The Changing Interview Process

There are interesting changes happening within HERD HR unit that is looking to adopt more efficient and quick processes to being more techno-savvy in its working. From processing and filing resumes efficiently to going online through Skype and Facetime to interview prospective candidates – the team is taking on exciting options. They are also exploring all kinds of technical opportunities that may best assist in sourcing employees with the required skills to be able to collate highly effective business teams.

It is management at the top that is at the heart for bringing about these futuristic trends and transformations. Wanting more efficient methods with the idea to do away with traditional interview techniques that focused too much on factors that allowed for delays and postponements, the new-age techniques help in identifying tech friendly and tech-users required in today’s increasingly digital world.

Online interviews are now the staple of many tech-savvy recruiters. Besides saving time, money and resources on personal interviews they allow for instant real-world feel and conditions without the hassle of arranging a formal face to face discussion.  It seems okay to do away with the rigors of regular interviews and adopt the perceivable superficiality of online interviews. One of the best things to happen is that there is a lot less stress for interviewees and the digital barrier makes them free and open to stating their mind

It then appears to be a life-line in this day and age to be able to recruit tech savvy candidates who are more than willing to go through screen interviews to explain their inclinations to be keen for the job profile. For HERD HR it is now increasingly becoming a neat hiring process to scan candidates and be able to adjudge on screen what they do not want to opt for. Yes the declining route certainly becomes easier.

There is naturally many a pitfall between the resume and the real person. And if one is able to discern this while talking online you may gather as much as you would from a face to face consultation and say no to the person without much compunction. While it is true that HERD HR hiring practices have earlier scrutinized qualified candidates and noted them wanting in certain areas as to required credentials, but in online cases it just becomes so much easier to say no.

We are also aware that the digital way may have them in a position to access answers with online information to give all the correct technical responses. Also we may not be able to really comprehend the culture fit talking to a person online. However the team keeps an open mind on this count to be aware that while they look for people who fit in with what the culture is but it is also a good idea to keep ourselves open to new prospects and new perspectives.

With varied business units under the belt, HERD Group of Companies can very well do with a mix and match of talent recruiting. Online talent scouting and interviews are just another convenient process to scout for a good thing if it comes by. The important thing is to ensure that anyone with the requisite skills and matching credentials will get an equal if not quicker shot at being taken in through this hiring process. This will not only be good for the person it will be good for the company and the business too.

The HERD HR team is quite accustomed by now to this recruiting procedure and recruiters too are more open to it than in-person interviews. With advances in modern technology our HR professionals make the process easier and more efficient and fortunately they do not dilute the human element. Video interviews do away with travel costs and allow for scheduling at everyone’s convenience.

The convenience provided by this technology is readily being acknowledged and spurring the team to adopt it more extensively. It is especially great for far flung and even out-station candidates. It allows for visibility into a candidate’s qualifications, presence, and skills in a more convenient atmosphere for the recruiter. In a world of greater connectivity it is just the thing to happen more and more now.

Pharmacy Front-End Operations

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Pharmacy operations management takes into count the running of a business enterprise along with being part of the healthcare system and services. Thus pharmacy operations include both tangible and intangible characteristics. Healthcare pharmacy services are knowledge-based and require continuous customer-interaction and that makes for its intangible component in operations. The logistics and supply of services that form the crux of the functions in operations management remain the evident and tangible features of the pharmacy business.

It is the human workforce of a pharmacy that actually forms the interface between the customers and the management. There is little doubt that this is the most significant part of the pharmacy operations. It is the workforce that represents the organisation to the customers. It is this end of the business force that must remain responsible for the pharmacy to be seen as functioning in an optimal manner. It is imperative to have technically trained personnel who facilitate smooth operations management in synchronization with the realities of human behavior.

