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)

Aadav SS

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: B.Tech Chemical Engineering, SASTRA University
Diploma in Business Law and Entrepreneurship Administration, NUJS

Work Experience: Event Marketing, May 2014 - Feb 2015
Assistant Systems Engineer, Mar 2015-Oct 2015
Research Analyst, Oct 2016- Dec 2016
Business Analyst, Dec 2016-Jun 2017

Internship Experience: Project Internship, BPCL, Dec 2013-Jan 2014

District: Rohtak

As a son of Ex-IAF, Aadav has been exposed to diversity since childhood. This has kindled his interest in meeting new people, cultures, and travelling places. Since school, he has been an active participant in various activities such as NCC, Culturals and quizzing. He tests his capabilities by exploring opportunities around him and his successes have stood as testimony to that. He completed his undergraduation in Chemical Engineering from SASTRA University where he was involved in organizing workshops and conferences. Undergraduation gave him an immense exposure to marketing and management. He is interested in travelling, swimming, reading, and trekking.

Post his engineering, he took up a small activity with Penumbramag where he was involved in organizing startup-conclave Speak-Up at IIT-M. Post that, his short stint in Business Intelligence at TCS provided him necessary understanding of Equities and Trading markets. Exploring opportunities, he moved to Beroe as Research Analyst to provide category intelligence across Construction, Logistics and Packaging domains and also perform Financial Risk Analysis of the involved stakeholders. Change became his new buzz-word. He was provided with an opportunity as Business Analyst at FixNix, a Governance, Risk and Compliance company. This is where he realized the importance of Governance and Policies that needs to adhered to avoid any risks and malpractices associated with processes. Right from his school, he has been efficient in adapting and picking up new skills, that puts him on a pedestal on any given task.

CMGGA interests him as he believes that Government is where a person will be exposed to the definition of management. An attempt to make things better drives him to be a part of the programme. With CMGGA, he plans to provide smart and efficient solutions addressing the pain-points in the Governance procedures. He aims to make measurable changes that would benefit the government. He believes that "Disclosing the public spend, measured to every rupee and stakeholders and officers involved for public scrutiny, will drive the agenda of ethical governance".

Through CMGGA, Aadav aims to understand and accommodate the ground realities that are faced by the government. In short-term, I would like to reach the pinnacle of corporate leadership with strong ethical values. In the long-term, he has decided to take up farming and build sustainable and economical business solutions for the prosperity of farming community.

Abhinav Vats

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: : B.A. (Hons) Economics, Kirorimal College, University of Delhi

Work Experience: Research Analyst, Mckinsey and Company, 2.2 years (March, 2015 to June, 2017)

District: Palwal

Abhinav has been a typical city boy, he completed his schooling at DPS Mathura Road in Delhi, pursued Economics at University of Delhi and eventually worked in Delhi NCR. However, throughout his childhood he visited his relatives in Western Uttar Pradesh and those visits always gave him an alarming insight into the economic and social disparities between cities and villages. He realized that his well-being today is a result of the hard-work of his father, who by becoming the first member of his family to migrate to a bigger city, opened a new set of opportunities for later generations. Abhinav feels that his 'village roots' keep him grounded and motivate him towards making a positive social impact in life eventually.

After his graduation, Abhinav worked for over 2 years at Mckinsey. In his first year, he started off as a generalist and built a 'cross-industry' experience. However, as luck would have it, in his second year, he got an opportunity to support a major private foundation in developing their strategy and approach to scaling up the evidence being generated on critical areas related to gender equality, followed by another stint, where he provided analytical support to another major private foundation on innovations in the global public health space. He feels that his work at the firm in the social sector space has been extremely ‘self-satisfying' and helped him realize the potential of using large-scale knowledge, resources, problem solving tools and networks on solving pressing social issues. The exposures have transformed his interest into determination and he is coming to the CMGGA program to convert this determination into concrete action. In the long run, Abhinav aspires to hold a position either in the government/top consulting firm/ large foundation, where he is actively solving social problems at scale.

Akshita Jain

Age: 21

UG Degree and Institution: B.A. (Hons.) Economics, St. Stephen's College

Work Experience: Project Associate, Quality Council of India (June 2016 to April 2017)

Internship: Policy Intern, J-PAL (April 2017 to June 2017)

District: Panipat

India's dichotomous development story is at the centre of Akshita's academic intrigue in and professional passion for development and its peripheral economic linkages. While pursuing her undergraduate studies in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Akshita developed an innate predilection for economic policy making. Upon graduation, she set off on a path to engage with her passion that has (thus far) taken her through associations with the Quality Council of India and J-Pal, and steered her course towards the CMGGA. In the process, she has picked up invaluable lessons in identifying, analysing and learning the multidimensional aspects of governance and policy, and build a profound repertoire of poverty alleviation and welfare programs in the country.

Akshita was drawn to the CMGGA program in an attempt to better understand the challenges between policy formulation and implementation, and 'get her hands dirty' while learning the nuances of grassroots implementation of policy. She sees the next year as an unique opportunity to further her comprehension of challenges in governance, role of bureaucracy and the various aspects of community participation. Akshita strives to spend her future working at the intersection of economics and politics.

Anju Kumari Arya

Age: 27

UG Degree and Institution: B. Sc in Biotechnology Integrated from University of Rajasthan

PG Degree and Institution: Masters of Arts in Social work with Specialisation in Rural Development from Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Work Experience:

  • Project Coordinator, Childfund India, years (2016 to 2017)
  • Academic Support Fellow & Assistant Coordinator, Bodh Shiksha Samiti,(2015 to 2016)
  • Project Officer, Foundation for Ecological Security, ( 2014 to 2015)

Internship Experience:

  • Intern, Majdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghtan, Rajasthan, 2014.
  • Intern, Maharastra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Aurangabad, Maharastra, 2013.
  • Intern, Dalit Sangh, Hosanghabad district, Madhya Pradesh, 2012.
  • Intern, Aamhi Aamchya Aarogya Sathi Organisation, Gadhchiroli, Maharasthra, 2012.

