Category — Human Resources

Gov. Hayley’s India Trip to Attract Jobs to U.S.A.

The newly re-elected Republican governor of South Carolina, Ms. Nikki Hayley arrives in India on November 13 on a 10-day mission involving the state’s commerce and tourism agencies. Gov. Hayley will be traveling to the Indian cities of Amritsar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai, and New Delhi hoping to persuade companies to bring jobs to S. Carolina.

Haley is also slated to attend 40 of the delegation’s 90 scheduled meetings and events. The delegation’s 18 members, which also include representatives of businesses interested in exporting to India, are splitting their time between seven cities in six states. “It’s a brutal schedule, but we’ll work hard and hopefully have something to show for it when we get back,” she said. India, an emerging market with more than 1.2 billion people, ranks 16th in capital investment in South Carolina. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, South Carolina ranks 14th nationally in total exports to India, at $352 million last year, up from $110 million in 2005.

Ms. Nimrata (Nikki) Randhawa Haley, who is the first Indian American woman to become governor of a American state has mostly downplayed her gender and Indian-American heritage publicly.  She  was born to Sikh parents but converted to Christianity and is married to Michael since 1996.

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November 11, 2014   No Comments

Haifa, Israel commemorates the role of soldiers from India’s Army

The municipality of Haifa, Israel   commemorates the the sacrifices made by soldiers, from India (fighting for the British crown),  many of whom are buried in the cemetery here.  Stories of their valiant efforts in liberating the coastal city during the First World War will be included in the school history curriculum.

“The move is a part of Haifa’s efforts to preserve the city’s history and heritage,” Hedva Almog, deputy Mayor of Haifa said.

Many Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in this region during the First World War and nearly 900 are cremated or buried in cemeteries across Israel. Almog said that the municipality is planning big centenary celebrations to commemorate the event in 2018, calling upon India to join hands in making it a success. Charge de Affaires at the Indian mission in Tel Aviv, Vani Rao, reacted positively to the request extending support in organizing the Centenary celebrations.

The Indian army commemorates September 23 as Haifa Day, to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments that helped liberate the city in 1918 following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. Residents of the Israeli city also celebrate Haifa Day with a series of cultural programs during the week.

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November 28, 2012   No Comments

Returning Indian Expats Prefer Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai

According to the Times of India, Bangalore hires the highest proportion of returning overseas Indians (NRIs or non-resident Indian as they are still oxymoronically called) in its workforce.  It is especially relevant in the IT, pharmacy and healthcare sectors, where they prefer to hire candidates with international exposure, as told by Rajesh Kumar, CEO of a global recruitment consulting firm, MyHiringClub.

Companies that are especially looking into expanding globally need to understand global practices and specific markets. Studies conducted under MyHiringClub indicate NRI professionals accounted for 21% of total lateral hiring in India.  The IT & ITES sector has seen the number of NRI hiring at 23%, pharmacy and healthcare accounted for 21%, FMCG 18% and infrastructure 11%.

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October 26, 2012   No Comments

Private healthcare dominates overall spend in India

A new study found that three-fourths of all the healthcare spending in India happens at hospitals owned by corporations.  Further  the growth of private hospitals has also been inequitable, with more than a third of all hospitals present in the large Metros and Tier I cities.

This leaves two problems (opportunities?) in India today. First is that the vast majority of its 1.2 billion citizens don’t have access to anything beyond the most basic healthcare facilities.  Second that even in the Tier 2 and 3 towns and cities,  not much is available in the form of high quality care.

The study points to some public-private partnerships as example of how to  broaden the reach of citizens covered by healthcare. A few illustrations in the health sector include the Urban Slum Healthcare Project in Andhra Pradesh which is a partnership between State Commissionerate of Family Welfare and NGOs. Another is outsourcing emergency transport services in 14 states in the country where state governments are in partnership with private providers such as EMRI and  Ziquitsa. Further there has been the practice of contracting management of PHCs and CHCs to NGOs in Karnataka and Gujarat. GE Healthcare too has partnered with public hospitals to set up diagnostic centers within the hospital.

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September 2, 2012   No Comments

Ricoh’s California unit innovates in India

My friend Professor Sudhir Jain is now Director (President) of  one of the “new” Indian Institutes of Technology, the one located in India’s fastest growing state, Gujarat.  IIT Gandhinagar has aligned with office equipment maker Ricoh’s  innovating lab based in California.

“We floated a proposal to Ricoh Innovation Inc (RII) to get involved with us, to which they have agreed.  We will develop technology  focused on improving interactions between people and information. An emerging market like India offers huge opportunities.  Ricoh Innovation Center wants to understand the Indian market through us. Our students shall get involved in doing this,” Dr Jain was quoted as saying in Business Line.

RII develops technologies for Ricoh, specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. “One of the projects initiated at the institute in joint collaboration with RII was Book Snap, as a part of which our students had developed a library linked software for them,” Professor Jain said.

What this means

They say capital flows quickly across the globe. But when ideas and innovation meet passion and zeal, I think you see an even faster flow. A new institute in India collaborating with the California unit of a Japanese company, that is an example of extreme global R&D, wouldn’t you say?

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August 26, 2012   No Comments