To keep the team well informed and keyed to their roles, management should follow on all inputs necessary for their peak performances. In this connection it would do well to be constantly reinforcing the Pharmacy Practice Regulations. The PPR-2015 that has been enforced by Pharmacy Council of India is meant to regulate pharmacy practice in India. Here are a few pointers that may always be kept in mind. As per the rules,

  • Dispensing of drugs should be carried by the qualified registered pharmacists only.
  • Renting of registration certificated to pharmacy owners is strictly prohibited.
  • Pharmacists who rented their registration certificates without attending dispensing services considered as misconduct and subjected for cancellation of their registration certificates permanently.
  • Pharmacists during working times should wear a white clean apron, black badge plate with name and registration number of pharmacists.
  • Registration certificates should be displayed visible to the public.
  • Along with dispensing services pharmacists should provide their professional services like patients counseling, adverse drug reactions reporting, and primary care to all uncomplicated simple illnesses. For this purpose a separate cell may be arranged within the pharmacy.
  • If any case of drugs dispensing carried by unqualified persons instead of qualified pharmacist, public may lodge their complaints against pharmacist directly to the registrar state or central pharmacy council.

For a while after this notification was introduced, social media went mistakenly rife with comments that pharmacists were empowered to open pharma clinics to diagnose disease and prescribe medicines. However no such provision is mentioned in Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015. A registered pharmacist is required only to dispense medicines on the prescription of a registered medical practitioner and can only counsel patients or care-givers on medicine to enhance or optimize drug therapy.

Patient counseling usually includes the following features:

  • Name and description of the drugs
  • Dosage form, dose, route of administration, and duration of drug therapy
  • Intended use of the drug and expected action
  • Special directions and precautions for the drug
  • Common severe side effects, adverse effects, interactions, therapeutic contraindications that may occur, including their avoidance and action required if they occur
  • Techniques for self-monitoring drug therapy
  • Proper storage of the drugs
  • Prescription refill information
  • Action to be taken in the event of a missed dose
  • To ensure rational use of drugs

In view of above it then becomes clear that under no circumstances may a registered pharmacist consider himself empowered under the Pharmacy Act, 1948 and Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015 to practice medicines or open clinics to provide medical care. Rigorous training is therefore part of HERD Pharmacy management procedure to keep pharmacists aware of their essential roles and responsibilities.

PAUNI CLINIC UPDATES

To reach Pauni Tribal Clinic one drives down the seventy odd miles on National Highway 44 and in just about an hour and forty minutes you reach your destination. The straight line distance for most of the time may vary in actual travel distance due to curvature of the road.  Driving up northward from Nagpur along the winding wooded landscape allows you to pass through lands rich with biodiversity of the region.

Pauni Clinic is not particularly an imposing medical center and the small clinic works well as a primary care clinic. However because it is situated in the heart of an outlying forest community it becomes a hub for forest people who are drawn to it from all around. It works well for the elderly, the children, the women and the sick adults who get treated for a range of ailments. It’s a reminder of the old-fashioned way of treating people!

As a rural clinical outpost of LMH medical center to which HERD Foundation is affiliated the rural populations who would normally struggle to find medical assistance, find it of immense value for being assisted with healthcare literally at their doorsteps, in a manner of speaking. With a trusted team of medics reaching thrice a week, it has been expanding its services.

HERE are some remarkable events that occurred at Pauni medical outpost that was basically intended to increase access to primary medical care. HERD Foundation remains clear that these remote rural locations must be served. So aside from conducting thrice a week diagnostic treatment services the team of medical professionals also concentrate on health awareness activities. Here are various events that took place in the past year.

  • HIV Awareness Camp at Hiwra Bazar March 28, 2016
  • Pap Smear and Cancer Detection Camp on April 1, 2016
  • ASHA Workers Orientation Camp on April 26, 2016
  • Breast Feeding Week Celebration on August 5, 2016
  • School Health Scabies detection camp in Dahoda on 27 September 2016
  • ASHA Workers Orientation Programme On Scabies at Hiwara Bazar PHC, November 26 2016
  • Detection Of Malnutrition And Health Checkup Camp at Pauni Gram Panchayat on December 7, 2016

Activities are creatively undertaken by joining in with local gatherings so as to have a ready audience. For instance the HIV awareness camp conducted at Hiwra Bazar was clubbed with a get-together of the local Sharda Mahila Mandal. This then became an opportunity for the team to create awareness on the issue. The orientation of government aided ASHA health workers became an occasion to befriend them. It provided us with a foothold for BLS training for them. Similarly the Anganwadi workers too were incentivized for attending trainings.

