CMGGA Associates

Pranav vijayvergiya

Age: 22
Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical engineering; IIT, Bombay
District: Sonepat

Pranav Vijayvergiya is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Bombay ( Class of 2015 ). During his education, he worked with General Electric, Bangalore to understand the intersection of theory with real and practical problems. He won the best project award as an intern but found that it was not the field he wants to continue in long run.

Pranav is very passionate about working for the betterment of society and enabling people live a better life. Therefore, after his college, he decided to work in a corporate firm for short run to make himself ready with essential skills. He learned about data analytics and consulting when he was working with Indus Insights. Many of his projects at the company involved extensive analysis and advanced modeling techniques to provide impact giving insights into the client's business activities. During his projects, he realised strongly that he wanted to be a part of projects which has real impact on the society and he could be on the field to see the change.

Pranav loves to travel and stands by the saying, "Not all those who wander are lost". He loves going on unplanned backpacking expeditions and has travelled to 17 states in India. He has completed a basic mountaineering course with Jawahar institute to explore his adventurous interests. Apart from travelling he loves to play table tennis, lawn tennis and badminton. In table tennis he has represented his state in the nationals for 4 times with the best individual ranking of 6.

He now looks forward to joining the Chief minister's good governance associates program to do his part in public policy and most importantly get the learnings which will help him in this domain in the long run.

Dr. Anita Phalswal

Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery, Delhi University.
PG-Diploma in Hospital Management, Masters-In-Clinical Psychology, Annamalai University
District: Jhajjhar

Anita Phalswal is a doctor by profession and a public health enthusiast by passion. She explored corporate, private and public health set ups to pursue career in medical field. Eventually she realized that it was public health concerns that stroke the deepest chords of her heart. She joined National Rural Health Mission and worked across sixteen districts in Haryana as a Quality Monitoring Officer. She is extremely sensitive about mother and child health issues and has worked with utmost dedication towards betterment in MCH services in collaboration with PGIMS, Rohtak as a Senior Investigator.She got an insight of WCD and Education departments while working forBeti-Bachao-Beti-Padhao campaign in Haryana.

On personal fronts, she likes to interact with intellectual and visionary people. She is an avid reader and an instinctive writer. Her taste in books can vary from classic romantic Erich Segal to cult philosopher Ayn Rand. Beside sensible poems and project proposals for friends, she has written articles for news satire website “” and write-ups for medical magazines.

She is married to an incredible gentleman who supports her choice of atypical path in medical career. She has one year old Little Twittle who is a dynamite of energy. Motherhood made her realize how powerful and blessed women are and this power can actually move mountains.

Anita learnt the government policy implementation and gaps therein through her work experience at grass rootlevels. This led to her interest in joining the CMGGA programme.She is all geared up to face the challenges and to be a part of “The change” that is to begin.

Favourite Quote:

"There are no under developed nations but are only undermanaged nations." - Peter F Drucker

Vineet Bhalla

Age: 24
Degree and Institution: B.A., LL.B. (Hons.); The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
District: Rewari

A resident of Faridabad in Haryana, Vineet has always been a contrarian. Hespent most of his childhood devouring books instead of going out to play. Later, he chose to study Humanities subjects for the last two years of schooling instead of the more popular Science stream. After school, he took up legal studiesand secured admission into the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, one of the top law schools in India.

Law school in Kolkata had a profound impact on Vineet. Courses on Constitutional Law, Law and Impoverishment, Human Rights, Socio-Economic Rights and Jurisprudence, alongside a three-year volunteering and Fellowship stint with the non-profit organization Make A Difference (MAD) made him discover his compassion as he realized that his passion lay in working towards making the world a better place for everyone.

With this, Vineet set off on a path divergent from that of a typical law student. He spent his internship vacations with diverse organizations in the development space such as Center for Civil Society, MazdoorKisan Shakti Sangathan, Sambhaavnaa Institute of Policy and Politics, and Alternative Law Forum, and enrolled for public policy courses. After law school, he joined the non-profit organization IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) as an Assistant Director. Alongside this, he also completed a Fellowship with the organization People for Parity.

Through these experiences, Vineet has sought to achieve two objectives: 1. To understand the world and define the problem that he wishes to solve, and 2. To change from within so that he can create change outside himself.He is proud of having engaged with and learnt from some truly outstanding and inspiring individuals over the last few years, as well as having built and led teams towards creating positive social impact during his time with MAD and IDIA.

Vineet looks at the CMGGA programme as the next step in his journey towards reaching his aforementioned objectives, and hopes that the programme will help mould him into one of the individuals required to lead India’s next generation of development challenges.

