Monday, December 22, 2008

Deeksha Symposium 2008

Press Note

Learning and Teaching 2.0 - Symposium Arranged by Deeksha Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Date: Dec. 20, 2008
Place: Season Hotel, Aundh, Pune

Deeksha System Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Uniken Inc., arranged a symposium on 'Learning & Teaching 2.0' at the Seasons Hotel, Aundh, Pune on Saturday, December 20.

The Objective of this symposium was to analyse the current education delivery model and discuss the next generation education delivery model.

The symposium was jointly chaired by eminent personalities in the field of Education. Prof. H.A. Rangnath (Director of NAAC), Prof. Rajasekharan Pillai (Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, Chairman of Distance Education Council), Dr. Ram Takawale (Formerly V.C. Pune University, YCMOU, IGNOU) were the main speakers for this event.

Director of Deeksha Systems, Nilesh Dhande focused on Role of Technology in Education, limitation of current educational system and solutions with respect to usage of technology. He proposed a delivery model - where the benefits of the traditional "gurukul" system are combined with the capacity for large scale delivery for the next generation delivery model.

Prof. Pillai, in his address discussed quality and quantity of education. He said "Enhancement of quantity will never be useful unless quality is addressed". After evaluating where our educational achievements stand today, he discussed the fact that one third of our population is deprived of educational facilities. Technology has to be effectively used to enhance both the quality and the quantity of education. He also stated that Discipline based ICT (Information and Communication Technology) has to take place in the right proportion to achieve better quality in Education spread. Significantly, Mr. Pillai, depicted the importance for integrating IT and Teachers' learning process, encouraging appropriate and enough usage of technology by teachers. However, he also highlighted the fact - "Technology cannot teach, only teachers can".

Prof. Rangnath, while presenting the current statistics of Educational Systems in India, spoke about Changing Ecology of Indian Higher Education System. A well documented data analysis with respect to the Educational Quality was helpful in putting forth his view point. He highlighted some of the challenges and concerns in the current education model with respect to education as a business, substandard infrastructure and the need for increased accessibility of education.

Prof. Rangnath insisted on Assessment and Certification of Primary Knowledge. "In view of Developing countries, assessment has to consider further enhancements for the betterment of the education system", he said. The need of knowledge has to be fulfilled through the effective usage of available technology. "Every child has to enjoy two parental relations - one at home with parents and the other in educational institutes with teachers", he concluded.

Dr. Ram Takawale, a well known educationist, touched various facets around education today. "Technology is to be used for modifications in learning and teaching process. It can not replace the teachers", he reminded in his speech. He insisted on not imposing the older methods, just for the sake of tradition.

Highlighting the important issue of “Business of Education”, he put forward the need of associating cultural values with services in the field of education and not focus only on money. Reminding the audience about the work of Mahatma Gandhi, he said that we have lost the creativity and pleasure in our work. According to Dr. Takawale, the Donor Model of IT enabled education is an inappropriate one. There should be room for Learners to participate in the creativity and enhancement of the education system. He insisted upon the importance of our Value System and raised a very thought provoking point - "Technology usage should not dehumanise the education delivery model".

Mr. Shwetank Upadhyaya, CEO Deeksha Systems, shared his thoughts at the end. For explaining the journey that Deeksha has opted, he talked about importance of building Knowledge Network, technology tools for Education today and what Deeksha has been doing.

Mr. Kapil Khangaonkar hosted the whole event. His way of presenting the event interspersed with his own experiences as a student was well received by the audience.

Mr. Ajay Dubey, Ex V.P. Infosys, Ex C.O.O. Persistent Systems and currently on the board of Uniken Inc. was present to welcome the chief guests at the symposium.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brainstorming session : MOM 20th Nov 2008


It was great to meet and brainstorm on current economy recession. Please excuse me for delayed MOM.

The main objective was to overcome the present slow down by acting together as one community.

Mr Abhijeet Dhandekar has pointed out a very valid concern that until company level involvement will not be there, this kind of initiative will not see the real action. He has also suggested that existing members should invite key people in their own network to join LinkedPune so that group should strengthen further.

Mr Sudhakar Mishra has shared The idea of company's profile with key expertise areas for the benefit of members. This would help in identification of relevant companies during joint bidding process. We can circulate a template to companies, which would capture key points.

Also ESC ( helps upcoming companies to market their services/products in US at highly subsidized rates. Visit this link for more info -
This was followed with the discussion to involve Jetro (Indo Japan trade organisation), Utsav (India Australia trade organisation) and other such organisation to involve with group activities so LinkedPune members can also avail the similar facilities in different countries.

Mr Viral Director, BNI ( a networking enterprise) has given his valuable suggestion to make the group much more structured.

Ms. Amishi, Regional Director, BNI has also stressed that how imp is to have such event more frequently.

Mr. Ramesh Adavi has also shared his valuable experience and tried to address the unforeseen complexities which can arise later on.

Mr. Natesh Vedgiri, Director, Product Horizons (Outsourced Product Development) raise the issue whether LinkedPune can address areas of financing (not VC level but at grass root level such as approaching banks for project based loans on favorable terms).

All the members participated actively and came up with not only ideas but also action plan.

Some ideas presented and discussed were.

1. Sharing of marketing resources to reduce marketing costs,
2. Sharing of leads - leads of no interest so that other company in the group may benefit,
3. Share clients with companies in non competing areas
4. Share infrastructure and costs
5. Jointly bid as a consortium on case to case basis
6. Exploit rate difference among ourselves - something not feasible for one company can be feasible for the other
7. Use services of domain experts and tech freelancers

Proposed Conclusion

1. We all agree and understand that collaboration is definitely need of an hour. However, forming a formal consortium do have it’s practical issues and hence we agreed that we can better leverage each other’s strengths by forming need based collaboration facilitated by informal gathering.

2. It is also discussed and agreed that small focused groups can definitely help people going forward. E.g. So let’s say if somebody is interested only in sales and marketing in IT services domain a particular LinkedPune meet should only be addressed to interested participants.

3. The company level participation is desired for any fruitful results. And, hence the decision makers participation is critical in such events.

Proposed Action Items

1. All the members will invite key people from their network to join LinkedPune so that group can be strengthen further.

2. Separate meets will be organized more frequently on particular interest level e.g. VC meet, BPO meet, e-learning meet, CRM meet, SCM meet etc.

3. Expat from silicon valley will be invited to join this group and existing US members will be asked to support the group in their own respective capacities.

Marketing Linked Pune effectively so that every member starts seeing value in being a part of it in personal and professional capacity

Create a separate organization to foster the objective of increasing business so that the networking objective of members is not disturbed - a portal can be created since Linked In does not provide such features in its present structure.

At last but not least I would like to specially thank IMC Head Mr. Swaminathan who has arranged place and offered snacks and tea. Also Mr. Anshu and Abhijit Dandekar from Solution IT who has provided his great support to make this event happen in such a short notice.

Thanks and Warm Regards,

Shwetank Upadhyaya

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lets share your thoughts

Hi All,

We are part of a community; every community has a voice only when its members speak out. So lets speak, lets share your thoughts, lets blog. It can be any topic, important is it should be your thoughts.
To start I would suggest to visit where you can discuss on "Should (government funded) innovation have a social relevance?"

