Euphoria band headed by lead singer Palash Sen recently performed at Resurrection 2K16, at the Manav Rachna campus raised spirits and set the stage on fire. Students sang to their beats, greatly enthused by the rhythm and depth of their songs. Belting out popular numbers, Euphoria performed at the Fest's Coke Studio Night where the  'music meets happiness' mantra was amply evident throughout the Band's power packed performance.

The programme began with Euphoria's Ganesha stotra. Followed by was a medley of songs – both old and new. Euphoria unleashed the energy that kept the crowd asking for more.  They also dedicated songs to the soldiers. They also churned some popular Bollywood hits, catering to diverse musical tastes. Euphoria, which completes 18 years of its singing journey on 10 October, created music that well and truly touched the souls of its audience, making the event a memorable milestone.

Refining creative skills

Media Design School, the first tertiary provider in New Zealand offers a qualification with a dedicated stream focusing on two of the emerging technologies: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Currently, students of Media Design School's Graduate Diploma of Creative technologies (GDCT) are able to select from streams such as 3D Animation and VFX, Graphic Design or Web Development.

However, with the addition of New Zealand's first AR/VR stream, GDCT students are able to refine their respective crafts in the fields of VR or AR with the support of award-winning lecturers from a diverse array of digital disciplines.  Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies student Yingfei Pan is currently incorporating Virtual Reality into her research project. Media Design School has also incorporated opportunities for students to develop concepts and prototypes for both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality across all of its degree programmes.

Bagging awards

Forty-one Indian students achieved highest marks and received Top in World award based on individual subjects in the November 2015, March 2016 and June 2016 examination series across Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS Level and Cambridge International A Level. As many as 101 Indian students also achieved Top in Country across these qualifications.

The Delhi NCR students who were awarded Top in World by Cambridge International Examinations are Dhwani Kachru, Gautam Bajaj, Himel Saha, Sahebjit Singh Chhabra, Katyayani Singh, Tushhar Saha from DPS International, Saket, Arjun Dhananjay Tapasvi from The British School, New Delhi, Tanvi Jhunjhunwala from Step by Step School and Kartikeya Thiyam Sundaram from G.D. Goenka World School.

The students who were awarded Top in Country by Cambridge International Examinations includes Rishi Malhotra, Jashan Sunil Shewakramani from DPS International, Saket, Junho Myung, Cherisse Raelyn Dsouza, Arjun Dhananjay Tapasvi from The British School, New Delhi, Ritvika Aggarwal from Step by Step School, Keisha Mathews from The Scottish High International School and Lakshay Garg from Pathways World School.

Bring a smile

Slideapp, app for lock screen, recently launched their donation platform “Bring a Smile. Through this initiative, Slide will enable their users to use content, earn reward points and donate their reward points for as small a value of Rs5/- onwards . They can choose to contribute towards one of the causes associated with their partners ~ CRY and Pratham Foundation.

Through this initiative they intend at bringing cheer to those for whom small gestures and a loving hand can make a huge difference. It aims to generate funds ,which can be further utilised for causes like child education and much more, thus bringing smiles on the face of the underprivileged.

This partnership with Slide, has enabled an innovative way of giving, helping to reach out to younger audiences.

The support garnered through this collaboration will facilitate efforts to change lives of children across India, ensuring they have access to quality education, nutrition, stand up against abuse and are out of labour and exploitative environments. The curriculum is in sync with school and will help to integrate this technology at the grass root level and introduce futuristic skills to students. This will add dimensions to learning to empower schools and to support the budding generation of new change makers and innovators to visualize, design and create.

Improved awareness

Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company recently conducted The State of Psychometric Assessments in India. According to the findings, nine per cent companies are unwilling to explore a new tool indicates a keenness among the vast majority to leverage advanced psychometrics and signals a need for improved awareness and access to superior tools.

Interestingly, more Indian organisations use psychometrics as compared to MNCs. The study polled over 100 of Indian organisations and HR leaders to understand why companies in India lagged their mature market counterparts in realising the benefits of psychometrics, which can play a pivotal role in broad-based talent development.

Despite its proven value, there remain some barriers to a successful penetration. More than one-third of the companies who don't deploy psychometrics, said they have either never explored the option, had low buy-in from the business or lacked training opportunities.

Hygiene matters

In an endeavour to spread awareness around hygiene habits and the importance of hand wash, Reckitt Benckiser (India) Private Limited (RB) launched its new initiative, on Global Handwashing Day (15 October).  The campaign focuses on contributing Re. 1 from the sale of select packs of Dettol Liquid Hand wash, Harpic, Lizol and Mortein towards the School Hand Washing programme.

It also emphasises on creating a big impact by making a small contribution like investing in an RB product to raise awareness around healthy hand wash and hygiene.

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increase awareness and understanding around the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Dettol has also reached out to six million new Mom's in government and private hospitals across 40 cities to spread awareness around good hygiene regime for them and their infants, thereby helping lay a strong foundation for good hygiene.

Promoting educational technology

ICA Edu Skills, a vocational training and placement institutes in the field of computerised accounting is promoting educational technology. The company, founded by Dr. Narendra Shyamsukha, through its investment arm Newbie Promoters, recently invested 150000 USD (One Crore in Indian Rupee) in a Delhi-based educational technology company Three Dexter which offers 3D printing solution to schools.

Three Dexter, an Edtech start-up, is involved in 3D printing of educational material for schools and has developed and alligned its technology with CBSE, ICSE and IB curricula. Earlier this year, it invested in Jaipur-based mobile app solution and has also invested in Open Door Education, a Pune-based assessment solution for schools.

Fitness code

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the Great Khali recently announced his entry into India's growing fitness industry with the launch of The Great Khali Gym and Fitness Club, an exclusive chain of luxury gym and fitness centres.  The new entity was launched at the Franchise India 2016 show held in New Delhi. Dalip Singh Rana or 'The Great Khali' has partnered with Franchise India in its endeavour to expand his chain's footprint across the country. The centre will have interesting unique features such as a Wrestling ring, lounge, a kids area, apart from the regular gym features such as spas, Jacuzzis and sweat rooms. It will also have a gallery dedicated to the exploits of Khali. The brand aims to expand its presence across the country, with the initial target of setting up 50 gyms in one year.  Franchise India is a two-day international exhibition that provides a one-of-its-kind platform for businesses, investors and potential franchisees to interact with each other and scout for expansion opportunities.