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Monday, July 30, 2012

IIPM Placement reach to new sectors in 2012

As it prepares to start a year-long celebration on the occasion of its 40anniversary, the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) — established in 1973 — has announced the campus placement results for its class of 2010-12. The institute has already placed 3,491 students with both domestic and international companies this year.

The recruitment process that kicked off in September 2011, saw the participation of different industries, including FMCG, banking, IT/ITES, telecommunication, real estate and automotive, among others.

Overall, the average package offered to the class of 2010-12 has increased by 20% compared to last year — Rs 6.25 lakh for students of IIPM's flagship programme; Rs 4.5 lakh for its non-flagship ISBE programme ; Rs 12 lakh (international average package); Rs 16 lakh (domestic level) by Kapston Facility Mgt Pvt Ltd and Rs 7 lakh for ISBE students. The highest international package offered by Al Mashriq LLC, Dubai, this year is Rs 18 lakh.

Arindam Chaudhuri, honorary dean of IIPM Think Tank, says, "With more than 90% of the class already placed, we are set to achieve our target of 99% plus placements this year. The placement cell at IIPM has more than 100 people working round the clock and around the globe."

Preet Singh Chawla, who bagged the highest domestic package credits says, "A blend of intellect and fun and an amalgamation of good faculty and an interactive and application-based teaching style has been part of my journey."

This year, recruitment companies like Citibank, Standard Chartered, HDFC Bank, Colgate and Palmolive, Canon India, HSBC Investments, Ernst & Young, Indiabulls Investments , ICICI Group, Mahindra and Mahindra Group, Aditya Birla Group, Vodafone, Airfone China, Reliance ADAG Group, TAJ Group of Hotels, IGate Technologies , HP, Zee Enterprises, UB Group, Jet Airways, Copal Partners, DLF Group, American Express and RR Donelley, to name a few, visited the campus. International companies visiting the campus included First Gulf Bank, Jumbo Electronics Dubai, LandMark Retail and Al Abbas Group Dubai.

One of the top recruiters in 2012, Rachit Mehra, unit head-acquisitions , Barclays Bank PLC said, "It has been a short association , but IIPM has a good talent pool." While three-fourth of IIPM's students opted for marketing and sales functions, Rajat Shukal, dean placements-All India, shared, "The BFSI sector was the largest contributor to the service sector of the economy, followed by IT/ITES where the market sentiment has been traditional due to international markets being conservative about growth. But, with the elections this year, in almost 12 countries, with high government budgets, this sector also has seen a surge in hiring."

Real estate and infrastructure development companies were the new entrants this year and proved to be a prominent sector vis-a-vis placements.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

This village cooks a mean meal

Udappankulam in Tamil Nadu has turned into a village of full-time cooks and part-time farmers, finds out Perachi Kannan

In the district of Ramanathapuram is a village called Udappankulam, surrounded by lush green fields. Yet, as the menfolk will tell you, it is a village of part-time farmers, for 90 per cent of them are completely into catering. No fancy degrees, no culinary diplomas for these men, who, armed with just their utensils have whipped a gastronomical storm. Fifty chefs from the village are best known but in the population of 1,500 (236 families), each family has at least one member who cooks for a living.

The chefs of Udappankulam range from 25 to 60 years and are experts at both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. For long they’ve relied on innovation and experience, what with education being a recent import into the village. When we visited the village, we came across only children and the elderly. The women were away working on the fields, the men were away catering. Even men who are not into the business profess to possess culinary skills. Aiyyanar, a 24 year old local holds a degree in English literature and has undergone teachers training but is a pro at the kitchen. “During school holidays, I would accompany elders in the family to assist them in their catering orders. It started when I was 15. I enjoyed the food and the money but never thought that it would become a career. Over the years, I perfected my skills and today I get orders individually. I earn around Rs 15,000 and hope to become a good teacher in addition to a good cook,” he says.

A. Karppaiya, 25, is the son of Ayothi Raman, a popular cook whose client list includes politicians and top businessmen. He too started by assisting his father. “For ten years I learnt the art with him. Then my father began giving me some of his orders. Now I get orders on my own. My dishes are such that they cater to the tastes of people from various communities. Patience and concentration are musts for this profession,” says the man who claims to get some 10 orders every month. The popularity of cooking in the village is attributed to Arumugam, Angappan and Perumal. Of these, Arumugam is a septuagenarian who cooks only from home. He says, “In 1996 I returned from Burma. There I had worked under one Mr Jalebiwallah who got his name because he would sell jalebis when there was no catering order. He was otherwise called Devasagayam and was from Virudhunagar. He became my role model. When I returned I encouraged the young in the village to take up cooking.” While these master cooks whip up their delights for strangers, at home they display their skills rarely. “If available at home, I take tips from him for non vegetarian dishes,” says Kalpana, wife of ace chef Muthumari.