Favourite quote:

‘A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there’

Shikha Rana

Age: 27
District: Karnal

Shikha, 27, has an inclination towards bringing in transformation in the public education system. She is brought up in a middle class family which has exposed her to the intricacies involved in attaining education being a girl child. There is a firm belief in most of the Indian families that fiscal and emotional investment should be made in boys’ nurturing and education which a clear manifestation of the rigidity prevailing in our society. Her conviction is quality education not only augments career opportunities but to a significant extent is instrumental in blurring social and economical disparities crippling the society.

She believes in what Albert Einstein once said "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think".
Shikha earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Delhi University and post graduate degree in the same field from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

She has been engaged with the development sector during the course of studies in Social Work which helped in enhancing her skills. She has garnered considerable experience in the domain of the health during her engagement with Operation ASER, an NGO with an aimed to eradicate Tuberculosis worldwide. In 2012, this assignment helped her develop an insight on how abject health services and other social issues like gender inequality, unemployment, and destitution etc. are the outcomes of a poor education system. To have a nuanced understanding on the issues pertinent to Education she joined ASER centre in 2013, an autonomous research unit of Pratham Education Foundation and worked till mid-2016. She has worked with various government, non-government and communities of 15 states. The assignment spanning 4 years, has armed her with a range of competencies to lead large-scale projects like the Annual Status of Education (ASER Survey), scaling-up programmes/initiatives, designing learning assessments and external evaluations.

Vrashali Khandelwal

Age: 25
Degree and Institution: M.A. Development; Azim Premji University, Bangalore
District: Sirsa

A voracious reader, an ardent traveler and a lucid dreamer, Vrashali truly believes that the best experiences are derived out of new ventures. Her strong academic brilliance was always accompanied by a myriad of other activities such as sports & dramatics. Her spirit of scientific inquiry made her join one of the premier engineering institutes of the country, BITS, Pilani. However, the equations were unable to help her find solutions to more visible social issues that were staring back at her, in her everyday life.

This constant dilemma pushed her to explore other avenues. She looked at the issue of child labour in the campus and undertook a study oriented project to understand the gravity of the problem. At NSS, Pilani she helped the underprivileged children gain a better learning experience. These fledging efforts finally gained momentum when she joined Azim Premji University. While studying Development at the University, Vrashali developed an immense passion for academic research in the subject of development induced displacement. The discussions with the displaced at the Sabarmati riverfront, the slum-dwellers of Bangalore and those at the Narmada valley revealed the importance of inclusive and sustainable development to her. Unsure of a definite answer to these issues, she aspires to take forward an academic route to come up with long term responsive solutions. Her other areas of interest lie in looking at governance and democracy. She has been involved in working on understanding the institute of Ombudsman in the country and hopes to create a broader span of knowledge on this topic. She has also worked with a political think tank, Public Affairs Centre as a research assistant. All these experiences have allowed her transition from a shy, introverted girl to a woman with strong opinions. She hopes that the CMGGA program would allow her to create more meaning in her life.

Favourite quote:

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Sanyukta Sharma

Age: 22
Degree and Institution: Bachelors in Electronics and Communication, Guru Nanak Dev University (Amritsar)
District: Kurukshetra

Growing up in an environment where many children in the village had no option or support to go to school, she realized very quickly that the “Right” considered by many, is a “privilege” to others. From her young age, Sanyukta was very active in studies and equally participated in sports. She is a National level swimmer and an enthusiastic debater. Since childhood, she aspired to do something for the people, give back to the society rather than merely doing the job. Her life took a 360 degree shift once she entered college and began her individual journey of unfolding what caught her attention. Complaining that she has “short-attention span”, she participated and excelled in various activities. From wining debates in IIM Lucknow in controversial topics like Article 370, to writing for online magazines, being selected for the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and Oxford Summer Creative Writing School, interning with AIESEC in their community development program in Russia and working with many NGO’S, gave her thorough exposure in diverse fields.

Finally, following her passion and todo her bit in eradicating the problems around her, she joined as a Research Associate in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in the domain of Public Policy. Having worked in two projects related to Education and Health, she wants to now expand her horizon, explore more, learn and work on ground in one of the most challenges state in India, that is Haryana through this wonderful opportunity provided by the CMGGA Program.

Favorite Quote:

You only live once, make sure that is while being the best version of yourself.

Ankit Jain

Age: 25
Degree and Institution: B. Tech. (Metallurgical & Materials Engineering), IIT Kharagpur
District: Jind

Ankit defines himself as “abstruse”, not only for others but even for himself. He wants to live through a variety of experiences in life, before settling on one as a career.

