How much are you aware of the startups?

 In the second of the series on general awareness we do raise an important issue of awareness on Startups!
What you got to do!
  • Play the challenge in OUST
  • Post the best idea in a startup which you feel & experience & upload it our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OustLabs
  • You can upload any number of suggestions
Prizes
Prizes will be picked on the basis of the topping the leader-board.  We want you spread the awareness on Startups!
Top 3 chosen will prizes in the form of Flipkart/Amazon vouchers
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Startups have changed the world in many ways.
Driven by the desire to change things the way they work, entrepreneurs strive to realize the true potential of their business ideas. But, lack of deep pockets and competition from bigger market players is something that kicks the startups out of their road to success. It is these initial times and hardships that startups need a backing. And, this is exactly where Angel Investors come into play.
Angel investors are usually experienced entrepreneurs who themselves have been through the same phase and the ones who understand what it takes to create a billion dollar company out of an Idea. With handsome amounts of money in their pockets and a will to trust others with their finances, these ‘Angels’ step in and provide the initial support and sometimes mentor-ship that helps startups successfully take over these crucial and challenging times.

 

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Rules for the contest are as follows:

  • Who can participate?
    • All students  are invited to participate in the Oust
  • Scoring
    • There is no negative marking for the questions
    • Scores are determined based on time taken to answer the question and if the question was answered correctly
    • Students will know their score as soon as they finish a challenge of 5 questions and in total 10 challenges
  • Analytics for Students
    • Students will also have access to their analytics of their performance at the end of the event
  • Appeal Process or Revaluation
    • All decisions regarding winners are final and binding and there is no revaluation or appeal process.
  • What is required to participate in the contest?
    • Students can only participate in the contest via the Mobile Phone (only Android devices with version 4.0 or higher). Only one entry per person allowed.
  • Privacy Policy
  • Additional Terms and Conditions

Make The Most Of Your Time This Academic Session

A new academic session offers a fresh beginning to every student. From school books to classroom – everything is brand new. It is rather exciting and nerve-wrecking to take the first steps into the next phase of school life which is, no doubt, more demanding and stressful.

Your summer holidays are about to get over. You are revived and rested – and raring to ace your academics, aren’t you? Whether you have just entered 10th standard or are a twelthie, the remaining academic years or months can be fun for you provided you play your cards right.

And your journey can even be smoother if you plan this year’s session properly. We advise you to set goals and targets for yourself – which you wish to achieve in the coming months. Trust us, it will become easier to fare in class tests and mock boards before you actually sit for the “big examinations”.

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Education Loan Awareness Challenge!

 In the second of the series on general awareness we do raise an important issue of awareness on Education Loan
What you got to do!
  • Play the challenge in OUST
  • Post the best education loan prospect in a bank, with experience & upload it our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OustLabs
  • You can upload any number of suggestions
Prizes
Prizes will be picked on the basis of the topping the leader-board and/or the loan comparision.  We want you spread the awareness on Education Loan
Top 3 chosen will prizes in the form of Flipkart/Amazon vouchers
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 Education loan awareness is low. Hence, let us understand more of the same!

About Education Loan:
When it comes to all the building blocks that form a complete and successful life, nothing is as important as quality education. However, education in India, at least the commonly perceived ‘quality education’ as imparted by acclaimed and influential educational institutions, is decidedly costly and not easily available to everyone- especially those who deserve it based on merit alone. Thus, education loans are vitally important. A barebones explanation for an education loan is thus, ‘funds offered by financial institutions to meritorious and/or deserving students so that the latter can pursue their basic/higher education, in India or abroad’. Almost all banks in India offer education loans, and the demand for it has remained stable with the Indian student community.
Why Choose Education Loan?
The question should ideally be, why choose an education loan over a personal loan, or the money accumulated in your savings account? The versatility and advantages of education loans are listed below-

  • Education is Expensive-It’s a matter of instant availability. A comprehensive education loan frees you from the task of accumulating sufficient money to fund your son/daughter’s higher education. And, with inflation and shifting prices, can you ever be 100% certain? A good education is expensive and the expenses aren’t changing in a predictable curve. A good education loan scales accordingly and helps you be safe from unexpected surprises.
  • Specialised Help-The expenses incurred through a standard study course are many, caution deposits, library fees, building deposits, laboratory fees, etc. With a comprehensive education loan, individual facets of the course can be better addressed without the risk of running out of money. It’s more organized and seamless with an education loan.
  • Widely and Easily Available- Comprehensive education loans are a priority product in most banks’ arsenal of products and the RBI lists them as part of the priority sector lending of banks. Conforming to some basic requirements and confirming your ability to repay the borrowed amount is all it takes to get on-board.
  • Timely Assistance- Often, good intent isn’t backed by good monies. A good education loan offers timely help when it comes to a crucial pillar that promises a successful life- education. Nullifying the worry that accompanies the need to gather up the requisite amount, a full-fledged education loan puts you at ease.

