TAIT, the premier association of IT entrepreneurs and retailers in Mumbai, organized a Knowledge Series Session on Friday, 4th August 2018 at the Krishna Palace, Grant Road, Mumbai. The Session was a mix of innovative business opportunities and a motivational talk on innovative entrepreneurship.
The Knowledge series began with an exciting presentation by Mr. Mohit Motwani of S.K. Robotics who demonstrated their unique product line of Virtual Presence Robots (VPR) to the amused audiences. Highlighting the unique properties of the product, Mr. Motwani shared the various applications of the Virtual Presence Robot that primarily facilitates a person to be virtually ‘present’ at one place of choice, despite being miles away, physically. In today’s tech-enabled world, travelling for long hours to be physically present, can not only be tiring but also counter-productive. The Virtual Presence Robot addresses this issue by facilitating virtual presence meetings, interactions, and experiences. Among the many attributes of the VPR, the robots come with features like anti-collision, self-charging and motion sensors etc.
Mr Motwani further added, “Having been a member of TAIT for the past few months, we find this to be the right mix of IT professionals who not only understand the technological implications but are also instrumental in creating commercial value for our product. We are already working with some members who have introduced us to their clients. Today, as part of the knowledge series, we wanted to formally present the VPR – one of our most passionate product so far. We are grateful for the opportunity to present our creation and hope to explore further partnership opportunities.”
Apart from the VPR, S.K. Robotics LLP has also created award-winning, specialised Robots for cleaning, as part of the ‘Swatch Bharat Campaign’ and humanoids and robots for information display and receptionist roles, all of which have received a good response, especially for the specialised applications in Hospitality, Corporate and many other segments.
Next on the agenda was a presentation by Mr. Ajay Parekh of Shree Maat Computers, who, in association with Wishtel, presented a range of budget-friendly tablets and Thin Book Products. Designed by Wishtel in partnership with Intel, the IRA range of tablets are power packed with high-performance features and offer budget-friendly and energy efficient solutions in the field of Banking, Pharma, Sales Force, Education etc. In addition to this, the Wishtel also provide access to quality educational and multimedia content through a proprietary content delivery network (CDN).
As distributors for the IRA range of Tablets, Shree Maat Computers offered special offer rates to members. Speaking about the product, Mr Ajay Parekh added, “These are extremely well researched and superior build products use the Android and Windows Operating System to deliver quality results. Apart from being cost-effective, durable and packed with high-performance features, these tablets can also be easily customized to meet specific client requirements, across sectors as these are making in India product with BIS certified. The tablets can also be co-branded in case of bulk purchase orders. It is a fine range of offerings that can surely benefit the TAIT members and their clients.”
Apart from the range of Wishtel Products, Shree Maat Computers also offers customized Post-Sales CRM and Payroll software solutions to a range of clients across sectors. These include EMPS, ECMS, EPMS and EOU solutions that already have over 6 Lack users across 500+ support centres. Shree Maat Computers
Invite TAIT members to join hands to resale these products in their client base & add margin in their business.
The evening then progressed to a fun, ‘know your member’ session of formal introductions. About 10-15 members were invited, one by one, to take the podium and introduce themselves, share their background and talk about their business offerings, giving fellow members a peek into their business expertise and open possible opportunities to network and collaborate. Needless to say, this activity was very enthusiastically received as members interacted with each other and exchanged coordinates.
The event then moved on to the coveted talk of the evening, “Let’s Work It Out – Business Beyond IT”, a motivational talk by Mr SohelKazani on exploring newer business horizons for growth. Mr Kazani, a prolific speaker and a respected member of the governing council of the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, comes from a well-known background of logistics and custom clearance agents who had also ventured in the IT industry with Miracle Digital in 2012. Mr Kazani is a passionate innovator who believes in thinking out of the box and transforming businesses, and through his talk, he shared his learnings from his professional ventures, from being a C.A Finals student to an employee of a company in crisis, to managing his family business of import-export and customs clearance to following his passion for IT with Miracle Digital. Also sharing his insights into creative thinking for business, he highlighted his strategy to start S3 cabs – yet another venture that was a direct competition to Ola and Uber, and how it worked on cutting competition without actually trying.
Even as the audience listened in rapt attention, he shared his experience as a leading member of the Freight and logistics association, highlighting the significance of unity and strength of an association in impacting business policies. Elaborating his views further, Mr. Kazani added, “The current scenario in IT today, from the entrepreneur point of view, needs to focus on and adopt specialization. IT Entrepreneurs and businessmen need to observe and pick an area to specialize in so they can provide products and services that are more customized and in tune with a specific industry and its functional needs. There is a lot of shift happening in the industry and a platform like TAIT needs to guide its members to explore opportunities with potential growth. Technology, as it is today, I bound to keep evolving exponentially and comfort and productivity will be the key to success”
Speaking about the purpose of this event, Mr. Ajay Parekh, General Secretary, TAIT, said, “The objective behind inviting a speaker like Mr Kazani was to offer our members a new dimension of thinking and to encourage them to be creative in dealing with business problems. Since he has already been in IT and has also ventured out to other sectors, he can provide members with a holistic view of how all industries are coming in terms with changing technologies. There are several members here who have been in the industry for more than 25 years now and are currently facing challenging business prospects, thanks to the changing dynamics of the industry. At TAIT, we aim at using the knowledge series platform to help members transform their businesses and guide them to migrate in this environment with a shift in technology.”
The eventful evening ended on a high note with a networking dinner, as members interacted with each other, sharing their enthusiasm with renewed motivation!
