Improving the employment scenario for women in IT Sector!!

Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, Monster.com,Monster India, one of the leading online career and recruitment solutions providers in the country, launched the ‘Monster Salary Index India IT Sector Report 2014’ at the NASSCOM HR Summit 2014 held in Chennai on 23rd July 2014. Monster Salary Index (MSI) is an initiative by Monster India in collaboration with Paycheck.in (managed by WageIndicator Foundation) and IIM-Ahmedabad as a research partner. MSI has successfully empowered jobseekers with a benchmarking to compare their salaries with other anonymous profiles across a broad spectrum of industry domains, experience, functional groups both in India and other global markets.

One of the most astounding findings of the report is that the gender pay gap in the IT industry is as high as 29 per cent. As per the Monster Salary Index, the male IT worker receives gross salary of 359.25 per hour while female receives 254.04 per hour. This disparity possibly emerges from the fact that men get promoted to supervisory position more often than women. Sharing his perspective on the findings, Mr. Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, Monster.com (India/Middle East/ Southeast Asia/Hong Kong) said, “We are delighted to release the Monster Salary Index India IT Report 2014.Amongst many other aspects that the report has highlighted the revelation is the enormous gender gap which employs only 30% women. It is surprising to see that the most modern sector of India is not only predisposed to a certain gender but is also paying lesser to women employees than their male counterparts with a grave pay gap of 29 per cent.”Further adding to this Mr. Modi said, “In India, marital status can be cited as a reason for lack of opportunities and growth avenues for a gender. Also with the socio-cultural mindset, women often prefer or are compelled to take up part-time jobs because it is expected that they fulfill primary responsibility of taking care of household activities and children.

I am hopeful that we, along with the industry can play an instrumental role in changing the existing dynamics to make it a far more egalitarian ecosystem. Commenting on the salary trends, Pauline Osse, Director WageIndicator Foundation said, “The MSI-IT report is a perfect illustration of how a methodical research and distribution approach on salaries is aiding many people who seek a good benchmark to take a sagacious decision. This collaboration with Monster has improved our data intake and enabled robust output, in terms of salary related information and profound insights in the employment market trends. I hope it will encourage women employees and their employers to improve employment scenario for women in IT sector.” Sharing his views, Mr. R. Chandrasekhar, President, NASSCOM said, “The growth of the IT sector has tremendously contributed to the growth of the Indian economy, enabling GDP growth, exports and employment. ”Giving his opinion, Prof. BijuVarkkey of IIM-Ahmedabad expressed that Monster Salary Index has created a standard for the industry.

The report highlights different aspects of compensation in the IT sector that is leading to the dynamic employment scenario in India. Another interesting insight of this report is that male workers with permanent contracts get paid better than those employed for a limited time. The other influencing factors are company size and ownership. It is observed that wholly owned foreign companies pay higher salaries. In India about 65% of workforce in IT sector works in large to mid-sized companies with more than 5,000 employees.

For employers, MSI has an online Salary Survey that aims to provide employers with practical information and helps them make informed decisions by analyzing the salary market and optimizing employee remuneration. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the widest and most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. In 2014, Monster mPower Search was voted Product of the Year under the ‘Online Job Portals category’ in a survey of over 18000 people. For details about Monster India visit www.monsterindia.com.



Narrow spot causes traffic congestion at Teynampet

dmsThe narrow entry lane for vehicles along Mount Road, Teynampet near DMS bus stop has been creation traffic congestion for the past few weeks. Due to the underground station work for Chennai metro rail project a major part of Mount Road stretch has been taken leaving just a narrow lane for both vehicle and pedestrian movement. During peak hours there is long lineup of vehicles waiting to squeeze their way to Central and Broadway.Let the Chennai Metro Rail officials and Traffic Policemen take necessary action to widen congested narrow entry spots and clear obstacles that are faced by motorists while driving along Mount Road near Teynampet signal junction.


