Sowing the seeds of the future in the Capital

Sowing the seeds of the future in the Capital

first_imgiSEED – the Indian School for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, a unique educational institution offering India’s first full time 1-year post-graduate level program in Entrepreneurship was launched on Thursday. The announcement was made in the presence of K.H. Muniyappa, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Founded by a group of professionals from institutes of national repute, iSEED’s vision is to be a world-class educational hub offering a variety of long and short-term programs for budding entrepreneurs and startups at various stages of their journey. iSEED will commence its flagship 1-year Post Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship from June 2014. The Institute’s short-term courses will begin this year. The founders of iSEED include Harsh Mishra, a Strategy and Entrepreneurship Professor at MDI Gurgaon, Anil Misra, Finance Professor at MDI Gurgaon, and Sanjeeva Shivesh, former Strategy Consultant from Booz & Co, aentrepreneur and a visiting faculty at MDI Gurgaon.last_img read more

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

first_imgNot just making you calm and creating a feeling of kindness, a mere seven-minute of meditation daily can help reduce racial bias too, a new study shows.The researchers found that just seven minutes of a meditation technique called Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) directed to a member of a specific racial group (in this case, a black person) was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. The Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This indicates that some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony,” said lead researcher Alexander Stell, doctoral student in psychology from University of Sussex.LKM is known to engender happiness and kindness to oneself and others through repeating phrases such as may you be happy and healthy while visualising a particular person.Some previous studies have shown that inducing happiness in people, for example by exposing them to upbeat music, can actually make them more likely to have prejudiced thoughts compared to those hearing sad music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the new study, 71 white, non-meditating adults were each given a photo of a gender-matched black person and either received taped LKM instructions or instructions to look at the photos and notice certain features of the face. Both conditions lasted just seven minutes.The researchers then scored the reaction times of the participants who were asked to match up positive and negative words (for example happiness or wrong) with faces that belonged to either their own or another ethnic group.The team found that just seven minutes of LKM directed to a member of a specific racial group was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. Additionally, the researchers measured levels of positive emotions and found that people doing LKM showed a significant enhancement in generating positive emotions. The study was published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.last_img read more

Gold diamonds worth Rs 6 crore seized

Gold diamonds worth Rs 6 crore seized

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a major breakthrough, police seized a huge quantity of gold and diamond worth Rs 6 crore looted from a jewellery shop in Gurgaon recently, South Dinajpur police chief Nagendra Nath Tripathi said at a press conference on Sunday night.Police also arrested three persons identified as Safiqul Islam (27), Jafor Hussein (28) and Sultan Mian (25) from Malda rail station area and Hili for their alleged involvement in committing the operation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey hail from Hili and Banshihari’s Aligara and Haldi. A case of burglary from a jewellery shop in Haryana’s Gurgaon was reported on December 9. While investigating the case and through sketches of prime accused as detected from the CCTV footages, police on December 12 became sure that three employees of the shop from Bengal’s South Dinajpur were behind the crime. Apart from the CCTV footages, mobile tracking system also helped police to solve the case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaryana police on Saturday arrested two persons on Saturday night from Malda while the other from Hili. Interrogating the trio, police later seized gold around 16 kg and some diamonds worth approximately Rs 6 crore from Banshihari’s Haripur. Police said Safiqul concealed the valuables at his father-in-laws’ house in Haripur. Investigation revealed that Sultan Mian had been working as a security guard at the shop. They left the place thinking police would never be able to trace them. While producing them before Gangarampur sub-divisional court on Sunday, the judge directed to hand them over to Haryana police on transit-remand.last_img read more

