If you are getting ready to apply for college and don’t know how to choose between all your different options, you may wish to read the advice below. We’ll walk you through the things you will need to consider when choosing a school to attend!
1. Darsh Institute of Engineering & Technology (DIET) http://www.dietindia.org/
2. Delhi Engineering College (DEC) http://www.decedu.in/
3. Emax Group of Institutions (EGI) http://www.emaxinstitutes.com/
4. Innovative Institute of Technology & Management (IITM) http://www.rbiitmd.rayatbahra.com/
5. Ishwar Institute of Technology & Research (IITR) www.iitr.net.in
6. Mewat Engineering College Wakf (MECW) http://www.mecw.ac.in/
7. Advanced College of Technology & Management (ACTM) http://aitm.ac.in
8. Advanced Institute of Technology & Management (AITM) www.aitm.ac.in
9. Akido College of Enegineering (ACE) http://www.ace-edu.in/
10. Al-Falah School of Engineering & Technology (AFSET) http://www.afset.org/
11. Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Research (ACEAR) www.ambalacollege.com
12. Ansal Institute of Technology (AIT) www.aitgurgaon.org
13. Anupma College of Engineering (ACE) http://www.gurgaon.anupamacollegeofengineering.com
14. Apeejay College of Engineering (ACE) http://aces.apeejay.edu/
15. Apex Institute of Management & Technology (AIMT) www.apexgroupinstitutions.com
16. Applied College of Management & Engineering (ACME) http://www.acmecollege.in/
17. Aravali College of Engineering & Management (ACEM) http://www.aravali.co.in/aravalicem/index.php
18. Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) http://apiit.edu.in/
19. Asian Institute of Management & Technology (AIMT) http://www.aimtynr.com/
20. B. S. Anangpuria Institute of Technology and Management (BSAITM) http://www.anangpuria.com/Technology/TechHome.aspx
21. BLS Institute of Engineering & Technology (BLSIET) http://www.blsiet.com/
22. BM College of Technology & Management (BMCTM) http://www.bmctm.com
23. BM Group of Institutions (BMGI) http://www.bmctm.com/
24. BM Institute of Engineering & Technology (BMIET) http://www.bmiet.net/
25. BMS Institute of Technology (BMSIT) www.bmsit.org.in
26. BRCM College of Engineering & Technology (BRCM CET) http://www.brcm.edu.in
27. Bhagwan Parsuram College of Engineering (BPCE) www.bprcegohana.com
28. Bharat Institute of Technology Sonepat (BITS) http://www.bits.edu.in/
29. Bhiwani Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS) www.bitsbhiwaniindia.org
30. Bimla Devi Educational Society’s Group of Institutions (BDESGI) http://www.jbcollege.in/
31. Brown Hills College of Engineering & Technology (BHCET) http://bhcet.com/
32. CBS Group of Instituions (CBSGI) http://www.cbsdelhi.com
33. CR State College of Engineering (CRSCE) www.crscem.ac.in
34. Career Institute of Technology & Management (CITM) www.mrei.ac.in
35. Ch. Devi Lal Memorial Government Engineering College (CDLMGEC) http://www.cdlmgec.org/
36. College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology(CAET) http:\\ hau.ernet.in
37. D.R.College of Engineering and Technology (DRCET) http://www.drcolleges.com/
38. DPG Institute of Technology & Management (DPGITM) http://www.dpgitm.com/
39. Dalal Global Institute of Technology (DGIT) http://www.dalalglobal.org/
40. Dav College of Engineering Technology (DAVCET) http://www.davcetkanina.org/
41. Deep Institute of Engineering and Technology & Group Institutions (DIETGI) http://www.deepiet.com/
42. Delhi College of Technology & Management (DCTM) http://www.dctm.org.in/
43. Delhi Institute of Technology and Management (DITM) http://www.ditmcollege.com/
44. Delhi Institute of Technology, Management and Research (DITMR) http://www.ditmr.org/
45. Delhi Technical Campus (DTC) www.delhitechnicalcampus.com
46. Department of Instrumentation Technology (DIT) http://btechtimes.com/blog
47. Doon Valley College of Engineering (DVCE) www.doonvalley.org
48. Doon Valley Institute of Engineering & Technology (DVIET) www.doonvalley.org
