Securing Fintech the Blockchain Way—Why, Where, and How It is Done!
For some time now, the Financial Services industry has been experiencing a dramatic transformation that is driven by various innovative technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). This transformation driven by innovative technologies is referred to as FinTech and it is radically transforming the design and delivery of financial products and services across the globe. Among several technologies, Blockchain is certainly one that is quite popular and deemed promising too from a FinTech standpoint.
The battle between conceptual and contextual learning
High-quality and enduring conceptual learning cannot happen unless aided by contextual learning activities. Humans have waged some pointless battles for ages and, often, the trigger comes from a lack of adequate understanding of the matter and flawed judgement of the motives of the supposed adversary. One such battle fought only with sharp opinions and thoughts, is between academia and industry about the relative importance of conceptual learning and contextual learning.
Learning & Development is the Foundation to Building Resilient Economy
A resilient economy is the one that can withstand external shocks, adapt to changes in the market, and continue to grow and thrive. Learning & Development (L&D) is essential to achieving this goal, as it helps businesses and various industries in ensuring that their workforces acquire the relevant knowledge and skills — which invariably help them succeed by adapting to the ever-evolving environment and dynamics, and still stay competitive.To quote Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Remote Labs for Remote Students
Since 2016, BITS Pilani has been offering remote and virtual labs for their off-campus students. Professor PB Venkataraman, Associate Dean in the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Division, is responsible for digital learning in the division, and has been leading the development of the innovative labs. He shares his experience of working on the project, key learnings, challenges, and the value of ICDE membership.
Challenges in implementing clean and green technologies — and the way forward!
Impact of global warming on the earth has been realized for quite some time now; accordingly, various stake holders are already talking about the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their implementation using clean and green technologies. Clean technology refers to the use of conventional energy resources to address the energy demands, without causing environmental damage. And green technology refers to the use of environmentally friendly renewable energy sources
New age conundrum. How do you solve a ‘wicked problem’ called Gen AI
Generative AI solutions like ChatGPT, Perplexity.ai and AutoGPT have spread like wildfire, catching the imagination of users from a wide variety of sectors. But at higher educational institutions, academic heads are worrying about how it will impact pedagogy and learning.
The Future of Automotive Technology: Revolutionizing with 4 Powerful Concepts – CASE
Imagine experiencing the New Mobility of the future. The world of automobiles would change dramatically and the days of gasoline-powered engines and manual transmissions would potentially be gone. Instead, sleek electric vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities would dominate the roads.
India Needs their Working Professionals to Focus on Quality Higher Education in EEE too — Now More than Ever
The industry revolution 4.0 semiconductor chips are an integral part of most of the modern-day electronic devices. And Taiwan is the world’s leading manufacturer of semiconductor chips. Taiwan-based semiconductor chip fabrication labs, TSMC and UMC, produce more than 60% of the semiconductor chips required in the world, supplying ICs to some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Intel, AMD, Apple, ARM, Marvell, Nvidia, Broadcom, and MediaTek.
Digitalize or perish — a new norm in supply chains
Digitalization is a buzzword today, and the supply chain is not an exception this. But digitalization of supply chains is not something new. Around 25 years ago, Dell revolutionized the entire computer industry by digitalizing the supply chain. The consumer could specify his desired features and the laptop would be configured according to the requirements. Similarly, Zara, a fashion industry firm that is known for its responsiveness, revolutionized the fashion industry around fifteen years ago, promising 2-3 weeks of lead time to the retailer on the make-to-design products. It could achieve this by limiting its manufacturing in Spain unlike most of the contemporary fashion industry players that were outsourcing to China, which used to take 3-4 months for supply.
Responsible implementation of technology holds the key in augmenting healthcare
Having witnessed the on-going technology-inspired revolution in the healthcare sector, we will still need to exercise discretion in ensuring that technology is implemented judiciously Implants, stents, genome sequencing, non-invasive surgeries, transplants and prosthetics — the evolution in medical sciences over time has been stupendous to say the least. The proliferation of technology has provided an impetus to several elements of the end-to-end healthcare value chain — consultation, maintenance of health records, surgical and diagnostic procedures, large scale production of drugs, personal health monitoring, and many others.
