India-Oxford Initiative at University of Oxford and Krea University host Covid Impact Insights Roundtable

India-Oxford Initiative at University of Oxford and Krea University host Covid Impact Insights Roundtable

The India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx) at University of Oxford under its collaboration with Krea University and in partnership with LEAD at Krea hosted  ‘India Research Insights : The Covid Impact’, an insights roundtable which profiled powerful research outcomes from various Indian research agencies who have been tracking the Covid Impact on Mental Health, Migration, Gender, and Digital Media Consumption. This was an inaugural public event under the collaboration, the first of its kind for IndOx in India.

Dr Bishnu Mohapatra from the Undergraduate School at Krea University welcomed the audience to the inaugural collaborative event, “The study of any conjecture not merely 2020 conjecture-the COVID conjecture, cannot be a singular affair, it has to be a collaborative affair. We are delighted that at this point, Krea and IndOx are coming together to reflect on this conjecture. “

Dr Faisal Devji, Co-Chair of IndOx added, “The India-Oxford Initiative was meant to allow all of us who work on ‘India’ to come together, whether it is people in the natural sciences, social sciences, medical sciences or humanities. And for the first time in Oxford’s history, we are able to communicate in an institutionalised regular way, act together and present a single face. One of the things we are interested in is engaging with India, Indian institutions, Indian students, Indian academics and Indian society. Our agreement with Krea is meant to do precisely that.”

The impact session included 15-minute capsules of four knowledge paper presentations presented by senior research heads from leading agencies, followed by a response session exploring these diverse narratives.

The leading presentation by Comscore represented the research study- Impact of Covid 19 on Digital Media Consumption in India. Presented by Neha Singh, Director, Client Insights at Comscore India, the study explored how 2020 has been a year like no other as India saw a complete lockdown for more than 2 months and then revived its daily activities amid the threat of the pandemic. Through some numbers and the insights behind them, the knowledge paper examined how the change in our lives and priorities reflected in the digital media consumption and what this change means for consumers and businesses.

Packed with insights from the forefront, India Migration Now (IMN) followed with the knowledge paper-Migrants During COVID-19: IMN Initiatives. Presented by Priyansha Singh, Policy & Communications Lead at IMN, the study showcased insights from IMN responding to the migrant crisis, through multiple avenues, including coordinating relief activities, collating SOS lists, pursuing media advocacy strategies, engaging with stakeholders, and conducting surveys and qualitative research into the conditions of migrants everywhere.

Dr Sona Nair, Principal Economist at IWWAGE presented the research study – Impact of COVID on Women Labour in Informal Sector. The presentation focussed on the challenges faced by women migrant workers in construction, factories and petty service segments as well as those faced by women’s small and informal enterprises. It highlighted women’s resilience and role in community leadership to prevent the pandemic through the SHGs. 

The concluding knowledge paper presentation was on the impact on Mental Health by LEAD at Krea University. Titled ‘The Covid-19 pandemic and impact on mental health services: The provider perspective ‘, the study was done in collaboration with Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) India for the India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx), and was presented by Sapna Nair, Research Fellow and co-presented by Preethi K, Kaustav Mehta and Ananya Raju, the latter two being sophomores at Krea University. The research study explored how mental health issues in the aftermath of the Covid-19 have been an area of increasing concern for public health, second only to the containment of the pandemic itself. 

The study establishes a need to explore the impact on the consequences of the pandemic across the spectrum of care services. Particularly, from a service provider perspective on challenges faced through the pandemic by the response systems the resilience of the response systems in responding to the care of the severely mentally ill.

The final piece of the evening was an overview of student well being initiatives at Krea University, bothon campus and offline, including conception, design and pilot launch of Peer-to-Peer counselling programme. Samuel Prithiv, representing the Office of Student Life co-presented with Satvika Char another sophomore at Krea, shedding light on the University’s resolute commitment to student well-being.

Dr Premila Webster, Senior Research Fellow from Oxford India Sustainable Centre, concluded the event with parting thoughts, “We didn’t want to have research as is done a lot of the time for the sake of research, sitting in ivory towers. We wanted research that was embedded and useful to people we were helping and working with. We are working with a great group of people and this should be the foundation of work we do. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a wonderful and long collaboration.”

The public workshop was open for all and was followed by a Q&A session.

Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Former Chairman and MD of Cognizant (India), to join Krea University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Professional Learning

Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Former Chairman and MD of Cognizant (India), to join Krea University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Professional Learning

Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, former Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant (India), will join the leadership team of Krea University in January 2021 as its first Pro Vice-Chancellor, responsible for Professional Learning.

As part of its 2025 vision, the University has created a blueprint to take its interwoven learning experience to the industry and larger society to address the agile and continuous learning needs of professionals. In this role as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Professional Learning, Ramkumar will help drive the mission and long-term strategy of all professional programs—spanning Masters in Business Administration, executive education, as well as modularized and laddered advanced programs and micro-credentials that will add significant value to individuals, businesses, nations and society.

In addition to this role, as a part of the core leadership team, Ramkumar will help strengthen Krea’s vision to be a teaching and research university that defines global benchmarks through interwoven-ness and experiential learning, while staying true to its core values of excellence, ethics, inclusivity and accountability.

