Aviva India launches Kid-o-Scope

avA unique digital platform that helps parents identify and nurture their child’s inherent talent at an early age

Bengaluru  February 22, 2018: Aviva Life insurance a pioneer in the space of child propositions,  announced the launch of “Aviva Kid-o-scope”, a first of its kind digital platform that helps parents identify & nurture a child’s unique aptitude & talents, at an early age, thus helping them to choose a career best suited for their passion, in addition to enabling a financial plan for its fulfillment. 

In today’s fiercely competitive & dynamic environment, identifying a child’s distinct and unique ability, often is the most difficult thing for a parent.  The Aviva Kid-o-scope is a digital platform for Aviva Customers, specailly built with advanced physchometric tools that will enable parents to #CatchTheEarlySigns of inherent talents and aptitudes in their child’s development. Whats more, these assessments can be initiated as early as 3 years of child’s age, and are followed by customised advice to nurture the child unique passion and hone it to mature into a chosen field of career/ profession, as he grows. The financial plan is derived from a education cost calculator that estimates the furture cost of education for the chosen field of study. 

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Anjali Malhotra, the Chief Customer, Marketing & Digital Officer, Aviva India said “We believe that every child is unique and has certain inherent skills, that if honed early will ensure a secure future for the child.  At Aviva we believe in partnering parents by offering not just an insurance solution but a holistic package that will not only help them to plan their child’s future but also help in identifying & nurture the unique traits that their child exhibits. Aviva Kid-o-Scope has been designed to enable parents by helping them gauge the early signs of skill development showcased by the child and accordingly guide them in planning for their future career options.” 

The Aviva Kid-o-Scope has three key unique features built into it –

  • Identify the inherent aptitude by proprietary psychometric assessments, exclusively designed for Aviva, and catering to needs of different age groups from 3 to 15 yrs.
  • Nurture the identified talent with customized guidance in the form of content from experts, hobbies, activities, etc
  • Enable parents to undertake financial planning with the Aviva Education Cost Calculator and then suggest the right product fit to help them achieve their dreams

Research indicates that the early years between the ages of 0-6 are the best for brain development. In fact 85% of the child’s brain development occurs in these formative years. Hence it is critical that parents understand the importance of early years and take steps to identify the unique strengths of their children and therefore aid in the development of the child. 

Aviva has partnered with Intellitots and Students Destination to power the Specialised Psychometric Assessments and with Momspresso to power the Personalised Content for Parents, to build this exclusive Digital Platform.


Karo Sambhav and producer partners felicitate Bengaluru schools for their contribution towards responsible e-waste collection


From the 25 schools who were felicitated for their innovative contributions, Global Indian International School was awarded in five out of the five categories

Bengaluru, February 22, 2018Karo Sambhav, a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO), engaged in developing and implementing responsible electronic waste (e-waste) management solutions across India, organised a felicitation ceremony at the Global Indian International School, Heggondahalli Village, in Bengaluru. The event was organised in conjunction with the successful culmination of the four-month-long school programme aimed at building awareness and inspiring students towards recycling of e-waste.

The Programme enabled by principal partners Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo aims to create awareness among students on critical environmental issues like Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), preventive environmental strategies, and inspiring them to take actions in their daily lives. Other partners of the programme include M-Tech, Savex, and Supertron. Karo Sambhav has partnered with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, to build sustainable e-waste solutions for India with a focus on awareness generation, capacity building and knowledge exchange.

Felicitation of students from global Indian international school, BengaluruTalking about the Programme, Pranshu Singhal, Founder, Karo Sambhav, said, “Students are the foundation of tomorrow, and our mandate is to not only sensitise them on the need for responsible e-waste management, but also to enable development of 21st century skills. We have designed the program by employing contemporary pedagogical practices to teach skills like collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving.”

Ronojoy Guha Sircar, Consultant, IFC, encouraged the students on their achievements and said, “Students are our e-waste program’s most important ambassadors for positive change because of their genuine influence and the number of people they reach through their families and friends.” 

