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Keynotes from Anand Sudarshan’s talk

Anand Sudarshan, CEO, Manipal Universal Learning, shared his detailed insights of the education industry and the need for strong technology adoption. Here are the excerpts:

Manipal Universal is keen in using technology as an enabler for Transformation: We have about 220000 students today and we would be serving over 500000 students by 2013. Opportunities in developing markets is huge and technology will play a pivotal role in designing and implementing learning strategies that cover the complete value chain.

Nations which have invested in education are the one who have economically succeeded. Both education and economy are hand in glove. Manipal is expanding internationally. To us technology is core and fundamental. We are working hard to ensure that it is incorporated into our corporate DNA. It is easy to say but tough to implement as people will have to adapt…

We look at Technology in three vectors:
1st vector- front facing vector- use of technology results in better learning and teaching.

2nd is building framework of scaffolding- manage the whole quality of delivering high quality education system. Scale and sustainability has to go together. Hence the second part is equally important for us.

We have 3 modes of deliveries- on campuses, distance education and more practice oriented vocational courses.
Technology can play crucial role in all. There is a cultural diversity as we operate in multiple countries and geographies. We also have govt and community besides students and faculty.Context that exists in each of these are different. and this context has to be understood.

3rd is the scale and complexity of each of these. Quality is not fixed one, it has to move up contextually. Need keeps changing. Teaching computer science today is much different compared to what it was 5 yrs ago. When in the business of delivering outstanding academics, we need to look 4-5 years beyond… for that the foundation needs to be laid and technology alone can help.

As an education service provider, we have an accountability to our key stake holders- the students. One role we play is the academic, second : that of a service provider. We need to ensure that every student who graduates is first an empowered and equipped learner and second, accountable learner.

Manipal is a sub urb of Udupi, district headquarter of Udupi dist, Karnataka. Manipal was a barren land a few decades ago but now houses wide range of Academic institutions- Manipal Institute of Technology, Kasturba Medical College (popularly known as Manipal Hospital), Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Institute, Manipal Institute of Communication and many more…

More about Manipal Universal can be found at Also be sure to watch this beautiful video of Manipal University… My all time favorite.

Events | Monday, April 12th, 2010 | Comment | By
SAP ties up with Wipro to offer SAP as SaaS

News Just in from SME Legend 2010, SAP Talkshow at Taj West End, Bangalore..

SAP has tied up with Software Major Wipro to offer SAP as a SaaS (Software as a Service), so that small companies can avail SAP services on a monthly rental basis.

One of the biggest hurdles companies face when decide to adopt SAP is the price. Most of the SMEs may not be able to afford the same. However, with SAP services now available as SaaS, small and medium enterprises can adopt SAP for a very less amount, a nominal monthly fee.

This would be an additional licensing and delivery option for SAP Business All in One Solutions, which is achieved through a subscription based hosted delivery model.

Bringing you the news first, ahead of any news channel or website, live as it is being announced by Debdeep Sengupta, VP, SME & Channels, SAP India…

Debdeep hosted a talkshow wherein he interacted with couple of key customers who had adopted SAP aggressively. SAP Business By Design concept was also demoed during the event.
Will update this post with more details by evening…

Business Tips, News | Monday, April 12th, 2010 | Comment | By
Setting the Context: DebDeep Sengupta, VP, SAP India

DebDeep Sengupta, VP, SME and Channels, SAP Indian Subcontinent, set the context for today’s talk show.

SAP has been working with SMEs (Small and Midsizes Enterprises) 2006 onwards. SAP has more than 70,500 SME clients worldwide, representing over 77% of its global customer base, with operations across more than 25 industries. There is a general perception that SAP is ONLY for big companies, which isn’t true. Over past one year, we’ve acquired about 1000 customers, most of them are SMEs. This percentage continues to grow as the company attracts around 35 new customers every working day and its SME base has tippled over past 3 years.

SAP India serves more than 3300 SME customers. Instead of a regular speech and presentations, which tend to be boring, we have decided to make it more interactive, by inviting some of our prominent customers and having an interactive session with the panel and audience, to make it much more lively… Debdeep said.

From SAP Talkshow-SME legend 2010

The Panel includes Luis Murguia, Senior Vice President, SME, SAP EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa & India), Anand Sudarshan, Manipal Universal Learning, Anup Guha, CFO, Greaves Cotton Ltd and Mr Sandeep Ranjan, Founder and CEO, Prognosys e-service Pvt Ltd

Events | Monday, April 12th, 2010 | Comment | By
Pledge against Child Sexual

Child Sexual Abuse is a Crime. We often believe that sexual abuse of children cannot occur in our homes. The harsh reality is otherwise. It is a fact that victims can be a boy or a girl, rich or poor, educated or illiterate.

The abuser is often someone known – a relative, friend, teacher, or even a parent. The refusal to acknowledge the possibility of abuse taking place is the root cause of child sexual abuse being inadequately addressed and tackled in India.

Having said that, we may not be able to change the scenario overnight, but each one of us can certainly do a little. Each one of us can pledge what at our individual level, we will not get involved in Child Sexual Abuse. Tiny drops can make mighty ocean and a million pledges CAN make a difference.

Requesting each one of you to visit and make a pledge against Child Sexual Abuse… Every pledge counts. The website also has host of information about Child Sexual Abuse.

You can also help the cause by keeping the msg “I’ve pledged against Child Sexual Abuse at, have you?” as your gtalk status

The initiative is being taken as a part of Sandhosh Kumar’s mission Everest, who is currently climbing Mount Everest to support the cause of Child Sexual Abuse.

Events | Sunday, April 11th, 2010 | Comment | By
Kiruba Shankar at Goafest

BusinessBlogging CEO Kiruba Shankar would be attending the prestigious Goa Fest, being held in Goa this April. Kiruba will be member of a panel along with other dignitaries…

Keep watching this place for more details.

Events | Saturday, April 10th, 2010 | Comment | By
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