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Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, former Cognizant (India) CMD, joins Krea 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 for 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.”

ACTION STATION

IndOx & LEAD host 'India Research Insights - The COVID Impact'

Krea University and India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx) at University of Oxford have entered into a significant 3-year agreement. Under the collaboration, both entities will work together towards knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in the areas of Sciences and Humanities. 'India Research Insights – The Covid Impact' marks the first round of strategic initiatives. Delegates from various research agencies who have been tracking the Covid impact on Mental Health, Migration, Gender, and Digital Media Consumption came together to deliver insightful narratives, with the impact session led by a knowledge paper presentation by LEAD at Krea University. The event featured a knowledge paper presented by India Migration Now (IMN); a research study by IWWAGE on the impact of Covid on women labour in informal sectors; and a research study on the Covid impact on digital media consumption in India presented by Comscore. The session also featured an overview of the Peer-Support program at Krea which re-instates the University’s resolute commitment to student well-being.
IndOx & LEAD host 'India Research Insights - The COVID Impact'

On forms, imagination and everyday life

On forms, imagination and everyday life
In an engaging session with the students of SIAS, Dr Dev Nath Pathak - founding faculty of the Sociology department at South Asian University (New Delhi), published author and editor - shared critical points of exploring knowledge beyond dominant maps, cartographic borders and intellectual-disciplinary boundaries. With everyday life as the focal point of the session, Dr Pathak elaborated on the idea of freedom, the notion of intellectual honesty and revelation through the many works of well-known Indian writers including poetess Amrita Pritam.

IFMR GSB concludes 'Mark-Aventure' - a 45-day marketing competition

Markaholic - the Marketing Committee of IFMR GSB - recently conducted 'Mark-Aventure', a D2C Product Launch Simulation Competition which aimed to catapult students in the shoes of product and brand managers. The 45-day event brought together 55 teams from various B-schools across the country. The event was judged by Dinesh Jain, Founder and CEO of IndianMaze; Dr Sathya Saminadan RS and Dr Sunanda Sangwan who are professors at IFMR GSB. This event included a series of quizzes, presentations and mentorship programmes, out of which Team Concept Crew from SIMS (Pune) were the winners. Team Markvengers from IFMR GSB and Team Trident from IMNU Ahmedabad were the runners up.
IFMR GSB concludes 'Mark-Aventure' — 45-day marketing competition

Unravelling the true story of lost idols from Indian temples

Unravelling the true story of lost idols from Indian temples
In a highly engaging session, S Vijay Kumar - a shipping professional, founder of the digital archive ‘Poetry in Stone’ and author of ‘The Idol Thief —The True Story of the Looting of India's Temples’ - interacted with students and shared his insights on the global grey market for art and antiquities. The session shed light on looting as a colonial fetish and why collecting of unprovenanced antiquities impoverishes source nations, India's patrimony laws and the recent International legislation for the protection of cultural property. Through this interwoven activity session, students learnt more about the illicit art market and all the US and EU initiatives combating the trafficking of antiquities.

'Chavittu Nadakam' a virtual Christmas production by students of SIAS

As part of their Arts 227 performance practicum course offered by Prof Swarnamalya Ganesh, a few students of SIAS worked together and took their creativity to the next level with their virtual performance of an age-old Kerala artform for Christmas 2020. Chavittu Nadakam - which literally translates to ‘stomping drama’ - is said to have a Portuguese influence added to the traditional forms of Kathakali and Kalarippayattu. A typical performance requires around 30 people, including the backstage crew. Owing to its Christian background, the students transformed the limitations presented by the pandemic into an opportunity and put up a grand virtual performance of this highly colourful Latin folk artform. Watch the performance here.
Chavittu Nadakam - a Christmas production by students of SIAS

POROUS BOUNDARIES

'Life after IFMR' with Giri Seshadri Ravi

Confluence - the newly launched Alumni Interaction series by the External and Alumni Relations Committee of IFMR GSB - hosted Mr Giri Seshadri Ravi (alumni cohort 2013-15), a Quantitative Model Developer at Barclays Headquarters, New York. An interactive session packed with insights, Mr Ravi shared his journey at IFMR and how he made the most out of the MBA programme. From sharing his experience about joining the workforce after graduation to explaining the several career paths ahead, students were given a detailed overview of their life post MBA.
'Life after IFMR' with Giri Seshadri Ravi

RESEARCH & IMPACT

Bringing formal finance to women entrepreneurs

Bringing formal finance to women entrepreneurs
As part of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship’s MSME Finance Week, Sharon Buteau (Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University) moderated a virtual panel discussion on ‘Bringing Formal Finance to Women Entrepreneurs’. The event brought together government and industry leaders, investors, and fintech startups from all over India to deliberate, ideate and collaborate on key financing solutions for MSMEs. Panellists Ajaita S. (Founder, CEO, Frontier Markets), Hardika Shah (Founder & CEO, Kinara Capital), Usha Amin (CFO & Partner, Saha Fund), and Paromita Sen (Research Manager, SEWA Bharat) highlighted the need to tailor financial products and services to address the requirements of women entrepreneurs and leverage women’s social capital to enhance access to capital, assets, training and mentoring support.

Watch the recording of the event here.

Learning session on unpaid childcare crisis

IWWAGE hosted a learning session with participants from across academia, think tanks, multilateral institutions and organisations working on the issue of care, reflecting and sharing insights on the impact that COVID-19 has had on unpaid care work undertaken by women and girls. The speakers - featuring Dipa Sinha (Assistant Professor of Economics at Ambedkar University), Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo (Associate Research Scientist at African Population and Health Research Center), Sabrina Habib (Co-Founder & Chief Exploration Officer at Kidogo), Amber Parkes (Global Programme Advisor at Women's Economic Empowerment and Care, Oxfam), Rudaba Zehra Nasir (Global Lead for Employment and Childcare at IFC Gender and Economic Inclusion Group) - discussed potential policy solutions, social protection measures and investments needed to support the care economy and advance the agenda of women's economic empowerment. The session was moderated by Soumya Kapoor Mehta, Head, IWWAGE at LEAD. Watch the recording of the session here.
Learning session on unpaid childcare crisis

SPOTLIGHT

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. The online course, with a duration of 6-weeks (25 January - 8 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).

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

Dr Shobha Das panellist at CII Summit

Dr Shobha Das panellist at CII Summit
Dr Shobha Das, Dean - IFMR Graduate School of Business (GSB), Krea University was part of a grand panel of eminent speakers, academics, and celebrated entrepreneurs at the TNTDPC Summit hosted by CII (the Confederation of Indian Industry). Dr Das shared her reflections on the future of management education, elaborating on the opportunities from new-age courses, short-term certificates and online-delivery channels.
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The beauty of Langar at the Singhu Border

Langar is not work, it is a matter of faith enshrined in the three teachings of Baba Nanak: Keerat Karo, Naam Japo, Wand Chakho - writes Prof Sarabjeet Dhody Natesan in her blog titled ‘Degh Tegh Fateh. Loh Langar Tapde Tapde Rahen’, a timely piece on the ongoing farmers’ agitation in New Delhi. Read here.
The beauty of Langar at the Singhu Border

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