Archives February 2024

Sharda Hospital Organises India’s First-Ever International Robotic Workshop

Sharda Hospital Organises India's First-Ever International Robotic Workshop 1

Delhi / NCR , India – February 29, 2024 – Sharda Hospital, a pioneer in healthcare innovation, proudly organised India’s first-ever “International Robotic Workshop” equipped with multiple robotic systems, in collaboration with the School of Medical Sciences & Research, Sharda Hospital and Sharda Care – The Healthcity (Upcoming Ultramodern 700+ bedded super speciality Hospital, Greater Noida).

The program, inaugurated by esteemed international trainer surgeons as faculties, marks a significant milestone in advancing medical education and surgical training in India.

The event signified a groundbreaking initiative, as it introduced cutting-edge multiple robotic technology into the lab environment for the first time in India. With multiple robotic stations available, the lab offered unparalleled opportunities for medical professionals, students, and researchers to explore the intricacies of robotic surgery under the guidance of globally renowned trainers from the U.S.A. and U.K.

Mr. P.K Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University & Chairman, Sharda Hospital and Sharda Care – The Healthcity felicitated the International and National faculty in a traditional-culture style, with Shawls and expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “We are proud to introduce India’s first ever Multiple Robotic Lab, a testament to our commitment to advancing medical education and research. This initiative underscores Sharda Hospital’s dedication to providing cutting-edge training opportunities and shaping the future of healthcare in India.”

The inaugural ceremony, graced by renowned personalities in the medical and academic fields, highlighted the importance of leveraging technology to enhance healthcare delivery and education. The program featured a series of sessions and workshops designed to provide participants with “hands-on” experience and in-depth insights into robotic surgical techniques.

Dr. Nirupma Gupta, Dean, School Medical Science & Research, Sharda University highlighting the importance of the event said, “This International Robotic Workshop signifies a groundbreaking step, as it introduces cutting-edge robotic technology into the lab environment for the first time in India. With multiple robotic setups available, the lab offers unparalleled opportunities for medical professionals, students, and researchers to explore the intricacies of robotic surgery under the guidance of globally renowned experts.”

Dr. Ram Murti Sharma, Medical Superintendent, Sharda Hospital, expressing his delight at the successful organisation of the International Robotic Workshop, along with the setup of the lab, said, “This one of its kind multiple robotic systems lab further strengthens Sharda Hospital’s position as a leader in healthcare innovation and education. With its state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative approach, Sharda Hospital continues to set new standards of excellence in the field of medical education and patient care.”

Attendees had the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities, including demonstrations of robotic procedures, interactive training sessions, and panel discussions led by experts in the field. Moreover, the event showcased the collaborative efforts of Sharda Hospital, SMS&R, and Sharda Care-The Healthcity in fostering innovation and excellence in healthcare.

The successful implementation of the program underscores Sharda Hospital’s position as a leader in healthcare innovation and education. With its state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative approach, Sharda Hospital continues to set new standards of excellence in the field of medical education and patient care.

“Samsung Semiconductor India expands R&D footprint with a new state-of-the-art R&D facility in Namma Bengaluru”

India, 29 th February 2024 – Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR) today announced the opening of its new R&D facility in Bengaluru. The expansion marks a significant milestone in SSIR’s commitment to driving cutting-edge semiconductor research and development in India, while addressing the company’s growing needs for advanced infrastructure. This is SSIR’s second office in Bengaluru, with a capacity to accommodate close to sixteen hundred professionals. Located at Bagmane Capital Tech Park in Angkor-West, the facility spans 1, 60,000 square feet across four floors.


The new campus of Samsung Semiconductor India Research (SSIR) features a modern, open-plan layout across four floors, encouraging collaboration and agility. The design includes designated hot-desking areas for workforce flexibility. There are over sixty (60) state-of-the-art meeting rooms for seamless communication, and amenities such as a fully equipped cafeteria, medical facilities, dedicated nap rooms, and recreational areas for rejuvenation for all employees. Additionally, transport shuttle services are also available which will further enhance convenience, ensuring a holistic work experience for SSIR employees.

“It is an exciting moment for us as the new facility in Bengaluru embodies our commitment to expanding our footprint in India and enabling a vibrant environment for our exceptional team members. This new hub reinforces SSIR’s standing as a crucial player in Samsung Semiconductor’s global innovation ecosystem as we open the doors to new opportunities”, said Balajee Sowrirajan, EVP & MD at Samsung Semiconductor India Research.

