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The usual refrain in many companies today is that most of the unemployed are unemployable. They sometimes have poor technical knowledge (even though they have graduated) and even poorer communication skills and human skills. As I have said in earlier articles—technical, human and...

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IANS 27 December 2023
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a notification warning that students should not enrol in MPhil Degree courses being offered by universities as they are no longer recognised.   The notification comes as the UGC had earlier directed all higher educational institutions...

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If you have not set values and a design for the kind of life you wish to lead in the corporate world (and outside it), you can end up having very flexible standards. This can even mean no standards at all! As you go up the executive ladder, keep looking around you at the people who have...

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Sparks flew after Narayana Murthy asked the nation’s youth to work 70 hours a week. Though a few industrialists did support Mr Murthy, most of the other opinions were decidedly against the notion.   Now that feelings have been vented, and the dust has settled, it is time to look at...

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It is a turbulent world. A world of change and chaos. I see that old solutions, which I had successfully applied to problems 40 years ago, are no longer suitable for the same problems. This is compounded by the fact that even the basic nature of many problems has changed. Hark back to the old...

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While there was great hope with the historic August 2011 Supreme Court (SC) judgment, which ordered that copies of answer sheets should be given to students under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a later SC judgment of 2018 has somewhat diluted the hopes of students who seek them for the...

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Long revered as the ‘simple’ middle-class, super-success story, the Murthys of Infosys are perhaps perplexed at why social media (with often leads the mainstream media coverage) seems to explode at their comments these days. This time around, it was NR Narayana Murthy’s ‘request’ that India’s...

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I have greatly admired and learnt a lot from Charles Vance, who wrote Manager Today, Executive Tomorrow. One of the 10 principles he propounds in his book is that ‘from birth to death you are alone’. You may have parents to help you up to a point; you may have your spouse and children to help...

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IANS 30 October 2023
Infosys founder Narayana Murthy's advice to youngsters in India, urging them to work 70 hours a week, has sparked sharp reactions from founders and leaders who said that while extended working hours can boost productivity, a balanced approach is equally necessary.   During a podcast,...

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IANS 27 October 2023
Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, in a conversation with Padma Shri Awardee and Chairman of Aarin Capital, T.V. Mohandas Pai on the first episode of 3one4 Capital's podcast 'The Record', said that if India wants to compete with developed economies that have made remarkable progress in...

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IANS 27 October 2023
Edtech platform Unacademy-owned software-as-a-service platform Graphy has laid off about 20-30 per cent of its workforce, or nearly 50 employees, in the last few weeks, as part of a restructuring exercise, media report said on Thursday.   According to Inc42, Graphy, which provides...

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IANS 23 October 2023
Startiup workers fled for bigger, more established companies during the pandemic, revealing the vulnerability of early-stage firms in downturns, new research has shown.   Digging into the data for nearly 180,000 users from AngelList Talent (now called Wellfound), the biggest online...

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IANS 16 October 2023
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Sunday revealed that it had sacked 16 employees and blacklisted six staffing firms, after its investigation into the bribes-for-jobs scandal.   In an Exchange filing, the company said that its "investigation found 19 employees to be involved, and...

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It is always debatable. Does effective leadership result in creating a culture of meritocracy? Or does meritocracy create effective leaders within the organisation? Air India’s troubles seem to be both—a lack of the right leadership and a lack of a culture of meritocracy. One wonders whether...

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If there is one problem that is probably common to the whole world, it is that the number of listeners is dwindling—not on TV, and podcasts, but in personal interactions. Most of us rush to comment or voice an opinion and criticise; and only a few have the patience to wait and listen. This...

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Please note that I have said ‘bad’ ragging, not all ragging.   I believe that ragging does have value, provided it is carried out the right way.    I certainly do not condone the type of ragging we have been reading about, in which a young boy is abused in such an inhuman...

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Knowing how far you can go too far, in familiarity, can mean different things in different cultures. There was the big ‘goof up’ made by president Johnson of the USA, when he bowed low (he was very tall) to kiss the queen of Thailand on the cheek. This is never done in Thailand. The ‘face’ is...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 August 2023
While imposing a penalty of Rs1 lakh for false and misleading advertisements, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) directed IQRA IAS Institute to discontinue bogus testimonials and misleading claims from their website immediately.   IQRA IAS Institute, set up in 2018, was...

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“Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) produces world-class chief executive officers (CEOs)”.   I disagree.   IITs don’t “produce” CEOs—it processes them, just like a gold mine doesn’t produce gold, it merely processes the ore that contains gold.    Yes, IITs teach...

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IANS 03 August 2023
The university grant commission (UGC) on Wednesday declared 20 universities, including eight based in Delhi, as fake.   Last year, UGC had declared 21 universities as fake.   UGC stated that these institutions are not authorised to grant any degrees to students and alerted the...

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