NKPSIMS and HERD Foundation adopted the Community Initiative for Scabies Control and Elimination for all school children from class 1 to class 12 who were examined in two phases for scabies and other prevailing health conditions. Prompt treatment was administered to them along with free medications for their conditions. Dr Kasturwar, Prof. Community Medicine from NKPSIMS enlightened mothers on proper nutrition informing them that most nutrition supplementation and fortification was to be readily found in foods and ingredients locally available.

Thus apart from diagnosis and treatment of ailments, healthcare education is also an on-going activity conducted by the spirited team of doctors responsible for smooth running of Pauni Clinic.

 

Dr Amol Deshmukh – A Multifaceted Personality

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Dr Amol Deshmukh is an enthusiastic and youthful boss steering HERD Foundation. A doctor, academician, business man and a natural born leader, Dr Deshmukh’s vision of the future of the land and its people sees the present generation gainfully employed or taking a shot at an enterprise with complete confidence and ability.

Harboring an inbred passion for public service he shares a broad vision of development for rural Maharashtra. He wants to see the rural economy thriving and getting shaped by new-age influences. Driven by an inherent desire to create positive changes in the circumstances of the rural poor particularly pertaining to access to healthcare, Dr Deshmukh applies his body of hospital management experiences by embedding best practices and inputs.

As management expert he gained the breadth of experience that he applied back home for healthcare delivery and in the development sector. He has worked with organizations such as EU, World Bank and KFW, and gained hospital management experience in India, UK, Germany, UAE, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Nigeria.

Dr Amol Deshmukh as Managing Director of HERD Group of Companies takes care of its varied divisions. Also as Secretary of Vidya Shikshan Prakashak Mandal (founded 1971) managing 72 educational institutions (Medical, Dental, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Management, Arts, Commerce and Urban & Rural schools), he is in-charge of the objectives of the Trust.

Apart from his academician, humanitarian and entrepreneurial ventures and despite multifarious work responsibilities he regularly speaks at events and conferences on issues related to healthcare, youth and environmental issues. He shares his views with a deep sense of commitment inspiring young people to value community service and volunteerism.

The more Dr Deshmukh visits the rural areas to speak with the youth, the more he gravitates toward advocacy for development and economic growth. It is apparently clear to the youth in rural areas that issues taken up by Dr Deshmukh – education, employment, environment, and women’s empowerment are all the need of the hour.

Dr Deshmukh spells out benefits of economic prospects and emerges as a loud and clear voice in the public sphere. His focus on youth to create change is molding mindsets of rural people. Propelled by hope and self-motivated for hard work he continues to focus his leadership for building a strong team. His plan is to focus on creating growth prospects that work for rural agrarian classes. He also works for ways and means to assist the youth with economic opportunities. Promotion of girl-child education and women’s empowerment is also an agenda for him.  In the final count he wants to ensure a flourishing rural society that enjoys the benefits of development guaranteed by the state.

 

 

HERD TECSOL – Speeding Up the Information Highway

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In today’s fast-moving digital world Information technology (IT) is the name of the game. HERD TecSol was founded basically to service the company’s own existing in-house businesses. With time the focus gradually also shifted to expanding IT business for the benefit of clients using IT technology in their enterprises. By enhancing the IT business HERD TecSol has begun to build up a singular database of select clients who are being offered specialized technical services.

Dr. Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta, founders of HERD TecSol manage the IT firm very closely through professionals in place. HERD TecSol is a young company that is already making an impression in the Vidarbha digital market. One can rest assured that a great customer experience awaits you. We combine the use of technology, creativity and analytical expertise to improve clients IT needs and services. Plus we ensure complete return on investment.

HERD TecSol has experienced IT professionals guiding the business to succeed. With a proven team having clear focus on execution and design, the experienced IT technology professionals offer their expertise for custom programming, design and optimization. Their goal is to always first understand the clients specific business needs before tailoring a high performance solution.

Quality assurance is an essential component of our IT services and delivery.  HERD TecSol has a carefully integrated quality-assurance system and quality-control team. Our comprehensive quality-assurance tools ensure that suspected errors are figured out and eliminated right at the start. In fact we make sure that every project has a well- structured plan that can be monitored and tracked throughout the development process.

