IIT Kharagpur team wins Innovation Challenge

Mukesh Kumar and Vijay Anand from IIT Kharagpur won first prize in annual innovation challenge Mind over Matter season 3 last week. The NIT Jamshedpur team comprising Ms Priyanka Sinha and Ms Aarushee Agarwal bagged the first runners up position while Manish K Chandan and Sourav Agarwal from BIT Mesra, Ranchi secured the third position.
Five teams from all over the country had presented their innovative ideas in the finals of the contest that is organised by Tata Steel. The jury for the finale was chaired by Anand Sen, President TQM and Steel Business, Tata Steel, Dr. Sanjay Chandra, Chief R&D and SS, Tata Steel and Dharmendra Kumar, Chief Engineering and Projects, Tata Steel.
Season 3 of ‘Mind over Matter’ received an overwhelming participation from more than 30 top engineering institutes of India, including the IITs, NITs and the likes. The competition witnessed a record 270 idea submissions against a total of 12 challenges (topics) put forth by our R&D team.
The winners, first and second runners ups were given prize money of Rs1,00,000, Rs75,000 and Rs50,000, respectively. The top three winning teams of this season walked away with pre-placement offers from Tata Steel and rest seven teams received PPIs.
India Skills 2016 winners
As many as 24 enterprising young men and women were declared winners in different categories in the first edition of India Skills Competition 2016 in New Delhi last week. Each winner was awarded Rs1 lakh, first runner-up Rs50,000 and Second Runner up Rs 25,000. Siddharth Pandey in Cooking, Nancy Verma in Beauty Therapy, Abhishek Dangi in Fashion Technology, Karan Dhaliwal in Restaurant Service were winners from Delhi NCR.
The winners were felicitated by Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and have qualified for selection of WorldSkills International Competition Abu Dhabi 2017.
A team of 192 participants in 24 skill categories represented different states this year led by, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and associate organisation, under the guidance of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Students were in the age group of 18 to 22 years.
In order to select the best talent to represent India at IndiaSkills, MSDE and NSDC completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills/trades including hair stylist, welding, car painting, auto body repair, graphic designing, robotics to name a few.
Close to 4820 candidates registered to participate in the competition this year. Around 40 organisation like Mahindra, Tata, Maruti, Toyota, CII, FICCI, NASSCOM, CREDAI, NID, NIFT, came together to make IndiaSkills a success (including consortium partners).
Youth skilling programe
India’s fifth largest private sector bank, YES BANK, announced the commencement of YES FORCE (Front Line Opportunity for Rapid Career Enhancement) programme on World Youth Skills Day (July 15) last week.
As a part of this programme the bank has initiated strategic tie-ups with reputed training institutes like TimesPro, HCL TalentCare, Teamlease Skills University, IL & FS Skills Development Corporation amongst others. In partnership with these institutes, the bank has launched a skill enhancement and career progression initiative of ‘Certification on Banking Fundamentals & Business Development’ for youth across India to aid their skill development and provide employment opportunities in Banking & Financial sales services.
YES FORCE is a 4-6 week classroom programme aimed at up-skilling young talent to enhance their ‘employability’ for ‘Day 1 Readiness’ to fill frontline business development roles in Banking. The programme content covers topics like Basics of Banking, Sales Management and is designed as a virtual “On the Job” interface. Post certification, candidates are placed as ‘Client Relationship Partner’/’Business Relationship Partner’ in YES BANK with an average compensation of Rs 2.25 lakh p.a.
The bank has successfully on boarded over 200 candidates under this programme, and is targeting to fulfil at least 25 per cent of the bank’s front line human capital requirements through this programme to augment the rapidly expanding retail franchise and branch network. Graduates or professionals with 1-3 years experience in Banking & Finance are eligible to apply for this programme via the partner institutes.

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