49. Dronacharya College of Engineering (DCE) http://dronacharya.info/
50. Echelon Institute of Technology (EIT) www.echeloninstitute.com
51. Emax School of Engineering & Applied Research (ESEAR) http://www.emaxinstitutes.com/esear-about.php
52. Galaxy Global Educational Trust Group Of Institutions (GGGI) www.galaxyglobaledu.com
53. Galaxy Global Imperial Technical Campus (GGITC) http://ggitc.org/
54. Galaxy Institute of Technology & Management (GITM) http://www.gitmkarnal.org/
55. Ganga Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) http://www.gangainstitute.com/
56. Ganpati Institute of Technology & Management (GITM) http://ganpatiinstitutions.com/Ganpati-Institutions-Information/
57. Gateway Institute of Engineering & Technology (GIET) www.gateway.edu.in/giet/
58. Geeta Engineering College (GEC) http://gec.geetainstitutes.com/
59. Geeta Institute of Management & Technology (GIMT) http://gimt.edu.in/
60. Global Institute of Technology & Management (GITM) http://www.gitmgurgaon.com/
61. Global Research Institute of Management & Technology (GRIMT) http://www.grimtradaur.com/
62. Gold Field Institute of Technology & Management (GFITM) http://gfitm.net/
63. Gopal Sharma Modern Vidya Niketan Institute of Engineering and Technology (GSMVN-IET) http://mvn.edu.in/
64. Gurgaon College Of Engineering For Women (GCEW) www.gcew.co.in
65. Gurgaon College of Engineering (GCE) http://www.gcegurgaon.in/
66. Gurgaon Institute of Technology & Management (GITM) http://www.gitm.co.in/
67. Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology (GJUST) http://www.gjust.ac.in/
68. Guru Nanak Institute of Technology (GNIT) http://www.gni.edu.in/
69. Haryana College of Technology & Management (HCTM) www.hctmkaithal-edu.org, www.hctm.in
70. Haryana Engineering College (HEC) http://hec.edu.in/
71. Haryana Institute of Engineering and Technology (HIET) http://www.hietkaithal.com/
72. Haryana Institute of Technology (HIT) www.hit.net.in
73. Hindu College of Engineering (HCE) http://www.hcesonepat.org/
74. Hindustan Institute Of Technology & Management (HITM) http://www.hitm.ac.in/
75. ICL Institute of Engineering & Technology (ICL IET) http://engg.iclhitech.com/
76. Indo Global College of Architecture (IGCA) www.igef.net
77. Indus Institute of Engineering & Technology (IIET) www.iietjind.com
78. Institute of Information Technology & Management (IITM) http://www.iitmedu.in/
79. Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology (IMCMT) http://www.kuk.ac.in
80. Institute of Science & Technology Klawad (ISTK) http://www.istk.org/
81. Institute of Technology & Management (ITM) itmindia.edu
82. Institute of Technology and Sciences (ITS) http://www.itsbhiwani.com/
83. International Institute of Engineering & Technology (IIET) www.iiedu.in
84. International Institute of Technology & Business (IITB) http://www.i2tb.org.in/
85. International Institute of Technology and Management (IITM) http://www.iitmanagement.com/
86. Jan Nayak Ch Devi Lal Memorial College of Engineering (JCDM-CE) www.jcdv.org
87. Jind Institute of Engineering & Technology (JIET) www.jiet-jind.com
88. KD College of Engineering and Technology for Women (KDCET) http://www.kdcet.in
89. KIIT College of Engineering (KIITCE) www.kiit.in
90. Kalpi Institute of Technology (KIT) http://www.kalpicampus.com
91. Karnal Institute of Technology and management (KITM) http://kitmkarnal.com/
92. Kurukshetra Institute of Technology & Management (KITM) www.kitm.in
93. Les Filles MVN Institute of Engineering and Technology (LFMIET) mvneducation.com/group_institutions/mvn-lf/
94. Lingayas Institute of Managment & Technology (LIMT) limat.org
95. MM Engineering College (MMEC) http://www.mmumullana.org/
96. Maa Saraswati Institute of Engineering And Technology. (MSIET) www.msiet.com
97. Mahabir Engineering College. (MEC) www.mahabiredu.com
98. Maharana Pratap Institute of Technology & Management (MPITM) http://mpitm.com/
