India Budget 2015: Government should focus on entire HR ecosystem, says Utkarsh Joshi, The HR Fund

The Budget should focus on the entire human resource ecosystem as the HR solution industry will boom with positive measures, says Utkarsh Joshi, Principal, The HR Fund. The HR Fund is India’s first HR-focused private investment company with an objective and vision to transform the HR entrepreneurship in India to a more organised and institutionalised industry. With a
network spread across India, Singapore, and the United States, the company is a growth investor with functional expertise combining HR, technology, and finance.

Investors in the fund include some well-known and veteran HR sector specialists, CXOs, and entrepreneurs including Dr. Santrupt Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources of the Aditya Birla Group; NS Rajan, Member, Group Executive Council and Group Chief Human Resources Officer at TATA Sons; Dr. Arvind Agrawal, President, Corporate Development and Group HR in the RPG Group; Pratik Kumar, President of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and Member of Wipro’s Corporate Executive Council; and Govind Iyer, Managing Director, Egon Zehnder India, besides leading the private equity practice. The existing investee companies of the fund are PeopleStrong HR Services Pvt. Ltd. (a growing HR outsourcing company) and People Matters (HR media company).While the fund’s board contributes to the strategic and networking inputs, Utkarsh Joshi, Principal at the fund is primarily responsible for fundraising, investment strategy, operations, and governance activities.

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In an interview with Jayashankar Menon, Joshi speaks about the Budget expectations. Excerpts:

JM: Do you think the India growth story will strengthen further?

UJ: The positive sentiments of growth and development and change in job outlook has been charting at the top ever since the unprecedented mandate to the Narender Modi Government in the parliamentary elections of 2014. The business friendly measures and ease of working has percolated to the job market with positive and increased hiring estimates across the industries. Whether it is the ‘make in India campaign’, focus on skills development of youth, reducing inflation numbers, or buzz around rate cuts by the RBI, India growth story is here to strengthen further.

JM: To complement the increasing potentials how do we improve the delivery?

UJ: In order to complement the rising potentials, it is important to improve the delivery. India needs not only skilled manpower to drive the growth but also competent and committed business managers and leaders including the top management in every sector with domain knowledge and expertise to leverage available channels of stakeholder management and bring ways to harness the power of technology to facilitate business goals. Development of human resources and knowledge capital is the key while budgeting for growth. Human resources are required to engage in continuous research and development and also monitor the quality and infrastructure, thereby increasing the productivity vis-à-vis investments.

JM: If India is to achieve the target of becoming $20 trillion economy from the current $2 trillion, how important it is for the country to have right human resources at right place and the right time frame?

UJ: Though India is a $2 trillion economy, according to a recent report by United Nations, approximately 30 crore Indians still live in extreme poverty. Modi calls for a top speed reform to make India a $ 20 trillion economy. India’s GDP growth target for 2014-15 is 7.5%. The International Monetary Fund says India will grow at 7.6% and surpass China. The economic survey 2012-13 found the total employment in the country grew by just 1.6% per year from 1999-2000 to 2009-10 in spite of growth boom. It cannot be debated that for sustainable growth fundamentals, it is important to have right human resources at right place and at the right time frame.

JM: What is HR Fund’s expectation on the forthcoming Budget?

UJ: At The HR Fund, we expect the budget to have a positive effect on the human resource solution (HR) industry, which manages not only the matchmaking of talent with jobs available but also has started contributing significantly towards the entire talent management processes with innovative technology in a compliant and secure environment. The industry works hand in hand with the companies and provides customised solution to boost growth and increase quality of life at workplace. This goes without saying that the various HR functions increases the employees’ experience, motivation, and productivity, besides saving key time and money resources for the company.

The Budget is expected to be pro-business and should lead to an upswing in hiring across multiple industry sectors. This would strengthen the already positive hiring sentiments across industries as several estimates and job outlook reports suggest a strong increase in hiring over last year.

JM: Do you think the manufacturing sector will gain traction, while the demand for manpower to achieve competitive advantages?

