Wednesday 27 April 2016

GAIL Indian Speedstar - Promoting young talents across India

GAIL, the well-known Indian PSU in field of Natural Gas Production and distribution has been making new business highs since its advent in 1984. As a corporate it has been doing different CSR activities and has now embarked into a new domain of promoting Young athletes from grassroots level. GAIL has done partnership with National Yuva Cooperative Society for this initiative called “GAIL Indian Speedster” whose goal is to find young athletes across length and breadth of India who are extremely talented and can be potential great hopes for India in future Olympics. National Yuva Cooperative Society has tied up with Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its Technical Partner for The GAIL Indian Speedstar project

The reason to launch this program is to identify, select and nurture the hidden talent in athletes. The targeted age group is 11 - 17 years in 100m, 200m and 800m track events across. The Project has goals to create a pool of athletes with knack which will possibly bring honor for India in track events at the highest echelon of sporting events - the Olympics 2020/2024. A panel of eminent sportspersons like P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal and Kavita Raut have been appointed in the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. As members of the selection committee their role would include creating the selection criteria or the GAIL-Indian Speedstar program, and developing the training plan and module for the selected athletes at the National Level. Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects) GAIL (India) Ltd, Rajesh Pande, President, National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd and Maneesh Bahuguna- CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt Company were also present during launch of the project in New Delhi.

District trials were conducted under the watchful eyes of coaches and selectors, appointed by the selection committee. The selection of the athletes was based on talent identification and selection criteria set by the selection committee. Initiatory, in its first year, earlier this year with initial trials conducted at 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25,000 children participated out of which 850 children made it to the State level.

The first State level camp and trial was organized on 27-28th of February in SawaiMaan Singh Stadium, Jaipur where 60 boys and girls participated out of which 4 have qualified for the next level. The state trials were held in Odisha (14 Selection), Delhi (28 Selection), Kerala (28 Selection) and Jharkhand (4 Selection) followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat in the last week of April. The shortlisted children from the State trials will then participate in the National camp and selection which is scheduled to be held in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Shortlisted athletes from state trials will attend an intensive national level camp. At the conclusion of the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the qualification criteria and their potential. The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year. The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.

Follow all the activities related to GAIL Indian Speedstar at its Facebook page and on Twitter .

Friday 22 April 2016

Freedom to think big and think new for Career development

We Indians are known for our value system and manners which includes always listening to our parents. These values are right up to a certain extent only and when these start affecting education and career, it must be confronted with. Many times parents ask their kids to go through the same process with which they themselves had gone through in their career, like if father had done engineering from IIT, he would expect and many times force his kid to do the same or if Mother had done MBBS and is a doctor she would expect her kid to do the same.

These things might have been right in some way may be 30-40 years back when there were not many different opportunities for education and career but certainly not in present time. There are so many career opportunities young people now a days have that they can pursue their dreams and become successful in the field they like. The dynamics of the time we are living in is changing every single day and if parents try to make their kids follow same old chain of thoughts and career development process, kids might get left behind to never come up again with confidence. Aspects of spirituality that were there when parents were young is still the same, but the technology to make one smart phone has advanced in unimaginative way since that time, so when it comes to career development, parents should guide kids keeping present ecosystem in mind and not the past obsolete one.

There are universities like Lovely Professional University that offers multiple career development options to young students. There Students are given various options to choose from and are not forced upon with only certain type of courses. Parents should think big and give their kids freedom to choose from various career development opportunities LPU has and should support them throughout. 

Here is a nice short video by LPU showcasing why thinking big is so important when it comes to creating a career

Remember that only if Parents can think BIG, Child will think BIG.

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Dakaar App - The Home of Food Recipes

Food has to be one of the most loved thing in world by Human, for many it is a necessity and for rest it can be necessity and pleasure both. Different food recipes deals with second type of human being for whom eating different type of food is pleasure and not only necessity. There are many popular chefs who have made great name just because of their recipes and there are thousands of online resources available related to food recipes. Dakaar is one of the very few mobile apps available for Food recipes and it has over 2 lakh recipes right now. Dakaar app has been created by 4 college friends Javed Khatri, Mandar Sawant, Uday Naidu and Ojus Sangoi.

As per them “There’s no innovation happening in the cooking and recipe space especially here in India, so Dakaar is here to solve that problem. We want to become everyone’s ultimate cooking destination. Our vision to build a social network for foodies, chefs wherein everyone can share recipes with each other, users can chat with each other, share tips, share recipe images etc.

It has recipes of different categories and cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Italian etc. also the recipes can be browsed based on different categories like Desserts, Kids Special, Health, Snacks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch etc. Dakaar as an app is intelligent enough to suggest you recipes based on the time at which you are browsing the app. If its lunch time it will show you recipes for lunch and same goes with breakfast, snacks and dinner. Dakaar aims to provide the best cooking experience in your kitchen.