To ensure that we provide the best services, we always strive to focus on customer requirements.  We use standard and structured techniques for design and analysis. You can be confident that the programming and architectures we develop for you will be a good foundation for your company’s future development.

HERD TecSol offers integrated solutions every step of the way. The team of young people is always dedicated to giving clients quick service. Serving a host of clients across Vidarbha, where we serve many big brands and upcoming enterprises as well, our strategies continue to generate better return on investment for them. We live by high end customization.

HERD TecSol is registered company and we have an agile team, doing great things! We bring design and development together to assist with the best IT solutions and then know how to test and optimize it all. Our IT skill sets make us a dependent IT company well known as reliable service providers of technology solutions and allied services.

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Cut-Off Birth Dates Set by Education Department

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New Cut-Off Dates for Admission

It is good thing that Department of Education, Maharashtra State has made it official to set the cut-off birth date for school admissions from July 31 to September 30. This provides ease of admission to parents who earlier were stressed about the situation. The education department had earlier made similar changes for admissions to seats reserved for economically deprived sections under the Right to Education Act, 2009. And now it has gone ahead to extend the facility to all students.

In January 2015 the Education Department issued a government resolution setting an age criterion for school admissions. This was in line with requirements under Right To Education, Act that made it mandatory for students in class I to be six years of age. To comply to this regulation by year 2019, schools had begun admitting children who had completed three years by July 31 to nursery classes and four-and-a-half years were admitted to senior kindergarten.

Last week it was announced that the rules had been modified and that cut-off date was changed to September 30. This move now enables numerous children to get admission, who would otherwise have had to sit out of formal schooling system for almost a year were they born between July 31 and September 30. The new rule will apply to institutions under all the boards, including CBSE and ICSE.

It was observed that last year the age criterion had fewer children getting admissions in schools. Some schools had to even cut classes to make provisions for a larger intake of students for subsequent academic sessions. But now all children born between July 31, 2016 and September 30, 2017 will become eligible for admissions. The state education department has issued a modified government resolution (GR) bringing into effect September 30 as the cut-off birth date for school admissions from 2017-18 academic sessions.

The new birth date cut-off will be applicable to all schools, regardless of the board they are affiliated to. And most schools are taking care to see that parents are not inconvenienced. Many times children from poorer families especially in rural areas may get just one chance at education and if their parents are told about age cut-off being a deterrent they may not pursue later on. This would be an immense loss in terms of all efforts to push education for all.

RTE Act makes us push for village kids to join schools but quite often parents may not want them to attend school. They would rather a kid sit back and learn chores than go to school. Wanting that extra helping hand at home often rural kids miss out or are turned away because of age criteria with just for a month’s difference! Rural parents might never bring back such a kid to school again! Even though schools find themselves in the middle of such bureaucratic decisions they continue to assist parents with admissions as per the new ruling.

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Cut-Off Birth Dates Set by Education Department

January 25 – National Voters’ Day India

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Young Voters to the Fore

January 25 signifies a day that is marked down to encourage more young voters to take part in the political process. It was in 2011 that the Government of India decided to celebrate this day every year as ‘National Voters’ Day’ or Rashtriya Mat-data Diwas. It was the Union Cabinet, chaired by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who had approved a Law Ministry proposal to this effect.

It was observed that these new entrants into the voting arena, once they were 18 years, showed a certain disinterest in getting themselves enrolled into electoral rolls. This made it imperative to create awareness among the new set of voters coming up across the country to fully understand their role to become actively involved in the voting process.

In a bid to effectively deal with the issue the Election Commission decided to identify eligible voters who attain the age of 18 years, every January in every polling station across the country. Such eligible voters now get enrolled on time and are given an Electoral Photo Identity Card or EPIC on January 25 every year. This initiative is also to give the youth a sense of empowerment, pride and inspire them to exercise their franchise.

These young voters are made to feel proud to be ready to vote. It is certainly is a joy to observe these youthful voters catching up with the electoral processes in our country. ‘One person, one vote’ is a democratic right that is ensured to this section of the population ready to join the ballot too. These young or first-time voters are said to be vital for the ballot that often appears to be a truism in Indian politics.

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