe qualifying teams with a fund of INR 8.2crore, which marks a significant increase from INR 4.14 crore as compared to the previous editions. This edition also provides the opportunity for the Indian engineering students to earn 15,000+ certificates across various stages of the contest.
DST-TI IICDC, which is in its thirdedition, has undergone a remarkable change to beone amongst the most popular innovation contests forIndian engineering students and colleges. In the 2017 edition, 15,380 engineering students from 965 colleges participated,a 43% growth versus 2016. The uniqueness of this contest lies in the partnerships and collaborations that TI has built to create a complete innovation ecosystem for the participants.
“With the launch ofDST-TIIICDC we plugged a stark gap which existed in the ecosystem for Indian engineering students to venture into entrepreneurship with the right support structure. While all teams aim to win, it is the journey of transforming an idea to realitythat students value the most. Theyalso acquire immense learning,with rewards along the way,being mentored by leading minds from TI including networking with other student engineers, and winning several cash prizes and certificates. Our attempt is to create an immersive ecosystem for innovation that challenges students every step of the way,” says Sanjay Srivastava, Director, TI India University Program.
IIM Bangalore’s NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) will help incubate the winning teams and support them in the launch of their venture.
Professor Suresh Bhagavatula, Chair, NSRCEL at IIMB, said, “The collaboration with TI and DST is an exciting opportunity because we are sure to come across unique entrepreneurial ideas and can help transform these ideas into successful enterprises. At NSRCEL, we are happy to provide mentoring for students who want to address critical problems through their innovations.”
The DST-TI IICDC brings together the best from each partnering organizations. The Ministry of Science and Technology supports the young, aspiring entrepreneurs with funding for their start-ups. MyGov, the government’s online portal reaches out to its fivemillion subscribers for participation. National Informatics Centre provides web infrastructure for submission and evaluation of their start-ups
TI spearheads this massive operation of the contest along with providing technical guidance and mentorship, free TI tools worth up to INR 70Lacs, INR 50Lacs prizes and 15,000+ certificates to the participants.
Sanjay further added, “In the past editions of the contest,manycutting-edge ideashave come fromengineering colleges in Tier II and Tier III cities. This is the magic of IICDC. We’ve unearthed brilliant engineers with high impact, transformative ideas and provided a platform to realise their dreams.”
Dr. Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Advisor, Ministry of Science and Technology, said, “With the vision to promote research and development of cutting edge technologies in the country, we are happy to partner with TI which helps in bringing together the best of the talents to a common platform and help them work on leading edge technologies. This will encourage students to engineer innovative solutions that bring socio-economic changes. We were able to see immense potential in IICDC with the increasing number of students registering every year. Our responsibility grows as partners to extend our support with more unique offerings year-on-year.”
Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO, MyGov, said, “With its enormous ability to bring more than 6 million citizens to partner with Government, MyGov is excited to partner with DST and TI towards bringing new generation of budding engineers to strengthen the innovation index of our country. It will also help MyGov to play a stellar role in developing, supporting and spreading the digital ecosystem of India and enabling the millennials to lead a new dawn of Digital revolution in the country”.
About Texas Instruments:Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping approximately 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at http://www.ti.com. For more information on the global TI university program, visit http://www.ti.com/university.
About IIMB and NSRCEL:Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) builds leaders and entrepreneurs through holistic, transformative and innovative education. An EQUIS accredit school, IIMB is an acknowledged hub of academic activity in India and globally. The NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIMB incubates start-ups and provides free mentoring for budding entrepreneurs. NSRCEL currently incubates 42 start-ups – perhaps the largest number for an incubation center in an academic institution. In 2017-18, NSRCEL conducted over 2300 mentoring sessions and 80 events. Through its rapidly growing open mentoring initiatives, it is conservatively estimated that NSRCEL may have directly impacted in excess of 10,000 entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs or other participants in the ecosystem since it was established in 2000.
For more on IIMB and NSRCEL, go to http://www.iimb.ac.in
About DST:The Department of Science and Technology (DST) set up in 1971 by the Government of India plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other. One of the mandates of DST is to support innovations, science and technology based entrepreneurship development and technology business incubation activity through National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (https://www.nstedb.com/). The board engages with academic and R&D institutions and also partners with leading industries to promote entrepreneurship across the country.
About MyGov: MyGov is a novel initiative taken by the Government of India to build a crucial partnership between Citizens and Government with the help of technology for materialising the real potential of India. Through this platform, the Government encourages public participation towards Good Governance by seeking ideas, suggestion and creative talent of citizens. MyGov’s focus is to empower citizens to work hand in hand with government to channelize their collective energy into constructive nation building. National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has designed, developed and hosted the MyGov and twenty (20) of its Sub-Domains.

