Interested in free Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship course online- here you go

I have been browsing through iversity course and then stumbled upon this course.

Since the course content is already mentioned in iversity website, I am simply reproducing it here.
This is self paced course, but I advise you to start by second November when course starts and participate in the discussion.

About this course

Social innovations, i.e. new social practices, are everywhere and largely influence our lives: they change the rules of the game in business, civil society and politics. With social innovations, we can design social practices that are more beneficial, sustainable or just.
But what are social innovations? And what effects can they have? This course is an introduction to the topic. You will gain an overview of what social innovations are, how they function and how they can be developed.

What will I learn?

You will learn what social innovations are and understand how they can help solve societal problems. You will get an overview of important literature and debates on social innovation.
You will also learn and apply methods to develop, implement and scale social innovations. Exercises will allow you to apply the methods, develop your own ideas and gather first-hand experiences.

What do I need to know?

This is an introductory course. Previous knowledge is not required. The course is designed for people interested in understanding and/or designing societal change.

Course Structure

This is a self-paced course. This means that once the course initially begins, you can make your way through the course chapters at your own pace, without time pressure or deadlines.

Chapter 1: A New Innovation Paradigm

In this chapter, you will learn what “social innovation” means. You will get an overview of how social innovations can be developed and implemented. Also, we explain the differences between all the “social” something-concepts like social business, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibilities.

Chapter 2: The Spectrum of Social Innovation

There are different forms and formats of social innovation. Gain an overview of the variety of social innovations in this chapter. Specifically, you learn about social innovations that origin in civil society, business, and the social sector. Moreover, you will learn about cross-sector social innovations.

Chapter 3: Broaden your Horizon: Questioning the Existing and Recognising Challenges

Social innovators see opportunities where others see problems. Learn to change your perspective in order to recognise opportunities to solve societal problems with social innovations.

Chapter 4: Designing and Implementing Social Innovations: Tools

Design Thinking and Lean Start-up will help you to design social innovations together with your (future) beneficiaries. Furthermore, you learn how you can convince others by using effective storytelling.

Chapter 5: Designing and Implementing Social Innovations: Learning from Others

You will learn how others developed and implemented social innovations and how they learned to overcome resistance. Also, you learn about typical mechanisms of social value creation.

Chapter 6: Impact and Vision

In this chapter, you learn how to analyse the impact of social innovations and how you can increase the impact of social innovations using specific strategies of scaling and replication. Also, our experts will provide some suggestions and tips for future social innovators.

How to enroll for the course?

Please visit following link and enroll. If you need certificate, you need to pay, otherwise there is no cost.

Last chance for admission to University of Mumbai Distance learning programmes- IDOL 2015

Hello Friends,

Mumbai University, IDOL has extended date for final admission for few days and this is not to be missed an opportunity. 

Here is the information may be useful for you. The final extended last date for admission is 23rd October 2015. Please do not miss this opportunity. 

Courses offered:
Under Graduate Programme

(Specialisation offered : History, Politics, Sociology, Economics,Education, Psychology, Commerce, Rural, Development, Marathi, Hindi & English)

F.Y. means First Year, S.Y. means Second Year, T.Y. means Third Year

Post Graduate Programme
 M.A. Part I&II- History, Sociology, Political Science, English, Hindi, Gujarati,
 M.A. (Edu) Part I&II (MA education is not equivalent to M.Ed., please note)
 M.A./M.Sc (Mathematics) Part- I&II

Under Graduate Programme

Post Graduate Programme- M.Com- Finance and Accounts, Management

 Management Programmes- 2 years (not equivalent to MBA)

Computer Science

B.Sc. Computer Science

B.Sc. Information Technology

M.Sc. Computer Science Programme (Through entrance test only)

Master of Computer Application Programme (MCA)  :(Through entrance test only)- Admission over for current year. 