Please send me more such original links where you have posted your thoughts.

With best regards

Monday, November 17, 2008

LinkedPune : 1000 Mark crossed


Today LinkedPune has crossed 1000 members. Great journey so far, We started on 28th March 2008, in such a short span we crossed 1000 members. as of now we are 1005 members.

More than just counting on membership we have achieved few more tangible objectives like recruitment, acquisitions, sales, business networking and many more. I would like to congratulate all the members for this achievement.

In meanwhile we also had one general meeting, soon we will be having one more general meeting in Dec last week. As all of you are already aware that we are having a brainstorming session on 20th Nov as well on "Economy recession and our strategy"

I hope everybody is finding this group useful. I would be glad to know about your opinion,feedback and suggestion to take it to next level, please write to me at

With regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Friday, November 14, 2008

Brainstorming session

Hi All,

Do you feel that if we act together we can tackle recession in a better way, I feel so. If you too feel the same way please attend a short meeting being organized on 20th Nov 2008 (Venue will be posted later on). This is a limited seat (30 seats only) brain storming session.
I have few ideas, you can throw your own and lets come up with some concrete plan to tackle the recession period on our own level.

We will be having our all members general meet in Dec last week, for this session only decision makers in sales and marketing are invited.

If you are interested please reply to me at

Please ignore this if you are not from sales and marketing. Also if any member can offer his place for this 2 hour meet, please let me know. I am trying to keep it a free session so I don’t want to rent out any place.

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Position: Business Development Manager – India

Position Summary:

The Business Development Manager will be responsible for exploring new business opportunities as well as growing the client accounts to sell IT Services and Solutions focusing on ERP’s (SAP and Oracle) in India.


Solution IT & BPO Pvt. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Solution IT Inc. which is a provider of IT Services and Solutions, having its corporate office in Boston MA, USA. The company focuses on selling ERP solutions and services, and has plans to ramp up aggressively in India targeting APAC and EMEA markets. This is a dynamic company with great synergies and gives employees an open environment of independence, challenge, exciting growth prospects and topnotch compensation plans.


Identify potential customer accounts for selling IT services with emphasis on SAP and Oracle ERP’s in Manufacturing, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Retail and Real Estate industry verticals.
Explore potential opportunities for Staffing as well as Projects business in a set of target accounts.
Will be the owner of the sales process from prospecting, pre-sales, proposals, presentations, bidding, negotiations, deal closure, coordination with delivery teams, managing client expectations and collection.
Extensive travel all over India will be required for this position.
This position provides the opportunity for selling in EMEA/ APAC markets in future.

Required Skills:

4-6 years experience in selling IT services in India.
Previous experience in selling Oracle and/or SAP services in India will be preferred.
Must be comfortable dealing with all levels including “C” level executives at clients.
Must have direct sales and account management experience.
Should be a go getter with infinite energy level hitting multiple calls and meetings every day.
Exceptional written, presentation and communication skills

Desired Profile:

Engineering Degree.
MBA from a premier school.
Strong networking abilities with ability to sniff new opportunities
High achiever, ambitious, dynamic, result oriented.


Attractive compensation package consisting of base salary and variable component with annual targeted total earnings ranging from 10-15 Lakhs depending on experience.

Location: Pune

Please send resumes to with Subject: Business Development Manager – India. Please mention "LinkedPune" when you apply.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

IT Park available on lease

This IT park is available at Kothrud area (towards Chandni Chowk). It is first hand readily available. For details you can directly contact to developer (contact details given in last of presentation or you can write at )

There is some time lag in playing this video, you can directly visit it on youtube

Monday, October 20, 2008

MCCIA: Delegation visit from the Federal State of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, together with the Ministry of Commerce, Transport and Agriculture of the Federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz, has organized a delegation visit to India, led by H.D. Mr. Hans-Georg Schneider from 29th October -4th November 2008. The delegation will be visiting New Delhi, Pune & Chennai.

The members of the delegation wish to explore the possibilities of a business tie-up with Indian companies and for this purpose we have organized 1-to-1 meetings in various cities.

Schedule for 1-to-1 Meetings and Reception in Pune is as follows:

B2B Meetings

Date : 1st November, 2008 (Saturday)

Venue : Russet Room, Hotel Taj Blue Diamond, Pune

Timings : 9.30 am – 1.00pm

Reception with Business and Political Guests followed by Buffet Dinner

Date : 1st November, 2008 (Saturday)

Venue : Russet Room, Hotel Taj Blue Diamond, Pune

Timing : 8.00 p.m. onwards

Contact : For B2B Meetings

Ms. Dipti Kanitkar Tel : 022-6665 2132 Fax : 022-665 2120 E :

Ms. Vrunda Chandorkar Tel : 022-6665 2154 Fax : 022-665 2120 E :

Ms. Shwetha Nayak Tel : 020-4104 7111, Fax : 020-4104 7117 E:

Contact : For Reception and buffet dinner

Mrs. Vandana Karve Tel : 020-4104 7100, Fax : 020-4104 7117 Email:

Brief profiles of the German companies interested in pre-arranged meetings are given below for for your information.

Yours sincerely,

Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

Dipti Kanitkar

Sr. Manager - Delegations/Business Partner Search

For meetings and presentations in other cities please contact the following :

October 30th, 2008 : New Delhi :

Ms. Sumati Sud Tel : 011- 26111 730 Fax : 011- 2611 8664 E :

November 3rd, 2008 : Chennai :

Mr. T. R. Gopalan Tel : 044-2834 0835 Fax : 044-2834 1837 E :

--------------------------------------------Brief profiles of Delegates------------------------------------

1. AddressDoctor GmbH

Mr. Sven Schreiber - Managing Director


Offer IT and Web-based Software Solutions for verification and correction of National and International Postal Addresses. Interested in offering their software package to large address database compilers, Managers, and Publishers for direct marketing, CRM, Travel and Hospitality Industry, Publishers of Address and Trade Directories, Post and Courier Services. Seeks cooperation with an Indian Software House for marketing, maintenance.

2. BOA GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Konrad A. Kossmann - CEO

Website :

Manufacturers of high quality wall panelling material which are not combustible and graffiti-resistant products applied in large construction projects, public utility buildings, ports, airports, industrial premises, hospitals and schools. Interested in meeting importers of high quality wall paneling material for interior application. Seeks a Marketing Representative in India. Companies engaged in import and marketing of construction materials and supplies are invited.


Mr. Abuzer Colak

Website :

Fabricators of complex steel structures, pipeline construction, fabrication of tanks, boilers and vessels. Providers of high-tech welding services, processors and exporters of wood panels and wooden profiles. Interested in exporting their product services to India. Seeks an Indian Representative to export the Indian market.

4. Comlet GmbH

Mr. Steffen Fromm - Managing Director

Website :

Specialist Software and Hardware developers in embedded systems forapplicationin automobile infotainment, multimedia, navigation andtelecommunication. They also manufacture and export relevant hardware items.Their IT solution services include integration and testing of software and hardware systems Interested in marketing their expertise in the Indian market. Seeks Indian Software and Hardware manufacturers as strategic partners. Interested in discussing part outsourcing of their software development work.