District: Fatehabad

Anju Arya took birth in a remote village of Sikar district in Rajasthan. Being from army background, since childhood she was prepared to face difficulties with courage & determination. Having the spirit of adventure, she always participated in all kind of activities whether its sports, music, dance or acting.

She is firm believer of gender equality. Seeing the conditions of women & ill rituals in rural areas of Rajasthan, she got motivated to work in social sector. While working in education field, she experienced that children are the seeds of hopes for betterment of future of the country where they can bring peace, humanity & equality.

She sees CMGGA as an opportunity to learn the governance system to work for the betterment of people's life. Further, she wants to develop a strategy/approach for the deprived & destitute masses by gathering an in-depth understanding of policy designing & decision making in government system.

Archana Gupta

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B. A. Programme (Economics and Psychology)

Work experience: Gandhi Fellow (Kaivalya Education Foundation)- 2014-2016,
Programme Associate, Start Up! Management Consultancy Private Limited- 9 months, 2016-2017

District: Ambala

Hailing from a small town in Bihar, Muzaffarpur, Archana's childhood was not very different from other children. She grew up listening to humble stories of her parents who fought against all odds to establish their own identities. Values, discipline and hard work constituted the core of this journey. As a result, she was encouraged to think, to not define her capabilities and to not necessarily accept notions and assumptions. To understand the rationale of anything, she began asking questions that turned her different from the others. It helped her understand inequality and especially, gender discrimination . After her schooling from Muzaffarpur, she continued her studies in Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Her Bachelors answered and posed conundrums about society, the widespread oppression of women. The cloud of these thoughts were gradually taking the shape of terminologies and consciousness to act.

After completing the under graduation and having worked with underprivileged children of Nizammudin Basti (Delhi), she joined Gandhi Fellowship. Now she was a part of a system and something more than herself. Five Government schools and hundreds of families with non identical cultures made and broke a number of stereotypes. She learnt to be patient and moderate to understand behaviour change. She engaged with the harsh realities of Education system and worked towards enhancing learning of students. Such a grassroot engagement made her explore the eco system of Non-Government Organisations , not limiting herself to only Education. Conclusion of fellowship opened a new opportunity to work with a reputed social consulting firm where she was engaging with leaders from different domains (Mental Health, Entrepreneurship, Education, Gender Empowerment). She understood how systemic change is initiated, to collaborate with stakeholders, to manage conflicts and to be a team player.

After having engaged with two different identities of the same sector (not for profit and consultancy), she wanted to understand what it takes to frame policies and its enablers and barriers. CMGGA gives that opportunity to not only explore governance but also to team energy and experience together. I aim to learn the nuances of large scale policies, to make it accessible for the last mile communities. I wish to keep working within the system in the coming years.

Arunima Chandra

Age: 25 Years

UG Degree and Institution: B.A. L.L.B (Hons.) Specialization in International Law
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab.

Work Experience: Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP Fellow), PRS Legislative Research (2016 to 2017).

District: Gurugram

Growing up under the influence of engineer father and singer mother, life for Arunima was a confluence of academics, music, and arts. Throughout school and undergraduate studies, she strived to develop an all-round personality, by being the School President and partaking in dance, music, sports, public speaking, trekking, etc. Her real calling and inclination towards human rights initiatives was identified when she began participating in Model United Nations Conferences in 9th Grade. Since then she developed a passion for the subject and decided to become a Human Rights Lawyer. She pursued her graduation in law from NLU, Patiala, and chose and topped the specialization stream of International Law. She further pursued PG Diploma in Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, and Refugee Law from the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.

To understand the working of the Indian legal system, after graduation, she worked with Additional Advocate General (State of Uttar Pradesh), Supreme Court, as a Junior Advocate. This experience combined with the rigorous curriculum of Law School consolidated her understanding of law interpretation. Post that, she worked as a LAMP Fellow for Mr. Naresh Gujral, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. This experience introduced her to law making. Now, through CMGGA, she hopes to learn the grass-root level implementation of laws, the impediments to smooth dispersion of social benefits, and workable solutions to them.

She believes that fighting for human rights is an arduous journey, filled with disappointments, vanishing hopes, and cultivating cynicism, but when it becomes a life-purpose, there's no going back from it; the same work satisfaction cannot be found anywhere else. She plans to pursue LLM in Public International Law and this work experience would render her a holistic understanding of all facets of law, which would further guide her in passionate pursuance of human rights advocacy.

Ashish Vikram

Age: 29

UG Degree and Institution: Open School of Learning, Delhi University

PG Degree and Institution: PG Diploma in Rural Development Management for National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad

Work Experience: Young Professional in Odisha Livelihoods Mission, Panchayati Raj Department, Government of Odisha (Aug 2014 to June 2017)

Internship Experience: Intern, APMAS, 1st March to 15 April 2014

District: Mahendragarh

An outgoing, self-motivated and fun loving person who hails from the beautiful city of Dehradun. From an early age he cultivated the zeal to work for the well-being of the community. From his schooling days he voluntary started involving with different development organisation in human welfare activities. After schooling he completed his graduation for Delhi university. As having a zeal to work in development sector he continued his academic Post Graduate Studies in National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj in Hyderabad and Completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management. In it he had acquired the academic pre requisites required for rural development and project management. In his internship he had worked in Grakha Block of Saran District of Bihar with APMAS mainly working on nurturing of Self Help Groups and Community Based Organisation at the grass root level.

