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.

Inaugural Krea Professional Development Programme registers over 400 participants

Akhila

In an effort to help develop and evolve professional expertise and skills of educators fit for the 21st century, eminent subject experts at Krea are hosting a series of interactive workshops. 

The first in the series was a workshop on ‘Online Education in Trying Times: Ideas and Strategies’ by Dr Akhila Ramnarayan, Divisional Chair, Literature & the Arts.

Attended by more than 400 education industry professionals from across the country, this 2 hour workshop discussed ideas, strategies, and best practices for online instruction, engagement, and learning, imagining together how educators can work to fulfill the mission of school and college education in today’s world. Through the discussions, Dr Akhila explored how the Coronavirus pandemic might have reshaped education, and how educational institutions can rise to the challenge.

All participants actively discussed queries around interactive learning, management of practical classes in the virtual realm, innovative assessment methods and counselling interventions.

Dr Akhila demonstrated activities which educators could use in their respective virtual classes for enhanced engagement. She shared deep insights on strategies which could nurture emotional wellbeing of students. She also touched on the fact that to take good care of students, teachers needed to foremost take good care of their own selves.  

The educators were highly engaged throughout the workshop and the Q & A session focused on conversations seeking empathetic modes of knowledge delivery through the online medium. As the curtains went down, the participating educators affirmed feeling equipped to use these new strategies and ideas in their upcoming classes. 

‘Krea Professional Development Programme’ is a certification workshop which invites  professionals to interact, engage and expand their skills, through workshops hosted by the fine academic minds at Krea.

About Akhila Ramnarayan

Dr Akhila Ramnarayan is Divisional Chair, Literature & the Arts, Associate Professor of Practice, and Curator, VENI, The Ideas Place, at Krea University.  She is a writer, scholar, theatre actor, and trained Carnatic vocalist with a PhD in postcolonial studies from The Ohio State University (2006).  She has worked at Pramati Technologies, Chennai (2013-2018), the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (2011-2014), and University of Dayton, Ohio (2006-2011).

A key member of Chennai’s globally touring theatre company JustUs Repertory and founder member of performing arts institute Sahrdaya Foundation, she has received national recognition for theatre (acting) as the 2013-2014 awardee of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar.

Krea inks pivotal new partnerships

Partnerships in focus

In line with Krea’s vision to develop well-curated purposeful alliances, the University has stepped into significant partnerships with the India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx), School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Northeastern University.

Krea University and the IndOx alliance will see both entities work together towards knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in the areas of Sciences and Humanities. The first round of strategic initiatives is expected to commence shortly and will focus on areas of Gender Violence and Mental Health. Matched by the significant academic assets at both institutions and the ongoing ground-breaking projects at Krea in this space, these initiatives will find much needed acceleration.

Krea has also signed a partnership with the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a leading University from the United States of America. IUPUI has recently launched an AI institute and will work closely with Krea on this initiative. The School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is one of Indiana’s premier, high-ranked urban public research universities and Computer Science institutes, known for its numerous educational opportunities and innovative information system designs. The partnership, through its short-term immersive programmes, will open a world of opportunities for students at Krea who are seeking to make a Masters progression in Health Informatics or Master in Bioinformatics. Other collaboration areas include participation in current and new programmes, joint seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials between the faculty at Krea and IUPUI.

Krea’s comprehensive university agreement with Northeastern University, USA involves collaborative efforts across teaching, research, cultural activity and joint development of ongoing and new curricula and academic projects among many other initiatives.  It also includes but not limited to mobility of faculty, scholars and students between Institutions, faculty and staff’s professional development, student services and collaboration in academic publications and other materials of mutual interest. As an initial activity, there will joint initiatives between IFMR GSB and D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern. Northeastern University ranks among the Top 40 research universities in the country and has made one of the biggest rankings leaps of any in the Top 100. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business has contributed significantly to this rise in rankings by redefining business education, boasting exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs focused on the future of work. It is accredited by AACSB International.

The collaborations at Krea aim to benefit multiple stakeholder groups including teaching faculty young researchers, and students from both institutions as well as think tanks and related organizations in India.

Yoga and Mindfulness Learning Program

Yoga and Mindfulness

SIAS students have an opportunity to be a part of a Yoga and Mindfulness Learning Program,  by Carolyn Theresa Simon, an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor and wellness expert. The four session learning program will help students expand their understanding of mindfulness and practice yoga for anxiety and stress management, and deep focus.

Carolyn Theresa Simon is a Bangalore based wellness and food writer, fitness model and E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor who enjoys finding stillness in movement. Initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits, what made her fall in love with yoga were the immense mental and spiritual benefits derived from regular practice. She enjoys teaching all levels of students in different styles. Mindfulness, Ayurveda, Food and Yoga are topics she’s extremely passionate about and is working towards changing the world through yoga.

