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Dr Tara Thiagarajan joins Krea University Governing Council

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tara Thiagarajan as a Member of the Governing Council at Krea University. Dr Tara Thiagarajan is a scientist and entrepreneur with an interest in understanding and enabling the productive evolution of the human mind and human systems. She has founded and built successful companies as well as research labs that study the human brain and emerging economic systems. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University as well as a BA in Mathematics from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Section on Critical Brain Dynamics and a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Biological Sciences in India.

Kapil Viswanathan, Chairman of Executive Committee & Member of Governing Council, Krea University said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Tara Thiagarajan to Krea University's Governing Council. As an accomplished neuroscientist and entrepreneur, she represents the university's ethos of interweaving the world of academia with the
world beyond.” Other members of Krea University’s governing council include N Vaghul, Anand Mahindra, Raghuram Rajan, Kiran Shaw and Sajjan Jindal.


Commenting on her appointment, Dr Tara Thiagarajan said, “It is a pleasure to join the Krea Governing Council. The Krea ethos of interwoven learning resonates strongly with me. Having seen Krea evolve from conversations in a room to what it is today in just a few years, has been an inspiring journey and I look forward to being a part of it in this new capacity.”

ACTION STATION

LEAD at Krea collaborates with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

LEAD at Krea University collaborates with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
In a new partnership, LEAD at Krea University is collaborating with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to assess the impact of the Foundation’s MSME investment portfolio on the ultimate beneficiaries. The impact assessment will study the progression of performance in terms of overall access to credit, improved credit scoring and so on of the MSMEs supported by the investment. Learn more here.

Deep-diving into careers in Psychology & Behavioral Sciences with TCSPP

As part of the ongoing partnership between The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) and Krea University, the Undergraduate students at Krea participated in an information session led by senior faculty members and representatives from TCSPP. The faculty members shared salient features of the higher education programmes on offer, details about academic and student life at TCSPP, elaborated on the admissions process for international students, and explained potential pathways post completion of a Master’s or Doctoral Programme at TCSPP.
TCSPP - Krea partnership: Deep-diving into careers in Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

'Krea Lecture Series: Environmental Studies' features Dr R Brawin Kumar for first session

'Krea Lecture Series: Environmental Studies' features Dr R Brawin Kumar for first session
The ‘Krea Lecture Series: Environmental Studies’ is a forum to share research and ongoing work in the broad domain of environmental issues and climate change. The series invites speakers to explore these themes from multiple dimensions including but not limited to climate science, conservation, policy, culture, social movements and more. The first session titled 'The untold story of my spiny neighbour - The Madras Hedgehog!' explored the story of hedgehogs in India and their dwindling population. Conducted by Dr R Brawin Kumar - National Post Doctoral Fellow - School of Biology, IISER Tirupati - the lecture included interesting facts about hedgehogs and explained why efforts need to be doubled towards studying these fascinating creatures.

POROUS BOUNDARIES

‘Man in a Woman’s World', with social entrepreneur Deep Bajaj

In an exclusive conversation with students of Krea, social entrepreneur Deep Bajaj (Founder of PeeBuddy –India’s First Portable, Disposable, and Design Patent Protected FUD – Female Urination Device for women & Sirona – Modern Menstrual Hygiene Products) shared his entrepreneurial journey into the woman's world. Sharing the challenges that he faced as a man exploring the world of female hygiene, the hearty interaction also included insights on breaking the norms, followed by Deep sharing future plans of introducing new female hygiene products.
‘Man in a Woman’s World’: In conversation with social entrepreneur Deep Bajaj

'Teaching the Humanities' with educationist Dr Radhika Herzberger

'Teaching the Humanities' with educationist Dr Radhika Herzberger
Dr Radhika Herzberger, renowned educationist, writer and scholar, recently interacted with Krea students, sharing insights on teaching the humanities across schools and colleges. Dr Herzeberger spoke on what a compassionate and humanist education may look like; elaborated on the significance of an effective experiential role of education and explained how we may pay attention to emotional thinking. This talk was organised as part of the Engaged Philosophy Colloquium - an ongoing larger conversation with the philosophically inquisitive community at Krea University and beyond.

