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American Sports & Business Jargon

Posted in Current Affairs, Uncategorized by Amit Paranjape on June 26, 2010

Sports jargon is an integral part of the American business language (especially so, in the Sales Department). For someone who is new to the American business world, terms like ‘Basic blocking and tackling’ or ‘Hail Mary’ may not make any sense. These terms are derived from American Football, Basketball and Baseball (there are few from Ice Hockey and other sports as well). Here is an attempt to explain some of these terms … Please do add more terms as well as better explanations! I will expand the blog post with the additions.

 Brett Favre’s recent ‘Hail Mary’ pass

Drop the ball” (Origin: Football). Meaning: Make a (often silly, and avoidable) mistake. Usage: “Please, don’t drop the ball on that one <important project> !”.

“Hit it out of the park” (Origin: Baseball). Meaning: Register a big win/success. Usage: That was a terrific sales quarter… he just hit it out of the park!”.

“Basic blocking and tackling” (Origin: Football). Meaning: Taking care of the basics in any engagement/project. Usage: “You need to focus on the basic blocking and tackling here for this project .. forget all the fancy and cool stuff! “.

“Full Court Press” (Origin: Basketball). Meaning: Well planned, steady, aggressive plan of action. Usage: “Let’s get a full court press on this one…”.

“Punt it away” (Origin: Football).  Meaning: Just push it out for now..avoid it. Usage: “Just punt that away. We are not going to get involved in that opportunity”.

“Just take a wild swing at it” (Origin: Baseball) Meaning: Just venture a wild guess/try at something. Usage: “I have no idea! Just take a wild swing at that one.. and see what happens”.

“Hail Mary” (Origin: Football) Meaning: Try a near impossible long-shot attempt at something. Usage: “That’s a real tough opportunity… Oh well, let’s just try a Hail Mary!”

“Double Play” (Origin Baseball) Meaning: Get two successes in one attempt.

“Home Run” (Origin: Baseball) Meaning: A big win/success.

Research Institutions in Pune

Posted in Pune by Amit Paranjape on April 5, 2010

Pune is well-known in India and internationally for being a hub of education and research. It has a wide range of academic & research institutions spanning various domains in science, technology, medicine, agriculture, arts, humanities, law, finance, etc. This blog article is an attempt to list out these various institutions. If you find any missing, please add a comment.

University of Pune (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Science & Technology

University of Pune

One of the top universities in the country, established in 1948.

College Of Engineering Pune (COEP)

One of the top engineering colleges in the country. Also, the second oldest engg college in India (Established: 1853).

National Chemical Laboratory

The top research organization in India that is focused on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)

A collaborative effort between the Government and Industry, focused on testing and validation of various automotive related technologies.

Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana (Bhaskaracharya Institute of Mathematics)

Educational and Research Institute in Mathematics

Inter University Center For Astronomy & Astro-Physics (IUCAA)

Focused on academics research in astronomy and astro-physics.

National Center For Radio Astro-Physics ((NCRA – TIFR)

A division of TIFR, focused on research in Astro-physics. (Also involved with the GMRT (Giant Meter Wave Radio Telescope) Project near Naranygaon.

Central Institute Of Road Transport (CIRT)

Research on roads and transportation.

Indian Mathematical Society

Indian Mathematical Society (IMS) is the oldest and the largest Mathematical Society of the Countrywith more than 1600 Life Members. The objects of the Society is the promotion of Mathematical Study and Research. Its central activity is to inspire and encourage researchers, educationists, students and all the mathematics loving persons .

Tata Research Development & Design Center (TRDDC)

Part of the Tata Group – focused on research in various engineering and computer science related areas.

Computational Research Laboratories (CRL)

CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd. The company is into the R&D and business of High Performance Computing (HPC) services and solutions.

Center For Development In Advanced Computing (CDAC)

Focused on advanced computing related research. Renowned for developing India’s first supercomputer ‘Param’.

Systems Research Institute (SRI)

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research IISER

Research and post-graduate academics in Sciences

Indian Meteorological Department

Weather forecasting and analysis

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology IITM

Weather forecasting and analysis

Central Water & Power Research CWPRS

Agharkar Research Institute

Bio-sciences, agriculture research

BAIF Development Research Foundation

Research in rural sustainable development – agriculture, animal sciences and bio-energy.

Vasantdada Sugar Institute

Sugarcane and sugar research and process development

Agriculture College

One of the first Agricultural Research Institutions, established over 100 years ago. Research in various types of crops, cultivation, seeds, etc.

National Center For Research In Grapes

Institute of Bio-Informatics & Bio-Technology (IBB)

Research in advanced bio-informatics and bio-technology.

BJ Medical College,_Pune   Academics & Research in the field of Medicine.

Academics and research in medicine.

National Institute of Virology (NIV)

Research in virology. WHO Collaborating Center for arboviruses reference and hemorrhagic fever reference and research. National Monitoring Center for Influenza, Japanese encephalitis, Rota , Measles and Hepatitis.

National AIDS Research Center

Various aspects of research on HIV and AIDS through infra-structural development, capacity building & research programs.

National Center for Cell Science

National Center For Research In Onion & Garlic


Arts, Humanities, Management & Law

University of Pune 

Deccan College  

Film & Television Institute Of India (FTII)

National Film Archives

ILS Law College  One of the top Law Colleges in India

Gokhale Institute

Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute

Bharat Itihaas Sanshodhak Mandal

Max Mueller Bhuvan

National Institute of Banking Management

Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA)

National Insurance Academy

International center of excellence in insurance training, education and research


Defense Related


Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)

National Defense Academy (NDA)

Defense Institute Of Armament Technology (Previously: Institute of Armament Technology )

College of Military Engineering (CME),_Pune,_India

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