For admission and other process please visit:

For online admission please visit:

To know more about institutes and universities offering distance learning courses from Maharashtra, please visit:

Here is some FAQs

1. Does Mumbai University offer course outside Mumbai?
Mumbai University strictly adhere to territorial jurisdiction and in true sense provide quality distance education. In fact, the programmes are rigorous than many full time colleges. It offers courses only through online admission or government appointed mahaonline centres. No middleman, no franchisee or private agencies are involved. Exams are conducted within its jurisdiction, in only affiliated colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigadh, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts. It is done at the same time along with regular students for all university exams.

Courses are not offered beyond these 4 districts, not even in Maharashtra. 

2. Are these courses recognized by Distance Education Bureau  (DEB) of UGC?
As of now, University of Mumbai does not feature in the list of institute recognized by DEB for the year 2015, whereas many crap and violating institutes like Jaipur National University, money making scam runner SCDL features. Possibly UGC wants an affidavit from Mumbai University promising not violating territorial jurisdiction and franchisee. I am sure Mumbai University will easily manage the DEB approval due to its fair conduct. 

3. Does lack of DEB approval affect me?
Not really. As already said, it may easily get DEB approval. DEB approval is mainly required for securing a government job. If you do not get DEB approval till final year admission, you can easily transfer your admission to a regular full time colleges (and yes, many such regular full time colleges do not bother about your attendance either). You will be well eligible for job in private sector as well as for higher education. 

4. How is Mumbai University in terms of student support?
It has improved a lot, but still lacks in many things. However, my interaction with current IDOL in charge director Dr. Ambuja Salgaonkar who is a doctorate and MCA seems to be very innovative, taking efforts to improve the whole process. There is posters posted all over the IDOL building asking students to write directly to the director, if they face any issue. Even email id is available on website. Yes, course structure has not been developed, materials are not in SIM (Self Instructional Material) format, staff need to sensitise a lot about handling students. You may go ahead. 

5. I have completed my graduation under open university system from YCMOU, IGNOU, other state universities, other open universities. Am I eligible for admission in IDOL?
Yes, you are eligible. Please read instruction carefully and complete all the process. 

6. Is evaluation and other pattern same for IDOL as well as regular students?
no. For regular students, CBCS (Choice Based Credit System) and internals exist. It does not exist for IDOL students (Sadly) and it makes the exam tough than a regular one. Also, subject choice for IDOL students are limited.

7. Does IDOL provide lecture support?
Yes, IDOL does it well. Please see calendar.

8. Does IDOL verify marksheets?
Yes, they do it well. Thats why a company recruiting IDOL student even no need to bother about background verification of educationcal qualification. Hardly any university in India do it. It is need of the hour. 

9. Is degree from IDOL has print as distance learning in the certificate?
Yes, in convocation also, it is written as distance learning/ external. 

10. Does such mention of distance learning mode create problem for me?
May or may not be. Institutes like SBI do not accept a distance learning degree, same about NTPC and universities like NMIMS and few more. 

11. Does University of Mumbai offer D.Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., MBA in distance mode?
No, it does not. 

Let me know if you have any further question. See below notification for more details. 

UGC Approved distance learning institute and universities in India 2015

Hello friends,

Many institutes may make you fool on pretext of UGC approval. Please note that every institute has been given approval by UGC and DEB with some conditions. Please check those letter before taking admission and to get clarity.

1. Private universities cannot offer course outside their campus.
2. Complete online education does not have UGC approval so beware from Jaipur National University, Assam Don Bosco University and many such other scamster.
3. Please check if the course has UGC DEB approval
4. Please note SCDL, welingkar, ITM and NMIMS Pg Diploma are not MBA programme so do not enroll by mistaking them with "valuable" MBA programme. They are not.

Here is the current years' list

Wish you all the best for your career. Beware and refer my old article for more clarity. You can put your query on search box of top of this blog.

MTHR Global event is finally back after a long gap, block your calendar

MTHR Global is a regular free, not for profit HR conference held at various locations. There had been a long gap between its previous conference and this one. 
This is a not to miss event for all business fraternity, management students, HR fraternity and avid learners. I salute MTHR for its such a noble work year after year.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man” – Elbert Hubbard (Author)

“Impact of Future Technologies on Business and HR”

An MTHR Global event 
In association with
VES Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
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Dear Friend,

I have a great pleasure in inviting you to the much awaited MTHR Global Event in Mumbai. This is in association with VES Institute of Management Studies and Research. This event is open to all HR professionals.