UJ: With the Government’s ‘Make in India’ drive, the manufacturing sector is estimated to see a strong demand for manpower to achieve competitive advantages. Other sectors like BFSI, aviation, retail, e-commerce, and IT/ITES should also see introduction/extension of business friendly policies leading to increased hiring. Increased hiring will translate into increased demand for talent acquisition and talent management products and services in India. The recruitment pass-through revenue will go up and the increase in employee numbers will push up expenditure for human resource management services (HRMS). Additionally, besides increase in HR outsourcing, products and services for management/retention of the best talent would be adopted among other things, leading to robust growth of the HR industry.

JM: Do you think the announcements around skill development and labour norms are likely to happen during the Budget?

UJ: Announcements around skill development and labour norms are expected as well. Apart from strengthening the workforce, positive measures in these areas would further open up the industry with an increased number of players in skilling and compliance sub–domains. This environment would help start-ups in HR segment flourish with niche product and service lines and would require to remain competitive with a structured growth plan including timely expansion, investments, and research and development, among other business measures.

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Devendra Fadnavis open new Volkswagen plant and engine testing facility at Chakan

Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, yesterday formally opened the Volkswagen engine assembly plant and a self-contained engine testing facility at its Chakan plant in Pune.

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The German car maker has invested Rs.240 crore in establishing the new plant, which corroborates its commitment towards India, said a press statement. The plant has come up on a total floor space of 3,450 square meters within the premises of its existing factory. It took only just 11 months for VW to complete the work of the new plant, much of the efforts and expertise coming from its facilities in Salzgitter in Germany and Polkowice, Poland, noted the statement. The new facility at Pune is likely to provide employment to over 260 persons and more human resources would be absorbed at the manufacturing facilities of its vendors across the country, who will supply key components for the production of engines. The new employees who were inducted for the engine production plant got hands-on training at VW’s Polkowice facility as well as through Profi-rooms, established at the Pune manufacturing facility.

VW is serious about maintaining its global standards at all its facilities in India as well. As part of achieving its goal, each and every engine is undergoing rigorous tests before it is released for assembly into the car. The most modern testing facility has a gamut of equipment such as a cold test station, a hot test bench and an engine dynamometer, apart from an extensive test laboratory.

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When it reaches critical mass, the Engine Assembly Plant will have a capacity to assemble in exccess of 98,000 engines a year in a three shift system. The 1.5L TDI engine will be produced for two different power levels – 90 PS and 105 PS peak power.

Fadnavis said: “Volkswagen is one of the top car manufacturers in the world and they have brought their German Engineering to India. I am glad to see that the company is committed to their production operations in Chakan in Pune and is investing further for increasing manufacturing here even in difficult market situations. It is really encouraging to see that Volkswagen is creating so many jobs in this industrial belt.”

Subhash Desai, Minister for Industries, Government of Maharashtra, said: “We are delighted to see the export activities undertaken by Volkswagen India. These are a clear proof that India and the workforce here are capable to deliver first-class products across the world.”

Mahesh Kodumudi, Chief Representative, Volkswagen Group India and President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, pointed out: “The new Engine Assembly Plant including the Engine Testing Facility is our very first in India and emphasizes our commitment to offer technology that is best suited to the requirements of the local market. The 1.5-litre TDI engine was specially developed for the Indian needs and is now being assembled locally too. With this step, we take an important step towards achieving our long term goal of increasing local content.” He further added, “Through the local development and local assembly of engines, we are committed to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government. We are also creating more job opportunities and supplier development in and around Chakan – something that we have been committed to since we first set up the Volkswagen Plant here in 2009.”

The latest investment by Volkswagen India in the Chakan Plant takes the company’s total investment to almost 710 million euro. The manufacturing facility started its operations in March 2009 and has rolled out over 450,000 cars for the Indian market as well as over 32 export markets across three continents. Currently, the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and ŠKODA Rapid are being manufactured here. The Pune Plant operates with a total manpower of approximately 3200 employees (Direct and Indirect).

