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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Oneness that is 'us'

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, first you must create the universe. Carl Sagan Today, continue to explore the oneness that is “us.”

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Ger of the Country 18.8%: All India Survey on Higher Education Provisional Report

Ger of the Country 18.8%: All India Survey on Higher Education Provisional Report

Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal, released the first Provisional Report of the ambitious All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) here today. The report contains countrywide estimates of Gross Enrolment Ratio on the basis of data collected till July 31, 2012, from the Higher Education (HE) Institutions of the country including Universities, Colleges, and Stand-Alone Institutions.

The key idea behind this Survey and the resulting document is to prepare a sound database on the large and diverse system of Higher Education in the country. The Survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. The Ministry has constituted a Task Force to carry out the Survey. This Task Force has representations from stake-holders including the Ministry, the UGC, the AICTE, various Regulatory Bodies, as well as Departments of Higher Education of the States. Shri Sunil Kumar, Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh, the then Additional Secretary in the Department of Higher Education is its Chairman.

The Provisional Report contains statistical information on various aspects of all the Institutions of Higher Education in India. It is heartening to know that the overall Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of the country stands at 18.8% (based on estimated figures collected till July 31, 2012). The estimated statistics are expected to be revised, considering that data is still being uploaded on the AISHE portal ( or Few more detailed reports will be released as the first year of the survey comes to a close. The Ministry has also taken a decision to continue the Survey on annual basis which will replace the existing manual system of data collection in higher education.

The entire survey has been voluntary, based on motivation of respondents; and without any statutory mandate in place for collecting information of this nature. It needs a Survey like this to bring out the correct and complete picture of the system so that relevant statistics are available to the Central Government as well as State Governments, in order to devise future policies. Besides, the Report will also create immediate awareness of the present status of the Higher Education and its growth since Independence till date.

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Connection with universe

To describe myself in a scientific way, I must also describe my surroundings, which is a clumsy way of getting around to the realization that you are the entire universe. Alan Watts Today, explore your connection to all that is. Try to find a line where you begin and end. Hint: “My skin” is not the answer. Keep looking.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Carpe Diem

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in the morrow. Horace Today, be and do as if there will be no tomorrow.

Gifts in China: what to give, what to avoid (infographic) | Illuminant.

Gifts in China: what to give, what to avoid (infographic)

This month’s Illuminant’s Chinese Takeout focuses on China’s gift culture: what gifts are good, auspicious and lucky, and which gifts you should avoid giving!

As our infographic says in its introduction, receiving a gift from a Chinese business or government contact and not having an appropriate gift to give in return causes embarrassment and a sense of debt (which is unhelpful in a Chinese negotiation).  Conversely, the giving of a gift to a Chinese party (and catching him or her without a response) can put you into a stronger position, at least to be able to secure a follow-up meeting!

If you find this month’s infographic helpful, please consider checking our other Illuminant’s Chinese Takeouts: A Realistic Overview of China, Understanding Chinese Holidays for Better Business Outcomes, and Colors to Use and Colors to Avoid in China.

Scroll to the bottom to download a high-resolution version in PDF.

Illuminant's Chinese Takeout Vol-04 Enter the Dragon - Gifts (what to give, what to avoid)


Click to download a high-resolution PDF of Illuminant’s Chinese Takeout: Enter the Dragon (Gifts in China)

Special credit for this month’s infographic goes to our awesome researcher Nicky Ruan for the topic and research, and our funky new designer Gina Kim for her terrific illustrations.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Being Here

Your understandings are of misunderstandings. St. Francis of Assisi Today, notice how far conditioned mind’s “knowing” and “understanding” pull you from being here where life happens. 270

Monday, 24 September 2012

Chaos Inside

I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche Today, see if you can see the chaos, the disorder, the incompleteness in you as steps in your dance with life.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Fear behind the things

We fear something before we hate it. A child who fears noises becomes an adult who hates noise. Cyril Connolly Today, notice the fear behind the things you hate.

Saturday, 22 September 2012


To the person who is afraid, everything rustles. Sophocles Today, notice how you feel afraid.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Don't postpone Joy

Each day, death strikes, and we live as though we were immortal. This is the greatest marvel. The Mahabharata One of my favorite reminders is “don’t postpone joy.” Today, notice what you focus on as if you have an eternity to choose--later-- the life you truly want.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Dreamers Truth

Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth. Jean-Paul Sartre

Today, notice how you confuse the negativity of the voices of conditioning with truth.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Spread your wins. Sing!

Be like the bird, pausing in its flight On limb too slight, Feels it give way, yet sings, Knowing it has wings. Victor Hugo Today, spread your wings. Sing!

I am interested in learning Chinese predictions done from Tea leaves pattern in tea cup after we have drunk tea.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012


I live in possibility. Emily Dickinson

Today, be aware of possibility before the voices talk you into defeat.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Breathe, Feel, See, Hear

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift

Today, practice being fully alive. Breathe. Feel. See. Hear.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

End of Course at SIBM today

The Last Day

Think every day your last: you will receive with joy hours on which you have not counted. Horace Today, set aside the conversation in your mind and live with life.

Today is last day of Adhik Maas in India as per Hindu Panchaang.

Today I am taking last session in SIBM for Bisiness Ethics and Responsible Business Course.

Saturday, 15 September 2012



Let us be kinder to one another. Aldous Huxley’s last words Today, let kindness direct your every movement.

