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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

IIFL's CSR initiative EKA for Sports

IIFL Investment Managers puts sports first with EKA
Under the group’s CSR initiative, EKA will build Asian and Global Ranking tournaments in Chess, Tennis and Golf

One of the country’s largest Wealth Management firms, IIFL Investment Managers, today announced their CSR Initiative dedicated to the development of junior sport in the country with EKA (pronounced, ek).
Under EKA, the IIFL Investment Managers Group will build independent Asian and Global ranking junior properties across three sports namely Chess, Golf and Tennis. Partnering with The Indian Chess School, to build the richest U-13 global ranking tournament in the sport, the CSR initiative also joins hands with the Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academies (MBTA) to host U-14 Asian Ranking Tournament in India and along with Rishi Narain Golf Management Group (RNGM) will promote the Faldo Series in India.

Innovation, Trust and Ownership are synonymous with IIFL Investment Managers and the group takes pride in launching the first of its kind initiative in the country, that provides a player - an environment at par with global tournaments with professionally- run events managed at world class standards. The goal is to provide next level of international access and tap the talent hitherto hidden across the country. The word EKA originates from the Sanskrit word, which stands for One or First and the logo symbolizes the oneness with everything the organization does. The number one is neatly interlaced with the letter K of the alphabet to signify the leadership position aspired for each of the participants.

Announcing the initiative Mr. Yatin Shah, Co-founder, IIFL Investment Managers shared, “We as a group of young founders have always understood the need for competitive sport in our personal and professional development and have incorporated within our organization the values we have learned in the sports arena. Exploring the current sporting ecosystem in the country, we saw an apparent lack of competitive tournaments in the Junior and Sub-Junior space and felt the strong desire to fill that gap. Through EKA, we are creating sustainable platforms to empower the aspiring professional Golfer, Chess Player and Tennis Player, with skills that they derive from participating in a strong competitive environment.” Echoing the thought Mr. Himanshu Bhagat, Senior Managing Partner, IIFL Investment Managers added, “Through EKA, we are also working with our partners towards designing and implementing the best globally comparable Junior and Sub-Junior sports properties in India to encourage more international participation, allowing the young Indian sportsperson to be exposed to global competition with a home environment advantage.”

The group also hopes to encourage partners and clients to contribute to the development of their properties across the country dedicated solely to the Indian Junior and Sub-Junior Sportsperson.

IIFL Investment Managers (IIFLIM), in less than a decade, is the largest wealth management company in India. Part of the IIFL Group, it is the investment and financial advisor to more than 10,000 influential families
in the High Net Worth Individuals (HNI) and Ultra HNI segments in India and abroad, managing an aggregate assets of more than USD 20 bn under management, advice and distribution. 

The company won ‘The Best Private Banking Services Overall, India’ award at Euromoney Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey, 2017 besides more than 60 other awards of repute since its inception in 2008. Headquartered in Mumbai, IIFL Investment Managers has more than 800 employees and a presence in 23 major cities in India as well as 9 global financial hubs.   

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Reebok celebrates Women Strength and Spirit at the #FitToFightAwards 2.0

Reebok Felicitates women achievers at the Awards ceremony in Mumbai, celebrating the overarching theme ‘Girl’sDon’t Fight’
In association with Beti Bachao, Beti Padhaothe Flagship Program of the Ministry of Women’s and Child Development and the Kailash Satyarthi Foundation
The gala evening saw the presence of renowned personalities including Reebok Brand Ambassadors Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor, along with Fashionably Fit Reebok Ambassador Malaika Arora and the Hon’ble Minister of State Dr. Virendra Kumar, Ministry of Women & Child Development as Guest of Honor

 Bringing an evening of inspiring stories of courage and determination to the city, Reebok Indiacelebrated the second edition of the #FitToFightAwards at Taj Lands End today. The #FitToFightAwards are an extension of Reebok’s #FitToFight campaign, that propagates the belief that fitness brings out the best in each one of us, and is not just physical, but also social and mental. To celebrate the power of women, Reebok introduced its #FitToFight campaign last year, with brand ambassador Kangana Ranaut as the face of the campaign, to inspire women to be strong willed and indomitable when faced with challenges. It was a unanimous call to applaud real life women heroes who have fought with grit and spirit to achieve their mark across fields.

