Life@JKLU

Data Science and Sustainability: Computing for Humanity

With the continuously increasing population and rapidly decreasing natural resources, there is a need to use optimization to create a balance between both. To cater this challenge, technology plays a significant role. General perception among the people is that science and technology leading to industrialization or globalization is responsible for the exploitation of nature. But can we solve this problem without using Science and Technology? – No.

I remember the days when JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, hosted a National Symposium on Geomatics for Digital India & Annual Conventions of ISG & ISRS in 2015, where I had an opportunity to meet with several scientists from ISRO, including the then Chairman-ISRO, Shri A. S. Kirankumar. They talked about how satellites are being used in improving human life. The data received from a number of satellites is huge and they need academic institutions to use this data for analysis and making it useful for society. ISRO then signed MoU with JKLU and marked the beginning of a project. Another incident comes to my memory, where the Union Finance Minister, Government of India, Shri Arun Jaitley was presenting budget in the parliament post-demonetization and he used the word ‘Data Mining’ in his speech and referred  to it as a potential tool to solve several income tax related issues. read more

Nurturing Student Volunteering for Sustainable Development

The 21st century businesses are strongly driven by sustainability, keeping in mind profit, people and planet. This describes that sustenance of business (profit), society (people) and environment (planet) need to go hand in hand. The conscious effort for the sustainable development of businesses and its stakeholders has been reflected by the CSR initiatives undertaken by corporates within and beyond mandatory profit contribution.

Amidst the given scenario, the role of management education is not all about preparing the young graduates to solve business problems, improving profitability, and suggesting better processes but about fostering important values to solve societal problems early in their career. The management education needs to design curriculum not only to develop skills for the future job but also to boost volunteering among students for existing social issues. This holds immense importance as it serves to provide not only skilled but socially responsible professionals to the industry. Students volunteering instill the value of citizenship, apart from being a responsible future manager. Volunteering activities ensure better engagement, practical learning (connect issues to a big picture), associating cause and effect relationship, building team spirit, developing leadership, inducing students to think critically, enhancing creative problem solving, improving communication skills and developing overall personality. Further it leads to learning, which is purposeful and personally fulfilling. Notably, volunteering provides opportunity to students to serve the society even before they start to earn. read more

Artificial Rain and Cloud Seeding: Solution to the Future’s Water Problem

Many times it is quoted that the next World War will be fought over water. It is also a fact that in future fresh and potable water will be one of the most precious resources for society. With the rapid increase in population of the world, the requirement of clean water will increase exponentially. This clean water is required for municipal purpose, and agricultural and industrial activities.

On an average, there is sufficient clean water for everybody. However, this water is distributed unevenly in the world. On the one hand, Canada, Russia, Brazil, and USA have 80181 m3, 29981 m3, 27221 m3, 8845 m3 of water per person per year respectively, while the countries like China, India, Pakistan, Sudan and Israel have 2061 m3, 1171 m3, 296 m3, 101 m3, 91 m3 of water per person per year respectively. Within a particular country also there is an unequal distribution of water among the areas. In India, water is abundant in Ganga and Brahmaputra basin while there is water scarcity in parts of Rajasthan, Gujrat, Maharashtra and even in parts of Karnataka and Odisha. It is proposed in some studies that in Rajasthan, water availability may drop up to 450 m3 by 2050. read more

APPLYING DESIGN THINKING in HR

“Design is not what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs Design has an enormous power to influence human behavior and thus bring about change. Richard Farson, psychologist, educator and author of The Power of Design, emphasizes: “Design, the creation of form, has the power to transform culture, ignite education, foster community, and even broker peace”.

In a recent Harvard Business Review article on the evolution of design thinking, Jon Kolko highlighted, “People need their interactions with technologies and other complex systems to be simple, intuitive, and pleasurable. Design is empathic, and thus, implicitly drives a more thoughtful human approach to business.” read more

Thinking of a Design Career?

It is that time of the year.

Children, having finished school, tend to go from pillar to post, trying to get admission into a course they are keen in.

Invariably, they settle for a course that they are found eligible for and kill their passion in the process. It is at these times; I wonder when will our governments wake up to the aspirations of the young adults of today. I am also inundated with calls from parents and their wards about the merits of various design schools in the country.

If you have just completed your school, you are probably one of those, wondering what to do next. While some of your friends are seeking admission into professional design programmes, you are still in a dilemma about exploring something new. read more

Pinnacle MBA: An Eye Towards Future

MBA education is all about preparing you for future. However, the uncertainty of the future is the biggest challenge in designing and delivering an effective MBA programme. Owing to rapid changes taking place in this fact-paced business environment, a wide variety of MBA programmes have emerged in our country, ranging from specialization-based MBA programmes of most of the B-schools to super-specialized sectoral MBAs. Perhaps no other postgraduate programme in our country offers so many variants as an MBA. read more

Technology for Earth

 We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty […] and to heal […] our planet

UN resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015

Many children want to be an astronaut when they grow up. They often dream about spaceships and time travels.

Saving the planet is a very abstract idea. After all, how could a single individual accomplish such a great goal? In movies they play with this concept by showing superheroes, e.g. people who are very good at fighting against evil aliens, with powers beyond humble human abilities. read more

MBA

Will an MBA help my career?

With the high cost of courses, it’s important to see a return on your investment. An MBA can often lead to a promotion, increased earnings or a career change. Nothing is guaranteed but, for example, graduates from business schools in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Ranking 2018 gained salary increases of between 44% and 182% after completing the course.

MBAs are known and respected globally, so if one is interested in working abroad then the qualification will be beneficial. An MBA can also help you to specialize in your current sector or a new industry you want to move into. read more

Engineering Education

Interactive Teaching: Way forward for Engineering Education

Various government and industry agencies have been increasingly expressing their concern about industry readiness and employability of Indian engineers. A recent report by the Times of India mentioned that 60% engineers are unemployed or underemployed. Poor quality of engineering education has been identified as the main reason for this situation. Because of two main factors, there is now an urgent need to fundamentally transform the engineering education. First, with increasing sophistication and automation in the industry, the engineering workplace activities, including their objectives, success criteria, constraints, tools, and human roles, are changing rapidly and the future nature of these activities is beyond anybody’s imagination. Second, more scientific information has been produced in the last 20 years than in the previous 5000 years and by the year 2020, it is likely to double every 73 days. Hence, it is now impossible to impart all the required technical knowledge and skills to new graduates through their formal education programs. Merrill has posited that ‘Information is not Instruction.’ Further, an easy accessibility of online courses and MOOCs are increasing the choices of the motivated students. However, our education processes, especially the classroom teaching can be transformed to play not only a significant but also a transformative role by focussing on developing the required habits of mind of future engineers and managers. Here it is important to note that with case-based teaching, the management education at many places has already undergone such a transformation. read more

Skills Recruiters Look for in MBA Graduates

An MBA degree definitely feels like a golden ticket to all the lucrative corporate jobs that you have dreamt of bagging. But the truth of the matter is that, with the corporate hiring procedures getting more grueling by the day, having just a management degree from any institute is no longer going to make the cut. When your area of study is such a professional course like management, the recruiters naturally look for that something extra in the candidate which goes beyond just the academic know-how. The graduates need to be more realistic about the roles that the MBA degree qualifies them for and work towards honing the skills that make them the most valued assets to the company that they join in. The following are some of the skills that the top MBA employers look for in the employees: read more