Krea University and University of Oxford are delighted to invite you to this collaborative event with University of Oxford. Over the past year, LEAD at Krea and IndOx have been working on significant impact activities under this partnership, focused on the theme of Mental Health. We conclude this year with the launch of a short film, fully funded by the initiative.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nobel Laureate Dr. Esther Duflo as a Member of our Governing Council.
Dr. Esther Duflo is an economist and professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). She was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics (the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel) along with Dr. Abhijit Banerjee and Dr. Michael Kremer for developing an innovative experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.
Welcoming Dr. Esther Duflo to the Governing Council, Mr. Kapil Viswanathan, Chairman of Executive Committee & Member of Governing Council, Krea University said, “As a path-breaking scholar who has brought scientific method and rigor to the social sciences, Dr. Esther Duflo personifies Krea University’s interwoven approach to research and learning. It is a great privilege to welcome her as a member of Krea University’s governing council.”
Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Esther Duflo said, “It is fair to say that we would not have received a Nobel prize had it not been for all the research we could do in India, thanks in large part to the support we received from Krea University’s sponsoring body since 2008. I look forward to helping Krea University realize its mission to help humanity prepare for an unpredictable world.”
Recognising this appointment, Vice Chancellor of Krea University Dr Mahesh Rangarajan, stated “Professor Duflo is exceptional as a scholar, researcher and teacher not only for her outstanding work but equally so for the impact of her ideas on the larger world. Her leadership and interventions also set a standard for scholars, policymakers and the public at large.”
We are delighted to share that Aditya Kumar and Manasi B – two PhD Scholars at IFMR GSB (Batch of 2019) – presented their individual papers at the recently concluded 17th Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data (CAED) Conference organized by the Faculty of Economics – University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Aditya’s paper was on “Determinants of Export Intensity in the Indian Food Industry”, and Manasi’s paper delved into the “Growth of the Indian Pharmaceutical Firms: An Empirical Analysis”. Both the papers were co-authored by Prof Madhuri Saripalle (Associate Professor at IFMR GSB). Congratulations to them!
Dr Sudip Roy, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been elected as a Fellow to the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry. This honour is in recognition of his significant contribution to the Chemical Sciences and extensive work with Industry and promoting industry-academia collaborations. Dr. Sudip Roy has 20 years of experience in research and innovation. Dr. Roy obtained his Ph.D. in chemical sciences from the University of Saarland in Germany followed by post-doctoral work at Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. He is a Chevening fellow 2019 and studied management of research, science, and innovation at the University of Oxford.
Nomadism is seen as a serious challenge by the Modern state, and a range of mechanisms are put in place to sedentarise them in history. In this insightful lecture, learn how the nomadic communities had been subjugated in colonial South India, with a special focus on the Lambada community.
Join Dr Bhangya Bhukya as he explores various case studies and examines how the colonial stigmas still matter to the nomadic communities in India.
How did a Scotsman found the political party which eventually led India to independence? The story of Allan Octavian Hume is a fascinating one. From starting off as a British civil servant to advocating Indian rights and his evolution into the ‘Father of the Congress’, Hume was regarded as a deeply controversial figure in Indian colonial history.
Join Dr Dinyar Patel for an informative lecture as he narrates the story of this historical figure and his contribution to India’s independence.
In the world of mammals inhabiting the Indian subcontinent, the Madras Hedgehog is very poorly studied. Did you know that, unlike porcupines, the hedgehog’s spines are not easily detachable, and it rolls its fur-clad face and abdomen into a complete ball of spines in defence?
Join Dr R Brawin Kumar (National Post Doctoral Fellow – School of Biology, IISER Tirupati) for an insightful and ‘edgy’ lecture — titled “The untold story of my spiny neighbour – The Madras Hedgehog!” — exploring the few species of hedgehogs in India, sharing interesting facts about them, and explaining why efforts need to be doubled towards studying these fascinating creatures.
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.
Prof Chirag Dhara, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Krea University, will present at the ‘International Conference on Sustainable Development 2021’ along with Prof Vandana Singh from Framingham University, USA. In line with the theme of the conference – ‘Education for Climate Action: Towards an SDG 4.7 Roadmap for Systems Change’ – their presentation (titled ‘Why Transformative Education Must Address the Problem of Endless Exponential Economic Growth’) aims to provide a conceptual scaffolding around which learning frameworks may be developed to make room for diverse alternative paths to truly sustainable social-ecological cultures. Their presentation is based on a book chapter that they have contributed to an upcoming edited volume on the same theme, to be published by UNESCO.
As the Covid-19 pandemic has shown, the past remains a vital resource for us to understand the present. However, the present can act as a trigger for the past, impelling us to re-examine significant historical events and issues.
Join Dr David Arnold from the University of Warwick (UK) for an insightful lecture on how a “living” history can evoke human experiences that make us re-evaluate the past with a new perspective.
The Honourable Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Krea University on Wednesday, 08 September 2021. The official inauguration event was hosted at Raj Bhavan in Chennai.
Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences aims to promote scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The centre commemorates the life and legacy of veteran freedom fighter, Member of the Constituent Assembly, the Provisional Parliament two-time Rajya Sabha MP, Shri. Moturi Satyanarayana.
Dr Mahesh Rangarajan, Vice-Chancellor of Krea University explained, “While aligned with and integral to Krea’s larger vision and mission, Moturi Satyanarayana Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences aims to create a centre of academic excellence. The scholarship, exchange and dialogue within and by the centre will help promote a vibrant intellectual milieu both within and beyond Krea. Research is vital to our future and the work done here will help think about the past and present in preparation for a better future.”
Speaking at the inauguration, The Honourable Vice President said, “Today I commend the management, staff and all those associated with this momentous milestone in Krea’s journey synonymous with quality education in Humanities and Social Studies. Named after the eminent son of India, Shri. Moturi Satyanarayana, I am certain this centre with its academic rigour and quality will be a transformative and engaging hub of teaching and learning.”