Sponsored Research / Consultancy

Title: Strategizing Child Safety Management using Facebook Platforms
Role: Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Prof. PV Ilavarasan, Prof. MP Gupta
Funding Agency: CPF, Facebook. Budget: Rs. 22,03,650/-
Abstract: The objective of this study is create sustainable solutions for child safety management using Facebook’s platform. Focus of such solutions would be to enhance sustainability and social inclusiveness.
Project status: In progress


Title: Study of Population Migration and its Impacts
Role: Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: Fidelity International. Budget: Rs. 20,70,000/-
Abstract: The objective of this study is to draw pattern for understanding of the major trends in play, push and pull factors and patterns of migration, etc. using a variety of data. What are the economic impacts of such migrations? Does it create additional values for receiving economies? What gaps does it leave from where people are leaving or is it beneficial for those economies as well.
Project status: In progress


Title:   Impact Assessment Study of PMGDISHA
Role: Co-Principal Investigator. PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: MEITY, GOI. Budget: Rs. 11,68,200/-
Abstract: The objective of this study is conduct an impact assessment of the effectiveness of the PGMDISHA programme of the national literacy mission of India.
Project status: Completed


Title: Impact Assessment of the Investor Awareness Project across 8 States in India (First Training)
Role: Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: MEITY, GoI. Budget: Rs. 307,980/-
Abstract: To share the concept of savings and investments in other schemes, a project named Investor Awareness Programme (IAP) was rolled out through the Common Service Centers (CSCs) during the month of March 2016 to June 2016. The project does a Impact Assessment of the Investor Awareness Project through Common Services Centre in 8 States.
Project status: Completed


Title: Impact Assessment Study under Legal Literacy Project in Jammu and Kashmir
Role: Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: MEITY, GoI. Budget: Rs. 307,980/-
Abstract: Legal literacy is seen as a tool to bring change at the grassroots level. It has been witnessed that better awareness of laws helps people work more effectively in diverse spheres. This project attempts to do an Impact Assessment Study under Legal Literacy Project in Jammu and Kashmir which was rolled out through the Common Service Centers.
Project status: Completed


Title: Assessment of multi-stakeholder engagement in tourism – Insights from social media and service providers
Role: Principal Investigator Co-PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology. Budget: 3,993,720 INR
Abstract: Indian tourism and heritage has seen immense growth in the past few years. Foreign tourists as well as citizens are enjoying Indian heritage, culture and art and there are constant updates on social media platforms. The social media has been a major platform throughout for people who post images, videos, blogs, check-ins and review heritage sites visited by them. This makes it essential for us in analyzing this unstructured micro blog text which may give us useful insights to identify the main user concerns surrounding heritage and tourism sites.
Project status: Awarded.


Title: Urban transport digital platforms in New Delhi, India: Aggravators or Facilitators
Role: Co-Principal Investigator. PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding agency: CIPPEC, Argentina Budget: Rs. 15,70,799/-
Abstract: The project explore the role of aggregators like Ola and Uber and their impact on urban transportation. The case study of New Delhi is being explored in this project. There is an attempt to assess the role of these emerging business model in terms of how they affect the citizens residing in a urban habitat. The study would be using a mixed research methodology and combine approaches of survey based empirical study and connect the findings with social media analytics of discussions in Twitter in NCR.
Project status: In progress.


Title: Impact Assessment of the Investor Awareness Refresher Project through Common Services Centre in 8 States of India
Role: Principal Investigator. Co-PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: MEITY, GoI. Budget: Rs. 307,980/-
Abstract: To share the concept of savings and investments in other schemes, a project named Investor Awareness Programme (IAP) was rolled out through the Common Service Centers (CSCs) during the month of March 2016 to June 2016 in the states of Assam, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh where over 1.1 lakh citizens from separate households were sensitized through 2000 IAP programs. The project does an impact assessment of this programme.
Project Status: Completed.


Title: Analyzing Big Data in Twitter for Identifying Concerns – Inputs in Digital Payments and Telecommunications
Role: Principal Investigator (Under SYST)
Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology. Budget: 11,13,417 INR
Abstract: In the current scenario, with the government’s digital India and cashless payments initiative, there has been an exponential growth in the use of digital payments and the underlying necessity of telecommunications network for the increased internet use for the same. There have been huge discussions surrounding the concerns of the masses and this is how we visualized that the citizens of India have been facing major issues since the last few months. This makes it critically essential for us in analyzing this unstructured micro blog text which may give us useful insights to identify the main user pain points surrounding digital payments and telecommunications.
Project Status: In progress


Title: Do Social Media Platforms grow the Small and Medium Enterprises? An experimental Design Study in India.
Role: Co-PI     PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: Indian Council of Social Science. Research Budget: 600,000/-
Abstract: SMEs are treated as tool for economic growth and job creation by the policy makers of low income countries. These enterprise need to adopt the new technologies to sustain the growth and exploit new market opportunities of the networked world. Popular press repeatedly claims that businesses in the high income countries are able to adopt and use various social media platforms for their advantage. The studies on the impact of ICTs, especially in the growth of SMEs seem to be unclear. Given that the penetration of mobile web is growing faster, the causal linkage between use of social media platforms and its impact on growth of SMEs needs to be studied.
Project status: Completed


