IIM Indore Concludes Two-Day Business Conclave

IIM Indore Concludes Two-Day Business Conclave


IIM Indore concluded ‘Colloquium 2018: the Annual Business Conclave’ yesterday. The conclave was organized by the Industry Interaction Cell of IIM Indore and spanned over two days. The theme for this year was “The Elevator Story”. The conclave was graced by industry stalwarts like Mr. Gunjan Srivastava, MD and CEO at Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances (BSH), Mr. Amitabha Sinha, Partner, Cornerstone, Mr. Vijay Khandelwal, Head of Customer Service Unit at Amdocs, and Mr Sandeep Chaudhary, the CEO of AON Consulting, India and chair of the Emerging Markets Council.

Day 1 of Colloquium 2018 began with a speech by Professor Siddhartha K. Rastogi, Chair of Placements at IIM Indore who introduced the theme of the conclave this year.

Mr. Gunjan Srivastava, MD and CEO at Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances (BSH) was present for the day 1 of the conclave. Mr. Srivastava shared the story of BSH in India, elaborating on how the company has turned its attention towards emerging markets and attributed BSH’s success to the company’s focus on product diversification. With a focus on storytelling rooted in consumer insights, the company has reported 19% brand awareness in India making it an incredible success story.

Mr. Srivastava’s talk was followed by a panel discussion on the topic: “World Class Business Practices: Difficult to Replicate in the Indian Industry”. Mr. Gunjan Srivastava, MD and CEO at Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances, and Mr. Amitabha Sinha, Partner, Cornerstone participated in the discussion.

The discussion was moderated by Professor Srinivas Gunta from IIM Indore and witnessed the exchange of enthralling ideas like the existence of different ways in which the west and the east look at business practices. They put stress on combining people and technology where cost-cutting is a challenge and semi-automation is an advantage to people and the working preferences of Indians. With this, the panel discussion concluded on a note of integration of business practices across the globe.

Mr. Amitabha Sinha, Partner, Cornerstone was the second speaker for the day. Mr. Sinha shared his insights on topics like leadership development through his own experiences and talked about the change that can be witnessed from earlier times to now in terms of options that people have, with a special emphasis on the ease of going abroad for our generation. The talk ended on a high note with Mr. Sinha emphasizing on the importance of “being yourself” to become a successful leader.

Day 2 of Colloquium 2018 started with a talk by Mr. Vijay Khandelwal, Head of Customer Service Unit at Amdocs, on Era of Digitization: Power of Growth. He shared his personal experiences, his work in the IT and Communications sector for over 24 years. He went on to talk about it is imperative to build capabilities and adaptabilities to changing times. Finally, he concluded with a lesson on accountability: “Ownership and accountability are not about ‘Why can’t I do it?’ and more like ‘How can I make this happen?'”

Mr Sandeep Chaudhary, the CEO of AON Consulting, India and chair of the Emerging Markets Council, was the second speaker for the day. He led the discussion by stressing on the importance of personal evolution along with building your professional competencies. He also told students that an organisation must establish the “Why” of its mission before anything else. Mr. Chaudhary concluded by expressing that it was always a pleasure to interact with the leaders of India’s tomorrow.


Lenovo Dominated India’s Tablet Market in Q3 2018: CMR

Lenovo Dominated India's Tablet Market in Q3 2018: CMR

Lenovo led as India’s tablet market grew six percent in the third quarter of 2018, a new report by CyberMedia Research (CMR) said.

According to CMR’s “Tablet PC Market Report Review”, Lenovo had a 22 percent share while domestic tablet maker iBall was at the second spot with 16 percent and Samsung was third with 15 percent.

The Indian tablet market clocked shipments of 0.83 million units while 4G tablet shipments recorded a 47 percent sequential growth in the third quarter of 2018.

“Lenovo continues to be on the first position in overall tablet market, and most of the tablets were 4G and 3G. Tab 4 series had the highest sale in Q3 2018. Major presence of Lenovo is in education sector and financial services,” CMR said in a statement.

South Korean tech major Samsung’s position has declined quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) in the overall market because it has adopted the same strategy in the last few quarters, the market research firm added.

In the coming quarter, 4G market will grow to 60 percent of the overall tablet market.

Six or seven key players will dominate the overall tablet market and the retail market may see some shrinking of its overall market share because the B2B market will continue to grow.


“Militarisation Of Football”: Army Training, Drills For Chinese Players

'Militarisation Of Football': Army Training, Drills For Chinese Players

Players being inspected by a soldier during military-style training sessions in Shanghai. (AFP)


Chinese national squads and a top league team have packed young footballers off to military camps for drills and Marxist-style “thought education” as a campaign to promote Communist Party values spreads even into the sporting world.

