ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA
Public engagement activities are increasingly seen as critical in building trust in public institutions, developing social capital and social cohesion in local communities, and lending support to government decision-making processes. Citizens of a community are “engaged” when they play an effective role in decision-making. This implies they are actively involved in defining the issues, identifying solutions, and developing priorities for action and resources.Aligned with the vision and mission of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we at IIT Delhi are conducting an action research as a collaborative process with the goal of delivering a model that enables a better informed and engaged public on health and development related issues. The endeavor is to contribute to this discipline and strengthen the well-being of the community in terms of health care. Our focus is on those regions in India that are facing challenges specially in women health and child care.
COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS
IMPACT EVALUATION OF TEQIP PHASE II (MHRD Sponsored Project)
Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) was conceived to transform the quality of technical institutions in general and give an impetus to research and post graduate education in these institutes in particular. This study aimed at measuring the overall impact of TEQIP-II across the institutes at the national level under the framework as mandated by the MHRD and also to measure the overall impact of TEQIP-II across the institutes at the national level.
Immovable Property Valuation Index, Indian Context
Real estate has emerged as one of the most profitable investing options in Indian economy, and its valuation plays an important role in the process. This study attempts to develop a residential estate valuation index for measuring the consumer behavior with residential estate, residential estate seen as habitat that is an output/product architecture. This index will be helpful for stakeholders, market makers, sellers, buyers, brokers, valuers, bankers and financial institutions in high-involvement decision-making.
Assess the Market Potential for Fushi Copperweld Inc (US based Company) Products in India
With globalization, all organizations are looking for ways to reach out to the new consumer bases. This case is an example of one such organisation trying to enter India by offering a product with a patented manufacturing process. The case evaluates the state of the Indian Copper market and presents a detailed analysis of the factors at play. It also looks at the perceptions of actors involved in the value chain. The organisation under question is Xishi Copperia Ltd. which is a Sino- American firm. The journey of the organisation itself presents a detailed analysis of a corporation which has faced numerous business cycles and strategies. In the end, the case provides insights as to what the future holds for a company like this, planning to enter the Indian Market.
Group on Business Development report. (Sam Pitroda Committee on Prasar Bharti Turnover, Govt. of India)
Prasar Bharati came into existence in 1997 under the Prasar Bharati Act, prior to which Doordarshan and AIR where governed by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. What the organization lacks today is a self sustainable model. In spite of having maximum pan India reach, the Indians are not willing to invest their time in watching/listening to outstanding programs developed by All India Radio and Doordarshan. This study tried to examine the business model of Prasar Bharati and suggest measures to augment existing revenue streams and create new revenue streams, both from domestic and international markets, with the aim of making the organization financially autonomous in its operations.
Development of Spectrum Pricing Index
Radio spectrum, a scarce resource, refers to the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that corresponds to radio frequencies. Given its importance in the development of a nation, it is of critical importance to effectively manage this resource. This study explains about three important effects on the scarce radio frequency spectrum. Spectrum management and the need for a valuation framework are being discussed.
Technology Forecasting and Technology Assessment for handling and Transportation of Fly Ash
According to the act “All thermal power plants which are operating on the date of notification should have achieved the target of 50% fly ash utilization and all new plants whose operation has started after the date of notification should have achieved the target of 50% of fly ash utilization within one year of notification. Because of this act it is mandatory to utilize maximum of plant ash within certain timeframe, as handling and transportation are integral part of ash management. This report aimed at developing a complete evaluation of ash handling and transportation and finally technology forecasting for them with future prospective.
Developing a Framework of Consumer Awareness on RF Exposure for Telecommunication Industry
The mobile industry is one such industry where the consumer must be made aware of radio signals and also of several delusions regarding electromagnetic waves radiated from mobile towers and mobile handsets. This study attempts to develop a consumer awareness framework in the context of the perceived risks surrounding the effects of radio signals used in telecommunication industry.