Category: Guest Ave

The Indian Foreign Service As A Career Option

The Indian Foreign Service As A Career Option

India is being seen abroad as an emerging power with great economic potential despite many daunting challenges. Countries and institutions all over the world want to engage with India. Our Missions abroad and the Ministry of External Affairs play a central role in facilitating this engagement. The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is the human resource that implements Indian foreign policy. […]

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Getting Involved in the Indian Puzzle

Getting Involved in the Indian Puzzle

An IITB alumnus, Dr. Ajay Shah is one of India’s most influential economists, something that has been recognized by the Business Standard and Indian Express. He has held positions at the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research and the Ministry of Finance, and now works at NIPFP where he co-leads the NIPFP-DEA Research Program. He […]

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Tin Man of Hijli

What would the Tin Man of Hijli say, if it could speak? Prof. Shyamal Chakraborty tries to figure that out in this article. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is observing its 60 years of existence this year. Sixty years is not a long time for an academic institution, for there are many European universities that are 10 times older than […]

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A letter from an IITian

A letter from an IITian

Why does clearing the JEE garner so much respect from society? Because you believe that featuring among the top 8000 students of your age-group in a fair competition is proof of your academic merit and hard-work – essentially your skills. But, is excellence (in this scenario) a result of your skill or just a product of your upbringing and other socio-economic factors? Namit Aroroa, an alumnus of IIT KGP, asks the same here.

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On Becoming A Writer

On Becoming A Writer

Two of the questions I’m commonly asked by students when I give readings or talks at universities is, “How feasible is a career in writing?” and “Does one need to have a literature or creative writing degree to become a writer?” My answers, I’m pleased to say, are “Quite feasible” and “No” respectively. All one needs to become a writer, […]

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Into the Big Bong Yonder: Kurumbhera Fort

Weekends in Kharagpur can be uneventful. For those whose lives aren’t largely in the digital realm, two days of relative inactivity can lead to restless boredom. Life is even more difficult for those suffering from travelitis – a mental condition compelling a person to explore the world around him. Columbus had it, Humboldt had it and apparently, so do I. […]

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The subziwallah from IIT

The subziwallah from IIT

Venkat Subramanian is the Founder and Managing Director of Matchbox Solutions (http://www.matchboxsolutions.in/), a company which uses technology to solve critical issues in India. Efarm (http://www.matchboxsolutions.in/eFarm.html), one such solution, uses technology to provide supply chain efficiency for procuring and delivering fruits and vegetables grown on rural farms. He can be reached through email at: venky@matchboxsolutions.in I am an alumnus of the Class […]

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Quantitative Economics as an Option for Graduate Studies

Quantitative Economics as an Option for Graduate Studies

The following article was contributed by Prof. Debasis Mishra of the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi as part of a campus recruitment initiative for an Master of Science programme in Quantitative Economics. For a very well written paper on the subject by Prof. Mishra with illustrative examples from the real world, click here. What is Quantitative Economics? Quantitative economics is […]

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