Chinese fans have watched the militarisation of football with a mixture of anger and bemusement after pictures emerged of players getting their hair shaved and throwing themselves bare-chested into the snow.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) spirited away more than 50 under-25 national squad players in October for several weeks of intensive army drills, swapping their football boots for combat boots and military fatigues.

The move, underlining desperation to improve the perennially underachieving Chinese national side, was particularly controversial because it meant some of China’s finest young players were not involved in the final games of the league season.

A second batch of players was packed off in early November, and this week a national squad of under-19s was set to don camouflage and head to the barracks, suggesting that the boot camps may become a fixture.

Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai Shenhua — home last year to Argentine striker Carlos Tevez — followed suit with its under-19 players, combining football training with marching and other aspects of an austere military life.

Under the watchful eye of the drillmasters of airforce unit 94778, the young players were subjected on Monday to “thought-education”, the club said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.


Players marching with a soldier during military-style training sessions. (AFP)

They “examined propaganda materials, visited the unit’s hall of history, soldiers’ barracks and took part in basic military formation drills”, it said.

The players were also plonked down to watch the evening news on state television — a nightly hymn to the Communist Party — before hitting their bunks.

‘Strengthen ideology’

The CFA has been characteristically coy on the thinking behind the boot camps, but the Beijing Evening News said: “In several previous warm-up matches, some of the national team were criticised for not working hard and having no sense of honour.”

The Beijing Youth Daily, citing the CFA, said that the camps will “strengthen young players’ ideology”.

President Xi Jinping has conducted a broad campaign to bolster the ruling Communist Party that has drawn comparisons to past mass political campaigns under former leader Mao Zedong.

Government departments, businesses and organisations across the country have signed up to the drive by conducting indoctrination sessions focusing on Marxist values and “Xi Jinping Thought”.

Earlier this year, players for the national team began appearing in matches with bandages covering their tattoos, which the Xi government frowns upon in its purity campaign.

But frustrated Chinese football fans accused the CFA of putting politics before football as it took dozens of domestic players out of action for the critical last few games of the season.

Pictures subsequently emerged online of the under-25 players with buzz cuts and wearing military garb as they sat in a whitewashed room watching the senior national team’s 0-0 with India on television.


A soldier teaching marching techniques to Shenhua players. (AFP)

A red banner at the front of the room exhorted them to be upstanding members of the public.

Soccer News reposted pictures on Weibo said to be of the players baring their teeth and leaping half-naked into the snow.

China’s World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, whose final assignment with the team will be the Asian Cup in January, has not commented on the army-style initiative.

As part of Xi’s efforts to make the country a footballing powerhouse, China made the 70-year-old Italian one of the best-paid coaches in the world when they hired him in October 2016.


Telangana TSBIE Releases IPE Exam 2019 Schedule For 1st, 2nd Year Students

Telangana TSBIE Releases IPE Exam 2019 Schedule For 1st, 2nd Year Students

Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) has released the date sheet for class 12 or intermediate (IPE) board exam. The intermediate exam for first year students will begin on February 27 and for second year students will begin on February 28, 2019. The theory examinations for intermediate students will end on March 18, 2019. The practical exams have been scheduled from February 1 to February 20, 2019. The date sheet for the TSBIE IPE 2019 exam is also available on the TSBIE official website.

Here is the detailed exam schedule for TSBIE IPE first year and TSBIE IPE second year exams:

TSBIE IPE First Year Exam 2019 Schedule

  • February 27, 2019 – 2nd Language Paper I
  • March 1, 2019 – English Paper I
  • March 5, 2019 – Mathematics Paper IA/ Botany Paper I/ Civics Paper I/ Psychology Paper I
  • March 7, 2019 – Mathematics Paper IB/ Zoology Paper I/ History Paper I
  • March 9, 2019 – Physics Paper I/ Economics Paper I/ Classical Language Paper I
  • March 12, 2019 – Chemistry Paper I/ Commerce Paper I/ Sociology Paper I/ Fine Arts, Music Paper I
  • March 14, 2019 – Geology Paper I/ Home Sciences Paper I/ Public Administration Paper I/ Logic Paper I/ Bridge Course Maths Paper I (For Bi.P.C. candidates)
  • March 16, 2019 – Modern Language Paper I/ Geography Paper I

TSBIE IPE Second Year Exam 2019 Schedule

  • February 28, 2019 – 2nd Language Paper II
  • March 2, 2019 – English Paper II
  • March 6, 2019 – Mathematics Paper IIA/ Botany Paper II/ Civics Paper II/ Psychology Paper II
  • March 8, 2019 – Mathematics Paper IIB/ Zoology Paper II/ History Paper II
  • March 11, 2019 – Physics Paper II/ Economics Paper II/ Classical Language Paper II
  • March 13, 2019 – Chemistry Paper II/ Commerce Paper II/ Sociology Paper II/ Fine Arts, Music Paper II
  • March 15, 2019 – Geology Paper II/ Home Sciences Paper II/ Public Administration Paper II/ Logic Paper II/ Bridge Course Maths Paper II (For Bi.P.C. candidates)
  • March 18, 2019 – Modern Language Paper II/ Geography Paper II

The above dates are also applicable for Vocational courses. However, a separate date sheet will be released for Vocational courses exam.

