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DISTINGUISHED VISITORS AT ANUDIP AND IMERIT

Dr. Partha Pratim Chakrabarty, Director of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP),  visited Anudip and iMerit offices in Metiabruz and Baruipur on June 18th 2017.

Dr. Chakraborty was accompanied by Dr. Sudeshna Sarkar, Head of Computer Science Department, and Dr. Sriman Bhattacharya, Deputy Director of IITKGP to  Anudip’s 3D Printing for Development (3D4D) Lab at Baruipur, which runs an innovative program for design and deployment of  3D printed prosthetic arms for needy people.

IITKGP and Anudip are investigating joint R&D ventures for improvement of 3D printed prosthetics and other innovative programs with the rapidly evolving technology.

Dr. Chakraborty and Dr. Sarkar also visited iMerit’s Centre at Metiabruz, where they met Anudip students who are today working in state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence projects for global clients.

 

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SUNRAY

Swarnalatha Maripini, Coach and Soft Skill Trainer from Anudip’s Gopalapattnam Centre in Andhra Pradesh pens down her enticing experience with her colleagues in the Office Picnic at Sunray, a village resort, thirty-eight kilometers from the city of Vishakhapatnam. Her blog promulgates the fun and informal activities with her co-workers and seniors throughout the day in the midst of green botanical zone which strengthened their bonding and also served as great morale booster.

Click here to read the full article.

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DISHA, BY ITC AND ANUDIP, DIRECTS EMPLOYMENT FOR RURAL BENGAL

Anudip Foundation in collaboration with its trusted partner, ITC, organized DISHA (meaning “direction” in Sanskrit) – a multi company recruitment drive on 27th March 2017, at Ranihati in rural West Bengal. This unique endeavour, jointly hosted by Anudip and ITC’s CSR initiative, assembled more than 350 Anudip students from Ranihati and Amta regions to connect them with reputed employers like Arohan Financial, Intelenet Global, Eureka Forbes, Infosite, Zodiac Express, Bhandari Automobile and other leading companies offering jobs across various verticals.

“We are in need of work,” said DSC_9003Prabuddha Kanrar, a Anudip student. “Thank you for this excellent initiative which helped job-aspirants like us to evaluate if our existing skill sets match with industry requirements. We never had such an opportunity to meet myriad recruiters under one roof.”

To encourage this first one-of-a kind job fair in the Howrah district, Panchayat leaders and Block Development Officers were present at the venue. The single-day job fair in a huge expo facility was successful in generating about 200 onsite interviews with selection of more than 100 Anudip students for their IT and communication skills in IT-enabled Services (ITeS), e-commerce, micro-finance, and retail sectors.

Describing the integrated approach of DISHA in solving employability issues of rural youth, Prasun Kumar, Head of Corporate Relations at Anudip, noted, “We secured good responses from a large number of corporates participating at the fair and addressing their hiring needs. DISHA was a great way to direct multiple employers to a new audience of skilled and enthusiastic candidates from low-income families, seeking career advancement prospects. We are planning to conduct more such Anudip employment drives in the future in other parts of the country and are excited our students will tap these opportunities. ’’

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A GREEN SIGNAL FOR DIGITAL LITERACY

On Feb 8, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved an outlay of Rs 2,351.38 crore as ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019. Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be digitally trained in the fiscal year 2016-17, 275 lakh in FY 2017-18 and 300 lakh in FY 2018-19.

In this breakneck technology pace, Anudip Foundation’s unique online skill development initiative Digital Inclusion of Young Aspirants or DIYA (meaning “lamp” in Sanksrit) launched almost a year back through its two innovative platforms – Digital Learning Centres and Digital Academies equip marginalized youth with impactful digital-age employment skills and scalable livelihood opportunities. DIYA covers an array of professional courses using cutting-edge technology which will hone young talents from the rural and peri-urban locations of the country for a digital career.

Furthering its benefits, Dipak Basu, Chairman and CEO of Anudip assures that DIYA “intends to kindle India into a digitally enlightened society and knowledge economy and we are happy to find that Anudip’s vision to create digital livelihoods aligns with the Government’s digital momentum in India’s hinterland.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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LITTLE FOOTPRINTS IN ANUDIP

Came December 10th, Saturday, the sound of buckling spring keys of laptops, long hours of meetings, mails and the humdrum cacophony all came to a pause across Anudip Headquarters and regional centres, when wards and kids of Anudip and iMerit employees were invited at the office premises for Srishti, a painting competition organized by the PR & Corporate Communication Department of Anudip, commemorating the Children’s Day in India. Themed as ‘the world of computers”, Srishti gathered more than 70 participants from both the organization aged between 3 to 12 years, all sketching enthusiastically their imagination of a digital srishti-2-collageworld.

While the young artists enjoyed painting sitting in the cubicles of their parents, the employees were overjoyed to see their kids bring out myriad usage of computers in the modern day through their sketches. Members from the Anudip and iMerit Senior Management, who were the judges on the panel for the day, faced a real challenge choosing the best ones and ended up going beyond the target-awarding 16 best paintings which would be later framed as Anudip New Year Calendars and Greeting Cards. Srishti 2016 ended with fun, refreshments and adieu from the children leaving the Anudip Canvas with hues of prosperity and technology for the coming year.

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WHY IS THE GRASS GREEN?

Rina Samanta, a student from Anudip’s Harindanga Centre located in rural Bengal, offers a vivid and fundamental science report on an interesting question: – “Why is the grass green?” Her research, triggered by the question any four-year-old would ask, – takes us back to an important science lesson we learnt in school. Rina’s colourful depiction of the project will grab your attention and make you smile with nostalgia.

Click here to read the student’s project report.

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CSR’S NEW RULE APPLICABLE IN FULL LETTER AND SPIRIT

A fresh perspective in Section 135 of the new Companies Act 2013 which mandates corporate India to work for the promotion of socio-economic growth grabs attention.

The influx of the new CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) rule under section 135 and sub-sections (1) and (2) notified on 23rd of May, 2016 now allows corporate bodies to undertake its philanthropic activities through “a company established under section 8 of the Act or a registered trust or a registered society, established by the central government or state government or any entity established under an Act of Parliament or a State legislature.” Prior to this, only those companies having three years of established track record in similar programs or projects were permitted to carry out CSR works on behalf of companies. Now, only section 8 firms, registered trusts and societies which are set up by governments have been exempted from this three-year track record requirement, hence propelling more flexibility to the corporates. However according to the law notified on May 23rd 2016 for entities that are not set up by the governments or the company concerned, they should compulsorily have an established three-year track record to carry out CSR work. The latest amendment to this CSR Rule also resolves the element of ambiguity arising by removing the word “and otherwise” which previously allowed for an interpretation that the objective of CSR could be met via a company, not necessarily a Section 8 company, so long as it had the established track record of three years.
In this changing pace, Anudip Foundation, nonprofit company, registered under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013 completely fits in the above-mentioned criteria with more than 9 years of track-record in working in vocational skill development and economic growth of under-privileged sections of the society. Anudip anticipates becoming a game-changer in the skilling sector while uplifting society and carrying out CSR activities for corporate India in full letter and spirit.

( Source: http://finance.bih.nic.in/Documents/CSR-Policy.pdf )

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AN EVENING WITH TAGORE

In their traditional Indian attires, Anudip & iMerit employees gathered after work in our office premises to commemorate the 155th birth anniversary of poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The celebration started with the quintessential prayer-song  Anando Loke Mongolaloke (Abode of Joy), evoking an ambience of music and verse. This was followed by open discussions on the life of Tagore and and a quiz on various  art pieces of the great poet.  The evening went more magical with a very popular song from “Bhanusinher  Padabali”, one of Tagore’s masterpieces narrating chronicles of the romance between Radha and Krishna which is a traditional theme of Indian folklore.

The audience enjoyed and applauded their co-workers’ performances with their best creative juices , a picture very rare in their busy schedule.  The last performance — a final group song  “ Purano se Diner Katha ( Good old days)”  took everyone down memory lane to the launch of the very first Anudip training centre back on this day in 2006.

 

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WHO IS ANUDIP’S MOST WANTED?

Come 9.30 am and the second floor at Vishnu Chamber in Salt Lake, Kolkata sprouts  with phone calls, conferences and the flickering sounds of the mutiple keybaords. Amidst busy faces and piles of files in the Anudip and iMerit Headquarters, one name distinctly sounds familiar from every corner –  “Swapan Da”.  Soon arrives Swapan with a steaming hot cup on a tray, assuring “Enaou Didi tomar chaa” – which in Bengali reassures Big Sister [iMerit CEO],that her tea is ready.

Not just chaa, Swapan Mondal keeps a note of every little detail of all his Dada’s and Didi’s at  the office.  To this 30-year-old-man, Anudip is a family. Swapan’s journey  with Anudip started way back in 2007 at a 3 bedroom flat in FD Block of Salt Lake which was Anudip’s address then with only fifteen employees . Rightly claiming himself  to be one of the oldest employee of Anudip, Swapan is proud of seeing Anudip grow.

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Anudip Team visits Swapan’s village in the rural north Sundarbans, West Bengal

“One of our most memorable field trips was to Swapan’s new house in rural north Sundarbans, the one that he built after Cyclone Ayla destroyed his former home in 2009,” says Dipak Basu, Anudip CEO. “We were impressed to hear that Swapan respectfully called “Mondal Moshai” by everyone in his community, and that he was responsible for setting up an Anudip training center in his village. The Mondal family made an enormous lunch for the visiting Anudip team and ensured we had every comfort.”

On asking his experience,  Swapan recalls  “ Radha Didi once made us sit and served Nayya (his co-worker) and me food with her own hands. I can never forget that day ,” subtly wiping a tear at a hidden corner of his eye. Today, Swapan and his wife Anamika are both working at Anudip, happily catering to all in the office. To Swapan and his family, their world is Anudip and to all employees here, their “Swapan Da” is indeed the most wanted!!

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SHE IS A WONDER!!

DSCN0201While the men at Anudip and iMerit headquarters were busy in the midst of the daily mails and meetings….women workers at the two companies left no stone unturned to celebrate International Women’s Day in the office premises.  Jubilant ladies, dressed in their best, cherished their day, merrymaking about the multiple roles they play both at work and home.

Ladies from both the organizations assembled together taking pride on being strong for one another and pledged to make themselves stronger and bolder than they were yesterday. The celebration continued with music, dance, cake-cutting, and recounting of awesome experiences from each lady, making all of them cheer that truly at Anudip & iMerit, “She is a wonder!!”