SARASWATI RAJU

Former Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

SKILLING INDIA Soft Skill Imperatives

<p>In the contemporary context, technical finesse is not enough. Employers look for qualities such as social aptitude, communication, team work and more—broadly termed as soft skills.</p>

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MIGRATION Policy on migration needed in India

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WOMEN AND WORK Home-Based Work Intersectionalities and Vagaries

In competitive markets, the concept of flexible and cheap labour is best articulated through home-based work. On one hand, it fits comfortably with social codes that assign women to the confines of the home; on the other, it is a profit-maximising venture.

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GENDER JUSTICE Empowerment: No Longer A Buzzword

Women’s empowerment, the often used concept in the contemporary discourse on development, needs revisiting. The empowering processes have to embrace men as well to address gender-biased structures, frameworks and rigid mind-sets for effective transformation.

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WOMEN STUDIES Smart Cities through the Gender Lens

Smart cities are viewed essentially in terms of infrastructural facilities and ‘e-amenities’ aimed at improved governance, capital and investment. Although the improvement in overall governance and quality of life is laudable, understanding residents’ attitudes and behaviour towards women is also crucial.

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LAND PERSPECTIVES Land and the Position of Women

The position of women in north and south India is inherently linked to the terrain. Marriage rituals provide a clue to the demands made on the land articulated through, societal norms.

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LAND PERSPECTIVES A Career in Land Management

Careers options related to land use, planning and development are enormous. Although a science background may be required in most, there are several courses that do not demand such a background. CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi are among those that accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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INITIATIVES A Career in Rural Development

With new emerging areas in the field of rural development, there is immense scope for employment for trained professionals, whether in the government, corporate sector, research organisations, or non-government organisations/voluntary sector.

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CAREERS A Career in Climate Science

In addition, there are new private companies in the area of wind and solar energy development as well as environmental issues which are looking for people trained in climate science.

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