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Harvard, Stanford, and IIM alumni come together to establish Kautilya school of Public Policy in Hyderabad



NEW DELHI: In an endeavor to make public policy education an essential part of broader reform for higher education in India, the Kautilya School of Public Policy has been established in Hyderabad.

Affiliated to Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, popularly known as GITAM (, the school is founded with the vision to “Rebalance the role of Society, Government, and Business towards an Equitable and Regenerative India and the World”.

The school aims to nurture and encourage new-age leaders who undertake rigorous public policy education and apply the lessons to solve India’s 21st-century problems. It is envisioned to fulfil the urgent need for evidence-based policy making in the country and offer education at par with any IVY League institute. The newly established campus is spread across 24,500 sq.ft area coupled with all sophisticated facilities and technology, makes it one of the most contemporary institutes in India. Kautilya is designed as a non-hierarchical, interactive space to enable learning and knowledge sharing.

The institute has a founding team consisting of alumni from Stanford, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)) along with an eminent Executive board. The founding team includes M. Sri Bharat, President, GITAM Deemed to be University, Prateek Kanwal, Co-founder, Kautilya School of Public Policy, and Sridhar Pabbisetty, Founding Director, Kautilya School of Public Policy.

Rathin Roy, Economist and Director NIPFP said ‘The canvas of public policy is going to broaden far beyond the government and its instruments and agencies’.

Steve Jarding, Former Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and a global political campaign consultant said, ‘ India needs a school of public policy that affects change, one that instils in next-generation leaders the idea that service is a responsibility that every human being has a responsibility to serve’.

M. Sri Bharat, President, GITAM said, “Today, our country does not only need capable leaders, but people who can steer the growth which we believe is possible through effective public policy education. Coming from a background of public life over generations and a keen interest in nurturing the future of the country through education, Kautilya is a step towards moldings the leaders of tomorrow. Through the institution, our aim is to bring a global quality curriculum addressing the lack of evidence-based education in public policy with experienced faculties and industry experts.”

Kautilya will have a multidisciplinary program curriculum and structure geared for academic depth as well as practical application. There will be a dedicated focus on quality engagement with Business, Government, and Society on public policy and inclusive growth. The institute will offer world-class infrastructure backed with technology and access to top minds in the field of public policy to enrich the learning experience and campus life.

Prateek Kanwal, Co-founder, Kautilya School of Public Policy said, “My experience of studying at Harvard Kennedy School and running Citizens for Public Leadership made me realize the need of evidence based policy making in India and the need to develop public policy professionals who can solve India’s most pressing problems. With strong expertise in academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, an interdisciplinary curriculum at par with Ivy League schools of the West, blended with our rich culture and value system, we are excited to offer an enriched learning experience to aspirants who wish to develop an expertise in the field of public policy”

Sridhar Pabbisetty, Founding Director, Kautilya School of Public Policy, added “Kautilya will help graduates carve out forward-looking roles for themselves across industries and sectors involving government policies. Our holistic focus on Research, Consulting, Executive Education and Teaching continuum will enable our partners, faculty and students to find innovative solutions to complex public policy problems of the world.”

Kautilya is all set to offer a 2-year residential Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) Program with a unique mix of core courses, electives, skill shops and specializations, with a batch of 60 commencing July 2021. The applications for MPP will be open from 30th November 2020. Management Development Programs for working professionals will be launched starting January 2021.

The Executive Board at Kautilya includes Anil Swarup, a retired Indian Administrative Service officer and an author, Dilip Cherian, Communications consultant, political campaign advisor, Indermit Gill, non-resident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, M. V. Rajeev Gowda, an Indian politician and academician, Navtej Singh Sarna, Former Indian Foriegn Services Officer and an author-columnist, Nidhi Razdan, Associate Professor at Harvard University and Ex- Executive Editor, NDTV, Priyanka Chaturvedi, Indian politician serving as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra and Deputy Leader of Shiv Sena, Ram Mohan Naidu, Indian politician and a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha constituency), Andhra Pradesh, Rathin Roy, Economist and Director NIPFP, and Steve Jarding, Former Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and a global political campaign consultant.


Ericsson signs $8.3 billion 5G deal with Verizon



NEW DELHI:Ericsson said that it has signed $8.3 billion agreement with Verizon to provide its industry-leading 5G solutions to accelerate the deployment of Verizon’s world-class next-generation 5G network in the U.S.

Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America, says: “This is a significant strategic partnership for both companies and what we’re most excited about is bringing the benefits of 5G to U.S. consumers, enterprises and the public sector. We’re looking forward to working with Verizon to leverage solutions like Cloud RAN and our Street Macro, adding depth and versatility to 5G network rollouts across the U.S.”

“With this new agreement, we will be able to continue driving innovation and widespread adoption of 5G,” said Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer for Verizon. “We are pleased to continue this work through our long-standing relationship with Ericsson.”

Under this $8.3 billion USD agreement, Verizon will deploy Ericsson’s 5G MIMO C-band, low-band and millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions to enhance and expand Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage, network performance and user experience. Ericsson’s technology solutions, including Massive MIMO, Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Ericsson Cloud RAN, complement the high-performing Ericsson Radio System portfolio to support 5G services. Ericsson’s industry-leading software functionality provides end-users with the speed and performance they expect from 5G networks.

