IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council NASSCOM [SSC NASSCOM] announced that it has developed “Career Guides” which will provide clarity for all stakeholders, especially students about the career opportunities available in the IT-BPM industry.

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions, especially for students. These guides provide details about the skills & competencies required, to join the IT-BPM industry. The career-paths provided are for various job roles starting from entry to leadership level, including details of vertical & horizontal mobility within this industry and across other industries.

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According to the National Skills Mission, about 350 million professionals would need to be skilled by 2022 to make them employable. To be able to achieve this target, a structured approach is required involving all stakeholders. One of the critical actions required is to create awareness with students about the career opportunities available in the IT- BPM industry across the four sub-sectors, namely IT Services [ITS], Business Process Management [BPM], Software Products [SPD]Engineering & Research Development [SPD].

On the occasion Dr. Sandhya Chintala, Executive Director, SSC NASSCOM & Vice President, NASSCOM said

In the last couple of years SSC NASSCOM has made great in-roads in identifying unique job roles/ qualification packs across all IT-BPM industry sub-sectors. We are pleased to announce that they are now packaged in a comprehensive manner as “Career Guides”. Career guides will be available on our website www.sscnasscom.in

Informed career decisions about one’s aspirational career role will greatly benefit the individual, the companies and the community at large, thus creating a strong value proposition for all concerned.

About Sector Skill Council, NASSCOM

“IT-ITES SSC NASSCOM” is the skill standard setting body of the IT-ITeS industry and is the education & skill development initiative of NASSCOM. The council works with NASSCOM industry members, select academic and skill development institutions to help improve the quality and quantity of the employable workforce available to the industry.

About NASSCOM

NASSCOM is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industry in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1400 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM’s member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPM, e-commerce and web services, engineering services and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs about 3.1 million professionals.

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Hike messenger, India’s only homegrown chat application, introduces free ‘HikeCalls’.

The introduction of this feature will allow hike users to call each other for free, over 2G, 3G & Wi-Fi and across the globe in over 200 countries. The introduction of hike calls has come in within a month of hike making it’s first acquisition – a free calling app – Zip Phone.

Hike calls are optimized to consume very little data, giving its users more calling minutes per MB of data. Given that a majority of the mobile-internet users of India are still experimenting with data & are not on a high-bandwidth connection, this optimization becomes critical for the Indian market.

Commenting on the launch of the calling feature, Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike messenger

While building free hike calls, we kept two things in mind. Firstly, India is a very cost sensitive market and as a result we have ensured that our service is extremely efficient on data. It means our users can pack in more minutes per MB when calling on hike.

We have made hike’s free calling service available globally in over 200+ countries. Hikers from India can now speak with their loved ones in India & across the world for free.

The free hike calling feature has been launched in beta on Android, which contributes to over 90% of hike’s user base. The iOS and Windows versions are slated to release by the end of this quarter.

Some of the screenshots of “Hike Calls” are below:

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Current User-Base & Funding

Launched in December 2012, Hike has over 35M users as in August, 2014 and has raised $86M from Tiger GlobalBSB till date. The app also boasts of a fairly young user base with over 90% of its users being under the age of 25 and residing in India.

The chat application has localized features, which are developed keeping in mind the infrastructural and cultural requirements such as Hike Offline – lets you message your friends even when they’re offline, Hidden Mode – allows users to hide their private chats with a password, Regional Stickers – helps users express more in their own language, amongst many others.

Do give “Hike Calls” & share across your feedback in the comments section…

Additional information

You can download the app at – http://get.hike.in/

For more information, please visit the Hike Blog

In an effort to promote a culture of entrepreneurship among the student community, PayPal has opened the doors of its Start Tank incubator for students aspiring to start their own enterprise. The incubation center in Chennai, which hosts & grooms tech startup companies, now encourages student entrepreneurs from across top universities to pitch their tech ideas and turn them into reality.

For the first time since its inception in 2013, PayPal’s Start Tank rolled out its Incubation Challenge at the recently held “Entrepreneurship Conclave & Startup Hive” at IIT-Madras and selected two teams from the competition. They will now have a direct entry into the finals of the Incubation Challenge to be conducted later this year, and upon selection, get incubated at Start Tank.

The winning idea of “delivering logistics via drones” was pitched by a team of MTech students from IIT-M & the runner-up idea “pushing dynamic ads into mobile games in place of the obtrusive banner ads” came from a team of dual degree students, also from IIT-M. Several promising concepts such as crowd-funding to support the underprivileged, 3D printing & distribution, “green garbage” waste management, among many others, were also presented by students from several leading universities in the country.

Speaking about the association, Anupam PahujaGeneral Manager, Technology – Asia-Pacific, PayPal

Extending the Start Tank Incubation Challenge to student entrepreneurs comes with the commitment of supporting their innovative startup ideas and tech concepts. It is encouraging to see many students in India daring to dream to give wings to their ideas and set up business ventures. Through Start Tank, we aim to help them with the right kind of mentorship and guidance to enter the market right after graduation.