City Bee

Saliyar Monthly Meeting
The monthly meeting of Saliyar Mahajan Sangh Chennai Branch will be held on 27th July at 10.30 am with homage to late Kalvi Vallal T.Kalasalingam, at Door No-4, Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Luz Corner, Mylapore, Chennai-4. For details contact A.Palanichamy on 9884603087 and visit www.saliyarcommunity.in

Musical Concert
Simon and Garfunkel catapulted to success in the year 1964 with the release of their single ‘Sound of Silence’. Mellow Circle is celebrating 50 years of this evergreen musical duo. The choir will be conducted by Augustine Paul. The concert takes place at Egmore Museum theatre on Sunday, 27th July 2014. The entire proceed would go towards a home for HIV affected children. For details call 28140806 and 28193778.

Carnatic Music
Raga Sudha Hall, Mylapore presents an evening of music in Commemoration of Birth Anniversary of Sangita kalanidhi Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer on 27th July 2014. Seetha Rajan, a versatile musician.She will be accompanied by M. Rajeev, Thanjavur Ramadas and B.S.Purushothaman. For details contact 24992672, 24993210.

Art Display
Dakshina Chitra is showcasing the works of Sirpi Jeyaraman. He is a Puducherry-based artist who recently celebrated 25 years in art. He has been recognized by the UNESCO as a sculptor for his monument/ sculpture of Tamil refugees in granite, weighing 4,000 kilograms. The event is on till 31st July 2014.

Madras Market
Madras Market is a celebratory event where people from all walks of life come together to enjoy two days of shopping, music, food, entertainment, creative workshops and interactions. Presented by Chennai Shopping and organized by Full House Entertainments. It happens at YMCA Ground (Royapettah) on 2nd and 3rd August 2014.

Painting Expo
Forum Art Gallery presents a painting exhibition titled Cadences of a New Dialect by artist Murali Nagapuzha. The exhibition will be on view till 2nd August 2014, Forum Art Gallery is at No-57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar, Chennai.


Welcoming Fresher’s with a celebration

DSC06092The Departments of Computer Science and Computer Application of Shri Krishnaswamy College for Women, Anna Nagar had conducted Fresher’s Day celebrations for the young minds of I BCA & I B.Sc (Computer Science) on 18.07.2014 in the college premises. Mr.Amudhavanan and Mr.Dhivakar, Vijay TV Jodi Number 1 artists were the chief guests. The Second and Third year student greeted the fresher’s with their cultural activities. The first years were overwhelmed with the friendly welcoming given by the senior students. The programme started with invocation. K.L.Sumathy felicitated the gathering The faculty members also greeted and wished the young minds. A variety cultural performance was given by students. The enjoyable fresher’s day celebrations ended with vote of thanks and National Anthem.


Achieve Goals together as a team

The student’s council investiture ceremony of Valliammal College for Women, Anna Nagar East was held on 14th July 2014 in the college auditorium. The chief guest for the function was Dr.V.Bharathi Harishankar, Professor and Head of Department of Women Studies, University of Madras, Chepauk,Chennai.The College principal Dr.TVS.Padmaja graced the occasion and gave moral support.

gp26The function started with the lighting of the Kuthuvilakku by the chief guest and college principal. Dr.V.Bharathi Harishankar in her address stated that the function was nostalgic as it made her to recollect the memories of her college days. She advised the students to have multitasking ability and achieve goals together as a team. She also highlighted about starting a book reading club. The oath of office was administered to the student council members. The function concluded with the vote of thanks.


3rd Annual day celebration was a grand musical spectacular !!

The students of Geethanjali School of Music,(No-407, 19th Street, Thiruvalluvar Kudiyiruppu, I-Block, Anna Nagar West) enthralled audience with a number of musical performances both solo and groups at the 3rd Annual Day celebration held at Periyar Community Hall, School Road, Thirumangalam on 20th July 2014.The musical talent of the students was well appreciated. The annual day celebration was a musical spectacular. Geethanjali was started as a Light music orchestra in 1991 by Sathya and his friends. During the third annual day celebration about .69 students participated in various art forms like Vocals, Key board, Guitar, Drums, Veena and Barathanatyam.

Special guests for the function such as Shri.J.C.D. Prabhakar MLA , Villivakkam Constituency, Shri.A.D.Padmasingh Isaac MD of AACHI Masala,Mr. Abbas ,Mr.K.Raman ,Play back singer Ambili Rajasekar, Music composer Navaz khan , Isaignani Ilayaraja’s musicians Jayachaa & Sasidharan were honoured. The special guests blessed all the children and distributed mementos, Trinity College of London certificates and Hindustani grade vocal certificates.


An enjoyable Fancy Fete

fancy feteAnna Nagar Helping Hands Trust had conducted an enjoyable Fancy Fete at St. Luke’s Church, Anna Nagar premises on Sunday, 13th July 2014. Stalls at the fete had a wide range of sales of clothes, house hold items. There were interesting games stalls such as ringing the item and car race. The Foodie Corner has a delicious spread of food items. There was also a super jumble sale. Visitors enjoyed playing Housie-Housie and winning cash prizes. Mr.Rudy Fernandez, Founder-President of Anna Nagar Helping Hands Trust said that all the visitors had an enjoyable time at the fancy fete.


Proper traffic management required at Guindy Industrial Estate

The intersection of Alandur Road and Guindy Industrial Estate Main Road has become a busy and risky stretch for road users. The stretch is chaotic with unregulated traffic movement. Pedestrians are found running across the road in between moving vehicles. Absence of traffic policemen makes matters worse. There is continuous flow of MTC buses in all directions. A traffic police man is needed to regulate the vehicle traffic movement and help the public to cross the road at least during peak hours.

guindy  ieBetter regulation and creation of separate pedestrians crossing spots will be very helpful to the public, especially near the MTC bus stops. Many vehicles, especially MTC buses, turn into Guindy Estate from GST Road.The risky movement of vehicles at Alandur Road intersection can lead to accidents. This spot needs immediate attention as there is a good number of pedestrian movement. Be it peak hour or non-peak hours pedestrians always find Guindy Estate roads difficult to cross. The presence of a Traffic Police is essential to regulate the vehicle movement.


A Once in a Lifetime chance to Cherish Forever!!

Wedding Vows magazine launched India’s first personalized magazine service, My Wedding Vows at Sathyam Cinema,Chennai on 16th July 2014. The launch was followed by a private screening of the movie “The Fault in Our Stars”. The ultra luxury service is available for couples tying the knot offering them a once in a life time chance to be on the cover of India’s favourite wedding magazine. The couples experience a high end fashion photo shoot designed directed styled, conceptualized and finely executed by the crew of excellence skills. My Wedding Vows, a premium service allows couples to create, capture, celebrate and cherish moments of togetherness.

wvThe couple also gets a chance to live the dream of being on the cover of India’s favourite wedding lifestyle magazine. More the couple can choose to give this personalized magazine as a wedding invite, a giveaway gift or a post wedding gift to friends, well wishers and family members who attend their wedding. The price of personalized My Wedding Vows magazine is on request and can be customized according to each client. Talking about the launch Mr.Dakshna Moorthy N.Naidu, Chief Editor and Publisher, Wedding Vows Magazine, mentioned that wedding vows recognizes the fascination for glamour quotient during weddings and also joyful stories. He further stated that this customised magazine will be a timeless memory that marks the beginning of the most beautiful journey of togetherness. Ace fashion photographer G.Venket Ram stated that a lot of couples will look forward for My Wedding Vows concept because the special moment can be captured and shared with friends and family. Speaking about the concept, Vikram Mittal, renowned makeup artist mentioned that the idea of couples coming together to make their dreams come true is an amazing and memorable concept.

