Test post – Nelson Mandela

Tweet(1918–2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress party from 1991 to 1997. A Xhosa, Mandela was born in Mvezo to the Thembu royal family. He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Witwatersrand before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg. There he became involved in anti-colonial and African nationalist politics, joining the ANC in 1943 and co-founding its Youth League in 1944. After the National Party‘s white-only government established apartheid—a system of racial segregation that privileged whites—he and the ANC committed themselves to its overthrow. Mandela was appointed President of the ANC’s Transvaal branch, rising to prominence for his involvement in the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People. He was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and was unsuccessfully prosecuted in the 1956 Treason Trial. Influenced by Marxism, he secretly joined the banned South African Communist Party (SACP). Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961 and led a sabotage campaign against the government. In 1962, he was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. Amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990. Mandela and de Klerk negotiated an end to apartheid and organised the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela led the ANC to victory and became President. Leading a broad coalition government which promulgated a new constitution, Mandela emphasised reconciliation between the country’s racial groups and created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Economically, Mandela’s administration retained its predecessor’s liberal framework despite his own socialist beliefs, also introducing measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty, and expand healthcare services. Internationally, he acted as mediator in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial and Continue reading Test post – Nelson Mandela

Recently conducted third-party assessment of Swasth’s model

Tweet In December 2013, a third-party assessment of Swasth’s model was conducted by Prof. Krithi and Prof. Arnab, faculty members at the Center for Urban Science & Engineering (C-USE), IIT Bombay. The assessment validates the ability of Swasth’s model to service the needs of beneficiaries more effectively than other available health service providers. Across all survey questions (e.g. cost of treatment, travel time and cost, provider availability), satisfaction of SHC “members”, was 35 to 46 percentage points higher than “non-members”. 92% of members were satisfied with Swasth, compared to 52% non-members satisfied with their current health provider. Full report available here: Third Party Assessment Dec, 2013 About the research team: Prof. Krithi Ramamritham: Head of C-USE & Professor (Computer Science & Engineering) at IIT- Bombay, rich experience spanning 35 years at IIT Bombay & University of Massachusetts, Fellow of IEEE and ACM, over 250 publications and books to his credit, served as Editor-in-Chief at IEEE and Springer, chaired multiple conferences, co-founded 2 start-ups (Agrocom, Nex Robotics) Prof. Arnab Jana: Assistant Professor (C-USE), PhD (Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo), MCP (IIT Kharagpur), B.Arch, BESU C-USE, IIT Bombay: C-USE, an interdisciplinary centre for research, teaching and training has been setup to address urban challenges faced by mega cities of developing nations. C-USE has access to the vast infrastructure and diverse talent pool at IIT Bombay, and globally, through its membership of the international consortium – Centre for Urban Science and Progress – comprising world-class universities and industry partners such as NYU, CMU, IBM, Siemens. Please follow and like us:

“Health For All” – Short film on healthcare in India, featuring Swasth India, released

TweetSwasth India is featured in the recently released short film “Health For All”. Health for All is a short documentary about health access issues in India and the organizations that seek to make health a basic standard of life. The film was made by the Elon University Periclean Scholars Class of 2012. The movie is available on YouTube, and further details at http://www.healthforallfilm.org Please follow and like us:

The Top 15 IT Vendors: What Field They Specialize In

TweetMajority of IT vendors are specialized, in the sense that there are certain fields that they are well known for. This trend is replicated in the sphere of IT training: where, again, we find the vendors being specialized in offering certain types of IT training. The trend further extends to the sphere of IT certification: where, once again, we find IT certification providers being highly specialized. Even the players in IT who are generalists still tend to have some fields for which they are better known, and which could therefore be seen, de facto, as their specializations. Our objective here will be to look at the top 15 IT vendors, and try to acquaint ourselves with the specializations of those top 15 IT vendors. This information should be useful to anyone who is considering getting into the respective areas of information technology work. From this information, one can tell what the right body to pursue certification with would be. This information may also be useful to someone who is already in IT and who is considering switching specializations. IT is unique in that once one has the basic knowledge, switching between specializations through certification processes is a simple affair. That is unlike other professional arenas like law or medicine, where switching specializations can mean going back to college for another Masters degree or another diploma. The top 15 IT vendors (and their respective fields of specialization) are: Oracle Oracle’s specialization is that of databases. Oracle is not just a vendor of database technologies, but also of training resources and certification resources for (its Oracle) database operators and administrators. Vmware VMware’s specialization field is that of virtualization, which naturally has to be talked about alongside that of cloud computing. For specializations such as those of virtualization systems design and architecture, virtualization systems maintenance and virtualization systems deployment, VMware is the industry leader. Test-King.com Test King specializes in the field of IT certification, specifically in the aspect of giving IT certification exam candidates proficiency to pass those exams. This is out of recognition for the fact that IT certification exams are intensive and rigorous, meaning that special proficiency is required to pass them. Eccouncil EC-Council’s specialization is in E-commerce security. With an EC-Council certification, you can be trusted to test people’s e-commerce systems for security, and to develop security solutions to plug vulnerabilities. Sap SAP’s core specialization is in Enterprise Resource Planning Continue reading The Top 15 IT Vendors: What Field They Specialize In