In a major recruitment drive with an aim to create a rich pool of academicians, Ahmedabad University (AU) has roped in leading economist of the country C Rangarajan.Professor Chakravarthi Rangarajan has joined AU as Distinguished University Professor. Not just him, AU has also been able to rope in a retired professor of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) professor P R Shukla who specialises in energy, environment and policies. Professor Shukla will also head the Global Centre for Environment and Energy.Professor Pankaj Chandra, Vice-Chancellor, AU, said, “Since January 2016, we have been able to recruit 35 faculty from across the world. To get best of faculties, we need to show them our vision and make them realise that they can experiment with new ways of teaching.”He added, “Whenever professor Rangarajan is in the university, even at this age (over 80 years), he teaches continously from morning till evening and that shows his dedication.” Prof Rangarajan has played a key role both as an academic and a policy maker. He has held several important positions which include Governor of Reserve Bank of India and Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, while Professor Shukla is the first professor who has joined AU immediately after IIMA, AU has three more professors who have worked with IIMA in the past. Professor Chandra, prior to joining IIM-Bangalore as a director worked with IIMA.Professor Devanath Tirupati, one of India’s leading management academicians known for his expertise in Operations Management, too worked with IIMA and has joined AU’s management school. Professor Vivek Banerjee who is presently senior dean, startegic initiatives and planning at AU, has worked with IIMA for 18 years.HALL OF EXPERTISEProf C Rangarajan has played a key role both as an academic and a policy maker. He has held several important positions which include Governor of RBI and Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Professor Chandra, prior to joining IIM-B as a director worked with IIMA.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From 2018 onwards, Shodh Yatra, a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots organised by Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), will be held four times a year.It is an attempt to reach out to the remotest parts of the country with a firm belief that the hardships and challenges of natural surroundings are prime motivators of creativity and innovations. Rameshbhai Patel, secretary, SRISTI said, “Until now, it was conducted twice a year in summer and winter. Now, Shodh Yatra will be conducted four times.”Professor Anil Gupta, SRISTI founder, spoke to DNA from a village in Uttarakhand, where he is accompanied by 30 students of the IIMA including five foreign exchange students as part of the Shodh Yatra.”We are in Bharwa Katal village in Dhanaulti exploring and meeting the villagers and understanding their problems. We have decided to hold such yatras frequently as more number of foreign exchange and doctoral students want to be a part of the yatra,” he said.Professor Gupta said, “One of our first visits was to a school where we realised that there was only one girl in class 9 which means girl students drop out after class 8.”Shodh Yatra was started in 1998, out of a meeting organised at Titodi in Junagadh district of Gujarat. The farmers present there felt it was important and necessary to encourage organic farming. Moreover, there were many people from nearby villages who had found the solutions of their own problems through their inborn ability and presence of mind.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (IIMA) presented the third IIMA Young Alumni Achievers awards to seven of its alumni under the age of 45 on Thursday. The awards were to recognise their achievements in three sectors, namely public service, corporate life and entrepreneurship.IIMA director Ashish Nanda said, “IIMA is recognising the contributions of seven of our young alumni, who have demonstrated leadership in a range of fields. We consider them as representing numerous other alumni who are contributing as leaders and change agents in their organisations and communities.”The alumni interacted with the new batch as well. Tulsi Naidu, CEO, Zurich Insurance Company and alumna of 1996 batch, said, “I was 19 when I joined IIMA and it felt like a great achievement then. Looking back, I realise I didn’t appreciate how those years were going to shape my life.”Rahul Agarwal, a 1996 batch student and currently MD & CEO of Lenovo India, said, “IIMA instilled in me a sense of competitiveness, an appreciation for rigour and clear thinking and a habit of hard work and detailing. While there is a lot you learn on the job, especially about people management, execution and being pragmatic, the foundation we laid there has been instrumental in my entire career. I feel humbled to have received this award.”CORPORATE LEADERSRahul Agarwal (’96 batch), MD & CEO of Lenovo IndiaSudhir Sitapati (’99 batch), Executive Director, Refreshments, South Asia-Africa, Hindustan Unilever LtdTulsi Naidu (’96 batch), Zurich Insurance Company, UKENTREPRENEURSSucharita Mukherjee (2001 batch), Founder and CEO, IFMR TrustYashish Dahiya (’96 batch), Founder and CEO, Policy BazaarPUBLIC SERVICEKartikeya Mishra (2004 batch), Collector and District Magistrate, East Godavari, Andhra PradeshRohan Chand Thakur (2006 batch), Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh