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Newsletter Issue 31, December 2012
Dear Readers,

Once again it is time to say goodbye to the year gone by and welcome a new year – a year filled with hope, joy, peace and laughter.
I’ve always loved the feeling of potential a new year holds. It’s a time to reflect, move forward and of course, partake in the new year festivities.
2012 has been an exciting year. Though tough, here are a few memorable moments:

• The birth of Future Sharp Skills Limited.
• Future Innoversity launching its first autonomous course – PGPRM and successfully placing its entire first batch of eligible MBA students.
• Our foray in J&K to source students and launch of J&K Udaan.
• Annual Aakaar at Alibagh.
• Lead GTM bagging its first big client, Classic Stripes.
• NRLM placing 17702 students out of a total of 20925.
• Future Learning – and this is my personal favourite — taking its learning tag to the next level by venturing into the school space and delivering short learning interventions in less empowered schools.
• Diwali pot luck party across centres.
New Year’s is a time for fresh starts, restarts, detours and sometimes even the occasional backtrack. It’s a time to ponder on what worked, what didn’t and what to do next.

And while you do that, here’s wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at the editorial team!

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Future Sharp making waves with new franchisee sign-ups in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh
Future Sharp Skills stall being inaugurated by MLA Ravindraji Chavan
Future Sharp’s stall at the Dombivili Utsav event
Future Sharp is all set to start the new year with new centres in Maharashtra and UP. Dombivli was the first FSSL centre to launch 22 December and January will see Nashik, Nagpur and Nallasopara. December also proved to be the busiest month for the Channel Development team with 9 sign-ups in Uttar Pradesh. Future Sharp Skills Academy also opened its own centre in Ahmedabad.
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Make way for the new child in the block – Bookaholics
December 19th saw the launch of Bookaholics – a new Future Learning initiative in the area of recreational learning. Himali Kothari, a freelance moderator and a creative writer by profession was the host. The two hour session over coffee, cake and cheese sandwiches, was filled with different interpretations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story ‘I only came to make a phone call’.
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Future Learning goes the community way

After designing and delivering numerous learning interventions for corporates, it is time for Future Learning to do some work in the social arena. With this objective in mind, Future Learning has tied up with two less empowered schools where our employees deliver simple customized learning interventions. Margaret and Reema delivered the first session on Spoken English to the fifth grade students of Joymax High School. This was followed by ‘Baton Baton Mein’, a lively interactive session for grade eighth and ninth of Kamla High School on their dreams and goals in life, delivered by Rita.


The Employee Engagement Committee went a step further and organized a donation drive for an orphanage in Malad. Several boxes of clothes, toys and footwear contributed by employees were donated along with a cash donation which went towards sponsoring a day’s meal for all the residents of Swagat Ashram. These Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities are among the first of many more to come.

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CII’s Asian Delegation
CII’s ASEAN delegation of 75 students visited Future Learning during their 3 day Mumbai visit. These students from ASEAN countries were part of a 250 member delegation visiting India to understand her spectacular growth story and learn more about present and future plans. Venkat inaugurated the session followed by Swetank Jain, Chief Information Officer who gave a perspective on the Group including sharing of the 2006 Harvard Business Study on Big Bazaar. Kurien KC spoke on the insights from the education sector and Future Innoversity’s unique approach to learning.
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