How significant is the Vedic phrase ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’? Why is the role of family and compassion now more relevant than before, and how does it impact today’s unprecedented public health crisis?
Krea University and Asia Society India Centre are delighted to invite you for the global launch of ‘World as Family: A Journey of Multi-Rooted Belongings’, by Dr Vishakha N Desai – President Emeritus of Asia Society, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs at Columbia University, and Member of Academic & Governing Council at Krea University.
Published by Columbia University Press, the discussion will feature the significance of familial bond in today’s age of social distancing, as told through Dr Desai’s personal journey from India to the United States and her identity as a global citizen.
Tune in tomorrow at 7.30 PM IST to catch her share her incredible story, in conversation with Prof Prayaag Akbar – Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Writing and Pedagogy at Krea University and award-winning novelist.
The School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences (SIAS) at Krea University has embarked on an ambitious program of faculty hiring for the academic year 2021-22.
At Krea, we take pride in the fact that our world-class faculty uphold our vision of Interwoven learning, representing the very best their disciplines have to offer in teaching, research, and practice. With successive rounds of hiring in full swing, our increased faculty strength will substantially expand areas of expertise and widen the ambit of our curriculum, course offerings, choice of majors, and research agenda.
As a result of an extensive search, a diverse pool of over 40 new hires in full time and visiting positions are slated to join the SIAS faculty cohort in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. They are outstanding teachers and scholars/practitioners hailing from world renowned institutions in Europe, United States, and Asia (including India) in the disciplines of economics, psychology, environmental studies, computer science, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, social studies, politics, literature, and the arts.
Here are some of the new faces we will encounter in the coming year:
In the process of realising our aim of providing a world-class undergraduate education, we will continue to hire faculty and teaching fellows in all the above areas, more than doubling our current strength.
Please watch this space for an updated list of new additions to our faculty roster.
Asia Society India Centre in partnership with Krea University, presents a global discussion on UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Education (GCED), its merits and ways for its efficient incorporation in public education systems across the world.
Opening remarks by Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor – Krea University
Conrad Hughes (Campus and Secondary Principal, International School for Geneva, La Grande Boissière) Dr Anthony Jackson (Head, Center for Global Education at Asia Society) Prof Anantha Duraiappah (Director, UNESCO MGIEP) Dr Namrata Sharma (Adjunct Professor, State University of New York College at Oswego)
Eminent scholar of history and environmental studies to lead Krea University’s efforts to re-imagine education
31st March 2021, Sri City: Krea University announced the appointment of Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan as its next Vice Chancellor, effective July 2021.
A scholar of global renown, Dr. Rangarajan has an MA and a DPhil, both from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His wide experience in academia includes faculty positions as Professor of Modern Indian History at the University of Delhi and Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, where he previously served as the Dean of Academic Affairs. He has also taught at Cornell University, Indian Institute of Science and National Centre for Biological Sciences. His first book ‘Fencing the Forest’ was published in 1996 and the most recent ‘Nature and Nation’, in 2018. His co-edited works include ‘India’s Environmental History’, and ‘At Nature’s Edge’. Having started his career as a journalist, he has also served in roles outside academia, including as the Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.
Dr. Rangarajan’s appointment by the Chancellor of Krea University, Mr. N. Vaghul, comes after a rigorous global search launched by the University last year. The search was led by a committee co-chaired by Dr. Vishakha Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Mr. Kapil Viswanathan, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Governing Council. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Kapil Viswanathan, said, “As a scholar and an administrator with a global outlook, Dr. Rangarajan is well placed to further Krea University’s mission to help humanity prepare for an unpredictable world. We look forward to Dr. Rangarajan’s leadership, building on Krea University’s strong foundations of ethics, innovation, excellence, inclusivity and accountability.”
Dr. Vishakha Desai, co-chair of the search committee added, “As a renowned scholar of history and environmental studies, Dr. Rangarajan embodies the spirit of interwoven learning that Krea University stands for. His experience in the academy and in public institutions would serve to strengthen Krea University’s commitment to bridging the intellectual world with the one beyond.”
