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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts join hands to launch ‘Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations’ to identify Agritech solutions that can impact small and marginal farmers

Up to 12 innovations will be selected to be a part of the first cohort of the India Agritech Incubation Network at IIT Kanpur 60 Agritech start-ups to be incubated over 5 years to impact 50,000 farmers Tata Trusts to provide grassroots level sandbox for pilots and implementation Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts have joined hands to set up the India Agritech Incubation Network (I...

India Transforms: Power of ‘Designeering’

The symbiotic relationship of Design and Engineering is truly dyadic. In development of many products and solutions, the duo’s role is so intertwined that I often collectively refer to it as ‘Designeering’. I imagine that this zygote would serve as a powerful instrument to India’s technological prowess and economical progress. India’s entrepreneurial spirit, combined with technological innovation,...

India and the Golden Era of EngineeringNXT

Are we ready for $100 Billion ER&D services from India by 2025? The time is ripe for India to open the doors to EngineeringNXT. A slew of new age technologies is taking center stage, spelling the beginning of the Golden Era for Engineering R&D Organizations in the country. According to a report by NASSCOM and consulting firm Zinnov, Indian Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services and pr...

Karnataka Government notifies Karnataka Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Rules 2019

The Government of Karnataka has notified the Karnataka Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Rules 2019 pertaining to Creche facilities. The Rules are applicable to commercial establishment with 50 or more employees in the State.  They have come into effect from August 8th 2019. Following are some of the key provisions of the Rules: Distance Criteria – The Rules mandates every establishment to provide and...

Policy Update: Finance Ministry introduces digital KYC under PMLA

Context The Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) has introduced digital KYC (know your customer) by amending the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005, it said in a gazette notification dated 19 August 2019. “digital KYC means the capturing live photo of the client and officially valid document or the proof of possession of Aadhaar, where offline verification c...

Innovate2Transform: AI & An Eye in the Sky Are Now A Solar Plant’s Favourite Aides

As the debate over environment-friendly power generation is getting stronger across the world, the myriad benefits of solar power are being widely discussed and rapidly implemented. Regions like Middle East, parts of East Asia and Europe are among the leaders now in deploying solar fields for harnessing clean energy. The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market is expected to witness a 25% growth thi...

Is Voice is the next conversational interface?

Voice technology is for everyone Last week I booked a cab for myself. The moment I stepped in, the driver asked about the destination, which I told. After that he softly repeated the destination, but it was not to confirm from me. I noticed that he spoke into his smartphone, which understood his Indian English accent, and displayed the route for the destination on the screen. I was amazed to see t...

Nasscom’s Recommendations on Promoting R&D Ecosystem for IT & BPM Industry in India

Nasscom recently submitted its recommendations to the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) on promoting R&D ecosystem for IT & BPM industry in India. Please find below the key highlights from our recommendations: India’s Research and Development (R&D) should focus on the following technologies over the next five to 10 years. Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud computing, Artifi...

Changing the game: Technological disruptions in the Indian Insurance Sector

Did you know that there are more than 55 life insurance and non-life insurance companies that operate in India alone? That’s a huge number, and it allows for fierce competition! Owing to individuals’ higher disposable income, increasing life expectancy, economic growth of the country and the Government’s increased FDI limit, investments in the insurance sector have increased manifold and the horiz...

The Age of Convenience – Bringing brands one step closer to their customers

Only a couple of decades ago, the quintessential match-viewing experience included adjusting the antenna for a better signal. How many of us even think of antennas today? That’s the mark DTH services made, not too long ago. That is how convenience has taken over. Today the world gets everything done through instant and personal conversations. Millennial brands operate by asking simple questions li...

Digital Transformation and the Changing Developer Role

I recently met an old college friend, after many years. After the usual catching up about life, the conversation shifted to work. He now works as a machine learning scientist, and as we all know, ML is one of the biggest tech trends driving digital disruption today. We spoke a lot about the digital age, and the conversation delved more into how ML is now a perceived threat to traditional developer...

Leader Talk: Interview with Abhiraj Singh Bhal, Co-Founder, UrbanClap

1. Please tell us what made you believe in this disruptive idea – that common services can be provided through a digital platform, and are competitive from a pricing standpoint. How does this model work so well? UrbanClap was launched in November 2014 with the vision to organize the home services industry. In the absence of organized players, the market is froth with middle-men and aggregators, wh...