SSIR currently has a strength of over four thousand and five hundred (4500) employees and will add over seven hundred (700) people including fresh graduates as well as lateral hires across teams in India.

Lighthouse invests INR 284 crores in Kushal’s Fashion Jewellery in a Series B funding round

Bangalore, 29th February 2024: Lighthouse India Fund IV AIF has invested INR 284 crores in Kushal’s, India’s leading fashion and silver jewellery brand. Kushal’s is the first investment by Lighthouse from its newly raised, fourth private equity fund. This round also includes a secondary buy-out providing part exit to its first institutional investor India SME Investments, which invested in 2019.

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Founded in 2006 by the Gulechha family, Kushal’s offers a diverse range of fashion jewellery for weddings, festivals, occasions, and everyday wear. The Company retails its products through its 75+ stores across 25+ cities in India and online channels. Kushal’s relentless focus on design, quality and customer experience has enabled it to differentiate in a segment dominated by unorganised players and enjoy high brand salience. The Company has earlier raised funds from India SME Investments followed by MOPE. The current round of growth capital will be utilized to build the brand and scale its retail presence.

Commenting on the Lighthouse investment into the Company, Manish Gulechha, Co-Founder of Kushal’s Retail, shared, “Kushal’s was founded with a vision to offer women the most exclusive and on-trend fashion jewellery; combined with exceptional quality and best-in-class shopping experience. The funding will facilitate investments in brand building, technology, people and retail expansion. We are thrilled to have Lighthouse as a partner in our journey. With their guidance and support, we hope to accelerate our growth, delighting consumers across the country. With their guidance and support, we hope to accelerate our growth, delighting consumers across the country.”

Anshul Jain, Managing Director at Lighthouse, added, “Kushal’s is at the forefront of organising the large, fragmented fashion jewellery market in India with its premium product range catering to the needs of aspirational consumers. The Company is uniquely placed to grow with strong macro tailwinds in the category and changing consumers’ preference for fashion jewellery that is becoming an integral part of their lifestyle. We are pleased to partner with the Gulechha family in this journey and are very excited about the Company’s future.”

Mitin Jain, Managing Director at India SME Investments, added, “Kushal’s high-quality management team has set the gold standard for a large pool of small and medium enterprises in India while also creating huge value for its investors”.

India’s fashion and silver jewellery market is valued at Rs. 30,000 crores with an annual growth rate of 20% with organized retail at 5 to 6% market share. As one of the pioneers in this sector, Kushal’s is reshaping fashion jewellery retailing in India. With over 2 million satisfied consumers already served, the brand’s stores and services provide a premium, contemporary experience designed for the modern Indian woman.

Chronicling the Unbreakable Bond of Love and Sacrifice, Shrimad Ramayan Brings Alive the Timeless Tale of Bharat Milap

Viewers of Sony Entertainment Television’s epic saga Shrimad Ramayan have witnessed Queen Kaikeyi’s demand to exile Lord Ram from Ayodhya and crown Bharat as the King. Causing a huge furore in the prosperous kingdom of Ayodhya and within the royal family, viewers will see Bharat, who loves his brother Lord Ram dearly, get into a disagreement with Kaikeyi, referring to his own mother as “Kumata”.


Chronicling their unbreakable bond of brotherhood, Bharat goes to meet Lord Ram in Chitrakoot, wherein he requests him to come back and claim his rightful place as king. But Lord Ram remains committed to honouring his father’s boons to Queen Kaikeyi and so, Bharat will take back his brother’s sandals and place them on the throne as symbols of Lord Ram’s authority.

Elaborating on this epic moment, Nikhlesh Rathore, who plays Bharat, says, “In this saga of loyalty and love, Bharat’s unwavering devotion to his brother Lord Ram illuminates the path of selflessness and sacrifice, where the throne pales before the bond of brotherhood. Portraying the character of Bharat has taught me a profound lesson in a world of impermanence, one must always stand for what is right, even if it means opposing those closest to you.”

Sancta Maria International School, Hyderabad clinches prestigious award at Cambridge University Press & Assessment Schools Conclave South Asia 2024

Hyderabad, 29 th February 2024: Sancta Maria International School, Hyderabad is proud to announce that it has been honoured with the prestigious Cambridge University Press & Assessments Schools Conclave South Asia 2024 award for excellence in Early Years. Speakers from Cambridge and over 500 school participants from various countries in South Asia, were part of the event.

Sancta Maria team celebrating the winning of the prestigious Cambridge University Press & Assessments Schools Conclave South Asia 2024 award for excellence in Early Years.

