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Wealthtech platform ‘BHIVE.fund’ raises strategic investment from Nikhil Kamath’s Gruhas, Blume

Wealthtech platform ‘BHIVE.fund’ raises strategic investment from Nikhil Kamath’s Gruhas, Blume

Alternative Investments Wealthtech Platform ‘BHIVE.fund’ has raised strategic investments from Gruhas Proptech and Blume Ventures. Gruhas was co-founded by Nikhil Kamath of Zerodha and Abhijeet Pai of Puzzolana and is India’s largest proptech-focussed entity. Blume Ventures, a leading VC firm in the country today, counts multiple unicorns in its portfolio.

‘BHIVE.fund’ was set up by ‘BHIVE Workspace’, the oldest and one of the largest coworking and managed office players in Bengaluru. ‘BHIVE Workspace’ currently runs the largest coworking space in the city and will soon launch India’s largest coworking campus.

“This investment represents a significant milestone towards closing $1 million of Pre-Series A. We have term sheets and commitments to the ongoing Pre-Series A round which will be closing soon,” said Shesh Paplikar, cofounder & CEO of ‘BHIVE.fund’.

“We invested in ‘BHIVE Workspace’ through Blume Fund II in 2015. We have been closely working with Shesh and team, and have been witness to the grit and resilience the team has shown through the pandemic. We are excited about ‘BHIVE Workspace’s’ new venture — ‘BHIVE.fund’. We continue to believe in the capability of this team to build a robust biz. They have evolved to be solving the current real estate problem and are building a scalable business in an ever-growing commercial real estate market in India,” says Sarita Raichura, Vice-President, Blume Ventures.

The round also saw participation from prominent angel investors including Sreeram Reddy Vanga of Kofluence, Leadsquared founders Nilesh Patel and Prashant Singh, Kazi Arif Zaman, CFA, Partner at GestAlt Network and former MD of Everstone Capital, Partner of a prominent California VC firm, and NRIs from the US, etc.

“I have always been a big believer in Commercial Real Estate as an investment class. Technology is disrupting this segment and will bring in more investors through a fractional real estate mechanism. A similar model adopted by ‘BHIVE Workspace’ to the broader alternative asset class is set to grow big. I am very happy to come in as an investor and join Shesh & team on their journey,” expresses Sreeram Reddy Vanga, Investing-Founder, Kofluence.

‘BHIVE Workspace’ had, in 2021, raised a seed round from the likes of Madhusudan, Cofounder & CEO of KreditBee, Durgesh Kaushik Snapchat India and South Asia Head, Alok Bajpai, CFO, Adani Connex, who has also been a constant mentor and support, and others who confirmed their belief in ‘BHIVE Workspace’s’ vision. This US-headquartered company had also seen participation from over ten NRI investors.

The ‘BHIVE.fund’ was founded in January 2021 by Shesh Rao Paplikar, Sandeep Gupta and Monnappa Bayavanda. The platform has already achieved product-market fit and has reached a sales run rate of a million dollars per month. Through the tech-driven platform, they enable individual investors to invest in business opportunities, domestic commercial real estate and international real estate.

“Nikhil and Abhijeet are big believers that huge disruptions are possible in the commercial real estate space using technology. While not all investors may understand this space well, Abhijeet comes with a wealth of experience and expertise in the commercial real estate sector, having been involved in many large deals. Nikhil, as we all know, is one of the biggest names in the wealth tech space. We are super excited to have them on board as strategic investors as we are looking to make this into something much much bigger,” says Shesh Rao Paplikar, co-founder & CEO, BHIVE Workspace.
“Blume Ventures has always been a very big supporter of us. They were the key investors of our previous startup which is into coworking. By making independent investment into our fintech entity ‘BHIVE.fund’ they have shown great faith in the founders and the vision we have for the platform,” continues Shesh..

The company intends to utilize these funds for growth. Key usage will be towards building comprehensive technology to scale operations, building a strong investment team, educating customers on alternative asset space, etc.

About BHIVE.fund
‘BHIVE.fund’ founded by ‘BHIVE Workspace’ offers retail investors (Upper Middle Class, NRIs and HNIs) an opportunity to invest in a safe high-return asset class of Commercial Real Estate. Only curated deals are brought to the platform through strong negotiations & diligence by the experienced BHIVE team which is now made available to Retail Investors.

Emirates Boarding Pass Unlocks More Offers in Dubai for Summer 2022

Emirates Boarding Pass Unlocks More Offers in Dubai for Summer 2022

  • Exclusive deals at hundreds of locations in Dubai and the UAE when customers show their Emirates boarding pass.
  • Complimentary Dubai Marina Cruise included.

