How and Why India’s Climate will Change in the Coming Decades: Prof Chirag Dhara explores the impact and risks of climate change in an article for ‘The India Forum’

How and Why India’s Climate will Change in the Coming Decades: Prof Chirag Dhara explores the impact and risks of climate change in an article for ‘The India Forum’

Prof Chirag Dhara, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Krea University, co-authored an important article on climate change and its effect on India for ‘The India Forum’ – a journal-magazine known for covering contemporary issues. Placing an emphasis on regional climate assessments, the authors look at the findings released by the Department of Science and Technology and analyse the potential impacts that await the country.

Read the article here: 

https://www.theindiaforum.in/article/how-and-why-india-s-climate-will-change-coming-decades

TODAY @ 4.30 PM IST: CWP’s Sameer Thomas to present at a conference organised by University of Oxford

TODAY @ 4.30 PM IST: CWP’s Sameer Thomas to present at a conference organised by University of Oxford

Prof Sameer Abraham Thomas, Faculty Associate at Krea’s Centre for Writing and Pedagogy (CWP), will be presenting a paper on “The home and the hostel: Negotiating space and equity in the on/offline classroom” at the ‘Education in Crisis: Rethinking Education in (Post)-Pandemic South Asia’  Conference today, at 4.30 PM IST. This conference is hosted by Education South Asia, based at the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme (CSASP), Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), University of Oxford, and supported by the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

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The state of Sundarbans amidst a pandemic, calamity, and ecological crisis – Prof Kalpita Bhar Paul pens a thought-provoking article for ‘Mongabay’

The state of Sundarbans amidst a pandemic, calamity, and ecological crisis – Prof Kalpita Bhar Paul pens a thought-provoking article for ‘Mongabay’

Prof Kalpita Bhar Paul, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Krea University, has authored a powerful piece on how Covid-19, cyclones and conservation programmes, in the past 18 months, have altered the economy, ecology and occupations of people in Indian Sundarbans. Highlighting the biodiversity conservation and the developmental activities that have changed the livelihood patterns there, this article was published as an opinion piece on ‘Mongabay’ – a US-based conservation and environmental science news platform. 

Read the article here: https://india.mongabay.com/2021/07/commentary-challenges-of-conservation-cyclones-and-covid-19-in-the-lives-of-sundarban-residents/

Is sustainable tech like EV really sustainable? – Climate Physicist and Professor at Krea University, Chirag Dhara co-authors an opinion article for ‘Scientific American’

Is sustainable tech like EV really sustainable? – Climate Physicist and Professor at Krea University, Chirag Dhara co-authors an opinion article for ‘Scientific American’

Prof Chirag Dhara, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Krea University, co-authored an opinion piece on sustainable technology. In this analysis, the authors delve deeper into the EV paradigm and question its ‘sustainability’. Originally published in the popular science magazine Scientific American, the article was republished in the digital news site Scroll.in.

Read the article here: https://scroll.in/article/999108/in-an-infinite-growth-paradigm-even-electric-vehicles-will-remain-utterly-unsustainable

The Telegraph publishes opinion piece on ‘Covid phobia’ authored by SIAS professors

The Telegraph publishes opinion piece on ‘Covid phobia’ authored by SIAS professors

Life, undoubtedly, is uncertain; but when we experience this uncertainty in our everyday affairs, we end up suffering from a ‘novel’ phobia — ‘Covid phobia’. 

Prof Soumyajit Bhar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (full-time), and Prof Kalpita Bhar Paul, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, have together authored an important article on rediscovering the human touch amidst a global pandemic. The article elaborates on the importance of collaboration during such an emergent crisis, and how we, as a society, need to find a way to tackle our fears. 

Read the full article here: https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/rediscover-the-human-touch-covid-phobia/cid/1821766

MBA Office releases the medal winners, merit scholarship awardees, and Dean’s Merit List from the IFMR GSB MBA batch of 2019-21

MBA Office releases the medal winners, merit scholarship awardees, and Dean’s Merit List from the IFMR GSB MBA batch of 2019-21

We are delighted to share the list of medal winners, merit scholarship awardees and the Dean’s Merit List at IFMR Graduate School of Business (IFMR GSB), Krea University from the MBA batch of 2019-21.

