IESA announces four MoUs to bridge ESDM Talent Gap at Vision 2017

  • Partners with Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and launches NETRA (National ESDM Technology Research Academy)
  • MoU with IIT Kharagpur to jointly create a comprehensive platform for pursuing advanced research works
  • Collaboration with Infineon to work & nurture the start-ups incubated by Electropreneur Park
  • MoU with SID (Society for Information Display) for creation of a display industry eco system

Bangalore, India: February 21, 2017: Promoting the vision of making India the ESDM product innovation hub, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) industry today at their annual flagship event, Vision Summit announced their association with India’s leading engineering institutes and associations to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem amongst the students; industry academia and the ESDM ecosystem. Four major MoUs were launched; with ESSCI (Electronics Sector Skills Council of India), SID (Society for Information Display), IIT Kharagpur (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur) and Infineon to build a robust talent pipeline in the ESDM space, by strengthening industry-academia relations.

Speaking about these initiatives, K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA, said “We see the year ahead as a year where the ESDM industry will scale up in value addition and value proposition. With the ongoing digital revolution in the country and the thrust from the government to use technology to improve governance delivery to the people, the requirement for developing new and better innovative products and solutions are growing by the day. This has opened up a number of opportunities to promote both product and solutions development and manufacturing them in our country. Our efforts in recent years to make India grow in different spheres of the ESDM eco system has brought out the need for a continuous development of high quality talent as well as a sustainable model to support start-up culture through focused mentoring so that a higher number of start-ups succeed. We strongly believe that this vision of ours can only be turned into reality by bridging the talent gap between industry and academia in our country. The other need is for us to bring to the front table some of the technology vectors like the Industrial displays. Our association with these prominent institutions and industry mentors and sub vertical associations have encouraged us to spread our vision amongst the ESDM industry and academia and preparing them to be future ready,” said K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA, highlighting the importance of the MoUs.

Commenting on the collaborations, M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA said India has already stepped into an era where it has become the default destination for design-led ESDM manufacturing which is opening new gates of opportunities for the economic growth of the nation. Our alliance with State and Government is to bring us closer to our vision of making India the manufacturing hub in the years to come.

We believe that with support from industry, academia and associations, the young workforce of our country, will be able to fulfill the dream of India as the ESDM innovation hub very soon.”

India’s ESDM sector to optimistically reach US$228 billion by 2020 says IESA and EY report announced at Vision Summit 2017

“Design led manufacturing to amplify growth of India’s ESDM industry” said IESA

The IESA Technovation Sarabhai Award went to Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman – Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 

Bangalore, India: February 21, 2017: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body, representing the Indian electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) today commenced IESA Vision Summit 2017. This is the 12th edition of Vision Summit focused on the central theme of Design led Manufacturing- Redefining the future of India’s ESDM. This edition will feature large and medium sized IT companies as well as the starts ups. IESA is working along with the Central/State Government in developing policies and taking measures to scale up indigenous production in India to meet the rising demand for electronics.

The riveting inauguration of the summit was addressed by Sh. Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary, MeitY, Govt. of India, Ravi Gururaj, President, TiE Bangalore and K Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA.

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The Summit attracted thought provoking keynotes, panel sessions and workshops from CXO’s of global majors like Cypress Semiconductors, Rambus, Qualcomm, IBM, Tessolve, Seagate, Western Digital, MediaTek, Applied Materials and IMEC, Lam Research, Soitec and many others. The event also attracted delegations from Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and Philippines, France, Belgium and USA. The workshops on “Designing with Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FDSOI) technology for IOT products, Creating ESDM Product Innovation Hubs on Campus” and “India Digital Broadcast” was also well received by the attendees of Vision Summit 2017.

The Summit also marked the announcement of IESA – EY executive summary report highlights which stated India’s ESDM sector to optimistically reach about US$228 billion by 2020. It also added that, the $100+ billion opportunity in 2016-17 will grow further at a CAGR of 16- 23%. Apart from sector specific drivers, the forecasts are based upon overall GDP growth of India, currency movement, inflation, existing trade agreements, consumer sentiments, potential government consumption, existing government policies, investments (foreign and domestic), manufacturing entities (existing Indian players, foreign players, Indian conglomerates, start-ups) and type of value addition in India.

Other highlights pointed out that, the domestic manufacturing for Electronic Products has been growing at a CAGR of 17% which is expected to increase further over next 5 years. Electronic Manufacturing Services segment has seen a huge growth over the past two years and has grown from $0.5bn. in 2013 to $1.0 bn. in 2015. Indian EMS market is estimated to witness exponential growth of 42-68% over the next five years to reach US$6-13.2 billion.

