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Research Projects of Business Administration Department

Project Title :
Sustainable Livelihood of Sambalpuri Handloom Weavers: A Study in Western Odisha

Principal Investigator and Affiliation : Dr. Tushar Kanti Das
Co-Investigator and Affiliation :
Funding Agency : Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
Amount Sanction and Duration : 5.50 Lakhs   -   January 2018 to December 2019
Project Proposal :

Sustainable Livelihood approach aims to increase the effectiveness in poverty reduction in two ways. First, by determining that poverty focused development activity should be people-centered, responsible and participatory, multilevel, sustainable and dynamic. The second is by applying a holistic perspective in the programming of supportive activities to ensure that these correspond to issues or areas of direct relevance for improving poor people’s livelihood. Sambalpuri Handloom weavers are known for their rich skill, creativity and innovative design among the globe. It is very painful to say that these weavers are facing livelihood crisis. Snag economic status is forcing them to change their renowned livelihood. The same weavers who have created history and brought glory by their rich artistry are forced to change their livelihood. Sometimes the situation becomes such that they prefer to work as a farm labour or to pull rickshaw over weaving. Steady decline in the earnings has resulted in the migration of weavers both professionally and geographically.

In the name of Capacity Building Programs huge amount of money is invested ineffectively by the government. Lack of strong social protection has endangered this beautiful livelihood. Weaving encourages rural employment and women empowerment which is the need of the hour for the growth of our country. A huge employment opportunity and ability to create large market makes it even special. In order to make the livelihood of the weavers sustainable, there lies the need to look into the availability of technical infrastructure with them, level of product diversification, availability of credit, raw materials, marketing opportunities, women weavers’ participation in weaving and their empowerment etc. The present study will be based on a comprehensive survey on the weavers in the districts of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Boudh and Bolangir.

Project Title :
Development of an Integrated Model for Information Technology Justification and Return on Investment Calculation in Social Sector

Principal Investigator and Affiliation : Dr. D. K. Mahalik
Co-Investigator and Affiliation :
Funding Agency : ICSSR- New Delhi
Amount Sanction and Duration : 3 Lakhs   -   2014-15
Project Proposal :

Telemedicine is the use of ICT technology to transmit and receive medical information and facilitate the patient from a remote location. However, the working definition of telemedicine varies "Medical care and health supporting practices based on patient information derived from images transmitted from a remote site." Several benefit forced Government to adopt this new technology some of them are to improve the   efficiency of medical care, to improve service for patients and physicians, to deliver medical care to patients in places where medical care is not otherwise accessible. So it has been proved that that telemedicine is one of the methods to increase effectiveness of medical services, witnessing these benefits many of the Goverment across has adopted this services and India is no exception to it.
The objectives of the research project are;

  • conduct a review of reviews on the impacts and costs of telemedicine services and consider qualitative and quantitative results, with the purpose of synthesizing evidence to date on the effectiveness of telemedicine
  • To measure the effectiveness of medical services through telemedicine
  • To measure the status of medical services in odisha
  • Social impact of telemedicine services
  • Factors influencing  success of these services
  • Readiness study for telemedicine

To put together the emerging theory and practice for a model effectiveness measurement

Project Title :
A Study on Effective Delivery of Medical Services through telemedicine and its social Impact in Odisha

Principal Investigator and Affiliation : Dr. D. K. Mahalik
Co-Investigator and Affiliation :
Funding Agency : ICSSR- New Delhi
Amount Sanction and Duration : 2 Lakhs   -   2017-18
Project Proposal :

Information technology has given a new dimension  to the corporate world and Government sector is no exception to it, application  has also been felt in social sector because of its benefits. In the era of  Information Technology(IT), heavy investment is not an afterthought for  Government in developing countries for the betterment of the society, because  of demand from both side of the Government and the citizens. Government wants  to increase its effectiveness and citizen wants better service, resulted in transformation  to IT enabled Society. As a result e-Government and e-Governance projects are  implemented to improve process and delivery across the world, in tern it  requires heavy investments. E-governance is a technology enabled services, has  resulted increase in citizen, government satisfaction and improvement in  government process resulted in all round development in an around the world.  But the degrees of success vary in different countries and Government, India  has no exception to it. On one hand Government is increasing the investment on  the other hand the success rate is not up to the required level, as per  literature, off course reasons are many which varies from place to place and  projects to projects. Since these investments are a part of the money of  general masses, Government is also now a day’s thinking twice before approving  them and they want to be sure about the return of investment(ROI) as  experimentation are not always allowed in financial term. No doubt Government  in different countries are doing financial audit, but these financial audit  take care of expenditure and related issue as per different government  regulation. On the other hand available literatures are few and hardly any  concrete steps are taken to investigate in to the return on investment of these  projects in a comprehensive manner. So there is need for investigation in to  these issues. In this paper an attempt has been made to consolidate available  literature, compare and suggest a integrated justification models,  quantification of benefits and methods to calculate return on investment of  government investment in social sectors.

 
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