This time the discussion is around “Impact of Future Technologies on Business and HR”.

Technology has changed the business world many times over in the last few decades but what’s coming in the future will change we live, work, play radically. Much of what drives technology is Moore's Law, which states that computing power will double roughly every 18 months. This impact is evident in nearly all areas of business, including human resources, where technology continues to have a significant impact on HR practices.

As breakthrough technologies truly take hold in the next decade, it is important for business and HR leaders to be proactive and get ahead of this trend. HR’s role is to focus on the opportunities new technologies present through collaboration between people and machines to make companies more speedy, efficient, productive, and profitable while making jobs more meaningful and engaging.

Through stories, debate and deliberation, we shall learn from experts how we can get the best out of Leaders and HR in these companies. Participants will get a perspective on how to apply these lessons in their own organizations.

As is usual with MTHR Global, the entry to the event is at no cost but pre-registration is a must. Please read below for the registration process.

Event Details:
Theme: “Impact of Future Technologies on Business and HR”
Date: Saturday, 17th October, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: VESIM Campus, 495/497, Collectors Colony, Wadivali Village, Chembur, Mumbai 400074.

Registration Process:
The event is at no cost but pre-registration for the event is a must. All registered participants will receive a confirmation mail from our end.
Please send the following details to to enable us to register you for the event:
Organization:                                                                          Designation:
Organization domain:                                                             Years of Exp:                                                              
Official Email id:                                                                     Personal Email id:
Mobile:                                                                                    Alternate number:

Do let your friends in HR know about this event.

About VESIM: The fundamental raison d’etre of VESIM has been to bring about a holistic development of future leaders of the industry. The institute expends all its energies to ensure that students not end up being just academically brilliant but become a complete and wholesome personality.. Ethics and Values form the basis of everything that Vivekananda Education Society (VES) does and the same culture is inculcated down the line to all the stakeholders. Deriving its strength from the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, deep rooted in Indian ethos VESIM has set its eyes to win in the modern globalized world. Students passing out from this institute are well adept to be placed in any corporation around the world.

About MTHRGMumbai based MTHR Global (More Than HR Global), a leading Knowledge Community Pan India since 2002 is a not for profit body which continues to bring you the best in Learning and Networking! It has held more than 90 events till date and has created several knowledge sharing initiatives for the HR community. MTHR Global also created the MTHR Global CxO Forum which is India’s most active CHRO community today.

Mobility Partner: Deltecs Infotech / Drona HQ

It’s an event Not to be Missed !!! So, block 17th October, 2015 on your calendar and send your confirmation at the earliest.

       HR Professionals visit:

Jodhpur National University blacklisted by Rajasthan Government and UGC


I remember. I had exposed Jodhpur National University long back. I had complained to UGC and MHRD, I had published evidence of the same. Here are the old articles:

It was Thursday, June 06, 2013 when I had exposed Jodhpur National University. I exposed their degree rackets and their lie, what they sent as a reply to my letter to UGC. (and yes, instead of taking action on Jodhpur National University as an under cover operation, UGC sent my complaint to Jodhpur National and such other universities as it is).

Here is the link,

You are a liar Jodhpur National University- My reply with evidence to their letter to me

and then I wrote another article on August 08, 2014

Question and answers about distance learning degree BBA, MBA, BCA, M.Sc, Jodhpur National University, Shridhar University and many more

and it took 2 years to UGC and Rajasthan Government to realise it and take action.

Following universities are running degree scams in Rajasthan and all of them are private universities.

1. Jaipur National University
2. Singhania University
3. Shridhar University
4. Janardan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth University
5. Bhagwant University
6. Jaggannath University
7. Shri Jagdish Prasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University (Selling degrees through agent specially PhD)

If you read my article, you will find everything true about Jodhpur National University. Those who believed me and did not opt, they are safe.
Those who do not, may repent. 

