This is an excellent 12-day residency program in India to learn about the economic opportunities in India through practical hands-on training, networking, lectures from world class faculty, year-long support, etc. It is a collaborative effort of Government of India, OIFC and the Indian School of Business.
‘India Fellows Program’ for Young Indian Diaspora Entrepreneurs from OIFC, a joint venture of CII & Government of India
The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) http://www.oifc.in/ is a joint venture between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), for enhancing economic & knowledge engagement of Overseas Indians with India.
OIFC has introduced the India Fellows Program (IFP) – a collaborative effort of the Government of India through OIFC and the Indian School of Business (ISB) Centre for Executive Education. The program’s objective is to showcase the economic opportunities in India and provide connects with India based entrepreneurs for young Overseas Indian entrepreneurs & professionals to interact with and explore potential opportunities.
The IFP is designed to offer an insider’s view to the dynamic markets of India, it’s business environment, it’s socio-cultural norms, and emerging opportunities for you to explore India as a viable business opportunity.
The highlights of the programme are:
- India Residency: 12-day India Residency, comprising of ten days of intensive experiential classroom sessions at the ISB campuses in Hyderabad & Mohali, and two days in Delhi
- Experiential Approach: An immersive, practical and hands-on learning approach that includes cases and simulations, visit to markets and different consumer segments, group activities and field visits
- Networking: Opportunity to network with Indian entrepreneurs and senior government officials
- Faculty: World-class faculty and senior industry, government and sector experts as guest speakers
- Year-long Engagement through monthly webinars and Google Hangouts
We are writing to request you to:
- Disseminate the details of this programme and the flyer to members of your association and also refer people who may be interested in the programme.
- Please post the information about both India Corporate Internship and the India Fellows Programme on your website, social media platforms and in newsletters for the Indian community.
- OIFC will be sharing regular updates about its initiatives & programmes through its social media platforms. Request you to follow such updates and share these with your members
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Friends and colleagues:
I’m pleased to tell you about the imminent launch of my new seven-week Massively Open Online Course, How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC. It does what it says in the title and can be found on Coursera, the world’s largest platform for MOOCs. Enrolment is free of charge.
I’d be incredibly grateful if you’d forward this news to your entrepreneurially-inclined friends and networks. My goal is for 100,000 people around the world to sign up, so your assistance will be instrumental in helping me get there! The course is now open for info and enrolment at www.coursera.org/learn/startupfinancewithoutvc. The learning starts on April 22nd!
Many thanks in advance.
John W. Mullins, PhD
Associate Professor of Management Practice
Marketing and Entrepreneurship
London Business School
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Put a positive spin on sales by creating a professional image.
There’s so much talk about “image” nowadays. In addition to marketers and managers, there are now spin doctors, who polish their clients’ images by putting the best spin on what the public hears and sees. As a new business owner, it’s important to be your own spin doctor, molding and honing your business image to successfully appeal to your prospects and customers.
I got an e-mail the other day from an entrepreneur who worries that potential customers see his new business as merely a hobby and wants to know how he can get them to take him seriously. Thousands of entrepreneurs nationwide are faced with the same dilemma. The key is to create an image that communicates professionalism right from the start . . . beginning when customers call your company for the first time.
Every time your phone rings, what your prospects hear makes a big difference in the way they perceive your business. Here are four steps you can take to make your business sound professional:
- Choose a great company name. Your company needs a name that’s descriptive and easily recognizable, such as “Jones Public Relations.” If the name you’ve started out with isn’t working, change it.
- Answer professionally. Answer the phone clearly and distinctly with the company name, followed by your own name, to help the caller remember it, such as “Jones Public Relations. This is Sally Jones.”
- Record a professional-sounding message. The way your phone is answered when you’re unavailable says a lot about your concern for customer satisfaction. One simple solution is using voice mail from your local phone company. For less than $10 per month, voice mail allows your callers to leave you a message even when you’re on the line. Whether you use voice mail or an answering machine, make sure your outgoing message is upbeat, short, crisp and professional.
- Become an expert at describing what you do. Write down a single, clear sentence that describes what your company does. Then memorize it and repeat it in every contact with prospects, from networking to cold calls. Being able to describe your business in a consistent, memorable fashion is a great way to position your company in your prospects’ minds.
When it comes to creating an image for your business, what your prospects see is as important as what they hear. To convey an image of professionalism and stability, you’ll need a family of top-quality tools that work together.
- Start with a stationery package. To stand out, coordinate two-color business cards (black ink plus a second color) with letterhead and matching envelopes. Add a distinctive logo with help from your printer or a graphic designer. Then use your logo on all your printed materials to maintain a consistent visual image.
- Create a company brochure. This single tool must convey that your company is solid and stable, communicate the benefits of selecting your company and create a distinct visual image. Examine your principal competitors’ brochures to assess the formats they use and their key selling points. When developing your own brochure, production quality is critical to the success of the piece–and to your professional image. So be certain your company brochure can stand up to those of your largest competitors in terms of design, readability and paper quality.
- Polish your forms. Print invoices, contracts and estimates on letterhead or pre-printed forms, so every communication your prospects and customers receive from your business conveys a consistent, professional image.
- Tie in presentation tools. If you need presentation folders or proposal covers, have them printed at the same time you print your brochure. A large portion of printers’ charges are for “inking” the press. If your materials use the same kind of paper and ink colors, printing them together will save money.
This article originally appeared in the March 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.
Kim T. Gordon
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Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT and Edx have announced the launch of a free online course with certification from MIT on how to evaluate social programs for NGO’s, development practitioners, international development organizations, economists, academics, social workers, impact investors and students. The course begins on the the 1st Oct 2014 and will last for 5 weeks.
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About this Course
This four and a half-week course on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. Through a combination of lectures and case studies from real randomized evaluations, the course will focus on the benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of the experiment.
While the course is centered around the why, how and when of Randomized Evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of a needs assessment, measuring outcomes effectively, quality control, and monitoring methods that are useful for all kinds of evaluations.
This course is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international development organizations, foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool.
ICICI Business Leadership Programme is an initiative by ICICI Bank in partnership with NIIT University to deliver Master of Business Administration (MBA – Finance & Banking) programme with specialization in finance and banking. It aims to provide opportunities to professionals, who demonstrate an aptitude for the banking industry, to get identified and nurtured as future business leaders. It provides a career leap to business leadership positions and an opportunity to serve corporate India.
ICICI Bank has not only championed India’s growth story but also developed world class business leaders for the nation.We believe that the next decade will require a new breed of bankers in specialized functions of the Bank to lead this process. With this view, ICICI Bank and NIIT University have come together to equip domain experts with banking knowledge and skills and transform them as business leaders..
How can I apply?
Log on to www.icicicareers.com and fill up the application form online. Important dates for the selection process will be announced shortly for which you will get an e-mail/SMS.
Which are the locations at which the process is being conducted?
The process is likely to be conducted at the following locations:
Bangalore Mumbai Chandigarh Kolkata Chennai Ahmedabad Delhi Hyderabad Pune Jaipur
* The above centers are likely to change.
Who can apply?
The application criteria are the following:
Working professionals who are CAs / Engineers / Graduates in any discipline(s).
Academic qualifications – Graduates from engineering, IT, finance, economics, law, commerce, statistics etc / Chartered Accountants / Professionals with varied work experience (including shop floor professionals).
Minimum 60 % in 12th and 10th examination boards each and minimum 55% in graduation.
Work Experience after graduation- Minimum of 3 years (full time experience across industries).
Age- Applicants should not exceed 30 years of age (as on October 29, 2014)
Candidates with exceptionally rich work experience may be given a dispensation in terms of academic performance on a case-by-case basis if recommended by the Admissions Committee.
**Only short-listed applicants will be invited for the selection process.
While filling the online application form, please note following:
Give the percentage up to two decimal places, for e.g. if you have 75% fill 75.00
Convert CGPA and Grade to percentage
Give total full time relevant experience (after completing graduation)
CAs- 3 years of relevant work experience excludes internship experience
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FAQ on Trusts Act, Income Tax and FCRA
Are you planning to start a new NGO and wondering what would be a good choice of registration – Trust, Society or Company and also wondering what should be the minimum and maximum number of trustees you should have on your Board?
Are you already registered but wondering how unspent income of your organization can be carried forward to the next year or accumulated for up to 5 years?
Are you planning to receive funds from a foreign source but confused if funds received from an NRI would be allowed even without FCRA registration?
If these and a myriad other questions keep cropping up in your mind in the course of running your NGO and if you ever wondered or prayed if there would be a handy reference book to refer to at such times or just simply to brush up your working knowledge of the Trusts Act, Income Tax (exemptions and deductions) and of course the FCRA, … the answers are all there in Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy’s latest book “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) – the all new and revised 2014 Edition.
Written by Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy’s CEO, Mr. Noshir H. Dadrawala and a foreword by Bahram N. Vakil (Founding Partner, AZB & Partners) this book has been written keeping the layperson in mind. However, professionals would also find it to be of value. Devoid of legal jargon and written with clarity and depth, this book should be on the bookshelf of every NGO/NPO seeking ready answers to common questions pertaining to the Bombay Public Trusts Act, Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
Price: Rs. 300/- (Postage Rs. 50/- extra)
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We will send you the book and receipt for the payment via speed post/ Courier immediately on receipt of your payment.
We would also offer 20% discount on bulk purchase of 20 or more books.
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