Professor Kalyan Mandal holds installation seminar on Regional Diversities in Indian Society

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Professor Kalyan Sankar Mandal from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) in Kolkata holds his installation lecture as Visiting Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) chair professor at Lund University, on Wednesday 9th October 2013. The title of his presentation is ”Regional Diversities in Indian Society”, and focuses on regional variations in the status of women in India and the social development situation in India. Venue: To be decided upon.

Abstract: The status of women varies in a broad North and South Indian context, primarily due to the prevalence of different kinship rules and marriage patterns that distinguishes North from South of India. Additionally, the divergent social development situation in Indian states plays an important role. For instance, it could be argued that the largest state in India, Uttar Pradesh, if taken as a separate country, would have been one of the most socially deprived countries of the world. But at the same time, in terms of some indicators of social development, the state of Kerala would be comparable to Europe and north America. Realizing these regional variations is necessary for a better understanding of the Indian society.

Prof. Mandal is the fourth ICCR Professor at Lund University, and he will stay for the full academic year 2013/14. He joined the position on 11th September, and he is being hosted by the Department of Sociology. The ICCR professorships at Lund University are an outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding between ICCR and Lund University, that was signed in 2010. SASNET was actively involved in finalizing the agreement with strong support from the Embassy of India in Stockholm (more information).

Kalyan Sankar Mandal is Professor of Sociology within the Public Policy and Management Group at IIM-C. He defended his PhD at IIT Bombay in 1982 with a thesis entitled ”Inequality and Development in India: Study of an Equity-Oriented Rural Development Programme”, and later worked at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. His research interest has primarily been Sociology of rural development, agriculture and food, education, poverty, social welfare and social policy.

Currently his research is focused on Business Solutions for Poverty. Prof. Mandal is shaping up of the idea of „social business‟ (unlike profit maximizing business, social business aims at achieving a social objective in a financial sustainable way) by an NGO with which he is closely associated. As one main cause of child malnutrition in India is unavailability of supplementary food for the children of the low income families, this NGO has set up a social business of a low cost nutritious supplementary food that it has developed. This food will be sold for the children of low income families at affordable prices for the poor for reducing malnutrition in a financially self-sustained manner through social business. This social business has been initiated with an award grant by the World Bank (more information).