Apart from these, TSBIE will conduct the Ethics and Human Value examination on January 28, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and Environmental Education Exam on January 30, 2019 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Teej 2018: 11 Delicious Foods To Celebrate With

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The season of festivities is here again. Hindu women across India, mostly in North are gearing up to celebrate Hariyali Teej. This year, Hariyali Teej will be celebrated on 13th August, 2018. The Indian festival is celebrated with much fervour by women of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. The festival falls in the holy month of Shravana or Sawan. The entire month is dedicated to the holy union of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Married women gather together and pray for their married life and general well-being.  On the day of Hariyali Teej, they also deck up beautifully in green sari and with green bangles, which is the significant colour of the festival. In some parts of India, they also get together and ride swings and listen to old folklores of Shiva and Parvati. Some women observe ritualistic fasts where they abstain from non-vegetarian foods. They eat simple fruit-laden diet. Once the fast is over, they indulge in some toothsome delicacies like ghewar, mathri and kachoris. The sumptuous feast that follows is a true-foodie’s dream come true.

Here are all things, fried, sugary, greasy and good that you can enjoy as part of your Teej festivities:

1. Ghewar:

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You saw this coming, didn’t you? What kaju katli is to Diwali, ghewar is to Teej. Ghevar is a round-shaped honey-comb like Rajasthani dessert dipped in sugar syrup. It is made in huge numbers during the festive season. You would find it across all major sweetmeat shops in your neighbourhood. You can make one at home too with this delicious malai ghewar recipe . The melt-in mouth malai and nutty topping is sure to leave you craving for more.

2. Gujiya:

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Gujiyas are fried dough pockets that are filled with delicious filling of khoya, nuts and jaggery. They are usually associated with festive occasions like Holi, but they are one of the most lavishly prepared Teej delicacies too. The sweet dumpling is popular across the country under many different names; in Maharashtra it is referred to as Karanji.

3. Mathri:

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Mathri is usually one of the first foods that women break their Teej fast with. The crispy snack is a like a flaky biscuit or a tiny savoury cake made from flour, water, and a dash of cumin seeds. Here’s an easy recipe that you can try this occasion.

4. Anarse Ki Goli:

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A sweet bite-sized snack made of rice flour or maida. One can call them small maida and sugar ladoos too. These nibbles are topped with sesame seeds and are an absolute delight.

5. Kheer:

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Kheer is a famous rice and milk pudding hailing from the Indian subcontinent. If you have grown up in any part of India, you must have seen how this delectable milk-based pudding makes its way through all the significant festive occasions, pujas, celebrations etc.; Teej is no different. There are a multiple versions and preparations of the dessert across India, it is even known with different names. Kheer prepared for Teej is usually rice-based, but some even use vermicelli in place of rice.  It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios or almonds.

6. Malpua:

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Malpua is often dubbed as India’s oldest dessert. Malpua is a pancake-like sweet, which is made of rice flour in oodles of ghee and dipped in saffron-scented sugar syrup. Much like kheer, malpuas too have a distinct place in Hindu festivals, especially the ones celebrated up North, like Teej. With this delicious recipe you can make some in the comforts of your kitchen too.

7. Samosas: 

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Hariyali Teej is the festival of monsoon, and what are monsoons without our fried food cravings. The dough pockets filled with delicious stuffing is rather easy-to-make. This moong dal samosa is sure to impress.

8. Mirchi Pakodas: 

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Crisp mirch pakodas stuffed with a potato filling is one of the most beloved Rajasthani delicacies. This crunchy snack is perfect for those who enjoy spicy food.

9. Gatte Ki Sabzi: 

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Gatte refers to cooked gram flour dumplings, which are added to spicy curd-based gravy. The savoury dish goes best with piping hot rice and even rotis.

10. Dal Baati:

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Delicious gram flour dough deep-fried in ghee, served with dal. This simple Rajasthani delicacy has it all to be a show-stealer at any lunch/dinner party.

11. Pyaaz Kachori:

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These round, fluffy kachoris, full of heart-melting masalas and golden brown onions are served with a combination of imly (tamarind) and coriander-mint chutney.

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Teej 2018!