Cheap medical education in countries like China, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines and Nepal is attracting many aspiring doctors from India who cannot afford the exorbitant cost of private medical education in India and are unable to make it to the limited seats in government medical colleges. We spoke to couple of students who aspire to become dentists or doctors but their major concern was the lack of information available around that subject.

Many of the students were not even aware of the pre-requisites of entering into MBBS or B.Des college. In order to join MBBS, there are two medical entrances which are well-known others are also there, but these two are the main exams.

AIPMT- All India Pre Medical Test

The eligibility of the same is below:

  1. The age of the candidate should be between 17-25 years.
  2. The Educational Qualification needed is that one should have passed 12th or equivalent qualification with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio-Technology.
  3. The candidate should have scored at least 50% marks in PCB and English, taken together.

AIIMS – All India Institute of Medical Sciences

The eligibility of the same is below:

  1. The age of the candidates should be minimum 17 years.
  2. The educational qualification of the applicants must be that he/she should have passed 12th or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology & English.
  3. He/She should have scored a minimum 60% marks in PCB and English all together.

For any other information regarding MBBS, please check the following link. You can also have a look at the Top 9 entrance exams for aspiring doctors.

However, once the student has cleared the entrance exam, depending on his/her liking for the subject, they either choose MBBS for becoming general practitioner or choose B.Des in case they are interested in becoming dentists. when it comes to choosing the right college or university, students should only go to trusted sources & ensure that they check the genuine reviews of the colleges where they are interested to join. If students are looking for genuine reviews on colleges & are stuck on the question “Which college should I join?”, they can turn to their reliable partner – CollegeDunia. If you are an MBBS aspirant, you can have a look at the exhaustive list of MBBS Colleges in India For students aspiring to become dentists, you can have a look at Top B.Des colleges in India

We are aware that opportunity once missed, rarely comes back. Choosing the right college for your degree esentially becomes the very first step to choosing the right career path. All students out there, choose wisely & take your career to the right track with CollegeDunia !!!

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

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With more than 3,000 tech start-ups, India is the fourth largest base for young businesses in the world and it is expected that by 2020 the base will increase to 11,500 tech start-ups. This along with other interesting findings were revealed in Tech Start-up in India: A Bright Future a study report by National Association of Software and Services Companies [NASSCOM] and Zinnov.

The report suggests that the Indian start-ups with their unique solutions are witnessing increased traction in global whitespace opportunities such as Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Smart hardware, Business Intelligence & many more.

With technology spreading its wings into different domains, “Domain+Tech’ solutions are taking over other trends”. The emerging niche technology solutions are primarily focused on Ad-tech, Edu-tech, Health-tech, Agri-tech & many more. Geographically, Bangalore & National Capital Region [NCR] tops the chart for being home to maximum number of young businesses.

The findings also highlight that many trends are maturing in the ecosystem, especially funding aspect. Multiple and easily accessible platform like VC/PE, angel investors, incubators, financial institutes and even banks, are the driving force for the same.

Commenting on the new evolution of the ecosystem, Mr. Rajat Tandon, Senior Director, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, added [Note : We in the article refers to NASSCOM 10,000 Startups]

These latest findings clearly indicate the beginning of the golden era for young tech-based businesses where opportunities for growth are much larger than the challenges in the ecosystem. We are proud to be once again at the cutting edge in helping to support a growing niche within this field and we are excited to ink new partnerships as we close the year to accelerate our efforts in that direction.

NASSCOM’s 10,000 Start-ups program has successfully paved way for 3 inevitable trends that are shaping the Indian economy with the potential to shake things up: Digitalization, Faster innovation cycles &the rise of young, ambitious talent. Start-ups are both a consequence and an accelerating catalyst of these trends. It’s exciting to be here, but we have much to do. This ecosystem is growing in scale and strength and as we move forward, we are focused towards domain specific strategic partnerships to drive it to the next level of maturity in FY 2015.