Just within a week of launch app has got 1000 users with average use of 8 mins and users are finding it easy to browse the recipes of their choice and also to share it. Some of the features that differentiates Dakaar from its competitors are as follows:
  • Nice and easy to use interface.
  • Offline access
  • Option to request any recipe
  • Option to submit your own recipes and get featured on Dakaar (Home Page)
  • Soon to be launched Regional languages

The Dakar App can be downloaded at Play Store.

Tuesday 12 April 2016 - Connecting Businesses with Bloggers in few clicks

Indiblogger, one of the fastest growing blogging community in India has got nag of trying new things to not only give deserving support to bloggers but also to help various businesses when it comes to marketing. Now it has come with a new platform called and by the name it’s easy to guess that it is a platform for PR activities for businesses but it is not complex like other currently existing process of doing PR. Indiblogger Team has worked hard to make this process simpler and smoother for both Businesses and Influencers.

Current Popular PR process:

Currently Businesses through their marketing / PR team try to search for bloggers to carry out the press releases. Each time there is some new thing happening in the business that need to be told to public, PR team has to repeat same stuff of trying to search for bloggers and then negotiate for remuneration, sometimes this task becomes really exhaustive and cumbersome and this might affect the future contracts between bloggers and businesses if things go out of hands.

Karthik DR, Co-founder & Business Head at IndiBlogger says, “The amount of time that people spend in trying to identify and contact influencers is huge. With, you don't have to worry about any of this as the system just needs your Press Release. The rest is history!”

What is is based on an automated influencer targeting model aka A.I.T.E that connects the respective businesses with the influencers of same domain and expertise in just few clicks. The business team has to go to and submit their press release and their job is done. The system itself triggers the process of identifying  suitable bloggers who are linked with Indiblogger and intimate them about what is required to be done and how much is remuneration, if the blogger is ok, all he/she has to do is accept the assignment and complete it within the timeline. 

As per Anoop Johnson, Co-founder & Director of Marketing at IndiBlogger “With a starting budget of just USD 150, a business of any size will be able to get their press releases published by influential bloggers with a few clicks”. In the new system there is internal algorithm that gives points to influencers for each work done along with the feedback points given by business for which assignment was done. It helps the businesses for next assignments and also helps the system to take more precise automated decision. team is looking forward to continuously improving this system and also add few more aspects of branding like organizing events for influencers through

Indiblogger team has always tried its best to give proper platform to bloggers and is one such step in that direction. According to Renie Ravin, the Founder and CEO of IndiBlogger “We believe that this system will help Influencers with fresh and new content on their site every day. In a way, you could be writing about the next Google without even realizing its immense potential.”

More information on IndiPR can be accessed at

Sunday 10 April 2016

J.K. Architect of the Year Awards - 2016

J.K. Cement, one of the top cement manufacturing company in India every year gives award in field of architecture in different categories. This is one of the very few award program that takes place for architect fraternity all over world and it has been around since 1990. This February J.K Cement presented its 24th Architect of the year award in Bengaluru.

The entry for this award nomination is totally free every year and this year they received total 153 entries in different categories. These categories include Private Building, Public building, Group housing, Hill architecture, Young architect of the year along with Architect of the Year in all category. To make this year different from previous years, the theme for this year was affordable housing and Green architecture. There is a very eminent panel of Jury that gets to decide winners each year and this year it was headed by MD of J.K. Cement Mr. YaduPati Singhania. Along with distinguished members from Indian architect society Jury also had 1 member each from Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

J.K Cement MD and Award Administrators addressing Press 
As per Mr. Singhania “Design has gained utmost significance in new Tech era, when it comes to construction. Hence architects and their work are increasingly becoming more relevant than ever before that would create structures for everyone to admire in days to come. M.P Rawal , advisor to J.K Cement and Administrator of AYA award said “ AYA has emerged as the most significant platform for giving fame to Architect community and we are looking forward to make it bigger and better. From this year onwards a new category was added as Student architect of the year.

Wall displaying the winners with their award winning work 

The Award show took place in Leela Palace Hotel Bengaluru and here are the 24th J.K Cement Architect of the Year award winners in each categories :    

Green Architecture Award :  Ar. Madhav Joshi

Award for Private Housing :  Ar. Shefali Balwani

Award for Public Building :  Ar. Nanda Kumar Birudavolu

Award for Hill Architecture :  Ar Akshat Bhat

Award for  Young Architect : Ar Akshat Bhat

Student Architect of Year :  Shardul Patil

Commendation Award under Indian category: Ar. Partha Ranjan Das

Commendation Award under Foreign category :  Ar. Tin Tsin Fong Kee Shui ( Mauritius)

Architect of Year (Foreign Category ) : Ar Palinda  Kannanagara  (Sri Lanka)

Indian Architect of the Year :  Ar. Sunil Kulkarni