BOOK ALERT

Vol. 5, No. 3

Sept 2008

CII Publications | Search Catalogue


AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Title : An outsider in politics
Author : Krishna Bose
Pub. Details : Penguin, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :
Writer, educationist and three-time Lok Sabha MP from Kolkata, Krishna Bose gives a compelling account of her journey from the time she was a schoolgirl witnessing some of the tragic scenes that accompanied Partition to her stint as chairperson of the Parliamentary standing committee on external affairs.
Married into the family of Subhas Chandra Bose, her acute yet sympathetic observations in An Outsider in Politics illuminate the changing world of the Kolkata intelligentsia from the 1940s to the present day. She writes vividly of her experiences as an academic and a working mother and gives a ringside view of the drama of election campaigns, the complexities of parliamentary politics and the forces shaping India’s foreign policy at the turn of the new millennium. This understated but elegantly written memoir combines intimate family and social history with a gripping political memoir.
Subject :

Memoirs, Autobiography


AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Title : Go kiss the world
Author : Subroto Bagchi
Pub. Details : Penguin, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :

Subroto takes the reader through his life right from his birth to his school/college days to his career growth including his experiences with MindTree as a co-founder to his recent title “The Gardener”. He touches upon each of his experiences with a lesson learnt and how that experience in the hindsight made him a better person and an entrepreneur. There are lots of things to learn for us from his experiences that he narrates in the book.

Subject :

Autobiography, Memoirs


AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Title : A call to honour: in service of emergent India
Author : Jaswant Singh
Pub. Details : Rupa, New Delhi, 2006
Abstract :

In this book Jaswant Singh gives a first person's account of (a) India's explosion of nuclear devices; the philosophy behind the bomb; and the management of the impact the explosion had in India's relationship with US, G8, China and Pakistan, (b) Blow hot blow cold relationship with Pakistan where people are courteous to each other in person and vitriolic in their public postures, (c) The Kargil war in 1999 and the Military stand off with Pakistan in 2001, (d) The Kandahar hijack incident, (e) Building a relationship with US that is independent of US relationship with Pakistan and (f) Building a relationship with China.

Subject : Memoirs, Autobiography

BANKING & FINANCE
Title : Indian banking: towards global best practices
Pub. Details : McKinsey & Company, New Delhi, 2007
Abstract :

This report captures the findings and conclusions of this research, and highlights what must be done to bring banking in India to world-class levels.

Subject : Banking sector, Indian banking, Banking in India, best practices, Retail banking in India, IT in Indian banks

BANKING & FINANCE
Title : Securitisation in India: the story so far and the way forward
Pub. Details : Dun & Bradstreet, 2008
Abstract :

This report is an attempt to nurture and spread knowledge among the financial fraternity about the role, process and implications of securitisation in the financial arena. The publication contains profiles of leading assets reconstruction market along with country comparisons. It also includes interviews of 11 top bankers expressing their opinion on the industry. Further a section titled "The Banking Perspective' presents gist of the views expressed by the banking industry.

Subject :

Financial sector, Indian banking sector, Securitisation in India, Global securitisation market, SARFAESI ACT 2002


BIOFUELS

Title :

Sustainable biofuel policy in India: strategy paper

Author : CII, Rabo India Finance
Pub. Details : CII, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :

Biofuels in India is being confronted with several teething challenges, especially with regard to dilemmas related to policy development, commercial sustainability, feedstock availability, availability of appropriate technologies, appropriate financing and market linkages.
In this context the CII National Committees on Biofuels had invited Rabo Bank to initiate a detailed study of the Biofuels sector in India for fuel ethanol and biodiesel for arriving at a set of specific interventions both for the short term and the long term, which will enable a rapid growth of the sector in India. The outcome is this report which aims to distil the present knowledge in the area, and suggest a set of steps and policies that may be considered by the Government of India and State and local governments to give a boost to development of sustainable biofuels in India.

Subject :

Biofuels in India, Challenges and opportunities, Sources of Biofuels, Production, manufacturing of biodiesel, Fuel Ethanol


CAREER CHOICES & IT

Title :

Career choices of management and engineering students and professionals in IT companies: the 2008 survey

Author : CII, Forbes Marshall
Pub. Details : CII, Mumbai, 2008
Abstract :

In 2001, CII conducted a survey to find out what are the factors that attract management and engineering students and non-IT professional in IT companies.

Subject :

Career choices and IT, IT companies vs. non-IT companies, Opportunities for career growth, learning opportunities for professional growth, work environment, opportunities for creativity and innovation, Compensation package.


CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Title : Journey to IFRS : a guide on transition to IFRS
Pub. Details : CII and Ernst & Young
Abstract :

Journey to IFRS is an integrated endeavour to address issues and recommend measures around first-time IFRS adoption challenges, conversion efforts and resource requirements. The report talks about strategies which companies can adopt for transitioning to IFRS, the key differences between Indian GAAP and IFRS as also its impact on an organisation's financial reporting.

Subject :

International financial reporting standards , IFRS


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Title : Corporate social responsibility & international development: is business the solution?
Author : Michael Hopkins
Pub. Details : Earthscan, London, 2008
Abstract :

The business of business is business. So why should corporations be involved in development? This groundbreaking new book makes the case that governments and their international agencies, grouped under the umbrella of the United Nations, have failed in their attempts to rid the planet of underdevelopment and poverty. If development is the objective then it seems that the solution and the responsibility lies with the private sector - particularly through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes of large corporations, with their tremendous power and economic strength.
Written by noted CSR practitioner Michael Hopkins, this book is the first to explicitly link CSR with development. It spells out what corporations are doing on development, what more they could do and how CSR can be useful tool to promote economic development via corporations. This is important and challenging reading for all of those in government, business and NGOs who think that there must be a better, more effective and dynamic way to kick-start development and eradicate poverty.

Subject :

Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR


DEFENCE

Title :

India's external intelligence: secrets of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)

Author : Maj Gen V K Singh
Pub. Details : Manas Publications, New Delhi, 2007
Abstract :

The book brings to light several lacunae in the functioning of the country's top intelligence agency, the most glaring being the anomalies in procurement of equipment, lack of accountability and our dependence on foreign sources, with the resultant threat to national security.

Subject : Defence, National security, India

EDUCATION

Title :

2nd Symposium of University Industry Council [9-10 May 2008: Mumbai]

Pub. Details : CII, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :

Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium of University Industry Council held on 9-10 May 2008 in Mumbai.

Subject :

Education, Case studies in Industry - Academia collaboration, Industry Institute partnership


ENERGY

Title :

Power equipment & systems industry: opportunities for growth and challenges in the eleventh plan and beyond

Author : CII & Powerline
Pub. Details : CII, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :

This paper highlights current scenario of power sector and its key trends. The report states the power generation targets and status in the eleventh plan; current scenario of power transmission; and power distribution structure, status of the distribution system, plans and targets, etc.

Subject :

Power equipment and systems industry, Energy, Growth and challenges in power sector


ENERGY

Title :

Powering India: the road to 2017

Author : McKinsey & Company
Pub. Details : McKinsey & Company, 2008
Abstract :

India is amongst the world's largest electricity-consuming and generating economies. Its annual electricity consumption accounts for about 4 per cent of the world's total electricity consumption, and is set to grow at 8-10 per cent per year. To address this growing demand and create a viable power sector, successive governments have undertaken progressive initiatives. Yet, India's power sector remains plagued by a plethora of financial and physical risks and bottlenecks.
This report aims to assess what additional measures are required at this time to ensure the sector is able to keep pace with the demands of the economy. It provides a perspective on the demand outlook in 2017, the factors constraining the sector's development, and proposes a comprehensive 10-point roadmap to unlock the sector's potential. Finally, it discusses the opportunities, risks and winning approaches that will surface as the sector develops.

Subject :

Energy and power sector- India, Power demand, Factors constraining the sector's development, 10-point roadmap for power sector development in India


ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Title : Entrepreneurship in India
Author : Amlanjyoti Goswami, Namita Dalmia and Megha Pradhan
Pub. Details :

National Knowledge Commission, New Delhi, 2008

Abstract :

Entrepreneurship in India report stresses on the need to enhance entrepreneurship for employment generation and wealth creation. The study points out that if the local ‘best business practices’ as seen among today’s entrepreneurs were implemented on nationwide scale, India could substantially improve its ranking as a business destination. Amongst the recommendations of the study are facilitation of information flow by developing handbooks on entrepreneurship, help in access to early-stage finance and establishment of secondary markets. The entrepreneurship study also found that most entrepreneurs have to self-finance their dream projects; that information is not readily available to them; that a majority of entrepreneurs are undergraduates; and that the government is extremely unhelpful to entrepreneurs.