99. Maharishi Markandeshwar Group of Institutions, Karnal (MMGI) http://www.mmkarnal.org
100. Maharishi Ved Vyas Engineering College (MVVEC) www.mvinstitutions.com
101. Mahaveer Swami Institute of Technology (MSIT) http://msitsnp.in/
102. Management Education & Research Institute (MERI) http://www.mericet.in/
103. Manav Institute of Technology & Management (MITM) www.manavinstitute.com
104. Manav Rachna College of Engineering (MRCE) http://mrce.ac.in/
105. Mata Rajkaur Institute of Engineering and Technology (MRKIET) http://www.mrkinstitutions.org/
106. Matu Ram Institute of Engineering & Management (MRIEM) http://www.mriem.org/
107. Modern Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) http://www.mietkuk.edu.in/
108. N C Institue Of Technology (NCIT) www.ncitech.org
109. NAV NIRMAN SEWA SAMITI’S SAMALKHA GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS (SGI) http://www.sgi.ac.in/
110. NC College of Engineering (NCCE) www.ncce.edu
111. NGF College of Engineering & Technology (NGFCET) http://www.ngfcet.com/
112. Naraini Educational & Charitable Societys Group of Institutions (NECSI) www.narainigroup.com
113. Om Institute of Technology and Management (OITM) http://www.oitmhisar.com/btech.php
114. P.D.Memorial College of Engineering for Women (PDMCEW) http://www.pdmcew.ac.in/
115. P.M. College of Engineering (PMCE) http://www.pmkami.com/
116. PD Memorial College of Engineering (PDMCE) http://www.pdmce.ac.in/
117. PDM School of Technology & Management (PDMSTM) http://www.pdmstm.ac.in/
118. Panchkula Engineering College (PEC) http://www.pecindia.org/
119. Panipat Institute of Engineering And Technology (PIET) http://www.piet.co.in/
120. Panipat Institute of Textile & Engineering (PITE) www.piet.co.in
121. Prannath Parnami Institute of Management & Technology (PPIMT) http://www.ppimt.edu.in/
122. Pt LR College of Technology Technical Campus (LRCT-TC) http://www.lritm.org/
123. R N Engineering & Management College (RNEMC) http://www.rnemcrohtak.org/
124. RN College of Engineering and Technology (RNCET) www.rncet.com
125. RP Inderaprastha Institute of Technology (RPIIT) http://www.rpinstitutions.com/
126. Rao Pahlad Singh Group of Institutions (RPSGOI) http://www.rpsinstitutions.org/
127. Rattan Institute of Technology and Management (RITM) http://www.ritm.rattangroup.org
128. Rawal Institute of Engineering and Technology (RIET) http://www.riet.in/
129. Rohtak Institute of Engineering and Management (RIEM) http://www.riem.in/
130. Royal Institute OF Management And Technology (RIMT) http://www.rimt.edu.in/
131. Rukmini Devi College of Engineering and Allied Sciences (RDCEAS) http://www.rdceas.org/
132. S.B. Institute of Engineering and Technology (SBIET) www.sbiet.org
133. S.D.Mewat Institute of Engineering & Technology (SDMIET) http://sdmiet.org/
134. SD Institute of Technology & Management (SDTM) www.sditm.org
135. SGT Institute of Engineering and Technology (SGTIET) http://www.sgtengineeringcollege.org/
136. Sat Kabir Institute of Technology & Management (SKITM) http://www.skitm.com/
137. Sat Priya Group of Institutions (SPGOI) http://spgoi.com/
138. Satya College of Engineering & Technology (SCET) http://www.satyaedu.org/
139. Savera Educational Trust Group of Institutions (SETGI) http://www.saverainstitute.com/
140. Seth Jai Parkash Mukand Lal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SJPMLIET) http://www.jmit.ac.in/new.asp
141. Shanti Niketan College of Engineering (SNCE) http://www.snsshisar.org/BTech.html
142. Shivalik Institute of Engineering & Technology (SIET) http://www.shivalikinstitutes.com
143. Shree Ram Institute of Engineering & Technology (SRIET) http://www.srigroup.in/index.html
144. Shree Ram Mulkh Institute of Engineering and Technology (SRMIET) http://srmglobal.in/
145. Shree Siddhivinayak Educational Trust’s Group of Institutions (SSETGI) http://siddhicollege.com
