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A Report on Impact of Nutrition through Mid Day Meals: Building a Comprehensive Assessment Model

Deepika Swami, Anjula Gurtoo, and Bita Afsharia. (2020) 01B/04/2020, pp. 01-28

The Report proposes a framework to build a comprehensive mid-day meal (MDM) assessment model. The framework provides the foundation to evaluate the multi-level impacts of the MDM scheme on a child’s nutritional health. The inter-sectoral convergence in the framework ensures a balanced and holistic view of the MDM scheme. The framework also gives us the potential to identify effective, high potential, policy interventions for improved nutritional health of a child in India.

Sustainability Transition in Established Corporations: Role of Technological Innovation

Rahul Patil, Akriti Jain, and Anjula Gurtoo. (2020) Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (INDAM) – 2020, IIM Trichy – India on 1-4 January 2020. SSRN ID 3635658, pp. 01-12

Sustainability transition theories analyze a systematic shift towards sustainability at micro (niche), meso (regime) and macro (landscape) level. The assessment of technological systems and structures at the firm level in sustainability transition literature is scant. The present study, taking the technological assessment perspective at the firm level, finds answers to questions like (a) how do established corporations move towards sustainable practices? (b) what role does technological innovation play in the firm’s transition towards sustainability? (c) what technological modes get adopted for sustainability transition? We find answers to these questions through an in-depth case analysis of two multi-national companies in the consumer goods industry. Internally developed and externally acquired technologies by firms in the last 15 years are plotted using qualitative and quantitative indicators on pre-designed templates. Technologies for all three sustainability dimensions, namely, environmental, social and economic, get mapped and the impact assessed. The analysis finds a sustainability transition landscape reflecting the use of protected (patents, trademarks, designs) and unprotected technologies (open innovation) to generate impacts like production efficiency, consumption reduction, emission reduction, reduce-recycle-reuse among others. Companies implementing sustainable technologies do observe positive impacts. Implementation of reduce-reuse- recycle (3R)-based technologies enhance the achievement of sustainable development targets. Furthermore, the use of trademarks seems common in differentiating their technologies and identities. The last section uses these and other results to comment on the role of managing intellectual property and harnessing the effect of technological innovations in sustainability transition.

A Nonsmooth Extension of Samuelson’s Multiplier-Accelerator Model

Petri T. Piiroinen and Srinivasan Raghavenadra. International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 29, No. 10 (2019) 1930027 pp. 01-15, DOI: 10.1142/S0218127419300271

Dynamical-systems approaches have historically been used in business-cycle theory to generate sustained oscillations in macroeconomic variables. We aim to contribute to this literature by extending the original Samuelson multiplier-accelerator model with a discontinuous stabilization policy in terms of government expenditure. We show that the nonsmoothness yields…

Working Papers

Policy Review: Humanure Application in Agriculture: Emerging Policy Concerns and Recommendations

Girija R - Research Scholar, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISc; Working Paper 01A/12/2019, pp. 01-07

This Policy brief highlights the challenges in agriculture and provides recommendations with respect to the identified problem – hurdles in reusing humanure in agriculture. It presents evidence and experience, through research results and findings from the field on application of human excreta-based soil inputs in agriculture in order to make informed decisions.

Policy Review: National Design Policy of India, 2007 and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy of India, 2013

Kumari M C - Research Scholar, Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing, IISc; Working Paper 06A/10/2019, pp. 01-11

The word design is used to refer to design solutions, design activity, design stage, and the domain itself. It is used as a noun and a verb. “Design is to design a design to produce a design.”– is a line often used to show the shifts of its meaning. Design cuts across various domains, while materialising as products, processes, and services. Heskett categories design…

Policy Review: The Winds of Change in India’s Wind Sector - Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding for Procurement of Power from Grid-Connected Large Wind Power Projects

Anasuya Gangopadhyay - Research Scholar, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISc; Working Paper 05A/10/2019, pp. 01-07

The policy titled ‘Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding for Procurement of Power from Grid-Connected Large Wind Power Projects’ was released on 7 December 2017. In India, till the year 2017, wind power was promoted through various tax benefits, incentives [like Accelerated Depreciation (AD) and Generation Based Incentives (GBI)] and preferential… 

Policy Review:Annotation of the Draft National Policy for Micro and Mini-Grids, 2016

Soumya Deep Das - Research Scholar, National Institute of Advanced Studies; Working Paper 04A/10/2019, pp. 01-09

Electricity is one of the prime movers in the National economic growth rate, catalyst in generating new skilled manpower and an important indicator to measure poverty alleviation. It is a well-known fact that with higher energy consumption results in higher economic growth, but it also creates a negative impact on our environment through rising anthropogenic…

Kalyāṇ – a Voyage through Dēśa and Kāla | Part-II

Achintya Prahlad - Postdoctoral Fellow, Ashoka University; Working Paper 02A/10/2019, pp. 01-40

This article explores the rāga system in Indian music, in the specific context of a prominent family of rāgas known as Kalyāṇ. It explores their structure, with attention to its historical evolution and geographical variation. Part 1 deals with the period from the 16th to the 18th century, while part 2 deals with the later period…

Kalyāṇ – a Voyage through Dēśa and Kāla | Part-I

Achintya Prahlad - Postdoctoral Fellow, Ashoka University; Working Paper 01A/10/2019. pp. 01-30

This article explores the rāga system in Indian music, in the specific context of a prominent family of rāgas known as Kalyāṇ. It explores their structure, with attention to its historical evolution and geographical variation. Part 1 deals with the period from the 16th to the 18th century, while part 2 deals with the later period…

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