With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by five passenger car brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 14 years and began its India journey with the entry of the ŠKODA brand in 2001. The Audi brand and Volkswagen brand entered India in 2007, while Porsche brand and Lamborghini brand followed in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. Volkswagen Group India has over 25 models in India and 262 dealerships and is operating through two plants – Pune and Aurangabad. The Pune Plant has a manufacturing capacity of 130,000 cars per year (in current two-shift system) and is currently manufacturing Volkswagen Polo and Vento and ŠKODA Rapid. The Aurangabad Plant caters to various premium and luxury models of Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen sold in India and has an annual capacity of approximately 89,000. Volkswagen Group India is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 12 brands – Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge), MAN and Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

Martha Desmond is the new Chief Human Resources Officer of Apollo Tyres

Apollo Tyres has designated Martha Desmond as its Chief Human Resources Officer to be based at London.

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She will take over the assignment from Tapan Mitra, who is retiring from service this month. Martha will be responsible for all aspects of HR in the organisation, in addition to being a member of the company’s Management Board.

Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd, said: “We believe that people are our biggest assets who would help the organisation with its next phase of growth. I am confident that Martha, with her vast experience across geographies, will help us improve on our global HR systems and processes, at the same time, make Apollo Tyres a highly people-centric organisation.”

Martha’s last assignment was with Genel Energy, where she worked as Human Resource Director based out of Turkey. Prior to that, she was associated with BG Group as Human Resource Director and later, in Mumbai, as Deputy Managing Director for the group’s Exploration and Production Division. She has also worked with RWE Thames Water, HFC Bank and Resourcing Solutions in various capacities based out of the UK, giving her professional expertise in all aspects of HR at senior levels, a company statement said.

Martha will be based out of the company’s office in London and will report to Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & MD. Speaking about her appointment, Martha Desmond, Chief Human Resources Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “Having witnessed the company’s impressive growth in the past few years, I look forward to driving continuous improvement and innovations in HR practices and processes in the organisation.”

International Women’s Day 2014: HARMAN India and Habitat for Humanity join hands for ‘Women Build’ project

HARMAN International (India) joined hands with renowned nonprofit organisation Habitat for Humanity, for its ‘Women Build’ project leading up to International Women’s Day, according to a statement issued by HARMAN. Over 40 HARMAN India women employees came together in solidarity in an effort that is aimed at the elimination of poverty housing.
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One of the objectives of Women’s Day being celebrated all over the world is to provide support for vulnerable women living in urban slums and empowering them with safe, decent and affordable homes. This ‘Women Build’ project initiated by Habitat for Humanity aims to achieve this in one of Bangalore’s peripheral slum resettlement colonies in Hegde Nagar, providing shelter and dignity to vulnerable women along with their families.
Vinita Srivastava – Director HR, HARMAN India said: “HARMAN India is delighted to partner with Habitat for Humanity for their ‘Women Build’ project. There is an overwhelming requirement to pay attention to women’s concerns in our country and this volunteering event addresses the primary issue of housing. I am happy that we are able to come together as strong, capable women of today, to do our bit to re-instill hope in our community”.
“Women Build is a project wherein we create a bridge between those with the means to support with them that are in need. Habitat for Humanity looks beyond shelter to pave the way for the development of a community. We believe in transformation of communities through volunteering and this is one such initiative. When people come together to help each other, it always has an immensely positive effect.  HARMAN has supported our efforts in rehabilitating victims of Uttarakhand and now, we have all women coming forward playing their part in construction of homes for the underserved.  Our communities are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude to see the commitment of HARMAN to the society”, Nirmala A, Regional Head for partnership development, South India, Habitat for Humanity said.
Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabilitates and repairs simple, decent, affordable homes in sustainable communities with support from homeowner families, volunteers, donors and partner organizations in more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. For more information visit : habitatindia.in.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognised world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia and reported sales of $ 4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

LabourNet plans to empower one million Indian labourers in the informal sector by 2020

LabourNet, India’s leading Social Enterprise focusing on ‘Real Income Increase’ and ‘productivity’ of the unorganised sector workforce, today announced it plans to provide vocational training to about a million unorganised workers across the country, in a span of next six years.