Your Emirates boarding pass is more than a travel document or travel keepsake, it is also the key to the coolest deals in Dubai this summer! For five months starting May 01 to September 30, Emirates is unlocking even more offers for all its customers arriving in or stopping over in Dubai with its My Emirates Summer Pass.

Emirates’ customers can simply show their boarding pass and a valid form of identification to hundreds of retail, leisure and dining outlets to enjoy fantastic discounts throughout Dubai. In addition, during May, those landing in Dubai can enjoy a complimentary Dubai Marina Cruise, which gives unrivalled panoramic views of one of the city’s most iconic skylines from the Arabian Gulf.
Pre-booking is not required for the single-entry complimentary ticket to Tour Dubai’s one hour Marina Sightseeing Cruise. The Emirates customer just has to show a valid boarding pass, either digital or paper, at the ticketing counter on the day of use as well as proof of identity. The cruise is only valid from May 01 – 31 between 10am and 4pm.

UAE residents and nationals returning home to Dubai on Emirates during the promotional period can also benefit from the fantastic offers under My Emirates Summer Pass. Visiting friends and family can also avail of offers at top designer brand outlets like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger or splash out at Bath & Body Works. Families can save and beat the summer heat at Atlantis Aquaventure or break a sweat on some of the adrenaline-pumping attractions at IMG world of Adventure.

Couples who would appreciate a quiet afternoon at a spa can indulge themselves at the Sofitel Spa with L’Occitane or spot Arabian oryx at sunset while taking a private desert safari with Arabian Adventures.
A holiday to Dubai is not complete without a city sightseeing bus tour that is eligible for discount or capturing the historic Dubai Creek on a cruise before saving up to 20 per cent on food and beverages at any of the Rove hotels. Accor Hotels is also offering 20 per cent off its food and beverage when My Emirates Pass is presented.

Details of the offers can be found on www.emirates.com/myemiratespass.

Dubai is the place to be this summer season. In addition to an exciting calendar of world-class culture, shopping and dining, The Dubai Summer Surprises, one of the city’s major shopping and entertainment events, will be also running with a packed line-up of events and family activities, exclusive shopping deals, fun competitions, and shop and win promotions.

About Emirates
Emirates’ 36 years in India have been defined by progressive investment, partnership and growth. In October 1985, Emirates launched flights from Dubai to Delhi and Mumbai which formed the base of its initial route network. Since then, Emirates has grown its India operations to serve a total of nine destinations across India – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram. For more information on Emirates’ current operations, network, travel support, guidance, customer and employee safety, visit www.emirates.com

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Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre debuts at Bengaluru’s Largest Hospitality Complex at Embassy Manyata

Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre debuts at Bengaluru’s Largest Hospitality Complex at Embassy Manyata

• Hilton Hotels Embassy Manyata Bengaluru comes to life, with two Hilton-branded hotels and a state-of-the-art Convention Centre.
• Embassy Manyata’s ‘Total Business Ecosystem’ evolves further; encompassing Work, Stay, Meet and Dine.

Bengaluru, India, May 02, 2022
Embassy Office Parks REIT (NSE: EMBASSY / BSE: 542602) (‘Embassy REIT’), India’s first publicly listed real estate investment trust and Asia’s largest by area, and leading global hospitality company Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the opening of Hilton Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park and the Hilton Convention Centre at Embassy Manyata Business Park (‘Embassy Manyata’), Bengaluru. Hilton’s 266-key flagship-branded hotel and connecting conference facilities are part of the 619-key dual-branded hotel complex, which includes the 353-key Hilton Garden Inn Bengaluru Embassy Manyata Business Park launched earlier this year. The three premises form the Hilton Hotels Embassy Manyata complex, owned by Embassy REIT and managed by Hilton.

The Hilton Hotels Embassy Manyata is one of the largest hotel complexes in South India, and amongst the biggest in the country. The mixed-use complex brings a unique hospitality offering to North Bengaluru; with two hotels, five food and beverage outlets, a state-of-the-art convention centre, and a class-leading retail hub in the works. The complex is located within close proximity to retail and leisure facilities in North and Central Bengaluru as well as important commercial business districts. The hotel is conveniently located within a 30-minute drive from the Kempegowda International Airport.

A confluence of world-class amenities with two distinct brands – Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Garden Inn – provides more options for the modern traveler and aims to create ‘bleisure’ experiences that combine technology-enabled efficiencies and a spectrum of meeting and event spaces with a variety of dining and entertainment options.