PayPal launched ‘Start Tank Incubation Challenge’ last year to identify and incubate the country’s next generation tech-centric startups. After IIT-Madras, PayPal has now partnered with SASTRA University, to organize the incubation challenge as part of their techno-management fest to be held in Thanjavur in February 2015.

Interested applicants, student/non-student entrepreneurs, can register for Start Tank Incubation Challenge with their tech-centric ideas at http://chennai.starttank.com/apply

PayPal’s Start Tank provides an obligation-free environment for select startups to evolve. The exclusive facility in PayPal’s Chennai development center has an office area of more than 11,000 square feet with a world-class incubation space, state-of-the-art conference rooms and other amenities.

Start Tank runs globally across PayPal offices in Boston, London and Chennai, and provides access to global mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists. PayPal formally launched its Chennai startup incubator in association with TiE Chennai in November 2013 and currently hosts six startups: DoPartTime, Fantain, Hey Feedback, Kobster.com, Konotor, and PiQube.

For more information, please check http://chennai.starttank.com

Intel Security, announced that it will deliver its McAfee Mobile Security software pre-installed in the first Samsung smartphones running the Tizen open-source operating system, further delivering on their commitment to redefine the consumer security market.

Tizen is an open and flexible operating system built from the ground up to address the needs of stakeholders of the mobile and connected device ecosystem, including device manufacturers, mobile operators, application developers and independent software vendors.

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Recent Intel Security research found that the manipulation of legitimate mobile apps and services has played a key role in the expansion of mobile malware, highlighting the need for robust security options to detect threats across multiple operating systems.

One of the most common behaviors of mobile malware included collecting & sending device data to build a profile of the owner’s behavior. Another threat associated with device hijacking makes the mobile device into a bot and installs other, even more malicious malware.

The latest version of McAfee Mobile Security for Android, iOS & Tizen devices enables consumers to run instant privacy and security scans, as well as allowing users to easily remove the apps that may pose the most significant risks.

Intel Security Tips On Protecting Consumers’ Privacy

In addition to running regular scans of your smartphone, Intel Security offers these tips to help safeguard your privacy either via apps or online:

Prevent unauthorized access – Lock your device with a personal identification number or password

Use comprehensive security software on your mobile device – The sad truth is that malicious apps are not going away anytime soon. So, having security installed on your mobile device that helps protect your privacy and identity is a must. McAfee Mobile Security [free to both Android and iOS users] offers a variety of protections, including ones to help Android users dodge harmful apps

Avoid downloading apps from third parties – By taking this one simple step and only downloading apps from trusted online sources like Apple’s App Store & Google Play, users can lessen your chance of downloading a malicious app

Don’t open a link or file from someone you don’t know – Whether you receive a link or file through email, social media or text message, it is always best to avoid opening attachments from unknown senders

For more information on Intel Security & Tizen, please refer the links [here & here]

What happens when script-writer of famous Bollywood movie – Don 2 becomes an author 🙂 The author being discussed right now is “Amrish Shah”. He has come up with action-thriller Tiger Mates, complete masala of drama, romance, action just like a movie flick !!!

About the author

Amrish Shah is an Indian Author, Screenwriter, Filmmaker. Amrish is the Screenwriter for Don 2, starring Shahrukh Khan which grossed fifty million dollars worldwide. Amrish is a Founder-Mentor with an online Story foundation- Superstoreee, the power of story.

Detailed Review

“When two soul mates unite with equal daredevilry, against cruel circumstances, and fight their inner demons only to discover their true calling, they are destined to be Tiger Mates. Says who, says me. And I am fate.”

“You live in your shoes, you die in your shoes. And you go to heaven. Everyday”

– Tiger Mates

A NGO field officer – Shyala learns about her father being an Indian militant & leader who raped her mother & that is how she was born. She decides to seek revenge & in that process she falls in love with Neil, Forest smuggler. They both share a common mission i.e. vengeance

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With the intent of seeking revenge, Shyala & Neil meet in the jungles of Chhattisgarh & here starts the bloody journey !!! So, would the two soul-mates unite & fight their inner demons. Would they ever fight their odds & be recognized as Tiger Mates ??? The side actors – Purba, Kedar Singh, Anand, Raghav & others are also well portrayed in the action-flick.

So, would Shyala & Neil seek their revenge? Would they ever discover their true-calling & become “Tiger Mates”. The book is very well edited, scripted & while reviewing, we could visualize scenes like a movie 🙂

Closing Thoughts

“Tiger Mates” provides a cinematic experience that challenges the visualization of the readers. The Suspense factor in the book brings an additional twist !! If you want a cinematic experience with “twists & turns”, than you should get your hands on “Tiger Mates” !!!