 The Cambridge University Press & Assessments Schools Conclave brings together educational leaders and practitioners from around the world. The main objectives are to gain insights about new educational developments, meet the senior leaders of Cambridge University Press and Assessment, and share best practices within the community of Cambridge schools.

 Sancta Maria stood out among the participants, showcasing its commitment to providing a holistic and globally relevant education to its youngest students. The institution’s educational model was well-received, and its approach to nurturing both students and teachers garnered accolades from the international community.

 Ms Ruchira Ghosh, Principal, and Mr Mahender Reddy, CEO of Sancta Maria International School, were present at the event to receive the award on behalf of the school.

 Expressing her joy and gratitude, Ms Rini Roy, Division Head – Early Years, stated, “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our teachers, staff, and students. We are honoured to receive this award, and it motivates us to continue our pursuit of excellence in providing a world-class education to our young learners.”

 Sancta Maria International School remains committed to its mission of fostering an environment that promotes not only academic excellence but also the holistic development of its students, preparing them for a future that demands creativity, critical thinking, and global mindset.

Colors Bangla Cinema partners with Videocon D2H in its aim to reach every household

Kolkata, 29 February 2024 – Colors Bangla Cinema, the leading Bengali movie channel renowned for its unparalleled cinematic experience, proudly announces its strategic partnership with Videocon D2H, a player in the DTH space. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in enhancing accessibility to quality entertainment for viewers across diverse demographics.

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As one of the top 2 Bengali movie channels in the market, Colors Bangla Cinema has garnered acclaim for its meticulously curated film selection, captivating audiences of all demographics. Experiencing record-breaking growth in fiscal 2024, the channel’s popularity surged among Videocon D2H subscribers, reaffirming its widespread appeal. This strategic alliance reinforces its position as a premier destination for Bengali cinema enthusiasts while addressing the evolving preferences of today’s viewers.

Vivek Modi, Business Head, Colors Bangla and Colors Bangla Cinema said “We are thrilled to join forces with Videocon D2H to expand our reach and serve a wider audience base. It is our constant endeavour to ensure that all enthusiasts of Bangla cinema have access to Colors Bangla Cinema and this partnership strengthens that commitment.”

Mr. Sukhpreet Singh- Corporate Head Marketing- DishTV, D2H, and Watcho said, “This partnership marks an exciting inclusion in our commitment to deliver compelling content to our viewers. Bangla subscribers are key to our plans and a critical segment for us. The addition of Colors Bangla Cinema showcases the diversity in our entertainment bouquet. Together, we look forward to enrich the viewing choices for our subscribers not only in that region but also widening our reach to Bangla viewers pan India. Dish TV India with its DTH brands D2H and DishTV is determined to remain at the forefront of delivering high-quality programming.”

From February 20th, viewers have been enjoying the rich tapestry of films on Colors Bangla Cinema, available on channel no. 1839 on Videocon D2H. This collaboration not only celebrates cinema but also underscores the channel’s commitment to delivering quality entertainment in every household across the region.

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Sonali Choudhury

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Sonali’s journey began with her intent to transition into the IT field through Data Science. An Electronics Engineer by background, Sonali chose to upskill herself through digital learning platforms which she says has been instrumental in shaping her career in Data Science.

“Coming from an electronics background, I embarked on a journey to transition into the IT field, focusing on data science. Utilizing platforms like Udemy, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, and Open courses from MIT and Harvard, I completed certifications that honed my skills in SQL, database management systems, Python, and data analytics.

3 years into the system, this newfound knowledge not only eased my day-to-day work but has also played a pivotal role in helping me secure my current role as a Senior Analyst. I believe continuous learning is key to professional growth, and I am excited about the opportunities and challenges it continues to bring.”

Kamala Nagaraj

Kamala Nagaraj

 After reaching a certain stage in her Human Resources (HR) career, Kamala began contemplating the importance of refining her skills to explore new opportunities. Through extensive research, she chose to enrol in the PGCHRM program offered by XLRI in 2011. This course, she says, helped her better her career and showed her ways to work with an engaged workforce.

“ The PGCHRM course offered by XLRI was a pioneering initiative launched in collaboration with Reliance, marking a significant advancement in a time when technology was not as prevalent. The program proved invaluable in honing my analytical and logical abilities, equipping me with the necessary tools to drive strategic initiatives in specialized areas. I delved deep into core subjects such as labor law, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and collective bargaining, under the mentorship of industry experts. Through exposure to real-world case studies and continual coaching, I have gained the confidence to navigate various organizational challenges. I am now adept at implementing interventions that not only enhance cost-effectiveness and compliance but also foster a culture of employee satisfaction through improved compensation and benefits. This, in turn, contributes to lower attrition rates and a more engaged workforce.

