Friday, April 18, 2014

BWI: Oakridge Hosts a 6-Day IOT-Arsenal Soccer Schools Camp for Boys and Girls

 
Source : Oakridge International School
Friday, April 18, 2014 4:58PM IST (11:28AM GMT)
 
Oakridge Hosts a 6-Day IOT-Arsenal Soccer Schools Camp for Boys and Girls
 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Oakridge — India’s Largest International School — will host a 6-Day IOT-Arsenal Soccer Schools Camp at its campuses in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam and Mohali for children aged 6 to 15 years. The soccer-loving children across various cities will benefit from this inspiring soccer programme that offers a great convenience of choosing either a morning or an evening batch.
 
Bengaluru: 26th April – 1st May
Hyderabad: 1st May – 6th May (Gachibowli Campus)
                       8th May – 13th May (Bachupally Campus)
Visakhapatnam: 4th May – 9th May
Mohali: 2nd June – 7th June

For further information on the 6-Day IOT-Arsenal Soccer Schools Camp at Oakridge, call 1800-200-8171 or log on to www.oakridge.in/arsenal  and
www.facebook.com/OakridgeInternationalSchools
 
The highlight of the camps will be the training imparted by highly qualified and Arsenal-trained foreign coaches who will ensure the key principles of ‘playing the Arsenal way’ are incorporated consistently across each camp.
 

Garry James Guyan, Technical Head for West, India on Track, says, “We are very excited to conduct these camps in these cities and we hope it is a good precursor to our plans to set up long-term soccer schools in the region. We are taking a big step in this direction by launching our programme in Chennai in June of 2014.”
 
For further information about Arsenal Football Club, please visit www.arsenal.com.
 
For more details on the IOT-Arsenal Soccer Schools, log on to www.iotarsenalsoccerschools.com and for information on India on Track, log on to www.indiaontrack.in or call +91-11-65950004.

India on Track
 
India on Track (IOT) has been set up to inculcate a culture of sport among the youth and create a platform to learn and participate in various disciplines. Most importantly, to do so by creating grassroots initiatives executed in a secure environment through world-class training and conditioning techniques. 
 
IOT aims to create recreational opportunities for children to learn and play a sport and imbibe the essential skills, fitness, technical and mental fortitude along with the satisfaction of participating in a whole and productive activity. 
 
The company also aims to create a system for raw talent to be carefully nurtured into world-class athletes through high-level training while also creating opportunities for our talent pool to showcase their skills on the global stage. 
 
As its first initiative, India on Track led by Gaurav Modwel and Vivek Sethia, has joined the family of Arsenal FC Partners. The new long-term deal gives the opportunity to open official Arsenal Soccer Schools throughout India.
 
Arsenal Football Club
 
Arsenal is one of the leading clubs in world football with a strong heritage of success, progressive thinking and financial stability.
 
Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 in Woolwich, south London, before moving to Highbury in north London in 1913.
 
With the Club celebrating its 125th anniversary in the 2011/2012 season, Arsenal has an impressive roll of honour: English League Champions 13 times, FA Cup winners 10 times, League Cup winners twice and European Cup Winners’ Cup (1994) and European Fairs Cup (1970) winners once.
 
In addition, ‘Arsenal Ladies’ is the most successful English club in women's football.
 
Arsenal’s Manager since 1996 has been Frenchman Arsène Wenger. Wenger is Arsenal Football Club’s most successful manager and his honours include three League titles, four FA Cups and four Charity/Community Shields, including two League and Cup ‘doubles’ in 1998 and 2002. In addition, Arsenal went unbeaten for the entire 2003/04 Premier League season, an unprecedented achievement in English football.
 
In 2006, Arsenal embarked on a new chapter in its history with a move from its home of 93 years, Highbury Stadium, to the new state-of-the-art 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium, which is the most technologically advanced and highest grossing football club stadium in the world and will further position Arsenal as one of the world’s leading clubs, both on and off the field.
 
