10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in the middle of a long-standing dispute with the Lodha Committee and is trying its best to delay implementing the reforms recommended by the Justice RM Lodha-led panel. (Supreme Court bars BCCI from giving funds to state associations)The tussle between the cricket board and the Supreme Court-appointed panel has received widespread media coverage in India. But a conclusion to this fight is still nowhere in sight and the apex court will now wait until October to hear further arguments. (BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting Lodha reforms)In its latest move on Friday, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, passed an interim order directing the Indian cricket board not to provide any more funds to the state associations before they implement the Lodha reforms. But whether or not the board will follow this order, only time will tell. (IPL has changed the dynamics of cricket, says BCCI boss Anurag Thakur)The BCCI still remains defiant despite being battered and bruised for the past three years. The Supreme Court has time and again slammed the world’s richest and most powerful cricket board and brought it down on the ground whenever it tried to fly too high. The top court has shown who’s the real boss and has criticised the board left, right and centre. (Let’s collectively decide whether to stop IPL: Anurag Thakur)Among the many bashings that the BCCI has received from the SC during the course of this case, we have chosen a select few which are absolute gems.advertisementChief Justice of India Thakur takes the cake when it comes to mocking the board in the courtroom.- You (BCCI) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line. BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions. (BCCI’s key differences with the Lodha panel)- “What is the qualification for the office bearers? Do they have any special or essential qualification? Is the president of BCCI a politician,” the bench asked. Responding to the query, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing BCCI, said that “Thakur was a serious cricketer.” At this point, the CJI said, “Even I am the captain of the Supreme Court judges cricket team.”- Law needs not to be defied. We are not happy about the things going on. We anticipated this approach from BCCI but this is not done. You will have to fall in line with the directions of the court.- Season or no season?we don’t care about your season. Transparency and fairness must be there. Everyone needs to cooperate with the Lodha panel. You must make your stand clear first. If you yourself are acting in defiance, what’s the point?this defiant attitude won’t lead you anywhere. And it is nobody’s money. It is public money. You discharge a public function and this money must be used transparently,” the court told the BCCI.- They (Lodha panel) have been forced to a situation where they are asking for superseding of the entire top management of BCCI. It is coming from a court-appointed panel that has highly respected members. It is very unfortunate that things have come to such a situation. You should not only say that you have high regard for this court but this should be visible in your deeds, too,” the bench said.Senior advocate K K Venugopal, who is a member of the bench, also joined the party.- What have you done? We have seen the allegations of match fixing and betting. You have no control over these. But you give money in crores. The Lodha committee has said something. It has been said to make the functioning more transparent and visible and the effort is to reform the BCCI.- “You are dealing with hundreds of crores of rupees. Do you say that you have complete immunity over it and you can’t be questioned? Do you say that you can’t be questioned how you spend hundreds of crores of rupees if not thousands that you collect from the public. Can we record that statement,” the bench observed.Telling the apex cricketing body that while taking shelter of Article 19(1)( C) (guaranteeing right to form associations or unions), the bench said that it also imposed obligations on it as it was discharging public functions.- “If someone wants to have a career in cricket, there is no way that he can do so without being on the right side of the BCCI,” the bench said adding that, “There are many youngsters aspiring to be Mohinder Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli as there is a lot of glamour in the game.”advertisement- “No one can play cricket except under your control. You have a complete sway over the game. Because of your sway you are preventing the people where there is no cricket like in north-eastern states and even including Bihar from being a part of BCCI,” the court said driving home the point that the BCCI while performing public functions can’t escape obligations.Watch this space for more as the Court is set to deliver its final blow on the BCCI on October 17.last_img read more

Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith said the players drafted in for the third-Test victory over South Africa had energised the team and contributed to a “good start” to the new era of test cricket in the country.Smith went public with his feelings of humiliation at the innings and 80-run defeat in the second test in Hobart, which gave South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and triggered an overhaul of the side. (Also read: Australia win day-night Adelaide Test; South Africa clinch series 2-1)New caps Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson came into the batting order and Matt Wade was recalled at wicketkeeper in place of Peter Nevill.Although none had outstanding matches in the seven-wicket victory in Adelaide, which Australia wrapped up with a day to spare on Sunday, Smith said they had made a difference.”I felt a bit of a switch straight away, in energy and presence around the group,” he told reporters.”In our first training session at Adelaide Oval, everything felt like it was running smoothly. When we got our chance to get out on the field, I felt we had good energy and presence.”We were able to take some good catches in this Test match, probably part of our game that has been a bit disappointing. It’s been great to have these guys come in and bring that energy.”The victory ended a run of five defeats for Australia, who next face Pakistan in another three-test series in the traditional fixtures around Christmas and the New Year.advertisement”You don’t grow overnight, I think it’s a good opportunity for this side to play together, I guess improve and know each other’s games and get better as a team,” Smith added.”It was a good start but still plenty of work to do.”Smith hailed Man of the Match Usman Khawaja as “magnificent” for his innings of 145, Australia’s only century of the series, particularly as he was forced to step in as an opener for David Warner after South Africa’s sudden first-day declaration.”It shows a lot about his character and what he wants to do and I guess that’s kind of a template for what we’re looking for,” Smith added.Smith will next lead the Test side out against Pakistan in another day-night match at the Gabba on December 15 and admitted he would retain some unhappy memories of the South Africa series.”(It’s) a little bit bittersweet, we were outplayed in the first two Tests by South Africa but I’m really proud of the way the team came back in this game,” he said.”New players came in and we showed some fight and some character and that’s what I want us to do.”last_img read more