Many IESA Member companies highlighted their commitment to Make in India through investments as a part of M-SIPS approvals. The total combined investment is envisaged to be more than Rs. 1,700 crores.

Senior officials from the state governments of Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand highlighted the formulation and implementation of ESDM policies in their respective states.

In a glittering Technovation awards event in the evening Sh. Umesh Prasad Sah, Director – IT, Govt. of Jharkhand, Sh. Shailendra Kumar Tyagi, Director, STPI – Bangalore, Sh. S V Rasal, Managing Director, Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring Instruments (IDEMI) , Sh. Santosh Kumar, President & MD, Texas Instruments and Shri K Krishna Moorthy, Chairman IESA presented the prestigious IESA Technovation Awards 2016 for excellence in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing across various categories.  The Prestigious IESA Technovation Sarabhai Award went to Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman – Indian Space Research Organisation.

In his inaugural speech, K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA said “We see the year ahead as a year where the ESDM industry will scale up in value addition and value proposition. With the ongoing digital revolution in the country and the thrust from the government to use technology to improve governance delivery to the people, the requirement for developing new and better innovative products and solutions are growing by the day. This has opened up a number of opportunities to promote both product and solutions development and manufacturing them in our country. IESA believes in an integrated approach which is sustainable over a long period of time and hence are focusing on Design and IP ownership as a significant component in our efforts to boost and sustain the manufacturing eco system. Our efforts in recent years to make India grow in different spheres of the ESDM eco system has brought out the need for a continuous development of four key aspects namely- Start up growth, Talent development, Technology exposure and design ownership. Our efforts in the recent years have been to set these pillars of growth and create sustainable growth engine in ESDM. Our close association with the central and state governments as well as prominent institutions and industry members have encouraged us to become future ready.” 

Highlighting the involvement of various state governments in the conclave, Mr. M. N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “We are a trusted advisory to the Government of India, and have been advocating India’s stance as an ESDM powerhouse. We believe that designing is a crucial component for the development of a successful innovation. At Vision 2017, we are not only promoting local manufacturing but also focusing on the relevance of design led manufacturing and its contribution towards the growth of India’s ESDM sector. With the allocation and incentives of schemes like M-SIPS and EDF to Rs745 crore in this year’s budget, we strongly believe that India will be the next manufacturing powerhouse of the globe.”

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IESA Vision Summit 2017 included a workshop on Designing with Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FDSOI) technology for IOT products. It was led by Paul Boudre, Chairman of the Board & CEO, SOITEC (a world leader in designing and manufacturing innovative semiconductor materials); Max Mirgoli, Executive Vice President of World Wide Strategic Partnerships, IMEC; Thomas Piliszczuk, Executive Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, SOITEC and Dr. Ajit Manocha, Executive Chairman of the Board, POET Technologies. An intensive and exhaustive session with industry leaders delineating the newest technology in semiconductor manufacturing, i.e., fully depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI). FDSOI is touted to be an alternative to bulk silicon as a substrate for building CMOS devices. The panelists will discuss and debate whether FDSOI gives major competitive advantages at 28 nm and 20 nm due to its lower power consumption and higher performance compared to planar bulk CMOS. Will the ultra-low voltage capability be a boon for IoT applications that get their energy perhaps from harvesting vibrations, solar, etc.? Be a part of this interesting workshop if you would like your doubts clarified on the suitability of FDSOI technology and architectural solutions for IoT applications. 

Vision Summit 2017 is aptly titled “Design-Led Manufacturing- Redefining the future of India’s ESDM” since ESDM has already been established as the sunrise sector where the next manufacturing boom is happening. At this conference, we bring you thought leaders from all verticals associated with this sector to discuss, debate and figure out ways to make IP creation happen in India. Let’s put our heads together to plan on solutions to make India the global manufacturing hub for ESDM.

NetApp Delivers Innovation for the Hybrid Cloud Era with New Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence, Startup Accelerator Program

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Highlights: NetApp Global Center of Excellence drives customer success in data-driven world, builds key skills across startup ecosystem to further company’s Data Fabric strategy.

BENGALURU, India, January 18, 2017:  Expanding its leadership in helping customers thrive in a changing technology landscape, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the opening of its Bengaluru, India, Global Center of Excellence to further innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.

The new engineering facility, located in the technology hub of Whitefield, is home to one of the company’s largest research and development (R&D) teams. It also houses the company’s first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity, that will help nurture technology startups. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the facility and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design.

