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Vidyarjan Patrika – January 2022

Happy New Year!!

Vidyarjan means learning and Patrika means magazine. This magazine informs you about the learning resources that you would like to access in current month.

  1. The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise, which is attributed to the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu. It contains a detailed explanation and analysis of the 5th-century Chinese military, Each one of its 13 chapters is devoted to a different set of skills (or “art”) related to warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics. The Art of War remains the most influential strategy text in East Asian warfare and has influenced both Far Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy, lifestyles and beyond. You can read its English translation (by Lionel Giles) for free at http://classics.mit.edu/Tzu/artwar.html
  2. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to develop, purchase, and maintain applications and APIs that can be trusted. It is famous for publishing the top 10 Web Application Security Risks, first published in 2003 and then being updated regularly. OWASP Top 10 – 2021 is the the latest installment available at https://owasp.org/Top10
  3. MIT Sloan publishes a weekly Instagram series called Working Definitions. It explores words and phrases that define emerging management ideas. Some of the recent posts talked about terms such as skills swap, data liquidity, digital twin, digital body language, and platform strategy. Access all these working definitions at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/workingdefinitions

As a side note, we have started admitting the learners in our Mentored Online Course (MOC) on Business English. In this MOC, the learners will be able to practice fluent professional conversations and effective email writing. Moreover, this MOC will help the learners revise grammar and enhance vocabulary. It will be a blend of one-to-one interaction with a mentor and self-paced learning with an app called English Practice Quizzes EPQ. For more details, send a WhatsApp message at 8104 365 281.

Happy Learning!

Dr Shrikant Mulik
on behalf of
Team Vidyarjan

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Vidyarjan Patrika – December 2021

Vidyarjan means learning and Patrika means magazine. This magazine informs you about the learning resources that you would like to access in current month.

  1. This person does not exist! Sounds strange? Just visit the page, https://thispersondoesnotexist.com and get to know how much the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has progressed. This site shows a photograph of a person, which is imaginatively generated by the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN). GAN is a class of machine learning frameworks designed by Ian Goodfellow and his colleagues in June 2014. A GAN trained on photographs can generate new photographs that look at least superficially authentic to human observers, having many realistic characteristics. As you visit this site, refresh it as many times as you wish to see a completely new faces of persons who do not exist! The site also features some links to web sites and YouTube videos that will help you learn more about GAN and the related techniques.
  2. Increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in business has sparked a new debate about loss of jobs. Yes, the intelligent machines will more effectively perform some jobs that are currently being performed by humans. At the same time, adoption of AI will generate new kinds of jobs. Instead of focusing on replacing humans with machines with obvious cost advantage, companies should instead focus on how machines and humans can work together to generate more value. In an article published in Harvard Business Review (HBR), two Accenture executives, H. James Wilson and Paul Daugherty advise companies to embrace collaborative intelligence. According to them, humans will need to perform three crucial roles: train machines to perform certain tasks; explain the outcomes of those tasks; and sustain the responsible use of machines. Read more at https://hbr.org/2018/07/collaborative-intelligence-humans-and-ai-are-joining-forces
  3. An Executive Education Complex was recently inaugurated at my Alma mater, SJM SOM, IIT Bombay. During this event, Prof. Rohan Chinchwadkar, Assistant Professor of Finance at SJMSOM delivered an engaging talk on the topic of digital economy. He delved into how technology disruption is impacting us as a voter or as a consumer and how philosophy & ethics have become more important than ever. The whole inauguration event is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBeY2ENEP9Q. This talk starts at around 35th minute and ends by 71st minute.

As a side note, let us inform you that the admissions are now open for the Jan-March 2022 batch of our four certificate courses: Advanced Excel, Business English, Business Fundamentals, and Digital Marketing. These courses feature live faculty interaction of two hours per week for 12 weeks along with online content for self-paced learning. For more details, contact us at 8104 365 281.

Happy Learning!

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Vidyarjan Patrika – November 2021

Happy Diwali!

Vidyarjan means learning and Patrika means magazine. This magazine informs you about the learning resources that you would like to access in current month.

  1. Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. With an increasing number of malicious attacks, cyber security has gained a lot of importance in recent times. This is a very vast area to study and there are many learning resources available for the same. However, if you are looking for a single comprehensive resource for learning cyber security then you must refer to the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). The CyBOK project is developing a guide to the body of knowledge by distilling knowledge from major internationally-recognized experts. University of Bristol’s Professor Awais Rashid is leading this project along with other leading cyber security experts – such as Prof Andrew Martin, Prof Steve Schneider and Dr Yulia Cherdantseva. The recent version 1.1 of CyBOK was released in July 2021. It contains 21 top-level Knowledge Areas (KAs) spanning five categories viz. Human, Organizational & Regulatory Aspects, Attacks & Defenses, Systems Security, Software and Platform Security, and Infrastructure Security. Check out more details at https://www.cybok.org.
  2. We all know Silicon Valley as a fount of technology innovation and development fueled by private venture capital and peopled by fabled entrepreneurs. But do we know how it started? If you are curious about the history of Silicon Valley then you will like to watch an 75-minute recording of a lecture given by Steve Blank. Steve is a well-known serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. In his lecture recorded in year 2011, Steve Blank presents how the roots of Silicon Valley sprang not from the later development of the silicon semiconductor but instead from the earlier technology duel over the skies of Germany and secret efforts around (and over) the Soviet Union. World War II, the Cold War and one Stanford professor set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Watch this fascinating, insightful, and entertaining talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6dIQ6KK3og
  3. We have partnered with InMarathi.com to launch a new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform. This platform offers online courses in Marathi language. The courses span various subject areas such as business management, information technology, music, career skills and so on. All the courses available on this platform are free to enroll till end of this year. So in this month, don’t miss to visit https://courses.inmarathi.com.