Ochoa: I’d love to return to Spain

first_imgMexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa says he would like to return to Spain after seeing a move to Italian side Napoli fall through earlier this year.Ochoa started Standard Liege’s Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday, which ended as a lopsided 5-1 victory for the La Liga side.The 33-year-old goalkeeper has been the club’s starter since joining in July 2017 on a two-year contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ochoa was heavily linked with a move to Napoli during the summer after starring at the World Cup, but his lack of a European passport dashed his hopes as the club opted for David Ospina instead.Now, the Mexican international is eyeing a return to La Liga after previously featuring for Granada and Malaga during his three-year stay in Spain.”With Napoli, it wasn’t because of a personal thing or because I didn’t have the quality,” Ochoa said following Standard Liege’s loss on Thursday. “I’m happy about that. The president didn’t want to let me go. He didn’t want to negotiate or respond to Napoli, but when the decision isn’t in your hands, it’s complicated.”I’d love to return to the Spanish league, to play in the best leagues, and that’s the idea. Hopefully that change can be made soon.”Ochoa has been a fixture in the Standard Liege lineup since joining the club, starting 38 of a possible 40 matches during his first season in Belgium.His star season came on the heels of a campaign where the Mexican played every minute while on loan with Granada, earning honors as the fans’ Player of the Season.Now playing in the Europa League, Ochoa is enjoying playing at a higher level as he sets his sights on a big move sometime soon.”Apart from the result, I’m happy to play in these kinds of tournaments,” he said. “It’s a challenge and a personal goal to do it, so I’m happy and trying to enjoy it.”Hopefully I can enjoy it more going forward with a victory. Today, you face a team like Sevilla, who you know is the favorite, who you know is the one who has to go out to try and win the game.”Coming to Spain, here to the Sanchez-Pizjuan always is special, and being in Andalucia as well.”Ochoa has 96 total caps for Mexico.last_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori applauds Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori heaped praise on Chris Gayle for his 38-ball 77, saying that the batsmen like swashbuckling West Indies opener do not need guidance from any coach or captain with regard to their batting.Gayle smashed a blistering half-century before Yuzvendra Chahal returned with a three-wicket haul as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Lions by 21 runs on Tuesday.”Good thing about international cricketers is that they probably talk to themselves more than any captain or coach talking to them about their performances,” said Vettori at the post match press conference.”They take pride in their performances, they really want to contribute to the team and Chris is a really prideful man, he wants to do well for RCB, do well for any team he plays for. Chris is the strongest and powerful player on these kind of wickets and he can take any bowler down.”The former New Zealand skipper said Gayle made the most of the opportunity he got because of AB de Villiers’ injury.”Today was his opportunity. AB’s injury allowed him to come out and play. We wanted him to play with freedom and we had given him the confidence,” Vettori said.The 38-year-old coach also applauded leg-spinner Chahal’s three for 31.”I have been lucky enough to have worked with Chahal for the past four years and also played against him when he was in Mumbai. The way he bowled in the Champions League final was the reason why we wanted to get him into RCB,” said Vettori.advertisement”He is competitive coupled with a lot of skills. I think those two qualities make a formidable combination for a spin bowler and he is positive and confident of what he is doing.”If you can succeed in a stadium like Chinnaswamy then it means you are special and we saw that again today with Chahal’s performance,” he added.Vettori expressed hope that injured players of RCB would attain fill fitness quickly.Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions’ medium pacer Basil Thampi said getting Gayle out was the “best feeling of my life”.”It was the best feeling of my life. It was my first wicket in the IPL. I got the big man’s wicket and I’m very happy to get him out,” said Thampi after taking his maiden IPL wicket in the form of Gayle.The tall pacer from Kerala revealed that he enjoys bowling in pressure situations.”It has given me enjoyment. The main thing is that I have to enjoy my bowling. Nowadays, I am bowling well and I just keep doing that. I actually allow the pressure to bowl like that. I know that the batsmen can hit me anytime, but I can also build the pressure that time. I enjoy that pressure,” said the 23-year-old.Thampi said that his ability to bowl yorkers came from playing tennis ball cricket.”I got my yorkers from tennis ball cricket. When I came for the camp, I kept on practicing it in the nets with my coaches and they motivated me to keep doing that,” he said.last_img read more

Women achievers in performing arts, other fields crowned

first_imgKolkata, Apr 22 (PTI) Singer Arati Mukherjee, director -actor Churni Ganguly, theatre activist Usha Ganguly, archer Dola Banerjee, have been crowned as Woman of Substance in their respective fields at the biggest jewellery show in eastern India. Fashion designer Sharbari Dutta, actress Paoli Dam and educationist Devi Kar were also felicitated. “All these women are achievers in their respective fields and made their mark. Each of them embodies the concept of Sonar Meye, Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee said after felicitating the ladies with trophies and citation yesterday.”From the domain of sports to performing arts and fashion designing, Sonar Meyera (daughters of gold) are taking the nation forward. Lets not forget the immense contribution of women in building the society,” Prosenjit said.”I am honoured as this award has more symbolic value,” Churni, whose Bengali film Nirbasito inspired by the life of a woman Bangladeshi writer on exile was referred in citation, said.Sonar Sansar, the jewellery show, is being jointly organised by Swarna Shilpa Bachao Committee (SSBC), a forum of jewellers and KNC Services, which organises jewellery exhibitions.The fair will continue for four days. PTI SUS MMlast_img read more

What Leander Paes and I achieved as team will never be replicated in Indian tennis: Mahesh Bhupathi

first_imgFormer doubles star Mahesh Bhupathi on Tuesday reminisced about the heydays shared with doubles partner Leander Paes and asserted that what the pair have achieved for Indian tennis won’t ever be replicated.”Let’s put controversies aside. What we achieved as a team between 1996-2002 will never be replicated in Indian tennis,” the non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team said on the sidelines of a book launch here.”Two kids coming up from below 100 to be No.1 is amazing. Things didn’t work out for various reasons. We have tried a lot of times and I don’t think you can fault us for not trying.”We kept giving our best shot because we know how special a relationship it is for not just us but the country as well,” said Bhupathi, who formed a formidable doubles partnership with Paes for over 16 years and won 25 ATP doubles title together, including three Grand Slams.In the Davis Cup, the duo stitched together a comprehensive record of 23 doubles rubber victories on the trot, right up to the 2010 World Group Play-offs against Brazil that India won 3-2.Recently, the estranged pair washed their dirty linen in public, taking pot shots at each other following India’s 4-1 win over Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 1 Round 2 match in Bengaluru.Bhupathi termed his former partner ‘unprofessional’ for ‘sulking’ after being dropped from the team, and leaving the tie midway through.India’s top ranked doubles player Rohan Bopanna and Paes had been in contention for the only doubles spot available in the three-singles-one-doubles combination Bhupathi had opted for.advertisementPaes accused Bhupathi of showing bias while Bhupathi revealed a Whatsapp exchange the two had shared where Paes had promised to be part of the six-member team even if he did not make the cut of four.India will take on Canada in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff in what would be an away tie from September 15 to 17. Asked whether there is a chance of Paes being included in the team, Bhupathi said: “We will see. We have a very tough match against Canada in September. We have a chance of going into the World Group.”On Indian tennis being on an upward spiral, Bhupathi said: “We are going in the right direction. We have a lot of players ranked between 200-300 now. Indian tennis is at its best depth today. So hopefully a couple of those players will make the next transition and into the top 100 which is what makes the difference for us.”last_img read more

OnePlus 5 tipped to come with Snapdragon 835 SoC, dual rear camera setup, 4000mAh battery

first_imgOnePlus 5 is on its way. While a  previous rumour had hinted that the phone may launch this summer, a new fresh leaked photo of the smartphone throws light on the rear design of the smartphone.  Chinese microblogging website Weibo has shared a leaked image of OnePlus 5 that shows that the smartphone may come with dual-rear camera set up but with a camera design similar to OnePlus 3T.Meanwhile, a new OnePlus phone with model number A5000 has also been spotted on AnTuTu benchmarking which is most probably the upcoming OnePlus 5. The bench mark report shows that the phone may come with 6GB RAM, 64GB and internal storage and run Android 7.1.1 out of the box.  The smartphone is rumoured to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with Adreno 540GPU. The report also shows that the upcoming OnePlus 5 may sport a display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution. On the camera front, the smartphone may flaunt a 16MP camera on both front and rear sides.Also Read: OnePlus 5 ahead of launch: 8GB RAM, dual camera and everything else rumoured so far The official launch of OnePlus is just round the corner but the rumours and leaks just don’t seem to die. The alleged photos and specs of the phone have been teased through leaks and rumours several times in the past few weeks. By the virtue of previous rumours we know that the smartphone could come with a 5.5-inch display. Previously, there were no reports on the screen resolution but the latest AnTuTu report has cleared that also hinting of a 1080×1920 pixels screen resolution.  This means that OnePlus 5 could sport a screen similar to its predecessor OnePlus 3T which was launched last year.advertisementThe phone may come with Android 7.1.1 in India, it is expected to run Hydrogen operating system in China. OnePlus 5 could come in storage ROM sizes-  64GB and 128GB, similar to what we see with OnePlus 3T. It is almost confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 5 may come with dual rear camera set up. There are also rumours that suggest the OnePlus 5 could sport a 23 MP rear camera.last_img read more