One such experience, for the last 3 years, waswhile working withBunder Diamond Project of Rio Tinto in Madhya Pradesh. Plentiful opportunities to learn and contribute came his way while he worked across various functions - technical, project strategy, business analysis, financial modeling, project controls –which taught him the fundamentals and applications of project management.

Prior to that, the opportunity to enjoy 4 years of campus life in IIT Kharagpur was a major achievement for Ankit. The activities he got involved in helped develop his leadership and “thinking-out-of-the-box” abilities. As founding member of the Student Welfare Group,he led a group of studentsto devise innovative help-desks for overall well-being of students, especially to identify students facing mental health issues. He considers himself blessed to have been personally able to help 2 students out of depression. Aspart of the IIT Kharagpur chapter of AIESEC, he designed projects and invited foreign internsto work withNGOs in development and education sectors. Ankit pursued his curriculum internship in the University of North Texas(USA)workingon a research projectand exploring life in a different country.He also did a voluntary internship with Rakshak Foundation in Delhi, which made him aware of the civil society’scontribution topolicy-making.

Been brought up in Ghatshila (a sleepy Jharkhand town) hasimbibed in him a love for leisurecycling, yoga & meditation, and reading books ranging from spirituality, socio-economic development, history and economics to business.

Ankit considers the CMGGA programme an important step towards widening his experiences while utilizing his skill-set to contribute to positivedevelopment in good governance of Haryana.

Favorite quote

- “Be the change you want to see in this world” – Mahatma Gandhi

Priyanjali Mitra

Age: 23
Degree and Institution: MSc Sociology, University of Oxford (2014)
B.A. Honours (Sociology) LSR, Delhi University (2013)
District: Panipat

Priyanjali is a development professional who worked as a consultant with the International Labour Organization (ILO) over the past year and a half, to understand the legislative and research efforts of a specialized agency of the United Nations.

She considers her experience in Cambodia and Lao PDR as a turning point in her understanding of the complementarity between qualitative and quantitative research in policy, as well as understanding socio-economic realities of these nations.

Having gained a theoretical foundation in the discipline during her under graduation and training in quantitative research methods during her Masters, she is keen on working in the development sector in India with a specific focus on gender, labour and education in India.

In the year 2010,sheco-founded an initiative called the Happiness Projectin Gurgaon, which involved extra-curricular modes of teaching and learning in government schools for primary school children. This project reached out to over 200 children in government schools in Gurgaon, Haryana. Through music, dance, theatre and the arts children were taught topics from their regular curriculum along with engaging their minds in broader issues of social concern. During her time as a graduate student, she was involved with OxPolicy- a student run policy think tank. One of the projects she was involved in was titled 'Political disengagement and disenfranchisement in Britain in wake of the previous general elections'. She is also keenly interested in the development challenges in Haryana, as some of her work in graduate school focused on voter turnouts and socio-economic indicators in the state.

Through the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates Programme (CMGGA), she hopes to gain field experience at the state and district level and engage with the implementation of the flagship programmes. Apart from international development and politics,she is also keenly interested in philosophy, art, literature and British comedy.She also enjoys listening to jazz and the blues.

Favourite quote:

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." - Steve Jobs

Pratik Harish

Age: 25
Degree and Institution: Master's Programme in Public Policy, National Law School of India University,Bangalore
District: Kaithal

Being a socially conscious person, Pratik is committed to the goal of contributing to Indian society. He is articulate and balanced in his views and is not bound by dogmatism. Pratik's educational career has transitioned from engineering to social engineering. His study of mechanical engineering helped him develop an analytical and scientific approach to problem solving. Post his engineering, the desire to be a part of positive change in the country through active participation in governance made him join the first batch of the Master's Programme in Public Policy at the prestigious National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

The diversity of students in the public policy course gave Pratik a very good understanding of working with people from different backgrounds. His stint as a member of the recruitment committee for the batch involved a challenging period of balancing the expectations of the students and the prospective employers. As part of the master's programme, the one month spent in the villages of Rajasthan with MKSS under Mrs Aruna Roy helped Pratik to get an appreciation of the rural milieu.

Pratik has participated in a number of activities like Model Youth Parliament and has interned with companies like Bosch, iDeCK and Bangalore Metro. He co-authored a paper on "Regulation in a Crony Capitalist State: The Case of Planning Laws in Bangalore" which was published in The Public Sector. Cricket and tennis are two sports that Pratik enjoys playing while being an avid fan of Formula 1. Pratik also enjoys watching movies and reading.

Through the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates programme, Pratik hopes that he will be able to get a better understanding of the systems of governance and begin contributing his bit to society.