5.Dr.Heinrich SchneiderMesstechnikGmbH

Mr. Uwe J. Keller - Director Marketing & Business Strategy


3D Multi-Sensor Measuring Instruments, Shaft Measuring devices, Optical Measuring Machines, 3D Tool Measuring Machines, 3DLaser Scanner for freeform surfaces. Interested in meeting companies in metrology; interested in exporting their products to India. Seeks an Indian representative

6. EWM Hightec Welding GmbH

Mr. Stefan Szcsesny - Sales Director Asia

Website :

Manufacturers of high-tech sophisticated MIG/MAG welding systems for qualitative fabrication assignments, with advantages of cold-Arc and force-Arc processes in combination; automation (Plasma welding machines, vehicle repair works and accessories) Wishes to appoint a Marketing Representative for their range of welding machines in the Indian market.


Mr. Thomas Rothweiler - General Manager

Website :

Manufacturers and Exporters of specialized testing and inspection instruments for a 100% quality verification, especially for the automotive industry. Interested in appointing a Marketing Agent for Indian market

8. Ingenieurbuero Hengen GbR

Mrs. Nandini Henen - Associate

Website :

Consulting Engineering Services in Software Development, with focus on signal and image processing as well as automaton systems. Niche products for fire brigades, intelligent offices and homes; ERP Solutions Looking for strategic partners for software development services


Siegfried J. Gillich - Managing Director


Manufacturers of water based acrylic polymer dispersions and acrylic polymer solutions, wax emulsions. Water based cationic polymers

Applications in : Manufacturing of detergents and cleaners, personal care products and cosmetics. Also in manufacturing of specialty paints ; leather, paper, paint and textile industries; additives for concrete, mortar, cement and ceramics

Interested in exporting their products.

Wish to meet : 1. Manufacturers of detergents and shampoos, color cosmetics, additives manufacturer for leather, textile, paper and coatings and construction industry 2. Distributors for specialty polmyers specialized in above mentioned market segments.

10. META GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Uwe Weidemann - Managing Director

Website :

Manufacturers of specially designed toilet cubicles and locker systems for public buildings, sports facilities, universities and large integrated commercial complexes

Interested in exploring market for their special products in India. They also seek a Marketing Representative. Importers of quality construction materials are invited to the one-on-on meeting.

11. MiniTec Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Bernhard Bauer - CEO

Website :

Manufacture of modular system for modern machine building based on aluminium-profiles. Very cost-effective and precise system for the construction of sophisticated factory equipment, specific design software for the system with automatic design tools. Seeks an Indian business partner who is specialist in factory automation with design-know-how and sales force, stock for system components necessary

12. PRE GmbH

Mr. Michael Wenk - Managing Partner

Website :

Manufacturers of Technology/Service Parks, offering office space and land to build in PRE-Park, Kaiserslautern in City. Interested to establish an Indian Community in Kaiserslautern base connections to Indian University and Institute as IIT, Madras

13. Schoen + Sandt Machinery GmbH

Dr. Wolfgang Fuss - General Manager

Website :

Manufacturer of cutting machines, shoe making machines, which also find application in carpet industry, print and paper board industry, textile and clothing industry. Wishes to appoint an Indian Marketing Representative for his range of products

14. Schott Solar GmbH

Mr.Ivan Poerwowidjojo - Sales Manager (Asia-Pacific)

Website :

Manufacturers of solar cells and modules both for grid-connected systems and off-grid systems. Interested in exporting their standard Schott-Solar modules. The company is interested in meeting the solar module manufacturers and system integrators.

15. SWT AoeR

Dr. Olaf Hornfeck - Managing Director

Website :

Responsible for providing and maintaining public utility services such as electricity, gas, water, waste water, public transport, energy production Wish to meet companies active in the field of energy production- especially renewables –esp. manufacturers / exporters of wind turbines and solar modules

16. WAWI Schokolade AG

Dr. Walter Mueller - Managing Director

Website :

Manufactures of chocolates and candy.

Wish to meet importers/distributors

17. WIKON Kommunikationstechnik GmbH

Mr. Joachim Molz - Managing Director

Website :

WIKON develops remote monitoring and controlling systems which are mainly used in technical facilities. WIKON products are used to monitor gas tanks, entire pipeline systems or energy meters. Seeks distributors/service providers in sectors like gas, oil.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oracle 10G Form Development assignment

Following job has been bid by 4 companies in total as on Oct 23rd, All the proposals have been sent to client, Reply is expected by Nov first week
Hi All,

One Indian company is looking for outsourcing Oracle 10G form development work. Candidate should have at least 1+ year of experience in same technology. Candidates interview will be required. Interested companies can send their profile in following format to confidential id

Company Name
Company Employee Strength
Company Inception year
Average experience of candidates
Indicative range of per hour charges

All the information provided will be kept confidential and will be shared with client only.

If any clarification is required please email to only.

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Friday, October 17, 2008

Position: Manager – Talent Acquisition (India)

Position Summary:

The Manager – Talent Acquisition will be responsible for developing and executing a recruiting strategy to support selling IT Services and Solutions focusing on ERP’s (SAP and Oracle) in APAC and EMEA markets (including India). Initially this will be a hands-on recruiting position and will evolve into building a high powered recruiting team. This role has the potential of growth to being a Talent Acquisition leader for entire country.


Solution IT & BPO Pvt. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Solution IT Inc. which is a provider of IT Services and Solutions, having its corporate office in Boston MA, USA. The company focuses on selling ERP solutions and services, and has plans to ramp up aggressively in India targeting APAC and EMEA markets. This is a dynamic company with great synergies and gives employees an open environment of independence, challenge, exciting growth prospects and topnotch compensation plans.


Develop and execute recruiting strategy for selling IT services with emphasis on SAP and Oracle ERP’s.
Identifying, evaluating and qualifying consultant resources for new clients / business opportunities by working individually and / or with the internal Marketing Managers and Practice Groups to develop proposals in response to RFP's and direct sales efforts
Prospecting, cold-calling and identifying consultant resources opportunities that coincide with our service offerings
Maintaining and developing consultant resources. Proactively building an internal database of consultants in the target areas of hire
Providing consultant resources for both project and staff augmentation clients and business opportunities
Negotiating consultant remuneration in accordance with company policies and business terms and coordinating efforts to process offer letters, travel, relocation and immigration related activities for the consultant.
Coordinating recruiting of consultant resources with internal accounting personnel with respect to consultant billing and/or payment information
Assisting in the developing of client and vendor presentations as well as managing the delivery of the consultant resources necessary and crucial to such proposals and presentations to current and / or prospective clients and vendors
Leveraging local and national relationships with our consultant resources in furtherance of maximizing business opportunities with our current and / or future strategic partners and vendors

Required Skills:

5 years experience in recruiting in the IT services domain in India.
2 years experience in recruiting Oracle and/or SAP services in India.
Understanding of SAP and Oracle ERP technologies
Exceptional written, presentation and communication skills

Desired Skills:

Past experience in building IT solutions preferable in ERP.
Certifications and Trainings in ERP
Experience in recruiting for Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Engineering Degree.
MBA from a premier school.
Experience in interacting with clients for servicing relationships


Attractive compensation package consisting of base salary and variable component with annual targeted total earnings ranging from 8 to 12 Lakhs, depending on experience.