146. Shri Baba Mastnath Engineering College (SBMEC) http://www.sbmnec.com/
147. Shri Balwant Institute of Technology (SBIT) www.sbit.in
148. Shri Krishan Institute of Engineering & Technology (SKIET) www.skiet.org
149. Shri Ram College of Engineering & Management (SRCEM) http://www.srcem.ac.in/
150. Somany(PG) Institute of Technology & Management, (SITM) http://www.sitmrewari.com/
151. Sonipat Institute of Engineering and Management (SIEM) http://www.siem.in/
152. South Point Institute of Technology and Management (SITM) http://sitm.org.in/
153. Sri Venkateswara Engineering College (SVEC) http://www.svengg.org
154. Suraj College of Engineering & Technology (SCET) http://www.surajeducation.com/
155. Sushant School of Art and Architecture (SSAA) www.sushantschool.org
156. Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Computer & Information Technology (SDDICIT) sddinstitutes.com
157. Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SDD-IET) http://www.sddgpi.com/sddiet.php
158. Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering. (SDDIE) www.swamidevidyalglobal.org
159. Technological Institute of Textiles and Sciences (TITS) www.titsbhiwani.org
160. Technology Education & Research institute (TERI) http://www.terii.in/
161. Tek Chand Mann College of Engineering (TCM) http://tcmengineering.com/
162. Universal Institute of Technology (UIT) http://www.universalinstitutions.org/
163. University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET) http://www.uietkuk.org/
164. Vaish College of Engineering. (VCE) www.vcertk.com
165. Vardey Devi Institute of Engineering and Technology (VDIET) http://www.vdiet.org.in/
166. World College of Technology & Management (WCTM) www.wctmgurgaon.com
167. World Institute of Technology (WIT) http://www.wit.net.in/
168. YMCA Institute of Engineering & Technology (YIET) ymcaie.ernet.in
169. YMCA University of Science and Technology (YUST) http://ymcaust.ac.in/
170. Yaduvanshi College of Engineering & Technology (YCET) http://www.yaduvanshigroup.edu.in/
171. Yamuna Institute of Engineering & Technology (YIET) http://www.yiet.org/yiet/index.php
If you are facing a problem of extracting URLs from a long list of hyperlinked text. I had two options:
First is to do it manually:
But then I have a long list of hyperlinks in my Excel worksheet. If I had to do this for each and every single hyperlink, this can get tedious very very quickly. So the second option is to get the URLs using a macro.
The following example can be useful when extracting hyperlinks from tables of links that have been copied into Excel, when doing post-processing on Excel web queries, or getting the email address from a list of “mailto:” hyperlinks.
Dim HL As Hyperlink
For Each HL In ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks
HL.Range.Offset(0, 1).Value = HL.Address
Function GetURL(cell As range, _
Optional default_value As Variant)
'Lists the Hyperlink Address for a Given Cell
'If cell does not contain a hyperlink, return default_value
If (cell.range("A1").Hyperlinks.Count <> 1) Then
GetURL = default_value
GetURL = cell.range("A1").Hyperlinks(1).Address & "#" & cell.range("A1").Hyperlinks(1).SubAddress
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Why is a pitch video important for your crowdfunding campaign, you ask? Well, these points should be able to convince you:
First impression – A pitch video is the first impression of your campaign and only if you are able to engage people through the pitch video, will they go on and read the rest of the story and rewards
People don’t have time – Say it quick and say it well! The average attention span of an internet user today is very limited, sometimes even less than 2 minutes and in these few minutes you have to capture his attention before he loses interest
Now that you have been convinced, your next question may be “How can I create a good pitch video”? Here’s an extensive guide to help you make a kickass pitch video.