With the dual hotels offering direct access to approximately 60,000 square feet of convention space, guests can enjoy integrated cutting-edge experiences in the heart of North Bengaluru. The complex is one of its kind, offering seamless scalability for physical and hybrid events powered by advanced event technology solutions. The convention centre redefines the Indian convention landscape and caters to events of varying scales. It includes a 13,000 square feet pillarless grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,500 people, and multiple versatile meeting and event spaces.

Embassy Manyata is one of India’s largest business parks with an operational area of around 12 million square feet and provides wellness-oriented grade A office products catering to over 100,000 employees from 42 global corporates. With this timely launch, the Total Business Ecosystem offered by Embassy Manyata evolves further to include facilities for hosting corporate events and social interactions apart from hospitality. A recently inaugurated flyover with dedicated spur roads service the park facilitates smooth access and egress from the Outer Ring Road.

Michael Holland, CEO of Embassy Office Parks REIT, said,
”The opening of the Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre at Embassy Manyata creates a hospitality anchor at the entrance of one of the largest business parks in India. In particular, it adds a much-desired conferencing space that benefits not only our corporate occupiers but Bengaluru as a whole. The NXT Plaza will integrate retail and multiple dining options, making the complex a focal point of Embassy Manyata’s Total Business Ecosystem. Embassy REIT’s partnership with Hilton continues to grow with the opening of this integrated complex which we are confident will emerge as Bengaluru’s brightest beacon of hospitality.”

Navjit Ahluwalia, Senior Vice President and Country Head of Hilton in India, said,
“The opening of one of the largest hotel complexes in South India is a key milestone for Hilton as it ushers in a new era of post-pandemic travel. We are confident that the Hilton Hotels Embassy Manyata complex will signal the return of in-person events and emerge as the top preference for both leisure and business travelers, as we continue to deliver exceptional experiences created through Hilton’s renowned hospitality. Furthermore, it strengthens our strategic partnership with Embassy REIT, and our complementary vision to create sustainable hospitality experiences.”

Hilton Hotels Embassy Manyata is located at Hebbal, Outer Ring Road, Nagawara, Bengaluru 560 045. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit hiltonsatmanyatabengaluru.com or call on +91 80 6901 2345 / 6911 2345

About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.8 million square feet (‘msf’) portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (‘NCR’). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 33.8 msf completed operating area and is home to over 200 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including four operational business hotels, two under construction hotels, and a 100 MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants. For more information, please visit www.embassyofficeparks.com.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,800 properties and more than 1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2021 World’s Best Workplaces list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. In 2021, in addition to opening more than one hotel a day, Hilton introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 128 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
For over a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has set the benchmark for hospitality around the world, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs. With nearly 600 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties are located in the world’s most sought-after destinations for guests who know that where they stay matters. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Hotels & Resorts by booking at hiltonhotels.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts at newsroom.hilton.com/hhr, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and modern amenities for an experience that is simply on another level. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. With 940 hotels in 55 countries and territories around the world, the brand ensures today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. Experience a positive stay at Hilton Garden Inn by booking at hgi.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Hilton Garden Inn at newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Global Process Mining and Execution Management Leader Celonis Leverage ‘Impact Day’ in India by Partnering with Swabhimaan to Support the Underprivileged

Global Process Mining and Execution Management Leader Celonis Leverage ‘Impact Day’ in India by Partnering with Swabhimaan to Support the Underprivileged

