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In Conversation with Amit Garg about Pune's eLearning Industry

A conversation with Amit Garg is always illuminating. An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and XLRI Jamshedpur, Amit spent the initial years of his career with Maruti Udyog and General Motors, before turning his attention and entrepreneurial spirit towards the eLearning industry. In 2004, when he founded Upside Learning, Amit took a path that was different from most of the other Indian companies in the sector at that time – he built a business vision around an LMS (Learning Management System) product and bespoke services (services was the norm).

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Pune’s eLearning Industry: Finding Appropriate Talent is the Greatest Challenge

She started her career with Pratibha Advertising in Pune in 1982. Today, Shubhada Phadke is a first among equals in the Pune eLearning industry, spearheading Innovation, Visual Design, and key management portfolios as the as Vice President (Functional Design) for the Publishing and eLearning giant, Aptara. Along the way, she’s held critical portfolios in Aptara (AVP – Graphic Design & Instructional Design), Brainvisa Technologies (Graphics Head), Maximise Learning (Art Design Manager), and Creative Concepts.

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#PunekarInFocus: Sanjay Joseph and His Work Shibumi

Pune has a long-established reputation as a cultural centre in Maharashtra and India. Through the ages, it has produced world-renowned classical musicians, poets, writers, playwrights, theatre artistes, among other artistic denominations. In more recent times (last three-four decades), it has also garnered reasonable attention for talent in newer musical genres (fusion, rock, painting, new-age art-form, fiction, et al).

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Pune's Dr Anoop to run 1800km as part of Samantha Gash's #RunIndia event

Pune has started appearing on the global ‘running’ map what with health conscious people and corporates focusing their collective energies to stage interesting events. Marathons, half marathons, weekend runs, charity runs- it’s all happening.

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Lifestyle Punekars

Putting Pune on the Global Journalism Map!

Last week a friend from Southeast Asia and I were talking about Pune – climate, culture, industries, connectivity, and the like. Eventually, he asked me: “So are there any famous people from Pune?” I almost started reeling off names, and then stopped myself. A list of famous or well known people is, more often than […]

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Media & Communication in Pune: Then & Now

I first visited Pune in 1989, hunting for a place in the BCS program of Fergusson College. I walked from Lakshmi Road (where I was staying) to FC, and beyond and back every day. In those days, I can honestly say the University of Pune was pretty much the end of buzzing social life. Areas beyond that were developing and settling.

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Diary of A Punekar's Job Hunt…

Why am I writing about jobs this week? Well, most of the conversations I have been having with people over the past few months have been about job-change, new opportunities, lack of upward mobility, job profiles and lack of adequate talent. Company managers and owners lament the lack of adequate skills and lack of adequate numbers with skills, while individuals are grappling with lack of suitable opportunities. Everyone has a job, but it’s not ‘the one’.

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#PuneBusinesses: Education and More…

#PuneBusinesses: Education and More…