Favourite quote:

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present" - Kung Fu Panda(movie)

Mohit Soni

Age: 27
Degree and Institution: B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Holkar Science College,Indore. LL.B campus law canter,faculty of law, Delhi University.
District: Nuh

Mohit’s journey started from a small city named Saharanpur of Madhya Pradesh. The dire situation of his house gave him an intent desire to solve the associated problem. This shaped his arguing skill at a very early stage. He grew up studying law from the one of the prestigious university – “Delhi University” of India.

Mohit has a great liking for literature. It has always encouraged him to participate in debate, poem and play writing competition. He has won more than 100 competitions, many at national and regional level. Mohit also held the position of student Editor in 2007-08 for the yearly magazine “Spectrum” of Holker Science College.

In the year 2014, a poem titled (“आओ वो बीज ढूंढ लाए; पौध अब अमन की लगाएं”), “Lets search and plant the seed of peace” written by Mohit has been selected (thorugh a competition) as a best non violence lyrics; which was then converted into a song by the Gandhi Bhavan, Delhi University.

While pursuing the degree of Law, he worked as paralegal vounteer to help the needy and spread awareness about legal aid.

“Legal facilities must be at reach to every individual in the society”. It is with this desire, he joined gandhi fellowship. During the two years of fellowship he ran several campaing in the villages spreading awareness on social issues, consulting solutions which every indivual should seek and work for. He lead five head masters of 5 different schools working constructively on improving the student learning outcome while shaping the thinking of approximately 500 students and the related stakeholders (teachers, villagers, the community at large etc). Mohit’s sensivity to the prevailing social issues, out of box thinking, quizzing and construtive argumenting, learning from experience has kept him exploring and accepting different avenues of thinking. All of this could be seen in his writing which he often publishes in his blog “मेराअंतर्द्वंद्व”.

Mohit is looking forward to contribute all of his experience and learing to work closely with the CM to make realize the dream of strong, inclusive and beautiful Haryana.

Favourite quote-

learn to speak out for anything wrong; your silence means its acceptance. "गलत को गलत कहना सीखिये आपकी खामोशी ही आपका समर्थन है।"

Gaurav Dhankar

Age: 25
Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social work with Specialisation in Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Science
Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University
District: Bhiwani

An individual with apassion for sports and adventure alike,Gaurav comes from a small village in Rajasthan.The thirst for adventure and travelling reigned supreme in his life and began with him leaving home at the age of ten to join the Rashtriya Military School Belgaum, Karnataka. Seven years in the Military School enabled him to think critically and lead a life with discipline, confidence, and dedication. The overall gentleman’s personality and commitment towards studies in school earned him an opportunity to attend the High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir to learn Skiing.

With theinclination to serve the society and to better understand the social processes, he decided to join the School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Science. Three years of graduation and internships in various states and organizations empowered him to better identify the areas of constructive intervention and realize the importance of apeople-centric approach to social problem solving. In the year 2012, he had an opportunity to present a research paper on the topic – Depletion of Forest and Livelihood Concerns of Tribal’s in a national seminar held at Christ University, Bangalore, India. In February 2015, he was trained as a Climate Leader by the former American Vice President Al Gore and was awarded to be a Sustainability Fellow by the International Sustainability School, Nepal.

Gaurav believes that social change is inevitable and with growing population, shrinking natural resources and changing economic needs, it becomes essential to positively influence the process of social change. Other than playing, travelling, reading and writing, Gaurav is a firm believer in the saying “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”and working out is amust in his life. When not doing any of the mentioned things, he loves to bring people together to discuss politics.

Favourite quote –

"If you wish to know how civilized a culture is, look at how they treat its women." - Bacha Khan

Gaurav Kumar

Age: 27
Degree and Institution: M.A. Sociology, IGNOU, New Delhi
B.A. (Hons.) Sociology, BHU, Varanasi.
Work/Internship Experience :Research Associate to Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) 2015-16
LAMP Fellow (PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi) 2014-15
RBI Young Scholar Award 2010
District: Palwal

Hailing from a rural background, Gaurav loves social works and takes responsibilities head on for making a rational society. He has been associated with various NGOs since the age of fifteen with serious intentions to make a rational and democratic society. Eager to explore and understand every aspect of the society, he earned Bachelors in Sociology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and thereafter Masters in Sociology from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. He is currently pursuing PGD in Rural Development from IGNOU, New Delhi. While gaining the theoretical knowledge at BHU about the society and its engrossed problems, Gaurav practically leaped into the arena of social service by closely associating with National Service Scheme (NSS). He represented the University at the National Youth Festival organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. He has won accolades as Best Actor for Short Play in the college festival and also awarded by NSS for Best News Reporting.