Data Privacy Day: A day perhaps to also spread awareness on how everyone can contribute to data protection
During the early part of every new year, most information security practitioners across the globe look forward to celebrating a significant event — the Data Privacy Day! However, in my view, it is also a day that every ordinary person should consider celebrating as well.
Budget 2023: Not just fiscal deficit, managing “skills deficit” in our workforce should also be a priority
There are contrasting views and forecasts from various experts on how the year 2023 could be for the Indian economy. While some advocate exercising extreme caution on governmental spending due to the looming threat of a global recession, others are more upbeat, primarily on the basis of a few recent trends that show India is faring relatively better than many other world economies. However, most experts expect that managing the fiscal deficit during this budget will likely remain one of the key focus areas of the government and that it would need to ensure a fine balance between fulfilling both long-term and short-term national priorities.
Planning to set up your own EV startup? Here’s the collaboration you may need
India is witnessing a surge in EV adoption could be considered an understatement considering that 2022 the country sold almost sold 1 million EVs in 2022 (9,99,949 units) as per Vahan data. This was also 209.7 percent more than in 2021 which saw a surge of 165.4 percent alone. However, while the buyers are getting well sensitised to the growing need for cleaner mobility, manufacturers still seem to be torn between the EV vs Hybrids debate. While Maruti Suzuki and Toyota firmly believe in Hybrids as the perfect solution for countries such as India, Japan and Sri Lanka. Homegrown automakers such as Tata Motors and Mahindra have stepped on the EV wave and are betting on it for the future.
2022 — “a Leap” Year for BITS Pilani WILP in Transforming Learning Experiences of Working Professionals
Never Mind, if the year 2022 did not have one extra day in the month of February to technically qualify it as a “leap year.” It was still “a true leap” year for us at BITS Pilani’s Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) division, during which we took many leaps and strides toward transforming the learning experiences of working professionals.
Ten Commandments for Employees to Stay Relevant in a Digitally Disruptive Work Atmosphere By Dr. Gaurav Nagpal
In one of my earlier articles, I outlined how important it is for every business to have a digital strategy. Let us now explore how our workforce can prepare for this. As a professor in BITS Pilani‘s Work Integrating Learning Programs — which also offers an MBA in Digital Business – I offer my “Ten Commandments” for employees to survive and grow in a digitally disruptive environment.
Eleven reasons why every business needs a digital strategy
In this digital era, every firm, irrespective of its size, business domain or geography needs to adopt the digital chord. As a professor in BITS Pilani’s Work Integrated Learning Programs Division — which also offer MBA in Digital Business – here is an elaboration of the need to have a digital strategy.
Soft Skills Propel Tech Professionals in Their Careers
When Charles Darwin, the 19th century naturalist who is best known for his contributions to evolutionary biology, realized the importance of adaptability among species, the 21st century technology sector certainly did not even exist; however, some of his observations about survival skills are relatable even today, when we consider the critical skills that today’s technology professionals will need to survive and thrive in present times.
Dr. Nishit Narang, Associate Professor, BITS Pilani, discussed the current state of information security and the growing skill gap among academia and industries, with Rahul Raj from Infosecurity Outlook Magazine.
In an interview with Rahul Raj, Dr. Nishit Narang discussed the current state of information security and the growing skill gap among academics and industries. He asserted the need for an industry-driven and technology-driven curriculum with a practical approach. The ICT industry must support academia by providing not only funds for the establishment of advanced technology centers but also opportunities for students in academia through industrial projects and internships.
Cybersecurity: Why effective data security necessary in today’s competitive world
Businesses thrive when they leverage data successfully, as data manifests as the new fuel for their growth engine. Conversely, with cyber-attacks or when their valuable data is either leaked or locked for ransom, most businesses either lose competitive edge, incur significant losses, or even shut down.
5G-enabled Virtual Labs — A New Era Begins in Experiential Learning
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” said Aristotle, a philosopher, and polymath who lived in ancient Greece from 384 BC to 322 BC. From ancient times to modern times, many accomplished personalities in different fields and domains have advocated the power of “learning by doing,” which is also popularly referred to as “experiential learning.”
