Friday, December 9, 2022

NASSCOM Statement – Government Notification On Work From Home Relaxation In SEZs


As a result of a series of deliberations and Government engagements led by NASSCOM, the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, in its notification released on 08-12-2022 has further simplified work-from-home rules in SEZs. This is a major step towards enabling ease of doing business and will provide much-needed flexibility for companies operating in SEZs to develop a strong hybrid work model for the future.

Effective immediately, there will be no need to file an application to seek approval for WFH and there is no restriction on the extent of WFH that can be enabled by a unit in the SEZ. If required, units may even operate all of their employees in a hybrid/ remote manner. This facility is available till December 31, 2023.  The only requirement is that the units shall intimate the local Development Commissioner through an email that they are implementing a WFH model.

This has been one of the major asks from NASSCOM and will help the industry to get sufficient time to organically come up with a hybrid model which is sustainable for a longer duration without the burden of compliance.

Murty Trust Announces A Commitment Of INR 75 Million To Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute To Promote Sanskrit, Prakrit Studies


Murty Trust, the family foundation of Mrs. Sudha Murty and Mr. Narayana Murthy, announced a grant of INR 75 million to the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) to preserve and promote research on rare books and manuscripts in Sanskrit and Prakrit. The grant covers the construction of the Murty Centre of Indic Studies, an 18,000 sqft heritage-style, academic and research building with a 200-seater classroom capacity, a state-of-the art auditorium to conduct lectures, and an audio-visual studio to digitise ancient books and manuscripts. The Bhoomi Pooja for the building was conducted with Mrs. Sudha Murty laying the foundation stone of the building.

Speaking about the new initiative, Mrs. Sudha Murty stated, “BORI is a 105-year-old institution and a key pillar of India’s cultural heritage. It has produced a plethora of intellectual research papers and books. Every professor at BORI is a great scholar. I was mesmerised by the intellectual work of two books, ‘critical addition of Mahabharata’ and ‘Kane’s Dharmashastra’, both of which are very dear to my heart. As times have changed, audience want online classes to learn more about our culture and would like to interact with the staff. Hence, the Murty Trust has decided to support BORI with a new and modern building that will be dedicated to celebrating India’s cultural heritage.”

Mr. Bhupal Patwardhan, Chairman, Executive Board of BORI also spoke about the institution’s plans for the Murty Centre of Indic Studies. “Hon’ble Sudhatai has given funding for academic projects, and now the Institute has approximately 40 scholars working on different subjects from Indian philosophy to Kathak, and from Ayurveda to astronomy. The  upcoming Murty Centre of Indic Studies can accommodate more than 60 scholars. At the same time, the Institute has now entered into education as well. So, the classrooms can accommodate up to 200 students for different courses and as this Murty Centre shall have a studio, we can generate good online content which will be offered on our platform ‘Bharat Vidya’. The Institute has 28,000 manuscripts and old books. To support these books the new building will provide a conservation laboratory. This is going to be a big leap for the Institute and its future. With this facility, the different subjects from Indic culture can be disseminated all over the world. So, we are extremely grateful to the Murty Trust”.

Bhandarkar Institute of Oriental Research (BORI)

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), Pune, founded in 1917, has one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts spanning over 1,25,000 books and 28,000 manuscripts in several languages such as Sanskrit and Prakrit. The Institute is partially supported by the Maharashtra Government. It has also received grants from the Government of India and the University Grants Commission for specific research projects. The Institute is credited with producing scholarly projects of world-class excellence like the multi-volume ‘History of Dharmashastra’ and the ‘Critical Edition of the Mahabharat’.

Murty Trust

Murty Trust is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and celebration of culture, science, and knowledge systems born out of India. The Murty Trust is headed by Mrs. Sudha Murty and Mr. Rohan Murty.

RR Kabel Announces The Winners Of Kabel Stars’ INR 1 Crore Scholarship Program In Bangalore


~ The brand announces 16 winners of the scholarship program from Bangalore ~

RR Kabel, a part of RR Global’s USD 1.25 billion conglomerate and a leading wire and cable manufacturer in India, announced the Kabel Star Scholarship Program winners in Bangalore. Of the 1015 winners across India, 16 were from Bangalore. The winners were felicitated through an awards ceremony conducted in the RR Kabel office in Bangalore. 

Being a key market for the electrical community, the students of Bangalore have performed well. The winner students from the city secured the Kabel Stars scholarship that will enable them to aim for higher studies and take a step towards achieving their goal.

The Kabel Star Scholarship Program is an industry-first initiative for the children of electricians who have passed their 10th-grade exams this year. It is a part of the brand’s vision to endeavor an empowered and educated India. RR Kabel contributes Rs.1 from the sale of each box of the house wires. The same contribution has invested more than ?1 crore towards the higher secondary education of the electrician’s children under this scholarship program. Across India, 1,015 students have been selected and are receiving a scholarship of ?10,000 each.