Designed for students from class 5 to 10, the programme was carried out in 25 schools in Bengaluru. During the felicitation ceremony students, teachers and schools were awarded under 5 categories. The Global Indian International School was awarded for maximum e-waste collection of 82 kg. It was awarded the Best Sustainable School and Best Community Outreach Programme. The Global Indian International School and Navkis School jointly won the Best Execution of Toolkit. The Global Indian International School and Oakridge International School were both awarded the Social Media Champ.

In order to increase the efficacy of the program, the curriculum of the program was designed as a toolkit of 6 exercises to enable development of participating teachers’ competence and to empower them to provide enriching practical experience to the students. Also, the awards were given based on the continuous field visits, and communication established with the participating schools by Juana Technologies Pvt Ltd, the execution partner of Karo Sambhav in Bengaluru.

Under the programme Karo Sambhav has engaged with almost 1000 schools across India over the span of a year, in alignment with the State Education Departments, and the State Pollution Control Boards.

QuEST Global breaks new ground in Aero Engine engineering services market

Quest-Logo.-cmyk-TransparentSet to win multiple contracts from top international Aero Engine OEMs, plans to hire 300+ Manufacturing Engineers and Supply Chain professionals

Bengaluru, February 22, 2018:  QuEST Global, a leading pure-play engineering services company, is uniquely positioned to capture a significant share of the international Aero Engine engineering services market this year with multiple contract wins in the pipeline from leading Aero Engine OEMs in North America, Europe and Asia.

Leveraging their industry expertise and strong talent pool, which are among the most competent and the largest in the industry, QuEST has been partnering with most of the leading Aero Engine OEMs across the globe like General Electric, Rolls Royce, Safran Aircraft Engines, empowering them with pivotal support services ranging from design, development, and manufacturing engineering to aftermarket services of Aero Engines, thus contributing to their high standards of reliability and safety. 

QuEST’s Vice President – Aero Defence Offsets, Ashok Baweja, an industry veteran, says, “The Aerospace industry is seeing unprecedented growth in global demand and Aero Engine companies are accelerating production ramp-up in sync with this. This trend will continue for the next 3-5 years. CFM International, the joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines has a record order book of over 14,000 LEAP engines. Their delivery numbers are expected to go up to about 1,100 in 2018, from 459 in 2017.”

In order to meet the mounting demand and backlog of orders, and also due to the acute shortage of skilled Aerospace engineering talent across the globe, particularly in the manufacturing and supply chain domains, OEMs are constantly scouting for end-to-end engineering services players like QuEST. The company has over 20 years of experience meeting the engineering services needs of top global players in the Aerospace industry and is planning to hire additional 300 manufacturing and supply chain engineers with significant Aero Engine expertise to meet their growing business commitments this year.  Demand is very strong for experienced engineers in the Aero Engine domain. 

According to a recent report, the total market opportunity for Aerospace and Defence market in India will reach $70 billion by 2029. The path-breaking Make in India campaign has given India a great advantage in the global Aerospace industry. The intention is to accelerate investments in acquisitions and infrastructure, creating a voice among the worldwide Aerospace players.

“The Make in India initiative is currently prompting Aero Engine OEMs to increasingly partner with Aerospace service providers based in India, as it envisages the production of a certain percentage of the aircraft in the country. With the robust experience of having worked with global OEMs for the past two decades through our unique Local Global delivery model, these upcoming wins will be a significant opportunity for QuEST to showcase our expertise,” Mr Baweja adds.

QuEST has developed proprietary predictive tools based on advanced analytics and has deep understanding of the complex supply chain of Aero Engine production, thus ensuring high reliability in meeting production targets. Their proven track record of delivering on commitments over the years has been driving their phenomenal growth in the industry. On the other hand, QuEST is also gearing up to generate more high-skilled jobs in this industry. 


Setting the tone for the next in retail in India, the Retail Leadership Summit 2018 focused on Customer Centricity: Redefining Values and Valuations

RAI - LogoBengaluru February 22, 2018,  : The 11th edition of Retailers Association of India’s (RAI) Retail Leadership Summit (RLS), presented by Reliance Retail Ltd., was flagged off in Mumbai with an inspiring opening speech by B S Nagesh, Chairman, RAI; Founder – TRRAIN. Organised by RAI, the Summit revolved around the central theme ‘Customer Centricity- Redefining Values and Valuations’.