“Ramkumar brings to Krea a rare combination of three decades of industry, professional and academic experience,” said Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor of Krea University. “His deep appreciation of structural shifts across industries and newer models of learning and skilling will be a great asset to Krea and particularly to the Graduate School of Business, in our journey to enable high potential individuals to learn and create a positive, catalytic impact, ethically.”

“I am truly excited to be part of the Krea team that strongly believes in the larger purpose of helping humanity prepare for an unpredictable world,” said Ramkumar. “In a fast-paced world that is increasingly shaped by the interplay of humans, machines and the environment, learning throughout one’s professional or entrepreneurial career is key to staying relevant while driving excellence and innovation. I am confident that the rich heritage of the Graduate School of Business, Krea’s pioneering interwoven learning model and strong legacy of core values will enable the alumni of the university to confidently embrace the future.”

Profile of Ramkumar Ramamoorthy

Ramkumar has about 30 years of experience in the information technology industry as well as academia. He was most recently the Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant in India—a Fortune 200 company—and was responsible for the company’s India operations with over 200,000 employees.

During his 22 years with Cognizant, he nurtured and grew more than half a dozen portfolios and held various leadership positions including Executive Director, India and Chief Knowledge Officer. Prior to Cognizant, Ramkumar was with Tata Consultancy Services.

Ramkumar spent the first five years of his professional career as an academician and continued to stay in touch with academia throughout his long career in the industry. In the past three decades, he has been on the Academic Council and/or Senate of liberal arts, engineering, management and medical universities in India. He is currently on the Governing Council of the IT/BPM Skill Sector Council of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and the Board for undergraduate studies in engineering and technology at All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He is also associated with the Chennai Mathematical Institute, one of the premier institutions of excellence for teaching and research in math, computer science and data science.

Ramkumar has played leadership roles in several professional and trade bodies in India. Notably, he is the immediate Past President of the 185-year-old Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and a past Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in India.

Jaykumar Patel & Utkarsh Srivastava are proud recipients of Krea’s 100% scholarship to NYU Stern program

Jaykumar Patel & Utkarsh Srivastava are proud recipients of Krea’s 100% scholarship to NYU Stern program

Jaykumar Patel and Utkarsh Srivastava (IFMR Graduate School of Business, MBA class of 2021) are proud recipients of Krea’s 100% scholarship to NYU Stern School of Business’ Fintech program. 

Krea University offered a 100% scholarship to final-year MBA students to pursue ‘Foundations in Fintech’ – a short-term online program at NYU Stern School of Business. Several students vying for this scholarship underwent a rigorous application and interview process, with Jaykumar and Utkarsh emerging as the top two candidates. 

The online course, with a duration of 6-weeks (25 January – 08 March 2021), will deep-dive into the functioning of the financial services industry taught by Professor Kathleen DeRose (Clinical Associate Professor of Finance and Director of NYU Stern Fubon Center FinTech Initiative). Through various video lectures, readings and assessments, this program aims to provide valuable insights about key Fintech areas and prepare students for a career in finance. Participants of this course, upon completion, will receive the NYU Stern Certificate in Fintech.

For more information, visit this link: https://execed.stern.nyu.edu/products/fintech

Collaboration with Talerang to create work-ready graduates

Collaboration with Talerang to create work-ready graduates

Talerang, a well-established education management company that began as an independent project at the Harvard Business School, has stepped into a significant partnership in the field of career services. The collaboration offers Krea’s undergraduate students the opportunity to learn and prepare for their journey after graduation. Talerang has conducted innumerable career development and training programs, impacting 2 million students in the last five years. The Krea-Talerang partnership is designed in such a way that it benefits students who wish to study further as well as students who are interested in joining the workforce or exploring entrepreneurship after completing their undergraduate programme at Krea.

Prajanya Trust features Dr Anannya Dasgupta’s poems on human rights

Prajanya Trust features Dr Anannya Dasgupta’s poems on human rights

As part of the Prajanya Trust’s ‘16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence’, poems by Dr Anannya Dasgupta – Associate Professor of Literature, Literature & the Arts and Director of Centre for Writing & Pedagogy at SIAS, Krea University – were featured on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to showcase women poets read poems from their work that draw on or speak broadly to the “four good words” in the preamble to the constitution: Justice, Equality, Liberty and Fraternity. From shedding light on late Rohit Vemula to highlighting the politics behind the Kathua Rape Case, watch the reading of Dr Dasgupta’s moving poems here.

State-of-the-art incubation centre launched

State-of-the-art incubation centre launched

Catalyst AIC now has a full-functional, state-of-the-art incubation infrastructure in Jaipur, spreading across 11,000 sq.ft. The space has been designed keeping in mind the kind of vibrant and bustling environment that technology entrepreneurs need, backed by high-end facilities for the team as well as the incubated startup teams. Launched recently, Catalyst AIC has already entered into significant partnerships with various organisations including Jaipur Rugs, Social Alpha, LEAD at Krea, RAIN, Sirohi, TiE, Upaya Social Ventures, Creative Dignity, among others.