Puran Singh

EDUCATION

2013 PhD, Finance, University Business School, PU Chandigarh

2008 MBA, Finance, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla

2006 B.Com, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (Gold Medal)

EMPLOYMENT

2015-Present Assistant Professor, Finance, IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

2014-2015 Assistant Professor, Finance, BITS-Pilani, KK Birla Campus, Goa

2013-2014 Research Associate, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

2012-2013 Academic Associate, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

2009-2012 Research Scholar, University Business School, PU, Chandigarh

FELLOWSHIPS

Fellow, Digital Research Identity Initiative, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, April 2018-Present

Senior Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, 2012

Junior Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission, 2010-12

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

Financial Inclusion: Challenges facing business correspondent model of banking

Digital Identity: Role of Aadhaar in financial inclusion

Entrepreneurship: Dynamics of startup selection in incubators, Decision making in startups

TEACHING

HS205 Financial Accounting, Aug 2016, 2017, 2018

HS450 Financial Management, Aug 2015, Feb 2016, Feb 2017

HS650 Statistical Methods, Feb 2017, Feb 2018

HS304 Organizational Management, Feb 2018

HS510 Essentials of Entrepreneurship, Aug 2018

GUEST FACULTY

MBA ZC415 Financial and Management Accounting, WILP, Bits-Pilani, 2015, 16, 18

PUBLICATIONS

"Zenatix: Discovering Market Fit", (with Kaur, Harleen), Ivey Publishing, 9B19A019, May 2019, 11p, https://www.iveycases.com/ProductView.aspx?id=102444

"M Power Micro Finance: Early Battle for Survival” (with Bang, Nupur P. and Vishwanathan B.), Ivey Publishing, 9B15M120, Jan 2016, 10p, https://www.iveycases.com/ProductView.aspx?id=76011

‘‘Prosharpe Wealth Management’’, (with Bang, Nupur P, and Chakrabarti, R.), ET Cases, 2015, 17p, http://www.etcases.com/prosharpe-wealth-management-financial-management.html

“India’s Passion for Gold: Velvetcase” (with Bang, Nupur P. and Kuriyan, Vikram), ISB Case Series, Harvard Business Publishing, ISB035-PDF-ENG, Sep 2014, 18p

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“The Gold Story” (with Bang, Nupur P. and Kuriyan, Vikram), ISB Case Series, Harvard Business Publishing, ISB037-PDF-ENG, Sep 2014,

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“Gold as an asset class” (with Bang, Nupur P. and Kuriyan, Vikram), ISB Case Series, Harvard Business Publishing, ISB038-PDF-ENG

http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/web/product_detail.seam;jsessionid=0D5A6705987805E97C1386D4A0D9E10C?E=5078541&R=ISB038-PDF-ENG&conversationId=2916449

"Krishna Bhima Samruddhi Local Area Bank (KBSLAB): A Decade Review", (with Bang, Nupur P, Bhattacharjee, K., and Chakrabarti, R.), ISB Case Series, Harvard Business Publishing, ISB018-PDF-ENG, June 2013, 24p, http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/web/product_detail.seam;jsessionid=082168063298CF6EE75482D40B43370D?E=4800835&R=ISB018-PDF-ENG&conversationId=408877

“A Note on Evolution and Growth of Microfinance”, (with Bang, Nupur P, Bhattacharjee, and Chakrabarti, R.), ISB Case Series, Harvard Business Publishing, ISB020-PDF-ENG, June 2013, 6p, http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/web/product_detail.seam;jsessionid=082168063298CF6EE75482D40B43370D?E=4800851&R=ISB020-PDF-ENG&conversationId=408877

“An Empirical Analysis of Disclosure and Performance of Indian Microfinance Institutions”, (with Singh, K.), Panjab University Research Journal, 38 (1&2), 107-122, April-Oct 2011

“Performance of Regulated Microfinance Institutions: Empirical Analysis of Indian Microfinance Industry”, Inclusive Growth and Microfinance Access, Macmillan Publishers, New Delhi, January 2011 (Proceedings of Conference on Inclusive Growth and Microfinance Access, Banaras Hindu University).

SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS

"Role of Aadhaar in improved last mile delivery of banking services?", DIRI, ISB, Hyderabad, 2018-20

"Evaluation of BC Model of Banking: A case study in Himachal Pradesh", ICSSR, 2018-19

"Financial Inclusion and Financial deepening through branch-less banking in Himachal Pradesh", IIT Mandi, 2016-18

FIELD STUDY NOTES

"One Person Banks: Access vis a vis User Experience", Digital Identity Research Initiative, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Nov 2018

"How is Aadhaar making banking smooth for people at the last mile?", Digital Identity Research Initiative, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Oct 2018

INVITED WORKSHOPS/SESSIONS

Technical Session Chair, Finance and Accounting, PAN IIT International Management Conference 2018, IIT Roorkee, Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018

Workshop: Building teams that work, Forest Training Institute, Sundernagar, HP, October 2018

Workshop: Accounting and Finance for Startups, IIT Mandi Catalyst, September 2018

Member, Panel Discussion on State of Aadhaar, International Conference on Aadhaar, Digital Identity Research Initiative, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, 12-13, July 2018

CONFERENCE PAPERS

"Aadhaar-linkinig and improved last mile delivery of banking services in Himachal Pradesh" (With Gupta, Sanal, Kaur, Navdeep), 2nd Annual International Conference of the India Public Policy Network, University of Delhi, February 5-6, 2019

"Product design and delivery issues in last mile banking: Experiences from field study in Himachal Pradesh" (With Gupta, Sanal), PAN IIT International Management Conference 2018, IIT Roorkee, Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018

"Dynamics of Incubation Selection Criteria: How Does Startup Application Content Guide Selection Decision?" (With Ray, Suryani), PAN IIT International Management Conference 2018, IIT Roorkee, Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018

“Funding Structure and Performance of Microfinance Institutions in India: An Empirical Analysis of Indian Microfinance Institutions”, International Conference on India in an era of global uncertainties: issues, opportunities & challenges, Gian Jyoti Institute of Management Studies, Mohali, Apr 7, 2012

“Evaluation of Microfinance Delivery Mechanisms: A Study of Indian Microfinance Industry”, UGC- sponsored National Seminar on global supply chain management: challenges and prospects, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Mar 19, 2012

“Role of External Governance in Development of Microfinance Industry: An Empirical Analysis of Indian Microfinance Institutions”, National Seminar on Economic reforms: an unfinished agenda, GGDSD College, Chandigarh, Feb 11, 2012

“Ethical Issues in Governance of Shareholder Funded Model of Microfinance”, International conference on business ethics and human values, University Business School, Panjab University, Dec 22-23, 2010

“Skills Gap Analysis” (With Saini, Gagan), International conference on management and valuation of intangibles, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dec 23-24, 2009

ARTICLES IN POPULAR PRESS

“The untold coal story: Jharkhand’s cycle pullers work for pittance”, (with Bang, Nupur. P), Firstpost.com, Nov 12, 2013

“Duvvuri Subbarao: Green horn that locked horns”, (with Bang, Nupur P.), Business Section, Rediff.com, September 11, 2013

“Punishing India’s love of gold will not yield result” (with Bang, Nupur P.), Beyond Bricks, Financial Times, September 10, 2013

“Why is gold so dear to everyone?” (with Bang, Nupur P.), Business Section, Rediff.com, August 29, 2013

"The Coal Plight of India", (with Bang, Nupur P.), Global Association of Risk Professionals, January 23, 2014

"Why India can't do away with taxes", (with Bang. Nupur P.), Business Section, Rediff.com, June 10, 2014

"To cut or not to cut: Tug of war between RBI and govt", (with Patke, Prachi & Bang, Nupur P.), Business Section, Rediff.com, Feb 3, 2015

"Starting up is more than complex tech. Here is some advice for the budding entrepreneur raring to go", Yourstory.com, Dec 07, 2018

AWARDS

"Significant and effective contribution in setting up Catalyst, IIT Mandi's TBI", Foundation Day Awards, Feb 24, 2018, IIT Mandi

"Excellence in Teaching", Teaching Honors Award 2017, IIT Mandi

"IIM RAIPUR - ET CASES Award – For a Case Showcasing Futuristic and Progressive Idea", Global Summit on Management Cases, 2014

Excellent Contribution by an Academic Associate”, Annual Awards for 2012-13, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

"Gold Medal", B. Com, 2006, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla