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Monday, 28 November 2016


Japanese government to provide training to 30,000 Indian engineers

Toyota India collaborates with the Government of Japan under a 'Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme' to reinforce the manufacturing base of India and contribute to "Make in India" and "Skill India" missions. Envisioned to reach the notched-up heights, India is leisurely ascending towards greater growth by generating as well as bringing a plethora of opportunities from outside the country. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India (MSDE) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan (METI) has inked Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) over a "Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme" on November 11.

As a part of this MoC, the Japanese government under a program of Toyota Kirloskar Motor will train 30,000 Indian Engineers for the next 10 years with Japanese style manufacturing skills and practices which will strengthen the manufacturing core of India. The first three such institutes will start next summer in Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan. 

According to reports, the company said that Toyota’s skill development initiatives are aimed to contribute to the ‘Skill India’ mission by bridging the gap between the country’s rapidly-growing industrial sector and availability of highly skilled workforce.

The selected engineers under this training program will be exposed to the Toyota way of manufacturing called the 'Monozukuri' and familiarized with the global concepts of 'Lean Manufacturing' or Kaizen Genchi Genbutsu.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

International Folk Festival to promote Foreign Culture

International Folk Festival to promote foreign culture and introduce cultural competence to the Chandigarh University students.

 Written by Anne-Sophie

Art is often used as a medium for introducing a culture. Culture is beyond what defines a nation. It is a set of beliefs, values and traditions shared by a particular group of people in which they recognize themselves. In a country like India, there is no such thing as the “Indian” culture. India is a very diverse environment with various and very distinctive cultures mixed on a same ground. Punjabis, Hindus, Sikhs, Nepalese diaspora... all living on the same land but offering a large collection of songs, music, dance, traditions, practices and values unique to their own culture.

           At Chandigarh University (CU), we are proud to be an international campus and we are excited to display the various range of culture present on our ground. This was the purpose of the 6th International Folk Festival held on November 14th. CU guests of honour, a troupe of Mexican artists, shared the stage with artists from Bhutan, Thailand, Nepal and India as well, and performed songs and dances which offered us a taste of their home culture.

            Representing one’s culture and being represented is important for people as this is the highlight of their belonging to a specific group of people. Andrea, a Mexican student at CU, mentioned that while seeing the Mexican performance, she “felt like home”. To her, this performance was a way for Indians and other internationals to “see a part of the culture through which someone recognizes you.” AndrĂ©, Brazilian intern at CU, explained that folklore is also a way to understand where people come from and learn about their traditions and roots. In his mind, what makes Mexicans who they are today are those happy dances and colourful dresses that were exhibited.


         If not a problem of feeling part of a community, being exposed to a different culture is a matter of acculturate ourselves and others around us. I, French intern living in India, am exposed to a culture diametrically opposed to mine. I had to re-learn how to dress, behave, be open-minded and understand Indian’s culture and values in order to make my way every day. Ground zero. I start my journey by erasing all I know about India and just throw myself in the Indian jungle. New English, new way of working but same smile. Being culturally aware of those challenges is the key to work with people from diverse cultural background and achieve organizational objectives. However, to most people on campus, it sounds challenging to deal with international students. We are stared at, face language barrier, shyness, loneliness and most of all we are far from home.

            Having those short episodes of cultural competence and cultural exposure are as important to foreigners as to the hosting country. Cultural exchanges are the most fulfilling experiences for going global, thing that every country is nowadays facing. Caucasians, Hispanics, Blacks, Asians... We are all worth talking to more than been talking about.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Light Bulbs to be the Next Hackers’ Target

Article by Anne-Sophie, French, Intern at Chandigarh University, India

In a world depending more and more on technology and Internet of Things (IoT), hackers have become always more creative when it comes to collect personal data. Giving that everyone still remembers the hack of Yahoo in 2014, when at least 5OO millions users personal information were stolen, hacking has moved forward and seem to not be limited to companies and organizations anymore. In fact, new studies report the weaknesses of IoT and the open way for hackers to put personal information at risk. Researchers demonstrated with an experiment that it is possible to take control of Philips Hue bulbs from outside with a drone flying up to 350m away.

            Meant to facilitate everyday life, the IoT are shown to be an open door to individuals personal data. Smart devices such as light bulbs are connected through a mesh network sending messages to each other and are bridged to communicate with the Portal on Internet and Apps. Hackers take collect personal data by introducing a computer worm into the system giving them free access to all the information shared on one’s Internet connection.

            Philips has communicated that the company is working on fixing this issue of protection of data. However, it is just the beginning for IT and IoT. Green Nanotechnologies being actively introduced to India and Chandigarh University student this week, anticipate those security weaknesses while developing and introducing clean and sustainable technology would be a step forward fighting those cyber attack. Integrity is not innate merely a cause worth to be fought for. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

LinkedIn to facilitate Indian students with placements

LinkedIn to facilitate Indian students with placements  
MNC ties-up with MHRD to create exuberant job opportunities for students

In a recent development, leading Business and Employment Social Networking Service Website- LinkedIn has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), which is aimed to create a big basket of job opportunities for Indian students across the country. LinkedIn has recently launched its new and innovative "Placements" product which will provide a platform to the students of all Engineering Institutions across the country affiliated with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to register themselves for the Job Search.

This "Placements" product provides a selfsame level playing ground for students by allowing them to take an online assessment test, irrespective of their location or college, giving them direct access to countless openings in 35 top corporates across the country.