In 2020, Verizon was the first communications service provider to receive a commercial 5G mmWave Street Macro base station from Ericsson’s award-winning new state-of-the-art U.S. smart factory in Lewisville, Texas. Ericsson is committed to building and accelerating the nationwide build-out of 5G across the country.

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Comviva launches next gen digital wallet and payment platform-mobiquity Pay X



NEW DELHI: Comviva, the global leader in mobility solutions, today announced the launch of mobiquity Pay X, its next generation digital wallet and payment platform.

Mobiquity Pay is amongst the world’s largest digital financial services platforms, powering over 70 digital wallets and payment services for 130+ million consumers and processing over 7 billion transactions exceeding USD 130 billion annually in more than 50 countries.

With its new next generation mobiquity Pay X platform, Comviva has enhanced all aspects of digital financial solution, including scalability, faster deployment and time to market, simpler user lifecycle management & experience and enhanced security.

This new platform is completely built on microservices based architecture with fully independent and reusable components. The enhanced modularity facilitates faster time to market and greater scalability.

Mobiquity Pay X has enabled Open APIs to easily integrate with third party systems and extended financial ecosystem. To enhance user experience, the platform now offers a revamped slicker mobile app for consumers, agents, merchants and other business users and provides an advanced User Management System (UMS) that allows back-office users to easily manage the complete lifecycle of consumers, agents, merchants, and other business users seamlessly. Its intuitive user-interface, predefined templates and real-time feedback help quickly perform operations.

The new platform significantly strengthens security with robust authentication and authorization modules. It provides complete flexibility to easily configure various PIN, password and access rules as per the requirements. Its advanced session management capabilities help identify all active sessions and logins from a user through multiple devices and takes corrective action to prevent frauds.

Speaking on the launch, Srinivas Nidugondi, EVP and Chief Growth and Transformation Officer at Comviva, said, “COVID has significantly accelerated the growth of digital financial services and the entire financial ecosystem is growing at its fastest pace ever. Customer demand and public health priorities are pushing contactless payment adoption and our next generation mobiquity Pay X platform shall help financial service providers scale their digital wallet and payment services faster and seamlessly. With this new platform, Comviva has completely automated the software delivery process. The time to market has improved significantly with continuous product development, integration, testing, release and deployment.”

Mobiquity Pay X offers Order and Payment System that provides consumers a unified view of transactions performed by various payment instruments. It provides end-to-end tracking of entire payment transaction across all stages. It also enables back-office users to view status of payment transactions and identify failed and ambiguous transactions to take corrective actions like refund to complete the order-payment cycle.

The new mobile app is built using best-in-class design practices and has rich features including self-registration, biometric login, profile personalization, payment through multiple instruments (prepaid wallet, card, bank account), favourite transactions, multi-currency support, currency conversion, real time transaction tracking, referral bonus, merchant/agent locator, dynamic QR Code and many more.

With an enhanced monitoring and alerting system, mobiquity Pay X quickly aggregates system logs and key performance indicator data and provides a real-time bird’s eye view of critical operational parameters through visual dashboards. mobiquity Pay X has capability of proactive disaster management by identifying threshold breaches for critical application and system parameters in advance and providing real-time notifications for corrective actions.

Comviva has pre-integrated best-in-class technology in the areas of digital KYC and Personal Financial Management (PFM) to offer unparalleled value to consumers. These pre-integrated solutions in addition to offering enhanced experience to consumers, also significantly cut down cost and time to market while launching a digital wallet service. The platform also offers a document management system that provides flexibility to back-office users to quickly retrieve KYC documents a centralized repository for regulatory and business purpose.


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IT rules 2021 empowering, protecting users, asserts Ashwini Vaishnaw



NEW DELHI: IT and communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said the new information technology rules are empowering and protecting users.

He added that the new IT rules will ensure a safer and more responsible social media ecosystem in India.

“Reviewed the implementation and compliance of Information Technology Rules, 2021 along with my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar ji. These guidelines are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India,” Vaishnaw said on a social media account.

The new rules which came into effect from May 25 mandate social media companies to establish a grievance redressal mechanism for resolving complaints from the users or victims.

All significant social media companies, with over 5 million user base shall appoint a grievance officer to deal with such complaints and share the name and contact details of such officers.

The big social media companies are mandated to appoint a chief compliance officer, a Nodal Contact Person and a resident grievance officer. All of them should be a resident in India.

Twitter, which had been in the eye of the storm over its alleged failure to comply with the new IT rules in India, has named Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer for India, according to the company’s website.

However, Facebook-owned Whatsapp has challenged the new IT rules for social media intermediaries requiring the messaging app to trace chats and make provisions to identify the first originator of information, saying they violate the right to privacy and are unconstitutional.

Whatsapp further alleged the requirement of intermediaries enabling the identification of the first originator of information in India upon government or court order puts end-to-end encryption and its benefits at risk.

Some of the media houses have also challenged the new IT rules and the matter is sub-judice.

Source: Press Trust of India

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