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Despite India making remarkable progress in IT and establishing world-class institutions like, IITs, IISc and IIMs majority of the 500+ million workforce in India continue to exist in the unorganised or the informal sector, with poor work conditions, no or few work contracts and social security benefits, says a company statement.  
In an interview, Gayathri Vasudevan, CEO of LabourNet talks about her firm’s inception, vision and going forward, the plans and more to Jayashankar Menon. Excerpts:
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JM: How can you fix the existing gap in the system?
GV: Having impacted close to 80,000 workers in the unorganised sector, we already have the required expertise to positively influence over 100,000 lives every year through education, training and decent work services. What is more, the existing gap in the system can be fixed only by holistically creating an ecosystem which will address every aspect for workers in the informal sector and we at LabourNet are striving to achieve this.
JM: What is the plan of action you had chalked out to address this situation?
GV: LabourNet, India’s top Social Enterprise, has identified this grave situation and has chalked out a plan to impart one million workers with necessary education, skill sets, financial and social empowerment.  The identified three verticals in which training will be provided by us include Services, Construction and Manufacturing. In addition to this, we provide skill development training in areas that encourage micro-entrepreneurship.  
JM: What are the various trades you provide training to the workers?
GV: The various trades we provide training include leather, rubber, jewellery carpentry, masonry, shuttering carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, painting, crane operator training, fork lift operator, general machine maintenance, bar bending, Press operators, Fitters, beauty & hair care, safety training and more. We are actively exploring at Agriculture sector as it employs in excess of 50 percent of the informal sector workforce.
JM: Unlike in the past, employers are looking for valid certifications from applicants before hiring, besides the relevant functional and industry skills. Will LabourNet offer that cover to the workers?
GV: LabourNet offers services that cover, counselling and assessment, based on which relevant work integrated vocational training and education is provided.  Upon completion, certificates are issued, followed by providing of WORK- Self, work contracts and full time employment. We have established partnerships with close to 100 corporates across the country.
JM: Can you talk about LabourNet, its inception and achievements?
GV: LabourNet was set up in 2006 as an initiative of Movement for Alternatives for Youth Awareness (MAYA), a non-governmental organisation based in Bangalore. It began largely as an effort to provide a one-stop platform for unorganised sector workers to obtain services which are currently available and accessible by formal sector workers. Today, LabourNet has revamped itself into a Social Enterprise to make it more sustainable and provides required benefits for workers in the informal sector through a holistic platform.  
Furthermore, its sustainable model is an end-to-end solution through a built-in 4E – Empowerment by blending Education, Employability and Employment.  It is structured and in synchronisation with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the mandate set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). LabourNet’s solution won ‘Sankalp’ Award for ‘highly scalable social models’, ‘Best Upcoming Partner’ by NSDC for 2012-13, Best Practice Recognition for ‘Assessment Tools’ 2013 by NSDC.

Mahesh Kodumudi elevated as Group Chief Representative of Volkswagen Group in India

Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, is appointed Group Chief Representative for the Volkswagen Group in India with immediate effect. With effect from May 1, 2014, Thierry Lespiaucq will take over as Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited. Arvind Saxena has resigned from his position as Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division in India with immediate effect and has moved out to GM India.
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Mahesh Kodumudi (48), is taking over the additional role of Group Chief Representative of Volkswagen Group India with immediate effect. He follows in this position which was earlier held by Gerasimos Dorizas, who returned to Europe in December last year, according to a company statement
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With effect from May 1, 2014, Lespiaucq (58), currently is the Volkswagen Brand Director, Volkswagen de Mexico and is succeeding Kodumudi, who had temporarily taken over the additional responsibilities as Head of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited last December.

Lespiaucq has been in the automotive industry for thirty five years. He joined the Volkswagen Group as Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars for Volkswagen Group France in May 2004. Before joining Volkswagen Group, he was CEO of Renault-Nissan Suisse and Toyota France and spent 14 years at General Motors handling Sales, After Sales and Service.