After that he had worked with Odisha State Rural Livelihoods Mission and during his work he had worked in State Government for almost 3 years. He has worked in Financial Inclusion vertical where he gained experience in handling different projects and programmes of State Government. He had experience of working from grass root level to state level during his tenure in his above mentioned job. He had directly worked in development of implementation Strategy for Social Security Schemes, Financial Literacy Campaigns, Self Help Group credit linkage programme, Interest Subvention scheme of state government and Special Project under Financial Inclusion.

His above Academic and Professional experience have enabled him to perform as CMGGA and bring out sustainable positive change in the community. His experience in Government sector enforces his working potential for the CMGGA Programme. His knowledge and work will definitely make him a asset for the CMGGA Programme.

Bhaskar Rochak

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: B.Sc Honors Mathematics St. Stephen's College, Delhi

Work Experience: Associate, Corporate Executive Board India Private Limited, Feb 2015 to Aug 2015
Analyst, VMock India Private Limited, July 2014 to Feb 2015

Internship Experience: Albright Stonebridge Group, April 2017 to May 2017
Apollo Munich Health Insurance, Dec 2012 to Jan 2013
Government of Bihar, May 2012

District: Sonipat

Bhaskar grew up in a small town in Bihar. His familiarity with governance issues took roots from a very tender age, thanks to a family of government servants. He developed very strong academic foundations during his school days which helped him secure admission in Mathematics course at the prestigious St. Stephen's College. At college, he adopted a more multi-disciplinary approach for widening his horizon of understanding of the world by studying subjects like Economics, Philosophy and Spanish language and by participating in several quiz competitions. He also volunteered as a science teacher with the Social Service League of his college. During his internship with Government of Bihar, Bhaskar conducted social audit of the Integrated Child Development Scheme. The pathetic state of policy implementation encouraged him to contribute in this field. His internship with actuarial sciences industry gave him preliminary exposure with data analytics.

Post college, he decided to work in the corporate sector to acquire essential professional skills. He learned about financial services, data analytics, statistical modelling, and survey design techniques to provide impactful insights into client's business activities.

Having completed one year in the corporate sector, Bhaskar chose to take a study break to develop a better understanding of India as a country. During this period, he did extensive reading of Indian Economy, Polity, and History, enrolled in a PG Diploma course in Rural Development at IGNOU, and earned Financial Market certification from NSE. Prior to joining CMGGA, he was interning with the Albright Stonebridge Group where he provided research assistance to public policy consultants.

At CMGGA, Bhaskar wants to apply all the knowledge and skills he has acquired so far to grow as an effective contributor in India's growth story. Ultimately, Bhaskar hopes to work in the Public Policy space, advising governments and working with think tanks.

Favourite quote:

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" - Maya Angelou

Gunjan Gahlot

District: Gurugram

A subtle mind and an able pen define her being. She holds a Masters of Arts in English Literature from Hindu College, Delhi University and thereafter explored International Relations at Kings, London. She has kept her engagement with International Affairs live by participating in Model United Nations, as a Delegate and member of Executive Board. She is also associated with Centre for Civil Society and Sambhaavana Institute of Public Policy. With an experience in Public Policy and Research, she is all set to use her skills in the field to provide innovative solutions to routine quagmires. She vehemently believes that only active citizenry can bring meaning to a Democracy.

She chooses to play Badminton to flush out toxins from mind and is also a vigorous reader. Her favorites include Kafka, Austen and Dahl. She loves travelling and pens down stories of the local people she interacts with in a diary titled ‘Safarnama'. Apart from Hindi and English, she knows French and presently practicing Gujarati and Nepali. She has been the President of the College during graduation days and also earned Deepak Malhotra Memorial Award for Academic excellence and Social responsibility in 2015.

She strongly feels about public hygiene and health and is dedicated to Swachh Bharat Mission as an individual. She says that Hygiene has not yet become a significant part of our culture and upbringing. There is no shame in littering and no pride in keeping our surroundings clean. As a result, our efforts sound good on paper but do not succeed in practice.

As a Governance Associate, she looks forward to serve the people of Haryana and utilize the ground experience to serve the nation as a civil servant in near future.

Harshali Dalal

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: BA in History and English Literature, Miranda House

PG Degree and Institution: Masters in Urban Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Internship Experience: Project Assistant, Town and Country Planning Organization, Ministry of Urban Development, Delhi (April 10th 2016 to June 10th 2016)

District: Hisar

To learn and conduct research in the domain of policy and public interest, to understand the internal functioning of the government, seeking a place to practice and further enrich her skills in her specialization, Harshali Dalal wished to be a part of the CMGGA fellowship of 2017.

To widen her horizons and be able to understand the practical problems of the world she opted for a number of diverse electives as a part of her BA at Miranda House College, DU. She is especially interested in Modern Indian History and English literature. Her appetite for knowledge also made her undertake a summer school in International Political Economy at King's College London. Her father being an army officer Harshali lived in a number of small and metro cities, which together with turning her into an avid traveller, confronted her with the problems and challenges of different urban settings. With her interest in public policy and the government focusing its energy towards the urban, Harshali took it as an opportunity to specialize in Urban Policy and Governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Together with undertaking theoretical academic training, she got the opportunity to work on a number of field projects as a part of a team from TISS, which helped develop in her the sensitivity, skills and enthusiasm required to work in the development sector. Her internship at the Town and Country Planning Organization, Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), inspired her dissertation subject which is a post implementation analysis of the UIDSST scheme of the MoUD in the town of Pilkhuwa. Together with having volunteered at an international conference –‘Cities of the Global South 2016', she was a part of a number of training workshops intended to develop one's research and analytical skills.