As an active member of the society, he took forward his interest in spreading scientific awareness among citizens and students through establishment of Vigyan Club in 2003. He begged award at the State level Bal Vigyan Congress and was selected as the Master Resource Person for "Miracles and its Scientific Explanation" of Science for Society, Patna, Bihar (2004-05). The efforts were extended with the publication of the Science Magazine "Vigyan Drishti" in 2006.

In 2010, Gaurav was selected by the Reserve Bank of India for Young Scholar Award where he worked on financial inclusion and literacy which gave him another important perspective to study the society. As a prolific writer, Gaurav stands no far behind. Since 2010, he has been consistently writing articles on socio-economic, international issues for National Dailies and Magazines such as Yojana, Kurukshetra, Dainik Jagran, Jansatta, Rashtriya Sahara, Dainik Tribune etc. His greatest achievement and an expression of his profound thoughts and ideas is his most recently written book "Towards a United and Strong Nation" which is under publication.

In 2014, he was selected by PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi for Legislative Assistance to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship. After successful completion of the fellowship, he has been continuously associated with Member of Parliament as a Legislative Research Associate providing research inputs on all legislative issues. Gaurav is poised to leverage his thoughts, intellect and passion for bringing a positive change in the society through the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates programme and looks forward to giving his best in the organization he will work for.

Favourate quote : “Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference” - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Sam Solomon Dasuru

Age: 26
Degree and Institution: The Young India Fellowship (P.G. Diploma in Liberal Arts) Ashoka University
M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences; Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
B.E (Hons.) Civil Engineering; Birla Institute of Technology &Science, Pilani
Work/Internship Experience :TotalEnvironment Building Systems
District: Mahendragarh

A modern day nomad, Sam has experienced life across the diverse geography of vibrant ethnic-India, his family hailing from various states of India. At high school, Sam won national level accolades in General Knowledge, Quizzing and Art among which ‘The BalRatna Award’ 2004 at Hyderabad city-level and a Top-115 Rank at the All India General Knowledge Test 2004 (USO, India) deserve special mention.

At BITS-Pilani, Sam had the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in Biology in tandem with courses in Engineering .He channelized this multi-disciplinary learning research in Bio-gas Plants and towards a sustainable Bio-concrete that could advance construction materials, in collaboration with multiple national research laboratories. Sam’s courses on Ecology, Environmental Engineering and his internship with the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal on Freshwater Pollution helped him better understand today’s environmental challenges.

Sam was a student mentor with the university’s counseling cell, worked with NSS to impart computer literacy to high-school children in Rajasthan’s villages and a musician-artist across college events.

After BITS-Pilani, Sam joined Total Environment in 2012 where his innovation in implementing Japanese 5S systems to a construction setting fetched him a ‘Young Performer of the Year Award’ 2012-13. He was able to make a smooth transition through various profiles at work and deliveredsignificantly while heading the Site Planning and Management Office, at one of TE’s two million Sqft. residential projects.

A deep hunger to understand the world beyond construction,impact society worldwide and tackle today’s global issues through innovative solutions led Sam to pursue the Young India Fellowship(YIF). At the YIF, Sam got to broaden his understanding of the sociology of the dynamic India and her environment both through intriguing academia and work experience, where he worked with rural communities in U.P as a part of an internship with the Dalmia Bharat Group Foundation to create opportunities for their livelihoods through a business model selling their moonj handicraft to modern Urban Consumers.

As a CMGGA, Sam seeksan opportunity to understand and engage with the largest engineof systemic change in India i.e the government and work on large scale projects that bring about public welfare in multiple issues through scalable and sustainable impact.


Sam hopes and prays these lines from Lincoln Brewster’s Anthem, ‘The power of Your Name’ over his life...
“….. And I will live to carry Your compassion,
to love a world that's broken.
To be Your hands and feet.
And I will give with the life that I've been given
And go beyond religion to see the world be changed,
By the Power of Your Name“

Manisha Bhatotia

Age: 24
Degree and Institution: B.Tech and M.Tech in Electronics & Instrumentation; Y.M.C.A University of Science and Technology,Faridabad.
District: Hisar

Born in an educated family, Manisha went to a renowned school of her city. There she got chance to showcase herself as a good orator and leader. She became the Head Girl of her school. Along with studies she always remained indulged in extra-curricular activities. She nurtured the childish dream of becoming a journalist in her early school days, but the tide of her life turned when she was honoured with Young Scientist Award by Mr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. After this she never turned back and decided to study science. Thus she started her journey at Y.M.C.A University of Science and Technology,Faridabad ,where she did her B.Tech and M.Tech in Electronics & Instrumentation.