It’s no secret that Vidya Balan is a role model to all women & girls alike.

It’s no secret that Vidya Balan is a role model to all women & girls alike.

Delivering hits after hits at the box office and doing a ‘large’ bit for the society, Vidya has earned her title as a strong and empowered woman.

The gorgeous actress was recently spotted in the city of Pune at the Savvy Women Empowerment Awards 2018 and was glowing with pride as she was felicitated for the empowered woman that she is.

What’s more, apart from gracing the Awards, Vidya also graced the cover of the magazine’s latest issue and unveiled the same at the event amongst applauses galore.

If you haven’t got your copy yet, grab it today to get an insight into Vidya’s life !

Maniesh Paul Wins The SAAF’s Best Host In Asia Award In Hong Kong

Maniesh Paul Wins The SAAF’s Best Host In Asia Award In Hong Kong

Maniesh Paul Scoops The Best Host Award In Asia At SAAF 2018 In Hong Kong

Versatile anchor-turned-Bollywood actor – Maniesh Paul is a dynamite when he takes over as a host and his flair as an emcee for any event is simply unprecedented. The man can effortlessly charm the audience with his affable and witty on-stage presence. And now the super talented host has proved that he is not only the Sultan of stage in India but also Asia.

Maniesh Paul, who has impressed every time he has set foot on-stage, has been recently honoured by the SAAF Awards at the 12th Sarjan Annual Award Function, in the presence of top officials from the Hongkong government.

The multifaceted anchor and actor walked away with the Best Host in Asia award at the SAAF Awards 2018.

Speaking about bagging the award, an excited Maniesh said, “It’s been wonderful winning the award, especially on the international grounds. It feels amazing that your work is appreciated all across Asia and I am grateful to SAAF for honouring me with this award. I feel amazing getting the award for the Best Host in Asia.”

Sarjan Group is a Community Organization in Kowloon, Hong Kong which organises SAAF Awards in collaboration with Hong Kong government annually. This year they were celebrating their 12th year of honouring talents across Asia.

ALTBalaji’s new daily show ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’ streaming now on the app and website

ALTBalaji’s new daily show ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’ streaming now on the app and website

ALTBalaji, India’s largest platform for original and exclusive digital content, is now streaming its first ever daily show ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’. The OTT platform will stream a new episode every Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30PM. By leveraging the digital rights of this show, Balaji Telefilms and ALTBalaji have become game changers in the Indian media and entertainment industry.

Starring TV heartthrob Karan Kundra in the lead, ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’ is a story about the The Noons – a family with values, traditions, and legacy. The show revolves around Rithwik (Karan Kundra), the eldest son of the family, and how his life is all about work and family, leaving no room for love, especially since he doesn’t believe in it. But will a perfect son always be this perfect? Or will love trap him? Also starring Poonam Dhillon, Bijay Anand, Pooja Banerjee, Akshay Dogra, Sudeepa Singh, Gurpreet Bedi, Yogita Bihani, Nyra Banerjee, and Asmita Sood in pivotal roles, the show has a look and feel that is undoubtedly magnificent.

