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Tackling the Emory Global Health Case Challenge 2016

Published: April 06, 2016

A team of UT students are tackling global health solutions in the 2016 Emory Global Health Case Competition.

A team of UT students are tackling global health solutions in the 2016 Emory Global Health Case Competition.

Six UT students have a daunting task ahead of them — figuring out how to help women in rural India who suffer from a condition caused by prolonged childbirth that leaves them with health problems and social stigmas

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As published by a national newspaper in India on January 14, 2016

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India will benefit with the homecoming of the country’s finest talent

India’s finest talent is nowadays working in developed nations. If that talent comes back to India, the country will be benefitted in many ways. To find and sort out the best talent, and to bring them back to the country, their thoughts, and their contribution is a daunting challenge. To facilitate this process, coupled with the initiative to make India entrepreneurial and to increase the Gross Domestic Productivity of the nation, a project called ‘Project Punaragaman’ has been started.
Team leader and strategist of Project Punaragaman – Arnab Pandey (an Indian by origin), talked about this at his felicitation ceremony organized by the DAV Public School, Urjanagar, Jharkhand. Mr. Arnab Pandey was present there to give a talk and motivate students for their future ahead. Presently, Arnab is doing his Masters of Business Administration from The University of Tampa. According to our research, Arnab is listed among the top 5 talents globally in specific fields. Project Punaragaman has been selected as one of the top 12 global ideas for the development of a developing economy. He said that the Project has two distinct models. First, Remittance India Model, which is devised to increase the inflow of money (in the form of remittance) into the nation from the Indians residing outside, giving them categorized tax relaxation, and providing them all the benefits so that they could re-invest their money back in India. Second, Entrepreneurial India Model, which is devised to make India entrepreneurial from the base. Under this head, a curriculum and an infrastructure solution has been developed so that students can learn about entrepreneurship and business planning from their primary education stage, and will guide and support them through their pre start-up, start-up, and post start-up phase.
He attributed his success to his team that consists of Ms. Christina Dove and Mr. Naresh Buxani (all MBA students at The University of Tampa) who were with him to hit the ground running, and are still working with him. Talking about the numbers, this project is being read by 35 nations, and has received comments and mass support from10 nations. This project is certainly a fine ensemble of technology and business strategy, and is one of the best projects, which India should look on to.

About Arnab Pandey:
Arnab is recognized and has been felicitated at some of the very prestigious avenues worldwide. He has received numerous awards and accolades from the year 2010. He has been placed at the India’s Merit List for the National Science Olympiad, and received citation for the Global Social Venture Competition. He has been honored to the be the lifetime member of the International Association of Engineers – Hong Kong for his knowledge in technology, and has been accepted to be a member for 3 years at the Royal Economic Society, UK, which is the oldest and one of the most prestigious economic institutions in the world. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India, awarded him as the Best Debater in the year 2006. At the University of Tampa, apart from his studies he is the Chairperson for the Dean’s Advisory Group and works as a student advisor to the Dean. He is ambassador of the Bloomberg Institute, and has been cited and honored with many other accolades of national and international repute.

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UT Graduate Student Team Advances in Geneva Challenge 2015 (University of Tampa)

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UT Graduate Student Team Advances in Geneva Challenge 2015

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Published: July 7, 2015

TAMPA – A team of University of Tampa MBA students has advanced as one of 12 worldwide teams to the semifinals of the Geneva Challenge 2015.

The Geneva Challenge, formally known as The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students, is an initiative to get students to apply results from their university learning to find solutions to the socio-economic development challenges their generation is inheriting. This year’s challenge is the topic of return migration.

The UT student team, which calls itself Project Punaragaman and consists of Arnab Pandey, Christina Dove, Nandkumar Buxani, Rohit Shastri and Chenoy Ceil, aims to “propose multidimensional policies, amendments and perspectives to mitigate the negative aspects of migration such as brain drain, care drain and reduced labor force in India and promote the positive aspects of entrepreneurship and increase in remittances to alleviate poverty and to foster an all round human development and domestic savings.”

The final three teams will be selected in late July and will travel to Geneva, Switzerland in October to present their ideas at the Graduate Institute Geneva to United Nations Development Program representatives.

The winning team will be awarded more than $10,000.

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Published: Jun 4, 2015

The team consists of, from left, Christina Dove B.S. ’12, MBA ’16, Arnab Pandey MBA ’16, Nandkumar Buxani MBA ’16, Rohit Shastri MBA ’16 and Chenoy Ceil MBA ’16 (not pictured).

A group of graduate business students, most with roots in India, are researching how to make returning back home to India more inviting than working abroad.

“We want to increase the rate of punaragaman,” said Arnab Pandey MBA ’16, defining the Hindi word as “returning back or coming back home.” He and a team of four others have created Project Punaragaman and will be competing in the Geneva Challenge 2015.

The Geneva Challenge is an international business contest hosted by the Graduate Institute Geneva that has tasked participants with coming up with an international development program that is theoretically grounded and offers pragmatic solutions. This year, the issue of focus is how return migration can contribute to social or economic development.

Project Punaragaman’s aim, according to the group’s website, is to “mitigate the negative aspects of return migration, such as brain drain, care drain and reduced labor force in India, and promote the positive aspects of entrepreneurship,” along with an increase in remittances, to alleviate poverty and foster human development.

“India sends the most number of brains out of the country a year — 67.3 billion,” said Pandey, quoting the Migration Policy Institute. “We want to see how technology can make India a better place.”

Nandkumar Buxani MBA ’16 said the group accrued data from online surveys and interviews to get a sense from Indians abroad if they feel the environment is favorable for them to return home. They received more than 70 responses from 10 countries and 47 cities. Pandey, who recently started UT’s first business analytics club, said they are analyzing the information using tools such as regression modeling to see what it takes for an Indian to return home and what is keeping them away.

“We’re creating models that would improve the current situation through entrepreneurship and through legal avenues to increase money being sent back to India,” Buxani said.

“Part of this challenge is that you need a feasible implementation,” said Christina Dove B.S. ’12, MBA ’16. “You can take our campaign and implement it directly.”

The team, which also includes Rohit Shastri MBA ’16 and Chenoy Ceil MBA ’16, will submit their entry May 30. Twelve semi-finalists will be announced July 1 with the top three presenting their ideas to a jury that includes the current director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Office in Geneva, Neil Buhne. There is a monetary prize as well.

“Part of the reason I came to UT was for the international experience,” said Dove.