RESEARCH AND IMPACT

Exploring India’s poor women workforce participation levels

Sona Mitra from IWWAGE joined Zubed Hamid for a candid discussion on The Hindu’s podcast 'In Focus'. The episode examines critical themes surrounding reduced women’s workforce participation levels in India despite increasing education levels and decreasing fertility rates. Tune in here.
Exploring India’s poor women workforce participation levels

Intersecting identities have significant effects on women's participation in labour force, says study

Intersecting identities have significant effects on women's participation in labour force, says study
Female labour force participation (FLFP) continues to steadily decline in the last two decades in India, with male-female inequalities inextricably pronouncing gaps. This piece by Ditsa Bhattacharya summarises interconnections brought forth in a working paper published by IWWAGE on outlined themes including self-employment, autonomy and education levels. Significant policy changes needed to shift the needle on equality are pointed out and discussed alongside.

Navigating the research-policy interface during crisis situations

Diksha Singh from LEAD at Krea University, pens a long-form blog on concerns to unpack while trying to navigate the evidence-policy interface during evolving crises and underlines key aspects to bolster the overall impact of policy measures. Read here.
Navigating the research-policy interface during crisis situations

Menstrual hygiene management: Evidence from SHGs in Tamil Nadu

Menstrual hygiene management: Evidence from SHGs in Tamil Nadu
In an effort to add to a growing body of evidence, Sujatha Srinivasan and Geetanjali GK from LEAD at Krea University undertook a research study to study menstrual hygiene practices in Tamil Nadu. Developed in association with Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women (TNCDW), the brief introduces existing literature, examines significant issues within the local context, reviews existing interventions broadly and suggests specific policy recommendations for uptake that can shift deeply ingrained social norms and practices around menstruation. Read here.

SPOTLIGHT

IFMR GSB professors decode Ford's exit from the Indian market in article for 'The Hindu BusinessLine'

In an insightful article for The Hindu BusinessLine, IFMR GSB Professors Dr Madhuri Saripalle (Associate Professor of Economics) and Dr Vijaya C Subramanian (Sundram Fasteners Associate Professor of Operations Management) explore interesting facts on the entry and investment strategy of the two automobile companies - Ford and Hyundai. The opinion piece puts a spotlight on customer behaviour as a major influencer, while also focusing on how policy support would help increase vehicle penetration. Read the article here.
IFMR GSB professors decode Ford's exit from the Indian market in article for 'The Hindu BusinessLine'

Krea Professor speaks at ‘Future Tense’ by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Krea Professor speaks at ‘Future Tense’ by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Dr Chirag Dhara (Assistant Professor - Environmental Studies) was a co-panellist on ‘Future Tense’, a radio programme that takes a look at new technologies and approaches to politics, media, environmental sustainability and more. The programme, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, takes a critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability. Tune in here.

Krea UG students placed in top 3 at the 'Intercollegiate College Quiz Online'

Three Undergraduate students - Anushka Gupta (Cohort of 2024), Shashvat Singh (Cohort of 2023) and Surabhi Gopal (Cohort of 2023) - secured third place at the recently held 'Intercollegiate College Quiz Online' organised by Rotary Banglore Indiranagar in association with the Karnataka Quiz Association. Other college teams included participants from IIT Kharagpur, NALSAR, JGIMS etc.
Krea UG students win 3rd place at the 'Intercollegiate College Quiz Online'

Dr Kalpita Bhar Paul joins 'Environmental Values' as Associate Editor

Prof Kalpita Bhar Paul joins 'Environmental Values' journal as Associate Editor
Dr Kalpita Bhar Paul, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Krea, is all set to join the international journal ‘Environmental Values’ (published by The White Horse Press, UK) as one of the four Associate Editors, working closely with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor. As part of the core editorial team, Prof Kalpita aims to strengthen the journal’s presence in the Global South by featuring works by stellar scholars and researchers from the region. Furthermore, she will be using her expertise towards the strengthening of environmental knowledge production by introducing diverse philosophical, sociological, and geographical understandings that ensure pluralism.

Routledge Taylor & Francis publish case study by IFMR GSB professor

'Nurpu: A Dream towards a Sustainable Handloom Weaving Society', a case study by Dr Sathyanarayanan Ramachandran (Sundram Fasteners Associate Professor of Marketing) has been published by Routledge Taylor & Francis as a part of their new book "Social and Sustainability Marketing: A Casebook for Reaching Your Socially Responsible Consumers through Marketing Science". Access it here.
Routledge Taylor & Francis publish case study by IFMR GSB professor

Announcements

Krea UG Programme applications to open on 10 October 2021
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