We are thrilled to share that six IFMR GSB students from the MBA cohort of 2021 have received scholarships from the CMA Program, awarded by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), USA. Our heartiest congratulations to Nitin Kumar Mathuria, Sushma Animalla, Aayushi Jhunjhunwala, Umesh Pareek, Sanjoli Mishra, and Jahnavi Sharma!
Bangladesh has witnessed an incredible growth in its economy over the past few years, roaring ahead of India in many areas despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Kartikeya Bhatotia (Research Associate – LEAD at Krea University) takes a deep dive into this story, examining factors that have contributed to Bangladesh’s growth, and shares lessons that India can take from its neighbour. Read it here.
In this research brief, Sujatha Srinivasan (Research Fellow) and Geetanjali GK (Research Associate) from LEAD at Krea University share insights on the impact of increasing awareness about arsenic contamination in the adoption of healthier and safer water-use behaviours in Bihar. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. Read it here.
IWWAGE’s quarterly Magazine, ‘Gender in Focus’ latest edition talks about their work under the research and SWAYAM vertical, their recommendations for the Union Budget and inputs to several Ministries to advance transformative financing for gender equality, new partnerships, evidence-based ground reports and lots more. Read the latest edition here.
The Chennai International Centre (CIC) organised a virtual panel discussion titled ‘India-US Gravity: What will pull the 2 nations together?’ featuring Indian and international luminaries from the world of finance, policy and education. R Seshasayee, Governing Council – Krea University, was a panellist and shared his insights on the Indian-American relations, drawing from his rich experience as a global leader and industry veteran. Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor – Krea University, moderated this high-powered global dialogue.
‘Don’t wait for the weekend to escape and do what you love doing’: Mike Murali, Chief Fun Officer – Capgemini, at IFMR GSB annual fest
The annual culture of bringing together business students of India continued this year at IFMR GSB. The School switched the spotlight on ‘Abhyudaya 2021’ — its annual fest, marked with signatory speakers and over 2,500 participants from Business Schools across the country including the many IIMS, XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Symbiosis Institute of Management (SIBM) Pune, MDI Gurgaon, NMIMS, Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Great Lakes Institute of Management, TA Pai Management Institute, et al.
The fest was inaugurated by Mike Murali, Chief Fun Officer and Director- Marketing at Capgemini. As a two-time TEDx speaker and Guinness Record Holder, in addition to being a regular stage and TV presenter, Mike Murali had a wealth of stories to share, peppered with his signature wit and words of encouragement for the students.
Relating to the fest’s theme for this year – ‘Escape Escapades’ – he spoke about how we don’t have to wait until we have stopped our professional journey to start doing what we love. He encouraged students to continue the spirit of curiosity and learning even after Business School. He walked them through the 10 commandments to live a happy life, and make way for ‘fun’ along with work.
In line with the theme, participants were encouraged to come up with solutions for unique puzzles, devise different strategic approaches and test their decision-making skills to crack the task of the hour. Divided into various rounds spread out in a number of activities, the event also included ‘Krea Talks’ featuring an excellent line-up of speakers from various career paths; a stand-up show by well-known comedian Sorabh Pant; and a short film screening with participants from other countries.
With a range of activities spread out in three days in two weeks, the annual fest ended with over 120 students winning various prizes and collectively walking away with cash prizes worth INR 2.5 lakhs.
Mridulya Narasimhan (Project Head – STREE, LEAD at Krea University) has joined the steering committee for the Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group at Seep Network (WEE WG). The WEE WG brings together a diverse group of people to advance women’s economic agency, financial decision-making, and participation in markets.
While it is a welcome attempt to provide worth to housework, steps to reduce and redistribute such work are, perhaps, more important than asking for women’s unpaid work to be monetised, even notionally. They are important to ensure women’s rights and a sense of social justice. Soumya Kapoor Mehta (Head – IWWAGE) and Sona Mitra (Principal Economist – IWWAGE) look at the challenges to compensating women for their unpaid work. Read the article published by The Hindustan Times here.
IWWAGE’s recent study — ‘Generating Female Employment through Public Employment: A Scoping Paper’ — aims to estimate the impact of creating and regularising jobs for women within the system of public administration. The study also evaluates whether there is gender stereotyping in certain public sector jobs, and captures women’s perceptions of the benefits and constraints of being employed in such jobs. Read the report here.
Ria Dutta and Sharon Buteau of LEAD at Krea University share insights on the barriers faced by women entrepreneurs in India’s handloom and handicrafts sectors. The piece, published in AVPN Asia, delves into the existing ecosystem for women entrepreneurship and solutions to empower women entrepreneurs. Read the article here.