Vibha Kumari completed her B.Sc. with honours in Biotechnology from College of Commerce, Magadh University (Patna, Bihar) in 2015. Later, she received her M.Sc. degree from School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) in 2017. In her master’s dissertation, she worked on “expression and purification of Influenza A virus matrix protein (M1) for raising polyclonal sera”. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from IITB-Monash Research Academy, IIT Bombay and working on project “identification of human host factors required for human influenza virus assembly and budding”. She has qualified DBT-JRF and GATE (Biotechnology) in 2017. Apart from research work, she is passionate about Hindi literature, poem writing and Madhubani painting (folk art).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0684
Naman obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication from CTAE, MPUAT govt. university Udaipur, Rajasthan and qualified GATE with 99 percentile in ECE stream. He completed post graduation in Information and Communication Technology from IIT Jodhpur and consequently started working in Airtel, Gurgaon. Later, he joined NIT Delhi and worked as an Assistant Professor. During his tenure in Academia, he developed strong interest in wireless mobile communication technologies (5th generation). Naman published some research papers in IEEE Journal and Conferences, on the topic of Performance Evaluation of FSO (Free Space Optical) communication systems. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is currently working on the project titled “Communication over wireless channels under secrecy constraints” under the supervision of Prof. Bikash K. Dey (IITB), Prof. Yi Hong and Prof. Emanuele Viterbo (Monash). In leisure time, Naman learns to play piano.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0443
Ananya Dasgupta holds a Masters degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University. Her M.A dissertation charted the significance of the railways as markers of modernity and mobility in Indian cinema. At IITB-Monash, her work largely deals with the generation of emotional consent in sustaining democracies. She is interested in working on women vigilantes and interrogating the limits of the law in determining popular conceptions of violence and justice. She enjoys fantasy and horror fiction, good conversation, and train rides.
Link to student’s project: HSS0489
Amit completed his Integrated M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Central University of Jharkhand in 2009-2014. Post this he completed M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIIT Bhubaneswar in 2015-17. As part of his masterâ€™s thesis he worked on Query Optimization for Hindi-English Code-Mixed query. To demonstrate his thesis work, he developed a semantic Desktop Search application which accepts Code-Mixed query and also takes into consideration userâ€™s intention while searching. His work has been published in IEEE Xplore and Scopus indexed journal. Apart from academics, he is associated with various social initiatives. To name a few, I Lead India Youth Brigade: An initiative of ToI and Maruti Suzuki and UNNAYAN: An Educational Social Responsibility of CUJ. Nature and its beautiful creations always fascinates him. He goes out for trekking to the wild and tries out local cuisines wherever he go. He maintains a blog of his own where he shares his experiences from trekking and local food and ideas related to education and social issues.
Link to student’s project: ID00729
Anirudh Tagat holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and completed his undergraduate education in economics and statistics from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working on an econometric model to estimate the demand for cash, as well as study the life of currency notes in India. Previously, Anirudh was Research Author at the Department of Economics at Monk Prayogshala, a not-for-profit academic research organization based in Mumbai, India, where he led research projects in the fields of behavioural and experimental economics. He has also consulted with the World Resources Institute (WRI) India and Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). His other research interests include cross-cultural differences in decision-making, intra-household bargaining, and experimental economics.
Link to student’s project: HSS0731
Since March 2015, Anusha has been working closely with Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany (Monash University) on the Koli villages of Mumbai. As a member of Professor Viczianyâ€™s team, Anusha has been studying how Koli religious beliefs and practices are changing in response to the reconfiguration of Mumbaiâ€™s urban and ecological environment. A forthcoming paper on the â€˜People of The Water: The Sat Asaras (Seven Water Spirits), The Kolis and Mumbaiâ€™s Developmentâ€™ involves Anusha as the co-author after Professor Vicziany and Dr. Jayant Bapat, both from Monash University in Melbourne. This background inspired Anusha to apply to the Ph.D. program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project called – â€˜Lives, Livelihoods and Aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: Urban Transformation, Space, Habitat and Coastal Contestationsâ€™. She looks forward to working on this project under the supervision of Professor D. Parthasarathy (IIT Bombay), Dr. Samanthi Gunawardana (Monash University) and Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: HSS0707a
Dhairya R. Vyas is a Ph.D. student at IITB-Monash research academy, where he is analyzing the methodology to model wear in industrial multi-phase flow applications under the guidance of Prof. Devang Khakkar (IIT-Bombay), Prof. Murray Rudman (Monash University), Dr. Sharen Cummins (CSIRO) and Dr. Gary Delaney (CSIRO). He has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (2015) in mechanical from the G. H. Patel College of Engineering and Technology followed by his Master of Technology (2017) in thermal science from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0724
Kailash Tandel completed his BA in Sociology from St. Xavierâ€™s College, Mumbai in 2007. Two years later, he completed his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and then went on to complete his MPhil from the same institution in 2016. While studying for his MPhil, he also worked as a coordinator at the M K Tata Learning Centre for the Visually Challenged at TISS between 2010 and 2014. During this period, he also enrolled for a degree in law at the Government Law College, Mumbai and successfully completed two years of the three-year course. During his MSW, he undertook research on his own community, the Kolis of Mumbai, in a project titled â€˜Globalisation and its impact on the fishing community in South Mumbai (Colaba)â€™. One of the outcomes of his MSW research was that he was able to design and run personality development classes for the youth at the Machchimar Nagar fishing community, Mumbai, which enabled these youth to continue with their education and seek attractive alternate careers as well. While studying for his MPhil, Kailash continued his research on the Koli community, this time from a theoretical perspective, and published a paper titled â€œReflection of contemporary geopolitics â€” special reference to eminent domain in the Koli communityâ€. His research during MSW and MPhil motivated him to continue research in the same field at the IITB-Monash Research Academy, and his broad research project for his PhD programme at the Academy is titled, â€˜Lives, livelihoods and aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: urban transformation, space, habitat, and coastal contestationsâ€™ under the guidance of Prof. Dharma Arunachalam, Prof. Marika Vicziany, and Prof. D. Parthasarathy.
Link to student’s project: HSS0707b
Mashrur Imtiaz completed his Bachelor and Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. At 2013, he joined as a faculty member at the same department. He also worked as a Research Fellow for the â€˜Ethno-Linguistic Survey of Bangladeshâ€™ by International Mother Language Institute (IMLI), which is a UNESCO category II research institute. He is keen researcher in diverse aspects of Language and Linguistics. He has numbers of publication on language situation, language technology, language disorders etc. Besides these, he has written numerous articles about different aspects of Linguistics on the web. His area of interest includes phonetics, syntax, applied linguistics, culture & ethnicity, language technology and field linguistics. Hereafter, he will be pursuing research under Prof. Vaijayanthi Sarma (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Alice Gaby (Monash University); the main concentration of this research would be documentation of the endangered languages of South Asia. He is actively involved in voluntary social works and youth management activities. He is also as an online activist in different contemporary issues regarding in Bangladesh.
Link to student’s project: HSS0705
She is pursuing PhD in â€˜Designs for spatial and temporo-spatial modelsâ€™ under guidance of Prof. Siuli Mukhopadhyay (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jonathan M Keith (Monash University).
Apart from studies she pursues swimming, yoga, painting and singing.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0467