NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio has announced a five-week programme for under graduate students across the country to make them aware of new digital technologies for running small business. The students will also get to interact closely with multiple Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) across India. The Jio ‘Digital Champions Program’ will be organised in four batches across the country, with the first batch starting this month, from May 21. Each programme will last five weeks and undergraduates can choose from over 800 cities and towns to apply in the batch of their choice. As far as eligibility is concerned, among the students who are pursuing four-year undergraduate courses (any stream) only students who have completed their first and second year will be eligible. For three-year undergraduate courses, students who have completed their first year will be eligible. The selection of students would be done on the basis of an online assessment test. The assessment test is a … [Read more...] about Reliance Jio announces ‘Digital Champions’ programme for under graduates, check eligibility details
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As the year winds to a close, gifts and giving are foremost in many people's minds. And now, two new neuroscience studies suggest that our brains prompt us to act more like Santa than Scrooge.In one study, researchers scanned participants' brains to identify connections between generous behavior and brain activity. In the other, scientists dampened activity in areas of the brain associated with impulse control, to see if that would alter a person's empathetic actions.The findings from both studies led the researchers to conclude that human behavior is guided more by empathy and generosity than by selfishness.In addition, the findings suggest a path toward treating people with conditions that lower their ability to understand others: Someday, people whose social cognition is impaired could be helped by treatments that regulate the neural pathways that enhance or restrict their empathetic feelings, said Dr. Marco Iacoboni, a co-author of both studies and a professor of psychiatry at the … [Read more...] about Your Giving Brain: Are Humans ‘Hardwired’ for Generosity?
We're happiest when looking forward to vacations, though once back in the office that level of glee is comparable to our non-vacationing cubicle mates, a new study finds. Essentially, vacations may not be the restorative respites they are chocked up to be.The researchers surveyed 1,530 Dutch adults, 974 of whom took a vacation during the 40-plus week study period. At certain time points both before and after trips, participants answered questions related to their happiness levels.Those in the planning phase of a vacation had higher happiness scores than those not going away, which the researchers say, is likely due to holiday anticipation. Following the trip, vacationers and non-vacationers showed no difference in their happiness levels, that is unless the time off was considered very relaxing. In that case, there was a slight happiness boost for vacationers noticeable during the first two weeks back. After eight weeks, that slight increase had faded completely, the scientists … [Read more...] about Do Vacations Boost Happiness?
Coupang, South Korea’s answer to Amazon, has raised $100 million in a round of financing led by Sequoia Capital. The investment led by Sequoia chairman Mike Moritz adds one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most valuable startups to Sequoia Capital’s already impressive roster of Asian deals. According to one person with knowledge of the deal, the new investment values Coupang at well over $1 billion. Founded three years ago by Harvard Business School dropout Bom Kim, Coupang now has over $1 billion in sales — a milestone it reached faster than any other Asian e-commerce company. According to previous reports, Kim had the idea for Coupang after seeing the explosive growth of online retail companies like Groupon in the late 2000s. Realizing that the ship had sailed for a similar company in the U.S. Kim thought that the South Korean market, where shopping is a pastime, mobile phones are everywhere, and high-speed Internet is ubiquitous, would be an ideal country to … [Read more...] about Sequoia Backs Coupang, South Korea’s Answer To Amazon, With $100 Million
College students today are less likely to "get" the emotions of others than their counterparts 20 and 30 years ago, a new review study suggests.Specifically, today's students scored 40 percent lower on a measure of empathy than their elders did.The findings are based on a review of 72 studies of 14,000 American college students overall conducted between 1979 and 2009. "We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000," said Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.The study was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston.Is "generation me" all about me?Compared with college students of the late 1970s, current students are less likely to agree with statements such as "I sometimes try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective," and "I often have tender, … [Read more...] about Today’s College Students Lack Empathy