With CMGGA Harshali seeks to equip herself with the practical knowledge of her field, and a better understanding of government institutions. She wishes to train herself to become a credible researcher and be able to contribute as much as possible to solving the urban problems.

Khush Vachhrajani

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.E. Civil Engineering, Gujarat Technological University

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellowship 2015-2017
AIESEC, 2013-2015

Internship Experience: Community Development Intern - Project EcoAction, Novosibirsk State University, Russia June'12 - August'12.

District: Faridabad

Khush is an outlier and an audacious dreamer. Born to a doctor couple and being the only child, he grew up listening to stories from his Nani and learning magic tricks from Nana. He learnt swimming at a very early age of 3 and has been a water-baby ever since. He has got his love for water from his mother, who he considers to be his partner- in-crime during childhood while being a perfect mentor in his teens, subtly planting the seeds of hope, humility and fairness. The supportive environment in his early years helped him think independently, express his choices freely and most importantly, to be compassionate towards all beings.

Khush picked up theatre, sports and music during school. He found happiness in working on new ideas and loved engaging with different people. Coming from a family of doctors, he chose to study engineering with a pursuit of nurturing his creativity more.

Life took a sharp turn for him when he decided to go to Novosibirsk, Russia for a 6 weeks' community development internship through a global non-profit organization AIESEC. Amidst individuals from 9 different cultures and nationalities and for the first time, stepping out of the comfort of home and managing self, he stumbled upon a very important question “What is it that makes me ME?” Hence, his journey, not just towards the outside world but also towards the inside - the self, started.

Being a part of various leadership based projects in AIESEC during his college years, he was looking for the perfect ground to test in action and approach if effective leadership can solve social problems of the country. The Gandhi Fellowship seemed a perfect platform for the same. The mere idea of immersing into rural communities of India excited him to take the leap of faith.

Having lived among the tribal communities in Dungarpur (Rajasthan) for the past 23 months, he now understands the value of having resources and respects privileges. Apart from working in the government schools to improve learning levels of children, he supported 30 SHG women in the tribal communities to set up a community based micro-enterprise and also worked with about 50 farmers in enabling them to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. He is constantly unlearning and relearning in order to understand the society better.

With CMGGA, he is committed to accelerate his dream of impacting a million lives while becoming a better version of himself.

Kritika Choudhary

Age: 21

UG Degree and Institution: B.A. (Hons) History, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

Postgraduate Degree and Institution:RM.A. Social Work in Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

District: Panchkula

Growing up in a military household, Kritika has been able to inculcate a variety of traits specifically the ability to adapt and adjust in harsh conditions, in the most remote corners of the country. With a vast array of exposure to diverse geographical, social and cultural backgrounds, she finds herself at ease while meeting new people or exploring unscathed territories. Kritika has a keen interest in home décor, dancing, animal care, craft and travelling. She is a strong believer in hard work and considers it to be her key to success.

As a child, she excelled in all fields in her school whether it was academics, sports, theatre, dance or other co-curricular activities. Her dedication and sincerity saw her excel in school emerging as the Humanities topper in the city of Jodhpur and winning the best student award.

Pursuing History in LSR, she continued to maintain a balance in her academic and extra-curricular endeavors. Being a member of the dance society, she represented the college winning inter university competitions such as BITS Pilani and IIT Bombay. Kritika was awarded the Letter of Appreciation by her department, Certificate of Merit for contribution to dance society and graduated with First Division.

Masters in TISS saw her grow leaps and bounds both professionally as well as personally. She worked in the field of adoption, missing and kidnapped children in the slums of Mumbai and with the Thane Police making optimum utilization of the opportunities presented to her. During the convocation ceremony, Kritika was awarded the Best Student Shield and topped her course.

Her ongoing journey of being amidst people and igniting change at the grass root level led her to CMGGA. Kritika strongly believes that each individual has responsibilities towards the society and wishes to fulfill them through CMGGA. She strives to work primarily on women and child rights engaging with the community as a whole. It is a huge stepping stone for her to realize her dream and serve the people.

Manish Kumar Jaiswal

Age: 22

UG Degree and Institution: B Tech, NIT Trichy

Work Experience:Procurement Executive, L&T Construction, 1 year (2016-2017)

District: Panchkula

In a family where policies and politics were discussed at breakfast rather than the taste of food, an analytical, merit centred outlook nurtured in Manish. Brought up in the green town of Peppeganj in district Gorakhpur (UP), it is this place which resonates with his childhood. Grandfather with his anecdotes and mother with her folklores fed his imagination from a prime age. The artistic upbringing was widened by a B Tech in Civil Engineering from NIT Trichy. During College days, NCC gave him the taste of satisfaction which comes from the ethos of Nation service and Aayam club, the freedom to shape his writing in Hindi. He was the Chief Editor of ‘Pratimimb', Hindi magazine of NIT Trichy.

During the 3rd year of B Tech, Manish worked as Director's intern to boost the infrastructure of NIT Trichy. It was here, under the guidance of Dr. Srinivasan Sundarajjan, that a desire to change the present was kindled which eventually found its way to CMGGA. His year long stint as Procurement Executive at L&T helped him learn the corporate tools and intricate nuances of Indian market and economy.

Through CMGGA, Manish wishes to learn and feel the real fabric, society is, by diving into their problems. To make positive, smile sprouting changes in the lives of civilians by presenting elegant, artistic yet simple solutions to their day to day grievances. Words fascinate him and world's beauty lures him to explore. He is a working traveller. In his free time he cooks for the need of food, writes for the love of word.