Commenting on this development, Mr. Manav Sethi – Chief Marketing Officer – ALTBalaji said, “We are front-runners in creating original and exclusive digital content. Over the years, Balaji Telefilms has crafted unique stories for several television networks and recently, we retained the rights of the TV show ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’. Streaming a daily show on a homegrown OTT platform is one of the many firsts for us. It’s also for the first time, that a content producer has earmarked the intellectual property of a TV show and this marks a major shift in the industry. With this, ALTBalaji aims to drive its expansion in the B2C segment for a promising digital future.”

ALTBalaji has already acquired a leadership position as India’s largest platform for original and exclusive digital shows with more than 15 million viewers from over 90 countries on both mobile and web platforms. The digital platform currently offers 20 original shows in Indian languages across various genres such as romance, mystery, drama, and comedy. The platform also offers entertaining original shows for kids, along with short, hilarious regional stand-up comedy videos in Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, and Telugu.

With a new episode streaming every Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30PM, ‘Dil Hi Toh’ is now streaming on the ALTBalaji app and the website.

Link for streaming now trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGzA8wvdW-g&feature=youtu.be

PRESS RELEASE Dish TV India Limited Achieves ISO 27001 Certification Reinforces customer confidence through global security standards

Dish TV India Limited Achieves ISO 27001 Certification
Reinforces customer confidence through global security standards

India, June , 2018: Dish TV India Limited, world’s largest single country DTH Company, has achieved the ISO 27001 Certification, the international standard that sets out and describes requirements and best practices for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). Dish TV India has received ISO 27001 certification for its Noida and Greater Noida facilities.

ISO 27001, considered the gold standard for information security,ensures systematic examination of the organization’s security risks leading to design and implementation of a coherent and comprehensive suite of information security controls. The standard also includes establishing, implementing and operating an ISMS along with constant monitoring, review and improvement so that security controls meet the organization’s information security needs on an ongoing basis.

Exhilarated at the achievement, Mr. Anil Dua, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dish TV India Limited, said, “Our unwavering dedication towards ensuring the very best entertainment experience for our customers is evident from our efforts in achieving new milestones and setting very high standards. The prestigious ISO 27001 certification will help us set the highest standard of information security controls & measures to protect information from any internal or external threat.”

Delighted at receiving the certification, Mr. V. K. Gupta, Chief Technical Officer, DishTV India Limited, said, “With ISO 27001 certification, we have reinforced our commitment to providing complete assurance to our customers towards our security protocols, controls and practices. Information security management encompasses all types of information and determines how information is processed, stored, transferred, archived and destroyed. Dish TV India will continue its endeavor towards protection of information assets from potential security breaches.”

Under the certification, Dish TV India implemented 114 controls, spanning 14 domains encompassing various departments such as IT, HR, Sales, Revenue Assurance, Administration, Business Process Engineering, Call Centre technology, RF and Electrical. With more than 10 months of planning and implementing stringent controls, Dish TV India defined well-rounded ISMS policies and ensured complete employee awareness and compliance.

Dish TV India believes that secure information is one that ensures confidentiality, integrity and availability and therefore, the need to protect information through appropriate security controls and measures.

About Dish TV India Limited:

Dish TV India Limited is India’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) Company with a subscriber base of more than 23 million. The Company is part of the Essel Group, an Indian multinational business conglomerate having diverse business presence across Media, Entertainment, Packaging, Infrastructure, Education, Precious Metals, Finance and Technology sectors. Dish TV India Limited owns multiple individual brands like Dish TV, Zing and d2h under its umbrella. The company benefits from multiple satellite platforms including NSS-6, Asiasat-5, SES-8, GSAT-15 and ST-2 and has a bandwidth capacity of 1422 MHz, the largest held by any DTH player in the country. Dish TV India Limited has on its platform more than 655 channels & services including 40 audio channels and 70 HD channels & services. The Company has a vast distribution network of over 4,000 distributors & around 400,000 dealers that span across 9,450 towns in the country. Dish TV India Limited is connected with its pan-India customer base through call-centres that are spread across 22 cities and are equipped to handle customer queries 24X7 in 12 different languages. For more information on the Company, please visit http://www.dishtv.in