Today we are blessed with better opportunities, and accessibility to courses is no longer in question. There are numerous learning avenues, offering myriad opportunities for growth. I, once again, emphasize that there is a crucial need to constantly sharpen your skills and digital is the way to go.”

5 Women Leaders And Their Mantra To Success

In a world where entrepreneurship knows no bounds, four remarkable women have defied conventions, shattered glass ceilings, and paved the way for success in their respective domains. This women’s day is all about learning from their secret to success!

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The dynamic duo Sonakshi Sinha and Srishti Raai, Co-Founders of SOEZI, have changed the face of the nail industry in India. SOEZI offers premium quality tips, glues, adhesive tabs, and restorative nail glue removers that don’t compromise the health of the OG nails. They’re rapidly expanding their presence with online D2C beauty platforms while kicking off with a kiosk in Seasons Mall in Pune. They’ve even made their global debut in Seychelles, Africa, and are now targeting the Middle East.

 “Take that first step. That’s probably the most difficult and most intimidating part. But I promise, when you do end up doing it, things just get better from there. Also, it is never too late, doesn’t matter how old you are,” inspires Sonakshi. To this, Srishti adds, “We can create magic when we work in synergy. So women, starting off, we have to support each other, as opposed to becoming competitive about it.”

Anushka Gupta, co-founder of MyMuse, emphasises on the power of representation in the sexual wellness brand’s journey. Anushka states, “Consistent representation at scale is what is needed. Whether through content, influencers, or the choice of models for your campaign. We live in a visual world; the more people feel included as an authentic part of your brand voice and mission, the more buy-in you’ll get.”
Anushka’s BA degree in Psychology and Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University, Massachusetts, along with this mantra, has helped MyMuse serve over 150k+ customers across 1000+ Indian cities. The brand has built an Instagram community of 67.3K people via exclusive meet-ups, fun events, affiliate programs, influencers like Apoorva Mukhija, and podcasts like Moment of Silence hosted by Sakshi Shivdasini and Naina Bhan.

For Aanchal Goel, the Creative Head and Founder of Objectry, the decor label thrives on its principle of quality craftsmanship. “We always make it a point to associate with craftsmen whose skills we can hone to do justice to our idea. We empower all our artisans to be quality check officers themselves every step of the way and take full accountability, ensuring perfection in the products.”

 Aanchal, who graduated from Parsons assumes multiple roles ensuring every aspect of the brand is executed well. Under her creative direction, Objectry recently debuted at India Design ID, launching a new multi collection that experiments with fluidity and imperfection. The brand’s creations have also been recognised and appreciated by Bollywood celebrities, including Anshula Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, and Malaika Arora. The brand is now gearing up to start shipping their products internationally as well.

Neha Chopra Tandon, Marketing Director of Limited Edt India underlines the importance of targeted marketing. “Limited Edt’s mantra for success in India revolves around passion-driven innovation, localising marketing activities in India, and community building. By staying true to these principles, Limited Edt is poised to revolutionise India’s sneaker scene and redefine the way we experience and engage with sneakers and streetwear India.”

Under her direction, the Singapore-based sneaker boutique has penetrated the Indian market offline with its newly inaugurated store at Ambience Mall, Gurugram. Neha also played a key role in bringing to India the Urban Islander collection – Limited Edt’s latest collaboration with New Balance, designed by sneaker artist Mark Ong.

These five women entrepreneurs and their secret to success have 3 things in common – courage to try, representation, and close collaboration, inspiring other women to start their entrepreneurial journeys with confidence.

To that end, we would like to gauge your interest in featuring these brands for your upcoming Women’s Day features.

Marwadi University hosts esteemed sports personalities for its action-packed Annual Sports Fest 2024

New Delhi, 29th February 2024: Marwadi University (MU) is excited to announce the successful conclusion of its Annual Sports Fest organised by its Department of Physical Education and Sports and the Faculty of Health Sciences, at its vibrant campus in Rajkot, Gujarat. The event was an action-packed two days of sportsmanship, uniting students, athletes, and sports enthusiasts from various disciplines. Games included Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Athletics, Badminton, Chess, Table Tennis, Deadlift, Tug of War, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, among others. A total of 8 track and field events and 11 sports and games were conducted, with more than 4000 students attending sports events through the year.