Raising the bar this edition, the fitness brand launched the second edition of #FitToFight in September this year, with another compelling narrative and ‘Girls Don’t Fight’ as the overarching themeExploring a deeper cultural context of the need for women to fight the wrong, Girls Don’t Fight espouses the cause of the ordinary woman battling strong, prevalent social issues. The word‘fight’ is not only a literal depiction but a call to action for those who will not accept the way things are, making it the slogan for all ‘women’ heroes. The brand launched two powerful films that put a spotlight on eve teasing and inequality in pay, in September and October this year, showing Kangana Ranaut playing the mentor and the inner strength in every woman, beckoning the female protagonists to fight and beat the odds. Receiving nationwide appreciation, the films garnered over 25 million views from the audience and continues to create buzz across platforms. 

The #FitToFight campaign culminated in the Awards held in proud association with Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, the Flagship Program of the Ministry of Women’s and Child Development and the Kailash Satyarthi Children Foundation. Reebok believes that education can empower young girls to become Fit to Fight and shares the vision of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao initiative with complete passion and conviction. Reebok also believes that the future of our nation lies in our children and we should do all we can to support them, enrich their lives and enable them to fulfill their destiny, and salutes the un-paralleled work done by Noble Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in this regard.

The second edition of the #FitToFightAwards campaign received over 500 inspiring entries, and the awards ceremony saw the presence of renowned Bollywood celebrities, eminent dignitaries, fashion designers and stylists, socialites, including Reebok brand ambassadors Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor. Shahid Kapoor recently joined Reebok as the brand ambassador and will be carrying the #FitToFight mantle forward being a strong believer in women’s equality and empowerment. Both Kangana and Shahid inspired and regaled the audience with their real-life experiences and affirmed that physical, social and mental fitness can overcome all obstacles. 

Commenting on the second edition of the #FitToFightAwards, Ms. Silvia Tallon, Senior Marketing Director, Reebok India, said, “This is our second year in running and the initiative has received an overwhelming response from women across the country. Through this campaign, not only have we found these heroes, but we have also inspired millions of women to come out and share stories of their battles with each other and given fitness a much larger dimension. We salute all the awardees tonight who have faced obstacles, come out and shared their stories, and continue to be an inspiration to millions.”

The event also witnessed Reebok’s association with The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation wherein the brand lauded the efforts of the organization in championing children’s rights through a model of education and rehabilitation. Commenting on the association, Noble Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said, “At The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation our aim is to create a free, safe and healthy environment for children. A platform like Reebok #FitToFight empowers women and celebrates their endeavor and ability to fight all odds to achieve success and we want to imbibe the same values in children from a young age.”

Reebok also partnered with the Government’s social campaign Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao for this award ceremony. Hon’ble Minister of State Dr. Virendra Kumar, Ministry of Women & Child Development presided over the evening as the Guest of Honor. The Minister highlighted the schemes undertaken by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for the girl child education.

Commenting on the association, Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi said, We are glad to partner with a brand like Reebok that believes in the importance of empowering women and enables us to spread further awareness around women’s welfare. The women chosen by Reebok have displayed exemplary courage and determination and it’s great to see a fitness brand take on a larger role in the society and inspire others

Reebok #FitToFightAwards facilitated 12 women and 4 young girls from The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, celebrating their trials and tribulations. The evening also saw the presence of prominent names including Malaika Arora, RJ Malishka (awardee), designer Masaba Gupta (awardee) among many others.  Beginning with a performance by sand art maestro Nitish Bharti, the event also saw well-known stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal perform, amongst other highlights of the evening.