The orator within herself made her popular in college too. She was the only one from her college who got the chance to go for the research work at IIT Roorkee. She is the author of many papers in I.E.E.E. She was the topper of her batch in

Curious and adventurous by instinct, she is also very passionate about her dressing, food and people. She is greatly inspired by the life of Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam and holds a deep interest in reading all his books. She has deep faith in GOD. To do justice to her birth as a human, she is associated with various NGOs which work for animals and differently abled people. She has strong belief that her knowledge, past experience and a leader within herself will help her to do great as a Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associate.

Favourite Quote:

“If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.”-- APJ Abdul Kalam

Deepa Agarwal

Age: 22
District: Ambala

Deepa dreams to be a millionaire. No, it doesn’t mean earning a million rupees but impacting a million lives. Born and brought up in a conservative joint family of 25 members in Jaipur, she has been a part of the privileged generation. But her father’s struggle from rags to riches has kept her grounded. She has studied in Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ school, one of the top ten schools in India, where she learnt to strive for the utmost. She excelled in academics and was awarded the best student in Business studies in her 12th board exams. She would not miss a chance to express herself through writing or dance. She would spend most of her holidays visiting various shelter houses for children with her teachers. For her school was not just a place of learning but an opportunity to do all the things that she could not do at home.

Her pursuit of exploring the truth landed her in journalism from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai. Initially she felt inferior and diffident in a multi cultural classroom but eventually she would express her opinion and understand those of others. It gave her an eye to observe things around her. During college she interned with Doordarshan, Jaipur and DNA, Jaipur. She also volunteered for Teach for India for a year.

Exploring the social realities of the country while studying journalism, she now wanted to experience them. She joined the Gandhi fellowship and worked in the Dungarpur district of Rajasthan for two years. During her village immersion, she mobilized the community and raised funds for a project ‘Crafting Spaces’, which was about installing blackboards in 120 houses to take school to the home. She is unlearning and relearning all the time, breaking her stereotypes. There must have been a lot of failures but her undaunting spirit to celebrate them has taken her forward to the Chief Minister’s Good Governance program.

With the CMGGA, she wishes to accelerate her dream of being a millionaire.

Favorite Quote: “Never, never be afraid to do what is right. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look away.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

Jashanjit Singh

Age: 30
Degree and Institution: Double Post Graduate: Masters in Social Work (MSW) & Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
District: Yamunanagar

As a Social activist experience, Jashanjit Singh started thinking about Social upliftment during his school days. He cherished his childhood dream forward by doing MSW from Punjabi University, Patiala. His social activist mind always want something better for the community, he likes disciplined life which was signifies by his certificate of appreciation in maintaining discipline at school level. He participated as NSS volunteer and organized blood donation camp at the college level. He was an active volunteer in training programs on capacity building for NGO’s supported by CAPART. In addition to this, he also worked on youth empowerment and organized awareness camps. He is gold and silver medalist in Sports but his true love for sports and social work both shown when he was participated as a Volunteer in Special Olympics/ Cultural workshop at District Patiala.

With his wide range of social experiences, he started his first job as Additional Block Programme Officer, MGNREGS, DRDA, Ambala. During his job he was deputed at Village Kalati to control the community riots and provide necessary help to the victims like food, shelter etc. He was awarded certificate of appreciation by Additional Deputy Commissioner Ambala for his outstanding performance. Then, he joined Community Processes Division at National Health Mission, Haryana as Manager CP where he get an opportunity to involved in a PCPNDT team and he played a significant role in uprooting the evil of female foeticide not only from Haryana but also from NCR/Delhi and helped in seizing around 70 pocket size ultrasound/Doppler machines. This showed his team spirit, management skills and commitment for his work. Mission Director, NHM Haryana rewarded him for his achievements. Moving forward, Jashanjit Singh hopes that the CMGGA program will provide him a platform for his broader vision so that he gives his best.

Favourite quote:

"If you salute your duty, you do not need to salute anybody,
But if you pollute your duty, you have to salute everybody."

- Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad

Surekha Yadav

Age: 25
Degree and Institution: Masters of Urban Planning, SPA Delhi & Bachelors of Architecture, DCRUST Murthal
District: Gurugram

Born into a middle-class family in a village in Haryana, Surekha is highly determined and visionary as a person. Being a daughter of an Air Force officer, she got chance to live in different cities throughout her life, where she got exposure to different cultures, traditions, languages and surroundings. This exposure made her a strong and versatile personality and she learnt how to adapt different situations and atmosphere.

