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Dr Madhuri Saripalle - Associate Professor of Economics at IFMR GSB, Krea University - co-authors a chapter on Mango Value Chains in India as part of an edited volume titled 'Transforming Agriculture in South Asia: Role of Value Chains and Contract Farming'.

Published by Routledge, the study analyses the numerous markets and value chains for mango namely HOPCOMS, SAFAL, APMC and pre and post-flowering contracts with wholesale agents that have different implications for farmer profitability.

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 Prof Harminder Singh, Associate Professor in Business Information Systems at AUT Business School, Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)  delivered a seminar on Digital Inclusion at IFMR GSB's Annual Research Symposium 2020. It  explored the different facets of digital inclusion, while also examining its role in improving equity and equality in societies. In his session. Prof Singh also suggested ways that businesses can participate in strengthening digital inclusion.


Watch now : https://youtu.be/g5UuQ4aq9Ao


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Why should you pursue Data Sciences at IFMR GSB? 

-Professor Amit Das, Data Sciences Area Chair, MBA (IFMR-GSB) answers your question.

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Krea’s approach to reimagining higher education ensures equitable access to students from across society. A select number of scholarships are on offer, including three full scholarships up to 100%. 


Know More : https://krea.edu.in/ifmrgsb/mba-admissions-2/ 


Apply now for admission: https://ifmrgsbadmissions.krea.edu.in/?utm_source=Genesis 

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Why should you pursue Marketing at IFMR GSB? 

-Professor Amar Saxena, Marketing Area Chair, MBA (IFMR-GSB) answers your question.

https://youtu.be/VHF6sOAbvHI

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'Post-Covid Economic Recovery In India: Prospects And Risks' With Prof V. Anantha Nageswaran || IFMR GSB, Krea University


It’s been a year since Professor V. Anantha Nageswaran - former Dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business and currently Adjunct Professor of Economics at Singapore Management University & Part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India - left the GSB campus and moved to Singapore. However, his connection with the university remains firm. In a recent webinar with students of GSB, Prof Nageswaran discussed in great detail the current situation of the Indian economy, sharing his insights on what the future looks like.


Contrary to what most think, this decade’s growth turned out to be better. Dubbing the pandemic as the finale of the economy, Prof Nageswaran elaborated on the various signs about India’s cyclical growth and how it may project itself to be on the strong side but we must not get too overconfident.


Some of the key takeaways from his lecture are-


1) The state of MSMEs

Amidst the pandemic, numbers indicate that MSMEs are placed in relatively better positions. The COVID situation might not have impacted all the sectors equally, but we can see that there is still a large majority of MSMEs across sectors that are structurally strong and will be better placed in the current economic challenges.


2) About the Indian Rupee & GDP

IMF projects India’s GDP at 3 trillion dollars in the next decade. IMF also expects the Indian Rupee to depreciate every year, predicting a 5-6 % Real GDP growth in Dollars in the next 5 years. They also predict that there will be a 5-8 % growth in Rupee terms in the next 5 years. India’s per capita GDP growth is only 3.2% in this decade compared to last decade’s 12% growth (expressed in Dollars). However, from 2014-19, India doesn’t look too bad having done better than other countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.

If one were to look at why India’s per capita GDP growth was one of its worst, numbers showcase that the Indian Rupee appreciated by a high margin in the last decade while it depreciated to a great degree in this decade.  Keeping this in mind, if countries have a higher inflation rate, their currency will weaken to the extent of the inflation difference. So, if India’s inflation rate increases when compared to the USA’s inflation, the Indian Rupee will depreciate 4% every year compared to the US dollar.


3) Analysing the economic state of China

The gap between China’s GDP and debt is fairly significant and seems almost unreachable. If the GDP is scaled by debt for both India and China, for every 1 dollar of GDP that India generates, the debt is 90 cents. But China has more debt when compared to India. Therefore, in the future, China would have to spend a lump sum in paying back the debt. It is believed that in the coming years, India has the potential to borrow and make investments, thus grow its GDP.

Because of China’s debt problem, India might attract the supply chain - one of China’s specialties earlier. But this may result in violence and cyber-attacks as retaliation.


4) Removing barriers for investments

Inflation transfers debt from creditors to debtors. So, countries with a higher debt try to increase their inflation and technically (not legally) default on their debts. This leads to the real interest rate coming down, like in the case of the UK where it fell to -15%.


FDI inflows are, however, increasing. Net equity inflows into the Indian equity stock market is much higher than what it was in the last 20 years. The challenge now is to deploy this capital in valued investments. Therefore, the Government of India is taking several steps towards this direction in the form of MSME norms and farm bills that are looking into removing barriers for investments.


In conclusion, Prof Nageswaran shared that while it has been difficult, post-COVID recovery is better than expected both in terms of health and macroeconomics. In the face of growth, the way forward is by focusing on being productive, efficient, and aware. In his words, we need to remove the fear of growing but must not stray too far that we end up over-investing. Instead, we need to make informed decisions and ensure that growth is beneficial and sustainable for all.


Apply now for Admissions - https://ifmrgsbadmissions.krea.edu.in/?utm_source=Genesis 

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 IFMR Graduate School of Business (GSB), Krea University organised a one-day virtual Research Symposium, focusing on ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Sustainability’. The Symposium discussed a wide range of topical issues and themes such as Financial Inclusion, Sustainable Finance, FinTech, and Digital Inclusion. Students, faculty, researchers and several attendees witnessed presentations and evidence-based research that answered burning questions on inclusion and sustainable development in our societies.

Dr Shobha Das, Dean-IFMR Graduate School of Business, delivered the inaugural address highlighting the three meanings of inclusion that aims to define the symposium such as social, financial, and digital inclusion. Later, Vice-Chancellor of Krea University, Dr Sunder Ramaswamy shared in his opening message about the relevance of hosting symposiums in today’s world and how it helps take the discussion forward.

Prof Karthik Muralidharan, Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics from the University of California, San Diego, was the keynote speaker of the symposium. His keynote address focused on an inclusive growth dividend, shedding light on the role of income transfers in India’s development strategy.

Thought leaders such as Dr Avik Sarkar from the Indian School of Business, Prof Lore Vandewalle from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Geneva, Prof Alex Edmans from the Centre for Corporate Governance - London Business School, and Dr Charity Troyer Moore from MacMillan Center - Yale University, also delivered seminars and lectures on a wide range of topics. In addition to discussing policies and reforms in the country, the symposium brought to spotlight the various Indian government initiatives. Rama Devi Lanka - Director, Emerging Technologies, Officer on Special Duty, ITE&C Dept, Government of Telangana - shared her insights on the government’s contribution to inclusion in technology as well.

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IFMR-GSB, Krea University is hosting an interaction with MBA cohort on Post Covid Economic Recovery In India : Prospects and Risks on 18th December 2020, from 6:15PM to 8:00PM by Dr. Anantha Nageswaran.


Apply now for Admissions - https://ifmrgsbadmissions.krea.edu.in/?utm_source=Genesis

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With a 50-year history, IFMR GSB has evolved from a research-based institution to a full-fledged business school enabled by interwoven learning. 


Get to know about why IFMR is the perfect place for you to achieve your career goals as our MBA Admissions Chairperson and Corporate Relations and Career Services Head talk about it in the upcoming webinar.


Register now:  https://us02web.zoom.us/.../101.../WN_BxpfiS2VQuuXn2Gbq3-2rw


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Get to know how IFMR GSB overcame the barriers of the pandemic to ensure smooth learning for students.


For more information: https://www.mbarendezvous.com/ifmr-graduate-school-of-business-moves-to-seamless-learning-during-covid-19/


Apply at: https://ifmrgsbadmissions.krea.edu.in/?utm_source=Genesis

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