Local News September 2017


HIL launches Professional Real Estate Management Course

Hiranandani Institute of Learning (HIL), Powai, has launched a Professional Diploma in Real Estate Management.
On 05 August 2017, the sprawling campus of HIL, Powai saw a galaxy of industry and academic heads attend the launch function. These included Chairman, HIL, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Director – Dr. Manju Nichani and the HIL team of faculty and students. The Real Estate industry was well represented by Mr Duggal of Essel Group, Mr Ambar of Indiabulls and Mr Ramchandani of CRISIL.  Also present were representatives from K Raheja, Colliers, Cushman & Wakefield and Tata Housing, as part of the industry team supporting this high-value course.
The course, which is spread over four months of theoretical class-based education and a one month internship, offers two options: Weekday classes –on Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 am to 1 pm, while the weekend option will offer Saturday & Sunday classes from 3 pm to 6 pm. The curriculum and pedagogy have been specially designed for students who will comprise those from the industry with some work experience, by senior industry professionals from Hiranandani, Tata Housing, Mahindra Lifespaces, Indiabulls, Raheja, etc. The faculty is also drawn from these industry leaders.
Speaking at the inauguration, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, Hiranandani Institute of Learning, stressed on the need for professionalism in shaping up Real Estate in its journey from a largely unorganized industry to a properly organized industry. “Real Estate is now consumer-led market and not a developer-led market,” he said, stressing on the need for such a professional course for Real Estate.
The Professional Diploma in Real Estate management by HIL consists of three modules - Construction Module, Marketing / Sales Module and Knowledge Module. These three modules cover the entire gamut of Real Estate Management. The Knowledge Module is significant in the light of RERA and GST implications. This module will also cover financial management, legal aspects, etc. There are plans to incorporate three different site visits, guided by industry experts.


Powai resident starring in new TV serial

Actor Astha Agarwal, resident of Paradise Building in Raheja Vihar is one of the leads as Prarthana in the upcoming serial KYA HAAL Mr. PANCHAL. Watch her on STAR BHARAT (LifeOk) from 28th August, 8.00 PM onwards.

The show is produced by Vipul D. Shah of Optimystix Production.


MeshUp - Bringing communites together 

In this highly connected world, where we can connect with our overseas friends very easily, it is ironical that we aren’t connected to our neighbours. To challenge this status quo, a group of BITS Pilani graduates and Ex-Morgan Stanley employees have built a platform called MeshUp - a social network for neighbourhoods. MeshUp is a one of its kind mobile platform with the single goal of creating thriving neighbourhoods in India. It is an ideal place for residents, freelancers, formal and informal businesses, politicians and NGOs to engage, collaborate and feel empowered.

In its endeavor to create positive change in the societies and bring communities together, MeshUp along with Turner and MyPowai organized a tree plantation drive on the morning of 11th August, in Powai, Mumbai. The event was attended by groups from MISB Bocconi, an MBA college, and startups like StoryMirror and PSTakeCare. Turner employees were also present.  

The facilitator for the event was Elsie Gabriel — the founder of Young Environmentalists Programme Trust. She talked about the kind of trees that we would plant and the importance of choosing a particular type of tree for plantation. She also narrated interesting facts about Powai Lake and threw several teasers at the audience. 

As soon as Elsie dismissed the gathering and announced the start of the tree plantation, folks looked for a pit where they could plant the sapling. It was then positioned at the center of the pit. The loose soil around the sapling was gently compressed with hands and water was sprayed with the hope that plant would accept its new home, get familiar with its new surrounding and expand its root.

As the event drew to a close, people left for their offices mentally convinced that they ought to do something like this often. An event like this always leaves you yearning for more.