Sharing her excitement at the event, Kangana Ranaut, Brand Ambassador, Reebok India said, “I have been immensely inspired by the stories of all the women present today. This year Reebok took a focused approach with ‘Girls Don’t Fight’, enabling women to challenge biases such as eve-teasing and inequality in pay. The campaign has grown from strength to strength, inspiring every woman to be #FitToFight.” 

Commenting on the campaign and Awards evening, Shahid KapoorBrand Ambassador, Reebok India said, “This is my first time at the Reebok #FitToFightAwards and I think it’s is an extremely powerful and inspiring platform. Reebok defines fitness beyond the physical, emphasizing mental toughness and I personally relate to it. As a Reebok ambassador, I want to make it my personal mission to make fitness cool, desirable and a stepping stone to a better life.”

The first phase of #FitToFight received an overwhelming response where over 100 women across the country shared their personal stories of strength and courage. The campaign culminated with the first #FitToFightAwards evening in December last year, where Reebok and Kangana felicitated 12 women that included Indian athlete Deepa Malik and stunt woman Geeta Tandon whose extraordinary feats inspired the audience.

Holiday Differently, Excellently with Sterling

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity.
Life is eternal. 
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.
This is a precious moment. 
It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” 

Generally, our Holidays are common, dime a dozen.  Same touristy places, same itinerary , rushing around to fit all 'been-there, done-that' routine. No scope for bespoke, customized extravaganza. There are many Hotels, Resorts , clubs, travel / tourist destinations, agencies etc. to take care of our comforts and luxuries, then why and how can we #HolidayDifferently with Sterling ? 

Come join me in the pictorial journey about how we can #HolidayDifferently with STERLING ...
We desire better life , leisure , recreating activities all the time .The adrenaline adventures, the enchanting experiences , the mesmerizing memories , sweet surprises , lovely luxuries, freewheeling frolicking , boisterous bonhomie , refreshing and rejuvenating spas / salons , perky picnics, flavorful foods ,  serene surroundings , meticulously planned packages , scenic-natural locations , commendable service , superior stays etc. all designed as per our express wishes are cherished forever. Sterling manages all these dynamics and much more for us.

           That's what sets Sterling apart from the rest as it endeavors to give us immersive holiday experiences. We the humans have various choices , mindsets , interests and demands. Some prefer mountains , while the others crave for  valleys, forests ,  beaches ,  gardens or  deserts. Some like tranquility while the others opt for singing , dancing , games , adventure sports or funky party. Sterling fulfills all wishes with equal elan for each & everybody. Sterling offers various packages to suit the whims & fancies of all alike. 

Fed up with concrete jungle, hectic schedule and pollution ?. Take a quick break . Enjoy the lush , green , crystal clear airy surroundings in luxurious villas with spa , gym , swimming pool , gourmet food , recreational activities at Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited.

Sterling is a leading experiential holiday company in India. It has a total inventory of around 2039 rooms spread across a network of 29 resorts in 26 scenic holiday destinations located in Agra, Anaikatti, Corbett, Daman, Darjeeling, Dindi, Dharamshala, Gangtok, Goa, Kanha, Karwar, Kodaikanal, Kufri, Lonavala, Manali, Munnar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Puri, Sariska, Shirdi, Thekkady, Wayanad, Yelagiri and Yercaud. Sterling Holidays also owns ‘Nature Trails Resorts Private Limited’ - an adventure holiday company that operates resorts at four unique destinations in Maharashtra. The company also has 15 additional sites where it plans to add new resorts.

Why to #HolidayDifferently with Sterling ?.  Normal is boring. Discovering new avenues of holidaying is an instant mood-booster.  Fishing , lolling in the hammock, swimming , gorging on delicious local cuisine, exploring local culture and nature. Rest assured , you would love clicking eye-candy pictures of photogenic , Instagram-worthy Sterling properties, it's surrounding and numerous adventurous activities. 