Please send resumes to with Subject: Manager – Talent Acquisition (India). Please reference advt on "LinkedPune" in your email.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ohum : Fighting for Cleft Free India

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something !

Do you know what is cleft?

Cleft is a split/cut in the lip or palate, a terrible condition that makes it impossible for a child to eat breath, sleep or lead a normal life. Cleft is rated the number one birth defect. In India 1.5 million cleft affected children and 35,000 born every year.

There are lot of organizations, ngo's, hospitals, doctors, nurses, individuals volunteering to create smiles through camps and permanent centers.

I am sure you must be thinking why this particular cause?
Cleft is curable with just a simple operation that takes $240, 45 minutes and we can promise a child- smile for life.
$750 is the cost per child 1.5 million children costs to $1 billion a lot of money isn't it?
$240 per child Ohum makes it possible with the tie-ups with our partners.

There is no better gift than gifting someone a SMILE FOREVER:(Per smile @ $240)
1 smile a day-365 smiles a year
1 smile a week-52 smiles a year
1 smile a month-12 smiles a year
1 smile a year

Through our website you can do much more:
Tell your friends,
Register as a volunteer,
Support a campaign,
Donate freely!

Thanks & Regards,
Pinal Kapadia | Marketing & Corporate Communications
M: +91 99600 55125
T: +91-20-4015 2300
F: + 91-20-4015 2305 |

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Requirement for Hotel Management System

One five star hotel is in requirement of Hotel Management System. Interested parties can send their information on
It has to be a readymade product, Custmoisation however will be required It should comply with international hospitality standards. . Company should have existing client reference of national or international five star hotels.

With regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Looking for Opportunities as Assistant Manager/Dy.Manager HR

Having work experience of 3 years.

Have worked on Recruitment,PMS,T&D and OD.

Core expertise in Recruitment at all levels and PMS.

Looking for opportunities from Pune based companies.

Interested employer can contact via mentioning AM HR/Dy.Mgr HR in subject line

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

VP Sales – India

Position: VP Sales – India

Location: Pune

Position Summary:
The VP of Sales will be responsible for developing and executing a sales strategy selling IT Services and Solutions focusing on ERP’s (SAP and Oracle) in APAC and EMEA markets (including India). This will consist of individual sales as well as building a successful sales team.

Solution IT & BPO Pvt. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Solution IT Inc. ( which is a provider of IT Services and Solutions, having its corporate office in Boston MA, USA. The company focuses on selling ERP solutions and services, and has plans to ramp up aggressively in India targeting APAC and EMEA markets. This is a dynamic company with great synergies and gives employees an open environment of independence, challenge, exciting growth prospects and topnotch compensation plans.

Develop and execute sales strategy for selling IT services with emphasis on SAP and Oracle ERP’s.
Identify and grow new accounts to build a profitable revenue stream.
Engage and build relationships with “C” level executives at clients.
Build alliances and partnerships with SAP and Oracle in different geographies.
Manage the entire sales process from cradle to grave assisted by the delivery team. This will include pre-sales, proposals, presentations, bidding, negotiations, coordination with delivery teams and managing client expectations.
Responsible and accountable for building, training and managing a high-performance sales team to achieve individual and company goals.
Help establish and implement short and long term goals, policy and procedures.
Developing and executing sales strategy for markets in APAC and EMEA.
Extensive travel will be required for this position.
Required Skills:
10 years experience in selling IT services in India.
3 years experience in selling Oracle and/or SAP services in India.
Experience in engaging and building relationships with “C” level executives.
5 years experience in IT Solution sales. This will include pre-sales, proposals, presentations, bidding, negotiations, coordination with delivery teams and managing client expectations.
Exceptional written, presentation and communication skills
3 years experience in building and managing teams with strong leadership qualities.

Desired Skills:
Past experience in delivery of ERP solutions.
Experience in ERP Solution sales.
Experience in selling IT services in Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Engineering Degree.
MBA from a premier school.
Experience in building relationships with SAP and Oracle in the relevant geographies.

Attractive compensation package consisting of base salary and variable component with annual targeted total earnings ranging from 20 to 40 Lakhs depending on experience.

Submission:Please send resumes to with Subject: VP Sales – India. Please reference advt on "LinkedPune" in your email.

Looking for marketing resource

For company in Pune, full time job opening. looking for marketing resource with DBA/MBA or similar. Work experience of 1-2 years for banking/insurance/financial sector is desirable. The company is in software develpoment and services field. More details are available at and local contact is Archana Mahalekar (

IT company looking for a sales guy in US

who has following profile.
1. At least should have sold for 3-4 years in US market
2. Should have sold IT product and/or services
3. Should be good at concept selling
4. Preferably an American but then any other guy who seems promising can do

sales domain : 1. BFSI, Network security, Identity protection
2. E-Learning
3. Work flow / Process Management System
4. Other ITES sector

Interested candidate can send your CV to with subject line mentioning "Sales US".

Looking for acquisition

An Indian IT product company is looking for acquisition of a small software company aligned in Supply chain management with decent client list. Interested companies can write at for details.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Register online today.

The next global conference for IIT Alumni is set for December 19-21 on the campus of IIT Madras. It's already attracted the world's more successful steelmaker, Laxmi Mittal and the most storied automotive industry executive Carlos Ghosn (Nissan/Renault) as speakers. You should join them and bring your friends to attend.

Discounted registration is open online today, click here to sign up now. An incredibly dedicated committee of volunteers is putting this event together.
If you are travelling from Pune or Bangalore and are also nostalgic for hostel living, the committee has prepared a special package including travel and room for under Rs. 8,500.If you are flying from overseas, now is the best time to book your travel. Fly direct into Chennai before you visit family over the holidays. (I flew in to Chennai in May and found the international airport a lot calmer than other gateways into India).

If you are interested in PAN IIT activities in Pune, please contact me at

With best regards

Shwetank Upadhyaya

Thursday, September 4, 2008

My Story Session with Mr. Mangesh Kale, Managing Director - PARI

The Indus Entrepreneurs
Jointly with

Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture
Cordially invite you to

My Story Session with Mr. Mangesh Kale, Managing Director - PARI

On: Friday Sept 5th, 2008 At: 4.30 pm
Hall No. 4 & 5 A Wing MCCIA Trade Tower – Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture. International Convention Centre Complex, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411 016

There are no charges for the session. But your prior confirmation gurantees you a seat.
RSVP : TiE – Namita Shibad (email :, tel : 26614746 ext 20)
MCCIA – S. H. Kopardekar (email : , tel : 25709211)

My Story With Mangesh Kale
What are the ingredients for success? What makes a company grow 50% year on year? How do dreams turn to reality?

When Mangesh Kale, an engineer from Pune launched PariRobotics 1992, the idea was to provide manufacturers with automation services that would yield great efficiencies and increase profits. The company has grown from Rs 15 lakhs in ’92-‘93 to Rs. 220 Crores in ’07-’08.