Saxena (54), who led the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Division as Director for the last 18 months has decided to leave Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited by end of February 2014.

With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by five brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 12 years and began its India journey with the entry of the ŠKODA brand in 2001, Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007, Porsche brand and Lamborghini brand in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. Volkswagen Group India has over 25 models in India and 262 dealerships and is operating through two plants – Pune and Aurangabad. The Pune plant has a manufacturing capacity of 1,30,000 cars per year and is currently manufacturing Volkswagen Polo and Vento and ŠKODA Fabia and Rapid. The Aurangabad plant caters to various premium and luxury models of Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen sold in India and has an annual capacity of approximately 89,000. Volkswagen Group India is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 12 brands – Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge), MAN and Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

GM India appoints Arvind Saxena as President and Managing Director

General Motors today announced the appointment of Arvind Saxena as the new President & Managing Director of GM India with effect from March 1, 2014.  Arvind is succeeding Lowell Paddock, who is moving to GM International Operations (GMIO) as Vice President, Planning and Programme Management, a compan statement said.  Image Stefan Jacoby, GM Executive Vice President and President, GM International Operations. said: “We are delighted to have Arvind join our team and with his extensive experience, lead us in to a successful future in India, with its significant growth potential. GM is committed to India and with Arvind’s leadership, we look forward to recognizing the long-term growth potential of the market”.   Arvind has more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and management with several Indian and global automakers. He began his career in 1983 as an Area Manager in the Motorcycles and Scooter Division of Escorts Ltd. He moved to Bajaj Auto in 1992, where he held the post of Regional Manager of North India. Three years later, he joined Maruti Udyog as Regional Manager of Western India. After a year at Fiat India in 1999 as General Manager, he returned to Maruti as General Manager of Sales and later was promoted to Chief General Manager of Sales. Prior to his appointment at GM, Arvind was Managing Director of Passenger Cars (VW brands) and a member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group Sales India. Arvind has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lucknow University.   Lowell, who has led GM India since January 2012, joined GM in 1992. He has held senior positions in planning, programme management and marketing in North America, Europe and Asia. He was GMIO Vice President, Planning and Programme Management, before assuming responsibility for GM India. Stefan also thanked Paddock for his leadership at GM India in the last two years. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million Chevrolet cars and trucks a year. The Chevrolet brand was introduced in India in 2003 and is now one of the fastest-growing automotive nameplates in the country. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. The Chevrolet portfolio in India includes the Spark, Beat, Sail, Sail U-VA, Cruze, Tavera, Enjoy and Captiva.

Yokohama India to open its first tyre manufacturing plant at Bahadurgarh, Haryana on February 22, 2014

Yokohama India Private Limited, the domestic arm of the Japanese tyre major Yokohama will open its first tyre manufacturing plant at Bahadurgarh in Haryana on February 22, 2014. Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Huda will formally inaugurte the plant at 4.00 PM. Located at Plot No 1, Sector 4, B, HSIIDC Industrial Estate in Bhadurgarh, Jajjar the company will produce quality tyres designed for India with Japanese technology.
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A host of dignitaries including Takeshi Fujino, Managing Director of Yokohama India; Yagi, Ambassador of Japan; Tarun Bajaj, Managing Director of HSIIDC; Chandershaker, DC of Jhajjar and Kagami, YRC, Corporate Office will be present on the occasion.
As per the plan, in the first phase, the firm is contemplating on starting operating the plant at an annual production capacity of 700,000 tyres from July 2014. The total investment in construction of the new plant is estimated to be 4.4 billion yen. It may be recalled that in 2008, Yokohama Rubber signed a pact with Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Delvelopment Corporation Ltd to acquire land of 25 acres in the Corporation’s industrial estate in Bahadurgarh. Eventually, the construction of the tyre plant got delayed due to market slowdown. Since July 2007, Yokohama India has been selling passenger car tyres for the aftermarket through its own sales network. Yokohama is making an effort to expand sales by creating an image of a high grade brand tyre through placing an emphasis on high performance and high quality that characterise Yokohama brand tyres.
In 2011, sales of new cars reach around three million in India. In 2020, the market is likely to reach in excess of seven million cars to grow into the third largest car market in the world. Along with this move, the local tyre market also is likely to grow at a steady pace. Yokohama Rubber plans to proactively take this as a business opportunity and upgrade its business model from sale of imported products to local production and consumption.
The industrial estate in Bahadurgarh is located about 40 kilometres west of Delhi, the largest commercial district in the country and some 45 minutes from Delhi International Airport. Many other benefits of the location include nearby Haryana State University of Technology, which is likely to become a supplier of excellent human resources.