Sterling was incorporated in 1986 with the vision of delivering Great Holiday experiences to Indian Families. To achieve this vision, the company pioneered Vacation Ownership in India and set about building a network of leisure resorts at some of the best holiday destinations in India.   All resorts in the Sterling network also have specially designed hotel blocks for the comfort and convenience of guests who prefer to vacation as a one-time hotel guest. Sterling now plans to expand the Leisure Hospitality industry in India and to set new benchmarks in the Vacation Ownership and Leisure Hospitality space.

Sterling delivers a Memorable Holiday Experience and Joy of Discovery in aesthetically designed, full-service resorts located in scenic leisure destinations in India and around the globe. 

We the IndiBloggers  were invited to be a part of Sterling's vision for new immersive , memorable and up-close, look forward to ' holiday experiences ' that resonate on a deeper , emotional level.  We enjoyed understanding  about Holidays that are more adventurous, more personalised, and more attuned to local culture , inspiring people towards a path of discovery.  

Sterling's motto , #HolidayDifferently is reflected vibrantly in it's aesthetically designed logo. The symbol pinwheel depicts , “I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul.” 

Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited is a 100% independently managed subsidiary of Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL), India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company. TCIL is a part of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a $36.1 billion global investment and insurance holding company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Sterling to be the No.1 Experiential Holiday brand in India.

Please check out , what all new , unique immersive experiences ,  amenities , the new & improved Sterling #HolidayDifferently offers to all of us :


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Global Indian International school gives wings to Indian students

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Global Indian International School hosted its annual GIIS Real World Challenges Convention at GIIS East Coast Campus Singapore. This year’s theme was Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship or ICE that aimed at fostering entrepreneurial skills and creativity among students.
A total of 604 students’ participated in the convention. About 210 students took part in the on-spot competitions or had qualified for the final round of various categories. Of these, 74 were from GIIS India campuses, who travelled to Singapore to participate in the GIIS Real World Challenges Convention as part of the GSE programme.

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Global Student Exchange or GSE Programme is an important learning platform that helps GIIS students to interact, participate and collaborate with students of other campuses in India and abroad. Students from around twelve GIIS campuses including 6 from India, 3 from Singapore and 1 each from Malaysia, UAE and Japan participated in the global contest.

The Real World Challenges Convention provides a global exposure to students to present their case studies professionally to a diverse audience. The convention also helps young minds become confident, self-reliant and acquire leadership skills through group discussions, time management and prioritization.

The event provides the right stimulation to student teams to present their ideas in the form of art, essay, speeches, debates and multimedia presentations. The convention was open for all age groups ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

As a part of the 9 gems program of GIIS, it believes in nurturing the generation of today, to lead the world of tomorrow. GIIS offers a true Global Advantage, which is through a holistic approach taken by GIIS to nurture the overall growth of a child in order to make them competent on a global level.

Commenting on this unique initiative, Mr. Kamal Gupta, Group Chief Operating Officer, Global Schools Foundation, Singapore said, “Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the cornerstone to learning at GIIS. Real World Challenges Convention is the meeting point of the most creative and innovative young minds. In the world of disruption it’s important to instil leadership skills and personality development skills in early childhood. GIIS with these unique conventions is committed to ensure overall personality development of students and build future leaders.’’

More than 50 students from India campuses bagged laurels in various categories this year, making GIIS India all the more proud of their young representatives. Teams like GIIS Ahmedabad and Indore teamed up together for one of the categories named OPUS, and emerged as winners in the same.

They prepared and practiced for the competition through video conferencing which showcases the amount of dedication and seriousness each GIIS India participant exercised to sweep accolades at the most awaited global competition of GIIS.