IFMR GSB student placed third in Trading Challenge

GSB student trading challenge

Siddharth Poddar, student of IFMR GSB, MBA Class of 2022 secured third position in Shri Ram Trading Challenge, an online mock-stock competition in which 2050 participants from various B schools were competing against each other on a virtual platform with Rs. 10 lacs as virtual currency, but with real stocks and live price movements. Participants were required to construct a virtual portfolio over a period of two weeks, from August 31 to September 11, and the individual with the highest portfolio value at the closing bell of the market on September 11 was declared the winner.

The event was organized by The Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi in association with Dalal Street Investment Journal.

Krea University partners for OneShared.World “Rise or Fall Together” Virtual Summit

Krea University partners for OneShared.World “Rise or Fall Together” Virtual Summit

Krea University was one of the proud partners of RISE OR FALL TOGETHER: The OneShared.World Interdependence Summit 2020. The summit brought together some of the world’s most inspiring people, including a Special Teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, keynote remarks by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, and performances by opera superstar Renée Fleming and Australian Sikh rap star L-FRESH the LION.

The summit will explore how recognizing the mutual responsibilities of our interdependence with each other and our shared ecosystem must underpin all efforts to solve our greatest common challenges, including pandemics, climate change, and systemic global poverty and inequality.

Prof Anil Srinivasan, a panelist at ‘Brand India- Arts, Crafts and Design festival’

Prof Anil

India Foundation’s Center for Public Diplomacy and Soft Power is organizing a 5 day virtual festival, ‘Brand India- Arts, Crafts and Design festival’ from September 14-18. 


Prof Anil Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Practice, Literature & the Arts joined a panel of celebrated artists on the 14th of September in the session, ‘Arts- Culture. Means and Contribution’. Prof Anil  is a critically acclaimed pianist and experimental musician and the first to be awarded coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi youth award. He is a TED speaker, composer, popular columnist and founder of a hugely successful musical initiative- Rhapsody pioneering the idea of STEM learning using music and arts-based interventions.  

During the 5-day global online festival the event aspires to have a mix of virtual walkthroughs, masterclass and panel discussions to help common minds understand the importance of arts, crafts and design and how culture and commerce can enable it both domestically and internationally.

The themes that the festival envisages to address are as follows:

Arts: Culture, means, and contribution

Crafts: Culture, means and contribution

Design: Historical overview, mapping India’s contribution and global influence

Tourism and Arts, Crafts and Design

Future: Use of technology to enable value addition and sustainable market access.

An engaging session on ‘Airport Operations’

Airport Operations

In a highly engaging session, Satyaki Raghunath – Chief Strategy & Development Officer and T C Sajit – Strategy Group Member and Chief Human Resources Officer of Bangalore International Airport Limited interacted with the students at IFMR GSB, shedding light on various aspects that shape robust airport operations. They shared insights on the role of public-private partnerships in building India’s infrastructure. Emphasizing on the complex gamut of stakeholders come together to provide a unique passenger experience, they termed an airport ‘a city within a city’.

An interwoven evening with Amandeep Sandhu

Amandeep Sandhu

In an interaction with the students and faculty at SIAS, author Amandeep Sandhu spoke about his book ‘Panjab-Journeys Through Faultlines’ (2019).  ‘Panjab’, a well informed and carefully researched book on the history, geography, society, and economics of the land of the five rivers, is a deeply moving narrative of a journey the author undertook to discover and reconnect with his roots. In this process of learning, he re-introduces us to a land that we have all but forgotten. 
 
Historically and culturally, known as the land of the ten Gurus and for the majestic Golden Temple,  Panjab is also recognized for the physical barrier that it provides to safeguard the rest of the country; a land of brave soldiers, a place full of old-world charm. Among other things, it is famous for its spirit of sharing, haunting music, free-spirited dance style, culinary delights, and last but not the least, as the breadbasket of India.  

Today, Panjab is also a land steeped in political movements, struggling for religious and caste identities, facing a gender imbalance and an imminent economic, social, and environmental downfall. 

‘Panjab’, the book, documents these changes.  Amandeep’s book acquaints the readers with the current Panjab, reeling under the after-effects of the three big changes that occurred in the previous century: the Partition of India and Pakistan, the Green Revolution, and the Khalistan non-movement. The book has seen critical, commercial, and emotional success at home and at places with large populations of Indian and Panjabi diaspora.  

Amandeep’s talk focused on ‘land’ and its value in an agrarian society like ours. He interwove personal, historical, and societal recollections.