PARI focuses in the field of Manufacturing Automation and is now the largest Manufacturing Automation company in India with more than 1000 installations. Its customers include Automotive, Defense, Nuclear Power, Aerospace and Engineering Goods. Some of PARI's domestic customers include Maruti-Suzuki group, Tata Fiat, Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Hero Honda, Bajaj Auto, HAL, NAL, Ordinance factories.

PARI is the only exporter of robotic automation systems in India. PARI exports to European and North American countries. PARI's international customers include Caterpillar, General Motors, Chrysler, American Axle, Emerson Electric, Eaton and Tranter.

The company that began with the goal of automating most manufacturing services now employs 900 people worldwide who use their skills, strengths, might, creativity to help get more efficient and profitable.

On Friday Sept, 5, 2008, Mr. Mangesh Kale, Managing Director, PARI will share his experiences and learnings of a fascinating journey that turned an engineer and a passionate swimmer into a successful entrepreneur.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

JOB Posting by members


Here I am putting job postings by members. For the confidentiality purpose please send your CV to refereing job code on subject line.

JOB ID 1: One of group member has informed me that a leading BPO in India is looking for Senior VP (Quality).

JOB ID 2: (Mumbai/Ahemdabad/Chennai) Employer is a fast-growing KPO with multiple Ops bases in India, and multiple voice links to the US.

Looking for a Manager level person with Details as follows:
Primary Expertise in Voice Networks, preferably Nortel products (Passport, Callcenter, Voice Recorder, Meridien,Conference Bridge, Callpilot Unified Messaging)
Desired Expertise with WAN Data Networking, Firewalls, VPNs
4-6 Years relevant experience, Relevant certifications.
Person should be hands-on and should be able to handle the Planning, Design, Implementation and Maintenance of Voice Circuits.
( supports job posting only be members)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Freelancers in group

1. Gauri Kulkarni- an experienced Technical writer. "I am a freelancer, so do let me know if you or any of your associates need any Technical Writing services. Thanks"

2.confidential ID 145- I am a content writer and working full time, but based out of my home (fully telecommute). I was wondering if you know of any leads either within/outside your organization where companies are looking for dedicated professionals to outsource their content requirements . To contact me write an email to mentioning my ID 145

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Inaugural meet : Your feedback

Hi All,

It was a great feeling to finally meet in person with people whom we had connected in the virtual world till now. A big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who made it to the event.

The participants were from all backgrounds - IT, Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Politics and many more. Many companies shared their corporate presentations. In total 35 members were present.

New logo for the group was selected. You can find the updated logo on your profile now.

A movie was played by Professional Party of India, a political company started by IT professionals.

Post 91 was a cool place with good dinner served along with wine. Thanks to which helped us to select the venue.

Only disappointing point was that a lot of people who had earlier confirmed could not turn up for the meet. My appreciation to those of you who were courteous enough to intimate me of your inability to attend despite your earlier confirmation. Thanks to Post91 management which didn't charge me for the shortfall from the booked capacity (which was based on confirmations).

I request all the attendees to share their experience under comments. Senior representatives from following companies were present.

BMC Software IT services company
MRWED Australia Training and assessment
Sixth Sense Inc Real Estate
Min Vesta HR solution company
Sigma e Solutions IT Company
Sankalp Ventures IT Company
Engineer2 Developer IT Company
All tech IT product company
Tasty Khana Web Portal
WhiteHedge Technolgies IT Solutions
S2S Technologies nmjoglekar@gmail.comIT Company
Symantec Security Products
Avita Software BI Company
Cornell HR Consultant
IT Vidya Knowledge Networking
Skill Bridge 24X7 Learning e-Learning
Deeksha Systems e-Learning
Uniken Systems IT research company
REL-ID IT security products
GSBS Process Consultant
Conexant IT company
Ajay S Bhagwat Software testing company

Please pardon me, if I have missed any one in the list. Do leave your comments on website, along with your name, designation and company name.

With best regards


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Go Green

Hi All,

I wonder how many of you have seen Al Gore's Climate Crisis Campaign Documentary called "An inconvenient Truth"? If not please do see it.

I was excited to know that Art of Living has actually taken up a challenge to plant 10 crore (100 million) trees in 3 months time across 88 countries. Here are the details supported by UN.
You can also contribute in whichever way you can support this campaign.

-- Deepak Motiramani

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Go Green Activity

I am working with HSBC Software Dev. (India ) Pvt.Ltd and am writing this mail on behalf on my team eBS. We are around a team of 17 and are interested in planting trees around Pune on hilly areas. Could you please help us on this front.

Thanks, Vaijayanti

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Entry tickets have been issued

Hi All,
I hope all the members who have confirmed about their participation must have got the entry tickets, please bring them along with you. I am still waiting for few more presentations from you about your company, products and services, work env etc. Please send it before 14th Aug. I need to merge all the presentations so that it can be run in rotation.
Ok let’s wait for 22nd Aug.

With regards

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ShowCase yourself

Hi All,

All the members, whether atending the meet or not, can send me a 3 minute video/presentation, which will be continuously played in rotation during the meet.
It can be any of following categories

1. Company product/services' presentation -- Talk to your Marketing head
2. Company profile presentation, work environment, career growth -- Talk to your HR
3. Personal Profile presentation --If you are a consultant

You can think of more, One company can send one presentation only, So you have to check with fellow members of your comapny.

Yes, most important thing to mention "It is free"

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Monday, July 21, 2008

Meet Update -1

Hi All,

Thanks for overwhelming response and enthusiasm shown by all of you. I am specially very thankful to the members who have offered their personal support to arrange the meet.

I got few requests for changing the date and time of the meet, I apologize to all of them as it is very difficult to reach a commonly agreed date and time, only thing I can do is I can give a long notification for the meet so that you can keep your calendar free for that day.

I also got few requests to keep it on weekend, I think next time we can have it on weekend, if it is convenient to majority. It will help members from Mumbai to join us for meet.

If you have any suggestion/ idea/ or agenda please let me know I will try to incorporate that.
Overseas members who are not able to attend the meet can send their thoughts on email or they can post it as comments on to share it with all, after all we belong to an online community :)

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Meeting reminder

Hi All,

We have grown to a size of 652 members (as on 20th July 2008) in a span of less than 4 months. A big 'Thank You' to all the LinkedPune members on this achievement!

I keep on getting requests from our LinkedPune members to arrange a club meet or an informal gathering. I too feel that it is now time to come out of online networking and at least plan to meet in the real world. I would like to invite suggestions from all the members on their expectations and other inputs from such a meeting.

We can fix up some convenient restaurant or club in Pune, where we can gather at least once in a quarter. I can keep the venue and other meeting details posted on for the future meets.
It will be a self sponsored gathering. However, if there are members interested in sponsoring a particular meet, they are most welcome to contact me.

Agenda for first meeting will be to have a face to face introduction and also to decide on the future course of action for this group. I will arrange badges of so that people can identify each other. I am planning to have the inaugural meet tentatively on Friday August 22 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Please drop me an email if you are interested in participating for the inaugural meet. Once I get a list of interested members, I will talk to few clubs or restaurants and arrange the first meet.