Features & Benefits of Education Loans:
When it comes to a complete education loan, the features and benefits offered are the designated deal makers. Commonly, the following conveniences are offered as part of the education loan-

  • Universally available. Anyone with a will to study can apply.
  • Education loans are provided to pursue all types of academic courses, in India and abroad. The courses include graduation, post-graduation, vocational courses and other certificate courses.
  • Loan amounts can vary from a minimum of Rs.10 lakhs to a maximum of Rs.15 lakhs. For education abroad, banks will provide loans to the quantum of Rs.20 lakhs.
  • The applicant’s annual family income and the course pursued are primary determinants for the applicable loan amount.
  • Usually, female students are offered discounts and/or lower interest rates when it comes to education loans.
  • Government sponsored subsidy schemes, such as ‘Central Scheme to provide Interest subsidy (CSIS)’ help students from the economically backward sections of society avail the benefits of a robust loan for education.
  • The applicant need not repay the borrowed amount immediately. Post the completion of the course, the repayment tenure can stretch upto 5-7 years.
  • Generally, loans below Rs.4 lakhs do not require a security or guarantor.

Banks, in their individual capacity, will offer a whole suit of exclusive features and benefits. Check the same before zeroing in on the one that best complies with your requirements.

 Refer here for more information:
http://www.dif.mp.gov.in/higheredu/iba_faq_hedulnsch2011.pdf
https://www.bankbazaar.com/education-loan.html

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Rules for the contest are as follows:

  • Who can participate?
    • All students  are invited to participate in the Oust
  • Scoring
    • There is no negative marking for the questions
    • Scores are determined based on time taken to answer the question and if the question was answered correctly
    • Students will know their score as soon as they finish a challenge of 5 questions and in total 10 challenges
  • Analytics for Students
    • Students will also have access to their analytics of their performance at the end of the event
  • Appeal Process or Revaluation
    • All decisions regarding winners are final and binding and there is no revaluation or appeal process.
  • What is required to participate in the contest?
    • Students can only participate in the contest via the Mobile Phone (only Android devices with version 4.0 or higher). Only one entry per person allowed.
  • Privacy Policy
  • Additional Terms and Conditions

5 Things Recruiters Want You To Know

If you are a college student, then you will agree that this time period is important for you. Whether you are applying for further studies or trying to bag your first job – whatever you want will happen in the next couple of weeks. Yes, it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. We get it!

This is why we plan to discuss something on the recruitment side today. See, the recruiters have a lot on their plate and even more on their minds. To help you do well in your first job-hunting session, we bring to you 5 things that recruiters will never tell you but want you to know:

Recruiters don’t “read” resumes

They simply look for keywords in your application and take a decision on whether or not to call you in mere 5 to 10 seconds. Therefore, make sure your resume and cover letter are well-worded and are able to bring out the most relevant information about you in a few lines.

Make the process of scanning the application easier for the recruiters. Let me spot you as a “potential employee” by just reading the first two lines of your resume. You have to be a step ahead of them if you want to bag a job.

They receive lots of applications every day. Hence, create a resume that makes them want to sit and notice!

Recruitment is both art and science

If a recruiter has invited you for a quick interview at the office, this means your capabilities and qualifications match the company requirements. Of course, this is common sense. Otherwise, why would a recruiter waste time and energy on scheduling a meeting with you?

How self-motivated you are, what your attitude towards the interview call is and how you present yourself during your visit make all the difference. Ensure you make an impact during the interview with the recruiter. Dress well, anticipate answers for commonly-asked questions and most importantly, be on time.

You are judged on every level and at every step. Be prepared. And give your best shot.

Recruiters can blacklist you

This has got nothing to do with criminal activities, by the way. It is just either they prefer to get fresh candidates on board or they forget about your status on their database. In both the situations, it is highly unlikely that they will connect with you again.

Since your name doesn’t come up on their database and they don’t possess a photogenic memory – your chances of getting an interview call vanish completely. But this doesn’t mean you sit in a corner and get sad about it.

Here’s what you can do to stay in the purview of recruiters: Email them whenever there is a suitable opening in the company. And follow up rigorously. We wouldn’t advise you to message or call them on their mobile phones because that’s too intrusive. But sending emails frequently is more than enough to get noticed.

And if you are lucky, you might end up getting an interview call. This way you ensure that “something is better than nothing”.

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They stalk your social media profiles

Yes, they do. If they like your application and want to invite you for an interview, they will. But before that, they will certainly check out your social media interactions to get a clear picture of you. Social media has made our lives transparent to the rest of the world.