“Bengaluru is the technology, science, and knowledge capital of India and this is a matter of great pride for all of Karnataka. The State Government offers its complete support to technology companies in establishing their centers here. I am very happy that NetApp has invested in a great future with their new campus.” said Mr. Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Government of Karnataka on this occasion. Mr. Siddaramaiah inaugurated the center in a ceremony attended by government and civic officials, NetApp employees and senior company leaders from around the globe.

“The innovations that come from our Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence will help customers around the world get ahead of the competition by enabling their data-powered digital transformation strategies” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “Our continued investment in India, with its highly skilled talent, collaborative government and global business partners, strengthens our ability to succeed in the new era of hybrid cloud.”

Talented team helps customers maximize value of data

NetApp has been in India for 15 years, fueling advancements in the company’s portfolio of flash, cloud, and next-generation data center solutions that help manage and protect the world’s data. The Bengaluru team’s mission includes expanding NetApp’s line-up of Data Fabric solutions and services that maximize control and improve the secure movement of data across the hybrid cloud. The diverse skills of employees and partners available at the new center will further innovations in these areas. NetApp India has been ranked as one of the top 50 best places to work since 2009, and the new campus provides an inspiring, collaborative and state-of-the-art environment for its engineers to develop new offerings even faster.

Startup Accelerator Program expands Data Fabric ecosystem 

The new NetApp startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, will house and help nurture technology startups. “The digital revolution is creating a need for partnerships to fully support customer needs,” said Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group. “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups who will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need. With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.”

New facility designed for collaboration and sustainability

The Global Center of Excellence is uniquely designed to create a collaborative environment that inspires employees to be their best. With a 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory, employees can access the latest and most sophisticated technologies across the world. The 15-acre campus incorporates a million square feet of workspace that supports multiple collaborative options with hi-tech conferencing capabilities, a 1,000-seater auditorium, and informal meeting areas to foster teamwork.

The center is also one of the first all-steel buildings in India. It was built with 7,000 metric tons of nearly 100% recyclable steel, which reduced water waste during construction. Sustainable features are built into every design feature to optimize energy usage creating carbon savings of over 12000 tons per year, which is same as planting as many trees a year. In addition, the construction processes applied resulted in a saving about 1500 tons of CO2. With over 70% of land area free for open, green spaces, and all possible water recycled through an “eco-pond”, the campus is a benchmark for green buildings.

Beyond its work amenities, the campus supports multiple recreational and convenience options to support employees’ active lifestyles. Sports offerings include football and tennis, and for personal fitness, a gymnasium and yoga program. A “mall street” allows employees to buy daily conveniences, pay bills, book tickets and visit doctors at work. To enhance the quality of life for employees, NetApp subsidizes transport and cafeteria food and has benefit options that support employees moving closer to the campus.

KARAN BAJWA NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR, IBM INDIA PVT. LTD. VANITHA NARAYANAN APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF IBM INDIA PVT. LTD.

New Delhi, India – 4th Jan 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the appointment of Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd, succeeding Vanitha Narayanan who is appointed as Chairman of IBM India Pvt. Ltd.  These leadership announcements further demonstrate IBM’s commitment in the region.

Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he was the Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement.  Prior to that he has served in various roles in Microsoft and Cisco.  Karan is not new to IBM, having worked for five years leading IBM’s networking business and based in Singapore from 2001 – 2005.

“I am humbled and excited as I take on this role of Managing Director of IBM India.  I see great opportunity ahead for IBM in this market. By constantly reinventing itself and investing in innovation, IBM today is in a sweet spot to help businesses and governments with their digital transformation journey. I look forward to partnering with the industry, our ecosystem and the IBM team to further strengthen our business in the region.” – Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, IBM India Pvt. Ltd. 

As Managing Director of IBM India, Karan will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM’s sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/SA region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He will lead the team to win new business, shape market opportunities by building alliances and partnerships and solidify the company’s position in the marketplace.  He will lead IBM’s partnership with clients for a cloud and cognitive led digital transformation of their businesses.

As Chairman, Vanitha will play a critical role in enabling capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, global centers of excellence, research and innovation labs.  IBM will rely on her leadership to engage and further strengthen the Government and Regulatory affairs initiatives. She will maximize the value of the entire organization in the region by evangelizing IBM’s brand and solutions in the ecosystem.

“IBM has been a key player in India’s technology journey and innovated with our clients in establishing many firsts.  I see tremendous opportunity for us to power India’s digital transformation with our cognitive cloud platforms and deep industry expertise. It is incredibly gratifying for me to take over as Chairman of IBM India, a newly created position that reiterates the importance that IBM places on India to support growth and innovation in the region”. – Vanitha Narayanan, Chairman, IBM India Pvt. Ltd. 

