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Aon Hewitt, IIM Bangalore partner to develop HR programme

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

HR consultancy firm Aon Hewitt has tied up with to launch a programme that aims to build HR leaders.

"The Next Generation CHRO programme endeavours to expand the talent pool of CHROs in by addressing such critical capability gaps," Aon Hewitt CEO Sandeep Chaudhary said.

The programme focuses on preparing for future readiness, by driving HR transformation and shaping the CHRO agenda.

Throughout the six-month journey, senior Aon Hewitt practitioners will mentor participants to create a transformative impact in their organisation's HR function.

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British Council ties up with UCL Institute for online course * The British Council and UCL Institute of Education, UK, have developed a free online course for teachers willing to explore new ways to develop their skills and knowledge.

This massive open online course (MOOC) available via the FutureLearn platform has been specifically designed for the needs of teachers in India, particularly those teaching in English or who teach English as a subject.

"...We firmly believe by leveraging digital solutions with high quality content we can facilitate a positive change in teachers - both from and around the world - working together to improve their teaching and the learning outcomes for their students," Alan Gemmell, British Council Director India, said.

KONE expands operations in Sri Lanka

* Elevator firm KONE today said it has expanded operations in Sri Lanka by entering into a distribution agreement with Scan Engineering (Pvt) Ltd.

KONE India, a subsidiary of the 8.8 billion euro KONE Corporation of Finland, has a production facility in Chennai which also caters to Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka markets.

The company has entered into a distribution agreement with Sri Lankan firm Scan Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, which has about 10 years of experience in installing, maintaining and servicing elevators & escalators, it said in a statement.

KONE will provide elevators, escalators as well as solutions for maintenance and modernisation to the Sri Lankan market.

"The tourism industry will be seeing a great growth and this will call for better infrastructure facilities, which will spur the growth of the construction sector. We see a good potential for our brand in this market as the customers like to have a premium quality brand of KONE for their use," Kone Elevators MD Amit Gossain said.

Keerthi Abeynayake, Managing Director, Scan Engineering said, "Our tie-up with KONE will further strengthen our confidence in serving the market much better".

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Ixigo to predict, alert users on dip in air ticket price * Travel app Ixigo will now alert users at the time of air ticket booking on whether they should go ahead with the tranasaction or wait becuase of probability of drop in fares, the company today said.

"Now we end up inevitably telling our users to not book a flight and wait almost 70 per cent of the times after flight search. Our technology guarantees near accurate fare predictions and alerts each time," Ixigo co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Rajnish Kumar said in a statement.

In an attempt to enable its users to book flights at the best possible prices, Ixigo has introduced 'Fare Intelligence' and 'Fare Alerts' for flight bookings.

"Ixigo uses past trends and prices to tell its users whether they should book a flight or wait for the fare to drop further. It also constantly watches for price drops to notify users when it's the right time to book," the statement said.

An ixigo study shows that the chances of the current flight fare being the best, on first flight search are generally about one-third and in the other two-third cases, users would have benefited by waiting to book.

First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 17:57 IST