At Sunset, he withdraws from everything to write. Write to live and write to love. “A lasting impact on society through work of literature”, is his aim.

Mridul Dhar

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.E. in Electronics and Communication, Vishwakarma Govt. Engineering College, Gujarat

PG Diploma and Institution: Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies, Ashoka University, Haryana

Work Experience: Test Engineer, Infosys Limited (2014 to 2016)

Internship Experience: Intern, Khetify Limited (2016 to 2017)

District: Rewari

A delight to know, chirpy with a larger-than-life persona, this nature-loving Kashmiri hails from the beautiful town of Jammu. A thoughtful extrovert, she loves to meet new people and thrives well in team-building activities. To her human beings are the best of books; each filled with their own mystery. She wants to build a life trajectory where she can utilize her love for relationship building and problem solving to give back to the society. Her core values lie in making a sustainable impact in the society through strategy, implementation and proper feedback mechanism. Coming up with workable solutions for the betterment of public sector gives her immense satisfaction, and this is something she wants to focus on while her time at CMGGA.

A rolling stone, more so by chance, Mridul finished her Bachelors from Gujarat and worked as an engineer for the well-known IT giant Infosys. She's an internationally certified tester and has received the 'Best Debutant' for her outstanding performance in the company and was nominated for the ‘Award for Excellence' under the category Social Cause and Sustainability.

She has worked for Make a Difference - Pune Chapter, as a Community Fund Raising Head and Project Discover Mentor. To deeply understand the functioning of the public sector, she participated in Jagriti Yatra-2016. She went on to attend this 15 days train journey across 12 destinations meeting role models from varied development strata; her determination to work for public sector strengthened further. She with her Jagriti Yatra team in Pune have held multiple cloth and grain collection drives for the drought affected regions of Maharashtra.

Mridul is currently pursuing Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University where she says that her time at YIF has served as a major deciding factor in etching-out a career path for herself. Through CMGGA, Mridul aspires to analyse various social issues on ground and suggest sustainable solutions using policy perspective. She believes that this program will enable her to watch government policies closely, identify the bottlenecks of the system and work to reducing/eliminating them. Ultimately, Mridul hopes to work in Public policy space, government consulting and think tanks and bring everything she has learnt through these varied experiences into practice.

Nilanjana Sen

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: BA Political Science, Hindu College, University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: MA International Relations, South Asian University; MA Contemporary India, King's India Institute, King's College London

Work Experience: Associate Editor (Culture), Fair Observer

District: Kurukshetra

Nilanjana spent much of her childhood in small cantonments of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh before finally moving to New Delhi. She grew up with a fondness for the crisp mountain air, an immense love for books, culture and a good conversation.

She enjoys combining her travels with research and spent the summer of 2017 bag packing across Himachal Pradesh where she met a cross-section of people and the leader of the movement for special status for Dalit tribals in Himachal Pradesh. She believes that some of the most significant sociological and political insights come from ordinary folks who are often looking for people who engage with their views. As an aspiring writer, Nilanjana wishes to play her part in democratising discourse by interacting with and mainstreaming narratives long ignored by academia, media and the government. Her role as a former Associate Editor on the Culture Desk for Fair Observer, has shaped her world-view significantly.

Nilanjana is inclined to study identity politics and her MA dissertation at King's College London on Jats in the Judicial Imagination: A dominant Community's Quest for Backwardness was well appreciated. She was adjudged the Outstanding Student of the Year 2015-16 in MA/Mres programme in Contemporary India in King's India Institute.

Sometimes inspiration is found in the most unlikely places. Nilanjana's decision to apply for the CMGGA's programme was found during her recent work in the various archives located in New Delhi. She worked closely with documents on making of social policy in India and challenges faced by government officials while implementing them. With a strong academic background in political science, international relations and contemporary India, Nilanjana hopes to make a transition to understanding the making and implementation of policies and the key role played by public officials in it.

Nishita Banerjee

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: History Honours, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellowship: 2014-2016
Digital empowerment foundation: 2016-2017

District: Jhajjar

Nishita Banerjee grew up in a Bengali family with Punjabi customs in Lucknow . She celebrates the multicultural environment that she grew up in. She is fond of understanding diversity and socio-cultural systems of societies which led her to pursue History Honours at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi where she engaged herself in a milieu of activities. During her college, she documented 21 dying art forms of Lucknow which were later published in a magazine. She also closely worked with Manan Tribes in Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala on an ecotourism project where she developed an understanding of standing of ethnicities in working models of development.

After graduation, she joined the Gandhi Fellowship where she resided in tribal belts of Rajasthan for two years. These two years were thoroughly spent in the understanding of ‘developmental issues' among Bhil and Meena tribes of Udaipur. During the Fellowship she worked on creating low-cost sanitary pads with women self-help groups under Rajasthan National Rural Livelihood Mission to spread awareness and creating effective means to deal with taboos around menstruation.

She believes strongly in creating self-sustainable villages and in promotion of indigenous crafts which took her to Digital Empowerment Foundation where she worked with weaving community of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh and connected them to 'global markets' through digital mediums. She realised about the rich traditional livelihoods that are prevalent in rural areas and developed a deep understanding of Indian textiles.

Apart from working in rural areas, she likes to spend her time in documenting India through paintings, Kalighat paintings of 19th century is among her favourites.

She joined CMGGA to gain a better understanding of government systems and to enable herself to deliver large scale impact. She believes that through CMGGA, she would be able to converge people's needs with government's aims. She is highly motivated to understand policy implementation and collate her knowledge in bringing about change.

