For those graduates having a promising idea that can be turned into a successful business, United Kingdom Trade and Investment launched a new programme
‘The Sirius Programme’ to provide financial support, visa endorsement, and a place on an accelerator programme.
Those proposing the idea can also keep all the equity in their new business.
The UK Trade & Investment initiative is being launched to help build successful companies and inspire the entrepreneurs to start businesses in UK, a press release said.
The 12 month programme provides financial support of £12,000 per person.
The business remains fully owned by the graduate teams and they will also have people on hand to support them throughout the 12 months to help them in acquiring clients, setting up business, and to provide mentoring.
Recent graduates or final year university students who have B.A. / B. Sc. Degrees, Master or Research degree programmes can take advantage of the initiative.
Last date to apply for the programme is January 15 and one can apply online at ‘www.siriusprogramme.com’ with complete business plan and their best video pitch.
The IEEE initiated Asia-Pacific conference on postgraduate research in Microelectronics and Electronics (Prime Asia) conference was conducted at GITAM University. Paper presentations by authors from USA, Italy, Armenia, Canada, UK, UAE, China, Armenia, Norway, and Belgium. Women in engineering session included a talk delivered by a Suman Kapur from BITS Pilani about ‘Emerging Technology Platforms in Medical Diagnostics’. Several women authors sent their contributions responding to this special session. Vazgen Melikyan, Director of Synopsys,V.N.Mani from Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET), Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Pennsylvania State University, USA, and P.V Subramanyam, Director, SITAR, DRDO, Bangalore spoke.
Unless the two essentials in an interaction — practical and personal needs — are honoured, the outcome of conversations might not be entirely successful.
Flashback to those days in school and then in college where our teachers and professors used to tell us one thing, “Enjoy these days, they will never come. Your life is just starting and you have no idea how hard it is out there in the real world.” Every time they said this we all wondered “What are they talking about? I am going to get rid of these books for life; what could be worse?” And then we entered ‘the race’, an endless race to be recognised as the best in whatever we do.
I still remember our tutor at the accounts coaching classes telling us, “If you don’t know how to solve financial accountancy you are dead. You have no future.” I am sure every faculty member told us similar things. And we ran to become perfect at the skills we were trying to specialise in — be it accountancy and finance, marketing, engineering, literature, statistics or anything else.
What all these good people told us was definitely true; in fact it will help you fetch your first job well! But there is one thing that research tells us will take you a long way for years to come. We call this ‘interaction essentials.’
This is split in two parts — personal needs and practical needs. Remember your favourite faculty in school or college, who was not just good at the subject and excellent at teaching it but did something more. He touched our lives in many different ways. His ability to teach us a complex concept in a simple way was helping us meet our practical needs.
But the ways in which he treated us, made us feel good about ourselves, answered our stupidest question and yet answered it with all sincerity, he made us practise all by ourselves and created a safe environment where it was “OK to fail”; this, my friends, was him meeting our personal needs without us realising it.
Now how does that translate into work-life?
For example, when we step into our roles in a corporate environment as young individuals we have so many things to take care of. Learn about the company, communicate and collaborate with different stakeholders like bosses, peers, external or internal customers. We also have to face a lot of challenges like meeting targets or set objectives, collecting data from other departments to present to senior leaders, achieving deadlines and much more.
While many feel that it’s easy — all we have to do is communicate with others — we forget that how we communicate is as important as what we communicate. It’s so rational and logical to have a talk with others involved to get things done, but then why do conflicts arise? It is because one of the two elements of interaction essentials is not honoured.
Interaction process either as individuals or as leaders is very critical and has to be practised day in and day out. The personal needs that we refer to as Key Principles (KPs) were derived after years of research and when they are applied, people feel valued, respected and understood.
Our research also tells that these KPs have direct impact on levels of engagement, motivation and productivity of individuals.
In the race to achieve tasks and targets we often get so focused on the job at hand that we don’t see anything else. But like your favourite faculty member you will meet your favourite boss and would be surprised or rather amazed to see how similar these two people are!
The writer is member,
Key Leadership Team,
Kshitij – the techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur will be held from January 31 to February 3 and it will provide a national-level platform for the students to showcase their technical and managerial expertise through 40 events spanning across 9 diverse genres.
With prize money of over Rs.60 lakh on offer, last year’s event made it sure that the efforts of the ingenious minds were duly recognised and rewarded. To participate in the fest the students need to register on the website,www.ktj.in.
Sneh Pratik, Core organising team member said that several top organisations are involved in the festival.
He says, ACM – the esteemed society in the field of computing, certifies the popular night-long coding competition ‘Overnite’, while the aircraft designing competition ‘Laws of Motion’ has the backing of IMechE. ‘B Plan’, an exclusive event for budding entrepreneurs, presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to the bright minds to present an executive summary of their business idea and receive a hefty incubation from angel investors and venture capitalists to kick-start their dream venture.
A multitude of exciting online events have already commenced from the first week of November itself. The last date for submission of entries is December 15.
R. Ravikanth Reddy
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A free seminar on ‘Are you job-ready’ is being organised by The Hindu Education Plus in association with Bankers’ Choice on Saturday at FAPCCI, Red Hills.
The seminar will be conducted from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The panellists — Patrick Kishore, former CGM, SBI; V. Ganesh, chief executive officer, Karvy Computershare, and Vasudevan, vice-president, Kotak Bank — will share their expertise.
An interactive session will be held to clarify queries from the participants. Registrations can be done on phone No. 42500511.
A one-day workshop titled, ‘Imagery Vs. Photography’, will be held at the Fortune Select Manohar on December 7.
The workshop is meant for students of photography, new entrants to the subject and amateurs, creative personnel in the advertisement industry, graphic designers and corporate communications personnel.
The workshop aims at helping students understand the importance of imagery.
Registration for the workshop, which includes lunch and dinner, is Rs.1,500 for students and Rs.2,500 for others.
Those interested in attending the workshop may call 94939 00122 or 9493900055, said a press release.
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