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Vidyarjan Newsletter May 2021

Let us share with you the learning opportunities in this month!

1. Can we grow 100% native forests that are 30x more dense and have 10x faster growth? Afforestt has been creating natural, wild, maintenance free, native forests across the globe. So far they have made 138 forests in 10 countries. Based out of Bengaluru, this social enterprise makes use of Miyawaki Technique in its work. To learn about this technique, read this 14-page PDF document.

2. What is the relationship between information and food? Information is food! That’s the title of a TED talk by JP Rangaswami. In this humourous and engaging 8-minute talk, the speaker has offered a surprising and sharp insight: we treat information like food.

3. Have you heard of Knappily? Targeted for the “knowledge-hungry time starved people”, this free mobile app provides comprehensive information about the current affairs and the major ongoing issues. It presents the editorial analysis by using an interesting framework – 5W1H (What, Why, When, Where, Who, and How). Get the app!

4. Vidyarjan Academy has organized one-week online course on Singing Effectively with Karaoke from Tuesday 11-May to Monday 17-May 2021. Mr Anand Aashay will conduct six live sessions from 8 pm to 9 pm on all days except Sunday in that week. Anand is an accomplished singer, a retired executive from L&T Group of Companies and a visiting faculty at leading business schools. You can get a special 10% discount by mentioning “newsletter” as referral at the time of registration.  

5. Vidyarjan Academy has organized two-week online course on Advanced Excel from Tusday 18-May to Monday 31-May. It will help you learn Functions & Formulas; vlookup, hlookup, match & index; Conditional Formatting; Pivot tables & pivot charts; and Recording & editing macros. We will have one-hour hands-on sessions at 8 pm every day except Sundays. You can get a special 10% discount by mentioning “newsletter” as referral at the time of registration.

Happy Learning!

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Vidyarjan Newsletter – April 2021

Let us share with you the learning opportunities in this month!

1. Chess is one of the most popular indoor games. There are many resources to learn chess but you may find a free wikibook quite useful. In 84 pages, it not only provides basic introduction but also delves in advance topics such as algebraic notation, tactics, and strategy. Download it now!

2. It seems many people have misconceptions about global development. A Swedish NGO called the Gapminder Foundation has developed a fun educational tool called Gapminder Worldview Upgrader. This tool helps people rid themselves of common systematic misconceptions about global development. It is an interactive quiz with detailed feedback and supporting information. Within half an hour, you will have better understanding of global development. You can earn a certificate also by answering all questions correctly!

3. Data visualization typically involves choosing the right type of charts for communicating the insights. Which charts to choose? This is a typical question that many people ask. We suggest investing 10 minutes in reading an article, titled Choose Charts Everyone Understands. Written by Nancy Duarte, this article provides clear guidelines with an illustrating example.

4. Delhi Metro is considered to be one the most successful infrastructure projects in India. A 80-minute video provides an excellent documentary on this project. It features interviews of key people, video footage of construction work as well as presentation of facts and figures.

5. The largest retail stock broker in India, Zerodha provides an educational mobile app called Zerodha Varsity. Guess what, this app provides stock market education! The content in this free app is in the form of bite-size cards. Also each topic is broken into three levels, with a quiz at the end of each level. It has made learning about stock market both easy and convenient.

6. Vidyarjan Academy has organized one-hour webinar on the topic of Data Visualization with Power BI. It is free to attend but registration is compulsory. This webinar will help you learn what is meant by data visualization & how it can be done using Power BI Desktop. It will be on Sunday 18th April from 11 am to 12 pm.

7. Vidyarjan Academy has organized one-week online course on Fundamentals of Data Science from Tuesday 20 April to Monday 26 April. It will help you learn how does data science relates to AI, machine learning, and big data. It will also help you know how data science is being used in business. In addition to interactive presentation and demo during live sessions, this course features sharing of curated content on WhatsApp. You can get a special 20% discount by mentioning “newsletter” as referral at the time of registration.

Happy Learning!

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Vidyarjan Newsletter – Feb 2021

Let me share our first monthly newsletter from Vidyarjan Academy. In this newsletter, we will bring to your notice some interesting learning opportunities.

So what will you like to learn this month? Here are some suggestions!

  1. It will take half an hour for you to complete an online course on Digital Body Language. In this course, the instructor, Erica Dhawan explains how to use digital body language to close the empathy gap between you and your team. Hosted by LinkedIn Learning, this course provides useful tips for your online communication.
  2. Writing without any grammar errors is difficult. So you may want to try Slick Write tool. It is a web-based tool so you don’t need to download and install any software. You can type in your text (or copy-paste) in a large text area and check it to get feedback. This software tool is free to use but you will need to tolerate some ads. We checked this newsletter using this tool!
  3. Writing email is a serious business. So it will be worthwhile to know the rules from an expert. We suggest watching Victoria Turk’s 15-minute TEDx talk on YouTube. In this talk, Victoria Turk takes us through some of the oft-neglected fundamentals of email etiquette, from subject line to sign-off.
  4. Writing a resume is a key step in finding a suitable job.We invite you to attend a free webinar on Saturday 27th Feb at 6 pm. Learn what is expected from the resume. Get to know how to improve your resume. And finally, get your doubts clarified by the experienced industry professional. Register now!
  5. In next week, we are offering a week-long live online course on Basics of Data Science. Get special 10% discount for registration by mentioning “newsletter” in the field, Name of Referral.