Friday, 14 September 2012


No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved. Mignon Mclaughlin Today, consider that only each of us can give that love to ourselves and it is from that fulfillment that we love others.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Gratitude! Tears melting into mountain snow Soen Nakagawa Today, as you go through your day, notice everything for which you are grateful.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

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Beauty of what we love

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Jalaluddin Rumi Today, find the willingness to spend the majority of your day in the beauty that you love.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Sad to see Amul Girl weeps for first time to pay homage to Kurien - Business

Tribute to Verghese Kurien.

Paying homage to father of white revolution in India Dr Verghese Kurien, who catapulted India from being a milk-deficient country to the world's largest milk producer, 'Amul's' mascot for the first time ever was seen weeping (since 1964) in an advertisement.

"Thank You For Giving us Hausla, Pragati & Anand......Dr V Kurien 1912-2012," the ad released by Amul's advertising agency DaCunah Communications read.

The ad shows the young iconic Muppet, usually attired in polka dot frock and shown smiling, draped in a saree and weeping, with two ladies standing alongside.

Photographs, courtesy: Amul

Image: Tribute to Verghese Kurien.

Monday, 10 September 2012


The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails. Ramakrishna Today, stop often to feel the breezes of grace.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Things don't change

Things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change. Marcel Proust Today, consider some of the things you wished for in youth that you no longer wish for.

Saturday, 8 September 2012


Truth is completely spontaneous. Lies have to be taught. Buckminster Fuller Did you see the truth of that the moment you read it? Today, practice not believing the lies conditioned mind is repeating to you.

Friday, 7 September 2012


The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it. Swami Vivekananda Today, consider one thing that weakens you that you’re willing to let go. Hint: Believing the voices would be a good place to start!

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Something we were withholding made us weak Until we found it was ourselves. Robert Frost Today, see what you are willing to fully give yourself to. Hint: It doesn’t have to be something big. Wholeheartedness is a process and a habit.

Print Release

Increase in Number of Foreign Companies
As per the 55th Annual Report on the working and administration of the Companies Act 1956 for the year ended March 2011, the number of foreign companies has increased from 2609 as on 31.3.2008 to 3127 as on 31.3.2011. There has been consistent increase in the number of foreign companies which have a place of business in the country.

The Government has initiated several steps in the recent past to ensure business friendly environment and to encourage foreign investment in India such as:

i. Allowing foreign investment in Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDFs)
ii. Allowing AD banks to allow pledge of shares acquired under the FDI scheme.
iii. Allowing general permission for transfer of shares in the financial sector and where the pricing guidelines are not met but where the SEBI pricing guidelines are met.
iv. The FII limit for investment in government securities and corporate bonds has been increased to US$ 20 billion and 45 billion respectively.
v. Lock-in period and residual maturity for the schemes relating to FII investment in infrastructure debt and non-resident investment in infrastructure Development Funds (IDFs) were rationalized.
vi. Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs) were permitted to invest in non-infrastructure corporate bonds up to a limit of US$ 1 billion.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. Alfred Adler Today, consider how hard it is to be a person of principle and let the compassion of that knowledge inspire more tolerance for others and greater effort for yourself.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Print Release

Good Corporate Governance is Essentially about Effective & Responsible Leadership -Dr. M.Veerappa Moily

Union Corporate affairs Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily has underlined the need to bring in such a good corporate Governance that is essentially about effective and responsive leadership which calls for integrity, transparency and accountability. Dr. Moily was addressing the 2nd ICSI CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WEEK here in at New Delhi today. The minister said in the dynamic global environment good governance has assumed considerable importance and it is an essential requirement for socio economic development and a tool for inclusive growth. Also the reputation of corporates contributes 75% to success of Good Governance. He complimented the Institute of Company Secretaries of India for this initiative and said that ICSI has always demonstrated its commitment to corporate governance and is playing a leaders role in promoting good corporate governance practices amongst corporate India .

Dr. Moily said his ministry has always been in the forefront to facilitate corporate growth and at the same time putting in place an enlightened regulatory environment that ensures sustainable, equitable and inclusive development. It also ensures best corporate governance and practices for the purpose of accountable, responsible and transparent system of corporate governance.

He said the National Policy on Corporate Governance which is being drafted by committee headed by Mr. Adi Godrej to provide a world class corporate administration framework to facilitate growth of corporate sector in the country. Also, the Competition Amendment Bill has been drafted and is under the consideration of Group of Ministers head by the Finance Minister. The Minister said for the ease of doing business in India a committee is being formed consisting of members from all the relevant sectors concerned directly or indirectly with doing business in our country. The aim is to have a measurable target in terms of improvement in the rankings within a period of next 3 to 5 years.

Dr. Moily ensured that the New Companies Bill 2011 will be passed soon and will be instrumental in enlightening the regulator environment for better sustainability . He once again stressed on the need for economic stability & progress intertwined with Corporate Social Responsibility .

The other prominent speakers included Shri Nesar Ahmad , President ,The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint Managing Director ,Hero Motorcorp Ltd, Mr. U Venkataraman ,CEO –Currency Derivatives Segment and Whole Time Director ,MCX Stock Exchange, Shri P K Mittal, Council Member, ICSI, Shri Rajiv Bajaj , Chairman Northern India Regional Council and Shri N K Jain, Secretary & CEO of ICSI.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has observed the 2nd ICSI CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WEEK on the theme ‘Good Governance For Sustainability’, from August 27th to August 31st 2012 across the Country. The idea behind the ICSI Corporate Governance Week is to create awareness, propagate the best practices of corporate governance and mainstream corporate responsibility in the social fabric.

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