The four key aspects of a good pitch video are:
A good script
Visual appeal/visual engagement
Overall tone/feel-good factor
Let’s build on each of the above to give you a detailed perspective:
1. A good script: Your script MUST have answers to the following questions. Treat this almost as your checklist!
a) Start with details about the project and yourself
One-line crisp description of what this project is all about
Share details of the execution plan or how the project is being executed; don’t leave out anything
What is so unique about your project? What makes it different from other similar projects in the market
Introduce yourself with the relevant qualification regarding this project. Also introduce your team and their role in the project with their relevant experience. Basically, you need to show credibility and prove that you have the qualification, experience and the right team to pull off this project
What inspired/motivated you to do this project. If you are working on a commercial product then it is good to talk about what problem does it solve for people
What’s been done so far in the project? And how have you managed funds so far?
Include referrals; if you have existing consumers of your work, involve them in the video and get them to endorse you. A celebrity endorsement will do wonders but it’s not necessary!
b) End with information about the crowdfunding campaign
What are you raising funds for?
How will the funds be used?
What is crowdfunding? You must explain the ‘All or nothing’ deal so they know that their buck means a lot!
What will people get in return? (Don’t read out the rewards literally but briefly mention what they are about)
How can they fund? Explain the payment options?
c) Ending notes must include:
Thank your audience for watching and funding!
End with the actions they need to take – “Fund the project and spread the word”
2. Visual engagement: Just talk won’t work, you have to show interesting visuals as well to support your script:
a) The setting: you must show your workspace, where the project work actually takes place. If you are raising funds for a film, don’t choose your living room as your background. Be on the film set!
b) Show work-in-progress: show the live action, give them a glimpse of how everyday you are just working relentlessly on your project; it builds credibility!
c) If you are raising funds for a tangible project that people can use such as a hardware product, app, game etc., you must show a demo of how it works
d) If you are an artist and doing a project in your line of work, you must show the work you have done before, include rushes/footages of your work for people to know that you have a good experience in delivering what you promise to do
e) Look the part: dress well, look professional & well groomed
3. Technicalities: Make sure you have a clean video when it comes to sound quality and camera handling. You may have the best script but if your video is jarring, people might drop off. So please avoid:
a) Bad sound quality, less audible voice, traffic noises in the background
b) A shaky camera: if possible, use a tripod or a handheld stabilizing device
c) Bad lighting: avoid sitting in dark light. Bright light also brings positivity to the project
d) Gloomy background music or a music that has been overused. There are many free music portals that you can choose from (one being www.jamendo.com). Choose a happy-sounding music that suits the spirit of your project
4. Overall tone:
a) Sound genuine, honest and determined about your dream project and be convincing!
b) Remember, people invest in people: your project and rewards are actually secondary. If you don’t sound convincing enough and capture attention right in the beginning, your project may go unnoticed!
c) Avoid words like “help”, “support” and “donate”. You are not raising money for simple charity, you are involving people to be a part of your project
d) Avoid a soppy undertone; be happy, be humorous! Speak confidently and with enthusiasm. If you don’t look excited about your project, you cannot make others excited about it
To check if your pitch video has positive and feel-good overtones, show it to your friends for their feedback, involve us at Wishberry too.
We hope now you will be able to crack your pitch video, the window to your project and the most important aspect of your campaign.
Since you know how to make your pitch video, go ahead and read Step 3 to make the best Rewards List.
India’s beleaguered coalition government won a major battle today, prevailing in two key votes in the nation’s Parliament that will allow foreign multibrand retailers like Walmart and Tesco to open shop in the country. The move to allow 51% foreign investment in multibrand retail stores helped end a two-year-long period of so-called policy paralysis when it was first announced in September but soon ran into trouble when then coalition partner Trinamool Congress (TMC) pulled out of the government to protest the measure. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile, has been angling for a vote on the FDI issue for months.
The final stamp of approval from both the upper and lower houses this week is a big win for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which has been trying to get India’s lagging economy back on track. Anticipation of the government’s win pushed India’s stock market to a 19-month high on Wednesday. The ruling will be a boon for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who pushed the measure through in the face of strong opposition from allies, and it could help clear the way for more broader economic liberalization.