Thanks and Warm Regards,

Shwetank Upadhyaya

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lets plan to meet

We have grown to a size of 619 (as on 13th Jul 2008), Thanks to all the LinkedPune members,. Now it is time to come out of online networking and lets plan to meet in real world. I would like to invite suggestions from all the members on how to arrange a meet.
My idea is, we can fix some convenient restaurant or club in Pune, where we can come once in a month.
Please drop me a email if you are interested. Once I will get a list of few interested members, I will arrange the meet.
With regds

Thursday, July 3, 2008

New Members

Hi All,
134 new members have been added since last introduction, i.e. in just 2 weeks, Now it is difficult for me to introduce each new member joining in, I would request new members to introduce themselves by writing a mail to me or directly posting a blog under general discussion topic. It will help all the members as after crossing 500 members people will not find it easier to browse each and every member on linkedin.

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Next What

Hi All,
We have crossed 500 members mark today, many many thanks to all the members for their participation in the group.
From here onwards I would like to know your expectations from the group and lot more suggestions to improve upon.
Currently I am working on following activities please suggest more.
1. To avoid spamming all the activities are limited to web posting
2. I am requesting the members to write articles on pre specified topics, which should be useful for all. I request all the members to let me know about any particular topic you want to read or write.
3. Posting notices by members, to inform everybody about new courses, activities etc.
4. Arranging a general meeting, where we can meet everybody else in group, I am looking for someone who can sponsor it, or at last we will have a Dutch party. Most probably in August we will have our first meeting.
5. I have started new members introduction on blog, which should help members to network better.
6. I am also forwarding any relevant info to group members if I come across.(limited to web posting on
7. I have suggested modifications as well to few group members' profile, so that people can get more info about each other.
Please come up with the suggestions so that we can take this initiative to next level.
With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Members

I couldn't update the memberlist since 5th jun,
This time we have members from variety of streams. IPS officer,Buisness Architect for Retail industry, Video editor in Electronic media, MBA student from Oxford University,Human Factors engineer,Biomedical engineer.
I hope we will be interacting with lots of interesting personalities this time.

Here I am giving the list of all the members added in between(6th jun to 16th jun). Please let me know if I missed yours.
Names are in random order.
Mr. Ajay Dubey, Director Uniken Systems Pvt. Ltd., Director Deeksha Systems Pvt. Ltd.,
Ex VP Infosys ,Ex. COO Persistent Systems,
Mr. Hemant Palande, Director, Sungard
Mr. Sanjeev Jagtap, CIO, Mastek Ltd.
Mr. Aniruddha Kumthekar, Sr. Director, Approva Systems
Mr. Nitin Joglekar, Managing Director, S2S Technologies
Mr. Ramkrishna Maganti, Sr. Vice President, Lafarge
Mr. Vikas Bhatia, Founder Director, Infinitum Executive search
Mr. Aditya Khandekar, VP, SG analytics, Ex. Director Business Development Aztecsoft
Mr. Mahesh Bhagwat, IPS officer, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Mr. Ashish Nene, Senior Business Development Manager, Persistent Systems
Mr. Vishwas Ghanekar,Business Head,Systime
Mr. Vijay Dixit, Delivery Head, John Deere
Mr. Gaurav Arora, Sr. Business Development Manager, NIIT, ex. Director Advent Global
Ms. Gauri Pendse, Delivery Head, Synerzip Softtech
Mr. Ravindra Palekar, Video Editor NDTV, Ex. Director ETV Marathi
Mr. Ashish Pranami, AVP, Financial Technologies Ltd.
Ms. Radha Ratnaparkhi, Business Analyst, Trimble Navigation
Mr. Umesh Chitnis, Manager, ABB inc
Mr. Melwin Mascarenhas, Manager energy and Infrastructure, Ma Foi
Mr. Abhijit Shaha, MBA student, Oxford University, Ex. System Analyst John Deere
Mr. Prafulla jain, Manager, Motorola
Ms. Rashmi Abhayankar,Sr. Manager, Aptech
Ms. Swati Sen, Program Manager, Cognizant
Mr. Parag Athawale, Program manager, Cognizant
Mr. Suresh Vytla, Business Development Consultant, MinVesta infotech
Mr. Hasmukh Parekh, Business Architect, Pantaloon retail India Ltd.
Mr. Shamrao Sorate,Chief manager, ICICI bank
Mr. Anjan Dash , Senior business analyst, Sungard Technology Services
Mr. Naren Chawla, Senior Product manager, SAP
Mr. Umesh Dongre, Senior Project Manager, Infosys
Mr. Atul Edlabadkar, Manager, Accenture
Mr. Devanand Pare, Manager,BMC
Mr. Nitish Suri, Independent Consultant
Mr. Barun Pandey, Advisory System Analyst, IBM
Mr. Vikram Nimhan, Project manager, T-Systems
Mr. Hrushikesh Sabnis,Manager, JCSS Consulting.
Mr. Praveen Agarwal, Manager, IBM Global services
Mr. Abhijit Bapat, Project Manager, Synechron Technologies
Ms. Archana Deshmukh, Program Manager, Telecom Startup
Mr. Atul Patil,Test Manager,Microsoft R&D
Mr. Sachin Shah, Test Manager, Infosys
Mr. Mayur Bapat, Principal Engineer, PTC
Mr. Dhanajay Javalkar,Test Manager, Infosys
Mr. Prasad Bhangale, Lead Engineer, John Deere
Mr. Mahesh Khadtare, MTS , Computational Research Laboratories
Mr. Gopal Iyer, Senior Design Engineer ,LSI
Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni, Manager, BMC
Ms. Sonali Bendre, Principal Human Factors engineer, Symantec
Ms. Gauri Kulkarni, Technical Writer, Versant India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Hemant Julka, Manager Quality , Emirates Group IT
Mr. Niraj Pradhan, Product Evangelist ,Min Vesta Infotech Ltd
Mr. Sangram Shitole, Senior Software engineer, Nokia
Mr. Saket Kulkarni, Biomedical Engineer, Patni

Monday, June 16, 2008

Six Sigma MBB Certificate Program

Dear All,

I am pleased to inform you that INFERSTAT is going to conduct a Six Sigma MBB(Master Black Belt) Certificate Program jointly with Symbiosis, Pune. The details are available on May I request you kindly to bring this to the notice of your friends and colleagues, who may be interested in self-development and/or career-growth.

Thank you so much.

With best regards,

Sincerely, K.M.Date

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Green Pune Activity

Hi Friends,
Monsoon has hit the Pune. I wish if we can manage to plant few trees in this monsoon to make our pune a bit more greener. Any interested member can contact me at my email before 20th Jun , I will arrange a group activity to plant the trees.
Request you to participate in large number.

With best regards
Shwetank Upadhyaya

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

CRM : a Software or a Culture

Author : Mr. Sudheer Bag

Mr. Sudheer has Over 17 years of Experience in Customer Service, Information Technology, Management Consultancy and Corporate Trainings. He specialize in setting up Technical Support & Customer Care Centers, BPO operations (Voice & Non-voice), IT Enabled Services and Offshore Development Centers (ODC) for overseas / domestic clients

LinkedIn Profile :

Much is written and discussed about Customer Relationship Management (CRM in short) and its
implications on the business of any organization. CRM has also led to a large number of organizations developing software for the specific needs of their customers who would use their CRM applications to manage and maintain Customer Relationships.