On his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan said, “It is my honour and privilege to accept this position, and join the extraordinarily talented faculty, staff and students of Krea University in pursuit of our shared mission. I will strive to uphold the high standards of innovation and excellence that Krea University stands for.” Krea University’s current Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy will complete his tenure in June 2021 and will continue to be associated with Krea as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics. As the inaugural Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ramaswamy played a key role in shaping Krea University in its formative years.
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.
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.
Krea University has stepped into a significant partnership with the University of Bristol, consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 and UK’s top ten universities. The partnership will explore deeper collaboration in the area of Sciences and Humanities at student, faculty and research level. It also includes the beginning of a 3+1 progression partnership for students at Krea, in flagship programmes offered by University of Bristol which includes MSc in Environmental Policy and Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics, Finance and Management, Management (International Business) and Business Analytics. The University of Bristol is home to the best university business incubator in the world and is in the top 5 for research. The University is also alma mater to 13 Nobel Laureates including current Chancellor, Sir Paul Nurse. The MoU was inked in an e-signing ceremony chaired by Dr Erik Lithander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Bristol and Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor of Krea University. During the ceremony, Dr Erik Lithander added, “We are very proud to be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Krea University today and are excited to develop links with such an innovative, forward-thinking institution. It symbolises the start of an important partnership, which will undoubtedly benefit the student and academic communities on both sides.” The event included a dialogue on potential collaborations, respective aims of both institutions for the partnership and identification of ways in which links could be strengthened.
The event had distinguished attendees from both partner institutions. From the University of Bristol, Dr Erik Lithander, Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), Dr Winnie Wang, School International Director, Geographical Sciences, Lorna Cuckow, Deputy Director International and Head of International Partnerships & Relations, Aditya Malkani, Partnerships Consultant (India) and Ellie Cook, International Events Manager attended the event.
Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Bishnu Mohapatra, Dean of School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences, Dr Shobha Das , Dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business, Dr Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Divisional Chair – Humanities & Social Studies, Dr S Sivakumar, Divisional Chair – Sciences, Prof Amit Das, Chairperson – MBA Admissions, Dr Bharath Sundaram, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Dr John Mathew, Associate Professor of History of Sciences and Kala Anand, Director of Partnerships, represented Krea University.
Shedding light on the immense potential of the partnership, Dr Sunder Ramaswamy stated, “At Krea, we aim to forge meaningful partnerships with globally reputed institutions who are well-known for specific areas of practice. The University of Bristol with their significant strengths in cutting-edge disciplines within Humanities and Sciences, bring a new dimension of engagement for our students, faculty and research centres. We regard this as a progressive collaboration that will find many avenues for growth in the years to come.”
With a reputation for innovation, creativity and sustainability, University of Bristol has been highly rated for 35 subjects within the world’s top 100 by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Nine of its subjects are within the top 50 and amongst them, Earth and Marine Sciences, Veterinary Science and Social Policy & Administration are within the top 20. The University is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, but is also a significant player on the world stage. It has over 20,000 undergraduates and over 7,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries, and its research links span the globe.
Krea University has a unique partnership philosophy, which is based on a ‘Partnerships with Purpose’ approach. Under this, the University collaborated with a select number of universities or centres of excellence to carefully build their internationalisation plan. Know more here.