With approximately 200,000 members, Arsenal boasts the highest paid membership scheme in world football.

Photo Caption: Oakridge hosting a 6-Day IOT-Arsenal Soccer Schools Camp for children

 
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BWI: avagmah to Raise Rs. 100 Cr Targets Expanding Asian Market for Online Education

 
Source : avagmah
Friday, April 18, 2014 3:00PM IST (9:30AM GMT)
 
avagmah to Raise Rs. 100 Cr Targets Expanding Asian Market for Online Education
 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

avagmah, the online education services company backed by serial entrepreneurs K Ganesh and Meena Ganesh, is raising Rs. 100 Cr this year as the company scales rapidly to target Asia’s growing market for online education that is poised to touch Rs. 260 Cr by 2017.
 
The entrepreneur couple, who recently made a strategic investment in avagmah, had previously built TutorVista into the world’s largest online tutoring provider before selling it Pearson in 2013 for Rs. 980 Cr.
 
Avagmah had an order book of Rs. 20 Cr in 2014 and is estimating sales will grow 6x in the coming year as it expands beyond India to target the online education market in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East.
 
“Online education is a ‘red hot’ opportunity,” said K Ganesh. “The potential is illustrated by companies like 2U (filed for a $100mn IPO in February 2014) and EmbanetCompass (sold to Pearson for $650mn). The model has been proven in the US but has not been attempted in this region at the scale that avagmah is poised to deliver. I am confident that the US’ success in online higher education can be replicated in Asia as well.”
 
Karthik KS, avagmah’s Founder & CEO, said: “The phenomenal flexibility of our technology platform and the industry-relevant, world class content we offer has meant new student enrolment is increasing more than 100% y-o-y. We are looking at boosting our course offerings from the current nine to nearly 50 over the next 2-3 years and a 10x increase in student enrolment as we target the wider Asian region.”
 
avagmah has tie-ups for programs and certification with leading international and local partners such as the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, the only partnership of its kind that the University has outside its home market in the US. avagmah’s other academic partners include Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (Media & Entertainment), Apollo Hospitals – MedVarsity (Healthcare), IMT-Ghaziabad and Bharathidasan University.
 
Subhash Ghai, Indian Film Director/Producer, Founder & Chairman – Whistling Woods International (WWI) said that the partnership with avagmah had enabled the reach of WWI's experts and expertize to increase exponentially to feed the hunger to learn among many working professionals from far flung places.
 
avagmah counts among its clients several industry leaders such as Convergys, Infosys, Accenture, Abbot, Titan, Airtel, HP, Glenmark, Syntel, Aditya Birla Group and Astra Zeneca who sponsor students for its online courses.
 
Hanumant Talwar, Managing Director and Country Manager – Convergys, said: “With avagmah, our employees at multiple locations across India have access to globally-benchmarked quality, online education programs, delivered to their laptop anytime of their choosing. Our employees now pursue higher education while continuing to work.”

Photo Caption: Mr. Karthik KS, Founder & CEO of avagmah

 
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BWI: Syntel Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

 
Source : Syntel, Inc.
Friday, April 18, 2014 10:13AM IST (4:43AM GMT)
 
Syntel Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results
 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and Troy Michigan, United States

  • Q1 revenue of $219.5M, up 16% from year-ago quarter, down 2% sequentially
  • Q1 EPS of $1.39 per diluted share, up 25% from year-ago quarter, down 12% sequentially
  • Q1 cash & short term investments of $712.9M
  • Global Headcount of 24,207 on March 31, 2014, up 9% versus prior year

Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global information technology services and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) company today announced financial results for the first quarter, ended March 31, 2014.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Syntel's revenue for the first quarter increased 16 percent to $219.5 million, compared to $189.1 million in the prior-year period, and decreased two percent sequentially from $223.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. During the first quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 49% of total revenue, with Healthcare and Life Sciences at 17%, Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 16%, Insurance at 15% and Manufacturing at 3%.