In the age where customer is the “Emperor”, CRM has become inevitable and the use of the same for any corporate cannot be just ignored. However, CRM is not just a software or a tool to be installed and implemented enterprise-wide. CRM is a culture, a culture that needs to be inculcated from top to bottom and within every employee of the organization, either facing the customer or working at back-end.
Indian industry these days is becoming sensitive to its customers. Thanks to global impacts and to some extent government initiatives to protect consumers and customers. In the world where competition in fierce, it has become very important not only to attract new customers but to retain the existing ones.

This has also demanded the use of a good CRM application properly implemented across all major functions within the organization. Major players like Siebel, Microsoft, Talisma, Oracle have already established their presence in the Indian market and are having large installations for big organizations. However, the cost of software, installation, implementation, customization and training becoming a major deterrent factor for many SMEs, an open source application like SugarCRM (I am a big fan of this tool) and vTiger are also worth considering. These open source tools are free to download and are also easy to customize and implement.

Technology has always been at the center of CRM in practice. For some CRM worked very well while for others it didn't. Those for whom CRM did not work, did shout a lot and blamed the technology or even the concept of CRM, or the CRM vendors, or the users, or all of them.
CRM is not something companies buy. CRM is something companies “do”. Any CRM application is meant for companies to “do” CRM. CRM is also not a fad. It is an underlying principle of interacting with exisiting and potential customers and it is something all organizations should “practice”. All the employees of any organization need to understand CRM as a Corporate Strategy and not just another box bought in by the CTO.

Author can be reached at

Monday, May 26, 2008

e-Learning : Opportunity and scope for Indian IT companies

Author Mr. Dilip Tikle

Mr. Dilip Tikle, is currently Dean HexaVarsity, He has vast experience in e-Learning domain. He was earlier Vice President MKCL, also founder director of Mumbai Education Trust's Institute of Information Technology. He is graduate University of Pune 1988-1991. We are thankful that he took time from his busy schedule and jotted down his thoughts to share with us.


1. Indian IT companies' role in e-learning

eLearning is today looked as an unsuccessful technology in India. This is not well researched perception. In fact the country like India today and in future this might be the technology for growth if not survival.

We in India have the largest untapped potential market across the globe. We have largest number of learners/youths in any country across the world, Technology expansion especially in ICT (Internet and communication Technology) is on its highest growth path.

IT companies have two major roles to play in eLearning bandwagon.

1. Users of eLearning Applications and Resources
2. Developers of eLearning Applications and Resources

eLearning consist of many IT applications such as

Learning Management System (LMS),
Learning Content Management System (LCMS),
SCORM(Shareable Content Object Reference Model) and AICC* Learning resources,
Assessment Engines (Certifications, Self Assessments.. ),
Collaborative Learning Environment(CLE),
Computer Based Training (CBT),
Web Based Training (WBT),
Mobile Based Training (MBT),
Computer or Computer based Simulators and modeling for advance
self learning contents,
Artificial Intelligent (AI) learning environments, Online Science Laboratories,
Knowledge Management Portals,
Distributed classrooms and learning environment.
They are even more exciting when integrated with
Digital Campus Management (PeopleSoft),
Higher Education and Research (SAP),
Banner (SunGard),
Share Point Portal – Class server (Microsoft),
SAKAI (Open Source Portals) just to name a few. They are many allied services inclusive of Internal, External Certifications for evaluation,benchmarking and self assessment. Applications to identify the learner type

After availability and knowledge of above gamete of IT Applications available at our door step we can develop long tern strategy and vision for organization
Learning and Development. We need to make appropriate use of various IT applications to keep our workforce up best and ready for future business opportunities.

The real challenge is getting quality time from quality trainer especially in IT, when we wish to learn most recent technologies/tools. We need to use technology as a carrier to take this to each and every learner in almost Just-In-Time (JIT) for 24 X 7 where ever s/he is. The need for trainings in recent technologies in IT is a frequent phenomenon in IT industry. Due to geographically diversify operations 24 X 7 is need of hour to match the learners and trainers time zones.

Digital Classrooms, Distributed Classrooms, Virtual Classrooms are becoming preferred real time learning environment as well as offline learning environments for multi location, simultaneous learning with full Video support. There is extensive
use as Video on demand or Seminar on Demand (SoD) through Intranet or professional learning frameworks. In an midsize and small size IT companies the most preferred use of subscription models for eLearning, which have not shown great success for many reasons. It needs a bigger plan in place with smaller activity
set to ensure the success. In a large IT companies it is done in more effectively-efficiently and they could make effective use of it due to scale of operation. In
the cases of Customer specific, Legacy Applications, Induction Programs, Organization specific Process and other frequently demanded courses are the first one to be developed in house with the help of Pedagogical, Instructional and Subject Matter Experts with the help of easy to use tools. This brings large number of employees forward for self learning at there leisure time (actually they make time out of their schedule).
IT companies prepare the Competency Management Framework, Role base Training framework, Learning and Development Framework and accordingly develop and/or
procure the eLearning resources for effective Training and Learning. LMS and other IT Applications allow Education Management Team to Plan, Monitor and Control
large number of learners effectively-efficiently with smaller Learning and Development Executives.
Education Management also improves your Quality of Service (QoS)
to the learners.

2. Content or technology, which is better business

They have equal pro and cons in business. Its also beat the Services or Product business model. Both have equal opportunities.

Content Development, Management is yet to go to its peak. We have tremendous scope to engage small IT evangelists to start on their own. Advanced tools have
reduced dependencies on the skills in graphics and authoring tools, but still the creativity, instructional Designers, Subject Matter Experts and Pedagogical experts play their important role. We have a decent pool of these professionals and with minimal investments we can take up these assignments. We have many excellent teachers having good clarity on concepts and excellent teaching skills. We also have
tremendous scope for local language content developed for local learner communities. Content is also developed in the local context specially Behavioral,
Management and Leadership trainings. Large number of learners wishes to operate from or work from other countries and wish to learn that country language
before landing their in self paced and learning mode.
Many learners placed in colleges in remote areas may have issues of quality trainers as well as most recent and appropriate case studies; these can be resolved by
the use of good content. Today content is getting developed through web cams, digital cameras, mobile cameras and voice recorders and so on. It is known as
grassroots videos.

Abundance of row contents, we need to streamline and do the editing and indexing of it for effective use. Content based on mythological stories and used for learning concepts can be a wonderful option to do with. Content development for schools looks to be powerful option. Parents buying power has increased and they do spend for “Good content” I mean it “Good content”. I am quite confident with the use of advance IT tools for content creation; it will be a very big industry in India soon.

Developing IT Applications in Content, education Management, Assessments, Content creation… is a wonderful idea there exist many success stories in the
country today. It needs good knowledge base and understanding about market. These projects are time taking projects and expect very good understanding of
the subject matter. Managing economy or scale of operation in these projects is the real challenge. It can be very well justified in India on large users (Untapped), awareness, growth of industry, spread of technology, higher cost of services… just to name a few.
One of the significant parameter scoring on developing of IT applications in India is license cost of existing applications in the context of Indian Economy. Similarly looking at to the educational Institutes are taking major steps forward and even
investing looking at the future.

