4. Ongoing Research Projects / Grants

1. Creating a Social Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through an Incubator at IRMA's Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises (CSEE): The Department of Science and Technology (DST) under its Innovation-Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development (i-STED) programme has recently approved a five year, Rs 2.89 crore supports, which would enable IRMA to identify and support social entrepreneurs and enterprises focused on rural and social innovations. (Coordinated by Prof C Shambu Prasad)

2. "Seeding Social Innovation and Enterprise in Universities" (2015-2016). CSEE's proposal jointly with The Hive, Nottingham Trent University, UK and UnLTd UK was awarded a one year grant of 20,000 pounds from the British Council as part of a competitive grant on social entrepreneurship. The project has seen cross visits by NTU and IRMA and CSEE is bringing out a curriculum handbook on social entrepreneurship teaching in India and documenting case studies of challenges facing social enterprises. (Coordinated by Prof C Shambu Prasad)

3. Behavioral Analysis of Farmers Decision Making on Agricultural Innovations (2014-2016): The study supported by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) critically analyses and brings out the process involved in farmers' decision making during selection, adoption and continuation of agricultural innovations. The comparative study between Karnataka and Gujarat involved following five crops - paddy, groundnut, cotton, maize and potato in twenty-two villages (10 from Gujarat and 12 from Karnataka) and understanding personality traits of farmers', situation factors and support systems in these states. (coordinated by Prof M V Durga Prasad).

4. "Rural and Agricultural Mechanization in Odisha: Policy implications of the spread of small engines and other small equipment" CSEE study (with the Verghese Kurien Centre of Excellence) received a consultancy from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). The study has been completed and findings shared at national workshops in Bhubaneswar and the Network of Rural and Agrarian studies at Allahabad (Dec 3rd and 20th respectively). Findings have also been shared in a special issue of Seminar. (Coordinated by Prof C Shambu Prasad)

5. The Emerging Role of Women Entrepreneurs in the New Indian Middle Class (2015-17): The project in collaboration with the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi is funded by The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), under its Sponsored Studies Programme (2012-2017). The study is aimed to uncover macro as well as micro level perspectives on women entrepreneurs in the context of the emergence of new Indian middle class. Project Co-Director, Prof. Vanita Yadav and Project Director: Prof. Jeemol Unni.

6. Framework for User Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Rural India (2013-14) As part of MoRD's grant to IRMA coordinated by Prof. Vanita Yadav. IRMA working Paper No 262, and AoM conference Vancouver and journal article published.

7. Impact of Mobile on Women's Empowerment in Rural Gujarat Tokyo's Weseda University had commissioned a study on the "Impact of Mobile on women's empowerment in Rural Gujarat". The study examines the extent to which mobile usage contributes to improving livelihoods in rural areas and in what ways. Project coordinator -Prof Ila Patel.

8. Conducting value chain studies of several Agri Products in Anantapur& Chittoor District: A Project under the operational areas of APMAS (Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddhi Society) on "Promoting sustainable Farmers' Producer Organizations to effectively engage in interventions to maximize value for the farmers based on the gaps identified in the value chain, resulting in improved quality of life of the farming families. The one year study started in December 2015 and is coordinated by Prof M V Durga Prasad.

9. "Organised Operations of Women Entrepreneurs for Innovative Agro Products in Karnataka State". Profs Paresh Bhatt and M V Durga Prasad members of CSEE proposed a plan for visit to study agro-enterprises in Karnataka.

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