ICanFlyy Café serves more than just coffee

ICanFlyy Café serves more than just coffee

first_imgThe brainchild of Minu Budhia (Founder-Director) and her daughter Priyam Budhia, Café ICanFlyy is a one-of-a-kind cafe which is run by special needs individuals with the objective of empowering them, giving them dignity and restoring to them their rightful place in society. Being serviced by trained young adults with special needs, Café ICanFlyy is continuously breaking barriers and myths surrounding the capabilities of special needs individuals. “Don’t imagine it. Do it. Keeping this in mind, I have created a sheltered workplace where special individuals work with dignity and confidence. It is time we gave them the place they deserve in society,” says Minu Budhia. The café ensures that these youngsters not only lead a life that brings them joy but also develop skills that help them become gainful employees and budding entrepreneurs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBudhia added, “When my younger daughter Prachi, who is a special child, was growing up, it was my nightmare that what will she do when she grows up?” Adds co-founder Preeyam Budhia, “It is our dream to make their impossibles possible and their unachievables achievable”. She informed that the ICanFlyy Food Factory has been around since the time ICanFlyy started – for producing packaged products. “We also took part in every prominent exhibition. The products would sell out. That was a good starting point. We are also doing small catering orders and home delivery for customized cakes. The kids had really picked it up. That gave us the confidence that we could open a café. This café would really build their social skills. They will take the orders and interact with you. You have to go and pay at the counter and once you are back, they will serve you. Ever since I moved back to India, I have been dying to do something in F&B. A café with a cause is great”, Preeyam explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe main objective of Café ICanFlyy is to give these children the freedom to express themselves, to restore their dignity and send a message to society that special need individuals need to be respected for who they are and what they can do.”The children have been training for the last three to four months. We have six kids working in the café. They are all part of ICanFlyy. We made a list of FAQs. Me, along with the special educators, trained them. It was difficult, but this has been so fulfilling. For the past month, we have had a lot of in-house tasting going on. They were really helpful because, in the first two tastings, it was like ‘is this place going to run?’ We got a lot of critical feedback. Finally, we are more than ready. No one can feel the difference when they come here. There are supervisors to help the six kids. I have employed two of them and started a stipend. I told one of their mothers; see your daughter has started earning. She will have a bank account to handle now” smiles Minu. The students at Café ICanFlyy with an interest in F&B receive training in food preparation, bakery and café service. Working or training at the cafe is not only fun and exciting for the students, but also has multiple benefits ranging from raising confidence and self-esteem to teaching them life and social skills.The café is a cosy, quirky, colourful space with indoor and outdoor seating and free WiFi so that one can catch up with friends, have a quick business lunch, high tea, or unwind after work. The food will tantalise your taste buds while the rich, aromatic coffee serves up the right dose of caffeine. You can also pick up healthy, pocket-friendly snacks from the ICanFlyy Food Factory. Resonating the theme of the café – ‘Freedom of being who you are’, this is a platform for unrecognized talent wherein emerging singers can take part in surprise karaoke evenings, open mics, live music, board games and a clutch of other activities like brand launches. In October for example, events have been planned around Halloween, tea tasting sessions and karaoke evenings. Café food is delivered by Swiggy, Zomato and comes along with snazzy gift vouchers. Says Gowri Mishra, a student at St Xavier’s and a regular, “There’s nothing new in other cafés. I love coming here for the karaoke and other events”.The café is a vital part of ICanFlyy, a vocational and skill building institute for special needs individuals. Children between the ages of six and nine can join the Twinkling Stars programme, children between the ages of 10 and 14 can join the Rising Stars programme and teenagers who are 15 plus can join the Superstar Programme. Currently, our oldest students are in their early mid-thirties.Students at ICanFlyy have some special needs. They receive vocational training and build their skills, but also become a part of a community that is open, non-judgemental, and embraces the idea that being different does not make one less of an individual. The institute began its journey as a unit of Caring Minds on Sarat Bose Road. ICanFlyy is now located on 4B Valmikee Street, Kolkata 700026. Classes are held from Mondays through Fridays. At ICanFlyy, the focus is on four key objectives, developing respect, providing vocational training, creating jobs and most importantly, changing lives. Special educators and experienced industry professionals provide training tailored to the unique needs of each student. On-site job training equips students to work independently in a home set-up or under minimal supervision at various workplaces. Training modules include Café customer service, Bakery prep and Packaging, Data entry and art and craft. The café ICanFlyy, the ICanFlyy Food Factory, the Digital Studio and the Art Studio equip the students to navigate uncharted territory, thereby building their self-confidence and self-worth. ICanFlyy products are stocked at Satyanarayan Bhandar and Krishna in Alipore. Earlier, the crafts were exhibited at CII. At ICanFlyy Digital Studio, the special needs young adults are proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and can deliver error-free and speedy project completion. These children have done database work of Jalan Distributors, J D Birla, BRM Insurance and so on. At The Food Factory, the young adults get an opportunity to bring out the chef inside them. On offer is a wide variety of sweet and savoury products that are not only delectable but also healthy and FSSAI approved. Customised gift hampers, catering events and doorstep delivery are the services that are provided by those training at the food unit.last_img read more