April 2007

Corporate Diary

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E-learning company offers course for medicos

MEdRC EduTech, a Hyderabad (India) based e-learning company has signed up a Memorandum of Understanding with Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital in order to provide e-learning solutions for MBBS students who want to be doctors. 

MEdRC EduTech is planning to tie up with 20 more colleges, including colleges from Pune to provide these solutions by August 2007. MEdRC EduTech has also designed a solution for the five-year MBBS course on the basis of guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI), consisting of 6,000 lectures.

Oracle accelerates for SMBs

Oracle has launched a portfolio of over 80 industry-specific' application solutions to address the needs of companies in 30 industry segments including industrial manufacturing, retail, life sciences, engineering, construction, professional services, financial services, government, education and health care.

The company worked with 50 partners to design, package and price the new products. The move is a part of Oracle's global Accelerate programme to meet diverse IT requirements of SMBs by combining partner expertise with Oracle's applications and technology solutions.

India Inc doing its bit of social service
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the commitment of businesses to contribute to sustainable economic development by working with employees, their families, the local community and the society at large has gathered an interesting momentum in last two decades. While the origins of CSR activities can be traced back to the early 1930s, the concept of CSR interventions began to take proper shape only from the 1960s.

A survey on CSR Monitor 2001: Global Public opinion on the changing role of companies, conducted by Environics International, which interviewed around 1,000 people from both developed and developing countries like USA, Canada, Mexico, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, India, Russia and Nigeria, revealed that:

A recent study by Nottingham University Business School, covering seven developing countries in Asia (including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand) to assess the state of CSR interventions in these countries, revealed that although India is poorer than the other countries covered under the study and had the lowest GNP per capita among the countries, it ranked number one in terms of CSR penetration. About 72% of India's top 50 companies undertake CSR initiatives supported by well-defined CSR policies. Countries like South Korea (52%), Thailand (42%) and Singapore (38%) were behind India in CSR penetration levels.

Most CSR interventions have been targeted at sectors like health & education, with interventions ranging from adoption of public health facilities by corporates, supplementing existing government programmes like the midday meal programme, assessing & improving learning outcomes in primary education through teacher training, leveraging ICT for improving learning outcomes, etc.

TIS and BT break new ground in child protection training

The global e-learning producer, Tata Interactive Systems, and BT, one of the UK's largest providers of learning services to government are collaborating to produce a five module programme to enable those working within 'children's services' to understand such concepts as the basics of child protection, how to identify a child at risk and how to develop the skills needed to help each child.

With input from a number of councils, the child protection e-learning modules have been designed by Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) and are delivered by BT's Flexible Learning service, which provides managed learning services to over 600,000 public sector learners in the UK. The modules comprise of Safeguarding Young People and Children, a 'basic' awareness level module, which is intended for all local authority employees.

Mysore gets first IT-finishing School

Mysore will be getting its first IT-Finishing School shortly. New 12-month course by Raman International Institute of Information Technology, PG Diploma in Software Programming, is aimed at producing graduates who are trained up in soft-skills and technical skills.

India produces nearly 4,00,000 engineers every year, but only one in four is employable. Lakhs of graduates come out every year, but only 10% of them are fit to be employed in the IT sector. The trend is that software companies today look for fresh graduates who are trained up in industry culture, and are well-versed with soft-skills and communication skills, along with technical knowledge. The students who want to get trained up in soft-skills and technical skills now have this option, with the new course to be launched by Raman International Institute of Information Technology (www.riit.com).

The course is accredited at the professional level, with the certification from University of Mysore (UOM). Graduate with any degree can apply to the course, and selection will be done through entrance test.

The course is divided into four sections

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