3. Education institutes or corporate, which one is better market and in what sense.

Education market will essentially score over a corporate market but still its in nascent stage. It is yet to in big way. The gap between the out put of Traditional graduates and Industry expected fresher is increasing day by day. This has evoked the need for Finishing Schools. The demand for many additional skills and competencies are pressing learners to additional education on their own such as Computer related courses, Foreign Languages, Project Management, Business English….just few to indicate.
Large numbers, wider spectrum of courses, higher purchasing power, pressing need for better jobs are the factors where educational Institutes will lead over corporate. Corporate have been using decent budget for grooming the fresh graduates in their
system. They will prefer if educational institutes take some load off from them. Campus connect, Early Intervention Program are some examples of it.

Corporate is a market for applications and services/subscription. The time for evaluation of the products, deployment of products and usage ready content is a still a long process. Faster ROI can be drawn on Application Service Provider (ASP) or
Subscription Model. On the long run it may not be as cost effective. Still corporate enjoy flexibility and low risk models to getting started. Cost of face to face training is increasing and effectiveness is also depends on many parameters, success of training cannot be consistent so corporate prefer eLearning to achieve guaranteed benchmarking training. It is more of developing favorable environment, positive mindsets towards that rather then only focusing on technology
and contents. The real drive is required for developing the environment in the organization and today many corporate do focus on that. External Certifications are appreciated and reimbursement is done, they are made as a part of their KRA. Corporate use these decent number of certification as Unique Selling Point (USP) and motivation dose for the teams. Corporate use the new eMBA Programs or similar
Educational Programs as a part of rewards and also use it as retention policy. Learning is seen as value addition by employees over the monitory benefits. Some
corporate use the credit transfer programs with reputed institutions to make most out of their internal trainings.
Availability to complete advance education like Ph D during the working is also an
attractive proposition. Specialized training on allied subjects has become important like Statistics, algorithms, Best programming Practices. Domain Training like Banking, Insurance, HR, Travel, Risk, Quality, Software testing…… list is unending.

Businesses are becoming complex and customers are working in many countries so knowing their business process, law regulations and customer behavior is becoming necessary. Orientation of the team members to work in a particular country is extremely important and training definitely adds the value to it.

4. How successful are Government initiatives in eLearning direction.

Government is going slow but definitely starts using it in some or other form. Technologies are changing very fast, communication methods are changing and wide
spectrum is available to work with. India is probably the only country who has launched Educational Satellite. We have education TV channels; we have open
universities making use of technologies. We have national level of organizations working for contents and delivery of the contents. We know that we have a
long way to go but every step counts. Examples like online admissions, online assessments, communications through electronic media, user friendly processes are
a step towards the goal. Government should establish the classic examples of Public-Private-Partnership to take this drive forward. IT literacy in Maharashtra has been a remarkable step.

There is scope of improvement and expedition but still we cannot discount the earlier efforts.

AICC- Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-Based Training)
Committee (AICC) is an international association of
technology-based training professionals. The AICC
develops guidelines for aviation industry in the
development, delivery, and evaluation of CBT and
related training technologies.

: Author can be contacted at

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Role of education (?) in creating an innovative culture

Author — sanjay.deshpande: Director UNIKEN Inc.

Other articles by author can be seen on

Education (which will be termed as literacy here – since as aptly put – education is something that remains after we remove all that we learnt in our schools and colleges!) determines one’s ability, and gives one the courage, to question. The current literacy systems in India – including graduate and post-graduate systems – are more or less linear.

The teeming numbers of graduates getting out of these systems are not consciously aware of the conditioning that they have been subjected to – a conditioning that stunts the growth of their innovative or “risk” neurons. It is not required to be innovative in these current education/literacy systems – there are just three skills required to pass through these systems – the ability to memorize, the ability to logically analyze (to some extent) and the ability to understand the examiners psyche (which I admit is an art). The systems are so linear that the end-product (the graduating student) is not even geared to address the problems he/she would subsequently face in his/her respective industry – where he/she would be spending the rest of his/her productive life.

Primary education (the formative years of a child’s thinking machine) is when children mould their understanding to make themselves fit vis-à-vis the principles of fairly basic survival. The principles of survival are ingrained in children by the surroundings (society – parents, friends, teachers etc). The society is “linear” (I am using this term in a strictly mathematical sense – this will be evident later in the article) – in that the only thing the child understands is that he/she should excel academically (high-marks, professionally-relevant awards) to get ahead through his/her “education”. Those not able to mould their understanding – “fail” and end up being branded as “drop-outs”. While the ones who excel in the “marks”-ocratic system – are revered until such point that they suddenly disappear – that point of disappearance I would say is the day when they graduate. The entire hoopla about the marks he/she used to score vanishes – and they are left at the mercy of the working world – where they have to again start molding these new experiences and make them fit it in to the new world around them – primarily a capitalist economic system. The skills required to survive in this new system are fundamentally different, none of the skills learnt in the earlier system are applicable here. The demands are different – and the output is measurable only in terms of the salary that one is capable of earning – the society suddenly changes the metric from marks to money – note that this again a very linear world (linearity is a numeric/quantitative concept). The individual is made to grapple with this new world order – somehow all the marks he/she had made look redundant – they may at best make the individual get a job – where the marks are used more as a gate-keeping element –for filtering the “resume”.

I would boldly state, that surprisingly, to succeed in the linear capitalist economic system – one has to be non-linear! The ones who succeed (who get rich and sometimes famous – the two most critical elements of measurement in the capitalist system) are the ones who are most innovative (and of course lucky) of the lot. The rest lead a linear life – a life that takes them to retirement (with some provident fund savings for the post retirement period). Further, I would also say that if one has to succeed in the non-capitalist (socialistic) system – one has to be even more creative and even more non-linear – as the metric for success in this system is definitely not driven by numbers. The notion of quality of life, the successful marriage, is definitely non-linear.

The capitalistic system rewards the most innovative – as it is driven by the basics of the supply and demand – the only way to create disruptive systems (high demand low supply) is through innovation of new products and services. The ability to gain economic freedom and increase the standard of living for millions (in a capitalistic system) is through innovation – this I believe does not need any justification.
If that is the case, then why are the current literacy systems (I would prefer calling it so) so linear in their structure for delivering the skills, when it is a known fact that one has to be non-linear (innovative) to succeed in the world outside of these systems.
One could of course choose to lead a linear life – a very unnatural choice. Individuals lead a linear life not by choice but because of the lack of choice imposed by the stunting conditioning from the current literacy systems.

Humans by nature are creative – the evolutionary processes have substantiated this fact – the biological systems constantly innovate to adapt to the changing natural ecosystems around. Why then are our literacy systems so artificially skewed to the extent that they defy most of the natural laws of growth? Every child does have these innate creative skills – for example learning natural languages is one of the most creative processes – why then an artificial layer of linear growth wrapped around the same child – who then forgets and later stops using his/her creative skills. Why can’t the literacy ecosystem evolve around our natural learning abilities? Why can’t the society respect and force one to harness the creative skills?

- Fundamental questions that probably need to be asked by each one of us – and make some effort to change the prevalent systems to the extent possible

Friday, May 2, 2008


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