‘Excitement machine’ Chris Lynn unlikely to open in Champions Trophy: Lehmann

first_imgAustralian head coach Darren Lehmann has hinted that his side would most probably go with the experienced opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch over ‘excitement machine’ Chris Lynn as the Steve Smith-led side look to clinch an unprecedented third Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Lynn took the Big Bash League (BBL) by storm in December to January and has continued with his destructive form in the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), scoring 291 runs at an average of 58.20 and a strike-rate of 187.74 for Kolkata Knight Riders.The 27-year-old made his One-Day International (ODI) debut in January 2017, but persistent injuries have prevented him from being a regular member in the squad.Despite his impressive form, Lehmann indicated that there is no guarantee that Lynn would be picked in the starting XI, with Finch seemingly back in favour after being dumped from the side last summer.”So you don’t want Warner to open? (Or) you don’t want Finch to open? We’ll sum up what we think the best XI is and then work out a batting order from there. The advantage is with England we know the wickets might do a little bit early, so we’ll have to work out what our best line-up is (with that in mind),”cricket.com.au quoted Lehmann as saying.The Australian coach said that Lynn first needs to get selected in the Playing XI and then they would take the call whether he would open the batting for the side or not.advertisement”First he’s got to get selected in the XI and then the captain will tell him where he’s going to bat. We’ve had discussions – I mean he’s an excitement machine, so we hope he pulls up well with his injuries and plays some cricket for us,” Lehmann added.Australia are slated to play warm-up matches against Sri Lanka (May 26) and Pakistan (May 29) before beginning their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand on June 2 in Edgbaston.last_img read more

SBL beneficial for Indian boxing: Players

first_imgMumbai, Jun 19 (PTI) Skippers of Mumbai and Pune teams believe that the upcoming Super Boxing League, which starts next month, will be beneficial for the sport to grow in the country.Mumbai Assassins skipper Ram Singh (34), who hails from Patiala, started boxing in 2002 and took part in the National Championship in the same year winning a Gold Medal.”This (SBL) is a good step for Indian boxing. We will get money, name and fame. We will get a lot of benefit by playing in the league (along with and against foreign players),” Singh told PTI.Singh, a six time All India Police Gold medalist, also said their preparations are good enough for the SBL.The pugilist, who has participated in various international events, expressed confidence of teams victory in the league.”I will certainly do well and am confident of the teams victory in the Super Boxing League,” he said.Echoing similar views, skipper of Maratha Yoddhas, the team, Deepak Singh said the league will help the sport grow at the domestic level.”Indian boxer boxers will be benefited as they will get to fight with international fighters…they will be trained under foreign coaches. Indian boxing scenario is at the developing stage. SBL will help it grow at the domestic level,” said 23-year-old Deepak, who hails from Bhiwani in Haryana.Deepak said the team will start their training and the coach has asked him to be natural and ensure that he gives 100 per cent.He said playing with foreign players and working with those coaches will help the Indian players.advertisement”The league is different because it will take boxing to the international level and such kind of league was required to be launched in India. Playing with foreign players and coaches will definitely help us as we will know how the foreign coaches train and how they consult and instruct during the game,” said Deepak.The league is being organised by British businessman Bill Dosanjh, also the founder and promoter of successful Super Fight League and two-time world professional boxing champion Amir Khan.While Ajeenkya Patil of the DY Patil Group is owning Maratha Yoddhas, the team that comes from Pune, Nitin Jadhav of Gajanan Oil owns Mumbai Assassins.All the games will be played in New Delhi. PTI NRB DKlast_img read more

BCCI committee mulls Sports Codes 12-year-1-break tenure

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) The BCCIs eight-member committee today deliberated on the issue of three-year cooling off period with a couple of alternate suggestions, including a 12 -year tenure for office bearers in the proposed draft bill of National Sports Code. The Lodha Panel reforms states that a cumulative period of nine years for any BCCI office-bearers (separate 9 years for state units) with three-year cooling off between every term. “Nothing was minuted but there were some alternate suggestions discussed. One suggestion was office-bearers can have two straight terms of four years (total eight years) followed by four-year cooling off and a third (final) term of four years. “This is what is there in National Sports Codes draft bill. This was discussed at length,” a committee member told PTI on conditions of anonymity. The other proposal was to have a straight nine-year term without any cooling off. “This was also deliberated as some members felt that lets propose a full nine-year term without any breaks if 12 years with one break is unacceptable,” the committee member said. Tenure has been an issue with a lot of officials including Sourav Ganguly, who will have to relinquish his office on July 14 if one strictly adheres to Lodha reforms. Ganguly in fact joined the meeting via Skype from London. It was learnt that One State One Vote, increasing the number of selectors from three to five are issues that will be mentioned. “For Niranjan Shah, the issue was age cap of 70 years and he has objections,” the source added. The BCCIs acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said that they will have another meeting in Mumbai on July 7, the second and last of this committee during which they will try to “bring down the gamut of difficulties to three or four”. “We are determined to translate the order of highest court of land. We have a few difficulties which we will bring before Committee of Administrators (COA) and Supreme Court. We have identified those difficulties as we travelled the distance today,” said Chaudhary “Theres still however some distance left, we will travel some distance on 7th of July. Thats the second and last meeting, 2 pm Mumbai. On 7th, the final die will be cast,” the former Jharkhand top cop said. An issue cropped up wherein Chaudhary and disqualified Shah were seem to be pulling in different directions concerning latters technical status in the committee. Shah today told reporters that he is a “member of the committee” while Chaudhary later clarified that “he is only a special invitee”. Asked about contrary statements, Chaudhary cut the discussions short. “Dont get into semantics on technical status of a person,” he said. On a different note, Chaudhary also informed that he will be checking the new application of coaches only after July 9. “I will check applications only after July 9 (last date of receiving application). The idea is to finalise a coach before Indian team embarks on their tour of Sri Lanka.” He also said that Anil Kumbles dues have been cleared. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