Final Verdict – 3.5 /5

Thanks to Akhil Nanda & Amrish Shah for sending a signed copy of “Tiger Mates” !!!

Buy “Tiger Mates” from Flipkart by clicking the below link

On user’s request, we reviewed IISC, Bengaluru on the lines of user-reviews, fee structure etc; in this article we review “Amity University”.

Note – This review is based on user-request & the author has no affiliations with Amity University/CollegeDunia.

Amity University [Noida]

Amity University is a private university in India. Established by the non-profit Ritnand Balved Education Foundation in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; it has campuses in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Greater Noida,Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Noida, Patna, Pune, London, Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius, New Jersey, and China. In 2014, Amity University has been named by Quacquarelli Symonds [QS] as one of Asia’s top 300 universities [Source – Wikipedia]

Courses & Fee Structure

Some of the unique achievements are –

  • Its Law Programmes are accredited by Bar Council of India
  • Its Architectural Programmes are accredited by Council of Architecture
  • Its Educational Programmes are accredited by National Council of Teachers Education
  • Its Distance Education Programmes are accredited by Distance Education Council
  • It is also recognized as a Scientific and Research Organisation by DISR, Ministry of Science Technology, Government of India
  • The Engineering Programmes of Amity University listed under the International Accredited Programmes by the Institution of Engineering and Technology [IET]

Amity University, Noida offers range of courses in different fields namely – Engineering, Agriculture, Architecture etc. You can find the complete list of the courses offered by Amity, Noida at the Amity University Courses link.

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The complete fee structure can be found at the Amity University Fee Structure link.

In case you need more information about Amity,Noida please drop a comment or drop us an email…

NASSCOM organized the NASSCOM Diversity & Inclusion Summit 2015 with ‘Empowering Inclusion’ as the core theme. The summit witnessed industry leaders share insights on the need to include diversity as a business imperative by energizing with the agenda of inclusive growth.

NASSCOM & NTT DATA also announced the launch of Ntercept’ a mobile based safety application for women, aimed at creating a secure working environment for employees of the sector.

Earlier engineering was considered the exclusive domain of men. However, that has now evolved, with almost 50% of entry level workforce in the IT/ITES companies represented by women. Over the last few years the industry has also been actively pursuing inclusion of people with disabilities as well as encouraging an overall inclusive work culture.

The Summit witnessed speakers from all walks of life sharing best practices on the organizational initiatives that encourage inclusion. A few key thought leaders highlighted innovative programs that have worked in many organizations and shared perspective on driving the inclusivity journey to the next level across the industry.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM

The Indian IT and ITES Industry is a successful model that demonstrates the power of creating an inclusive and diverse work environment. Diversity as we now know is not just about gender and our next imperative is to unravel the various elements that impact the culture of organizations. Knowledge of generational diversity from a cultural point of view is also very important with a deeper understanding of what each generation values at both the individual and organizational scale. We at NASSCOM will continue to work with the government and NGO’s to aid and assist companies in their diversity and inclusion journey and honoring these companies in their endeavors to encourage best practice.

On the sidelines of the event, NASSCOM also declared the winners of the NASSCOM Corporate Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion to recognize and honor companies that have adopted and implemented policies and practices to promote inclusion as well as enabled employees to contribute towards the success of their enterprise across all levels. This year, the nominations were across three different categories i.e.Excellence in Gender Inclusivity, Excellence in Inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities and Excellence in Leadership (Individual) for Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion.

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Few weeks back, we had reviewed “College Review Website” – CollegeDunia, after which we received lot of requests from our readers which varied from request to connect with the founder[s], asking for specific college reviews etc. with Indian Institute of Science[IISC] & Amity University topping the list. In this article, we review IISC Bengaluru w.r.t user-reviews, fee structure etc.

Note – This review is based on user-request & the author has no affiliations with IISc/CollegeDunia.

Indian Institute of Science [IISc]

Indian Institute of Science [IISc] is a public university for scientific research and higher education located in Bengaluru.. Established in 1899 unofficially with active support from Jamshetji Tata it is also locally known as the “Tata Institute”. It is an institute that has produced scientists and scholars of the highest repute and takes pride in the presence of a faculty that has dedicated its time and talent towards creating individuals who would take India to the peak of success.

IISc is a pioneer in field of research & also has an Entrepreneurship cell. You can read about IISc Admissions at IISc Admissions link & here.

Courses & Fee Structure

IISc offers range of courses in variety of fields from Agriculture, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing, Telecom etc. Below is the complete list of courses with the complete Fee Structure. The complete list of courses are listed at the Courses offered in IISc link.

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To know more about IISc, please follow IISc Group on Quora some interesting questions can be found here, here

For more information, please visit IISc on CollegeDunia.