All for a better Bangalore:
techies take to civic leadership programme
IT professionals usually wonder how to spend their weekends
differently. A group of more than 60 individuals in Bangalore
are showing the way.
professionals have enrolled for a nine month course to be trained
in civic leadership. The Bangalore Political Action Committee
or BPAC, a citizen's forum in Bangalore headed by Biocon CMD
Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and former Infosys board member Mohandas
Pai, has started an 'incubation programme' to involve professionals
into becoming corporators for a better Bangalore.
most corporators don't have that knowledge and that understanding
of what it means to govern, the process of it. That's why we
see such poor governance and such poor delivery. Public apathy
is fast becoming public anger. They need to use their energy
to roll up their sleeves and say I can help with governance.
The ignorance of how the system works needs to be wiped out.
I hope this brief training programme will have a huge impact."
said Ms Shaw.
Girish BS, an IIT graduate from Hebbal in North Bangalore, believes
he could bring about a change in the municipal ward he lives
in. So this senior engineer from a top IT firm has signed up
for a three-month classroom training and a six-month field work
Nano park coming up in Bangalore
A Rs. 100-crore nano park, complete with an incubation centre
and an institute for nano science, will take shape on the outskirts
of Bangalore. It is being funded by the Union government’s Nano
Mission, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced here on Thursday.
the two-day Bangalore India Nano 2013, Mr. Siddaramaiah said
the State had provided 14 acres of land on Tumkur Road for the
park, which is meant to catalyse new businesses and innovators.
invited nanotechnology industries and entrepreneurs from India
and abroad to set up their businesses in the park.
Chief Minister urged scientists to use nanotechnology — the
science of ultra-small materials one-millionth of a millimetre
— to solve common problems, and said the State will consider
increasing the outlay for nanotech and other science initiatives.
“I call upon scientists to come up with tangible nanotechnology-based
solutions for food security, energy, water purification, medicine
and healthcare as well as waste management,” Mr. Siddaramaiah
said, while addressing several hundred scientists, academics
and entrepreneurs. Sir Andre Geim, joint Nobel Prize 2010 winner
for his research in nano carbon called grapheme, was among the
key people present at the event.
Rao, the force behind the event and Honorary President of the
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, said
two of the top national institutions to have contributed to
nanoscience and technology, namely the Indian Institute of Science
and JNCASR, are both in Bangalore.
called for continued funding of nano science, a difficult and
complicated area for research.
Bangalore population booms
to 96 lakh
The population of Bangalore grew by about 30 lakh in 10 years,
but its social indicators nosedived. The Primary Abstract of
the Census of India 2011, released on Thursday, puts the city's
population at 96,21,551 — a growth of 47.18% during 2001-2011.
city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while
Udupi has the highest: 1,094.
also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women,
and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.
24 women out of 100 in Bangalore go to work. Chitradurga has
the highest WPR of 41.9. Of the 96.21 lakh populace, only 11.31
lakh women were found employed for a year before the enumeration
was done on March 1, 2011.
BIA's T1 comes
International Airport Limited (BIAL) is bringing the airport
experience to the city, leveraging technology to present a preview
of the soon-to-be-inaugurated T1A to citizens.
press release from the BIAL said that starting Thursday, Bangaloreans
are experiencing first-of-its-kind and a unique preview of the
airport with its new features, services and facilities. All
this through vehicles fitted with state-of-the-art Glasstrons
and photoboxi that will travel across the city to experience
and share a truly inclusive partnership between the city and
Sanjay Reddy, managing director, BIAL, said: “True to our roots
in the IT city, we felt that the best way to share the new infrastructure
with all Bangaloreans was through technology. The preview provides
a glimpse into the exciting new features and facilities at the
airport and is in line with our objective to bring the airport
closer to the city that we serve. We encourage citizens to be
the first in experiencing their airport.”
vehicles will tour different spots in the city each day. To
participate in the campaign, people need to watch out for the
‘Smile Bengaluru’ vehicle, which will be in their area as per
a predetermined schedule. People can also follow the ‘SmileBengaluru’
hashtag (#SmileBengaluru) on Twitter to share their experiences.