Tuesday, 29 November 2011

USE BLACK MONEY FOR EDUCATION ? WHY NOT ?

29 Nov 2011

USE  BLACK  MONEY  FOR  EDUCATION ?  WHY NOT  ?

E & Y and FICCI came out with a report :

“ Private Sector participation in Higher Education , 2011 “

Here are its findings , as reported in DNA ( 25 Nov 2011 ) :

·        Over 52 % students of India are studying in private higher educational institutes

·        14 million students are enrolled in 31,000 higher educational institutions across India

·        Central Govt targets to enroll 40 million students in higher education , by 2020

This will require :

·     25 million additional seats

·     Investment of Rs.10 lakh crores

·        Central Govt expects that 50 % of this investment ( ie : Rs. 5 lakh crores ) would come from private sector

Ground reality :

·        Govt will never find its share of Rs 5 lakh crores

·        Private sector can – and will – find the entire sum of Rs 10 lakh crore, if sufficiently “ incentivized “

What Incentives ?

·        Allow investing of black monies [ thru SPVs ], in higher education of only girls – especially girls from SC / ST / OBC / Dalit communities  

·        No questions asked as to the source

·        Tax-free income for 5 years

Outcome ?

·        India will overtake the entire world in creation of “ Intellectual Property “ and in creation of jobs

I hope , someone forwards this to Kapil Sibal / Pranab Mukherjee / Soniaji Gandhi / Behen Mayawatiji / Mamta Didi / Jayalalithaji etc

With regards

HEMEN  PAREKH  

Thursday, 24 November 2011

THOSE WHO CANNOT COMPETE , WILL PARISH

 24 Nov 2011

THOSE  WHO  CANNOT  COMPETE , WILL  PARISH

India’s one time telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam ( BSNL ) is facing some stiff competition

With a current staff strength of 277,000 , BSNL spends nearly Rs.13,791 Crores on annual salary bill

This is 46.5 % of its total income

So BSNL has come up with a Voluntary Retirement Scheme [ VRS ], thru which , it wants to reduce staff strength by 99,700

By paying , on an average , Rs 20 lakhs per person

That would cost it Rs. 18,181 Crores

No problem ! Central Government (ie: poor people of India), will foot the bill

After VRS is implemented , BSNL will outsource functions like

·      Transmission and Switching System Installation
·      Training
·      Civil Engineering
·      Architectural work

That is not going save BSNL from extinction

Only reason BSNL must suffer a painful slow death is that no one can revive it – so no one will buy it !

With regards

HEMEN  PAREKH

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

PETROL PRICES : LET THESE RISE !

23 Nov 2011

PETROL  PRICES :  LET THESE RISE !

When petrol prices are raised, a few million car – owners bear that burden.

When petrol prices are artificially kept low, hundreds of millions of middle class people end-up subsidizing those rich car owners !

Because oil companies / refining companies are mostly owned by Government of India

If they make losses, Central Govt subsidizes them – by raising taxes on everybody !

If in doubt , look at the following figures for FY 2011 ( as reported in Economic Times / 22 Sept 2011 ) :

  • Total Under-recoveries ………………………………. Rs.  78,190  Crores

Burden sharing :

  • Oil Bonds / Cash from Govt ………………………….Rs.   41,000  Crores

  • Discount by Upstream Companies………………..Rs.   30,297  Crores

  • Burden on Oil Marketing Companies…………….Rs.      6,893 Crores

Do politicians realize that, ultimately , it is the middle class and poor people who bear the entire burden of “ Under-recoveries “ – whichever way you look at it !

Coming to think of it , “ Under-recoveries “ are nothing but “ Inefficiencies “ of the oil companies !

As long as we try to keep alive these oil companies , poor will continue to bear the burden of this “ Life Support System “ !

Just pull the plug – or stop protesting .

With regards

HEMEN  PAREKH

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Mobile Internet Kiosk


At a press conference in Bangalore [ India ] yesterday, Ms Revathi Muthanna, Business Development Manager, HP Labs-India, announced the the launch of their widget,
                                     “  Jobs  for  All  “

Explaining “ Jobs for All “, she said :

Ø   This is a free app for Android based smart phones

Ø  It is developed in collaboration with www.CustomizeResume.com

Ø  It can be downloaded by entering in mobile browser ………………….

Ø  If a jobseeker is registered on CustomizeResume, he will get to view job alerts, by entering his mobile number in the widget

Ø  He can apply against any of these job alerts, simply by touching the APPLY button

Ø  “ Jobs for All “ eliminates the need for a PC / broadband connection. In fact, it “ obsoletes “ job searches on job portals !

Ø  Since hundreds of jobseekers can “ Apply “ against their respective job alerts from a single device, “ Jobs for All “ widget, converts a smart phone into a ,

                             Mobile  Internet  Kiosk

Ø   There are millions of jobseekers in remote corners of India, where there is no internet penetration. Such a mobile kiosk will provide to such rural jobseekers, a level-playing field in the job market and bridge the “ Digital Divide “ with their city cousins.

Ø  Before long, HP Labs – India, expects to release similar widget based on Apple O/S

Ø  It is also expected that many Indian smart phone manufacturers will pre-install “ Jobs for All “ widget before shipping to dealers, giving them competitive advantage to gain market share

with regard,

hemen parekh

Indians are overworked

Here are some depressing findings reported in DNA [ Nov. 14, 2011 ] :
 45 % of Indian workers work 9 – 11 hours / day ( Global average is 38 % )
 10 % of employees work for over 11 hours / day
How many Indian workers have the bad habit of taking work home ?
 53 % of field workers
 29 % of office workers
Are Indian workers trying to get ahead of their colleagues in the rat-race ? Or simply worried to lose their jobs if lagging behind ?
May be they fear what is happening to jobless in Eurozone !
Certainly, they are not motivated by Pundit Nehru’s slogan :
“ Aaram haraam hai ! “
With regards
hemen parekh

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

WEAKER SEX IS STRONGER !

15 Nov 2011

WEAKER  SEX  IS  STRONGER  !

As per DNA ( Nov.14,2011 ), India’s suicide statistics ( 2010 ) are as follows :

·      Total number of suicides . ……………………1,34,599 ( 368 / day )

·      Men / Women Ratio ………………………………. 65 : 35

·      % age who were married ………………………  69.2 %

·      % age who were unmarried …………………… 22.8 %

·      Married Men / Married Women ………………. 1.9 / 1

·      Unmarried Men / Unmarried Women …….  1.8 / 1

Conclusion ?

In India ,if you are a man and married , learn to meditate !

With regards

HEMEN  PAREKH

Friday, 4 November 2011

PARTICIPATORY ADVERTISING

4 Nov 2011

PARTICIPATORY ADVERTISING

Source : Times of India / Nov. 03, 2011 / Excerpts from :

“ Conventional advertising makes way for participatory campaigns “

  • Brands need to create communication that is personal and relevant for consumers

  • How conventional advertising is making way for communication that is participatory, one which is two-way conversation between brands and consumers

  • “ There is an increasing need for compelling content to engage consumers with a brand “….. Simon Bond. .CMO/BBDO

  • Brands are trying hard today to ensure greater consumer engagement

  • As a marketer you need to create experiences that are remarkable

  • If a brand makes full optimization of new age platforms and personalizes its response to its consumers, the brand will immediately become a part of conversation that can have the potential to involve thousands of people
  • Simon Bond :

      • “ We are living in a true social revolution “

  • Deepa Prahalad – Author and Business Strategist  

                  “  The frequency of interaction with the consumer is very  important for building up this trust “

With regards

HEMEN  PAREKH