This is Nokia 9: the case reveals it will have dual cameras arranged vertically

first_imgNokia 9 already has a few design renders to its credit that show what the phone could look like. Now three transparent cases of the phone leaked online further confirm the unique design elements that are shaping the phone.The cases spotted by Slashleaks, the protective cases for Nokia 9 confirm that the phone will have a vertical dual camera setup at the rear, but with the flash probably placed at the top, with the two sensors placed below. Nokia announced partnership with Carl Zeiss last week and Nokia 9 is suspected to be the first Android phone to come with Zeiss camera lenses.The fingerprint sensor could also take position at the rear face, just below the cameras, as the previous renders have come to show. Though the phone is expected to have minimal bezels at front, with a screen-to-body ratio comparable to the current generation flagships like the LG G6 or the Galaxy S8, but should Nokia sacrifice the front fingerprint sensor for the same? It is a dilemma that has bugged Apple as well and the internet is abuzz with theories supporting both concepts with equal weight.Moving to the top, the phone case shows off a 3.5mm jack cut-out, which is good news, two slits at the bottom for the speaker and charging port that appears to be none other than the Type C. Volume and lock keys of the left, which is quite a surprise. Most phones have it at the right and a built inherently for the right handed peopleadvertisementAlso Read: Nokia 3 review: Nokia plus Android is a winning combination Nokia 9 is touted to be Nokia’s most premium handset yet, expected to launch around September this year. The pricing for now is rumoured to be hover around $700 which roughly translates to Rs 45,000. The phone is said to come with top-end Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants sporting 64GB and 128GB storage sizes respectively. Pretty much everything about the phone has been leaked and a lot more is rumoured, read our recent compilation here .last_img read more

Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley joins elite list, smashes six sixes in an over

first_imgWorcestershire’s Ross Whiteley became the sixth male cricketer to hit six sixes in an over when he achieved the feat in Sunday’s Natwest T20 Blast match against Yorkshire at Headingley.The 28-year-old clobbered left-arm spinner Karl Carver six times over the rope in the 16th over to join a select group that includes Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Lancashire’s Jordan Clark, who achieved it in a second-team game against Yorkshire.”It was the right time in the game for me to go for it. It was all or nothing,” Whiteley said.”Unfortunately for the bowler it was a short boundary on the leg-side.”I hit the first out of the screws and needed to keep going for the team, not for that achievement. It’s something I never really thought I’d do in professional cricket.”Despite Whiteley’s heroics, Worcestershire lost by 37 runs.last_img read more

Post 50-over success, Mithali says India must play more Tests

first_img(EDS: Repeating with correct date) By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 27 (PTI) Twenty20s and one-dayers are the formats driving womens cricket forward but it is only the ultimate challenge of playing Tests that will help India produce more world-class players, said skipper Mithali Raj who has played just 10 Tests in an 18-year-old career. Speaking at felicitation function organised by the BCCI, where each of the squad member was presented Rs 50 lakh by the Board, Mithali spoke of the importance of playing more Tests. The Ashes between Australia and England is the only regular Test fixture in womens cricket while other teams mainly play the shorter formats. India have played just five Tests in the last 10 years. “Test matches are the ultimate test for cricketers, whether it is your temperament, skill or endurance. However, womens cricket needs promotion and so far it has been done mainly through T20s and ODIs by the respective cricket boards,” said Mithali at a special felicitation ceremony organised by the BCCI. “As of now, it seems every board wishes to market the sport through T20 and ODIs as they think they are the ideal formats. I feel Test matches should be played as frequently as limited over games because it churns out quality players. If the Indian team wants to play, the other teams should also be ready to play Test matches,” she added. The Indian womens team has been busy attending a host of felicitations ever since it returned from England, where it exceeded expectations by reaching the World Cup final. They are not used to it but the entire squad was mobbed by the media and the fans. Mithali said it feels good to be wanted, as it was never the case earlier. “I am one of those players who have seen days before the BCCI took over and after that as well. I am fortunate that I continued to play. Today I am seeing this phase in womens cricket, the reception we have got has been overwhelming. “I clearly remember, despite doing well in 2005 World Cup, we never had this kind of a reception. It is a nice feeling after what we have all gone through, we feel wanted, feel appreciated for the effort we have put in all these years. Mithali said Indian Railways played a huge role in giving support to the players through jobs. “A special mention to the Indian railways for supporting us and extending jobs to the girls. If it was not for the Railways, many more talented cricketers would have quit the game to focus on getting jobs for financial security,” said Mithali, who played her fifth World Cup. Despite India losing the final from a comfortable position, Mithali said it was a brilliant team effort. “Not many gave us a chance to reach the semis or final. This world cup has been very tough. “What the team has achieved in this World Cup, the seeds were sown in the ODI series against Australia, the West Indies tour, the Quadrangular Series in South Africa, the Qualifiers in Sri Lanka and into the World Cup. The preparation was very good,” she said, adding that she will continue playing for another 2-3 years. Sharing the stage with her captain, batting sensation Harmanpreet Kaur too felt good about getting a grand welcome. “It is only when you do well, you are recognised. This is exactly what has happened. It is a big achievement to play the final, considering we did not do well in the earlier editions,” said Harmanpreet, who is seen as Mithalis successor in ODI cricket. Her 171 against Australia in the semifinal has made the history books. She is the first Indian to play in Womens Big Bash in Australia and now hopes the country can have a league of its own. “Playing Big Bash was a very big achievement for me. I learnt a lot there and that helped me a lot in the World Cup. I hope more Indian players get the opportunity post the World Cup. It has only been Smriti Mandhana and myself so far. “If womens IPL happens, other countries players will come and play here, and sharing the dressing room with international players will be a big confidence booster to the the local players,” said Harmanpreet. PTI BS PM PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Redmi Note 5A with 5.5-inch display and 13MP rear camera set to launch on August 21

first_imgXiaomi is working on Redmi 4A successor aka Redmi Note 5A and the phone was even spotted on TENAA certification website recently. While earlier there were speculations that Xiaomi could launch the phone on August 21, now the company itself has confirmed that the phone will be launched on August 21 i.e. coming Monday at 7:30pm(China time) at an event in China .Coming back to the specs of the phone, the upcoming Redmi Note 5A is expected to sport a 5.5-inch display and with HD display and 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The phone could be powered by  a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB. The TENAA listing further reveals that the phone could come with 16GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 32GB  via microSD card.The Redmi Note 5A could come with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The phone will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 skin on top. The smartphone could be backed by a 3000mAh battery. The connectivity options include 4G-LTE/VoLTE, WiFi, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth and a micro USB port. The colour variants listed for the phone are- Rose Gold, White, Red, Blue, Grey, Silver, Black and Gold. The Redmi 4A sells for Rs 5,999 so we can expect the Redmi Note 5A to be priced on the same lines.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A successor, aka Redmi 5A may launch alongside Redmi Note 5Alongside, Xiaomi is also working on Redmi Note 4 successor dubbed as Redmi Note 5. The phone was even leaked online giving away its important specs like the phone would boast a full metal body and fingerprint sensor placed at the front instead of  the back as seen in Redmi Note 4.advertisementThe leak suggests that the Redmi Note 5 could come with 5.5-inch 1080p screen alike its successor and reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor. There could be two variants of the phone- 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB ROM. The phone could come with USB Type-C and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The speculations suggest that the phone could sport a 16MP camera on the rear and a 13mp camera on the front. The phone could reportedly be backed by a 3790mAh battery and support QuickCharge. The phone will most probably run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat based MIUI. The Redmi Note 4 was launched at Rs 10,999 and 12,999 for two variants. The Redmi Note 5 could also be priced on similar lines.last_img read more

