Impact India 2021

Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi

The Institute of Social Sciences is dedicated to a systematic and scholarly study of contemporary social, political and economic issues from an inter-disciplinary perspective. The Institute makes its research findings and recommendations available to national and state governments, policy makers, UN organizations, international donor agencies, civil society organizations and workers’ unions so as to help them to make their decisions based on sound evidence. The Institute seeks to integrate academic rigor with the struggle for change; hence the motto of the organization is “Integrating Research with Action”

Jawaharlal Nehru University 

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is one of the most renowned institutions of higher education in India. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council awarded it 3.9 out of 4 for research and academic standing. Founded in 1969 as a private institution, it is located on a campus spread over approximately 1,000 acres of land on the Aravali range in New Delhi.  JNU scholars and students are recognized world-wide in collaborative research, and the Government of India depends upon the scholarly work produced at JNU to fashion national public policy. Presently the University has over 7,300 students, who come from all parts of the country and abroad, and from all sections of society. There are over 500 faculty members in addition to administrative staff who, along with students, live on campus, and where they interact and mingle with each other regardless of social or professional status.  There are ten noteworthy schools that make-up the University, including: Arts and Aesthetics; International Studies; Biotechnology; Computational and Integrative Sciences; and, Environmental Sciences. They also have five research centers, two of which are of special interest to our project: Center for Law and Governance and Center (on their New Delhi campus) for Development Studies (in their Bengaluru campus) 

Loyola College, Chennai 

Loyola College is one of the oldest colleges in the city, a city that was a nerve center during the British raj, and maintains that outstanding reputation because of its Jesuit heritage and extraordinary, educational training.  The college has numerous undergraduate and graduate programs, many interdisciplinary, such as Medical Anthropology and the Sociology of Health Policy.  Father Joe Arun, S.J. the Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions, was delighted to partner with Fairfield University in the Phase I - Pilot Study because the Institute’s social justice mission is very similar to the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield.

Loyola College has a strong Engineering college and an MBA program that has recently collaborated with European institutions.  Loyola College is similar to Quinnipiac College in Connecticut in that its public opinion polls set the standard for accurately measuring attitudes of local populations, including predicting local, regional, and national political outcomes.  Senior administrators, faculty and students in Medical Anthropology and Public Health are looking forward to moving forward with Phase II of our Impact India 2021 research initiative because of the shared objectives that will lead to change in public attitudes to women and girls in the country. Father Arun and faculty in the Institute were pivotal in helping Fairfield successfully complete Phase I in 10 months; a significant achievement for an evidence-based data collection research project of that magnitude.

The University of Mysore, Mysore

The University of Mysore was established in 1916, and is today recognized by the Government of India University Grants Commission as an “institution of excellence.”  Founded by the Maharaja of Mysore, the University has received special, international recognition for its Biodiversity, Bioprospecting, and Sustainable Development Research Center. Faculty and students from these departments will be of particular value in our interdisciplinary research project.  The University has 42 postgraduate departments at the main campus, and provides higher education to about 85 lakh students, of which over 10,000 are postgraduates. As many as 1,400 students pursuing higher studies at the University are from 50 different countries. To actualize an inclusive growth policy—both for citizens of the nation and for global trade—the University created innovative programs such as Masters in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Electronics, Genetics, Electronic Media, Geographical Information Systems, Information Technology and Management, Computer Cognition Technology and Financial Analysis. These new graduate programs are expected to meet the emerging needs of technology and society and to develop necessary human resources. Career oriented courses, such as e-Commerce, Bioinformatics and Clinical Informatics are offered as well. Mysore, a recognized hub of pioneering global industries in information technology, entrepreneurial management, and life sciences, will help refine our research findings with regard to familial attitudes to employment opportunities for women.

St. Xavier’s College Ahmadabad

Founded in the mid-20th century, immediately after India received its independence, St. Xavier’s College is under the jurisdiction of the State’s Ministry of Education.  St. Xavier’s has approximately 10,000 students enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  The College’s core mission is similar to Fairfield University’s, but with fewer requirements.  Students take a distribution of courses in the arts, sciences, and economics, but not religion as India maintains its secular ideals of separating church and state. In 1995, the College launched the Loyola Center for Research and Development, which has since garnered global attention because of its work in plant biology (food security) and computer sciences (nationally recognized information technology career certificate programs), with a strong record of undergraduate and graduate research.  It also has a renowned graduate program in economics in affiliation with Sardar Patel Institute of Economics and Social Research and Research Information Systems in New Delhi. The faculty and students of this Institute can be vital to Impact India 2021.  Moreover, Fr. Braganza, the former Principal (President) is Director of a newly established Center for Research on Culture and Society, and he has already pledged the Center’s support.  Finally, Ahmadabad is one of the most hospitable cities in India to global industries, with a large high population of young educated professionals, a consciously planned excellent infrastructure, uninterrupted power and water supply, first-rate satellite/Wi-Fi connectivity, and incorruptible political culture.

St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

An autonomous, private institution, St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai has a stellar reputation, with numerous graduate and undergraduate programs in various key disciplines.  Fairfield University partnered with the College’s Economics, Health Policy, and Sociology graduate departments in the pilot phase of Impact India 2021.  Principal (president) Fr. Mascarenhas, S.J., is eagerly looking forward to expanding the research and continue working with Fairfield on Impact India 2021.  St. Xavier’s has more than 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The institution also has a wonderful Engineering division, off-site from the main campus.

Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is comparable to New York City.  Mumbai has major colleges and universities, including Bombay University (state-run) as well as other specialized private institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology (many global ranking agencies have rated this institution above MIT), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and two women’s colleges: Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University and Sophia College.

St. Xavier’s has a superior quality of students because of its high admission standards. India has a general, extremely competitive admission exam, and based upon those exit scores, high school graduates are admitted to specific colleges within that score-range.  In the United States, St. Xavier’s would be similar to NYU as a high profile institution, with academically rigorous programs that have strong, multi-disciplinary, research-focused faculty.  The College has faculty collaborations with Stanford University on water research and with Oxford University on business start-ups. The college has a vibrant, highly motivated student body and excellent lecture and cultural extra-curricular programs.  President Obama hosted a town-hall meeting at St. Xavier’s as did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Melanne Verveer, Former Chief of Staff to Former First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton when they were both in India for Women’s Empowerment Summit in 2011.  The uptown location of the college provides students with great access to co-curricular experiences and entertainment.

Xavier Labor Relations & Human Resources Institute, Jamshedpur 

An autonomous, private institution, Xavier Institute is one of India’s premier MBA granting schools.  The student body is fluid because there are many on-line and part-time programs.  Similar to MIT’s Sloan School of Business, the Institute attempts to foster entrepreneurship and innovative business approaches.  XLR has consciously shifted its focus away from labor union research (India in the hands of Indira Gandhi and her heirs in the 1980s and early 1990s) to one that emphasizes modern global business models to meet global labor demands.  XLRI is our co-fiduciary partner in the research project with an estimated budget of about $2 million 

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