IIM-A joins hands with Harvard, MIT and Berkeley for research

Institutes to address bottom of the pyramid issues; joint research to up IIM-A's world ranking

Vinay Umarji | Ahmedabad

What happens when marquee institutions of the world — Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley — join hands with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad?

There will be joint research projects to develop field water quality testing and filtration equipment, ambient pollution measuring products and mobile technologies for health purposes.

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MICAns on the entrepreneur route

Three second year students of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, have started two ventures — a midnight food delivery service in Delhi and an online handmade jewellery store — to utilise their retail skills. Tanushree Bhatia reports

Of handcrafted and personalised jewels

Sometimes, hobbies can translate into business, as is the case with Anusha S (26) and Sneha Chaturvedi (25). The second year students of MICA recently launched an online jewellery store named Beads and Baubles where they have put their expertise in creating handcrafted jewellery to use. “The women in MICA love jewellery and we often got orders. These women inspired us to start an online store to sell quirky and personalised handcrafted jewellery. We were given ample support in this concept by the women in MICA,” said Anusha, who taught Sneha the art.

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Story of a storyteller

Writer-director Piyush of Sikander fame believes information told in the form of a story has a much deeper and lasting impact than in a dry form, for story is information with a soul

Sometimes you stumble upon something and it wows you forever! Something similar happened last October when I went to see a film, Sik a n d a r, at a Filmograph event at Rangmandal. The little known film is now one of my all-time favourites.

Teenaged Kashmiri boy Sikandar has been living with his uncle and aunt, ever since his parents were killed by militants. The young boy, who dreams of a better life for his family by realising his football talent, is a bit of a loner at school and an easy target for the school bullies. One day on his way home from a school football match, Sikandar finds a gun lying on the path. Despite being warned against it by his new friend Nasreen, Sikandar picks up the gun believing it to be the answer to his problems.

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Conversations at the kitli

‘Modi can trounce RaGa’

Every week Mirror will cut into animated conversations at the kitli to find out what’s on top of an aam Amdavadi’s mind

Mention Gujarat to any HR manager during job interviews and you are treated with instant reverence. “Oh, you are from Modi’s Gujarat. Tell us how he has transformed Gujarat and what new development is taking place,” is what interviewers want to know.

“Everybody is in awe of our Modi. We immediately feel that special admiration and pride of being from Modi land. They want to know all about him from us first hand.” This is what Jwal Chokshi (22), Dhaval Doshi (24), Ashish Jain (21) and Nihar Gosalia (21), engineering grads and MBA aspirants, experienced when they went for interviews in other states.

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