Happy Learning and enjoy the festival of lights!

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Vidyarjan Patrika – October 2021

Vidyarjan means learning and Patrika means magazine. This magazine informs you about the learning resources that you would like to access in current month.

  1. If you wish to learn about how Kanban can be used in projects then you will find this YouTube playlist quite useful. In less than half an hour, you will learn basics of Kanban, Kanban Board, Kanban Cards, and WIP Limits. Watch this playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaD4FvsFdarR3oF1gp5_NmnlL-BQIE9sW
  2. To learn the latest development in the domain of Artificial Intelligence (AI), The State of AI Report produced by AI investors Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth, is a valuable resource. The 2021 edition of this report will be available on 12th Oct 2021. Don’t miss to read it at https://www.stateof.ai. The site also provides the earlier versions of this report.
  3. We have launched a new Mentored Online Course (MOC) on Business English. It features one-to-one online live interaction with a mentor over three months along with self-paced learning with an EPQ app. It will help you revise grammar and enhance vocabulary as well as practice fluent professional conversation and effective email writing. You can choose one of three mentors (Anand Aashay, Mona Sudarshan and Dr Shrikant Mulik). Please contact us at 8104 365 281 for us to help you get started.

Happy Learning!

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Vidyarjan Newsletter – September 2021

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

  1. Developed by DeepMind Technologies, AlphaGo is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program that defeated Lee Sedol (then the topmost professional Go player) in 2016. The lead up and the challenge match with Lee Sedol were documented in a documentary film titled AlphaGo. It is one and half hour long movie, which is worth watching! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXuK6gekU1Y
  2. The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) publishes the AI Index Report that tracks, collates, distills, and visualizes data related to artificial intelligence. The report is organized into seven chapters viz. R&D, Technical Performance, Economy, AI Education, Ethical Challenges of AI Applications, Diversity in AI, and AI Policy & National Strategies. Its fourth edition, 2021 AI Index Report is available to read at https://aiindex.stanford.edu/report/
  3. Admissions have started for the Oct-Dec 2021 batch for two courses: Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) and Certificate in Business English (CBE). The CBA will help you learn the fundamentals of business organization, accounting & finance, marketing, human resources management, and business strategy. The CBE will help you revise English Grammar, enhance English Vocabulary, and learn how to write effective emails and make impressive presentations. For registrations and queries, please contact at 8104 365 281.

Happy Learning!

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Vidyarjan Newsletter – August 2021

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

  1. Quantum computing uses the principles of quantum physics to represent data and perform operations on these data. Quantum computing is still an emerging technology. A quantum computer is expected to solve some scientific and business problems millions of times faster than can be done today. Hence it is worth gaining the introductory level of understanding of this technology. A 10-minute TED talk by TED Fellow Shohini Ghose can get you started.
  2. Around 1000 Universities and 400+ institutions across the globe are now offering more than 16,000 online courses on platforms provided by 40+ organizations. While this ecosystem can provide you a course on virtually any topic, it also presents the “problem of the many”. How can we find an appropriate course from so many options available? Help is available at Class Central. Class Central is a search engine and reviews site for free online courses and provides ranking for the courses. Additionally, this site publishes reports on various aspects of online courses. It is the site worth visiting if you are interested in online courses.
  3. Vidyarjan Academy is offering a three-month course for helping BE/MCA students, who are aspiring to join a software company in general and TCS in particular. This course will specifically prepare students to appear for TCS NQT (Cognitive + IT Programming). It will be an instructor-led online course. The lead faculty is Smita Rane, who has 20+ years of IT industry experience. For more details, please send a WhatsApp message to Dr Shrikant Mulik at 8104 365 281.

Happy Learning!

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Vidyarjan Newsletter – July 2021

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

  1. Kickbox is a methodology in corporate innovation to activate employees and create valuable business cases for the company. ​It was invented by Adobe, further shaped by Swisscom, and adapted and implemented by thousands of companies. ​Interestingly, both Adobe and Swisscom open sourced the material and made it available through the The Kickbox Foundation. Besides providing the Kickbox open-source material from Adobe and Swisscom, the Kickbox Foundation facilitate the exchange of thoughts among Kickbox practitioners. Please visit its website to know more about Kickbox Method and to access the material. https://www.kickbox.org
  2. Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) is an unit within Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is a premier Training, Educational and Research Institute established for developing trained professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GNSS technology for Natural Resources, Environmental and Disaster Management. It offers many live and interactive programs as well as e-learning content. Most of its courses are free. Visit its website at https://elearning.iirs.gov.in to know more about its offerings.
  3. Vidyarjan Academy is offering a three-month course for helping BE/MCA students,who are aspiring to join a software company in general and TCS in particular. This course will specifically prepare students to appear for TCS NQT (Cognitive + IT Programming). It will be an instructor-led online course. The lead faculty is Smita Rane, who has 20+ years of IT industry experience. For more details, please send a WhatsApp message to Dr Shrikant Mulik at 8104 365 281.

Happy Learning!

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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!