AICTE, NITIE, and Extra-C Collaborate for East Zone Finals of National Inter-college Crossword Expedition

AICTE, NITIE, and Extra-C Collaborate

Patna, 5th June 2023 The Chandragupta Institute of Management Patna (CIMP) is set to host the East Zone finals of the 2nd edition of the National Inter-college Crossword Expedition (NICE) on June 9.

This prestigious event marks the beginning of the zonal finals, as the annual national contest progresses into Stage II. Following the successful completion of Stage I, where individual students participated in four online rounds of puzzle-solving, Stage II will witness the formation of two-member teams consisting of the top-ranking students from each institution. These teams will represent their respective institutions in the offline zonal finals, engaging in a thrilling battle of wits and crossword-solving abilities.

The top 5 institutions in the East Zone, as determined by the Cumulative Leaderboard rankings, include:

1: Acharya Sudarshan B.Ed. College, Sitamarhi
2: Government Engineering College, Vaishali
3: Government Engineering College, Arwal
4: Government Engineering College, Banka
5: Government Engineering College, Bhojpur

Their outstanding performance has earned them a well-deserved spot in the upcoming East Zone finals.

The NICE contest showcases remarkable talent not only in the East Zone but also in the West, North, South, and Northeast zones. Zonal finals will be held in each of these regions, and the top three teams from each zonal final will converge in New Delhi for Stage III, where they will compete in the highly anticipated national grand finale.

Introduced last year as part of the initiatives to fulfill the objectives outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the NICE contest aims to create a dynamic campus environment and foster a comprehensive education ecosystem that nurtures students’ multi-disciplinary talents. By participating in the game, students can enjoy numerous advantages, including the enhancement of logical reasoning abilities, the cultivation of a problem-solving mindset, and the development of quick decision-making skills, among other cognitive abilities.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex body for technical education in India, organizes the NICE contest in collaboration with the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, and Extra-C, a civil society initiative dedicated to promoting a holistic educational environment.

Woods Launches Break Up With Plastic Campaign to Promote Sustainability and Reduce Plastic Usage

Woods Launches Break Up With Plastic Campaign

Hyderabad, 5th June 2023: Woods, a leading sustainable real estate company, brought in World Environment Day on June 04 2023 with its ‘Break Up With Plastic’ campaign.

A lifestyle initiative by UNEP, #BeatPlasticPollution 2023 aims to draw focus on the state of plastic pollution in the world. The dynamic team of Executive Junior Interns at Woods put together an event for the books. They planned activities to combat plastic pollution with eco-friendly reusable fabric bags made of used saris, metal straws and mugs, and bamboo toothbrushes. By promoting eco-friendly alternatives and encouraging individuals to adopt eco-friendly alternatives, they made change easily adaptable for adults and children alike.

The event also saw the guests plant over 100 native trees at Woods, and partake in pottery and painting workshops to emphasize the importance of art and individual actions in preserving the environment. An added bonus was the launch of the Break Up With Plastic! OR BUP! The store sold branded merchandise for a good cause.

A sustainable lifestyle was presented with recyclable alternatives, ending the fabulous event with the Internship Graduation and a keynote speech by Mrs. Rama who makes recyclable bags out of used saris.

Speaking about the event, a representative from Stone Craft Group said, “We believe that change starts with individuals, and together, we can make a significant impact on our environment.” Join Woods in breaking up with plastic for a better future.

Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan, the 9th head of the Asif Jahi Dynasty of Nizams pays tributes to Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad

Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan,

Hyderabad, 5th June 2023……Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan, Designated 9th head of the Asif Jahi Dynasty of Nizams pays tributes on Sunday morning to Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad, the largest Princely state in British India at his mausoleum at Masjid-e-Judi, at King Koti, near Nazri Bagh Palace in Hyderabad

Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan visited the Masjid-e-Judi, where all the family members of the 7th Nizam have graves, accompanied by Nawab Ameer Ali Jah, the Grand Son of 7th Nizam, who with the largest majority of the 7th Nizams family have selected him for the honor. Ameer Ali Jah is one of the handfuls of Asif Jahi’s in the City today of this generation who was bestowed the title of ‘Jah’ directly by the Nizam.

Sunday was also the 57th death anniversary of the last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan.

Speaking on the occasion interacting with the media, Ameer Ali Jah, AKA Moin Nawab said paying respects to grandfather, Mir Osman Ali Khan, the erstwhile ruling Nizam 7th of Hyderabad State was an honour.I on behalf of my family of Direct descendants of the 7th Nizam have come to Masjid e’ Juri/Judi to pay respects to our dynamic and progressive world-renowned secular Grandfather who did a lot making the whole state of Hyderabad, which had the present Hyderabad as its capital, into a developed city, way beyond others in India. We have gathered to pay tribute and respect in more numbers than usual for this dynamic farsighted benefactor of Hyderabad as we are accompanying our New Nizam, Highness Raunaq Yar Khan.