Bengaluru, April 12, 2022: Celonis, the global leader in execution management, today leveraged its global ‘Impact Day’ in India with a series of social impact initiatives in partnership with Bengaluru based non-profit organization Swabhimaan India. A two-step community development drive in collaboration with Swabhimaan started with a plogging drive at Bengaluru’s Agara Lake led by well-known environmental activist and plogger G Nagaraj.
The plogging drive was followed by an anti-plastic drive held at the densely populated area of Banashankari. The initiative funded by Celonis provided comprehensive support to the slum dwellers in Rajendranagara Bengaluru. Celonis together with Swabhimaan also distributed Kora (Cloth) bags near the local Banashankari temple and educated the temple goers and the pedestrians about rapidly increasing levels of plastic pollution.
Additionally, the project sponsor, Malhar Kamdar, Chief Customer Officer of Celonis and the Executive sponsor of Celonis India will also be engaging with Swabhimaan to support some of their flagship initiatives for the underprivileged with initiatives like medial aid for senior citizens, education aid for children and groceries for daily-wage workers.
Speaking about the company’s environmental and social impact vision, Anitha Scaria George, Vice President, Celonis India said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Swabhimaan for a multipronged initiative in mitigating climate change and increasing the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable populations. As an organization, committed to sustainable and inclusive growth, Celonis is always looking for ways to create a tangible impact on communities in areas where we operate and this partnership is another step in that direction. Over the coming months, we will engage more deeply with organisations like Swabhimaan, which share our vision and zeal for positive social and environmental change.”
Venkatraman Iyer, Founder and Trustee, Swambimaan said “We are thankful to Celonis employees for having participated in such impactful social and environmental activities. Their efforts to provide support from their employees to Swabhimaan’s various social initiatives is indeed laudable. We are hoping to have a long-term meaningful engagement with Celonis”.
Previously last year, Celonis India worked on a public space transformation in Brigade Road (Bengaluru, Karnataka) through direct action in partnership with the local government. The initiative involved cleaning, painting, and beautifying a street corner that attracted littering, and had been a chronic problem spot since many years, into on attractive rock garden.
Globally, Celonis conducts regular ‘Impact Days’ across 12 countries and 20 cities motivating ‘Celonauts’ to participate and drive projects that create a powerful impact in their local communities. The last global Impact Day was celebrated on November 5th and witnessed active participation from 2000+ Celonis employees across the world.
Celonis, at global level, has also identified 41 projects, most of which are focused on aiding the Ukrainian refugees. The projects sponsored by Celonis will involve setting up laptops and installation of software & licenses in the laptops for Ukrainian refugees, especially students, to ensure their participation in online school lessons. Team Celonis in Sweden will also extend support to job seeking Ukrainians in Stockholm by educating them on crafting impressive resumes, updating their LinkedIn profiles and also by introducing the job seekers to Celonis network.
About Celonis:
Celonis helps organizations to execute on their data. Powered by its market-leading process mining core, the Celonis Execution Management System provides a set of applications, a developer studio and platform capabilities for business executives and users to eliminate billions in corporate inefficiencies, provide better customer experience and reduce carbon emissions. Celonis has thousands of global customers and is headquartered in Munich, Germany and New York City, USA with 20 offices worldwide.
© 2021 Celonis SE. All rights reserved. Celonis and the Celonis “droplet” logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Celonis SE in Germany and other jurisdictions. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Learn more at www.celonis.com
About Swabhimaan:
Swabhimaan was founded by Venkatraman Iyer and his wife Vijaya Iyer in 2001 as a means of supporting poor single mothers. His activities gradually expanded to include everything listed in the “What we Do” section through partnerships with like-minded people and organizations. Swabhimaan is a registered charitable, not-for-profit organization in the Rajendranagara, LR Nagar and Neelsandra neighborhoods of Bangalore. The organization provides services including education, healthcare, microfinance, and food and clothes distribution.
Learn more at https://swabhimaanweb.wordpress.com

Wipro GE Healthcare Boosts Local Manufacturing, New Factory Under PLI Goes Live

Wipro GE Healthcare Boosts Local Manufacturing, New Factory Under PLI Goes Live

• With an investment of over INR 100 crores, this greenfield facility is one of 15 medical device manufacturers approved under the government’s PLI Scheme towards Atmanirbhar Bharat.

• As a key enabler in driving Karnataka’s commitment to underpin the growth of the ESDM industry, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) welcomes Wipro GE Healthcare’s new manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India.

Bengaluru, India – March 31st, 2022 – Wipro GE Healthcare, a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, today announced the launch of its new manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India, under the Indian government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme. The new plant, Wipro GE Medical Device Manufacturing factory (MDM), is aligned to the National Agenda of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and will further boost local manufacturing of medical devices in India. The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) is at the forefront of enabling a global ESDM ecosystem in Karnataka and has welcomed the first association of its Partner in Progress for Electronics, System, Design, and Manufacturing (ESDM) Program through the inauguration of Wipro GE Healthcare’s medical devices manufacturing plant. The plant is a 100% subsidiary of Wipro GE Healthcare and has been setup as a green field legal entity. The company has invested a little over INR100 crore in this facility.

A 35000 sq ft facility, the MDM factory is set up for 24/7 operations for manufacturing CT machines, cathlab equipment, ultrasound scanners, patient monitoring solutions, ECG machines and ventilators. It is equipped with automated testers to assess performance of the medical devices. This facility currently has 35 employees in its shopfloor which is expected to increase to 100 in next 2 to 3 years.