There were different competitions that were held at the convention like Transformation Turncoat - a debate with a twist, Art Competition, Adzapp - a video editing competition, Essay Writing and Innovative Social Entrepreneurship Challenge and the turnaround of the students were humongous compared to the previous year.

About Global Indian International School

Global Indian International School (GIIS) - established under the guiding principles of Global Schools Foundation - is an international network of award-winning schools, with 23 campuses in seven countries. Known for their skill-based and learner-centric curricula, GIIS offers holistic learning and personality development opportunities for students. 
GIIS schools have been honored with more than 80 international and national awards over a span of 8 years for achieving excellence in school education. Today, GIIS boasts a strong multicultural student body, as children from diverse nationalities have enrolled across its campuses. 
Adopting a holistic approach to learning and character development, the school’s Nine GemsTM model is a proprietary tool to achieve a balance between academics and experience, mental and physical development, fine arts and performing arts, language skills and creativity, personality development, ethics and entrepreneurship.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Enjoy exotic Bubble Tea, beverages only for Rs 10 at Dr Bubbles – Chai Specialist

Popular Bubble Tea chain introduces special offer at Vile Parle store for patrons on December 13,14

Next week, residents of Vile Parle will have a sweet surprise awaiting them! Dr Bubbles -- Chai Specialist, the popular chain that serves the unique Bubble Tea, will have an array of drinks for patrons available at only Rs 10. The special offer will be open on December 13 and 14 at the chain’s exclusive store in Vile Parle.

The Vile Parle store is the latest addition to the repertoire of Dr Bubbles’ stores in Mumbai. Dr Bubbles is credited with bringing authentic Taiwanese Bubble Tea to Mumbai in 2015 by customising the flavour to suit the tastes of Indians. Dr Bubbles made its debut in Mumbai with three stores – one each at Hill Road and Carter Road in Bandra and one at Phoenix Market City, Kurla. But with growing demand, the chain recently launched more stores not just in Mumbai, but across India too. Six stores came up in Mumbai at Kemps Corner, Ghatkopar, Seawoods, Vashi and two outlets in Thane. Meanwhile, three stores were launched in Surat (Vesu, Varacha and Katargram) and one each in Amravati, Nasik and Indore through franchisee route.

Bubble Tea finds its genesis in Taiwan where the drink was invented in the early 1980s. The refreshing flavoured fruit teas and milk teas served with chewy tapioca balls sucked up through a big fat straw became a rage in several Asian countries. Yet, when Bubble Tea first debuted in India, it ended up confusing the palate of Indians who did not respond too well to the drink.

Dr Bubbles changed all of this when a makeover of sorts was given to the drink to cater to Indian tastes by adding fruit jelly and fruit-flavoured poppers to the milk and fruit teas. For ardent tea lovers, Dr Bubbles also introduced a special ‘chai’ flavoured variety. With a ‘base’ of green or black tea, Dr Bubbles’ fruit teas came infused with natural fruit flavourings. The chain soon caught the fancy of Mumbaites who loved to explore the distinct options and flavours of Bubble Tea.

Speaking about the new store in Vile Parle and the special offers on the occasion, Mr. Adnan Sarkar, Founder, Dr. Bubbles said, “On December 13 and 14, our Vile Parle store will have most teas being given away for only Rs 10. We came up with this offer because we wanted to give something special to all our patrons who have given us so much love. We also want more and more people to come taste our authentic beverages and enjoy the unique flavours. We hope our new Vile Parle store receives as much love as all our other stores.”

The special offer is exclusive to the Vile Parle store only and will not be available at the other Dr Bubbles outlets and stores. The brand now also has plans to expand its presence across many states in India and scale up to 100 stores in a year. Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Cochin are the upcoming locations.