Outline of the new tyre plant (first phase)
Area: 25 accres (99.922.5 square meters)
Product: Radial tyres for passenger cars
Production capacity: 700,000 tyres a year.
Employees: 350
Operation: To begin in July 2014.

Total investment: 4.4 billion yen

Bentley Systems is Construction Computing’s ‘Company of the Year’ for Second Year Running

Bentley Systems Inc, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it was named ‘The Company of the Year’ at the Construction Computing Awards 2013 (also known as The Hammers) programme – marking the second year in a row that Bentley has achieved this recognition, according to a company statement.
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Bentley further announced that SpecWave Composer – Bentley’s specification creation, control, and compliance software – received the top award in the “One to Watch Product” category, which acknowledged new products launched in 2013 that are going to become “big” in the next 12 months. Bentley also was named runner-up in the “Architectural Software Product of the Year” category for GenerativeComponents, “Document and Content Management Product of the Year” category forProjectWise, and “Mobile Technology of the Year” category for Field Supervisor.
Sponsored by Construction Computing magazine in the UK, the Construction Computing Awards, which are now in their 8th year, showcase and acknowledge technology, tools, and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance, and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing, and civil engineering projects of all sizes. The winners are selected byConstruction Computing magazine’s readership, which includes IT professionals in construction, product, project design and service companies, and a panel of influential industry experts that judges the project categories.
David Chadwick, editor, CAD User and Construction Computing – U.K., said: “Bentley’s ‘Company of the Year’ award win for a second straight year is further evidence of this company’s steadfast commitment to providing innovative products and services to the construction industry that address both project and infrastructure performance. Examples previewed at Bentley’s recent Year in Infrastructure Conference in London include not only SpecWave Composer, but also ProjectWise Construction Work Package Server for managing the lifecycle of construction work packages and Bentley CONNECT services for connecting project participants in cloud and hybrid environments. A shared capability of Bentley offerings is information mobility for collaboration, achieved through B/IM – Bentley’s advancement of the reach and benefits of BIM. On behalf of the entireConstruction Computing staff, I congratulate Bentley on this latest recognition”.
Commenting on the awards, Huw Roberts, Bentley vice president, platform advantage, pointed out: “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the readership ofConstruction Computing, and we thank them for their vote of confidence. We also thank the editorial staff of Construction Computing for doing a superior job of encouraging these IT professionals in construction to explore and consider the adoption of innovations like our B/IM advancement that supports collaborative BIM and helps the thousands of moving parts in construction to work as one, reducing risk and improving profitability for owners and contractors alike. We proudly accept this award on behalf of not only all of our colleagues but also all of our construction users around the world, who innovatively apply our products to accomplish great things in project and asset lifecycles”. For additional information about the Construction Computing Awards 2013, visit constructioncomputingawards.co.uk.
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‘B/IM’ signifies Bentley’s advancement of the reach and benefits of BIM for better-performing infrastructure assets, and better-performing infrastructure projectsthrough increased:
·         depth of information modeling – beyond design visualization to performance simulation, optioneering, and operational immersion;

·         breadth of information mobility – facilitating collaboration among multiple project disciplines and from design through construction and operations.

Construction Computing is the only UK magazine to focus specifically on IT solutions for the construction industry. The title is published six times a year and is combined with CAD User AEC Magazine. It has a circulation of just over 10,000 copies per issue.