From next time onward, we will try to share this newsletter as early as possible in the month. See you next month!

Happy Learning!

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Storytelling with Data

Does data tell you the stories? Yes! But how do you tell stories with data? Watch this five minute video to get an idea. Produced by Harvard Business Review, this video features Scott Berinato, author of “Good Charts” and “Good Charts Workbook”. He walks us through the three essential ingredients of any story–including those told with data.

Happy Learning!

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A webinar series titled Basics of Project Management

We are launching a new webinar series titled “Basics of Project Management”. We will have 21 webinars scheduled on weekdays (Mon-Fri) in the month of December 2020. The series will start on Dec 1 and will end on Dec 30. The time will be 10 pm IST. The duration of each webinar will be 30 minutes.

The faculty for this webinar series will be Dr Shrikant Mulik.

The registration fee will be Rs. 630. You will be investing Rs. 630 and 630 minutes to attend this webinar series. We sincerely believe that you will get high returns on this investment of time and money. You will receive an e-certificate after attending all sessions and after passing the quiz & viva.

Register for this webinar at http://www.vidyarjan.in/bpm.

Based on how we receive response to this webinar series, we will plan more such webinar series in upcoming months. The topics could be Developing Progressive Web Apps in Python, Getting Started in Data Science with R, Finance for Non-finance Executives, Demystifying Digital Technologies, Basics of Marketing Management, etc. Please feel free to suggest topics and faculty for the upcoming webinar series.

Happy Learning!

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Re-launching CampusNXT

Last year on Dussehra, we launched an initiative called CampusNXT. We aimed to reach ALL institutes in India to conduct one-day workshop on the topic of Resume Writing and Interview Preparation.

Little did we know that we will not only fail but will fail miserably!

During last one year, we realized that it takes a LOT of time and efforts to organize workshops in institutes. We did organize few workshops and received encouraging response. We found that student can improve their resumes significantly if they receive specific suggestions for improvement. So we have decided to continue this initiative but with a change.

Instead of conducting workshops for students, we have now started approaching institutes to conduct online half-fay Faculty Development Programs (FDP) on the topic of “Review of Student Resumes”. The idea is simple. We have developed a Structured Review Guide (SRG) that serves two purposes. With SRG, the college teachers can assign a score to the student resume. This score would range between 0 to 21. Secondly, the college teachers can provide specific suggestions for improvement of student resumes.

I will be conducting this FDP along with Smita Rane. Both of us have 20+ years of entrepreneurial and corporate work experience. We have evaluated hundreds of resumes. We have used this experience in developing the SRG and in designing this FDP.

In next one year, we aim to organize online FDP for 50 institutes. With these many FDPs we hope to contribute towards improving resumes of around ten thousand college students.

Wish us the best luck and help us spread the word!

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A 100-minute FREE webinar on “Tools & Techniques for Digital Marketing” on Sunday 8 Nov 2020 at 10 am

We are organizing a 100-minute FREE webinar on “Tools & Techniques for Digital Marketing” on Sunday 8 Nov 2020 at 10 am.

With one third of India’s population being online, no marketer can ignore the potential of digital marketing. Understanding the tools and techniques in terms of their benefits and applicability is important to use digital marketing effectively. In this webinar, we will explain digital marketing techniques such as email marketing, digital advertising, search engine optimization, and social media marketing. We will also elaborate on digital marketing tools such as MailChimp, Hootsuite, Google Analytics, and Facebook Business Suite.

This webinar would be useful for entrepreneurs, business owners, sales & marketing professionals, and MBA students.

The faculty for this webinar is Dr Shrikant Mulik. His 18 years of work experience at Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd (LTI) involved providing onsite consulting services to companies based in USA, Germany, South Africa, and India. He has done MBA from IIT Bombay and PhD from NMIMS University. He currently serves as CEO at Vidyarjan Consulting Pvt Ltd and Director at Vidyarjan Academy.

Register for this 100-minute FREE webinar at vidyarjan.in/events.

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Launching Resume Review Service (RRS)

Get started at vidyarjan.in/RRS to avail Resume Review Service.

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Resume Writing Workshop

Our next resume writing workshop is scheduled on Sunday 27 Sept 2020.

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Vidyarjan Online Workshops in September 2020

From next month onward, we are planning to organize three-hour online workshops on four different topics on Sundays. The schedule for Sept 2020 is as follows:

  • Learning more in less time – Sept 6
  • Managing stress effectively – Sept 13
  • Achieving financial independence – Sept 20
  • Writing effective resume – Sept 27

The time will be from 10 am to 1 pm.

For more details and registration, please visit https://www.vidyarjan.in/vow. Group discounts are available for the registration fee.