Subject :

Entrepreneurship, India


ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Title : Billions entrepreneurs: how China and India are reshaping their futures and yours
Author : Tarun Khanna
Pub. Details : Penguin, New Delhi, 2007
Abstract :

In this book, Tarun Khanna uses on-the-ground stories and thorough research to show how China and India are embracing the world on their own distinct terms. Entrepreneurs are powering change through new business models and bringing hope to countless people. Through intriguing, often provocative comparisons of triumphs and travails in both countries, the author illuminates such critical areas as: a) the challenges of governing 2.4 billion people with entrepreneurial tendencies; b) the need for information accessibility, transparency, and reliability; c) The balance between private property rights and public interests; d) the need to encourage and fund indigenous enterprise; e) the role of overseas Chinese and Indians in development back home; f) the rise of medical tourism and the inequality of health care.
The book reveals how such differences will influence China's and India's future development as well as what the two countries can - and must - learn from each other today.

Subject :

China and India, Business, politics and society, Entrepreneurship


FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
Title :

India: foreign direct investment: the policy and regulatory framework

Pub. Details : IBEF, Gurgaon, 2008
Abstract :

A handbook on the policy and regulatory framework for India's foreign direct investment.

Subject :

Foreign direct investment, India


FOREIGN POLICY - INDIA

Title :

India's foreign policy priorities in the coming decade

Author : Rajiv Sikri
Pub. Details : Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007
Abstract :

ISAS working paper no. 25 highlighting India's foreign policy priorities in the coming decade.

Subject : Foreign Policy - India - Priorities

INVESTMENT CLIMATE
Title :

The investment climate in Brazil, India, and South Africa

Pub. Details : World Bank Institute, Washington, DC, 2007
Abstract :

Analysing and comparing the investment climate of Brazil, India, and South Africa, three of today's largest emerging economies, this book presents policy makers with the scope of investment climate reforms in these countries.

Subject : Investment climate in India, Brazil and South Africa, Doing business

IT & MANUFACTURING
Title :

Waiting to connect

Author : Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Manisha G Singh, Nirvikar Singh
Pub. Details :

LexisNexis Butterworths, New Delhi, 2008

Abstract :

IT use leads to workers more productive and greater degrees of employment for both skilled and unskilled workers, though the ratio of skilled to unskilled labour increases with IT use. Most importantly, IT using companies pay more to workers and employees for lesser hours of work. This study investigates the use of IT in Indian manufacturing units. The research result establish that IT use indeed leads to greater profitability.

Subject :

Information technology and manufacturing, IT use in manufacturing units, Impact of IT use in manufacturing industries


LEADERSHIP

Title :

Leadership and talent in Asia: how the best employers deliver extraordinary performance

Author : Mick Bennett and Andrew Bell
Pub. Details : Wiley, New Delhi, 2005
Abstract :

This book deals with how leaders in Asia are able to make the most out of their employees in order to become Best Employers. The authors used empirical findings from Hewitt Associates' Best Employers studies to support their arguments. The book is basically divided into three main sections; Leadership and Talent, Engagement and Execution and A Framework for Sustainability. The first section dealt mainly with the importance of leadership in an organization, how it is crucial to have a clarity of purpose for their employees and the importance of getting the right talent and making sure the talent stays with the organization. The second section dealt mostly with having the right culture and engaged employees will create great business results. In the last section, the authors provided some trends that they foresee (such as diversity in the workforce, blurring of work and personal life, etc) and some implications for the organization and HR. Basically, they concluded that being a Best Employer is not an easy or an overnight thing. Leaders need to align business strategies with people strategies and also to make sure employees' needs are taken care of. It also takes a lot of commitment from leaders to ensure employees are engaged with the organization.

Subject :

Leadership and talent


NATIONAL PLAN

Title : Eleventh Five Year Plan 2007-2012 [Volume 1: Inclusive Growth ; Volume2: Social Sector; Volume 3: Agriculture, Rural Development, Industry, Services and Physical infrastructure]
Pub. Details : Planning Commission, India, 2008
Abstract :

This Five Year Plan document focuses on inclusive growth. The document is divided into three volumes. Volume I: Inclusive growth - details the vision, policies, and strategies of the key sectors and gives the macroeconomic framework and financing of the Plan; Volume II: Social Sector - provides plans for Education, Sports, Art and Culture, Health and Family Welfare, Nutrition and Social Safety Net, Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Women and Child Rights; and Volume III: Agriculture, Rural Development, Industry, Services, and Physical Infrastructure - includes chapters on the respective sectors.