“It makes me proud that Udappankulam is known for its excellent cooks which are much in demand. Some food product companies have also printed recipe books of some of our special dishes,” says Ponn Aadhi, head of the village panchayat. 

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

In the name of Guru

Rabdi, a village in Unnao district, becomes a magnet for new age healers and gurus, morphing a nondescript hamlet into an abode of the devout. The gurus are making the best of it, collecting donations and votes for their political masters when needed, finds out Rajan Prakash

A visitor to this village will have no difficulty figuring out why it is called bhakton ka gaon (village of worshippers). Loudspeakers blare bhajans from different corners and almost every surface is plastered with pictures of god men and god women. From Jai Gurudev to Asaram Babu and from Ma Nirmala Devi to Prajapati Brahmakumari, every god man or woman popular in North India has a visible following in the village which lies in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.

This multitude of gurus also means that different forms of greetings are in use. Thus while someone will shout 'Jai Gurudev', another will say 'Hari Om', leaving the casual visitor confused as to what the most appropriate greeting is. In fact your greeting becomes your unique identity in that it allows instant slotting. Not only grown ups, even children in the village claim deep knowledge of God and religion derived as it is from the teachings of various gurus. While many gurus have a strong following, the most popular are Jai Gurudev, Asaram Bapu, Om Shanti Om and Nirmala Devi who along with their other spiritual brethren operate as franchises in the village.

There is stiff competition to win over followers and inroads by new gurus, though difficult, are not unheard of. Such is the faith in the power of gurus that all good tidings--a child who survives a nasty fall or a drunkard who kicks the bottle are attributed to his/her blessings. Technology is considered an ally for it enables the devout to access the guru’s teachings even when busy with the affairs of the world. Sanjay, a local who runs a paan kiosk says, “Bapu reaches millions of his followers through television. I use my mobile to listen to him when I am away.”

The first man of god to make his impact felt in the village was Jai Gurudev. One Nekram was his follower and took it upon himself to rescue the village from the clutches of crime and liquor. This he did by relaying Gurudev’s teachings to the villagers. The truth about the “virtuous” life finally dawned on the villagers and they gave up liquor and non vegetarian food.

Raj Kumar Nishad, a former pradhan of the village, who is the third generation of village headmen from his family, says, “Every home produced liquor once upon a time. People from a radius of 10 km flocked to the village and arguments and fights under the influence of alcohol were common. The Panchayat would have to intervene almost regularly. Non vegetarianism was rampant. But thanks to Nekram that changed. For the last eight years the village has been trouble free and the police have kept away. Forget brewing liquor, no one even drinks it now.”

Ironically though Jai Gurudev’s teachings initiated the heart change, they also became the reason for the entry of other godmen. A follower lets in, “According to Jai Gurudev’s teachings, a follower has to donate 10 percent of his earnings. However, many in the village could barely make ends meet. These were attracted to others.” Phoolchand Garv, president of the Jai Gurudev Satsnag Dal says his estimate is that the number of followers in the area has exceeded 16,000.

The pursuits have not remained merely spiritual. Politics has followed. In the last Vidhan Sabha elections, since Jai Gurudev supported Mulayam Singh Yadav, the SP candidate Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a weak choice, won the local seat. Rajkumar, a resident says, “We will not even vote for our own relative against the guru’s wishes.”

Despite the strangle hold of god men and women, there is no temple in the village. That is attributed to the fact that once a person takes a guru and becomes a satsangi, he is not permitted to worship anyone else. Ramnaresh, a follower of Jai Gurudev says, “All Gods exist within the guru, hence why waste time by praying to any one of them individually? Worshipping the guru is like worshipping the all subsuming ocean.”

Spirituality has also made possible women’s empowerment. Gangajali (35), a mother of six obtained deeksha from Asaram Bapu in Haridwar one-and-a -half years ago, even though her husband did not.

She says, “My husband did not dissuade me. He asked me to stop cooking non vegetarian food. He lends a hand on household chores”. And though all seems fine, Gangajali is a little upset about the fact that her husband considers Jai Gurudev his mentor.

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