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro GE Healthcare and Chairman, Wipro Enterprises, said “India is on an accelerated growth path in gaining global prominence for medical devices manufacturing. Wipro GE Healthcare’s new factory, with support from the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme, will aid the health ecosystem in India to realize its true potential in addressing local and global challenges for healthcare providers.”

Commenting on the launch, Dr. Shravan Subramanyam, Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcare, said, “The new facility is a testament to our continued commitment to an Atmanirbhar Bharat and is a step forward in elevating India’s capability as a global manufacturing hub. We applaud the government’s initiatives towards making India self-reliant. The new draft of the National Medical Devices Policy 2022 provides further impetus towards empowering India’s healthcare ecosystem, and we at Wipro GE Healthcare are very optimistic about the future of MedTech in India.

“We congratulate Wipro GE Healthcare for its contribution towards boosting local manufacturing and generating employment in the local communities. Through our Karnataka Digital Economy Mission, we will provide continued support to the company’s efforts towards augmenting the ESDM sector and providing fillip to the region’s digital economy,” said C N Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Information Technology – Biotechnology, Higher Education, Science and Technology of Karnataka in his virtual address.

Mahesh Kapri, Managing Director, GE BEL & General Manager – ISC, South Asia, GE Healthcare, said, “The country’s import dependency for medical devices stands at 75-80%* and for India to rise the ranks as the leading MedTech devices market, local innovation & production is pivotal. We are confident that our new factory will contribute meaningfully to India’s self-reliance goal and will accelerate India’s profile on the global product development map”.

Addressing those gathered at the inauguration, Dr E V Ramana Reddy, ACS, Dept of Electronics, IT BT S&T said, “Karnataka has always led the country’s technological progress. Policy initiatives at the central and state level have additionally encouraged the growth of the ESDM sector along with the growing demand for superior technology products. Industry 4.0 and the medical devices sector is heavily dependent on India’s electronics and manufacturing capabilities and creating a suitable ecosystem to foster this growth will take the nation far ahead. Initiatives such as these by Wipro GE Healthcare reflect their commitment towards making the state a pivot for innovation and growth. The industry’s acceptance of KDEM’s ESDM-led programs is a positive sign towards building the state’s IT and ESDM sector and taking it to a global platform.”

Sharing his thoughts on the inauguration of the unit, Shri B V Naidu, Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission said, “The KDEM has always strived to focus on innovation, skill development, identify and nurture talent in the start-up and ESDM space in clusters of Karnataka. We believe that the state has immense drive and hunger to learn, innovate and contribute significantly to the nation’s growth. When we launched our Partner in Progress program, the overwhelming response received by industry leaders was a reassurance to our commitment of building a strong ESDM ecosystem in Karnataka. Today’s inauguration of the new manufacturing unit of Wipro GE Healthcare, our first partner in the program is a step towards enhancing this ecosystem while building a nurturing platform for our very able capable and diverse workforce.”

Speaking on KDEM’s contribution to nurturing a strong talent pool in the ESDM space, Shri Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, KDEM said, “KDEM’s Partner in Progress for ESDM was an important step in pledging our commitment to making Karnataka a global hub for ESDM and Wipro GE Healthcare was one of the first partners in leading the charge for this. With its landmark project of a manufacturing plant for medical devices with a focus on diversity, is an important milestone in recognising the nation’s diverse talent force and their exceptional capabilities. We at KDEM are extremely happy to partner with the industry think tank to take the Beyond Bengaluru vision to the next level that will impact and ignite the next wave of development in India.”

The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission is a special entity set up to strengthen the digital economy in Karnataka. It is a first-of-its-kind organization designed to function as the knowledge bridge between the Government of Karnataka and industry with a view of accelerating the growth and investments of the ESDM, IT, BT, and S&T sectors in the state. KDEM’s efforts to scale the growth of the electronics, system, design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry has received wide acceptance from the industry. 18 large corporations have given their Letter of Intent (LoI) so far to set up operations in the state. This comes at a time when the Government of India recently announced its semiconductor policy to promote the manufacturing of semiconductor chips in the country.

The Government of Karnataka projects the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM)sector to yield more than 20% of regional GDP by 2025. The state government has been shaping its digital economy with new policies in the IT, ER&D, ESDM, and Skill Development sectors. Wipro GE Healthcare’s new facility promotes the ESDM sector in Karnataka and is in sync with the state government’s goal to build up the digital economy for the world through state-of-the-art medical devices made in India.

