Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Former Chairman and MD of Cognizant (India), to join Krea University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Professional Learning

Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Former Chairman and MD of Cognizant (India), to join Krea University 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 of 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.”

Profile of Ramkumar Ramamoorthy

Ramkumar has about 30 years of experience in the information technology industry as well as academia. He was most recently the Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant in India—a Fortune 200 company—and was responsible for the company’s India operations with over 200,000 employees.

During his 22 years with Cognizant, he nurtured and grew more than half a dozen portfolios and held various leadership positions including Executive Director, India and Chief Knowledge Officer. Prior to Cognizant, Ramkumar was with Tata Consultancy Services.

Ramkumar spent the first five years of his professional career as an academician and continued to stay in touch with academia throughout his long career in the industry. In the past three decades, he has been on the Academic Council and/or Senate of liberal arts, engineering, management and medical universities in India. He is currently on the Governing Council of the IT/BPM Skill Sector Council of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and the Board for undergraduate studies in engineering and technology at All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He is also associated with the Chennai Mathematical Institute, one of the premier institutions of excellence for teaching and research in math, computer science and data science.

Ramkumar has played leadership roles in several professional and trade bodies in India. Notably, he is the immediate Past President of the 185-year-old Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and a past Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in India.

‘Building a successful career’ with Naveen Chandramohan

‘Building a successful career’ with Naveen Chandramohan

In an insightful interaction with the students of IFMR Graduate School of Business, Krea University, Naveen Chandramohan- CEO & Founder of Itus Capital & Co-founder of Fintuple Technologies, shared his perspectives on building one’s career and the innovative ways to go about it. Highlighting the key aspects of an effective leader, Mr Chandramohan shared a few stories from his life and stressed on living every day as though it were your last. A seasoned practitioner, he encouraged students to strive to do better and communicate well – relevant to both the professional and personal aspects of life.

Celebrating the Krea spirit

Celebrating the Krea spirit

Krea Community Night had everybody in the Krea family – right from the leaders, faculty, to students and staff – signing-in together for an evening of fun, laughter, and camaraderie. The evening included a surprise musical performance by professors and Krea staff, followed by informal Q/A sessions with Vice-Chancellor of Krea University, Dr Sunder Ramaswamy; Dean of IFMR GSB, Dr Shobha Das; and Dean of SIAS, Prof Bishnu Mohapatra. Overall, the evening largely focused on sharing talents, anecdotes and getting to know each other with music and entertainment added to the mix.

#WERiseTwitterChat – Enabling women entrepreneurship in India

#WERiseTwitterChat – Enabling women entrepreneurship in India

On the occasion of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (November 19), LEAD at Krea University and IWWAGE hosted a Twitter chat to explore strategies for enhancing women’s participation in entrepreneurial activity and strengthening enterprise resilience. The chat explored strategies for addressing restrictive social norms that influence women’s participation in aspirations for entrepreneurship, improving skilling programs, and building business acumen, enabling meaningful access to technology and markets. Participants also discussed strategies for collecting better-disaggregated data and integrating a gender lens in entrepreneurship development programs and policies. Read the highlights in this blog.

Krea University inks partnership with University of Bristol – one of the world’s top ranked institutions

Krea University inks partnership with University of Bristol – one of the world’s top ranked institutions
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.

Krea announces recipients of Faculty Research Fellowship

Krea announces recipients of Faculty Research Fellowship

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 Early Action application round for UG admissions closes on 20 November 2020

Krea University Early Action application round for UG admissions closes on 20 November 2020

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.

IUPUI – Krea partnership: Deep-diving into Health Informatics & Bioinformatics

IUPUI – Krea partnership: Deep-diving into Health Informatics & Bioinformatics

The School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indiana) is one of Indiana, USA’s premier, high-ranked urban public research universities and Computer Science institutes, known for its numerous educational opportunities and innovative information system designs. As part of the ongoing partnership between IUPUI and Krea University, students of SIAS participated in an information session led by the following senior faculty members at IUPUI: Mathew Palakal, Senior Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Informatics; Josette Jones, Director of Health Informatics and Associate Professor; Saptarshi Purkayastha, Director of Undergraduate Education and Research – Department of BioHealth Informatics and Assistant Professor of Data Science, Health Informatics; and Sarath Chandra Janga, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics, Data Science, Interim Chair – Department of BioHealth Informatics, and Interim Program Director of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Informatics Program. The faculty members shared salient features of the two disciplines – Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, its applications in the real world, teaching of the subject at IUPUI and the many benefits of partnering with Krea.

Krea partners with Busuu – world’s largest social network for language learning

Krea partners with Busuu – world’s largest social network for language learning

Krea University and Busuu have stepped into a significant partnership in the field of language learning. The collaboration offers students of Krea the opportunity to learn with the award-winning pioneer in online and mobile language learning, from anywhere and anytime. Speaking about this pivotal partnership, Bernhard Niesner, Co-Founder and CEO of Busuu shared, “As a diverse country, India is already well-versed in the benefits of learning languages and is a wonderful market for Busuu to enter. We’re proud to partner with Krea University, to help its progressive student body gain skills in new languages – supporting them both in their current academic studies and their future careers. We look forward to working closely with Krea and adding value to its student body.” Busuu has 100 million users globally across 190 counties and guided by 10000+ professional language teachers. With promising training records across 250+ international organisations, Busuu provides accelerated language learning through AI. Busuu was awarded the ‘EdWard Wards’ for high-quality learning product by University College London among others. Students will be offered 1-1 private lessons, 24*7 worldwide access, customised lesson plans, seamless scheduling and advanced learning tools.