Monday, November 14, 2011

22nd Week @ XIMB

22nd Week - 6th November to 12th November

6th November - Sunday. SRM lecture is missed . There was good news that I am shortlisted for interview of MSME.

There was election for core place-com committee in the evening. 5 hours of marathon and participatory process was over with 22 candidates (14 Voluntary and 8 at the moment). Politics inside the branch has started officially.

7th November - Interview for MSME was not much satisfactory. But I studied a lot about Clusters of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and livelihood generation through Cluster Development.

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation is doing good work in the area of hunger and food security. As per there Vision : A society where everyone has access to food and nutrition security. And Mission : Ensuring food and nutrition security of vulnerable sections by empowering them, by promotion of focused interventions, by capacity building of various stakeholders, and by research and advocacy.

The ‘Report on the State of Food Insecurity in Rural India’ is prepared by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation with support from the United Nation’s World Food Programme (UNWFP).The Report is in two parts. The first part examines the status of food and nutrition security in Rural India. Ranking of States based on their status has been done using seven indicators, viz., population consuming less than 1890 Kcal, access to safe drinking water, sanitation facility, women with anaemia, women with chronic energy deficiency, stunting in children and children with anemia and comparison made between two time periods. The thrust is on outcome indicators. The second part of Report examines the major public food delivery systems – Public Distribution System (PDS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meals Scheme (MDMS). The Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) has led to exclusion of large number of needy poor. The Report recommends a return to the ‘universal PDS’ that existed till 1997.

An idea about OMFED struck into my mind. I discussed the feasibility of the idea with Gaurish. In the same ADM lecture, we were told about hostile world and effects of missing deadlines.

8th November - There was no study for MEARS test. Interview for core Placecom committee takes place. I was not selected for core Placecom. I was disappointed a bit but life goes on.

A manager should have both bird's and snail eye view for observation. A good lesson learnt about fallacy of the jargon oriented MBA program.

9th November - I was neither selected in SIP of MSME foundation not shortlisted for Birla Tyres. I missed out last MEARS class where there was emphasis given by faculty that we are students of rural management, not rural development.

There was presentation on Kudumbashree by Mr. Nair. Kudumbashree : prosperity of the family, launched in 1998 is women oriented and community based State Poverty Eradication Mission of Government of Kerala. The programme has 37 lakh members and covers more than 50% of the households in Kerala. Built around three critical components, micro credit, entrepreneurship and empowerment, the Kudumbashree initiative has today succeeded in addressing the basic needs of the less privileged women.

I am embedding here the youtube video whose small section was shown in RPLS classroom.

World Economic Forum: East Asian Solutions for Global Food Security



10th November Launch of EXPRESSION and various games committee involved.
There was case discussion on Custom Car Care by Anne M. Martin, John F. Graham. This comprehensive case provides an opportunity to cover the entire marketing framework and is particularly useful to demonstrate a break-even with a profit level.

I was also part of marketing team for game Kurukshetra. Kurukshetra stands tall as the prodigy behind Xpressions and is one of the flagship events which can proudly boast about its rich legacy of the past 16 yrs.

11th November Finally XPRESSIONS started. There was CONCLAVE- a panel discussion in the morning. Harish Bijoor and Rita Soni were invited guests. Harish Bijoor run a private-label consulting firm that specializes in Brand and business strategy and teaches Rural Marketing at ISB Hyderabad. I am putting his blog profile for the reference. Ms. Rita Soni is CEO of NASSCOM Foundation. Her detail can be found on the website of NASSCOM Foundation. Alas, I missed the event as was busy in a meeting at CGIAR Orissa for RLLE.

12th November : A day of relaxation and sleep. A rarity in the life of Jhabier student.

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