Eureka Forbes Water ATM in Alwar has changed the lives of around 10,000 individuals

Eureka Forbes Water ATM in Alwar has changed the lives of around 10,000 individuals
 Clean drinking water at 50 paise per litre has been made accessible to around 10,000 people in Alwar district of Rajasthan
Inspite of unprecedented progress made by India in various fields, the basic issue of safe and clean drinking water and its lack of access in most parts of the country, continues to be a roadblock stifling the collective growth of the nation. Contamination of drinking water has been identified as a critical public health issue by the World Health Organization (WHO), causing 80% of all diseases. The Alwar Municipal Administration provides piped water supply in some parts of the town which falls far short of the demand and is also erratic. The rest of the city gets water through tankers.
Taking cognizance of this issue, Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment undertook a community-driven initiative to make safe drinking water accessible to every individual in the state.
As part of the initiative, an Aquaguard Water ATM was installed in Alwar district of Rajasthan.These water stations allow people to access healthy drinking water at as low as 50 paise per litre. This water plant supplies upto 1,000 litres of safe drinking water per hour in a day. These water purification systems have changed the lives of around 10,000 residents.

The Aquaguard water vending machine has been designed by the experts of water purification and is equipped with advanced technology, wherein every drop of water is treated by a 9-stage purification process.Water scientists and field experts at Eureka Forbes tested the water conditions before setting up the plant. Depending on the level of contaminants present in water, the company customized the technology. This ensured that the water was not only free from microbiological contaminants like bacteria, virus and cysts but also other life endangering pollutants like nitrates, fluorides, arsenic etc. while retaining the natural essential minerals present in the water. Additionally, the Eureka Forbes team has provided complete training to the local NGO for running this plant.

The way it works is that a tanker comes inevery day to supply water, which is pulled via motor into a water tank. The water is then treated by the Carbon filter and Sand filter through which the waste gets collected in one tank and the treated (clean) water in another. The quality of water dispensed strictly adheres to all standards and requirements of the World Health Organization.

Residents feel that “The best part aboutthis initiative is that we have access to water cards that can be re-charged at regular intervals. These cards have our names on it; all we need to do is place the card on the machine and we get access to instant safe and heathy drinking water at a minimal cost, thereby helping in saving both time and money.”

NTPC restores ‘Tameshwar Football Field’ at Farakka by using Fly-Ash

Press Release 18.6.18

NTPC restores ‘Tameshwar Football Field’ at Farakka by using Fly-Ash

NTPC, India’s largest power generating company has revived the Tameshwar Football Field at Farakka in Murshidabad district of West Bengal by elevating the level of the field with Fly-Ash. To level the ground, truckloads of Fly-Ash was used as land filler to top up the earth level and restore the ground to its original shape and form.

The residents of Raghunathpur in Beniagram Gram Panchayat, Farakka were delighted to see the work done on their historical playfield, as it was once the centre of attraction of the village. Tameshwar Field regained its lost glory with the commencement of Ramendra Narayan Pandey Memorial football tournament.

With the advent of FIFA World Cup 2018, NTPC has scripted a new bond with the local community near Farakka by playing a key role in reviving the spirit of football. NTPC as a part of the social responsibility has already been running several rural sports programs and gets associated with the rural football festival.

Through this initiative, NTPC supports the game with adequate football accessories like jersey, nets, and individual prizes are given to the players of the participating teams as it helps them keep motivated.

NTPC is committed towards an inclusive growth and sustainable development with special focus to improve the quality of life in neighbourhood community with focus on infrastructure development, education, community health & sanitation, capacity-building, and gender empowerment.