CMR University confers degrees on 1,400 students at its Sixth Annual Convocation

CMR University confers degrees on 1,400 students at its Sixth Annual Convocation

Y-O-Y girls have performed better and bagged more gold medals than boys

Bengaluru, 28th March 2022: CMR University, one of the leading and top-ranked private universities in Bengaluru, held its 6th Annual Convocation today at CMRIT Campus (AECS Layout, ITPL Main Road).

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka and the visitor at CMR University presided over the event. and Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, was the Chief Guest at the event. The ceremony was also graced by Shri. K.C. Ramamurthy, IPS (Retd.), Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & Chairman, CMR Group of Institutions who was the Guest of Honor and awarded the medals to the students and Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy, Chancellor, CMR University awarded the degrees. Shri K.R. Jayadeep, Pro Chancellor, Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy, Provost, Dr. Sanjay Jain, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dr. Praveen R, Registrar were also present during the occasion.

The convocation ceremony of CMR University witnessed the graduation of 1400 students across all seven schools. There were 1400 who received degrees and 26 received doctoral degrees. Twenty-eight students were the rank holders for the year 2021-2022. Among the 28 Gold medalists, 16 were awarded to girls and 12 to boys. Year on year girls have performed better and bagged more gold medals than boys across all disciplines.

Honoris Causa was conferred on Ar. Dinesh Verma, Past President – Designers Guild of India & Practicing Architects Association, Immediate Past Chairperson – Indian Institute of Interior Designers, B’lore, Principal Architect and Managing Director, ACE Group Architects.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka and the visitor at CMR University, in his speech acknowledged that “India has always been a global knowledge house and now we are moving towards becoming the ‘Vishwaguru’. Indian universities are playing a significant role in achieving this larger vision. As the nation prepares itself to be atma nirbhar, the onus will be on the next generation to fulfill the vision. It is heartening to see CMR University’s contribution towards creating globally responsible citizens and nation building as a whole.”

Further, the Honorable Governor stressed on the importance of building environmentally friendly and sustainable nations and addressed the societal problems faced by the country.

Delivering the convocation address, Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru said, “While the pandemic brought the world to stand still, it also opened up avenues for research and advancement. It has exposed the immense need for collaboration and robust research faculties. To tackle global challenges, it is vital for people working in diverse areas to come together and pool in their expertise to address the global challenges. The looming threat of future pandemics and the growing devastation have highlighted the need for collaborations rather than working in silos.”

Adding further he mentioned, “Today, across the world, innovations are happening at an unprecedented pace. Researchers in India are making great strides in quantum technologies, machine learning, neuromorphic computing & cyber-physical systems. Exciting career opportunities await graduates in many of these emerging areas. There is especially a growing need for young students and researchers trained in India to develop indigenous solutions that can help address problems specific to our country, like malnutrition, water scarcity, and infectious diseases like TB & malaria”

Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy, Provost and Vice Chancellor, CMR University, further deliberated, “In 2021-2022, CMR University achieved some significant milestones in the research and innovation arena:

● Dr. Girish Kumar of School of Engineering and Technology ranked again as the top 2% of researchers globally for the second year by the survey conducted by Stanford University (USA) in association with Research Intelligence team, Elsevier (Netherlands)

● The student-led entrepreneurship with five of the startups under the mentorship of CMR University faculty received funding from the Government of Karnataka’s elevate grant

● Students from School of Engineering and Technology Venkat Bharat, Syed Afshana, Jhanavi K Rao – research work on “Covid-19 prediction using ARIMA model” was recognized and published by “WHO” under “Covid-19 Global literature on coronavirus disease”

Adding further, she mentioned, “Students of the University also achieved significant laurels in extra co-curricular activities besides the academic:

● Anand R of Sound Engineering participated in the 50 Hour Music Challenge Competition hosted by MTV and was the runner up Pan Asia. He was also involved in Planning and Designing an online MOOC Course for Music Production.

● Students of the University have been selected in the regional/zonal rounds for the National Environment Youth Parliament 2022 to be held in the Parliament House New Delhi in the month of April. One student was adjudged as the Best Speaker at the Zonal level NEYP.”

CMRU is regarded as one of the progressive and proactive young universities in the state and country for its unparalleled infrastructure, dynamic pedagogy, and assessment techniques. The curriculum is the USP of the university, along with its research strengths. CMRU has reimagined its curriculum and aligned it perfectly with NEP. It aims to prepare students to survive and succeed in a VUCA world, and also nurture creative thinkers who can drive positive global change and be leaders of the world.