In a country faced with an acute shortage of trained engineers, there are still no takers for at least three out of every 10 of the 10.73 lakh seats in engineering colleges. A National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) study says engineering services are a $40 billion opportunity for India by 2020, but only one in four of the 4,00,000 graduates passing out of the 3,200 engineering colleges every year is employable. Worse, only three out of 10 of the teaching faculty is competent and qualified.Avaricious politicians intent on either making a quick buck or laundering their kickbacks have worked assiduously to open engineering colleges, giving standards the go-by. It has never been easier to set up one which may cost anywhere between Rs.3 crore and Rs.10 crore. A politician ropes in relatives or friends to set up a trust and, if resources permit, puts up an impressive building. Then, with the help of a retired academic appointed as director or principal woos part-time faculty and admits students collecting hefty sums as donation to build the college campus. This is besides the tuition fee of Rs.60,000 and more a year. The more enterprising run a B-school, pharmacy college and even a teachers’ training college on the same campus.
While most governments are quick to blame private universities and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) rules for the way questionable colleges have mushroomed, the AICTE’s response is that it doesn’t interfere too much in education as it is on the Concurrent List. It is this ambiguity that keeps institutions such as R.K. Institute of Management and Computer Sciences in Bangalore-started in 1999 and which admitted all of two students last year-and Nivedita Institute of Management and Technology-started in 2008 at Murshidabad, West Bengal, and which has less than four students on its rolls-in existence.
In Bangalore, once India’s private college capital, 8,000 seats could not be filled in its 186 colleges for the 2010-2011 season. In Rajasthan last year, the state government not only sanctioned 25 new colleges, but also added evening shifts in 23 of them, increasing the seat count to 50,000 this year. The result: 14,000 seats went vacant this year and half a dozen colleges in the state have applied for closure.
In West Bengal, where even five years ago there was a clamour for a technical degree, 2,000 seats have gone vacant this session. There were 306 engineering colleges in Maharashtra and 31 more were approved last year. Many of the colleges are owned by prominent politicians.
S.S. Mantha, AICTE chairman, while conceding that there are problems in technical education said that with 5 million students and 10,500 institutions offering technical education, the task of monitoring them is difficult, mainly due to a manpower shortage. The AICTE is taking steps to alleviate some of the malpractices that have become rampant in technical education, he said and pointed out that between November 2010 and January this year, the council has served more than 1000 show-cause notices and cancelled four approvals to engineering colleges.
Andhra Pradesh is one state where the crisis is more stark than anywhere else in India. From 282 colleges with a sanctioned intake of 98,793 seats in 2006- 07, it has now 707 colleges with 2,62,221 seats in 2010- 11. While students were admitted to 88.45 per cent of the seats in 2006- 07, admissions rose over the next two years to 89.62 per cent of available seats. Thereafter, it is showing an alarming decline-75.24 per cent of the seats in 2009- 10 and 72.28 per cent, or a staggering 76,432 vacant seats, during the current year.
Over-supply is not the only reason for vacancies. Mandatory norms are also a deterrent. The AICTE is insisting on a minimum score of 50 per cent in mathematics, physics and chemistry in the intermediate examination. The technical education revolution has soured. “Some colleges exist only on paper,” concedes Bangalore University vice-chancellor N. Prabhu Dev. “We have started an inquiry against 127 colleges which did not submit their admission lists. Even among the colleges which have single-digit admissions, some just exist and continue their affiliation to get government grants, while some are minority institutes,” he says. The quality of education offered at some of the colleges is also a cause for concern. “Most of these places go for a huge publicity drive during admissions with glossy brochures and advertisements but students are advised to find out the actual credentials of these universities,” says Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
While the AICTE’s lax enforcement of rules has encouraged many to enter the education business, it is now time that the states join the AICTE in stepping up vigil to improve standards, so that fewer seats remain vacant.
BSNL has launched three tablets including two 7 inch resistive screen based tabs with Android 2.3 operating system while the third tablet comes with an 8 inch capacitive touchscreen.
Made by Noida based company – Pantel, the tablets will be sold with discounted data plans from BSNL. The three tablets are priced at Rs 3,250, Rs 10,999 and Rs 13,500.
The cheapest model is Panta Tpad IS 701r which is priced at Rs 3,250. Notably, Aakash is priced at just Rs 2500. However, Tpad has better specification than the Datawind’s low cost tablet.