The Company's gross margin was 43.7 percent in the first quarter, compared to 41.1 percent in the prior-year period and 47.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 14.7 percent of revenue in the first quarter, compared to 13.6 percent in the prior-year period and 13.3 percent in the previous quarter.

The first quarter income from operations was 29.1 percent of revenue as compared to 27.5 percent in the prior-year period and 33.7 percent in the fourth quarter. The sequential decline in operating margin primarily reflects the impact of higher employee headcount and compensation-related expense and currency-related balance sheet translations.

Net income for the first quarter was $58.1 million or $1.39 per diluted share, compared to $46.4 million or $1.11 per diluted share in the prior-year period and net income of $66.3 million or $1.58 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

During Q1, Syntel spent $3.8 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $712.9 million. The Company also added 555 net employees, ending the quarter with 24,207 employees globally.

Operational Highlights

"Syntel started 2014 on a solid footing and we look forward to building on this in the months ahead," said Syntel CEO and President Prashant Ranade. "Our focus on our core strengths has never wavered and our customers rely on our consistency to manage through the constant change they face in their businesses."

"We have built our company around serving the needs of our customers; this is evident in the depth of our domain expertise and our commitment to providing high value solutions tied to their evolving businesses," said Ranade. "Our commitment to our clients' long-term success guides many of our investments as we collaborate to achieve mutual success."

"I am optimistic about the future opportunities this long-term view affords us and our aim is to target investments in strategic areas that will further differentiate our service offerings."

2014 Guidance

Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 60 Indian Rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2014 revenue of $915 to $940 million and EPS in the range of $5.10 to $5.28.

Syntel to Host Conference Call

Syntel will discuss its first quarter 2014 results today on a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). To listen to the call, please dial (877) 837-3915 in the US/Canada or (973) 638-3495 internationally. The call will also be broadcast live via the Internet at Syntel's web site: investor.syntelinc.com. Please access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary software. A replay will be available until April 24, 2014 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and entering "29148363". International callers may dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same passcode.

About Syntel

Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of business and information systems and processes. The Company is driven by its mission to create new opportunities for clients by harnessing the passion, talent and innovation of Syntel employees worldwide. Syntel leverages dedicated Centers of Excellence, a flexible Global Delivery Model, and a strong track record of building collaborative client partnerships to create sustainable business advantage for Global 2000 organizations. Syntel is assessed at SEI CMMi Level 5, and is ISO 27001 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. As of March 31, 2014, Syntel employed more than 24,000 people worldwide. To learn more, visit us at: www.syntelinc.com.

Safe Harbor Provision

This news release includes forward-looking statements, including those with respect to the future level of business for Syntel, Inc. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 or from other factors not currently anticipated.

 
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Sikta Samantaray, Asia/Pacific Syntel, Inc., ,+91-9167512186 , sikta_samantaray@syntelinc.com

 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

BWI: The Banyan Tree School’s Inaugural TEDx Conference - 2014

 
Source : IILM Institute for Higher Education
Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:14PM IST (11:44AM GMT)
 
The Banyan Tree School's Inaugural TEDx Conference - 2014
 
New Delhi, Delhi, India

The Banyan Tree School, hosted a TEDx event on Friday, April 11, 2014 at their Gurgaon Campus. The event was sponsored by IILM Under Graduate College, Gurgaon.

At the TEDxBanyanTreeSchoolED event, TEDTalk videos and live speakers came together to spark deep discussion, inspire and connect with a group of school and college students, academicians, corporate employees and entrepreneurs. The TEDx event attracted a hundred enthusiastic attendees from different walks of life. 

The TEDxBanyanTreeSchoolED, saw a host of very well-known speakers from a myriad of industries and profit as well as non profit endeavors, speaking at the conference on the topic” A Good Start In Life”, which was also the theme of this TEDx.