Talking about the scholarship program that is her brainchild and vision, Mrs. Kirti Kabra, Director, RR Global, said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Kabel Stars scholarship program for achieving this milestone in their lives and taking them a step ahead towards their goals. We at RR Kabel consider electricians an integral part of our community, and our initiatives are dedicated to contributing to this community’s well-being. The Kabel Star Scholarship Program was aimed at doing something beyond business for the electrician fraternity. It is a proud moment for all of us to see that the program was very well received and that the results have also been phenomenal. The 10th-grade exams are a deciding factor in any child’s career. It is a phase in their life where they lay the foundation for the rest of their future, and we wanted to be a crucial part of this journey. It is inspiring to know that some winners have secured 90% and above in their exams. We want every Kabel Star winner to pursue further education and follow a career path they’re passionate about. With such programs, we strive to empower today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders.”

All the winners were overjoyed to receive this scholarship from RR Kabel. It was inspiring to learn about their journey and their plans. The objective of this scholarship program was to help the students choose a career of their choice where they could continue to strive towards achieving their dreams and establish a strong start to their future.

About RR Kabel:

RR Kabel offers the widest range of wires and cables for various residential, commercial, industrial, and infrastructure purposes. RR Kabel is part of RR Global, a USD 1.25 billion conglomerate in the electrical sector with a presence in over 90 countries globally. Spread across multiple business verticals, including wires and cables, the company continues to endeavor to create the best quality products using the latest advances in wire design and engineering. The products are also compliant with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemical Substances) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directives. The brand has also conducted extensive research and development to ensure its products adhere to global guidelines and standards.

Teachmint Has Empowered Schools From Kashmir To Kanyakumari Within A Year Of The Launch Of The Integrated School Platform


* The company has enabled the digitization of 10,000+ schools across 30+ countries, serving 1.6 crore+ users

Teachmint, a leading education infrastructure provider and creator of the Integrated School Platform, has demonstrated tremendous progress in driving the education digitization movement in India. The company announced that it has digitized schools across the length and breadth of the country, over 70% belonging to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. This includes states from J&K to Kerala, Gujarat to Manipur.

Its immense growth in just a year is on the back of its flagship product, the Integrated School Platform, launched in late 2021 to enable schools to digitize their operations, help teachers and faculty save time, eliminate errors, increase teaching efficiency, cut operating costs and become future-ready. Since its launch in late 2021, Teachmint has served 10,000+ schools, 1.6 crore+ users and expanded to 30+ countries across South East Asia, Middle East and Africa. Further, the platform has also empowered schools to become NEP 2020-ready with its digital infra offerings, enabling schools to make data powered decisions, monitor teacher and student progress with comprehensive insights and drive real-time engagement with parents.

Commenting on the milestone, Divyansh Bordia, COO & Co-founder of Teachmint, said, “Our vision at Teachmint is to empower schools and educational institutes with our first-of-its-kind Integrated School Platform. In the past 1 year, we have seen exponential adoption of our platform, an indication of the immense acceptance of digitization among school leaders. I strongly believe that tech-integration can help schools unlock their highest potential. With NEP 2020 also putting the spotlight on digitization, we expect more and more schools to adopt technology and start reaping its benefits in the near future.”

Since its inception, Teachmint has been pioneering the education digitization movement by building the digital infrastructure for education. The company believes that SaaS has immense potential to bring in much needed transformations in the education ecosystem and drive better outcomes for all the stakeholders of a school - students, teachers, administrators and parents. As schools have reopened the past year, Teachmint has seen high adoption of its offerings, and the company strives to continue building deeper capabilities to strengthen it.

Focused on enabling schools to seamlessly incorporate NEP 2020 policies, Teachmint also recently signed a partnership with OrangeSlates, a leading educator upskilling platform, to help professional development and upskilling of school teachers across India. With this partnership, various courses are available on Teachmint’s Integrated School Platform for all its school partners, enabling educators to learn, train and upskill conveniently to learn, practice, and revisit topics as needed. Courses include a wide range of topics, such as Making the most of digital tools like Microsoft Word, Managing special education needs, Bringing Experiential Learning to Classrooms, Gamifying Assessments, Interpersonal Skills, and more.

About Teachmint 

Teachmint is an education infrastructure startup and the creator of the Integrated School Platform, an all-in-one school digitization solution. We have enabled millions of educators and thousands of schools to create global, future-ready classrooms with our proprietary technology and school software solutions. Today, Teachmint is available in 20+ Indian and International languages and has served 10,000+ institutions and 1.6+ crore users from 30+ countries through its platform. 

Teachmint’s flagship product, the Integrated School Platform, empowers every stakeholder of the school with a one-stop solution combining admin management capabilities, strengthening teaching-learning infrastructure, driving student engagement and delivering superior digital content. We believe that the right integration of technology can help school leaders unlock the highest potential of their institutes and bring the best out of their teachers, students and even parents.

Teachmint was founded in 2020 by Mihir Gupta, Payoj Jain, Divyansh Bordia and Anshuman Kumar - alumni of IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi with executive experience at OYO, McKinsey, Swiggy and Roposo. Teachmint is backed by leading International and Indian investors such as Rocketship.vc, Lightspeed, Learn Capital, Goodwater Capital, Vulcan Capital, Better Capital, CM Ventures, Epiq Capital and Titan Capital.