In a bid to encourage and support young faculty, staff and students, the management at Krea is delighted to introduce a Research Fellowship for the academic year of 2020-2021. These fellowships are available on a competitive basis across SIAS and IFMR GSB for anyone at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, Senior Assistant Professor and Senior / Assistant / Associate Professor of Practice, staff, and students. Members of the Krea Centres are also eligible to apply. This year’s winners and their projects are:
Dr Akhila Ramnarayan (SIAS faculty), Ms Astha Arya (Admissions, Staff) & Mr Akshay Jain (Student Life, Staff) for ‘Interwoven Learning in a Wicked World’
Dr Sushant Raut (SIAS faculty) for ‘Machine Learning Applications in Particle Physics’
Dr Shivani Jadeja (SIAS faculty) for ‘Are High Temperatures Changing a Butterfly’s Life Cycle? Integrating Meta-analyses and Citizen Science’
Dr Jyoti Prasad Mukhopadhyay (GSB faculty) & Dr Sona Mitra (Principal Economist, IWWAGE, LEAD) for ‘Does Gender-based Awareness Campaign Improve Girls’ Educational Outcomes? Empirical Evidence from India’
Dr Muneer Shaik (GSB faculty) & Dr Lakshmi Padmakumari (GSB faculty) for ‘Modelling and Forecasting VaR Based on Extreme Value Variance and Covariance Estimators’
Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh (SIAS faculty) for ‘Performing Histories– Abhyudayamu-s and Yakshaganamu-s – Reading Performative Literatures of Early Modern South India as Historiography’
Dr John Mathew (SIAS faculty), Ms Ananya Raju (SIAS student) & Mr Kaustav Mehta (SIAS student) for ‘Positing Migration as a Causative Agent in the Rising Encounter with SARS-CoV-2 (PMCARES) in India’
Krea University opened its Early Action round to Undergraduate admissions on 19 October 2020 and this round closes on 20 November 2020. The Early Action Round is the shortest application window in the admissions cycle, and offers significant benefits to applicants who like to plan early.
Applying in the Early Action round provides multiple benefits to the aspirants. These include receiving a decision on the application by the end of the year, much before the board exams. It also is highly recommended for applicants seeking Financial Assistance, as this round puts them in a better position to avail aid.
Speaking about the benefits of this round, Director-Admissions, Padmini Sankaran shares, “The Early Action Round has been designed to help aspirants gain a head start with applications. It provides them with ample exam-free time to focus on their Krea application form and its requirements which gives them an opportunity to showcase their potential beyond academic achievements. The round ensures that they have the advantage of choice without being pushed against deadlines.’’
SIAS offers three-year BA (Honours) and BSc (Honours) degrees, with an option to do an additional year of Advanced Studies. It is a fully residential programme and the students embark on their learning journey nestled in a campus, which is a rich combination of green spaces and urban culture, located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, 55 kms from Chennai.
Founded by a stellar team of eminent global leaders, Krea University provides students with an education journey that prepares them with diverse skills for the world of tomorrow. The unique Interwoven Learning Model equips students with not just varied knowledge elements but also helps them comprehend how these converge in the real world.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sunder Ramaswamy says, “Krea’s mission statement is to prepare humanity for an unpredictable world, and it has never been more relevant. Today, more than ever before, the world needs impactful leaders and pivotal change-makers and at Krea, we prepare students to be them. The Admissions process has been thoughtfully crafted keeping in mind the disruption around us and to ensure that each applicant has a seamless experience.”
The two-stage undergraduate admission process at SIAS is holistic and multidimensional. It gauges the potential of a student beyond academic scores and singular eligibility criterion.
With a choice of 9 majors, 15 minors, 4 joint majors and multiple concentrations, the students are introduced to an extensive range of core and skill courses in their first year. They are guided by some of the finest academic minds who come with multidisciplinary education from reputed international universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard UC Berkeley, Imperial College, Columbia, NUS among others.
The students gain to access a range of immersive study, research and work opportunities around the world. Krea University has noteworthy partnerships including MIT Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics, University of Chicago, Stanford University, Australia Council of Arts, King’s College London, James Cook University, Berkeley Global, The India Oxford Initiative, Victoria University of Wellington, Nottingham Trent University and many more.
Students also get to be a part of a talented peer group which brings together high achievers from across the country. The cohort at the Undergraduate schools comprises students from 18 states and across 50 cities. These include promising sportspersons with global achievements, budding authors, researchers with published literature, performing artists, and young entrepreneurs among others.
The applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Students who wish to unlock the many benefits of Early Action Round are encouraged to apply before 20 November 2020. The application portal for SIAS can be accessed here.