IMT-G's CRICKET aims to aid rural India
Under the leadership of Dr. Debabrata Datta, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad’s CRICKET program is focused on boosting business in rural India.
“CRICKET is a new initiative which we have taken up at IMT with the inspiration and vision of our esteemed Director, Dr. Bibek Banerjee,” said Dr. Debabrata Datta. “However, this CRICKET is not the same as World Cup Cricket or the IPL, though it promises to be as exciting and as fulfilling.
“CRICKET stands for a centre which promotes rural innovation; aims at capacity building; facilitates social entrepreneurship and adopts knowledge management and technology to promote its objectives. It is an acronym for Centre for Rural Innovation, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, (Social) Entrepreneurship and Technology.”
Basically, CRICKET would provide a platform at the grass-roots level for action research.
Dr. Debabrata Datta said: “CRICKET would be focused at vital, but often neglected, segments of the Indian society, such as rural innovators, micro and small enterprises. It will provide them professional guidance in managing the commercial aspects of their innovations through support in market research (with the help of PGDM students), developing business plans, refining business processes and thereby nurturing sustainable business.
“The lessons learnt through such engagements with the target group would be then channelized into action-research-based case studies and other research publications. Eventually, this endeavour can be expected to result in creating intellectual property for IMT and for the concerned faculty members engaged in such action research.”
Kellogg CRTI-IMT Peer Learning Internship Programme (KCIPLIP)
IMT Ghaziabad (through CRICKET) has entered into a strategic partnership with CRTI
(Centre for Research in Technology and Innovation) of Kellogg School of Management
to share best practices, conduct joint research programs and carry out joint student
assignments in the US and India. Both the institutes have a firm belief in the philosophy
of learning through doing and action research as an instrument of pedagogy. An important
manifestation of this partnership was the conduct of a joint Kellogg CRTI -IMT Peer
Learning Internship Programme (KCIPLIP). It was been launched to cover the teams
of Kellogg CRTI and IMT Students on the following projects
- To Design a Business Plan for Implementation of eHealth and mHealth Platforms in
- Impact Investing scenario in India
- Help set up an end-to-end rural contract farming enterprise for goats
- Telemedicine: It's acceptance in rural India.
- DLight design's route-to-market with new partner SREI SAHAJ
- Kellogg Project: TERI-DFID Clean Cook Initiative
- Formulation of Investment strategy and giving recommendations for investment in
education technology sector
- Mobile based Agro-Services in India. Identification of Gaps & scope of improvements
- Study on sustainability & cash management in kiosk banking (Drishti foundation)
- Design of MIS to monitor the progress of digital equalizer project (American India
- Assessing the impact of NASSCOM social innovation award (NASSCOM foundation)
- Developing a marketing & distribution strategy for solar lights in Uttar Pradesh
- Preparing a roadmap for M&A in the microfinance industry (IntelleCash)
- Exploring the potential & scalability of micro-collated services as a business model
for farmers (I-Farm venture Advisers)
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Project
The GEM Project is concerned with the study of Entrepreneurship in India, jointly
with Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Entrepreneurial Development Institute
of India, Ahmedabad. This will aim at preparing an India-specific report on entrepreneurship,
which would also form part of GEM Global Report, being disseminated globally every
year by the GEM Consortium. Collaboratively, two nation-wide surveys would be conducted
under the Project to study the nature and extent of entrepreneurship activity in
the country and perceptions about how the entrepreneurial framework conditions influence
these in the Indian context.
Action Research Projects of IMT Faculty, assisted by Students
Several research projects have been undertaken by IMT Faculty, assisted by PGDM
Students. These included:
- Feasibility Study for establishing PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) in Bahraich District of Uttar Pradesh (Dr. Ranjana Agarwal, Dr. Surinder Batra & Dr. Neeraj Awasthy and Team)
- Capacity Building at District Level to enhance the performance of MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme)
(Dr. Shalini Kalia; Dr. Lipi Das and Team)
- Analyzing the Consumption Pattern for Packaged Goods in the Bharat of India -- A Case of Mandi District in Himachal Pradesh
(Professors Kaushik Datta; Harvinder Singh; Om Krishnan and Lubna Nafees and Team)
- Study of Innovation in Indian Small and Medium Enterprises
(Dr. V K Gupta, Dr. Bindu Gupta and Team)
- To study the areas of livelihood options & gauge capacity building through social entrepreneurship for primitive trivial groups in saraikela, kharswan district, Jharkhand (Dr. Ranjana Agarwal)
- Impact of Fusion Microfinance Operations on the Livelihood of Borrowers of Three Villages in Uttar Pradesh
(Dr. Sadananda Prusty, Dr. Susmi Routray and Team)
The Centre for Rural Innovation, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CRICKET) of the Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK, jointly organized ICRICKET, an international conference at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on January 2 and 3.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (CER), based in Essex Business School, provides a focus for research activity in the area of enterprise and innovation. Its main aim is to develop a forum for excellence in entrepreneurship research and dissemination, focusing on varied aspects of new venture creation, innovative growth, and the impact of entrepreneurship on regional and local economic development.
It houses the International Entrepreneurship Forum and has close working links with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and its Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) program. It has also developed an impressive track record of action-research-based projects, training and consultancy programs and advisory initiatives for a range of public, private and non-governmental organizations.
Noted personalities from various fields of management attended the event and shared their knowledge and view with students.
ICRICKET is a platform for exchange of current and future trends in theory and practice of disciplines related to rural innovation, capacity building, knowledge management, entrepreneurship, technology and other allied disciplines.
Cricket in collaboration with IRC worked on projects incorporated under STEP(Short Term Exchange Program). This year (2012-2013), two STEP programs have been carried out under this collaboration.
1) CBS(Copenhagen Business School) :
This STEP program basically focussed on cross cultural studies and the theme of entrepreneurship. CRICKET,along with IRC did various types of projects which involved NGO’s also, based on the concept of social entrepreneurship apart from other entrepreneurship and business projects.
2) San-Diego business school:
This STEP program focussed on doing projects under the Indian business environment. Projects were from diverse areas like finance, marketing and operations.
CRICKET is looking forward to international tie-ups for various purposes like research work and conferences etc.
Still in its inception phase, newsletter initiative of CRICKET offers a significant insight about the different initiatives in the areas such as social entrepreneurship, rural innovation capacity building etc.
It is a platform where people from different domains like academia, industry and NGO’s share their ideas and practical experiences. Through its concise overviews it also provides the information about different project and initiatives carried out under the cricket.
We hope to make it a platform where we continuously share novel and innovative ideas and penetrate them so as to have significant impact on society as a whole. By encouraging the students to think about practical problems and stimulating their thinking in the areas of entrepreneurship, knowledge management and technology, newsletter will act as tool to enhance the overall understanding of students.