While announcing the details about the new initiative, Akshay Kothari, Country Manager and Head of Product, LinkedIn India said, "Our objective with "Placements" is to help India's best talent get access to job opportunities, regardless of their location. With this partnership, we are excited to see our vision quickly become a reality”. Assessed in November 2015, LinkedIn has opened "Placements" in September 2016 to students at all colleges and universities in India.

In merely eight weeks of launch, over two lakh students registered and there were over 1.2 million job applications through this product.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Air pollution level in Delhi alarmingly High

Article by Anne-Sophie, French, Intern at Chandigarh University, India

Last Friday, on the 4th of November, Delhi witnessed for two days the worse smog the city as known in 17 years. Besides the celebration of Diwali and its firecrackers overuse, experts are blaming the lack of governments involvement to fight pollution, stubble burnings in Punjab and Haryana, and the increasing number of vehicles on the roads. We could ask ourselves where is the place of Chandigarh in that alarming pollution degradation and what role Chandigarh has played on the pollution regulation post-celebration.

            With a PM10 (Particular Matter of 10 micrometers or less) at 229 against 110 for Chandigarh, Delhi reached the sorry state of being the most polluted city in the world. Authorities were forced to take emergency measures and limit outdoor exposures to children and vulnerable persons. The increasing level of pollution is related to a doubling of the population in Delhi and greater areas in the last 15 years. This demographic expansion consequently resulted on a multiplication of vehicles on the road, as polluting as ever. This dramatic scenario could have been anticipated by a stronger political will to regulate and implement policies regarding the environment, but also reversed if residents of India were willing to change their lifestyle habits and raise awareness on environmental issues surrounding them.

            Not blaming Delhi only for the deterioration of its pollution, stubble burnings in the region of Punjab and Haryana has played an important role in the pic of pollution. Even though the government bans the crop-burning as a mean for farmers to clear fields for the next crop, this cost efficient tradition is repeatedly used in those regions, feeding the already existing smog surrounding the city.

            Due to its geographical position and its lighter number of industries and vehicles, Chandigarh woke up in a smoggy atmosphere which dispersed rapidly the following days thanks to the wind. The windy region of Chandigarh was announced to help clear up the air in Punjab, Haryana till Delhi.

                                                              Video by BBC News
            India presenting an infinite potential to become one of the best nation from its cultural and ethnic diversity, political stability, advance technology and so more, there is an international concern regarding the pollution is this developing country. Changing lifestyle habits toward more ecologic ones, takes time and is a process to be taken steps by steps. Raising awareness is the key to involve people into the process and educate them on the right behaviour to adopt to show them the right way. At a larger scale, government and business should develop sustainable solutions and keep implementing existing ones such as the biomass power plants, started in 2005 but abandoned in 2013.

My Diwali as an Expat Anne-Sophie

Anne-Sophie, French, 25 and freshly land off to start my internship in the Branding department at
Chandigarh University, India. Graduating from a Master in Intercultural and International Communication, I choose to come to India to embrace the cultural diversity and innovation technology that India offers to a young westerner that I am. First time in India, there were no better time to arrive than during the most important Indian holidays, Diwali.

Freshly land off to start my internship in India that Diwali holidays are about to start. Even though I had never heard about Diwali, I could read the excitement on people’s face; going home for this 5 days holiday was all they were talking about. I listen, do some research about that Diwali people talk about and even fortunately, get invited to spend the holiday in my co-worker’s family in Dehradun, a medium Indian city – medium scaled in India equivalent to a large scaled city in Europe. After all, “we are 1.2 billion people here”.

            At first, I thought Diwali was a holy holiday, comparable to Christmas or Easter holidays in Western countries, where family would gather and celebrate for dinner on Diwali day. I was as close and as far from the real meaning of this holiday to Indians. Diwali, also called Deepavali, is the most important religious celebration in India, and even among Indian diasporas all around the world. 

During this celebration, clay lamps are lightened in and out homes in order to allow the inner light to protect them from spiritual darkness. Originally a Hindu harvest festival, the celebration extended to businesses and to all Indian communities, regardless of their religion. There are different interpretations of Diwali according to the religion and the regions, but it all come out to the victory of good over evil. In northern India, where I celebrated my Diwali, the Hindu community celebrates the return of Rama to Ayodhya. King Ravana, after stealing Rama’s wife, banished him. It is after 14 years of exile that Rama came back to defeat Ravana. To celebrate his triumph, the residents of Ayodhya lightened rows (avali) of clay lamps (deepa). 

 The family I celebrated Diwali with is a Nepalese family. However, they are celebrating Diwali as any other families. I have been welcomed in the most generous way and took part of the celebration as their own. We started arraying clay lamps around the house and hang some flowers. Then we draw the traditional rangoli by the doorstep with coloured sand. On Diwali day, the whole family gathered at a house where Nepalese artists danced and sang to worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. While playing with firecrackers and fireworks, family and friends come and go from house to house to feast and celebrate.

 Even though in my Western culture we celebrate holy holidays with family gatherings and feasts, the Indian way of celebrating is different and reminded me the true notion of sharing. Diwali is beyond sitting for a dinner, it is 5 days of food sharing, family gatherings, friends visit and shares of stories. This cultural experience is a good reminder that sharing does not have to be seen as a materialistic way to satisfy others but should simply remain as simple as spending time together, regardless of your religion, beliefs and culture.