Saregama celebrates the spirit of Fatherhood with singer Shaan and his son Shubh

Saregama celebrates the spirit of Fatherhood with singer Shaan and his son Shubh
~The music company launches a special song with singer Shaan and his son Shubh on the occasion of Father’s Day~
Mumbai, June 2018: Saregama celebrates the unique bond between father and child, by launching a special song today on the occasion of Father’s Day, with singer Shaan and his son Shubh. The song titled HukusBukus is a reworking of an old Kashmiri tune, and is also going to be featured in the forthcoming film Hamid, produced by Yoodlee Films – the film production arm of Saregama.
Shaan has been captivating audiences with some of the most iconic Bollywood renditions for years. On the occasion of Father’s Day, Shaan and his thirteen year old son, Shubh collaborate with Saregama to launch HukusBukus’, a special dedication to fathers all over. Shaan also features in the music video of the song which has been shot entirely in Kashmir.
Talking about the song, the singer said, “Composing this song was a wonderful experience. The song talks about how we are all the same when one divine power has created us all. I wanted to keep the original song as intact as possible, and yet lend it a beat that complements its signature tune and is catchy as well. My son has sung in this song with me and working with him makes the song that much more special”
On launching the song on such a special day,Mr. Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama India said, “We, at Saregama are excited to celebrate the spirit of Father’s Day with a special song and who better than Shaan and his son Shubh to bring that to life. HukusBukus is a charming and a lovely song and Shaan has given it his unique style. I hope this song finds resonance all over.”
About Saregama India:
Formerly known as The Gramophone Company of India Ltd, Saregama owns the largest music archives in India, one of the biggest in the world. The ownership of nearly 50 per cent of all the music ever recorded in India also makes Saregama the most authoritative repository of the country’s musical heritage. Saregama has now expanded into other branches of entertainment – it is involved in publishing, television software and digital content. It also runs studio facilities in Dum Dum, Kolkata making it one of the best end-to-end entertainment houses in the country.

Ordeal of local electronic equipments producers with MPEB

Ordeal of local electronic equipments producers with MPEB

Indore. There have always been controversies about working of Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board (MPEB). Still there is never seen big scope of big improvement. Now there is a new controversy that MPEB has not followed the instructions of Central Vigilance Committee (CVC) that was readied by M. Vitthal for all government tenders. Under this clear instructions about purchase of equipments from local electronic equipment producers was given but it is not followed. The slow pace of central government’s Saubhagya Yojana is also a result of this that even after releasing the tenders orders are not given.

MPEB does not cooperate with electronic equipment producers. All the electricity distribution companies purchase the equipments from outside companies. MPEB is not cooperative with local producers. MPEB has no quota for local electronic equipment producers according to central government’s instructions. In every other state local producer are given priority. If a state’s electronic equipment producer produces equipment, he is given priority during purchase. In other states there is quota for local factories and the even support local producers. There is even information about no strategy for cable and conductor purchase by MPEB. There have been controversies regarding their purchase but still no transparent plan has been made.

Last year in September central government declared Saubhagya: Har Ghar Bijli scheme. Under this in Madhya Pradesh the target was to provide electricity to 45 lakh families in starting of the scheme. In Madhya Pradesh Prime Minister’s Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Sobhagya was started for 45 lakh electricity deprived families. There are 45 lakh electricity deprived families in state. There is offer to bring these families under Dindayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Sobhagya Yojana. The target of this Rs. 16,320 crore worth scheme is to provide electricity to about four crore electricity deprived families in the country.

Under this scheme the target is to provide electricity to all houses in all states and states under central government by 31 st march 2019. The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) is the nodal agency for this. But in this scheme the pace of work is very slow in Madhya Pradesh. The government has released the tenders but the process is delayed by personal issues. Madhya Pradesh (Central) Electricity Supply company has been made the nodal agency for 450 to 500 tenders of transformer cable conductor but there is no transparency in this process. This is to understand. At one hand when there is responsibility to complete sobhagya Yojana stopping the tender indicates what is behind this.