  1. The Program is partnering with AstroLabs Dubai, to navigate Indian Tech Startups to the MENA region. This association will give a tangible edge to support tech entrepreneurs emerging from the 10,000 Start-ups program, both with the physical space and with formal training programs.
  2. The Program’s partnership with ValPro, an investment banking & financial advisory services to leverage a web based platform “Enablers” which facilitates start-ups & SME’s to connect with HNI’s, Angels and VC’s for fund raising. It is a tool that makes entrepreneurs investor-ready and handhold them through various stages of fund raising.
  3. The Program inked another association with CampusEAI Consortium, a leader in the world of higher education information technology services. CampusEAI EduTech Venture Fund invests in early stage enterprise software, Internet and Mobile companies that target the education market or companies created from intellectual property technology transfer from colleges and universities.
  4. To support early-stage companies in Healthcare and Life-sciences domain, we partnered with Escape Velocity Accelerator to review applications for selecting entrepreneurs into its incubation program.

Speaking about the partnership, Anjli Jain, CEO of CampusEAI and Managing Director of CampusEAI’s EduTech Venture Fund stated

Our partnership with NASSCOM’s 10,000 Start-ups program gives us an opportunity to expand our portfolio and existing investments in India-based start-ups and provide early-stage entrepreneurs with the mentorship, guidance and funds they require to be successful. We look forward to working with NASSCOM and accelerating the mission of the 10,000 Start-ups initiative.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Muhammed Mekki, Founding Partner, AstroLabs stated:

We look forward to welcoming members of 10,000 Startups at AstroLabs Dubai, enabling their expansion into the growing Middle Eastern market and providing direct access to a region that has the highest smartphone penetration in the world.

Interesting info-graphic giving an in-depth view about the “Startup Landscape in India”

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Indian Startup Ecosystem - Click on the image to enlarge

*10,000 Start-ups is a NASSCOM initiative supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, Microsoft Ventures, Verisign, & Intel

Deshpande Foundation’s Sandbox Startups Incubator today announced the opening of applications for the Incubation Program. Designed in association with Microsoft Ventures the program will help accelerate growth for Tier-II & Tier-III cities based startups in the social and for profit space. The program will commence on March 1, 2015.

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Applications will be accepted online through Sandbox Start-ups’ website. Deadline for submitting application is January 31, 2015.

Deshpande Foundation along with Microsoft Ventures will mentor the startups under this incubator and give them access to their well-established resources, opportunities & a pool of investors, experts, professionals & inspiring entrepreneurs.

Summing up the aims of the incubator program, Naveen Jha, CEO, Deshpande Foundation India said

Sandbox Startups is a living laboratory and test bed for promising new ideas. It essentially gives contextual understanding for startups, so they can create innovative products particularly relevant to India. We provide budding entrepreneurs with a launch pad to help them realize the potential for entrepreneurship, all the way from testing product ideas and building prototypes, to setting up a viable enterprise. Nanopix-ISS, Safehands24x7, Nextdrop, Aquasafi and Logistimo are some startups that have grown multi-fold with support from Sandbox Startups.

Speaking at the occasion, Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures, India mentioned

When it comes to startups, today entire India is buzzing with innovation, not just the Metros. Microsoft Ventures and Deshpande Foundation have designed this program to ensure these startups have a level playing field and same opportunities which is available to a startup in Bangalore or Delhi. In last few years, under the Partnered Accelerator Programs, Microsoft Ventures has joined hands with various incubators and accelerators in India to develop initiatives and boost the Indian startup community and extend Microsoft’s offering to a wider audience. This program has already enabled and empowered hundreds of startups in India. Through our Partner Accelerator Program and other initiatives, we are working towards accelerating the startup ecosystem in India and Deshpande Foundation is one of our key partners in realizing that vision.

30 startups will be selected for incubation at Sandbox Startups’ incubation centres in Hubli [Karnataka] & Nizamabad [Telangana]. The incubation program looks to support for-profit or social startups with innovative product/service with a potential to disrupt markets and create impact on masses. The program is open for startups from all sectors.

About Sandbox Startups

Founded in early 2009, Sandbox Startups is being nurtured by visionaries and successful entrepreneurs. Over the years, Sandbox Startups has become a hotbed for startups and it has supported over 100 ideas scale.

About Deshpande Foundation

The Deshpande Foundation, founded by global business leader and philanthropist Dr.Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and Mrs. Jaishree Deshpande, has operations in India, Canada and the USA. The Foundation is building an ecosystem of resources to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. The Foundation’s efforts surround around the unique “Social Innovation Sandbox” in Hubli, Karnataka & Nizamabad, Telangana to create an ecosystem similar to Silicon Valley with focus on Social Entrepreneurship.