Central Government Initiated Consultation Process for New Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP)
The Indian government has initiated a consultation process for the formulation of a new national Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020).
As per the statement, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (Office of PSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have jointly initiated a decentralized, bottom-up, and inclusive process.
The fifth S&T policy of India is being formulated at a crucial juncture when India and the world are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This is only the latest among the many important changes in the past decade that have necessitated formulation of a new outlook and strategy for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).
As the crisis changes the world, the new policy with its decentralized manner of formation will reorient STI in terms of priorities, sectoral focus, the way research is done, and technologies are developed and deployed for larger socio-economic welfare.
According to the statement, The STIP 2020 formulation process is organised into 4 highly interlinked tracks.
Track I involves an extensive public and expert consultation process through Science Policy Forum – a dedicated platform for soliciting inputs from larger public and expert pool during and after the policy drafting process.
Track II comprises experts-driven thematic consultations to feed evidence-informed recommendations into the policy drafting process. Twenty-one (21) focused thematic groups have been constituted for this purpose.
Track III involves consultations with Ministries and States, while Track IV constitutes apex level multi-stakeholder consultation.
For Track III nodal officers are being nominated in States and in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government of India for extensive intra-state and intra-department consultation.
For Track IV consultation with institutional leadership, industry bodies, global partners and inter-ministerial and inter-state consultations represented at the highest levels are being carried out.
The consultation processes on different tracks have already started and are running in parallel. The Track-II thematic group (TG) consultation started with a series of information sessions last week.
During the information sessions, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head of Policy Coordination and Programme Monitoring Division of DST, made the presentations and steered the discussions. The sessions were attended by around 130 members of the 21 thematic groups along with 25 Policy Research Fellows and scientists of DST and Office of PSA.
“The STI Policy for the new India will also integrate the lessons of COVID-19 including building of an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self- reliance) through ST&I by leveraging our strengths in R&D, Design, S&T workforce and institutions, huge markets, demographic dividend, diversity and data,” said Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST
The six-month process involves broad-based consultations with all stakeholders within and beyond the scientific ecosystem of the country –including academia, industry, government, global partners, young scientists and technologists, civic bodies, and general public.
A Secretariat with in-house policy knowledge and data support unit, built with a cadre of DST-STI Policy fellows, has been set up at DST (Technology Bhavan) to coordinate the complete process and interplays between the four tracks.
Government Extended Lockdown till 17th May 2020
After a comprehensive review, and in view of the Lockdown measures having led to significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India (GoI) issued an Order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to further extend the Lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks with effect from May 4, 2020. MHA also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into Red (hotspot), Green and Orange Zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones.
Under the new guidelines, a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone. These include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road; running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants; places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc; social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship for public. However, movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA.
Movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am. Local authorities shall issue orders under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, for this purpose, and ensure strict compliance. In all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes. Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange and Green Zones, with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; however, these will not be permitted within the Containment Zones.
The local authority shall ensure 100% coverage of Aarogya Setu app among the residents of the Containment Zone. Strict perimeter control would need to be ensured, so that there is no movement of people in and out of these Zones, except for medical emergencies, and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services. No other activity is permitted within the Containment Zones.
In the Red Zones, outside the Containment Zones, certain activities are allowed with restrictions –
- Movement of individuals and vehicles with a maximum of 2 persons (besides the driver) in four-wheeler vehicles, and with no pillion rider in the case of two-wheelers.
- Manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates.
- Manufacturing of IT hardware.
- Print and electronic media, IT and IT enabled services.
- Shops in urban areas, for non-essential goods (Not allowed in malls, markets and market complexes).
- All standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes.
- E-Commerce activities only in respect of essential goods.
- Private offices can operate with upto 33% strength, remaining persons working from home.
- All health services (including AYUSH)
- Banks, NBFCs, insurance and capital market activities.
- Telecommunications and internet services.
- Courier and postal services
In the Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 2 passengers only. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.
In the Green Zones, all activities are permitted except the limited number of activities which are prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone. However buses can operate with upto 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with upto 50% capacity.
However, States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, and with the primary objective of keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check, may allow only select activities from out of the permitted activities, with such restrictions as felt necessary.
No separate/ fresh permissions will be required from authorities for activities already permitted to operate under the guidelines on Lockdown measures up to May 3, 2020. The Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) issued by MHA will continue to operate such as transit arrangement for foreign national(s) in India; release of quarantine persons; movement of stranded labour within States/ UTs; sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons by road and rail.
State/ UT Governments are mandated to strictly enforce the lockdown guidelines and they shall not dilute these guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in any manner.
Indian Air Force Committed to The Nation in Fight Against Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the entire nation but we all are fighting very bravely in this toughest time of our life. Every sector has been impacted due to its impact. The central agencies are working at their extreme level to keep the situation under control. In a time when transportation of urgent materials is biggest challenge, The Indian Air Force (IAF) has come forward to serve the nation with all possible efforts. Indian Air Force continues its support against Novel Corona virus wherein medical supplies are being transported to equip the state governments and supporting agencies to combat the contagion effectively and efficiently.
During the last few days, IAF airlifted essential medical supplies and commodities from nodal points to Manipur, Nagaland and Gangtok in North Eastern region; and the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. In addition, An-32 aircraft, on 06 Apr 2020, airlifted personnel and 3500 kg of medical equipment of ICMR from Chennai to Bhubaneshwar for setting up of testing labs and facilities in Odisha.
IAF has earmarked aircraft at nodal points to airlift medical supplies and equipment at short notice to proactively support operations against COVID-19.
News Source: PIB
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