More about this offer:
— All the beverages will be charged at Rs 10 inclusive of all taxes including GST
— The offer is valid only for December 13 and 14 at Vile Parle store only
— It will not be valid on food items
— Dr. Bubbles opens at _12_ am in the morning and will close as per the usual timings.
— The offer does not include home deliveries at the same cost
For more information, visit: http://drbubbles.in

Thursday, December 7, 2017

JetSynthesys and Sachin Tendulkar launch “Sachin Saga Cricket Champions”

 JetSynthesys, a leading digital entertainment and gaming company today launched its much-awaited game “Sachin Saga Cricket Champions” featuring the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. At a high decibel event today, Sachin Tendulkar unveiled the game along with Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Non-Executive Chairman, JetSynthesys and Mr. Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, JetSynthesys.

“Sachin Saga Cricket Champions” is the official mobile gaming app of the cricketing God himself. The game aims to bring to life, the Legends’ cricketing style and iconic matches to every Indian. Through this game, the player gets a chance to step into the shoes of Sachin Tendulkar and relive his innings from some of the most memorable matches he has played for the country. 

Set to go live today, “Sachin Saga Cricket Champions” creates a larger than life virtual cricketing experience on a mobile device. Through the technology embedded in the game, the players for the first time can experience real-time shadows and motion captures in a mobile game without hampering the game’s performance. 

Commenting on the launch of his game, Sachin Tendulkar said, “With Sachin Saga, the aim is to bring cricket fans together and enable each one of them to experience my journey through this game.  Sachin Saga Cricket Champions is a game that also has a lot of trivia and fun in addition to being competitive and challenging.”

He further added, “I wanted to ensure that everyone got a chance to play this game, no matter what phone they had, hence our team has really worked hard to bring this game to every mobile device. I really hope the game helps cricket enthusiasts to become champions in the digital games arena with their talent and my experience”

Talking about this notable milestone Mr. Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, JetSynthesys said, “It is delightful to see the response we have received through the pre-registration from cricket lovers across the country. Our vision through this game, is to give mobile gaming players the opportunity to re-live the magnificent career of a superstar sportsman like Sachin Tendulkar. We are upbeat about our proposition and are hoping that the cricketing universe enjoys the effort we have put in to bring dream to reality on a virtual platform.” 

Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Non-Executive Chairman, JetSynthesys said “Our global game development team at JetSynthesys has leveraged state of the art technology to create an engaging experience for gamers around the world, in a sport that is a religion in India, brought to life with the iconic Sachin Tendulkar”.

Unique aspects of the game
A one of its kind game, ‘Sachin Saga Cricket Champions’ is bound to delight Sachin and cricket fans with its intense and authentic cricket action. With realistic motion capture and cricketing stance of the Little Master, this futuristic game with console quality visuals of the international cricketer, puts the player to face every challenge that the legend overcame to become the God of cricket.

The game brings in real time shadow movements, authentic stadium environments and swift motion quality of fielders plucking the ball out from thin-air. One moment you are facing a legendary leg spinner and the other you are up against a reverse swinging yorker. This game ensures that the followers of the sport experience intense excitement in the middle of the pitch!

Some exclusive features in the game:

Legendary Mode
  • Play as the master blaster himself in his most iconic matches from his past in the same conditions and stadiums as he did. Start the journey of a young 16-year-old Sachin that made him a legend and play his glorious career of 24 years. 

  • All new revolutionary real-world batting system that emulates real-world playing conditions which result in authentic batting experiences.
  • Play the game in its truest form (zone based bat connections) i.e. well-timed connection of the bat with the ball defines the outcome of the shot and a miss timed connection could result in a catch. 
  • Motion captured batting shots of Sachin himself that allows you to play all his legendary shots the way he does. 
  • Dynamic camera angles that allow you to relive your shots from the best angles.
  • Replay camera – Experience the beauty of the shot in slow motion as you knock one out all the way.
  • Watch fielders pull out the ball from thin air to take stunning catches.
  • Fielders slide and dive to reach the ball just like in actual games.

