MEET ALUMNI 2016 Event was conducted by Galvanize Test Prep in association with the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

On Saturday, 20th August 2016, MEET ALUMNI 2016” was conducted by #Galvanize Test Prep in association with the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago at the T.Nagar Social Club,T.Nagar, Chennai.

The heavily attended event provided a platform for students and their parents to interact with alumni from top U.S universities. Students from engineering colleges in and around Chennai, and from other parts of Tamil Nadu used this opportunity to interact with the panelists – successful professionals who had obtained their Masters Degrees from universities such as Stanford, Harvard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Penn State University, Arizona State University, Tufts University, George Washington University, University of North Texas, and more.

The panelists spoke about their experience while studying in the US and shared valuable advice for young students aspiring to study abroad. They stressed that in addition to undergraduate GPA and marksheets, one’s GRE test scores, co-curricular activities (internships, projects, paper presentations, workshops), student essay, and letters of recommendation play a vital role in being selected for admission by a US university. Among these, the GRE score is crucial because the GRE is conducted in the same manner in over 1000 test centers in more than 180 countries and thus forms the most objective and trusted metric for an American university. Moreover, since GRE scores are valid for five years, it is better to take the test in one’s 1st year or 2nd year of college, thereby utilizing the remaining years to do meaningful internships and projects in the student’s area of interest, thereby building a strong application profile.

Ms.Pavithra Srinivasan, Co­-Founder & Product Director of Galvanize Test Prep and an alumni of Stanford University, stated that no other country has as many world famous universities as the US, giving students an unparalleled opportunity to interact and connect with reputed faculty, fellow students, and colleagues. She also pointed out that while most parents are rightly concerned about the cultural challenges of studying abroad, the bigger challenge faced by students is that many of them may be unprepared for graduate study in the US after being accustomed in India to 4 years of studying once in 6 months and answering questions that test one’s knowledge as opposed to one’s ability to apply knowledge. In the US university system for example, it is common to have “open book final exams” where students can bring their textbooks and notes to the exam, but would still find it impossible to answer questions without a solid understanding of the underlying concepts. Doing well in such a system requires 100% focus and attention during classes and regular homework and doubt-clearing sessions, therefore, developing a good study ethic should be the primary concern for students and parents.

Mr Sivakumar Dandapani, the Chennai Director of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (, spoke about how work experience plays an important role in getting admission in the U.S. He emphasized that US universities are strict in their criteria for admitting students and therefore students have to work on understanding what universities want and then building their profile to meet those needs. Moreover, the USA is keen to attract STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students to boost the American economy and has recently passed laws to allow STEM majors to stay back in the US and work in their field of interest for up to 3 yearswithout requiring H1-B sponsorship. This enables students to easily pay back their education loan and hence makes it more affordable for Indian students to pursue their graduate studies in the US.

Most faculty members at Galvanize Test Prep have studied and worked in the US, yet they can relate to challenges faced by Indian students and parents, having gone through the process themselves. The typical Indian student requires 3-6 months of preparation before writing the GRE exam. In particular, the Verbal ability of Indians tend to lag behind that of Americans whose native language is English, hence the Galvanize GRE course incorporates a Verbal Strengthening track specially developed for Indian Students. However, students who have already written their GRE once but want to rewrite it to improve their scores can do so with a 30-45 day Crash Course with focused effort on specific topics. For more details about Galvanize, please visit

OPPO Steps up the Selfie Revolution with the latest Selfie Expert,OPPO F1s



Chennai, 7th  August 2016 —The ever-evolving global smartphone brand OPPO, stepped up the selfie revolution today by announcing the launch of the upgraded ‘Selfie Expert’ –OPPO F1s, at an event held in Express Avenue Chennai. As an advanced version of the Selfie Expert F1, the F1s is taking selfies a step further with a 16MP front camera, a sophisticated beautification feature and an industry leading 0.22s fingerprint reader. The F1s also sports a 5.5-inch screen, an Octa-core processor, backed with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, and 3075mAh whole day use battery, assuring a perfect selfie experience at an amazing price of Rs.17,990. The launch was done by Actor Madhavan.

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Urban Clap celebrates one year of operations in Chennai on August 1st 2016

Urban Clap celebrates one year of operations in Chennai on August 1st 2016

    Announces launch of new categories in the city, marking its first anniversary

Chennai, August 02, 2016: – Celebrating its first anniversary in Chennai, #UrbanClap announces the launch of its new service categories in the city. The feat of its one year’s successful operations marked on the 1st of August 2016, the leading mobile service market place is launching five different services on its platform for its patron in Chennai.

Expressing his gratitude on this feat, spokesperson, Urban Clap said, “Ever since the launch of our services last year in Chennai, we have grown leaps and bounds and are grateful to all our patrons in the city for making this possible. Bearing the well coming response from the citizens of Chennai in mind, we thought of expanding our service bouquet in the city and hope to further add to the delight of our valued customers.”

The list of new services enlists amenities such as Bike servicing & repair, UPS & inverter repair and Geyser servicing. Apart from these services, Doorstep laundry has been re-launched on popular customer demand. Also we are planning to launch TV Repair, Chimney & hob repair, PAN Card services, Dog Spa, Pathology Lab services by this August.

About UrbanClap

Founded in November 2014, UrbanClap is India’s largest mobile services marketplace. It provides trusted services across 80+ categories including photographers, salon at home, home cleaning & repairs, yoga & guitar instructors, and many more. Whether you are looking to decorate your home, get candid pictures on your wedding day, plan your kid’s birthday party or get healthier, UrbanClap is the ultimate destination for all service needs. UrbanClap uses technology and smart processes to structure the highly unorganized services market in India. It aspires to make hiring a service professional as easy and straightforward as buying a product from a top e-commerce marketplace.