New Delhi: The Government of India, today decided to facilitate and attract young Indian Diaspora business professionals, towards its market by launching a year- long fellowship of ‘OIFC-ISB India Fellows Programme’.
It is a result of the public-private partnership between Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) combined with Indian School of Business (ISB) to initiate the plan.
A leading B-School, ISB, is the place where the young fellows will be taught various aspects of decision-making capacity, the structure of the Indian markets, etc. The fellowship will be offered under the OIFC’s India Connect Initiatives.
To give a detailed account of the program:
One can start with the point that it will be taught by globally renowned faculty from ISB with years of industry experience and also by government practitioners. The fellows will be learning about the subtle dynamics of the legal and regulatory environment, engagement and networking opportunities with Indian business tycoons.
The residential term in India will extend up to 12 days, which will include exposure to the Indian market, its investment policies, domain experts and potential networking with business partners.
The program will be available to anyone belonging to the Indian Diaspora between the ages of 21 to 39 years, with minimum 3 years of experience in the business sectors.
Scheduled to start from June of this year, the fee will amount to the introductory US $ 5,000 along with service tax. Fee includes the provisions of boarding and lodging, program related study materials, field visits and webinars. Although the candidates will have to bear the expense of travel and local conveyance.
After completing their program, the participants will become members of the OIFC India Entrepreneurship Fellows (OIEF) Club, which will also provide the alumni with necessary funds for their foray in the Indian market.
The fellows will be spending their term by residing at ISB’s campuses in Hyderabad, Mohali and at Delhi. (Input from agencies)
A deadly game of survival is on in the Sambhar lake of Rajasthan for decades — salt versus birds. The result came a few days back: thousands of birds were seen floating dead in the lake and their carcasses scattered on the edge of the 12 km catchment area.
The dead birds seen floating in this largest inland salt lake in the country, include plovers, common coot, black winged stilt, northern shovelers, ruddy shelduck, and pied avocet among many other migratory birds.
Harsh Vardhan, a renowned environmentalist, told IANS that no forest department official has ever been appointed to look after the lake. The lake comes under the Hindustan Salt Limited, a public limited enterprise formed in the post independence era to manufacture salt. Its job is to manufacture salt. So who should look after the lake; this has never been decided, he said.
The lake has not been handed to the forest department, and the area, where birds come, is no one’s land. Sambhar lake may be a part of the Hindustan Salt Ltd, but the company has nothing to do with the birds, he says.
The chief wildlife warden Arindam Tomar has maintained silence over the issue.
Even, Principal secretary, forest and environment Shreya Guha has washed her hands off the issue. All that she did was to a give statement that the Jaipur and Nagaur District Collectors have been asked to remove the bodies. She added that 4,800 birds have been dead till date, which is disputed by experts like Harsh Vardhan, who say that counting is not easy in the vast area.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday held a meeting on the issue.
Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan questioned the presence of several private salt miners and entrepreneurs, who have set shops in and around the lake. “They dig tube wells which suck water from the land making it parched. The remaining water gets evaporated leaving crystal of salts which are packed and sold in gunny bags,” he said.
Lack of water and drought has haunted Sambhar lake for years. State government has been spending huge money to woo tourists through activities like mobiking, balloning, race, Bollywood shoots, etc. A resort on the rim of the lake showcases salt manufacturing for the tourists. Crores of Rupees have been spent on the upkeep of the narrow gauge train and watch stations, but birds and conversation issues were always overlooked.
As Sambhar lake went dry, concentration of salt deposits came up within it. The water from surrounding rivers, meant to flow into the lake, was diverted by the miners.
After witnessing drought for many years, this year the lake, however, brimmed with water due to heavy rains. The inflow made the water toxic due to the change in its alkalinity.
The excessive salt in the water led to the poisoning, causing hypernectremia, which is water deprivation due to sodium intoxication, Vardhan said.
It seems birds which came in high numbers due to high water quantity this season died due to hypernectermia after consuming their feed which is the planktons, the microrganisms found in water.
The only step that has ever been taken by any government in the state was in 1981 when it was decided to designate the site as wetland and was renamed as the Ramsar site.
According to an estimate, around 60,000 birds visited the lake in a year which has come down to less than 20,000.
Vardhan says that if the lake remains with the Hindustan Salt Limited, which has been a loss making unit since years or if it is handed over to the private operators, who do excessive mining of water, then the lake and the birds are sure to die.