Team India demolishing Sri Lanka on the field, exploring island off it

first_imgTeam India’s good times in Sri Lanka continue as Virat Kohli’s men enjoy the emerald island to the fullest both on and off the field.After a whitewash in the Test series, India started off the five-match ODI series with a bang where they rolled over the Lankans with more than 20 overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead. (Virat Kohli thanks Barmy Army for choosing him international player of the year)India’s dominance in the first one-day shouldn’t be surprising as they completely overpowered the hosts in the three-match Test series. Kohli’s men dominated all the Tests and came out with results that led to former Sri Lankan great Arjun Ranatunga say that he no longer watches the national team play.Photo Credit: Reuters The visitors won the first Test by a huge margin of 304 runs at Galle which was followed by two hammerings at Pallekele and Colombo. In the second and third Tests, Kohli’s men outclassed, battered and tore the home side to pieces and came away with innings victories. In the second Test, India beat the Lankans by an innings and 53 runs while in the third Test, the Men in Blue registered an innings and 171-run victory. The wins allowed India to consolidate their position further as the No. 1 Test side in the world. (Shikhar Dhawan goes from Hong Kong vacation to man-of-the-series in historic triumph)Great to be a part of this team, massive team effort for winning this series. Some really special performances, onto the ODIs now. ???? pic.twitter.com/hvgQS7hzUiadvertisement- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 14, 2017Continuing their good run in the limited-overs format, India rode on some brilliant performances from the recalled Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan and captain Virat Kohli and battered the hosts to earn their biggest victory in terms of balls to spare while chasing a 200+ target. They did so with 127 balls remaining.Now, if one looks at the manner of the Indian victories, the side has had a lot of free time. They finished the second and third Tests with a day and two days to spare and the first ODI as well with a lot of time in hand. And they’re not wasting their time at all.Photo Credit: Reuters Kohli and his troops have been exploring the isle to the fullest. From chilling in the pool to going out for dinners, the players have been making the most of their free time in Lanka.The likes of Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Dhawan and Kohli were seen enjoying a night out after the second Test got over. The boys also visited the Ashok Vatika, the place that is believed to be where Ravana kept the Sita captive. It is a garden in the Sita Eliya area.Indiateam arrived Ashok Vatika is the place where Ravana kept the Sita captive.Ashok Vatika is a garden in the Sita Eliya in SriLanka @BCCI pic.twitter.com/3bd0rezspJ- Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) August 11, 2017Bonding and banter session ??? #FifaMode pic.twitter.com/lpGpAyBxAH- cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 30, 2017beautiful place pic.twitter.com/fwCLcx8VYt- Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) August 4, 2017Kohli has been one of the most active person in the trip. He has been posting pictures on his social media accounts from the beginning of the tour. From enjoying his time at the beach and the great view from his hotel to his elephant safari at Kandy, the pictures from Kohli’s Instagram and twitter accounts would leave any travel freak crave for a vacation in Sri Lanka.At Dambulla for the ODIs now, another beautiful location. ?????? pic.twitter.com/StkAZQzUGh- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 18, 2017Recent day out around these gentle giants! ?????? Such innocence and playfulness was blissful to see. ?????? pic.twitter.com/zxXR5WQdqb- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 21, 2017One from last night, #GoodTimes with the boys! ????#TopLads #SquadGoals #Team pic.twitter.com/GNUZi7WIw0- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 8, 2017However, as the date of the second ODI comes nearer, the team has again shifted their focus back to practice and are looking to continue their good run in the remaining four ODIs and the one-off T20I.The teams next play on August 24 at Pallekele.last_img read more

Mamata launches Kolkata logo for U-17 World Cup

first_imgKolkata, Aug 23 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today launched the host city Logo of Kolkata, the venue for the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. The logo, a representation of the states heritage and the official emblem for the tournament will form an essential link in the promotions and communications regarding the host city. It will be important in building anticipation and interest for the event at a local level. Also present at the launch were Project Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 – Joy Bhattacharjya, Tournament Director – Javier Ceppi and Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs for the state of West Bengal, Aroop Biswas. The iconic Vivekanand Yuva Bharati Krirangan will host 10 matches this October including the final, which effectively means that the winner of the first FIFA tournament in the country will be crowned in Kolkata. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Book relives tours of Indian cricket teams since 1886

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) A new book takes an in-depth look at the role of cricket in colonial and post-colonial Indian life, and the relationship among those who patronise, promote, play and view the sport by analysing every Indian cricket tour since 1886.In “Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians: The On and Off the Field Story of Cricket in India and Beyond”, Boria Majumdar takes the reader backstage to when India played its first test in 1932, and bringing the story forward to the more contemporary IPL – to provide a complex and nuanced understanding of the evolution and maturity of the game.”Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians” unravels the story of a nation now considered the financial nerve centre of world cricket, said publishers Simon & Schuster India about the book which will hit stores in June 2018.”Many will argue that the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble saga was very different from the Sourav-Chappell rift or Sourav- Buchanan clash. They are both right and wrong. Right because the Kohli-Kumble spat never played out in public in the manner of the previous two flashpoints,” said Majumdar.”But, then, why am I writing about this most recent captain-coach battle in the same breath as Sourav-Chappell? Did it actually become that bad in the matter of just twelve months? The answer is an overwhelming yes,” he added.The book also goes behind the scenes of cases like Monkeygate, the suspension of Lalit Modi, spot fixing, and the phase of judicial intervention.Besides reportage and analysis, it also carries player reminiscences, personal interviews, photographs and letters never known or discussed so far in Indian sporting discourse.advertisementThe book also seeks to answer questions like: Has internal bickering impacted the on-field performance of the Indian cricket team? Did some of our icons fail the country and the sport by trying to conceal important facts during the spot fixing investigation? And does it matter to the ordinary fan who heads the BCCI as long as there is transparency and accountability in the system?Simon & Schuster India said it will be releasing “Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians” globally – first, in the cricket- playing regions of the world, such as the Indian subcontinent, the UK, and Australia, and subsequently, in the US and Canada. PTI ZMN MGlast_img read more

It was a case of bad luck, proud of Jeakson: Amarjit

first_imgBy Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Oct 10 (PTI) Captain Amarjit Singh attributed Indias heartbreaking defeat against Colombia to “bad luck” but was very proud of his first cousin, Jeakson, who scored the countrys first goal in any FIFA World Cup.India came agonisingly close to securing their first ever draw, if not a win, in a FIFA tournament when Jeakson Singh Thanoujams bullet header found the back of the net against Colombia in their second group game of the ongoing U-17 World Cup.But, the Colombians struck almost immediately on the counter to restore the lead, leaving the 46,000 turnout at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium teary-eyed.”It was a case of bad luck,” Amarjit said.Had India held on, it would have been one unforgettable moment for Amarjit too, as skipper of the team.”I am feeling very proud that he scored the countrys first goal in a World Cup,” Amarjit said of his first cousin who broke into the team just six months ago.They are mid-fielders and have been playing in that position since the time they were introduced to the sport at their Haokha Mamang village in Manipurs Thoubal district.Amarjit repeated the luck factor on a day India hit the framework once, besides coming very close to scoring on another occasion in the first half. Midfielder Rahul Kannoly was the unfortunate boy in blue, then.”It was bad luck because the ball hit the post too in the first half.”It was a much-improved outing by debutants India, three days after being thrashed 3-0 by USA in their opening Group A encounter.advertisementAsked to compare the two games, Amarjit said, “USA was first game for everyone in the U-17 World Cup, playing in front of so many people was a very different experience.”For the next game we knew how the atmosphere was going to be in the ground.”Summing up the experience of playing in the the first two matches, the skipper said, “It was a great feeling because not everyone gets to experience this. Every player dreams to play the World Cup. I have realised my dream. The result was not good but we gave our 100 percent.”Growing up in a football-crazy state in a remote corner of the country, Amarjit had dreamt of donning the national colours since his childhood.In the four-nation tournament in Mexico before the showpiece, Indias Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos used Amarjit and Jeakson in two of the three international friendlies.Having played together for so long, both have developed a good understanding.Ranjit Rana, technical advisor at I-league club Minerva FC, with whom Jeakson is employed, was at the venue to witness his wards moment of glory.”You can play him in any position. He has got quick vision, his head work is great, his first touch is good and he runs like a lion,” Rana said of the player.Jeaksons association with Minerva FC started when he was drafted into their U-14 side under former India international Harjinder Singh. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