Leading stylist Mahima Shukla said the concept gives star treatment to the couples and will be a good memory that will be remembered lifelong. My Wedding Vows is a product of the Wedding Vows magazine, For details visit www.myweddingvows.co.in -By Elwyn


World Last Week

Saturday 12th July

 A study by National Academy of Sciences, researchers have discovered that Pelagornis sandersi was truly the biggest flying bird having a wingspan of up to 24 feet.

 A new blood test may make it possible to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, British scientists say. At present there are no treatments which can halt or reverse Alzheimer’s disease.

 Scientists working with human DNA have predicted that the red hair gene synonymous to UK and Scotland will soon disappear due to climate change. Only 1-2% of the world’s population has red hair.

 Norwegian cafe worker, 25, is spitting image of Game of Thrones character Margaery Tyrell who is the poster girl for hit American fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones.

Sunday 13th July

  Germany has claimed a fourth World Cup crown in a 1-0 win against Argentina after extra time in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Substitute Mario Goetze was the hero, as he scored the only goal with seven minutes.

 Nearly 500 divers submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for a “concert” beneath the sea. It was part of the 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival.

 Researcher Sooyeol Kim from the Kansas State University found that allowing employees to take smartphone ‘micro-breaks’ may be a benefit rather than a disruption for businesses.

 Nigeria’s literary icon Wole Soyinka turned 80. Well wishers rendered their tributes to the first African to win the Nobel literature prize.

Monday 14th July

 The Seikan Tunnel is a 53.85-kilometre railway tunnel in Japan. Seikan is also both the longest and the deepest operational rail tunnel in the world.

 Design student Limkfung has created a series of handmade typography entitled Wisdom. The project features quotes by famous personalities and film actors of the past.

 Branding is all about creating a good company image. But are slogans for brands true.Clif Dickens replaces the original slogan in a unique and more honest way.

 London’s iconic Route master buses would celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2014. The world-famous buses are popular with tourists and Londoners alike.

Tuesday 15th July

 The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau. It is powered by six turbofan engines.

 A few street artists across Europe showcased their talent by turing their 2D and 3D installations on public walls. The unique sketches had left passersby and children amused.

 Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world’s highest railway bridge over Chenab River which is expected to be 35 meters taller than the Paris Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016.

 The SSC Ultimate Aero has twice been named the fastest car in the world. The Ultimate Aero has a 6.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine for great speed.

Wednesday 16th July

 Hallmark, a world famous greeting card company is promoting its Hello You campaign by dressing up puppies in postal uniforms to deliver cards in Australia.

 A mutated strain of cat poop parasite has been found to reprogramme the natural power of the immune system to kill cancer cells, say American scientists.

 Archaeologists have discovered a wall painting dating back to over 4,300 years in a tomb near the great pyramid of Giza.

 As part of the Agitagueda art festival, umbrellas are hung over promenades in the streets of Agueda, in Portugal. This beautiful tradition has become world famous.

Thursday 17th July

 According to Guinness Book of World Records, Rumeysa Gelgi, a 17 year old girl in Turkey who stands more than seven feet has become the world’s tallest female teenager.

 French Photographer Frank Bohbot inspired by night life in the well illuminated New York City, America decided to shoot a series of photographs in a series called Lights On.

 AIDS can be brought under control by 2030 according to a global report issued by United Nations. The numbers of cases are slowly reducing and HIV infected people are stabilizing.

 A Dutch built Helicycle which is a two seated hybrid motorcycle and gyrocopter is the future of transport. It can go from 0 to 60 in eight seconds and can fly at low altitudes.

Friday 18th July

 Terminator movie style shape shifting robots from solid to liquid could soon become a reality. British scientists have created a material which is capable of shifting from hard to soft states.

 Writer and illustrator Joe Butcher has come up with an interesting idea of having sticky notes with drawings and motivational messages for office computer users from a cat named Peppy.

 New Orleans has a unique pump station that keeps the entire city safe. Moreover the giant pipe system at the pump station keeps the city from flooding.

 NASA expects to find first traces of alien life within the next 20 years. A detailed road map of space journeys and research is launched to find life in other planets in the universe and discover stars.