Pramod Raturi

Age: 29

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery, State Ayurvedic college and Hospital ,Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar

PG Degree and Institution: Masters in Public Health
Indian Institute of Public Health (Public Health Foundation of India), Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Work Experience: Medical Officer at NHM, Uttarakhand (2013 to 2015)

District: Charkhi Dadri

Pramod was born and brought up in a small town of Uttarakhand i.e. Tehri. He is now a doctor and a public health professional. After completing his graduation, he worked with corporate, private and public health set ups to peruse career in medical field. While working with one of the programmes of the NHM, he realized that there is a lot to be done in public health sector. This has sown seeds of perusing career in public health in deepest of his heart which made him to join the first batch of Master's programme in Public Health at Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

During the tenure of his Master's programme, he participated in various activities like workshops, seminars, surveys, research at institute level. The diversity in the students from 19 states in public health course gave him a very good understanding of working people with diverse background. As a part of Masters' course, he has done two months internship with JHPIEGO in Odhisha in Maternal and child health survival programme. Also he undertook his dissertation project with National health Mission, Uttarakhand in collaboration with Doon Medical College. Learning from classes and direct exposure to the field activities, made him to conclude that there is more scope of improvement in public health at policy, advocacy and governance level. Volunteering as one of his hobbies, he had been actively participated in NGO's which works for livelihood and education in rural areas of Uttarakahand.

It was this understanding that inspired him to apply for CMGGA programme. Through the programme, he hopes to better understand the governance and policy elites of the system which later would help him to strengthen the public health system of the country. He wants to be part of the changes which are ultimately beneficial for society.

Priyanka Sinha

Age: 25

UG Degree and Institution: Mathematics (H), Delhi University

Work Experience: Young Professional, Rajasthan Grameen Ajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP)
District Program Officer, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
Project Coordinator, Pratham Education Foundation
Field Coordinator, RASTA Jharkhand

District: Sirsa

Priyanka describes herself as ‘enthu-cutlet' who wants to live through variety of experiences and consider them to be her best teacher.

Hailing from Giridih, a land of hills and hillocks in Jharkhand, she is a mathematics enthusiast, an ardent traveler and an eloquent speaker. Her education in Mathematics helped her develop an analytical and scientific approach to problem solving. However, the mathematical equations were unable to help her find the solution to visible social issues which she was experiencing in everyday life. This constant dilemma pushed her to explore other domain.

She started to work for NABARD's SHG project in Jharkhand. Her eagerness and passion to explore various aspect of society gave her a valid reason to work in development sector. She garnered considerable experience in education sector during her engagement with Pratham Education Foundation. This assignment helped her develop an insight on how various social issues like gender inequality, unemployment, etc. are the result of a poor education system.

In 2015, she joined NSDC's Skill India Mission in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Some notable achievements were rehabilitation of 45 jail inmates through skill development, youth mobilization and contribution to ‘Skill Gap Analysis Report'.

In 2016, she worked closely with women centric SHGs under NRLM project in Tonk district of Rajasthan. This gave her an insight into ground realities and the opportunity to work for various government schemes.

She always believes that professionals can act as force multipliers in many ways in the existing governance system in India. They can give assistance in strengthening of monitoring mechanism and method for government programs by encouraging the use of the modern technology in data collection, analysis and implementation. CMGGA program is the platform for her to be a force multiplier and enrich her experience to work for the betterment of society.

Robin Keshaw

Age: 28

UG Degree and Institution: B.E (Hons) in Computer Science, BITS, Pilani

PG Degree and Institution: M.Sc (Hons) in Economics, BITS, Pilani

Work Experience: Member of Technical Staff, Vmware, 2011-2013
Teaching Fellow, Teach For India, 2013-2015
Content Editor, NTI Media, 2015-2016
Assignment Editor, NTI Media, 2016-2017

District: Kaithal

Forbesganj, a sleepy, nondescript town in northern Bihar is where Robin was born and brought up. His alma mater- BITS, Pilani and its free and diverse culture has played an important role in shaping his worldview. After passing out from Pilani, he joined a software firm, Vmware in Bangalore. After solving technical problems through his programming for two years, he decided to head to social arena. He joined Teach For India fellowship in Delhi, where he taught a bunch of energetic, dreamy-eyed students in a government school for 2 years. TFI fellowship was an enriching and enlightening experience for Robin, and this is where he learned the role of love and empathy in solving social issues.

Post fellowship, Robin joined NTI Media, where he started a weekly newspaper, Sulabh Swachh Bharat, which was entirely focused on positive news, highlighting the good work done by individuals, organisations and government agencies. He started developing a broader understanding of how efficient systems work and how small tweaks and interventions can make policies work effectively on grassroots level. He joined CMGGA to understand more nuanced issues of governance and administration. He wants to setup sustainable, target oriented processes in the district which would result in effective implementation of policies. He wants to keep working on governance issues, post the programme as well.

In long term, Robin wants to establish a free, open-to-all, democratic school where every kid is free to learn whatever he/she wants. Teaching has always been his first love. If you don't find him ‘adulting' around with a serious face, he might be busy writing poems or telling stories. He loves running marathons and conquering mountains, literally as well figuratively in life. He considers trekking and traveling as his part-time job. He believes that ‘the planet doesn't need more successful people, it desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds'.