In the last eight years, the “Sandbox” has gained remarkable success having supported over 100 Non-profit & Social organisations, proved over a dozen proofs of concepts for social innovation and impacted over six million people. For more information, visit Deshpande Foundation website.

Venkatesh Seshasayee of Stellapps Technologies has been selected as the Entrepreneur of the Takeda Young Entrepreneurship Award. The Takeda Foundation of Japan is a non-profit organization that promotes indigenous technology in ASEAN countries.  They provide a good platform for entrepreneurs & technologists to gain visibility within ASEAN countries and thereby leverage new opportunities & networking.

Every year, the Takeda Foundation tries to identify & recognize entrepreneurs with innovative technology. In 2013, The Takeda Foundation commenced a new awarding program, the “Young Entrepreneurship Award.” The purposes of the Award are the development of young human resources who bring well-being to people and the cultivation of entrepreneurship. Candidates should be young individuals under forty years of age regardless of gender, organization or nationality.

Venkatesh Seshasayee will receive a plaque, a diploma & a monetary prize of 200,000 Yen. The Award Ceremony will be held on February 7, 2015, in conjunction with the Takeda Symposium in the Takeda Hall of the Takeda Building, the University of Tokyo.

In the past three years, two people associated with IITM have been recognized by the Takeda Foundation, Vijay Babu of Vortex Engineering & Ajit Narayanan of Invention Labs Engineering Products Pvt. Ltd.

Commenting on the award, Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor, IIT Madras and Co-Chairman of RTBI said:

Dairy sector in India definitely needs a big push in order to ensure that India continues to remain self-sufficient in the coming days. India needs to ensure that farmers see Dairy as an opportunity to run a profitable and worthwhile agriculture based venture.

In order to achieve this, apart from the government policies, entrepreneurs must be encouraged to bring technology and innovation to this sector. RTBI saw the potential in Stellapps to bring the right mix of Technology and Innovation to the dairy sector in India. We believe that they can be a leading Dairy Technology and Services provider in future.

Ravishankar Shiroor, co-founder of Stellapps Technologies said :

We are very happy to be recognized by Takeda Foundation at University of Tokyo. Sectors like Dairy need indigenization of automation and application of right technology for increasing efficiencies and profitability. However, these areas are usually overlooked by entrepreneurs and technology companies.

Our vision at Stellapps has been to apply indigenized technology, automation and innovation in the food, dairy and agricultural industry segments. We have received very good support and guidance from advisors & institutions such as IIT-Madras. We are working with leading dairies and dairy farmers across India. This international recognition further boosts our belief in our vision.

About Stellapps
Stellapps Technologies Private Limited is incubated by IIT Madras’ Rural Technology Business Incubator [RTBI] & was founded by an experienced group of industry experts, including IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur alumni, with over 18 years of Industry experience across Wipro, Nortel, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Vodafone etc.

Stellapps is India’s first dairy technology solutions company, building automation tools integrated with cloud, mobility, and data analytics for dairy farms, cooperatives, and private dairies.

About Venkatesh Seshasayee
Venkatesh Seshasayee, co-founder, Stellapps Technologies, is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate from UVCE, Bangalore. Prior to co-founding Stellapps, Venkat was with the Telecommunications Group in Wipro where he was a solution architect for Multimedia and Next Generation Communication Networks and Applications and has deployed Service Delivery Platform solutions in large telecom networks. In Stellapps, he likes to get deeply involved in the Dairy domain, and works on various aspects of the farm automation and animal recording to roll-out Stellapps’ SmartMoo solution.

Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace announced the launch of the ‘Flipkart Fashion Files’ – an exclusive lifestyle content page on its platform. Flipkart has joined hands with the Conde Nast Group to co-create high quality fashion content for its young & dynamic customers.

Targeted at fashion savvy Indian shoppers, the files will host ‘Flipkart Fashion Files’ will host a range of exclusive fashion diva/celebrity interviews, trend boards, brand and product stories along with lifestyle articles.

Ileana D’Cruz will be the face of ‘Flipkart Fashion Files’ for the month of November. Other contributors to the first edition include prominent fashion photographers like Rohan Shreshtha & Porus Vimadalal.

Commenting on the launch, Mukesh Bansal, Head – Fashion [Flipkart]

We are happy to announce the launch of ‘Flipkart Fashion Files’ in association with the Conde Nast Group. With this we aim to enhance the shopping experience of our style savvy shoppers by introducing fashion content curated by experts in this field. This is a true combination of high quality commerce and content which will add new dimension to our fashion category and make it the ultimate fashion destination for every shopper

Commenting on this association, Alex Kuruvilla, Managing Director of Conde Nast India

We are delighted to power Flipkart Fashion Files by creating cutting edge fashion & lifestyle digital content through our newly formed division Conde Nast Factory. Through our knowledge of latest trends, global and local and access to the finest talent, we are well positioned to create relevant and high quality content month on month for Flipkart’s fashion and beauty interested audience.

For more information, please check “Flipkart Fashion Files” Page

TE Connectivity Ltd, a world leader in connectivity, announced the official opening of its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE’s team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process.

According to IDC, shipments of wearable devices will exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year’s sales. From there, the global market is expected to swell to 111.9 million units in 2018. This growth is a key indicator of the market potential and importance for continued industry innovation.

One of the first products to come out of the TE’s Wearables Lab is a first-of-its-kind, wireless power development kit for wearable devices. For the first time, TE will introduce a solution that addresses the need for miniaturization as well as low power requirements for wearables. Set for broader distribution in early 2015, the kit will include a small 2.5W charger with integrated magnet for attachment to a wearable device, as well as a complete RX coil and electronics for integration.

TE engineers miniaturized the electronic system & the coil to make it possible for wearable designers to quickly prototype their products and develop a customized solution to meet their design requirements.

TE’s Wearables Lab team consists of professionals with extensive skill sets and experiences. These individuals range from electrical and mechanical engineers to materials science experts, pioneering the use of conductive materials including embedding electronic systems in textiles.

The TE’s Wearables Lab is currently being used by a number of start-up and growth stage companies ranging from design to manufacturing and integration companies. TE’s ability to collaborate across the wearables ecosystem is one of its strengths, coupled with breadth of products and technologies. One key customer, Sensoplex, is an expert systems company that designs and supplies high performance sports and wellness wearable products to OEM companies.

In addition to working with customers on custom and existing products, the TE Wearables Lab team is also exploring innovations around wireless power and conductivity across textiles, plastics and other materials. With TE’s unmatched product portfolio, the company expects to be enabling connectivity across tens of millions of wearable devices globally in the next year.

Speaking on the collaboration, Brady Forrest, Vice President, Highway1 [Accelerator focused on helping early seed stage hardware start-ups take ideas from prototype to scalable product] said:

Innovation is part of our DNA. When we met TE and heard their vision for connectivity, things clicked. Together we have a real opportunity to enable a hardware revolution and help the next generation of innovators get off the ground.

For further details on the TE Wearables Lab, please visit TE Wearables Lab

The two-day “NASSCOM Game Developer conference” held in November, 2014 was aimed at creating an interactive platform between various industry stakeholders to share best practices and knowledge & work towards further evangelizing the gaming industry. With over 1200+ delegates, over 60 speakers 40 sessions, the conference was aimed at to enhance India’s position as the gaming hub for the world, improve the industry-government interface and collaboration and augment international outreach and access for the Indian gaming fraternity.

NASSCOM released a white paper on the Indian Android market overview on side-lines of the conference. The whitepaper, created in collaboration with Fortumo is created with aim to help Indian developers better monetize their Android games and apps.

Highlights from the Whitepaper

Some of the key Highlights from the Whitepaper are below

  • With over 160mn smartphones in circulation and a majority of these phones running Android OS, India is a huge opportunity for local developers.
  • Creating games which are playable on both online and offline modes to better engage the users.
  • Increasing interest from user-base on downloading games from alternative app stores in addition to Google Play.

The complete Whitepaper can be downloaded from here. NASSCOM announced that NASSCOM 10K Start-ups, NASSCOM Gaming Forum & Dhruva Interactive’ s Gametantra have entered into an understanding by way of which, gaming start-ups applying to NASSCOM 10K Start-Ups will receive mentoring and incubation facilities at the Gametantra incubation facility in Bengaluru. Gametantra mainly focuses on mobile game developers and provides them with office space and mentorship.

NASSCOM plans to take a selected few gaming companies to Casual Connect. Casual Connect is produced by the Casual Games Association & is the premiere event for the casual games industry with over 5,500 professionals attending Casual Connect each year. Casual Connect brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the casual gaming field to further the casual games industry with the best of networking and learning.

More information & complete Whitepaper is here