Even though there are numerous benefits of social media, we invariably end up posting so much about ourselves that it becomes difficult to monitor what should and what should not go out on the online platform. After all, social media makes us absent-minded!

And this is where recruiters step into the picture. They use social media to the fullest to understand the psyche of the potential employee. It allows them to understand whether or not you will fit into the company’s culture and way of working. Make sure your social media channels are made either private or are smartly filtered at all times.

Recruiters don’t take the final call

Their job is just limited to finding good job candidates. The hiring process involves a lot of people – depending upon the nature and level of the job profile. It differs from one organization to another. Startups such as Oust have their own hiring processes.

Similarly, global corporations such as Google hire differently. So if you are thinking about playing your cards right with your recruiter, please do that. But don’t pin all your hopes on the recruiter. He or she won’t decide your future with the company in the end.

To make sure you have a good run with the recruiter of your company, please keep these points in your mind. We know for sure that you will bag the perfect job or internship for yourself. Never stop believing. And never stop playing on Oust!

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Water Conservation Challenge

We are excited to launch a unique challenge to generate awareness on various topics that concern our lives!

In the first of the list we thought it is important to make aware of the water conservation.  Win prizes too!

What you got to do!
  • Play the challenge in OUST
  • Click a photograph in your area that encourages water conservation & upload it our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OustLabs
  • You can upload any number of the pictures
Prizes
Prizes will be picked on the basis of the topping the leader-board and/or the picture sent.  We want you spread the awareness of the water conservation
Top 3 chosen will prizes in the form of Flipkart/Amazon vouchers

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Multiple Ways of Assessing Threats to Water: Supply-Side and Demand-Side Problems

  • There are both supply-side threats and demand-side threats to water necessary to meet human needs; as T. Boone Pickens has been quoted as saying, “Water is the new oil”
  • One supply-side threat arises from instances in which we are withdrawing freshwater from surface water sources and groundwater aquifers at rates faster than replenishment or recharge
  • Another supply-side problem is that even if there is enough water, it is not water that is good enough to meet human needs; much of the world’s fresh water is being degraded
  • Still another supply-side problem is the fact that distinct from physical water scarcity, there is economic scarcity for the global poor 
  • One demand-side concern arises from the fact of an increasing number of people on the planet
  • Another demand-side problem is that high-demand users sometimes are geographically concentrated in regions that cannot sustain demand levels 
  • Still another demand-side problem arises from technologies that waste more water than alternative technologies
  • A fourth set of demand-side problems is that demand is often insufficiently restrained because of inadequate price mechanisms and outdated legal rules that set few limits on excessive use


For some detailed general news coverage of water issues, see the 2010 Newsweek story (cover shown in the graphic above), as well as a special issue of National Geographic Magazine in 2010 devoted to a wide range of water issues.

 Also you can refer the following link

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Rules for the contest are as follows:

  • Who can participate?
    • All students  are invited to participate in the Oust
  • Scoring
    • There is no negative marking for the questions
    • Scores are determined based on time taken to answer the question and if the question was answered correctly
    • Students will know their score as soon as they finish a challenge of 5 questions and in total 10 challenges
  • Analytics for Students
    • Students will also have access to their analytics of their performance at the end of the event
  • Appeal Process or Revaluation
    • All decisions regarding winners are final and binding and there is no revaluation or appeal process.
  • What is required to participate in the contest?
    • Students can only participate in the contest via the Mobile Phone (only Android devices with version 4.0 or higher). Only one entry per person allowed.
  • Privacy Policy
  • Additional Terms and Conditions

Vocational Training Is Important For Students

Ask your father about his school life and he will tell you that “discipline” was the first thing he learned as a student. He will tell you stories about the many number of exams he sat for in those 12 years. He will talk about daily home assignments, strict teachers and how a student’s intelligence was calculated on the basis of his or her mark sheet.

If you have observed, your story is also the same. Your school life is restricted to periodic exams, homework, fun times with friends and enduring teachers’ wrath. If you score high marks, you are considered a winner. But if you fail, you are instantly seen in a different light.

However, the advent of technology has made the students of your generation pro-active in fine tuning their understanding of certain concepts or subjects via different, innovative mediums. They don’t mind researching online and read a few articles or watching videos to study.

And we know you are one of them who are into mobile learning and are benefiting from it.

This is a positive and a much-needed development that almost every Indian student (in urban and semi-urban areas) has been exposed to. Thinking out-of-the-box is a welcome change and is helpful in getting them ready for the corporate world – which is extremely demanding.

But this is happening on an individual level and that also not in such an intensive manner. There is a need for schools to combine vocational instruction with traditional academics. Schools should tweak their curriculum accordingly and prepare all students for the next steps – college and job.

Here are 5 reasons why vocational training is the need-of-the-hour in the education sector:

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