Being observant since childhood she started perceiving the cities and places she lived in. Be it the pattern of the city, character of places, types and designs of buildings, she was fascinated from it all which eventually led her to pursue Architecture as basic degree.

While doing Architecture, she realized the importance of planning and designing a city, the urbanization process, and a city's growth and dynamics. So to understand the bigger picture, she went for Masters of Urban Planning from SPA Delhi. A place where brilliant and vibrant minds are involved in the thought process and decision-making conceptually, technically and practically.

Her curiosity to learn new things led her to do pioneering theses on Green buildings and Smart cities during her academics and she further pursued it as research. Surekha thinks one should always keep reading, researching and exploring things as it makes you more creative and efficient.

Surekha believes that everyone is affected by different individuals or situations that holds significance in their lives. And for her, its her father who has been the greatest influence on her life, who gave her freedom to think and do what she wants to do.

As the part of society, Surekha feels we should give young girls more freedom on their thoughts and decisions so that they can explore their innerselves and abilities which would ultimately make them independent. Being a sportsperson, Surekha is also curious and adventours by instinct. She is also very passionate about travelling, food and craft activities.

Getting forward, Surekha takes CMGGA as an opportunity as well as challenge to do something commendable for the society and people and hence make Haryana a better place with better opportunities.


One should always dream, make them into goals and set plans to achieve them. That's the first part of it. The second part is that you have to believe in yourself.

Karn Ailawadhi

Age: 22
Degree and Institution: Integrated Programme in Management, IIM Indore
District: Gurugram

From childhood itself, Karn has been a splendid student at academics. Since, he comes from a business family, he chose the commerce stream and eventually topped his school in class 12th. Karn has recently completed his post graduation from IIM Indore, one of the paramount management institutes of the country. He was a participant of the 5 year Integrated programme in management. He specialised in general management and holds keen interest in marketing.

His journey at IIM secured him plentiful opportunities to pursue his interests. He was a member of the “Adult Literacy Programme” initiated by the social sensitivity club -Pragati. Furthermore, he was one of the first members to initiate the project “Disabled friendly campus” at his college. He is a fitness aficionado and an avid runner. Recently, he along with his team, won the “Himalayan mountain challenge”, organized by Indiahikes in Uttarakhand. Being a core member of “ADAA”, the drama committee of IPM at IIMI, he initiated various workshops and street plays during his tenure. As a language enthusiast, he has learned French, German as well as Spanish. He is passionate about watching English movies and has an impressive collection too.

During his social internship at Waste Warriors (an NGO based in Dharamsala), he worked to promote and provide affordable and sustainable waste management systems that improve our environment. He also interned at Hindware and was responsible to design alternative channels of distribution for the marketing division.

As a part of various successful projects and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds, working in a team comes very naturally to him. He believes that CMGGA programme can prove to be a unique opportunity for him to learn, as well as implement his understanding about providing efficient managerial support for execution at the grass root level.

Favourite quote :

“Great men are not born great, they grow great” – The Godfather

Namrata Mehta

Age: 28
Degree and Institution: Post Graduate Diploma in Experimental Media Arts, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.
District: Panchkula

Namrata is an innovation consultant employing user-centered approaches to develop new products, services and systems for improved service delivery.. Over the last 6 years with the Center for Knowledge Societies and the Vihara Innovation Network, she has had the opportunity to work in healthcare, education, utilities, entrepreneurship and financial services, with clients such as GE, Vodafone, Sony, Eko/-, Intel and Samsung, UNDP, BBC Media Action, LIRNEasia, Grameen, USAID, the Gates Foundation and DFAT. Namrata’s work has taken her to Sri Lanka, Bangaldesh, Ghana, Myanmar, Indonesia, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, and Turkey.

More recently, Namrata has been involved in global conversations on public and social innovation, particularly through an innovation lab approach. She is an advisor to the Bihar Innovation Lab and has built a framework for a Civic Innovation Lab.

Namrata has been an instrumental member of Delhi Makers, a community of engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and hobbyists that come together to make, build, tinker, hack and 3d print. She has also developed games as a research tool for policy makers in the agricultural and urban infrastructure sector, at the Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy. In her other life, Namrata is an artist and potter, and her work has been exhibited at Khoj International Artist’s Association, India Art Fair, and the IWART International Film Festival. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and a post graduate diploma in Experimental Media Arts from the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology.

Namrata is a resident of Gurgaon, and spends her time photographing abandoned bathtubs in the city, and sifting through emails on the Gurgaon Governance Google Group, which is where she found out about the CMGGA.