JetSynthesys aims to leverage its core capabilities of gaming, video and music to digitally connect celebrities, brands and consumers, to drive user engagement and monetization through personalization. With innovation in patented platforms, AI & Machine Learning, it is tapping into the exciting and fast-growing space of mobile gaming in India.  

Additional updates on the game available here http://www.sachinsaga.com/

MVSTF signs MoUs with eminent corporates and philanthropists in presence of CM

·         MVSTF signs key MoUs in the presence of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis ·         Strategic partnership to empower development of rural Maharashtra

Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (MVSTF) initiative with a mission to transform 1,000 villages across the state today signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading corporates and philanthropists in a bid to empower and push development work in rural part of the state.    

In an effort to converge the developmental efforts between the Government of Maharashtra and Corporate India, MVSTF enables a public-private partnership in development work at grass root level. The partners provide financial resources to MVSTF, along with domain knowledge and expertise to bring about lasting change in key development areas. The MoUs were signed with the intent of furthering collaboration between the Government of Maharashtra & Corporate India.

The MoUs were signed in the presence of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries like – Smt. Rajashree Birla, Idea Cellular, Mr. Amit Chandra, ATE Philanthropic Foundation, Investor Mr. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Mr. Radhakrishna Damani, Founder, D-Mart, Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mr. Vallabh Bhansali, Enam Financial Consultants Mr. Krishnan Dharmarajan, CDFI &  Mr. John Santosh, BillionLives, and Mr. Ramnath Subramaniam, CEO, MVSTF signed the MoUs on behalf of MVSTFAlso present at the occasion were Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister of Finance & Planning Forests, Girish Mahajan, Cabinet Minister for Water Resources, Pankaja Mundhe, Minister of Rural Development Women and Child Welfare Vishnu Sawra, Minister Of Tribal Development Mahadeo JankarMinister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries DevelopmentRanjit Patil,Minister of State Home(Urban),Urban Development, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Law & Judiciary, Parliamentary affairsSumeet Mallik - CS- Government of Maharashtra, Praveen Pardeshi - ACS to CM.

Speaking on this occasion Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The public and private sector partnership for village transformation brings responsibility towards delivering change in rural Maharashtra. The ability, technology, flexibility, knowledge and management skills of the private sector will change the lives of the people with greater speed by enforcing social schemes of the government.” He further added, “Our main focus is to solve the agrarian crisis through water conservation and tackle the problems of malnourishment in the tribal belt as well as to provide best education in the rural sectors of Maharashtra.”

Speaking at the event Mr. Ramnath Subramanian. CEO MVSTF, said “It is indeed very heartening to have people of great status and caliber as also corporates join hands with Government of Maharashtra, thereby endorsing their confidence on the vision and mission of Honorable Chief Minister. MVSTF looks forward to their active participation and guidance towards the transformation as also their support in roping in more philanthropists and corporate partners.”

Under the guidance and mentorship of Additional Chief Secretary Shri Praveen Pardeshi, VSTF is gaining rapid momentum with 310 villages already covered under the program and close to another 300 villages to be added shortly. His huge hands on experience, passion and commitment has resulted in convergence of various government schemes and innovative interventions by corporates. Secretary Rural Development, Shri Aseem Gupta is a Director on board of MVSTF.

MVSTF is a unique Public-Private Partnership in the country. MVSTF provides opportunity to the youth in the form of Chief Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (CMRDF) programme. CMRDFs are assigned to a Gram Panchayat and work in close association with local administration to prepare and implement participatory development plans.

In the 1st phase, 143 Fellows have been on-board since April, 2017 to serve 310 Villages across 12 Districts of Maharashtra. The Fellows create community-led and participatory Village Development Plans (VDP), which have been approved in the Gram Sabhas. The Fellows are now working with the local administration and District Mission Council (DMCs) to implement the plans. Several initiatives, including setting up of solar electrification projects, last-mile digital connectivity, promotion of local Self-Help Groups, are being piloted in these villages.