Panta Tpad is a WiFi only tablet with Android 2.3 operating system, it has a 1 GHz processor (ARM11 IMAP210) clubbed with 256 MB RAM. The tablet also offers HDMI port through which it can be connected to a TV. Its 7 inch resistive touch screen comes with 800×600 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
The tablet has a 3000 mAh battery and 2 GB internal memory which can be expanded through micro SD card. The tablet also has a VGA front facing camera for video calling. While Panta Tpad IS 701r has the BSNL branding, the other two tablets images do not have.
The second tablet is named ‘Panta Tpad_ws704c’. It has the same specification as its cheapest cousin (701r) but offers added 3G connectivity which supports both CDMA/EVDO and GSM, inbuilt A-GPS, Accelerometer and Bluetooth. It also comes with a 2 megapixel rear camera and also has bigger 512 MB RAM for faster performance.
The costliest amongst the three is the Tpad WS802C which has an 8 inch capacitive screen. It comes with a faster 1.2 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. The internal memory is also bigger at 4 GB. Rest of the features like GPS, camera and Bluetooth are same as the 704C.
NEW DELHI: Brilliant Tutorials, the Chennai based IIT-JEE coaching giant that was facing closure in north India a few weeks ago, has found a saviour in alumnus and new-age rival Satya Narayanan R, the founder of Career Launcher.
Career Launcher, or CL Educate, will run the brick-and-mortar business of Brilliant Tutorials in north and east India, which account for 20% of the institute’s 40,000-odd students, from January.
“Brilliant is too important a brand to die,” says Satya, who was a Brilliant student in 1990 while he was training for MBA entrance exams. He made it to IIM-Bangalore.
The Rs 170-crore CL Educate, which offers vocational training and test preparation through some 225 centres in the country, will control Brilliant Tutorials’ brand in north and east India, and will have access to its teaching material.
In return, it will pay a royalty to the Rs 40-crore Chennai institute. “There is no stake, no equity involved. You can look at it as a licensee arrangement,” says Satya.
Brilliant Tutorials will continue to control its mainstay postal business across the country. The coaching institute founded in 1970 by N Thanu is one of the best in the business, having helped more than 30,000 students join IIT.
Ravi Venkatesan, independent director on the board of IT bellwether Infosys and former Microsoft India chairman, was a Brilliant Tutorials student before joining IIT-Bombay in 1980. “I found it quite valuable. More than anything else, it gives a lot of confidence,” he says.
Brilliant Hit Rough Patch Last Year
Brilliant Tutorials slumped into a crisis last year when its chairman T Neelakantan, son of its founder, passed away. His wife and company MD Vasanti Neelakantan, who has been running the business, says managing diverse locations was proving a challenge.
A few weeks ago, Brilliant Tutorials centres in Delhi were on the verge of closure and classes were disrupted because of non-payment of rent and salaries. Some of its faculty members then approached CL Educate, seeking space to hold classes for students because their own centres were locked. CL Educate gave its centres, including Pitampura, Punjabi Bagh and Noida, to Brilliant in the afternoon slot.
“This was a philanthropic exercise and a goodwill gesture to students,” says Satya. But this prompted him to reach out to the Brilliant management to see if there could be more to this partnership.
“Satya had respect for the brand, passion for education and the commercial perspective to nurture the brand,” says Neelakantan, who has turned down similar offers earlier.
For Satya, this was “more than a logical decision”. All his senior executives as students took the Brilliant Tutorials postal course on their way to IIT. “It’s a huge connect with many generations,” he says. He says the move makes big business sense.
Half-a-million students sit for IIT-JEE every year. “The number of students that Brilliant has for engineering is four times the numbers we have. By merging, it becomes one of the largest players in engineering test prep,” says Satya. CL Educate’s engineering test prep programme ARC will merge with Brilliant’s programme in January 2012.
In the summer of 2001, Satya sat in the Dadar office of GD Agrawal, founder of the Agrawal Classes, another iconic brand connected with IITJEE, to strike a partnership. He was denied. Early this year, Agrawal Classes shut down. The Brilliant story has ended on a different note.
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