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Panda Express to Start in India

California-based and family-owned Panda Express which serves American Chinese cuisine has entered into a partnership with Mumbai India-based JSM restaurant chains. JSM will likely roll out the largely self-serviced outlets of Panda Express over the next six months starting with major metros, with plans to open about 50 outlets over the next five years, reports Economic Times.

Panda Express Logo

JSM, backed by Wipro founder Azim Premji‘s investment fund PremjiInvest, runs eight brand properties with close to 30 outlets — Hard Rock Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, Pinkberry, Shiro, Plus91, The Big Kanuha, Asilo and Ginger Tiger.

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March 30, 2016   No Comments

BiOWiSH Technologies Improves Shelf Life of Bananas from India

India is the largest banana producers in the world, yet, only a fraction of this produce hits global markets. The National Research Centre for Bananas in Tiruchirappalli, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu estimates India’s banana and plantain production at 28.4 million tons per year with 20-24% of harvest lost due to substandard handling including improper transportation, packaging and storage reports Forbes.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, BiOWish Technologies has developed a product in the form of a wash that has been tested to be effective at resolving latex issues in banana production, increasing storage life and maintaining their freshness. This creates options for longer supply chains to market while preserving final produce quality and to reduce the overall spoilage losses.

BioWiSH Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Rod Vautier, a founder of the company and currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, “As we developed our product’s technology to improve the banana washing process to improve fruit aesthetics and save water, the significant extension of shelf life for the fruit was unexpectedly the greatest benefit to the perishable food industry.”

During a recent trial, a banana producer in Chamarajanagar near Mysore, India, compared a traditional post-harvest of aluminum sulfate-treated water with the BiOWiSH wash and found that after six days stored at room temperature, the traditionally treated bananas showed more signs of crown rot and ripening than the bananas washed in water treated with BiOWiSH.

The additional time to ripening provided by the newly developed wash will help India overcome some of its logistical challenges and increase its amount of exportable quality fruit.

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March 27, 2016   No Comments

Make in India Exhibition Gets Response

The Make in India week, organized by the Department of Industrial Policies and Promotion and the western state of Maharashtra created avenues for showcasing, connecting and collaborating for manufacturing in India. The response from corporate investors from domestic and international markets was significant , and 2,094 memorandums of understanding were signed during the week between various industry players and state governments. The govrnement claims new commitments  of over $250 billion from local and global industries, reports Business World.

Make in India Week

Key investments announced included

  • An MoU between Sterlite Group company’s TwinStar Display Technologies and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation for an LCD manufacturing unit in technical collaboration with Autron of Taiwan
  • BAE Systems  a Briritsh defense vendor and  India ‘s Mahindra & Mahindra  for assembling and testing of M777 Howitzers
  • Gujarat Government and Vestas of Denmark to manufacture wind turbine blades at Ahmedabad, in Gujarat
  • Gujarat Government and Tar Kovacs Systems of France for an offshore platform to develop marine applications in the state

Indian companies annoucements spanned

  • Mahindra and Mahindra’s $1.5 billion expansion plan
  • Raymond Industries’ $225 million  for manufacturing linen yarn and fabric facility
  • JSW Steel’s  investment into $1 billion  Jaigarh Port Ltd.,
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February 23, 2016   No Comments

Education-Hungry India is a Prime Target for Global Online Universities

BBC reports that at present, only about 12% of young people in India get university places and the Indian government has a target to increase university enrollment by 30% by 2030.

The Indian higher education sector could not realistically expand that quickly in terms of traditional universities says Steve Hill, director of external engagement at U.K.’s Open University, who sees distance learning as a practical way for India to reach its target for another 14 million university places in less than 15 years. “The only way it is going to reach its target is online. India has to embrace distance learning,” he adds.

Open University, does not offer courses directly, but works with local institutions and support courses accredited by Indian universities. “They will deliver their own local qualifications,” but with content and online teaching resources provided by us, says Hill.

Coursera, a company based in California, wants to be part of India’s drive to expand access to higher education. It offers “Moocs” (massive open online courses), and offers free online courses from 140 universities including Yale, Stanford, Columbia and Edinburgh.

However, since Coursera courses do not lead to an external exam or an accredited degree, and Dr. Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera says that if employers in India accept online Mooc courses as relevant for job applications it would help close the skill gap.

A recent report from the British Council forecast that by 2025 India will have the biggest student-age population in the world. It means a decade of even more intense competition from international universities for a share of this expanding market.

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February 23, 2016   No Comments

Online Universities Target India

BBC reports that at present, only about 12% of young people in India get university admission and the Indian government has a target to increase university enrollment by 30% by 2030. Dr. Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera, the California company that offers “Moocs” (massive open online courses), says this is “hugely ambitious” and then qualifies it further as “frankly almost impossible” if such an expansion were to depend on building new bricks and mortar universities. It would mean establishing “literally a couple of thousand universities” as well as expanding the existing institutions, he says.

Coursera, with 17 million registered students and free online courses from 140 universities including Yale, Stanford, Columbia and Edinburgh, wants to be part of India’s drive to expand access to higher education.

However, since Coursera courses do not lead to an external exam or an accredited degree, Levin says that if employers accept online Mooc courses as relevant for job applications it would help close the skill gap.

Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera

Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera

U.K.’s distance learning university, the Open University, also has ambitions to increase its reach in India, not by offering courses directly, but by working with local institutions and support courses accredited by Indian universities.

“They will deliver their own local qualifications,” but with content and online teaching resources provided by the Open University, says director of external engagement Steve Hill who sees distance learning as a practical way for India to reach its target for another 14 million university places in less than 15 years. The Indian higher education sector could not realistically expand that quickly in terms of traditional universities, he says. “The only way it is going to reach its target is online. India has to embrace distance learning,” he adds.

A recent report from the British Council forecast that by 2025 India will have the biggest student-age population in the world. It means a decade of even more intense competition from international universities for a share of this expanding market.

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February 16, 2016   No Comments