Medal winners:

The first three medals – the C.M.Kothari Medal; the A.Sivasailam Medal; the A.M.M. Arunachalam Medal – are awarded to students based on their academic performance (CGPA) at the end of their two-year MBA programme.

The HT Parekh Medal is given to a student for their best all-round performance in academics and extracurricular activities. 

Here is the list of winners: 

S.No.NameRankMedal
1Swasti 1st rankC.M.Kothari Medal 
2Harini G2nd rankA.Sivasailam Medal 
3Sonu Agarwal3rd rankA.M.M. Arunachalam Medal
4Srishti MaheshwariBest all-round performanceHT Parekh Medal 

Dean’s Merit List (Batch of 2019-21):

The top 5% students in a batch, on the basis of academic performance (CGPA) at the end of second year, will be included in the Dean’s Merit List. Below are the students from MBA batch of 2019-21 who made it to the Dean’s Merit List:

S.No.Name
1Aditya Logad
2Tanmoy Acherjee
3Utkarsh Srivastava
4Srishti Maheshwari
5Sumit Jha
6Modi Yash Kamleshbhai

Merit Scholarships:

We are also delighted to share the list of students who secured the Merit Scholarship. Merit scholarships are awarded to the students securing top four ranks, based on the CGPA at the end of the second year.

The Merit Scholars from the MBA batch of 2019-21 are:

S.No.Name
1Swasti
2Harini G
3Sonu Agarwal
4Aditya Logad

‘Social Science and Medicine’ Journal accepts impactful paper on supply chain co-authored by Prof Vijaya Subramanian

‘Social Science and Medicine’ Journal accepts impactful paper on supply chain co-authored by Prof Vijaya Subramanian

Prof Vijaya Subramanian —  Sundram Fasteners Associate Professor of Operations Management at IFMR GSB — has co-authored a paper titled “Essential medicine shortages, procurement process and supplier response: A normative study across Indian states”. Accepted in the “Social Science and Medicine” journal, the paper analyses the supply chain factors leading to essential medicine shortages in the public health system in India. Access the paper here.

LiveMint publishes ‘The Need for Empathetic Leadership in the Workplace’ – an opinion piece co-authored by Kapil Viswanathan

LiveMint publishes ‘The Need for Empathetic Leadership in the Workplace’ – an opinion piece co-authored by Kapil Viswanathan

Kapil Viswanathan co-authors an opinion piece detailing why empathy is a critical leadership skill, especially now more than ever. The article co-authored with Anna Chandy, Social Psychologist and a well-known name in the field of Mental Health, elaborates what makes an empathetic leader, and how empathy helps overcome hardship and increase productivity. Published by LiveMint today, the article can be accessed here: https://www.livemint.com/opinion/columns/the-need-for-empathetic-leadership-in-the-workplace-11618415912793.html

Krea University appoints Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan as Vice Chancellor

Krea University appoints Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan as Vice Chancellor

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 a BA (Hons.) in History from Hindu College University of Delhi, 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.   

Today at 6pm — Dr Sunder Ramaswamy speaks on “Covid, Education and the Big Change”, a panel session at IE Thinc event hosted by Indian Express

Today at 6pm — Dr Sunder Ramaswamy speaks on “Covid, Education and the Big Change”, a panel session at IE Thinc event hosted by Indian Express

`IE Thinc’ is an initiative of The Indian Express which seeks out decision-makers, thought leaders, and policymakers to discuss specific issues that are a challenge to society. Vice-Chancellor Dr Sunder Ramaswamy will be a speaker in the panel on “Covid, Education and the Big Change”, along with other Indian educators. 

Tune in at 6 PM IST today for this high-powered dialogue discussing the unprecedented disruptions in education and all the massive changes and solutions needed. 

Register for the event here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5015930942205/WN_RrJesoN2SsmjAdIS8s62Zw