The speakers included Mr. Anurag Batra, the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group, Sister Ranjana, the coordinator of the Youth Wing of the Brahma Kumari's at the Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Mr. Pankaj Dinodia, Chief Executive Officer of Dinodia Capital Advisors, a boutique Investment Bank based in New Delhi, Mr. Preetkamal Singh Sodhi, a Banker and very talented Trainer, who has worked for companies like Bharti Airtel, Max New York Life Insurance, Citibank and HSBC, Mr. Kuldeep Singh Rajput, a passionate researcher and philanthropist, who has been instrumental in developing solutions for the disabled and working on various Assistive Technology and Healthcare projects, Mr. Rajeev Narang, a veteran in the Marketing & Communication Design Space, now an entrepreneur and Mr. Manu Gupta the co-founder and director of SEEDS, a non-profit organization working in disaster reduction and recovery in Asia.


TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than a 100 languages.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx, a program created under the aegis of TED has facilitated local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience and help spread ideas in communities around the world.

The riveting talks delivered and the discussion generated by the ideas put across by the esteemed speakers, interspersed with TED Videos and live performances made for a very engaging experience for all attendees, who were completely enthralled.

Residents of Gurgaon look forward to events like this that soothe and stimulate both the mind and the senses, since such opportunities come few and far between for the residents of the Millennium City.



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Mr. Annurag Batra, the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group

Mr. Pankaj Dinodia, Chief Executive Officer of Dinodia Capital Advisors, a boutique Investment Bank based in New Delhi

Sister Ranjana, the coordinator of the Youth Wing of the Brahma Kumari's at the Om Shanti Retreat Centre
 

 
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BWI: Over 6,000 Competition Entries Highlight Global Importance of Sustainable Construction

 
Source : Holcim Foundation
Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:58PM IST (11:28AM GMT)
 
Over 6,000 Competition Entries Highlight Global Importance of Sustainable Construction
 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The fourth cycle of the USD 2 million International Holcim Awards competition attracted more than 6,000 projects and visions in sustainable construction from 152 countries. The diverse geographic spread of entries and growth in submissions from developing countries confirms the importance of creating a more sustainable built environment. Entries will be screened for compliance before evaluation by independent juries in five regions of the world. The results will be announced at prize-handover events in the last quarter of this year.

The juries will evaluate entries using the five “target issues” implemented by the Holcim Foundation which examine each project’s contribution to sustainable construction across a broad spectrum of themes including the “triple bottom line” of environmental, social, and economic performance. An additional “target issue” applies specifically to architecture and place; and a final element recognizes the need for innovation and transferable approaches.
 A definition of the five “target issues” can be found at: www.holcimawards.org/target


Announcing the winning projects around the world

 
Winners will be informed as soon as the jury decisions are verified and the jury reports validated. The results of the regional Holcim Awards will be announced at prize-handover events and communicated via the Holcim Awards website on September 5 for Europe, September 19 for North America, October 3 for Latin America, October 17 for Africa Middle East and November 14 for Asia Pacific. Winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards from each of the five regions automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards in 2015.
 
Information regarding the next steps of the competition as well as on the first three cycles of the Holcim Awards featuring more than 150 winning projects is available at: www.holcimawards.org
 
Promoting sustainable construction

The Holcim Awards encourage architects, planners, engineers, project owners and students to share their projects and visions that go beyond conventional notions of sustainable construction. The competition is an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The Foundation promotes sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction. 

It works closely with its Partner Universities:
 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich/EPFL), Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Tongji University, China; Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca, Morocco; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), India; American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Tsinghua University, China; and University of Melbourne, Australia.
 
The initiatives of the Holcim Foundation are supported by Holcim Ltd, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel, and sand), as well as other activities, including ready-mix concrete, asphalt, and associated services. Holcim Ltd holds majority and minority shareholdings in some 70 countries and on every continent.
 
Photo Caption: Holcim Award Trophy for Sustainable Construction 2013-2014

 
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