Nawab Ameer Ali Jha said Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan has already put in a lot of effort to keep the name, memory and essence of the Asaf Jahi family, better known as the Nizams alive, through his interfaith activities since childhood, spanning almost 50 years, in Delhi and Hyderabad. We have brought him to visit the grave of his great grandfather the 6th Nizam and 7th Nizam next after which we will subsequently pay our respects to Nizam 6th, Raunaq’s great grandfather & then all our earlier ancestor Nizams 5, 4, 3 & 2 buried at Mecca Masjid (1st Nizam at Aurangabad). We hope Highness Raunaq Yar Khan gets the blessings of the departed ancestors apart from us who have our best wishes for him

Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan, one of the city’s most known representatives of the family and philanthropists, who was chosen as the 9th Nizam of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty by the Sahabzadegan of the earlier Nizams above 6th is now covered as head of the Nizam’s Asaf Jahi Dynasty by the descendants of Nizam 7th who are inline descendants of 1 to 7.

The newly crowned 9th Nizam, Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan visited the graveyard of Mir Osman Ali Khan for the first time after the majority of his family of descendants from Nizam 1 to 7 had chosen him to take their legacy forward as the 9th Nizam of The Asaf Jahi family, erstwhile rulers of Hyderabad State.

Nawab Raunaq Yar Khan, 60 years, is a well-known citizen of Hyderabad. He is the proud owner of an 80-acre film facility(set) located on a 115-acre plot in Road No. 25, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. It is one of the biggest film facilities in the city. Nizam Prince Raunaq Yar Khan is known for its amazing buildings and a man-made hill known as H.I.G.H(Highest In Greater Hyderabad Hill). Film wallahs know it is a booth bungalow. The hill is taller than Naubat Pahad.

Asaf Jahi Dynasty family members and associates also paid floral tributes and offered prayers at his mausoleum at Masjid Jodi in King Kothi.

Provident Housing launches World Environment Month initiative as part of its 1 Tree per home commitment

Provident Housing launchesBengaluru,5th June 2023  Provident Housing, a leading real estate developer committed to sustainability, kickstarted its 1 tree per home commitment with a mass plantation drive at an upcoming project site in Bagalur, Bengaluru. Over the next month, such drives will be held across 4 more of its projects, where 10% of the committed number of trees would be planted. The campaign will coincide with World Environment Day, observed on June 5.

Under the 1 Tree per Home initiative, the company offers every Provident community resident family a tree within the campus. The campaign emphasizes Provident’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable practices. The month-long campaign will witness the planting of trees at various project sites, 4 of which are located in Bengaluru and the 5th in Kochi.

The campaign commenced on Sunday at Provident’s upcoming project site located in Bagalur. Noted 13-year-old ornithology expert Krish Anand participated in the event and also delivered a talk. Provident Housing will organise four more tree-planting events for one month on June 11th, 18th, 25th, and July 2nd. These events will be held at project sites that comprise of nearly 5,000 units. By earmarking space and planting 10% of the committed trees during the month, Provident Housing ensures a green and sustainable future for its customers.

To align with the local ecosystem, Provident Housing emphasizes planting local tree species such as Jackfruit, Gulmohar, Wood Apple, Neem, Guava, Mango, and others at each project site. By carefully selecting these trees, Provident Housing aims to foster their growth into robust and resilient entities by the time customers move into their new homes. The trees will also help create an ecosystem by attracting birds, bees, and butterflies.

Social impact organization Hasiru Dala (Green Force) also participated in the campaign. Its representatives will be present across Provident project sites to provide solutions for community members to dispose of plastic waste sustainably.

Mr. Mallanna Sasalu, the COO of Provident Housing, affirmed the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, stating, “We believe in the saying ‘No tree, no life.’ At Provident, we commit to providing ‘1 tree per home’ to ensure sustainable development and a healthy future for all our customers. We have kickstarted a month-long campaign to prepare our projects for this commitment by planting local trees on-site. Green cover greatly enhances the quality of living as it improves air quality, absorbs noise, and avoids the creation of heat islands.”

LIC Chairperson announces relaxations for victims of Balasore Tragedy

LIC Of India is deeply saddened by the tragic train accident in Balasore, Odisha on 02.06.2023.LIC Of India is committed to supporting those affected and will expedite claim settlements to provide financial relief. Shri Siddhartha Mohanty, Chairperson LIC expressed grief and said that our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

Shri. Siddhartha Mohanty, Chairperson, LIC, announced many concessions to mitigate the hardships of the claimants of LIC Policies and also of Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana. In lieu of registered death certificates, a list of casualties published by Railway Authorities, Police or any State or Central Government Authorities will be accepted as proof of death. Special Help Desk has been set up at Divisional and Branch levels to respond to claim-related queries and for providing assistance to claimants.