Vanitha has over 29 years of experience working across IBM in several countries. She has been a part of the IBM India/South Asia business since 2009 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director in 2013.   In her tenure as the Managing Director, she has consistently led strong revenue growth and expanded India’s footprint across new industries, making India one of the fastest growing markets for IBM. She comes with deep industry experience and has held various leadership roles in Sales & Distribution, Global Business Services(GBS) and the Telecom sector, across Asia-Pacific and Global markets.

Both, Karan and Vanitha will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific. These appointments are effective immediately. 

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Philips is working with the ecosystem on disruptive digital healthcare innovations to address challenges of the healthcare industry in India

Bangalore, November 23, 2016: Philips innovation Campus,successfully organized their second digital healthcare conclave. The conclave was graced by industry stalwarts like Rajesh Batra,CIO of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, and government officials like Rajendra Pratap, advisor to Union Minister of Health, healthcare providers and a few ambitious start-ups. These stalwarts highlighted how can we leverage digital India for providing better healthcare solutions and that IOT and AI are a powerful combination in redefining healthcare. This comes as an addition to the breakthrough of Big Data in healthcare sector, where the healthcare providers have access to better and relevant data, in turn rendering them capable to offer better care to the healthcare seekers.

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As on date our country needs additional 1.5million beds and 3 million doctors by 2034, to be able to render effective healthcare to the ones in need. However, according to a survey conducted by McKinsey, India has only 1.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people-significantly lower than the guideline of 3.5 beds defined by WHO (World Health Organization). The sector needs to focus on the quality, affordability and the reach of healthcare. The only answer to bridge the gap between the problem and the solution is innovative technology.

One such solution provided by Philips innovation Campusin their IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) solution service. The state of the art hardware and software products that are provided as part of the solution enables clinicians connect to and monitor multiple intensive care units from a central location. Trained healthcare providers and intensive care nurses stationed at the command center can monitor the patients in the peripheral ICUs on a 24/7 basis. This saves costs for the patients and gets best care to them, even at remote locations.

Philips Innovation Campus now plans to make a significant reduction in the maternal mortality rate, with their latest innovation-Mobile Obstetrical Monitoring (MoM). High fetal and maternal mortality rates continue to remain one of the major concerns in the healthcare space. The project will monitor pregnant women for early high risk identification via a new telehealth solution. This will enhance the performance of India’s Frontline Health Workersas they are the first point of contact with the healthcare system in the developing areas, allowing them to save many lives. The project will be a great step towards improved healthcare for the newborn and the mothers.

While cardiovascular diseases have quadrupled in the last 40 years, 50% of the affected patients arrive too late for appropriate treatment. If the patient receives treatment within one hour of the attack- called ‘the golden hour’, possibilities of saving his/her life increase manifold. Philips Innovation Campus has developed the chest pain clinics to answer the problem. The Chest Pain Clinics are aimed at enabling small hospitals and nursing homes to provide timely and quality, ”Emergency Cardiac Care” and thus save lives.Each Chest Pain Clinic will be a clinic or a small healthcare facility equipped with Philips Efficia ECG-100 systems which will wirelessly transmit ECGs of patients in real time from the spokes(Chest Pain Clinics) to the hub. Once a patient is confirmed as suffering from a Myocardial Infarction, known as a Heart Attack, he/she is immediately transported via an ambulance from the Chest Pain Clinic, for primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) within the golden hour.

Apart from addressing the healthcare gaps though technology, Philips Innovation Campus also organized aStart-up Alley, where they chose the best Start-Up, who addressed the common healthcare gaps with utmost precision. The Start-up was chosen in association with NASSCOM and Philips innovation Campus would be mentoring them to better their chosen project.

Philips digital solutions are focused at improved workflow in hospitals, reduction of infrastructure costs by leveraging the cloud, point of care devices to help in faster and early diagnosis, appropriate applications and remote monitoring that can help in extending the reach of doctors and specialists to areas where care was not available before. Our mission is to touch more than 3 billion lives by 2025. So our aim is to create meaningful innovations that will achieve healthcare that is accessible to all.

INDIAN IOT MARKET SET TO GROW UPTO USD 15 BILLION BY 2020

Manufacturing, Automotive, Transportation & Logistics to be key industries driving IoT growth in India

Bengaluru, October 5, 2016: Focusing on the rise and evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) across industries in India, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today kick-started the 8th edition of NASSCOM Design and Engineering Summit at The Leela Palace, Bengaluru. The two-day event focusing on the theme of, ‘Imagineering for the Digital Future’ analyses the role that IoT will play in creating digital utilities especially in the areas of design and engineering that will drive the growth of future technologies in the country.