The Working Universities

first_imgIn 2011, after scoring nearly 90 per cent in his 10+2 board exams, Siddharth Garg decided to break from the family tradition of a graduation in commerce, seen as a must to join his father’s construction business. Delhi-based Garg opted for a degree course in jewellery design from the International,In 2011, after scoring nearly 90 per cent in his 10+2 board exams, Siddharth Garg decided to break from the family tradition of a graduation in commerce, seen as a must to join his father’s construction business. Delhi-based Garg opted for a degree course in jewellery design from the International Gemological Institute. Three years later, he started his own boutique diamond jewellery showroom, S2R, in a posh mall in the capital. Garg is not alone. Driven on the one hand by the acute shortage of seats in public universities, and on the other by the multitude of opportunities available, enterprising young students today are seeking out unconventional courses offered by new, emerging educational institutes and universities. These courses are job-oriented, focus on skill development and cater to the requirements of our evolving socio-economic environment.So if hacking was a dirty word a decade ago, ethical hackers are the new guardians of cyber security, as almost every aspect of modern lifestyle-from governance to business to private communication-has moved online. Likewise, with increased awareness of alternative healing processes, trained Ayurveda practitioners are much in demand. And in a data-driven world, it needs special expertise to make sense of relevant numbers, and that’s the reason data analysers are highly sought after. The private universities that have come up in the past decade are today at the cutting edge on this. So if Manav Rachna International University offers a BTech in railway engineering, Galgotias University has courses in innovative engineering design and analysis or in building design and project management. One of the core strengths of Ashoka University is its focus on the liberal arts. This special feature examines several such emerging and innovative courses and opportunities.advertisementwith Adete DahiyaLIBERAL ARTSLiberal arts emerged during the most explorative period of 5th century Greece. One of the oldest subjects to be formally taught, it was considered the hallmark of a good education for all free men, thus the term liberal. Liberal arts has since evolved and expanded, enabling humanity to probe the boundaries of literature, language, history, philosophy, mathematics, psychology and the sciences, natural or applied.It gives one the opportunity to combine a large range of disciplines to solve some of the biggest problems faced by society. It challenges the notion of a linear education and is gradually climbing up the education food chain to pit itself against Goliaths like engineering and medicine to prove its relevance to society.Private institutions like Ashoka University and the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts have been leading this revolution in the Indian education system. Taking a cue from established liberal arts schools in the West, degree courses in India have adopted a unique course structure. Spread out over four years instead of three, the course splits subjects into major, minor and foundation courses. Core or foundation courses are compulsory and form the building blocks to a good aptitude for learning. They span a wide and all-encompassing range of topics such as critical thinking, literature and the world and mind and behaviour. Like a buffet, students are allowed to choose a specific number of subjects from both major and minor courses and have the option of deciding what their final study course will be after a semester or two. While Jindal School of Liberal Arts gives its students the opportunity to procure a dual degree from Rollins College in the US, Ashoka University runs one of the country’s most coveted leadership programmes called the Young India Fellowship. Although India has had a rather late awakening to this field compared to the rest of the world, it is already on its way to changing the general perception of the arts as subjects of study.PUBLIC POLICYWhat stops vehicles and factories from filling your lungs with polluted air or a car from running you over on the road? What determines the sanctity of your hard work at an office or who gets to study what? All these daily situations that we take for granted are governed by public policy (the reason also why politics is an inseparable part of our lives). Without an understanding of public policy, one can neither find what is wrong in our society, nor what can be improved. With a famously corrupt and sluggish bureaucracy like India’s, it has become all the more important for the next generation to be more efficient and alert in order to weed out the non-performers in the system. Today, they have an opportunity to learn from the best at the rising number of special schools that focus on public policy.advertisementOP Jindal Global University, Sonepat. Photo: Chandradeep KumarTop institutes offer students a comprehensive post-graduate arts degree in public policy. They encourage students to gain as much experience as they can through hands-on internships and projects in partnership with government and industry stakeholders. These two-year courses are multidisciplinary in nature, covering a variety of topics within sociology, politics, economics, law, history, philosophy, ethics and even the natural sciences. Within this course, one is taught developmental economics, rural societies, data analysis and methods of collecting and analysing data among others. The Jindal School of Government and Policy also has a policy action lab (part of the curriculum) where scholars, citizens, policymakers and activists are invited to the university to brainstorm and debate with students and work on experimental projects. DATA ANALYTICSBig data analytics is an offspring of the internet upsurge in the world today. Though analytics has been around for a while, the term big data came into existence more recently because of the sheer volume of data being collected and handled today from almost every aspect of our lives. Big data helps analysts spot trends, extract insights and make predictions for companies so that they can improve marketing strategies. It not only helps you find out which toothpaste people prefer but also zooms in to what makes them select that particular product.SP Jain School of Global Management, Mumbai. Photo: Rachit GoswamiBig data fulfils three main functions for any organisation; it helps reduce cost by figuring out more efficient processes of doing business, it aids in fast and sound decision-making because of faster analysis and facilitates better product design by gauging the likes and dislikes of the consumer. Today, big data is indispensable for all producers and organisations. Hadoop and cloud-based analytics are the instruments of choice for data scientists and training, especially for freshers, is now available online at Jigsaw Academy, Ankit Fadia and Simplilearn.Handling immense amount of content and identifying the larger trends and clues about how the average person consumes in the digital space is a special skill. “The ability to separate useful information from noise is something that is very technical. To do this, one has to treat data knowledgably and with respect, otherwise you could go terribly wrong,” says Sarita Digumarti, COO & co-founder, Jigsaw Academy. The demand for data scientists is incredibly high, but it will explode in the near future. A McKinsey report projects a need for 1.5 million additional analysts in the US alone, giving us an idea of the demand India faces.     FASHION MANAGEMENTFor many of us, the term fashion automatically links the mind to designers, runways and artistic outfits. But the fashion industry is not just all glitz and glamour. Thousands of fashion design graduates are spawned by reputed institutes each year, yet only a few get the opportunity to move forward, translate designs on paper to the ramp and then a successful business.Pearl Academy, Noida. Photo: Purushottam DiwakarThe success of a fashion brand does not rest solely on the design. There is a great amount of planning and strategising that takes place behind the scenes. So fashion education has two key options for students. At one end is fashion design for those right-brained thinkers and at the other is fashion merchandising or management for those with a good business acumen. “Globalisation, increased purchasing power, growing fashion consciousness, e-commerce, they are all contributing to the rapid growth. To cater to it, there is large requirement of trained professionals in design, technology, management and communication for the fashion industry,” says Pradeep Joshi, Director-General, Directorate of Fine Arts, Amity University. The field includes the responsibility of conceptualising strategies for advertising, marketing, visual merchandising, PR and branding and executing them efficiently. “With ‘fashion’ expected to contribute nearly 50 per cent to the buoyant growth in e-tail revenues, the profile of a fashion brand manager has become even more dynamic,” says Priya Mary Mathew, Head, School of Creative Business, Pearl Academy.advertisementStudents can do an undergraduate course in fashion management. Today, dedicated fashion institutes offer courses of varying levels and durations, from one year post-graduate diplomas to full-fledged Master’s at fashion schools like the National Institute of Fashion Technology across India and JD Institute of Fashion Technology in Mumbai. Amity School of Fashion Technology even offers an MBA in Fashion Management.        