The magazine’s editorial purpose is to provide information about all aspects of construction IT product and service use across the whole range of construction areas. Editorial content is placed in a construction company and construction project context. For example, how will any specific IT component improve the course of a particular construction project, and how will it improve the performance of the construction company and its relationship with the client? Content is presented so that IT can be shown to provide real construction business benefits such as increased profitability, lower costs, and faster project execution.
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, theProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2005 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

GIIS Global Citizenship Scholarship shaping the dreams of Indian students

Global Schools Foundation, a non-profit organisation based out of Singapore creates an opportunity for aspiring students from India to study in the flagship campus of Global Indian International School, Queenstown, Singapore by offering merit based scholarship, according to a statement.
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Nishi Anand receiving her IB Diploma certificate from GOH Singhania.
The GIIS Global Citizen scholarship was instituted in 2008 for Indian students to complete junior college (Year 1 and 2) in International Baccalaureate (IB) and (Class XI and XII)  Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) at GIIS Queenstown, a campus that has carved its name in the South Asian countries for outstanding academic results. Coupled with commendable placements in leading universities of the US, Australia, the UK and Singapore GIIS has won 30 national and international awards of academic excellence in school education.
Global toppers
GIIS is perhaps the only Indian school to have produced IB toppers globally. Apoorva Sachdeva bagged a perfect score of 45/ 45 in IB in 2008 from GIIS Queenstown and secured admission in the University of Berkley.  She is now working with IBM Singapore.  Another IB topper, Nishi Anand scored 45/ 45 in 2011 is a scholarship holder from Jamshedpur, a city in Jharkhand. Her world opened up as she moved to Singapore and her exposure through project based learning, entrepreneurial workshops and leadership lecture series helped her to hone the practical and life skills along with superior academics. Career counselling being an important aspect of junior college, Nishi was slowly moulded to achieve her dreams. She went on to receive scholarship from Georgia Institute of Technology in engineering.
“My teachers have always motivated me to do my best. Today I can proudly call myself a GIIS alumnus because of the numerous opportunities that have been provided to me which has prepared me for the challenges of life.” Said Nishi. Currently, the young lady is a Business Technology Analyst Summer Scholar at Deloitte. Other scholarship holders like Subir Roy and Sudip Roy with brilliant scores in IB and SAT are now studying in the prestigious School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University. Another story is that of Mayank Kumar from Purniya, a small village in Bihar, who stood second in GIIS Singapore with exceptional results in CBSE and is now preparing for scholarship to universities in USA. The scholarship has not only been his passport to study in one of the fastest growing economies of the world but a stepping stone to pursue excellence in the global arena.
“We believe that students in India have a lot of potential and being a school of excellence at the global level, I feel that it is our moral responsibility to offer education at our flagship school at GIIS Queenstown to deserving students to shape their future. We have been offering scholarship to students for the last 6 years and with great pride and satisfaction I can say that all of them have done well for themselves. There is no secret recipe to winning. The success of the students lies in meticulous planning, intense academic rigour, and expertise of teachers”, says  Atul Temurnikar, Chairman and Co-founder of Global Schools Foundation.
The GIIS Global Citizen Scholarship for the Academic Year 2014-16 will soon be announced and it is open to the whole nation and written exams are held in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, Ahmedabad, Indore, Surat, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai. The scholarship includes an  amount of S $ 90,000, onetime return airfare + visa fees, tuition fee, boarding and lodging at the hostel, one time settling allowance of S $500 and S $ 200 per month for pocket expenses.
Global Indian International School (GIIS) – established under the aegis of Global Schools Foundation (2002) is an international network of award-winning institutions, with 20 campuses in seven countries. Global Schools Foundation has been delivering world-class education and has produced world toppers in International Baccalaureate (IB) and the 5th world ranker in Central Board of Secondary Education (India). GIIS chain offers holistic learning and personality development opportunities for students. GIIS India campuses are currently spread across Noida, Bangalore, Indore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune and Surat with plans of expanding in five more cities. GIIS has been honoured with 30 international and national awards over a span of five years for achieving excellence in school education. Today, GIIS boasts a strong multicultural student body, comprising 52 nationalities