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Expressing his thoughts on the upturn of applied IoT in India, Mr. Kevin Ashton, Inventor of the Internet of Things and Author, mentioned that, “ÏoT has started being incorporated into both consumer and industrial applications being utilized in critical verticals like Healthcare, Automotive and Manufacturing. The ecosystem is rapidly expanding, owing to demand for both Industrial and Consumer IoT applications and is set to be a critical part of the next level of growth for the IT industry.”

On the side-lines of the summit, NASSCOM in collaboration with Deloitte also launched a report on ‘IoT – Revolution in the Making’. The report lays emphasis on the growth of Internet of Things, as not just creating consumer solutions but also adding value in industrial applications. Reiterating the need for innovative solutions, the report states that the IoT segment is expected to grow across industries, with Utilities, Manufacturing, Automotive and Transportation & Logistics providing greater opportunities for development, compared to other sectors.

Speaking of the focus of IoT in the Design and Engineering industry Mr. R Chandrasekhar, President, NASSCOM, said,”IoT as a concept has seen vested interests from across industries globally and is set to become a major differentiator in driving the next generation of services and products. In India, while the industry is at a nascent stage industrial applications of IoT primarily in manufacturing, automotive and transportation & logistics are expected to drive IoT revenues by 2020.”

LINKEDIN UNVEILS THREE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES TO DEMOCRATIZE ACCESS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA

Each initiative is made in India, by India, for India

Bangalore, September 12, 2016: LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, today announced three strategic initiatives aimed at delivering value to broader segments of students, professionals and companies by democratizing access to economic opportunity in India. These first-of-its-kind initiatives for LinkedIn, all designed and made in India are: LinkedIn Placements, LinkedIn Lite and LinkedIn Starter Pack.

LinkedIn currently has more than 37 million members in India, the second-largest and one of the fast-growing markets for the company globally. Besides professionals and students, LinkedIn’s member base includes government and business leaders such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon and Rekha Menon of Accenture.

India is a vital market for LinkedIn, as we work towards realizing our vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. It’s already one of the world’s most important economies, and continues to experience strong GDP growth. While LinkedIn has grown multiple folds in India since we started operating here 6 years ago, there’s so much more we want to do here. We are committed to India and to boosting our ability to deliver value to even more members and be a part of their professional growth journey, by investing and innovating locally,” said Akshay Kothari, Country Manager and Head of Product, LinkedIn India.

Mr Kothari added, “We are at the cusp of a new growth phase in India, where we are becoming even more relevant to the members and companies we serve. These new initiatives helps us keep pace with the rising demand for knowledge and access to opportunity.”

Details of the three strategic initiatives are as follows:

LinkedIn Lite: The majority of members access LinkedIn via mobile devices. LinkedIn Lite empowers professionals and knowledge workers to stay connected anytime, anywhere, even in areas where connectivity signals are not ideal. LinkedIn Lite is LinkedIn’s first, stripped-down mobile-website that is also data-efficient. The India team built this from scratch, with a focus on speed and efficiency of access. LinkedIn Lite loads four times faster, regardless of the mobile device and the network it is connected to, providing a fast, seamless experience to all its features and unlocking a lot of value for people in urban as well as rural areas. This product has started ramping and will be available to all Indian members in the next few weeks.

LinkedIn Placements: Following the pilot launch in November 2015, LinkedIn is now opening up the Placements product to students at all colleges and universities in India. LinkedIn Placements now provides a level playing field for every student, regardless of their location or college, so that they can have a shot at their dream job opportunity. Students can log into the site to take an online assessment test, which gives them direct access to thousands of openings in 35 top corporates in India. LinkedIn is excited to partner with Aspiring Minds, CoCubes, HackerRank and Wheebox for the assessment tests. This product is now live and can be accessed at linkedin.com/placements or placements.com.

Students are the leaders of tomorrow and they hold India’s future in their hands. Some of the best talent in India live in our villages, but they have historically not had access to good opportunities. LinkedIn Placements is a game-changer for them, providing them with a unique platform to get country’s best jobs” Mr Kothari said.

LinkedIn Starter Pack: The third initiative is aimed at all the ‘fireflies’ lighting up the Indian economy – startups and small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Exclusively designed for small, fast-growing companies, LinkedIn India takes its premium hiring, marketing and learning solutions and puts them into a single, easy-to-use package at a very special rate. This is “LinkedIn in a box” for SMBs and startups. This package is now live at linkedin.com/starterpack and open for applications. This package will be provided to 100 promising SMBs and startups, on a first-come, first-serve basis, in the initial pilot launch phase.