Shailiza Mayal

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Engineering, Savitribai Phule Pune University

PG Diploma and Institution: Post-Graduation Diploma in Liberal Studies, Ashoka University

Work Experience:Business Operations Associate, ZS Associates (Jul'15 to Jul'16)
Intern, Office of Shri Maheish Girri, Member of Parliament, East Delhi (Sep'16 to May'17)

District: Karnal

Born in Jalandhar, brought-up in India, Shailiza has travelled the length and breadth of the country. She has studied in around ten schools while growing up. The fact that her family moved every two years didn't stop her from excelling in her academic endeavours throughout her school life as well as college. She proved her innate thirst for knowledge and dedication by not only outperforming in her college but also by being a consistent rank holder at the university level. While at her job, she felt the need to learn more about the world around her and engage with it. In the pursuit of exposing herself to a multidisciplinary curriculum, she joined the Young India Fellowship (YIF).

At YIF, she came across a diverse range of subjects from the Political Economy of India's Development, Economics of Public Policy, Water and Sanitation, Gender Studies, to International Relations. Apart from the coursework, she also interned with the office of Shri Maheish Girri (Member of Parliament, East Delhi) and assisted the office in the implementation of development projects in the East Delhi constituency. The experience of working on-ground with people from various backgrounds nudged her towards the field of governance and public policy.

With the aim of understanding the on-ground challenges in policy implementation and governance, she applied for the CMGGA programme. She hopes to get a better understanding of people and how the system works. In future, Shailiza seeks to work at the intersection of policy design and governance and hopes that this one year will be filled with unmatched experiences

Shubhi Kesarwani

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: BCA, University of Allahabad

PG Degree and Institution: MSW, MNNIT Allahabad

Work Experience: Team & Alumni Engagement Lead, Youth Alliance (May, 2016 to April, 2017)

Internship Experience: Program Coordinator, SWARA (April, 2015 to April, 2016)

District: Jind

Shubhi from Prayag Nagri Allahabad, was brought up in a huge closely knit business family, listening to various mythological, political tales and witnessing the changes due to rapid globalization. Being brought in a small city she was taught to appreciate nature and preserve its by practicing rituals. Hence, finding ways of sustainable living has become her passion. The limitations and restrictions motivated her and gaps became the opportunity to work. Curiosity to understand the inter-connections, regard for believes and the urge to be the change and inspire it, she deviated her professional graph from IT sector and pursued Masters in Social Work.

During the course of education from one of the finest schools of the city, then University and later NIT Allahabad, she learned the importance of the role, the environment and the support system has on the sense of possibilities of an individual. Also, her interaction with the local NGOs and on-ground realities made her realize the lack of integrity and values in the foundation of organizations. To understand the better ways of strengthening the value based service she joined Youth Alliance, a Delhi based organization working around Youth Leadership.

Working in Youth Alliance she learned to appreciate her own gifts and to facilitate the same around. The experience taught her to incorporate System's Thinking and Design Thinking in her approach.

She joined CMGGA with the wish to understand bureaucracy better, to be a part of it and share her learnings to work with the system, empower and support it.

Her aim is to learn the working of complex macro systems with multiple stakeholders involved and combine it with the depths of NGOs. She wishes to engage with youth in different capacities and make them a part of the larger system, channelizing their energies and expanding their potentials.

Tushar Gupta

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.Tech, Electronics & Communication, SRM University, Chennai

PG Degree and Institution: Master's Programme in Public Policy, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Internship Experience: Intern, United Nations Development Programme, Nov-Dec 2016
Intern, Prayas Energy Group, October 2016
Intern, World Wildlife Fund, February-March 2016
Intern, Foundation for Ecological Security, October 20

District: Bhiwani

Tushar did his schooling from a school run by the Border Security Force in Jammu city. From his early childhood days he was really passionate about the participation of youth in community services and hence he led various fund raising campaigns for Help Age India. Following the mainstream view he ended up in an engineering college, though he knew that his heart was somewhere else. During his engineering days he started working with Child Rights and You (CRY) which helped him understand the value of working in a policy sphere to bring about a change in the society. Even after winning the best project award for his final year project titled “Reconfigurable Processor for Binary Image Processing”, he decided to pursue a Masters in Public Policy at the prestigious National Law School of India University, Bangalore. His life as narrated by him has been an operation at the interface between science and society.

During his time at NLSIU, Tushar got a chance to explore various policy issues spread across different sectors. It all started with an intensive fieldwork in and around Kanha national park in Madhya Pradesh with Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) trying to understand the dynamics around common property resources. This was followed by a stint at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), New Delhi where he tried to find an alignment between the 12th FY plan and the goal 14th and 15th of sustainable development goal's (SDG). His interest to align the basic engineering knowledge with public policy domain landed him in Prayas Energy Group, Pune where he worked on an economic analysis of the thermal power plants commissioned during the 12th FY plan period. His most recent experience has been with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he has tried to understand the aspirations of young women aged between 18-25 regarding skill development.

Tushar has always believed in the idea of Young people being at the heart of institutional policy making and their participation going beyond mere consultation. A firm belief in this idea made him apply for CMGGA. As a CMGGA, Tushar wants to understand the system of governance in detail and continue pursuing his passion for Public Policy and community service.

Anjali Sharma

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor with Honours in Commerce, Gargi College, University of Delhi

Work Experience: Operations Associate, Indus Action Initiatives, (2017 to 2018)

Internship Experience: Intern, Campaign Operations (December 2016 to February 2017)
Intern, Sales and Marketing, Vibaantta (June to November 2015)

Bio: As an army offspring Anjali, identifies as a modern nomad with little to no geographical identity. At 23, having lived in 7 different states and attended 8 different educational institutions, Anjali has has had to develop a certain degree of perceptiveness and con-fidence in dealing with people, qualities she holds dear. During her school years, she has been an avid debater, a kathak dance, an artist and briefly, a choir girl. While in college she tried her hand at theatre, and served as a co-convenor of her college thea-tre society. At some point, while writing a similar profile for herself, she became acutely aware of the immense privilege that had been afforded to her.

