Friday, 17 May 2019

IIHMR University Embarks On A Celluloid Journey To Uphold The Sanctity Of Climate Change

Mankind is advancing rapidly, a feat that is both beneficial and detrimental for the environment, especially the climate. To throw light on this, IIHMR University Jaipur, in association with Future Health System (FHS), has made a film on climate change and its effect on children. Aptly titled “Children of an Uncertain Climate”, the content of the film is based on “Decoding Child Health Impact under Climate Crisis”, an eminently illustrious study by FHS.

This short film delves into the ways Climate Change is impacting child health in India, keeping in context Sundarbans – a climatically exposed and vulnerable region. The FHS study states that the Sundarbans, the mangrove forest delta shared both by India and Bangladesh is among the worst hit regions of climate change in the world. 

There is no bigger threat to humanity than that of climate change, which is steadily undermining the years of progress made in sustenance and development. Here, the most vulnerable strata come from the children, who would have to bear the brunt of adult’s follies. Hunger and malnutrition are directly linked to the shift in a climate, which in turn creates a disorder in the production cycle. The rise in temperature, water scarcity, and air pollution have joined hands to create an inhospitable scenario where children will face a full-forced impact of both water-borne diseases and dangerous respiratory conditions. Unless addressed and tackled properly, the future that one has envisioned for his/her progeny is about to be at stake.

“India, along with the world, is set to move towards a perilous era, plagued in complications caused by our own short-sightedness. Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that loss of snow from the Himalayas will result in a rise in the sea levels and reduce the flow of water into the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna (GBM delta) basins. This threatens to leave millions of people homeless, lacking water, food, or access to basic services like health care”, said Dr Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University.
To embolden the cause, the film “Children of an Uncertain Climate” was shown at the World Conference on Health and Climate Change that took place on 15 – 16 April 2019. Held in Cannes, France, the conference, called the first ever ‘humanitarian COP’, brought together international experts, operations specialists from various national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, public and private sector decision-makers, researchers, international organizations and members of the media. 

This conference has been created to update the variances in modern scientific research, presenting innovative solutions to take up the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century.
“It’s about time policymakers take the cause of children into consideration while drafting climate change policy, research and action. Evidence suggests that children are most likely to experience adverse health effects caused by environmental factors. WHO states that predictions by the IPCC envisage that changes in extreme weather events, undernutrition and the spread of infectious diseases will increase morbidity and mortality due to climate change by 2030 Therefore, we need to ensure that the specific needs of children form the centre of any climate change policies”, said Dr S.D. Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University.

The film and the study aim to create a powerful conversation which results in the following proactive measures:
  • Identify climate change as a risk factor for food security, especially in the island pockets where resources are limited
  • Adopt long-term community-led adaptation strategies in the food production system instead of short-term emergency response
  • Build climate-sensitive infrastructure in climatically vulnerable pockets for uninterrupted care services
  • Undertake state-led innovative measures for supplying vegetables and fruits through the Public Distribution System to improve the food availability of the region
  • Undertake strong surveillance to monitor the growth of the children, especially in the worst-hit regions for prompt action on food insecurity at the household level

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The MBA in Rural Management is different from Traditional Management Programmes (MBA HRM,MBA Marketing,MBA Finance etc.)

In India with more than 60% of population living in villages, the future is as rural as it is global. Our economy is growing rapidly, but still a massive 47% of it breathes in Agriculture. The flagship missions of the state be it in livelihoods entitlements or basic services like health and education or skilling and entrepreneurship are increasingly investing in creating opportunities and careers. For the corporates too this dynamic geography lies at the frontiers of their growth strategies. 
The MBA Degree in Rural Management programme by IIHMR University, equips students with perspectives and competence to play a professional role in the expanding engagement with rapidly changing rural India be it for services and entitlements or diverse sectors of rural marketing ranging from agriculture, handicrafts, services FMCGs. A step up and stand out from the regular management programmes, it is the platform to launch successful careers with top organizations committed to the vast expanse of the country.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Why MBA degree in Rural Management has better career prospects than PGDM in HR / Marketing / Finance?

The MBA Rural Management is a unique programme, in addition to traditional management topics such as Human Resource Management, Marketing, Finance, Project Management, Strategic management, Accounting, Quantitative Techniques, Managerial Analysis and Communication, it also provides deep understanding of concept helpful in managing transformations that directly and indirectly impact 68% of population living in 65% of Indian geography.
About 60 per cent of the population still live in rural areas. 47% of our economy is dependent on the Agriculture Sector. Further, Industry and Service sector accounts for 25% and 28% contribution. So, real corporate action is taking place in rural India. The future of corporates lies with tier 2 & 3 areas, which directly require rural specialization to be effective.
The MBA Rural Management strives to provide better understanding of rural population in order to understand human capital based on the fundamental concepts of human resource management. The field understanding and additional rural concepts helps in managing the people well and hiring the right human resource for right job to achieve organization goal. This additional understanding creates student of MBA Rural Management to stand out in the crowd and do better.
All concepts of marking are also covered by the MBA Rural Management in addition to new concepts of rural marketing, agricultural marketing and other specifics of the expanding rural market. Rural orientation allows MBA RM student to market the product and services better and to be a good marketer. This additional understanding creates student of MBA Rural Management to stand out in the crowd and do better.
With huge amount of businesses taking place in rural India has generated demand for finance candidate with understanding of rural society and economy in order to manage the finance well which tries to capture 65% of India. MBA Rural management in addition to fundamental financial management concept also provide knowledge of rural banking and finance, accounting, processes of costing, forecasting and many more. This additional understanding creates student of MBA Rural Management to stand out in the crowd and do better.
Dr. Sazzzad Parvez
School of Development Studies
IIHMR University, Jaipur