Life@JKLU

Management Education after 10+2

These are exam times and most of the XII standard students must be done with their board exams. XII standard is a crucial juncture in one’s studies and career. It is their last lap in school education and first step towards the fascinating world of higher education. One may be excited and at the same time have many apprehensions, when they step out of the school world; and rightly so, because university education is quite different from what they have experienced at their schools.

A University degree programme comes with many more degrees of freedom than a school. Most of the modern-day universities give you freedom to choose what to wear (good-bye to boring school uniforms); where to sit in classrooms (unlike fixed seats as in most of the schools); whether to attend all classes or not (of course, good universities require you to maintain some minimum attendance); and courses & electives and so on. However, all this freedom comes with an increased responsibility on the students’ part. When the students have choices, they need to decide and take ownership of the consequences of their decisions. read more

Block Chain – Powering the Future

The blockchain proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto is distributed-decentralized ledger that records data. It focuses on distributed platform rather than centralized, which allows digital information to be shared on distributed network. Initially, blockchain devised for crypto-currency known as bitcoin. In present scenario, lot of research is going on to build trust within the distributed and decentralized transaction ledger. There are various versions of block chain applications and architecture as per industrial and business requirements. Block chain is facilitating cross-border business and speeding up business automation. In order to build trust, prime feature in block chain is smart contract, which is a coded self-executable digital contract to build trust in the system. read more

A Nation Embracing the Future

Design has been an inherent part of everyday life in India. The intricate embellishments on textiles, the detailed work on wooden architecture, the elaborate knowledge of metallurgy used in basic metal crafts, the decorative art on walls in houses or faces of dancers, the stunning design of the monuments are all testimony to the fact that India is a design-rich country. It was against this background that the National Institute of Design, (NID) Ahmedabad, was set up by the Government of India in 1961, which was the beginning of professional design education in our country. read more

Role of student clubs in shaping student skills and making them life ready

Student Clubs at a university are committed to help students get most out of their experience at the university. They offer endless opportunities for student leadership and participation beyond classroom setup and academic programme. Student clubs provide the platform to welcome unique perspectives and life experiences all students bring to the University. It helps in students’ transformation and holistic development. The clubs are particularly aimed at helping students to get involved and find their own niche on campus. read more

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