Title: Training for the Personal Financial Planning in Rural India – An Impact Assessment of Refresher Investor Awareness Sessions for Rural Citizens through Common Services Centre
Role: Principal Investigator Co-PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Budget: Rs. 307,980/-
Funding Agency: MEITY, GoI.
Abstract: To share the concept of savings and investments in other schemes, a project named Investor Awareness Programme (IAP) was rolled out through the Common Service Centers (CSCs) during the month of March 2016 to June 2016 in the states of Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh where over 1.1 lakh citizens from separate households were sensitized through 2000 IAP programs. The project does an impact assessment of this programme.
Project Status: Completed.


Title: Employment Outcomes of Skills Training in South Asia: An Evidence Summary
Role: Co-PI.  PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Funding Agency: PWC Budget: 22,004 GBP (19.1 Lakh INR)
Brief: The South Asia Research Hub (SARH), DFID has initiated a Systematic Review (SR) Programme for South Asia. The programme aims at providing DFID country offices, policy-makers and development practitioners in South Asia with a robust assessment of the evidence base for their policies and programmes. A particular emphasis of SARH (DFID) and the programme is on the quality and accuracy of the evidence produced, and contextualisation of results to South Asia1 (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Myanmar in particular) to develop informed policy-making and programming in the region. This is an important step in strengthening the capacity for evidence-informed decision making.
Project Status: Completed


Project Title: Digital Literacy Training to Non-IT Literate Citizens: An Impact Assessment Study of National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM)
Role: Co-PI. PI: Dr. PV Ilavarasan
Budget: Rs. 68,71,200.
Funding agency: CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, GoI.
Abstract: Presently, CSC e-Governance Services India Limited is implementing a mass IT literacy programme that provides training to digitally illiterate citizens in the country. The broad objective of the training is to make a person IT literate, so that he can operate/use/access ICT driven/facilitated digital services. This project will attempt to assess the impact of the training program and suggest improvements, as and where ever needed.
Project status: Completed.


Project Title: EU-India Cooperation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media Project
Reference: EuropeAid/135-474/DD/ACT/IN
Role: Co-PI      PI: Prof. James Clarke (Waterford IT, Ireland)
Funding agency: European Union. Budget: EUR 333,333 (2.5 Crores INR approx)
Abstract: The project will provide an organizational and financial framework that will support the mobility of the EU research and innovation in developing cluster-to-cluster partnerships within India related to ICT within the future internet and digital electronic media. Special focus of the project is on Internet of Things, Smart Technologies and Smart Cities, and FI-Ware (Future of Internet Ware) and the application of Analytics for Practical Insights.
Project status: In progress.


Project title: Practices of Global Supply Chain Management
Role: Co-Principal Investigator. PI: Prof. Ravi Shankar
Budget: IR 125,392/- Funding agency: Univ. of Connecticut, USA
Abstract: Project aims at facilitating joint research with University of Connecticut, USA on global supply chain issues. Green Supply Chain Management reveals the need and impact of today’s most pressing environmental issues. Further such a research agenda highlights how green practices can actually save money, increase efficiency and reduce delivery time. The funding is meant for data collection and analysis.
Project status: Completed.


Project title: Industry Practices and Issues in Software Project Design, Development and Management – Review and Curriculum Design with focus on Object Oriented Paradigm.
Role: Principal Consultant
Budget: Total: Rs. 107,866/- Funding Agency: VidyaVilla Foundation.
Abstract: Software Project Development and Management is increasingly becoming extremely complicated with the fast change the discipline is witnessing. With the adoption of Web Technologies, increasingly Object Oriented Paradigms (e.g. Java) are gaining in prominence. With such a rapidly evolving environment, it becomes important for practitioners to have an updated understanding of the nuances and the emergent issues in systems development to facilitate a better success rate in developing and managing software projects. The consultancy project aims to identify these issues and suggest a suitable curriculum to address the same.
Project status: Completed in May, 2015. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2270.6640


Project title: Identifying Models of Information Infomediaries in Dense Human Settlements: An Exploratory Study of Information Ecosystems in National Capital Region, India
Role: Principal Investigator.  Co-PI: Dr. Arpita Khare (IIMR)
Project funding agency: HSMI, GoI.
Approved funding: Rs. 23,02,200/- DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5154.2488
Project abstract: The project attempted to propose methods to design viable infomediaries for enabling e-governance for the dense human settlements in the National Capital Region, India. The objective was therefore to enable the development of information infomediaries that could enable services like e-governance to improve the quality of life of the people living in dense human settlements, by providing better access to information. The target segments of this study were the families residing within the apartments within NCR, India.
Status: Draft Project Report submitted to the Funding Agency in March, 2014. Presented to the Committee of Directors in May 2014. Final Report submitted in May, 2014.