Empowering Workforce through Continuous Learning Enhances Employee Experience (EX) Significantly
From employees’ perspectives, when considering the overall benefits provided by either their current or future employers, continuing education and professional development is invariably one of the leading factors that is top of mind for most of them. According to global Glint data as well, opportunities to learn and grow are now the topmost factor that people say defines an exceptional work environment.
How BITS Pilani WILP is breaking new grounds in online higher education
BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) is the only institution with UGC approval which can provide technical degree courses (like M.Tech) in an off-campus setting. These remote and virtual labs can be accessed by students from across the world, 24x7 and 365 days a year. Prof Gurunarayanan, Dean of BITS Pilani WILP, shares more about the innovative model, designed and developed in collaboration with industry, exclusively for the working professionals
Full-stack developers continue to be hot property across firms
We wrote several months ago that full-stack developers are in big demand. We went back to industry to check how the demand is now, and we found that demand has only become stronger, both in India and the world.
How higher education institutions have adapted the concept of virtual laboratories
In today’s day and age education is all about learning and experimenting on digital. As a result, virtual laboratories are in vogue. “The virtual laboratory at the institute is a replica of a physical laboratory in which students are able to perform experiments virtually from any place,” PB Venkataraman, professor- engineering group and associate dean, Digital Learning – Work Integrated Learning Program, BITS Pilani told FE Education Online.
Executive education makes a transition, from 'good to have' to 'must have' : BITS Pilani WILP CEO Rajiv Tandon
Executive education can become one of the constant primary tools for businesses to help prepare their leaders and equip them with knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which will help them wade through the challenging business environment, says BITS Pilani WILP CEO Rajiv Tandon.
Here is the list of Twenty Commandments on Delivery of Analytics Programs in the Business-Schools
Business analytics holds tremendous potential to create value for the industry and has been doing so for around two decades. Considering this, most of the business schools have introduced courses related to business analytics in their program curriculum. Some business schools have also started MBA or PG programs in Business Analytics.
How B-schools can teach digital business perspective
The digitisation of business processes has resulted in the accumulation of a large amount of data in structured as well as unstructured formats, making it imperative to teach students how to analyse these datasets.
With the boom of IT sector, learn and earn after 12th
The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know that you can’t possibly do the things you are doing” opined a wise person. I heard similar sentiments from the manager of a leading IT company who now supervised a new cadre of young employees who began their IT careers right after high school.
How metaverse can significantly enhance learning experiences of working professionals
The Metaverse has the power to break barriers in encouraging information sharing across organizations and sectors through virtual breakout rooms, more accessible tech expos and always-on demo stalls.
Automation will Improve Work in India, only if Upskilling Starts Now
Prof Gurunarayanan is the Dean of Work Integrated Learning Programmes, Bits Pilani. He says that he visualizes WILP’s collaboration and Partnerships with the Industry to become deeper and even more strategic in the future.
Prof Gurunarayanan visualizes WILP’s collaboration to become deeper and even more strategic in the future
Work Integrated Learning Programs (WILP) is a division of BITS Pilani that exclusively offers programs to working professionals. WILP programs culminate with a degree in Engineering or Management at Bachelor’s level (B.Sc., B.Tech.) or a Master’s level (M.Tech., M.Sc., or M.B.A.) to help students pursue the degree without any career break.
Budget 2022: Education sector seeks reliefs in line with Covid effects; tax concessions, digital infrastructure tops list
The issues plaguing the education sector, which is still being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, must be redressed in the Union Budget 2022, stakeholders have said ahead of the government’s annual financial budget next month.
Rajiv Tandon, CEO - WILP, shares top 3 reasons why tech giants are investing heavily in reskilling their employees, in an ETInsights' article
Not long ago in 2018, while presenting Learning & Development trends research report done by BITS Pilani’s Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) Division at a conference in Mumbai, I told the audience in a light-hearted way, that it seems the L&D professionals love some of their problems so much that these problems seem to stay with them year after year.