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Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, RAI; Ananth Chandramouli, MD – Local Business Services (LBS), India and Middle East, Capgemini; Aashish Chandorkar, VP and Head, Capgemini Consulting, India

“The Retail Leadership Summit has been created to ensure that retail leaders across the country can come in and discuss matters that are relevant to retail at an industry-level. Modern retail in India is becoming more and more competitive and is growing at more than 15 per cent. This kind of growth requires different focus for retailers to be able to exist and thrive. RLS is about customer centricity and the resulting valuation. However, the values that a company works with are an important contributor to the way a company gets formed and functions. These three aspects i.e. customer centricity, values and valuation are an apt set of topics for every retailer who is trying to grow and flourish in this consumption-led market,” Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, Retailers Association of India, said while speaking about the Summit.

The tone of the discussions for the day was set by a special speech by V. Subramaniam, MD, Reliance Retail Ltd. Speaking about the theme, he said, “Digitisation is triggering transformational changes in customer behaviour. It is imperative that an organisation stays Customer Centric by inculcating a philosophy, which drives it to keep relentless focus on meeting customer expectations.”

Speaking about RLS, he added “RAI’s Retail Leadership Summit is a great platform to interact and learn from industry leaders. It is a forum to ideate about the emerging trends that are shaping the next generation retail.”

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Moderator – B. S. Nagesh, Chairman-RAI; Founder – TRRAIN; Ramanathan Hariharan, Group Director & Board Member, Landmark Group ;Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata & Sons ; Kishore Biyani, Group CEO, Future Group; V. Subramaniam, MD, Reliance Retail Ltd;

All through the day, the audience was treated to a treasure trove of knowledge and insights by some of the brightest minds in India Inc., including Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons Ltd; Kishore Biyani, Group CEO, Future Group; Ramanathan Hariharan, Group Director & Board Member, Landmark Group; and Ananth Chandramouli, Managing Director – Local Business Services (LBS), India and Middle East, Capgemini.

Spread across one and a half days, the Summit had an impressive line-up of panel discussions and roundtables on topics relevant to retail such as Customer Centricity: Redefining Values and Valuations; Innovations to Create the Customer Relevance; Keeping Retail Relevant: Evolving with the Consumer and Customer-Experience driven Transformation.

The country’s leading consultancies consider RLS as the preferred platform for releasing research reports. Some of the RAI co-branded reports released at the Summit included:

  • RAI – BCG: Decoding Value Creation in Retail
  • RAI – Capgemini: Conversational Commerce- Why Consumers are Embracing Voice Assistants in Their Lives
  • RAI – Deloitte: Trend-setting Millennials: Redefining the Consumer Story; and Anti-Profiteering – One Size will not fit all – key considerations & challenges
  • RAI – Great Place to Work: Successful People Strategies for a Competitive Advantage

In 2017, RAI had instituted the Retail Startup Awards to facilitate the infusion of fresh ideas and new players into the consumption space. In its second edition this year, the Retail Startup Awards 2018, presented by Future Group, received scores of entries, out of which 10 shortlisted start-ups presented 10-minute elevated pitches to a Grand Jury. The top 3 winning start-ups were then felicitated at a gala ceremony the same evening.

One of the star attractions at RLS 2018 was the Smart Store, curated by Network Bay, the concept for which was directed by Surender Gnanaolivu, senior consultant – retail experience. The Smart Store provided attendees a first-hand experience of the cutting-edge technologies adopted by leading retailers across the globe in the brick-and-mortar environment. Attendees witnessed how AI-powered chatbots, advanced analytics, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are transforming the in-store experience.

“Thanks to the efforts and innovations by various service providers, the new store is a true melting point of the real and the virtual. It is efficient, surreal and smart. Through the Smart Store at RLS 2018, the best in the industry have collaborated to give everyone a tantalising glimpse of the exciting possibilities,” said the RAI CEO.

RLS 2018 had something for everyone, making it the preferred networking hotspot for who’s who in retail, to forge new partnerships, exchange ideas and collaborate to take the industry to the next level.