SPORTS MANAGEMENTTo be a successful sportsperson in this competitive age, you need to be exceptionally talented. But today even that might not be enough. The people that enable a sportsperson to focus on enhancing their personal best are their managers. A sports manager keeps track of their client’s schedules and looks after activities like career progression, business promotion and PR. Sometimes, they are required to be in complete control of the sportsperson’s administrative affairs, from budgeting to logistic requirements.Institute of Sports Science and Technology, PuneEducation in sports management can be found at a variety of levels at specialised sports institutes in India. The International Institute of Sports Management in Mumbai has three levels of courses, ranging from a one-year post graduate diploma to a three-year bachelor degree in sports management. It involves a comprehensive study of all marketing and management aspects of sports in addition to skills such as sports law, business negotiation, logistics and supply chain management as well as digital marketing. AYURVEDA PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCENearly as old as the Vedas, Ayurveda is still practised around the globe. Companies such as Himalaya, Dabur, Patanjali, Hamdard, and Zandu are all in the business of commercial ayurvedic products. In recent years, many people have been turning to alternative treatments, such as ayurveda, unani and homeopathy.Lovely Professional University, Phagwara. Photo: Vikram SharmaThe ayurvedic system is built on a holistic view of diseases; the aim is not just to relieve ailments but also prevent them from recurring. Over the last decade, ayurvedic medicine has seen exponential growth in investments as the demand for herbal products has increased significantly. “There are 8,000 to 10,000 ayurvedic pharmacies in India at present, but only 7 or 8 colleges offer exclusive courses for ayurvedic pharmaceutical sciences.Being the pioneer college in this field, there’s tremendous demand for our graduates all over India,” says Johan Modha, principal of the Institute for Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar. Those who wish to study ayurvedic pharmaceuticals can opt for either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Pharmacy, with a specialisation in Ayurveda. For those who want to study in-depth, there is the Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS). These courses are available at the Institute for Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Institute of Medical Sciences in Varanasi. “Integration of Ayurveda and modern pharmacy has led to interdisciplinary research, education and patient care,” says a senior Dean from Lovely Professional University. In this course, students study ayurvedic drug manufacture, formulations and raw materials, modern drug manufacture, standardisation, quality control, store management and dispensing. What Ayurveda needs now are trained professionals ready to invest time and effort to conduct modern standardised research. BIOELECTRONICSBioelectronics deals with the concepts of electronics and electrical systems as a complimentary discipline to biology. It is now involved in many aspects of medicine, from pacemakers and bionics to electrical equipment that sketches brain maps and reads blood samples.VIT University, Vellore. Photo: Jaison GWork in bioelectronics spans bio-medical engineering, electro-chemical engineering, bionics and tissue engineering, and the potential applications of this field keep growing each day. There are non-medical applications as well, such as in the film industry-building prosthetic systems falls under this discipline.Courses in this field are mostly available at the post-graduate level in a number of technology and engineering institutes, but two institutes with strong bioelectronics departments are Alagappa University in Tamil Nadu and Tezpur University in Assam. These departments involve themselves in research on fabricating miniaturised sensor elements and their integration into portable electronic and optical devices. They are also involved in research for the development of diagnostic and electronic devices for health and environmental care. NANOTECHNOLOGYNanotechnology is essentially the study of the small. So small that even the microscopic is a thousand times bigger. To bring it into perspective, a single strand of hair is about 80,000 nanometers wide. At scales this tiny, materials behave very differently from how classical science would suggest, taking on properties that one wouldn’t expect. Nonetheless, via this science, the mechanisations and manoeuvrability of these hidden particles become apparent, and students gain a deeper understanding of our capacity to modify and influence the world at these incredibly tiny scales.Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Noida. Photo: Rajwant RawatNanotechnology has applications in many practical fields, ranging from agriculture to natural resource management and medicine, to name but a few. Nanotechnology courses in India can be found mostly at the post-graduate level, and include a good grounding in communication and a generous amount of lab and field work along with the usual topics under this stream. “Nanotechnology is the fastest growing sector of science and industry. It has applications in every field of human imagination such as health, agriculture, electronics, textile, paints, defence and space materials,” says Lalit M. Bharadwaj, Director, Amity Institute of Nanotechnology. India is one of the frontrunners of research in nanotechnology and we have a lot to gain from it. Although we’re leading contenders and heavy investors in research, we have lagged behind in implementation. The reasons for this range from worries about environmental risks and the potential danger to humans, not to mention concerns over the use of this science to create use in weapons of war. Nonetheless, this field of study is both fascinating and valuable for students and universities alike. ETHICAL HACKINGThe first ever ethical hack was carried out in 1939, by the British, to decode encrypted German messages during World War II. Hacking has come a long way since then. As a term, it’s usually associated with computer criminals-those who sabotage computers and electronic systems for personal gain.NIIT University Neemrana. Photo: Rajwant RawatBut this is only part of the truth, as there are primarily two types of hackers, black hat and white hat. Black hats are the computer criminals, architects of cyber warfare and terrorism. Right from stealing passwords and sifting through your personal details to engineering programmes and instruments which destabilise security systems to holding companies and organisations to ransom, black hat hackers are always on the wrong side of the law. The white hat hacker are the ethical hackers, experts at systems breaching and compromising security systems. What sets them apart is that they don’t use the data acquired for personal gain or unwarranted advantage. Instead, they report their successful attacks and breaches to an organisation they might be working for, even do the attacks at the behest of organisations, thus enabling them to patch up leaks and improve defenses.A systems breach today can cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage, not just to an organisation but also to associated industries. So organisations offer rewards and recruit promising individuals with hefty packages across the globe, to constantly help expose flaws and loopholes in their systems.Today, ethical hacking is an exciting proposition and can be studied at a number of specialised institutions in India. “The cyber security market is expected to grow to $35 billion by 2025. Thus the demand for skilled professionals in the space is very high, coming from all over-domestic companies, MNCs, government and IT firms bringing in work from clients,” says Sunil Khanna, vice-president, NIIT University. Depending upon posts and prowess, pay packages in India today vary anywhere from Rs 7 lakh to 25 lakh per annum.     CYBER LAWAs we enter the age of the fourth industrial revolution, we find our society adapting to changes the internet has wrought. It has fundamentally altered the way we live, work, produce and consume. However, there are risks: most modern technology, from computers to smartphones to the World Wide Web itself, digitally record our information.Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, PuneThis is where cyber law comes in: to protect personal information, guard against breaches of privacy, and to uphold Intellectual Property laws and freedom of speech. There is a rising need for people with a specialisation in this field. While most Indian law schools have integrated cyber law into their curriculum, it is also offered online by institutes such as the Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning in Pune, the Indian Law Institute in Delhi, and the Asian School of Cyber Laws in Pune. The courses offered at these institutes are limited to comprehensive certificates or diplomas but are open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree.The components of a cyber-law course include the Information Technology Act, as well as a grounding in the fundamentals of the legal system. These courses also address issues relating to e-commerce and Intellectual Property, where a considerable amount of online fraud takes place. The last element is a detailed study of cyber crimes, their classification and the step by step process of investigation and evidence collection.        LUXURY BRAND MANAGEMENTBrands have been around since the 1800s when ‘branding’ itself, used by livestock owners, was evolving from being a mark of ownership to one of quality. Luxury brand management has only recently been labeled a profession in its own right, but has been around since brand management itself.Pearl Academy, NoidaMost brands employ a marketing team to promote their products, but it is the luxury brand which typically has the money to employ state-of-the-art strategies and professionals to promote its high-end merchandise like designer clothes and apparel, jewellery, travel and automobiles. If you have ever come across a luxury store that seemed to be touting its brand a little too unabashedly, know that you’re seeing the dream of a luxury brand manager realised.In short, this is a fascinating field where professionals can create a niche and develop value for brands, making them bigger than the commodities themselves. Courses in this particular field of brand management can be undertaken at well-established institutes such as the Pearl Academy in Delhi as well as a new, specialised institutions such as Luxury Connect Business School in Gurgaon. These courses, which range from one to two years, cover the most holistic aspects of understanding luxury brands such as visual influences, luxury and culture, and also e-luxury and digital media. The degrees provided my most of these institutes are validated by well-known design schools abroad. For instance, the Luxury Connect Business school is connected to Milan’s Domus Academy, and the Pearl Academy to Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Most of these institutes are also well-connected and offer students placements and opportunities to go abroad. India is slowly becoming a leading destination for luxury markets and high-end brands. At present, there’s a 33 per cent per annum growth in this sector and India’s luxury market is expected to make its mark in 2016.Click here to Enlarge  Taking the road less travelledOffbeat options are making education an exciting space for learners.The Indian education sector is, arguably, in the most exciting phase it has ever been in the last few decades. Digitization, open access, skills education, machine learning, customized programs and delivery, integrated learning are some new-age terms that were unheard of until recently. There’s clearly an unmistakable buzz about the sector that makes it exciting for learners, educators, policy-makers and every other stakeholder.Sivaramakrishnan VThe biggest beneficiary of this phenomenon is unquestionably the learner who is at the center of the education eco-system. The learner’s needs and preferences today influence and determine teaching pedagogies, curriculum formulation and even the delivery methods. But the single biggest transformation for the learner in my view is about the career choices that he or she is able to make today. Gone are the days of predetermined career options and fixation with traditional streams – the booming Indian Economy combined with greater access to global information, peer influence and evolving parental mindsets has given rise to several new career choices that resonate with the learner’s personality and above all his or her interest. The outcomes are evident – a whole host of new courses and institutions have sprung up to cater to this new phenomenon!An incorrect corollary to this change will be to assume that traditional courses are in less demand – actually a lot of traditional streams are evolving to include new courses and revised curriculum. Let us look at some career streams and courses that have begun to excite the new-age learner. It is probably uncontested that the proliferation of technology in daily life has been the single biggest influence on mankind in this century, and hence, several digital technology related career options have seen learners drawn towards them. Courses in Animation, App development and Gaming have become hugely popular owing to the growth in the usage of smartphones and tablets. Digital media, Web designing and Graphics are new areas that interest India’s youth. The digital revolution has also created a whole new industry around cyber security which is necessary for protection of systems, data and networks. The soaring demand for cyber security professionals has led to the development of new courses and also the inclusion of this subject in the traditional BTech/BE courses in many places. One of the other fast growing sectors in India is healthcare. Our present-day lifestyle choices have led to significant attention towards the health and wellness industry. So, courses around Nutrition, Alternative medicines, Naturopathy have attracted students in a big way. More recently, with the introduction of ‘Yoga’ in several curricula, training courses for the same are in high demand. Another facet of health and wellness is Sports – courses for sports instructors and sports medicine professionals too are getting popular among students. In a related way, the demand for Nursing and Rehabilitation professionals is on the rise. The growth in medical tourism too has contributed to the demand for trained professionals in healthcare.Students of OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat. Photo: Chandradeep KumarThere is a growing consciousness towards environment conservation and ecology in India and world over. While organizations such as the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) were pioneers in this area, several other institutes are now offering courses in Environmental Sciences in response to student interest. Food, hospitality, and travel and tourism too have grown leaps and bounds in recent years.Families are travelling within and outside India like never before and hence there is a demand for skilled professionals in the hospitality sector. Newer areas such as culinary arts have become part of the traditional hotel management curricula even as courses have come up in niche areas such as bartending.Another area that is now getting professionalized is Music and Art. While training institutes for these have always existed, there are now courses to enable students to become professionals. These courses not just support skill-building but also provide students with the necessary exposure and internships in order to help them make better careers.There are several other areas where courses are coming up as popular options – coding, data analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, maritime law, intellectual property and genetic sciences being some of them. It must be understood that there has been a paradigm shift in the learner’s expectation from an education programme – it is no more about earning a degree and feeling contented. Students are conscious about selection of programmes that they believe will skill them, make them more competent, and give them the opportunity to shape their future, based on their interests and beliefs.Job-oriented courses today are preferred over courses that may not necessarily lead to immediate employment, and in the process learners have picked up what were otherwise considered ‘off-beat’ choices, as regular career options now.However, a course by itself must not be looked at as an end-all. In a world where only the fittest shall survive, one’s knowledge and skill must be backed by social and communicative skills. In the Indian context, proficiency in English language is an enabler to a better job. More and more young adults who’ve not had adequate exposure to the English language early in their lives take to English language courses. Adult English learning courses too, as a result, have evolved to suit the learner’s needs, by becoming bi-lingual. The growing demand for our bi-lingual dictionaries and grammar books is testimony to learners’ interest in acquiring proficiency in the English language.As the next generation of learners continue to re-engineer their expectations from education, educators and institutions will have to continue to innovate courses, curriculum and delivery channels that excite our future learners and make them proficient in their chosen stream and career.Sivaramakrishnan V. is Managing Director, Oxford University Press, Indialast_img read more