Government and Industry Partners
We are passionate about partnerships that encourage research, advance knowledge, and serve the public interest. To facilitate these goals, SRITNE works together with Government and industry partners to ensure its research results benefit the general public. By actively promoting partnerships with industry, government, and non-profits; SRITNE helps transform ideas into practical applications and spur thought leadership and economic development. SRITNE provides a one-stop shop for those interested in pursuing strategic collaborations through sponsored research, impact assessments and international research.
Niti Aayog
Cities around the world are grappling with the problem of traffic congestion. App-based taxi services have proliferated at a rapid pace, yet their impact on the quality of urban mobility remains unclear. Ride-sharing services have a theoretically ambiguous impact on mobility: On the one hand, they may reduce private car ownership, improve utilisation, while on the other hand, they may draw commuters from public transport into using these more convenient modes of transport. Using granular route level traffic data from Google Maps and a natural experiment design, which exploits driver strikes in Delhi as an exogenous shock, researchers at SRITNE show that congestion was lower in the absence of ride-sharing services. They also document the significant increase in ridership in the Delhi Metro and other high occupancy vehicles during this period. The results have important implications for transport policy, including providing incentives for high occupancy and demand responsive mobility, enabling effective business models in shared mobility, and investing in urban planning for modal shifts.
Common Services Centre (CSC)
The Government of India launched the Common Services Centre (CSC) program as part of Common Minimum Programme in 2006. The aim of the programme was to introduce e-Governance across India and to provide information and other public services in Urban and Rural areas by setting up 100,000 CSCs. The CSC programme was implemented as a public-private partnership with the cost shared between the Central government, the State governments, and private finances. In 2015, under the Digital India Programme, CSC 2.0 scheme was launched to expand the outreach of the CSCs to each of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India. The program aims to strengthen and integrate more than 2,00,000 CSCs already operational under the existing CSC Scheme and operationalize an additional 50,000 CSCs at the gram panchayat level. CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. is the implementation agency for the CSC scheme and is tasked with building capacity for the CSCs through systematic and periodic entrepreneurship training and improving their operationalization and operations. The CSC e-Governance Services India Limited provides enhanced e-governance through provision of information and public services in an accessible manner in rural and urban areas through ubiquitous franchisee centres. In addition, it has tied up with public sector and private sector organizations to enhance the availability of financial, educational, health, and other products and services through its network of over two lakh CSCs.

 

 

The final report evaluates the functioning of the CSCs, the accessibility and availability of services to the citizens, identifies traits of successful entrepreneurs running the CSCs and considers the sustainability of the CSCs. We conducted in-depth interviews of close to 1,500 CSCs, citizens, village heads, officials of the CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. across ten states in India.

 
Government of Telangana
An increasing number of governments in emerging markets are implementing technology solutions in schools aimed at improving teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes. However, there is insufficient evidence that providing access to these technologies, including computers, the Internet, educational applications/e-books, has a significant effect on student performance. The Government of Telangana launched an initiative called Telangana State Computer Literacy and Skills in Schools (TS-CLASS) to promote digitisation of education in government high schools.
 
Researchers at SRITNE, through detailed qualitative interviews and surveys of students, teachers and administrators
at over 100 government schools, are seeking to provide insights into the impact of digitization of education, heterogeneity in such impact and the mechanisms underlying impact. Specifically, the study will:

 

  1. Understand the differential motivations and beliefs of students and teachers regarding various technology tools in the classroom
  2. Document patterns of adoption of digital tools across schools and amongst teachers and students within schools
  3. Evaluate the impact of technology adoption and the drivers of such impact
Microsoft
Agricultural output per worker in India significantly lags developed and other ascendant economies of the world. Failure to increase labour productivity in agriculture constrains economic growth by raising the costs of shifting labour and other resources from the farm to the factory as development proceeds.
 
Advancements in ICT can potentially increase the incomes of the significant number of households engaged in agriculture by improving their output and how much they get for their output. More recently, leading-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), satellite imagery, and advanced analytics are used to empower farmers with information that increases their crop yield and allows them better price control.
Researchers at SRITNE are engaged in the assessment of one such digital agriculture initiative – AI based crop management. Microsoft R&D India
 
Limited, in partnership with ICRISAT and UPL Limited, is currently working with a network of 3000 farmers across 50 districts in Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to pilot AI-based sowing and pesticide advisories. The researchers will compare outcomes – yield, multiple cropping index (or diversity of crops in the cultivated area), and land rentals – between the farmers who receive the intervention and those who do not - to offer insights into factors that aid adoption of digital initiatives and how these initiatives increase agricultural productivity and allied economic outcomes.
Novartis Healthcare:
Researchers at SRITNE provide the detailed assessment of the state of innovation in firms. For e.g., for a large pharmaceutical firm with global drug development operations in India, through archival data, surveys and detailed qualitative interviews with company leadership, SRITNE conducted a detailed assessment of their innovation strategy, culture, and metrics, amongst other parameters to understand the magnitude and nature of innovations in the firm and their contribution. Innovation performance and potential are typically articulated at three levels: (a) Individual; (b) Team and (c) Organization. Such assessments that document key enablers and constraints to the observed innovation performance are complemented with benchmark information on innovation in the sector, established through the center’s innovation and technology management surveys
 
Our analyses help the firm design more accurate and successful interventions for ongoing innovation and diffusion of ideas in the firm. They are critical to assessing and designing the future innovation trajectory of a firm.
Google
Researchers at SRITNE helped assess the impact of the Digital Garage programme conducted by Google in India. As part of the program, small and medium businesses (SMBs) are receiving training in digital and social marketing through a 6-hour self-paced online model as well as through a 1-day in-person offline training programme that is delivered by FICCI. The goal of the study is to identify the impact of digital and social marketing training on:
 
  1. The changes in mix of marketing orientation and practices of SMBs post the Digital Garage program,
  2. The intensity of use of digital and social marketing strategies by SMBs,
  3. the operational and financial performance impact of adoption of digital and social marketing practices,
  4. The efficacy of online, offline and online + offline training in impacting the adoption and performance impact of the Digital Garage program.