What happened to Jodhpur National University?
UGC and Government of Rajasthan found degree racket running in the university and suspended admission for current year. 
I advise people stay away from most of the private universities. Verify their credential. Avoid specially those advertising heavily and offerinf easy degree.

You may see following notice
You can see whole copy of the UGC notice on following:

Following are the copy of notice from UGC and Rajasthan Government against Jodhpur National University

I hope I am able to clarify and I was right even 2 years back.

October 06, 2015

How to write 1 page resume for mid level career professional

Hello Friends,

Many times people ask me, how long should my resume be?

You will hear most of the people from the HR fraternity asking, your resume should be 1 page. In any case, it should not be more than 2 pages.

Why resume length matter?
Today, time is precious. Nobody has time to go through a long, detailed documents. For HR, for recruiters, initial few seconds, let's say 30 seconds are crucial. When we go through your resume, if we do not get what we want in the initial few seconds, whatever good you are, we cannot proceed further.
That’s why your resume length matter to us.

How is it possible to explain everything in 1 page?
Who told you that you should mention everything in your resume?
First of all, remember, it is your resume. It is not your marriage proposal. It is possible.

What should I include in my resume?
You should include

1.      Your name, 
2.     Your address, 
3.     Your date of birth, 
4.     Your email address, 
5.     Your contact no, 
6.     Your LinkedIn ID (not mandatory though)
7.     References
8.     Companies where you worked
9.     Duration of your job
10. Designation
11. Your skill set
12. Responsibilities you have handled
13. Professional association

Is it possible to include all those points in a 1 page resume?
Yes, it is possible. Recently, one of my friends approached me for designing his resume. When I saw his resume, it was lengthy 6 pages. It had many unwanted details. Here is the sample of the resume I created. 
Copy of Resume sample 1 page accounts

Great! What should not I include in my resume?
1.     You should avoid following content in your resume
2.     Your spouse details
3.     Your height
4.     Your weight (come on, you are not applying for army job)
5.     Your reporting head
6.     Your team size
7.     Your achievements
8.     Your role in sentence style (I am handling XYZ activities)
9.     Non required qualifications. You must have done lot of degrees as a matter of interest, but HR and recruiters are least interested for this. Please include only relevant qualifications.
10. Avoid writing your political affiliation. 
11. Don't mention reason for leaving. 

What additional care I should take?
Do not keep font size too small. At least it should be 10.
Use commonly available fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman
Do not use too much colour or variations. Two colours preferably blue and black are enough
Do not write in much details about old job.Just brief about that. HR may not be interested in what you did 10 years back. 
Review your resume always before sending for a job. Add, modify and improve.
Never mention the job as your experience which you have not handled or you cannot handle at least.
Never lie about your achievement. 

For all these kind of information, there will be HR round, there will be interviews and HR will find it out. No need to include all these in your resume.

I hope these tips are useful for you to improve your resume and also for your job hunt.

Wish you all the best.
October 04, 2015

Does a private university really committed to education exist, I think yes

When my friend from HR fraternity Ashish Gakrey (founder, HR Shapers , a group of more than 1000 HR professional across India, middle east and UK who interacts daily on various aspect of HR and a purely not for profit association) invited me to one of the corporate event of KIIT University, I was reluctant. KIIT is a private university in Odisha and it has another arm called KISS. I have seen so many scams of private universities and warned my readers about them time to time. I was so reluctant, I refused to believe except few, other private universities are purely here to run degree scam and to make money.
Still, I accepted invitation and went to the event. It was a good decision. If I would have not been there, possibly I would not have written this article. It is unlikely that I will write positive about a private university (yes, I believe few private universities are there bringing private changes such as Azim Premji University, Shiv Nadar University, TISS, TIFR to name few,but largely private universities are run by mafia and corrupt politicians such as Amity, Techno Global, Manav Bharati, CMJ, EIILM, MGU Shillong, Sikkim Manipal, CV Raman, Bhagwant, Jaipur National, Jodhpur National etc.