The distinguished Guest for Inauguration of the sports fest was the esteemed, Dr. Gurdeep Singh, an eminent figure in the sports community. With a remarkable career, Dr. Singh has significantly contributed to promoting excellence in competitive sports across 1000 member universities during his 25 years at the Association of Indian Universities and has tirelessly dedicated himself tirelessly to provide the latest scientific support to potential sportspersons. Other guests included Dr. Nilambri Dave; a professor with more than 21 years of experience in research currently serving as Professor & Head, Home Science Department, Saurashtra University, and Abhishek Thakar, Zonal Head of Sports Science & Medicine, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Marwadi University (MU), which has a declared commitment to nurturing future athletes across all sporting categories, asserts it has till date invested over INR 8 Cr with a plan to build a strong sporting ecosystem to complement academics. Significant investments are underway to expand the indoor sports facility and an additional football ground with night lighting and stadium style seating, in addition to a 4-acre sports complex with a lakeside athletics track.

During 2022-23, approximately 350 students represented MU in various AIU/West Zone and National Sports Tournaments. One of our students Harshil Parekh was a member of the Santosh Trophy football team which was held in Goa. The volleyball and basketball teams won third place in West Zone EPS national championship held in Gwalior. To enable the seamless integration of sports in curriculum, a Board of Studies has been constituted for the Department of Physical Education. A new Ph.D programme in Physical Education has also been introduced. During the same year, a Board of Sports was constituted for creating policies to promote sports at MU campus. The major outcome of the same was the introduction of sports quota and scholarship programs which has already resulted in admitting 8 students in various courses.

Dr. Gurdeep Singh, President of the Premier Academy of Sports Science and Physical Education, New Delhi, said “Marwadi University’s commitment to fostering a culture of sports excellence is truly commendable. I am delighted to be a part of this vibrant sports fest that celebrates the spirit of competition and camaraderie among young athletes. I hope MU is able to adequately support the national asportations of upcoming grassroot sports talent from the Saurashtra Region.” Dr. Jahanavee Ichchhaporia, Associate Professor & Director Sports, Marwadi University added that, “Our Annual Sports Fest is a testament to the university’s dedication to celebrating sporting excellence which contributes to the soft power of India and promote overall competitive spirit among our students. It was truly memorable being a part of two days filled with passion, teamwork, and memorable sporting moments.”

Airtel switches to recycled PVC SIM cards – partners IDEMIA

Gurugram (India), February 29, 2024: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, in partnership with IDEMIA Secure Transactions, today announced that it has switched from virgin plastic to recycled PVC SIM cards. This is in line with the company’s commitment to encouraging the adoption of circular business practices. IDEMIA Secure Transactions, a division of the IDEMIA Group, is a leading provider of payment and connectivity solutions for financial institutions, mobile network operators and automotive manufacturers.

 An industry first in India, Airtel is the only telecommunications service provider to switch to recycled plastic SIM cards. With this migration, the generation of over 165 tonnes of virgin plastic will be limited which will further reduce the generation of over 690 tonnes of CO 2 equivalent in one year.

 This migration is in line with Airtel’s continued commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and promoting circularity with supplier partners and other stakeholders with the aim of encouraging them to reduce waste, recycle and reuse products.

 Pankaj Miglani, Director – Supply Chain, Bharti Airtel, said, “We are delighted to announce yet another first as we continue to lead the Indian telecom industry. As a brand we endeavour to align our efforts to adopt various sustainable measures and contribute significantly towards India’s ambition to achieve net zero. Our collaboration with Idemia underscores our shared commitment to contributing to a sustainable future.”

 Rahul Tandon, Senior VP – Connectivity Services, India, IDEMIA Secure Transactions, said, “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Airtel. We congratulate Airtel for taking the lead in reducing the carbon footprint and providing green solutions to their subscribers in India. I would also like to thank all our R&D teams for making such innovations possible.”

 Airtel has committed to reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its operations by 50.2% by FY 2030-31 with FY 2020-21 as the base year. The company has also committed to reducing its absolute scope 3 GHG emissions by 42% over the same time frame. In line with this commitment, some of the key initiatives at Airtel include promoting energy efficiency, utilising open- access green energy and adopting renewable energy across operations, as well as building a climate resilient network, resource efficiency and waste management.

 Carbon dioxide equivalent or CO 2 equivalent is a metric used to compare the emissions from various GHGs on the basis of their global-warming potential, converted to the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide.