Saturday, February 25, 2012

37th Week@XIMB

37th Week- 19th February to 25th February, 2012

19th February - RLLE is an integral pedagogical component of PGDM-RM course at XIMB. The objective of this live experience of one month is to develop respect for the poor and rural people while living with them and listening to their joys & sorrows, and appreciating their capacity to lead their life with dignity amidst several odds. We worked with International potato Center on the phase of area identification of the project "Root & Tuber Crops for Food Security in Asia Pacific". We had done the work in two phases:

Secondary data collection, House hold listing and Field visit for identification of villages for the project area intervention & Primary data collection and analysis using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools in the selected villages.

This field learning and experience from the rural India was a joy of our life and definitely unforgettable for us. We want to share our moments through the process of  "learning by unlearning" and hope that it will help all to experience through our eyes.We documented the entire trip in a short video of five minutes - XIMB RLLE (2011-13)- International Potato Center

There is hypothesis that creativity isn't a linear, consistent phenomenon but rather happens in clumps and creative states are only super creative for a short time. Assuming our creativity can capture yours attention. This project would not have been possible without my teammates Mriganka Mondal, Chandan Kumar and Kuldip Kalita! All thanks to them.

20th February - I rested today. We finished our RLLE report and chart for RLLE mela. It was pleasant to see that each of us avoided credit grabbing. By giving credit to the people where it is due, creates environment of mutual trust and respect.

I saw a funny picture on the facebook about IRMANS that hold quite true for Rural Managers at XIMB also. I am reproducing the image here without any malicious intention -

21st February - RLLE Mela was much better organized than our anticipation. Our faculty and administration were advised by director to read book - Rethinking the MBA by Srikant M. Datar , David A. Garvin and Patrick Cullen.

22nd February - There was deep reading material given in REPP class of : Politics of Economic Growth in India, 1980-2005 (Part 1 and Part2) ; The paper stress that Indian government policies were more pro business than pro market. I somehow agree with that. This article is not having asinine views of the market but a different perspective about transformation of political economy of India before and after liberalization.

23rd February - Only 16 students attended CMIB lecture, rest of them were kicked out due to failure in submitting assignment at time. I don't have clear disdain but always a hidden anger against establishment. But at this time, the strict action taken to maintain class discipline was justified. As per mine opinion, punishment should be the last resort of any civilized society, but a society that is not prepared to punish those who would rule it by force and chaos is doomed to become uncivilised. "Stop passing the buck, nip it in the bud" is the best strategy to control the mob behavior. There are few students in the RM program who had track record of indiscipline in the class. That is why I supported the actions from the administration.

RIM: There is a general assumption of existence of the perfect merit and fair market among elite and higher caste students. Even the price discovery is a top-bottom approach in most of the commodity market. Hence, its very difficult to establish true people's market. One more hidden fact : Caste reduces the transaction cost in India. That was an important lesson that need to be much researched and studies by Indian management students. There is already research on this that suggests that socially backward castes do face disadvantages in finding regular employment in the sense that they face either higher transaction costs or social boycott by the trader community associated with entry into the market. Economic deprivation is a serious disability, So is social discrimination and oppression. One can access journal papers on the study of transaction costs at Ronald Coase Institute.

24th February - Mid term exams of BIS and MP were finished. There were two articles worth reading in such hectic schedule even - Dear MBA Class of 2011 by Sidin Vadukut: Advice for the worthies undergoing campus placements, delivered in Morgan Freeman-style to soft hip-hop-ish beats and ‘Uncertified’ managers of Anna Hazare’s village give management lessons.

25th February - Mid term exam of UDO was over. There were five fascinating essays in the course material: Social Action to Overcome Someday by Harsh Mander, Building Bridges across Boundaries : Partnerships for Development by Arun Maira, Grassroots Development through Community Action by Bunker Roy, Sustainability of Interventions : Withdrawal - The concept, Need and Implications by M K Bhat and Anita Cheria & NGOs Civil Society and Political Development.

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