AICTE Announces Launch of Bharath Cycle Design Challenge

New Delhi, 5th June 2023 – The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) launched Bharath Cycle Design Challenge (BCDC) . This initiative aligns with World Bicycle Day and aims to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity for human well-being and the environment.

The Bharath Cycle Design Challenge ( BCDC ) seeks to foster innovation and creativity in Cycle design and manufacturing. By promoting sustainable transportation and addressing the specific challenges faced by different groups of people in India, the competition aims to generate solutions that contribute to a greener and healthier society. Participants are invited to design affordable, eco-friendly cycles tailored to the needs of the Indian market.

Key Initiatives of the Bharath Cycle Design Challenge (BCDC) include:

Open to Teams: The competition welcomes participation from interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams. Participants are encouraged to collaborate with industry partners and experts to enhance their designs.

Commute & Cargo Cycle Themes: The competition revolves around two main themes, namely Commute Cycle and Cargo Cycle, each having subcategories of EV/Non-EV.

Four-Stage Workflow: The competition follows a four-stage process, comprising Concept Development (June 3 – July 15), Prototyping (August 1 to August 31), Testing and Evaluation (September 1 – September 30), and the Grand Finale, where prototypes will be showcased on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 at New Delhi

Focus on Sustainability, Ergonomics, Aesthetics, and Maintainability: The event will prioritize the sustainability, ergonomics, aesthetics, and maintainability aspects of rickshaws/bicycles, with subcategories of EV/Non-EV.

Additional details and the calendar of events are available on the AICTE homepage:

Times Higher Education Ranks MAHE 25th Globally for Quality Education and 4th for Gender Equality in 2023 Impact Ranking

Times Higher Education Ranks MAHE

India 5th June 2023: The Times Higher Education Impact ranking awarded Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) 4th rank worldwide for Gender Equality which is a validation for MAHE’s commitment towards gender parity, inclusive and equal educational environment and opportunity. It further also recognized MAHE in the worldwide quality Education category and was awarded 25th position worldwide.

The 5th edition of the 2023 Impact Rankings includes 1,591 universities from 112 countries/ regions.

India ranks highest for SDG 5—gender equality—among the individual SDGs, with Manipal Academy of Higher Education coming in at number four. Gender equality assesses a university’s dedication to hiring and promoting women, its policy on gender equality, and its research on the subject. Women and girls have equal access to education at Manipal Academy of Higher Education due to its commitment to gender equality. MAHE fosters research on topics addressing gender equality in addition to supporting equal educational opportunities and a safe campus for women and girls.

SDG 4 – quality education measures universities’ contribution to early years and lifelong learning, their pedagogy research, and their commitment to inclusive education. The list includes 1,304 universities from 109 countries/regions. Making a student independent is the goal of professional education at MAHE.

Dr Ranjan R Pai, President, MAHE Trust & Chairman Manipal Education & Medical Group (MEMG) said “MAHE would like to express its sincere gratitude to all stakeholders, including outstanding students, alumni, teachers, and staff, for their contributions and unwavering support to this noteworthy accomplishment. Being ranked #4 for gender equality makes us proud. To further the cause of gender equality, I would like to support the teams at MAHE who are working on a variety of policies supporting women’s access schemes and monitoring measures, maternity policies, and policies of non-discrimination against women, among other things.”

Commenting on the spectacular achievement, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor, MAHE, said “We are delighted at this recognition that fills us with immense pride and joy! Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal has achieved remarkable success in Time Higher Education Impact global rankings 2023 based on the UN Sustainable Developmental Goals. We have secured 4th rank Globally in SDG-5 Gender Equality and 25th rank globally in SDG-4. This is a result of the sustained efforts of all members of ‘Team MAHE’. MAHE has always been focused on Quality Education and Gender Equality in line with the vision of our founder Dr T.M.A Pai.”

Dr HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor, MAHE, says “We at MAHE are thrilled to celebrate this recognition of obtaining the position of top-ranked private university in India as per the 5th edition of Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023. We shall always strive for excellence and the pinnacle of performance. We hope to hold on to the position with the diligent work of the faculty and students.”

Mr. Ashwani Kumar assumes the charge of MD & CEO at UCO Bank

Shri Ashwani Kumar

Shri Ashwani Kumar assumed the office of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of UCO Bank on 01.06.2023. Prior to joining UCO Bank as MD & CEO, he was the Executive Director of Indian Bank.

Shri Ashwani Kumar is a Chartered Accountant, Post Graduate in Commerce, and also a certified member of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He has more than two decades of rich experience in banking.

Shri Ashwani Kumar rose through the ranks serving in various Public Sector Banks such as Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, and Indian Bank. His experience includes the Wholesale Banking Division and Head of several Branches including Industrial Finance Branches and Large Corporate Branches. As a General Manager, he was heading Mid Corporate and Large Corporate verticals. He has served as a Zonal Manager, heading various Zones, and also as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

As an avid learner, he has attended various training programs in premier institutes in India and abroad including IIM and CAFRAL. He has also completed the Leadership Development Programme of IIM Bangalore, curated by the Banks Board Bureau in consultation with IBA and Egon Zehnder International Pvt. Ltd.

World Environment Day – Quote by Mr. Manish Bandlish, Managing Director, Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Manish Bandlish,

 By Mr. Manish Bandlish, Managing Director, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd.

“On the occasion of World Environment Day, we remain committed to incorporate sustainable practices across our entire value chain. In our procurement operations, we are harnessing solar energy to power milk collection units at our milk pooling points in around 5,500 villages generating around 0.7 giga watt hours/year. In addition, we have installed solar plants at four of our processing facilities which have assisted us in generating over 9 lakh solar units alone in the last fiscal. As we progress, we are in the process of installing a solar plant at our facility in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. We have also installed rainwater harvesting pits across all our processing/manufacturing locations. Moreover, our water recycling plants at Patparganj and Pilkhuwa plants, with a capacity of 6 lakh litres per day, have further assisted us in using water judiciously.

At the consumer level, our Token Milk assists us in preventing the generation of over 700MT of plastic per year. Besides, we have switched from plastic spoons & plastic straws to eco-friendly alternatives and are using clean fuel-based vehicles in our distribution fleet. We are also amongst the leading dairy companies to voluntarily undertake Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program for plastic waste management beginning 2018. Currently the program is running across 27 states and so far we have collected and recycled/co-processed approx. 19,000MT of post-consumer used plastic waste till March 2023. With continuous execution of the EPR program, we are on track to become a plastic waste neutral company in FY24. At Mother Dairy, we are proud of the fact that sustainability is deeply embedded in our ethos, and we will continuously strive to imbibe responsible business practices wherever possible.”

ESAF creates impact through paperless initiative

ESAF creates impact through

Thrissur: ESAF Small Finance Bank, one of the leading small finance banks in India, has crossed another milestone in its digital journey with the successful adoption of e-signature for microloan disbursals. As on March 31, 2023 (Fiscal Year 2022-23), ESAF Bank has disbursed over 5.27 lakh loans through e-signatures, showcasing ESAF Bank’s commitment to digital transformation. As per various online reports, approximately 10,000 trees are required to produce one tonne of paper. Through the adoption of e-signatures, ESAF Bank has effectively saved reams of paper, which would have been utilized for the purpose of loan disbursement, and documentation involving handwritten signatures, thereby reducing deforestation. Moreover, water productivity associated with paper production is notable, with 2,700 liters of water required to manufacture one tonne of paper. By reducing paper dependency, ESAF Bank has conserved a large quantity of water that would have been required for producing the paper.

ESAF Bank currently has a customer base of 65 lakh customers and a transition of 60% of its micro banking customers to using e-signatures, approximately 25 lakh micro banking loans, would have a positive impact on the environment through conservation of natural resources and reduction of carbon footprint. This initiative is in furtherance to the triple bottom line of ESAF Bank, especially when the relevance of environmental concerns is more visible with each passing year.

Commenting on the development, Kadambelil Paul Thomas, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, of ESAF Bank, said, “Our social business strategy is all about the 3 Ps – People, Planet and Prosperity. We are committed to reflecting the same in our processes and products. We have been implementing digital onboarding of our micro-banking customers through tabs. We aim to care for the future and are focused on building a culture that cares for a better tomorrow. I believe that the digitalization effort was a transition of our philosophy into practice.” He also added that the transition to e-signatures has improved productivity from an employee perspective and convenience from a customer perspective.

The Bank has also implemented solutions to automate and digitize internal processes. It has implemented an office automation tool that automates and digitizes all internal office notes sent for approval. Further, the Branch Operations department has devised a process to discontinue the printing of eight mandatory reports at branch locations. This measure saves thousands of sheets of paper per day across ESAF Bank’s extensive network of 700 branches. Additionally, the HR department of the bank has adopted digitization for e-on-boarding and Performance Management System (PMS) and has partnered with a technology company as well.

ESAF Bank has its corporate office Thrissur in Kerala. As of March 31, 2023, ESAF Bank has 700 branches, 777 customer service centers (which are operated by our business correspondents), 20 business correspondents, 2,023 banking agents, 481 business facilitators, and 528 ATMs.