Favorite Quote:

Chance favours the connected mind, Steven Johnson

Palak Rawal

Age: 21
Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Commerce (Hons); SGTB Khalsa College, Delhi University; Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies; Young India Fellowship Programme, Ashoka University
District: Rohtak

Willingness to learn and explore helped Palakto be a part of the 5th batch of the Young India Fellowship programme, a life altering experience for her. At YIF, she met some of the most inspiring peoplewho helped her discover more about herself and life ahead of her.

Since childhood Palakwas a part of a wide range of activities, though one sport – table tennis has stayed with her throughout. Shehas participated in national and state level competitions and captained her college team. This sport is her instant source of relaxation.

Her graduation experience in Delhi University helped her discover ambitions different than most of her peer group. She realized her interest in empowering others through education by being a part of the Igniting Young Minds programme. She then explored her interest through a research internship at the Centre for Civil Society. CCS gave her the opportunity to interact with some of the brightest minds in the country, and provided her insights into policy research. She expanded her experience through a year long long project Haqdarshak, aimed at connecting welfare schemes to beneficiaries. She saw the project evolve from an idea to its first large-scale pilot project. This added to her understanding ofthe functioning of government initiatives and strengthened her belief of contributing to the society.

Apart from accolades in table tennis, an important achievement for her was the ‘Best all-rounder student of the college’ award, the most prestigious award of her college, given in the final year of graduation.

A weekend travelling plan, spending quality time with friends and family, and the sitcom Friends are a few things that make her happy. With her willingness to learn, passion for work, and interest in the development sector, she is set out to be a part of the Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates programme.

Favourite quote:

‘We must learn from those in whose names we speak’
- At a session at YIF

Anul Jain

Age: 27
District: Faridabad

As a keen student of politics, Anul is extremely fascinated by the complex machinery of democracy in India. From early on, she had a strong desire to be involved with an institution that works at the grassroots, where public opinion is shaped and political ideologies are meshed out. She plunged into student politics and social work as a young student, and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Social Development Studies from Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

She has been founding member of a social startup, Binbag which has created a platform for individuals, apartment complexes in Bangalore to recycle their electronic waste, plastics and paper with the highest environmental standards. Some of the deep-rooted problems of Indian society today are being solved by the young generation, and their participation in governance is a source of great excitement for her.

Anul is a successful national-level Table Tennis player and has had the opportunity to discover far-flung regions of India through extensive travel for tournaments. She is passionate about Sports, History, and Ecology. Her dream is to backpack across all States in India to discover different cultures and lifestyles, and understand their unique political structures.

Favourite quote:

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – The Little Prince (book)

Chirag Garg

Age: 23
Degree and Institution: B.Tech, Agricultural and Food Engineering, IIT Kharagpur,
Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University
District: Fatehabad

Born and brought in Haryana, Chirag’s curiosity in other planets and stars, love with mathematics and adventures in science exhibitions, eventually, sailed him to the coast of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His undergraduate studies provided theoretical background in food processing and water management. Contemporaneously, working in annual social-cultural festival committee for three years, thriving in an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship, Chirag ventured several organizations engaging at global, national and community level. Representing India at London in semi-finals of Hult Prize Competition, he realized the need of multidisciplinary lens to tackle global challenges and joined Young India Fellowship wherein, mysteriously, a pathway was carved out for his expedition ahead. An engagement with DMICDC in infrastructure design and field visits uncovered the pathetic conditions of landfill polluting environment and wildlife directly. Agitated by the situation, he decided to work towards this as Mother Teresa Fellow, under Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University.

Collaborating with another fellow, in partnership with Kyori Gram Panchayat in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, a community led sustainable waste management system was set up by mobilizing people through cleanliness drives, monetizing Swachcha Bharat Funds to set up dustbins and integrate local informal sector, hence, creating green jobs for the local people, and reducing ecological footprint of Paragliding World Cup 2015. Then, he joined Civic Response Team in Aurangabad, Maharashtra collaborating with Municipal Corporation to execute an ambitious mission of achieving segregation at source to curtail dumping of waste in landfill. This needed revamping city's waste management system focusing on decentralization and sensitizing population to its environment and health aspects. After five months of rigorous training and capacity building of municipal workers combined with a massive awareness campaign, resulted in functional structures at grass root level, enabling almost one-third of the city to segregate waste at source resulting in reduced expenses and carbon footprint.

Through a series of field-based immersions in cities and villages of different sizes and types, Chirag has developed a comparative perspective of interactions and the intersections of urban development, sustainability, public policy and environment. Chirag aspires to build on this perspective in Chief Minister’ Good Governance Associates programme and direct his experiences to serve the home state.

Favourite quote :

"No Sacrifice No Victory " – Transformers (2007)

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