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The world of business is experiencing a massive transformation with the integration of rapid technological and digital innovation. In light of this ongoing evolution, it is essential for aspiring entrepreneurs, existing CXOs, and also employees to understand the new-age digital technologies and their impact across industries and products or services to achieve long-term success. The Tech Panda takes a look at the efforts at skilling in the tech industry.

Drones: Giving Wings to Entrepreneurial Aspirations for Drone Enthusiasts

As drones continue to soar in popularity within the mainstream Indian education system, the synergy between the corporate world and educational institutions has never been more crucial. Recognizing the significance of equipping students with practical skills aligned with market demands, especially in emerging fields like drones, is paramount. With the advent of the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) aiming to position India as a Global Education Hub, fostering growth in industries such as the Drone ecosystem becomes imperative.

DroneAcharya Aerial Innovations Limited and School for Aviation and Aerospace Management (SAAM), JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University) tied up to introduce a comprehensive range of courses covering Drone Pilot Training, Drone Management, Entrepreneurship in Drones, and even a full-term MBA program dedicated to drones.

The collaboration will culminate in the establishment of a DGCA-certified drone pilot training institute at the JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University) campus, jointly operated by DroneAcharya and JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University).

Digital Transformation: Leveraging emerging tech through intern projects, consultancy services, training programs, & other projects

In February, Yudiz Solutions, a digital transformation and technology services provider, signed an MoU with LJ Institute of Engineering and Technology, to leverage their combined knowledge and practical applications of emerging technologies through intern projects, consultancy services, training programs, and various other projects.

Pratik Patel, Managing Director, Yudiz Solutions Limited, said, “We recognize the significance of staying abreast of the latest developments in Information Technology. We believe the synergy between industry and academia is crucial for a dynamic and knowledgeable workforce.

In February, career-tech platform, Internshala signed an MoU with the IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation to offer co-branded skill trainings in a few hot in-demand tech skills including Ethical Hacking, Advanced Excel, Data Science, Machine Learning, SQL for Data Analytics, Business Analytics, VLSI Design, and MATLAB to the students.

STEM: Strengthening Collaborative Education & Research Ties Between the UK & India

Strengthening collaborative education and research ties between the UK and India, University of Leicester (Leicester) and The Apollo University (TAU), a part of the Apollo Hospitals Group, have initiated an unprecedented programme partnership. They launched a computer science programme wherein students commence their studies with two years at TAU in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India, before progressing to their final year and graduation at the University of Leicester, UK.

Both partners aim to prepare 120 students for the first cohort, with the curriculum jointly mapped between the two universities. Students who achieve a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics during their Intermediate or diploma studies, and successfully complete Class 12 or its equivalent with these subjects as majors from a recognized Board are eligible to apply for the Programme.

Upon successful completion of their studies at TAU, students can select from computer science programme specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, or Software Engineering at Leicester.

Furthermore, the articulation pathway (formally agreed and approved admission route, for enrolled students) provides students with the option to pursue a one-year master’s degree in their chosen discipline. Post course completion, students who are eligible will also have access to placement opportunities and post-study work visas in the UK.

Space: To Inspire the Next Gen of Space Enthusiasts & Fostering Innovation

Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) in association with The Astronautical Society of India (ASI) announced the upcoming IN-SPACe CANSAT Student Competition to inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts and fostering innovation in space science and technology. Scheduled to take place from April 15-17, 2024 at Ahmedabad, this event promises to be a lively showcase of student ingenuity and creativity.

Participants will engage in the design, development, and launch of CAN-sized satellites, with the goal of reaching an altitude of 800 meters above the launch site via drones. This hands-on experience will not only deepen their understanding of space science but also equip them with invaluable skills for future endeavours in the space industry.

HR: Chief Human Resource Officers of the Future

The accelerated dynamic nature of the workforce and the workplace has led to a steady evolution in the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO’s) role. This evolution underscores the CHRO’s strategic imperative as a key collaborator with the CEO, entrusted with shaping organizational strategies that foster resilience and adaptability. Recognizing this need for strategic HR leadership in navigating the complexities of modern business, Xavier School of Management (XLRI), ranked 9th by NIRF 2023, has partnered with Emeritus, a global pioneer in offering accessible and affordable high-quality education to individuals and organisations, to launch the Senior Development Programme in Building Future CHROs.

This 9-month high-impact programme meticulously crafted for emerging CHROs, business heads as well as for business leaders aiming to enhance their human resource management strategy and align it with organisational goals. Graduate (10+2+3), diploma holders (10+2+3) or postgraduate from AICTE or UGC approved university with a minimum of 10 years of work experience in the HR field.

The Programme includes live online sessions delivered by top XLRI faculty, profound case-studies, hands-on group projects and simulations, peer-to-peer learning, a 6-day in-campus immersion and a Capstone project. The module of this programme includes HRM as a strategic process in creating agility, organisation design to facilitate HR strategy, HR’s role in building talent, HR’s role in managing motivation, leadership and HR and industrial relations and labour laws among others.

Through this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Create a digitally enabled agile organisational design structure that is aligned with organisational goals
  • Become an agent of change management, leading organisational development and growth strategy
  • Develop leadership approaches to drive inclusive, data-driven business decisions
  • Build next-gen talent management strategies that foster business transformation
  • Leverage HR analytics for informed decision-making across business functions
  • Effectively lead HR strategies and practices that are people-centric and growth-oriented

Mohan Kannegal, CEO, India and APAC, Emeritus, said, “The dynamics of the corporate world continue to evolve at an unprecedented pace, the role of Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) stands as a cornerstone in driving organizational success. We are thrilled to partner with an esteemed institution such as Xavier School of Management, as it marks the inception of a transformative journey towards shaping the future of HR leadership. This partnership underscores our shared commitment to excellence in education and professional development. With a deep understanding of the evolving demands of the modern business landscape, we are dedicated to crafting high-impact programs that equip leaders with the skills and insights needed to navigate complexities and drive meaningful change.”

This programme will commence on June 30, 2024, with a fee of INR 3,60,000 plus applicable taxes. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be eligible to receive XLRI Alumni Status which includes various benefits such as lifelong access to XLRI alumni network, and access to XLRI’s newsletters, among others.


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