Subject : 11th Five Year Plan , Inclusive growth, Social development, Agriculture, Rural development, Industrial development, Services sector, Infrastructure

POVERTY

Title :

The end of poverty: how we can make it happen in our lifetime

Author : Jeffrey D Sachs
Pub. Details : Penguin, London, 2005
Abstract :

For the first time in history, our generation has the opportunity to end extreme poverty in the world's most desperate nations. But how can we stop the cycle of bad health, bad debt and bad luck that holds back more than a billion people? Jeffrey Sachs lays out how poverty has been beaten in the past, how - in realistic, attainable steps - we can make a real difference for the one-fifth of humanity who still live in extreme poverty, how they can find partnership with their wealthy counterparts to escape the poverty trap, how little it will actually cost, and how everyone can help. The End of Poverty is a roadmap to a more prosperous and secure world.

Subject :

Development and poverty reduction, Africa, Economic growth and poverty


PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS

Title : India's top PSUs 2008
Pub. Details : Dun & Breadstreet, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :

This publication highlights the various aspects of growth and performance of leading central public sector undertakings in India. The publication has profiled 123 leading CPUs, which are under the ambit of the Central Government and represent major industry groups.

Subject :

Public Sector Undertakings, PSUs, Leading PSUs, Profiles of Top PSUs in India, Emerging challenges


PULP AND PAPER INDUSTRY

Title :

National best practices manual pulp & paper industry: making Indian pulp & paper industry world class

Pub. Details : CII - GBC, New Delhi, 2008
Abstract :

Manual on best practices in pulp and paper industry.

Subject : Pulp and paper industry - best practices

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Title :

Skills imperative for India: skill gap study of financial, creative and health sector

Author:  CII, UKIERI
Pub. Details : CII, New Delhi, 2004
Abstract :

The report studies skills gap (demand and supply side gap) in financial, creative and health sector in India. It highlights current policy framework, key industry expectations, the challenges and the status of skills development initiatives in India.

Subject :

Skills development, Skills gap in India, Skills gap in Financial, Creative and Health sector


SOCIAL WORKS

Title : Three cups of tea: one man's extraordinary journey to promote peace...
Author : Greg Mortenson and Davgid Oliver RElin
Pub. Details : Penguin, London, 2006
Abstract :

In 1993, after a terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortension drifted, cold and dehydrated, into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools in remote villages across the forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.
This is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time. Greg Mortenson’s dangerous and difficult quest to build schools in the wildest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan is not only a thrilling read, it’s proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world.

Subject :

Memoirs, Social works, Education, Peace, Charity


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Title : Commonwealth: economics for a crowded planet
Author : Jeffrey D Sachs
Pub. Details : Allen Lane, London, 2008
Abstract :

In this sobering but optimistic manifesto, development economist Sachs (The End of Poverty) argues that the crises facing humanity are daunting—but solutions to them are readily at hand. Sachs focuses on four challenges for the coming decades: heading off global warming and environmental destruction; stabilizing the world's population; ending extreme poverty; and breaking the political logjams that hinder global cooperation on these issues. The author analyses economic data, demographic trends and climate science to create a lucid, accessible and suitably grim exposition of looming problems, but his forte is elaborating concrete, pragmatic, low-cost remedies complete with benchmarks and budgets. Sachs's entire agenda would cost less than 3% of the world's annual income, and he notes that a mere two days' worth of Pentagon spending would fund a comprehensive antimalaria program for Africa, saving countless lives.

Subject :

Sustainable development, Economic policy and development, Environmental sustainability, Demographic challenges, Global problem solving


VISION 2025 - KERALA

Title : Vision Kerala 2015
Author :  CII
Pub. Details : CII, Kochi, 2008
Abstract :

CII Kerala has embarked on developing a 'Vision 2025' document for the State with a view to energize the stake holders on the developmental potential of the State. The vision reflects the views and aspirations of the people in the State and is a result of broad based consultations with all stakeholders across the State. The study throws up some very interesting cues for developing future growth agenda for Kerala. 

Subject : Development Vision 2025 - Kerala

CII PUBLICATIONS

1.  

Power equipment & systems industry: opportunities for growth and challenges in the eleventh plan and beyond

2.  

Skills imperative for India: skill gap study of financial, creative and health sector

3.  

Vision Kerala 2015

4.  

Career choices of management and engineering students and professionals in IT companies: the 2008 survey

5.  

2nd Symposium of University Industry Council [9-10 May 2008: Mumbai] - Proceedings

6.  

National best practices manual pulp & paper industry: making Indian pulp & paper industry world class

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