Pocket52 Celebrates Its 4-year Anniversary With #ChaarGunaFun All Through December


* Celebrations with a guaranteed rewards pool of INR 6.1 Crores

Pocket52, one of India’s renowned online poker brands, is celebrating its 4-year anniversary with the launch of Pocket52’s ‘Pocket-Friendly Series’ (PFS), which was held from the 1st to the 7th of December. This will be followed by a “Birthday Freeroll” on 13th December 6:00 PM, “Pocket Poker Championship'' (PPC) from 14th to the 22nd of December and 25 Lacs GTD Bracelet on the 18th of December. The brand has also introduced a year-end bash for Poker enthusiasts for the entire month. These Poker series will reward winners with jaw-dropping prizes throughout the month.

Being launched in the festive month of December, all these series will be the highlight of the year for Poker enthusiasts. Players will have a chance to win rewards from a large pool of options like multi-table tournaments, leaderboards, pocket-friendly series, freerolls, live streams, social media contests, and more.

As part of the celebration offers, players will have the option to play all multi-table tournaments with the lowest buy-ins, starting from INR 770/- for a guaranteed prize pool of 2 Lacs and INR 1100/- for a guaranteed prize pool of 10 Lacs. Select players will win bracelets worth 25 Lacs. The grand birthday freeroll is set to be worth 4 Lacs on Tuesday, December 13 at 6 pm. Poker enthusiasts will get a 100% bonus on their first deposit of up to INR 15,000.

The Birthday Bash Poker series held for the month of December will provide players an opportunity to win a share from the grand INR 4.1 Crores Guaranteed Reward.

Commenting on this, Nitesh Salvi, Director, Pocket52 said, “It gives us immense joy to be celebrating the brand’s 4th year anniversary. Our players are the reason for our success and have been our guiding force towards achieving this milestone. As we celebrate with our users, we want to make the most of spreading the thrill and joy of spirited gameplay. Hope our users enjoy the celebrations and I wish them a great festive season.”

About Pocket52:

Pocket52, one of India's renowned Poker App, not only gives you a world-class gaming experience but also connects you with like-minded individuals. Pocket52 is certified by internationally renowned iTech Labs, Australia, to make your gameplay safe, secure, and hassle-free. Pocket52 aims to revolutionize the skill-based online real-money gaming industry in India by providing a feature-rich platform, built with cutting-edge technology, superior customer service, a transparent network, and round-the-clock promotions. The Pocket52 app is available on all devices, including all popular smartphones and tablets (Android & iOS).

Godrej Industries Limited Appoints Rakesh Swami As Group President & Head – Corporate Affairs


Godrej Industries Limited have appointed Rakesh Swami as the Group President & Head, Corporate Affairs with effect from 1st December 2022. Rakesh comes with over 22 years of experience in corporate affairs, public policy, government and regulatory affairs, business advocacy, strategic planning, conflict management, corporate social responsibility, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and general administration.

Prior to joining Godrej, Rakesh was a part of Honeywell where he was heading government relations and was a core member of the India leadership team. He started his career with Reliance Industries and has also worked with Essar, Tata Motors, John Deere and General Electric.

At Godrej, Rakesh will steer the corporate affairs function and will be responsible for leading Godrej group’s public policy and government relations efforts. He will help enable proactive business centric advocacy with all relevant stakeholders.

Speaking on his appointment, he said, “Godrej has a rich legacy and it is truly humbling to be working for a group that has such a strong value system. I feel privileged to join one of India’s largest, oldest and trusted conglomerate that has been serving the nation for 125 years”.

About Godrej Industries Limited 

Godrej Industries Ltd. is part of the Godrej group, one of the leading business groups in India and is in the businesses of Oleochemicals, surfactants, finance & investments and estate management. It has substantial interests in several industries including property development, oil palm plantation, animal feeds and agri-products, poultry, personal care and household care, etc., through its subsidiaries, associate companies and joint ventures. 

Simpolo The Fastest Growing Premium Brand In The Indian Ceramic Industry Opened Its 100th Showroom


Simpolo Ceramics is the fastest-growing premium brand in the ceramic industry in India. The brand has grown leaps and bounds by offering stunning designs of the best quality to its consumers. Simpolo is inspired by the Italian ceramic market and is the first ceramic brand to take an initiative to create tiles made with latest cutting-edge technologies.

Simpolo Ceramics expands its business and launches its 100th Gallery in Karnataka (Vijayapura) in an area of over 5400 sq. ft.

On the grand opening of the showroom Mr. Bharat Aghara (CMO) shared Simpolo is planning to open 100 more showrooms in important business centers in the next 2 years.

Simpolo focus on enhancing customer’s experience which includes Live Display Mockup and scanning of QR code with immediate visualization in 360-degree view of the products, thus helping the customer in finalization of the product quickly.

Simpolo has the best-selling products of classy Dry Granula (1200x2400), styling & enriching Posh Surface for Indoor Space (1200x1800) & Kitchen Top (790 x 3000) along with Rockdeck series for Outdoor Application in 16mm.

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