What I learned about KIIT, KISS and its founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta

Today, when most of the private and deemed universities are making money, it was highly surprised to know the Dr. achyuta Samanta, who started KIIT with mere 5000 Rs few decades back, now actually provides free education from KG to PG. Wow!
Not only this, the course of KIIT is comparable to a non subsidized course in engineering and medicine in India. 
When I met him, it started with a humility, a simple man, with smile like this photo and he went ahead to explain his stories. It was so fascinating. 

Before being invited to KIIT event, I was not even aware about Dr. Achyuta Samanta.While writing this article, I also scanned web to search any negative or positive news about Dr. Samanta and came across a Mumbai Mirror news (the newspaper which I consider as a trash), but found a good article from Suhel Sheth. I completely agree to Suhel Sheth when he says that Dr. Achyuta Samanta deserves Bharat Ratna more than Rajiv Gandhi after knowing about him.

KISS has helped Odisha and neighboring tribal a lot by providing completely free education. Major of the funding come through donations from corporate, individual donors and for profit organisation KIIT. The burden is such that KISS/ KIIT is still in the shortage of Rs. 400 crore  due to its initiative to provide free education to tribal children in KISS.

Today, when many private universities are hungry for money and selling inferior degrees through agents, degree in 3 months, online easy degree violating norms, I did not find KIIT involve in such rackets. 

Courses at KIIT:
KIIT offers various courses in engineering, technology, medicine, nursing, management, law , communication and research. 
Here is the partial list:
KIIT international schools
KIIT Polytechnic
KIIT University

Admission process: Admission is based on the national level entrance examination conducted over 120 centres across India. 

Then I met  Rajan Pradhan and Prof. Manoj Aiyer at my office. It was a very pleasant and a fruitful meeting. They were so passionate about the work they are doing and so committed to build KIIT as a brand, its blown me away. Prof. Manoj Aiyer also shared conditions of the tribal people and how their free education at KISS actually helping them from government machinery's atrocities, how parents want to enroll their children to KISS, so they can actually save their lives and how KISS has prevented them to be a naxalite. For me, the whole KIIT, KISS and Prof. achyuta Samanta  is an angel's hand and a true social reformer. How many of us can really do that?

How are they focusing to create KIIT and KISS brand?
Their activity actually reminds me of Vinoba Bhave, who approached landlord so they could donate their land and same could be used for landless people. Prof. Manoj Aiyer, Rajan Pradhan and one more lady (sorry, I forgot her name) were meeting corporate, explaining them infrastructure and facilities at KIIT and KISS, inviting them to campus so they can actually see and experience  and can recruit people from campus. These all are excellent initiative. Yes, brand building is a long process. They want many mentors to visit KIIT and KISS, even if it costs them thats fine. How many institutes really do that? Many institutes canvass and falsify data by preventing students from appearing for interviews, by taking wrong credit, through misleading data and ranking, but I did not find KIIT and KISS anywhere there. 

What scope do we have as a corporate?
Specially my friends from HR fraternity and those from FMCG sector, social sector, social business sector and rural marketing product, for them it is an opportunity to visit both KIIT and KISS campus. They must visit the campus and be mentor for these people. They must recruit at least 2 students from each KIIT and KISS. This will help them to build brand and continue their services to serve the needy tribal children. Economic empowerment can happen only through education and skill building. Dr. achyuta Samanta is doing it in right way. 

In case if you want to meet Dr. Manoj Aiyer and get in touch to contribute in their noble cause, please contact them at:
Head (Strategic Affairs)
School of Management-KIIT University
Campus-7, Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024

How you can contribute as an individual?
You may donate to KIIT/ KISS and this will really help. Even if we 1 lakh working people adopt each tribal children, that can be of great help. Let us join hand together.There are more than 50000 tribal children in waiting list. 

Rajan Pradhan can be reached at:

Useful resources

Disclaimer: This article is written in good faith on the basis of personal experience and on the basis of available materials. Before entering into any transaction, individual should apply their own mind. This is not a advertorial or promotional feature. This is not an paid article either.

Happy reading!

Sorry for a long gap. Due to various commitment, unable to contribute regularly.

October 04, 2015