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Slide 1: Prophet and the Poet
Slide 2: Richard Pena
Slide 3: Neeraj Kaushal
Slide 4: Questions from the audience
The Mumbai Center organizes several lectures, panels, workshops, and creative programs to make academic knowledge more accessible to a diverse audience. Through forums and training workshops, we share research evidence and global best practices with government and civil society organizations to foster informed decision-making. Functioning as a network, we link faculty and experts at Columbia University and other Columbia Global Centers with regional scholars, government, alumni, civil and private sector organizations, students, and innovators.
India is the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, behind only the United States and China, according to a recent report by Nasscom and Zinnov. Startups are supported by incubators, typically in the early stages of product and customer development. Incubators add value by providing coaching and mentorship, workspaces and makerspaces, and by interfacing with other stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem critical to startup success.
Women’s participation in India’s labor force has shrunk from 28% to 23% in the decade between 2008 and 2018, according to the International Labor Organization, and is ironically, much lower in urban areas and among women with secondary education. To probe the pitfalls and potential of India’s burgeoning digital industries in providing gender parity at work, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized a one-day workshop, ‘Women, Work, and the Web: From Exclusion to Opportunity’ on June 28, 2019.
Female enrollment in higher education rose to an all-time high of over 47 percent, according to a 2018 Government of India report. Yet, “the closing gender gap hides ongoing gender inequalities,” noted Dr. Leena Pujari, Head of the Department of Sociology at K. C. College, Mumbai, citing the persistence of gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence that impedes academic institutions from becoming inclusive, respectful and nurturing spaces for all.
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