July 21, 2009
Interviews and IDSK workshop
July 21, 2009
Last Thursday, July 16, I went with Professor Husain for an interview, as I mentioned in the previous entry. The interview was conducted in Bangla, which I do not understand even though there are some similarities with Hindi/Urdu. Professor Husain was very considerate and helped me understand by writing some short notes for me in English as the interview was going on. Most of the questions revolved around the female entrepreneur’s family and educational backgrounds rather than the highly technical work her business does.
Our next interview was on Saturday, July 18. Professor Husain, his wife, and I all attended. Professor’s wife is a very nice lady who is also a professor of economics.
This interview was conducted in English. This female entrepreneur’s work was also in a highly technical field that was very involved with subjects like chemistry and again, we did not delve into those details. My task now is to create study participant profiles of these two ladies in a Word/Google Doc.
This past Monday and Tuesday, July 19-20, the IDSK held a workshop on structural equation models (SEM). Professor Husain kindly allowed me to attend even though the workshop was already extremely full (there would have been a shortage of computers to use, but I had my laptop, but then had some technical difficulties, and luckily there were two computers free and I was able to use one). The workshop was very organized and informative. The only two sessions I was able to attend were the “Theory of SEM” by Professor Diganta Mukherjee from Usha Martin Academy on the first day and the “Structural Equation Model: Basic Model” by Professor Zakir Husain on the second day. Monday I had stomach pain and the next day a severe headache, so I just went home. I was upset that I had to leave, but remembered that many people have advised me to take it easy because of the heat as well as other health issues foreigners are susceptible to. Also, I felt better knowing that I have an excellent packet that has very detailed tutorials about how to use the programs. As for the theory part that I attended, I think it may help me in my Econ 406 – Introduction to Econometrics class that I will take this coming fall.
Lastly, today was Trinamool Congress (TMC) Martyrs’ Day commemorating eleven youth Congress Party workers that were shot in police firing in 1993. TMC head Mamata Banerjee head a rally in honor of Martyrs’ Day so the roads were so, SO jam packed. It was very difficult to get around the city.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading :-)
Posted by sairah at July 21, 2009 07:09 PM