After a fairly misguided degree in Commerce, and a brief stint in social media market-ing, Anjali landed up at Indus Action. Having started as an intern with the campaign team she immediately identified with the action oriented agenda and realised she will be sticking around for a while. At Indus Action, apart from having worked in human re-sources and fundraising, Anjali has been part of two campaigns for the implementation of Section 12.1.c of the Right to Education. This experience has taught her that the need of the hour is to create efficiency in government systems of service delivery and enough awareness among citizens to be able to hold said systems accountable. And what better place to start working on this end goal than from within the system. Anjali's goals for the CMGGA program are to understand the current hurdles faced in last mile service delivery systems and to use her learnings to try to bridge some of these gaps. Through this experience she hopes to round out her understanding of the policy im-plementation space and also figure out her niche in the service spectrum.

Bipin Bihari Dubey

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication, S.G.N.D Khalsa College (University of Delhi)

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellow, Piramal Foundation (2016-18)

Bio: Bipin was born and brought up in small village of Buxar, Bihar. Where he experienced several challenges, problems and opportunities and pros and cons of hailing from a small village. This inspired Bipin to work for the development of village and also built his capacity to work in diffi-cult circumstances. In school, Bipin wrote and directed many plays on various social issues for creating awareness. He participated in Janlokpal Andolan lead by Anna Hazare in 2011 and de-cided to serve the society as a journalist.

In College, Bipin lead the team of Debating and Quizzing Society for 2 years. He also actively participated in student politics of Delhi University. His articles on various social issues got pub-lished in editorial page of Jansatta, Dainik Jagaran and Hindustan. Bipin's inspiration to work for the development of rural India motivated him to join Gandhi Fellowship. He worked for ensur-ing quality education through government schools and community development in tribal belt of Udaipur. He started his project 'Ujjwal Bhavishya' for providing opportunities and skills to the youth in 4 villages of jhadol. Two years of fellowship helped Bipin understand the system and society at the grassroots. It built his faith in government policies and system. He believes that problems at large level can be eradicated by implementing government policies with their core values in tact.

Bipin applied to Chief Minister's Good Governance Associate Programme because he found it as a next step towards impacting people at large level by using existing resources, policies and system. He wants to enhance his skills while working with stakeholders at multi level and de-partments. With the vision of making villages of India self-sustainable Bipin aims to start an or-ganization for consulting and capacity building of stakeholders of Panchayati Raj Institution. He believes that this opportunity of working with society and system will help him to construct his idea and develop his attitude and knowledge for starting organization.

Chandrani Roy

Age: 25

UG Degree and Institution: B.A.(Hons.) English, Scottish Church College

PG Degree and Institution: M.A. English, The English and Foreign Languages University

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellow, Kaivalya Education Foundation, (2016 to 2018)

Internship Experience: Field Coordinator, VOICE 4 Girls, (December 2015 to January 2015)

Bio: Chandrani from a very tender age inherited a deep-rooted understanding of compas-sion and kindness. Hailing from West Bengal, she has always been an obedient daughter and has followed her ambition, i.e. to explore humanity. After completing graduation from Kolkata, she did move to Hyderabad to pursue Masters.

The various courses and practicum of Master's inspired her to know the education sec-tor in detail. Finally, it was a course called Development Communications and her in-ternship experience which helped her define career. With P. Sainath's ‘Everybody Loves a Good Drought' as a muse, she decided to join the development sector.

Immediately after her Master's, she joined Gandhi Fellowship. With the sole motive to UNLEARN, she unearthed pressing grassroots challenges. Besides understanding the nitty-gritty of the sector, these 2 years have made her self-aware wherein she has real-ized the importance and potential of a team and learned the art of staying self-motivated. She wishes to develop a profound understanding on how the government works. With this aim, she has joined CMGGA and would consistently strive for the same.

Deepshikha Chhetri

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: BSc. in Food and Nutrition, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: MSc. Food Science and Nutrition, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Work Experience: Program Fellow and Core Team Member, Kshamtalaya Foundation, Kotda, Rajasthan, India Fellow Social Leadership Program (2017-2018)
Tech4Good Fellow at Techrasam (April to June 2018)

Internship Experience: Intern at Fight Hunger Foundation, Mumbai (April 2017 to June 2017)
Research Fellow at University of Delhi Innovation Project (November 2013 to Novem-ber 2014)

Bio: Deepshikha Chhetri is from Delhi but her ancestral roots are from Himachal Pradesh. She has done her schooling from Army Public School, Dhaulakuan, New Delhi. “Be the best version of you beyond your wildest dreams”, this is the line which best de-scribes Deepshikha as she always strives to do things which she is passionate about. Seeing her dad serving the nation by working in Indian Army for 26 years inspired her to do community service and thereby she became passionate about working in the Public Health Sector.

To explore her interest area in this sector she has worked and interned with different institutions while doing her graduation from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. She was part of an innovation project as well where she conducted research on “Nutrition Awareness and Food Choices among students in Delhi Schools: Gaps and Barriers in Practicing Healthy Food Behavior". The learning from her experiences got her more interested in this field and led her to do her Master's from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai. There, along with her thesis on Nutritional Status and Eating Habits of Col-lege going young women, she interned with Fight Hunger Foundation, where she worked in the slums of Baiganwadi in Mumbai with pregnant and lactating mothers. This not only gave her an experience of the health dynamics in a slum but also helped her understand her passion of working at the grassroots. This is the reason why she joined India Fellow Social Leadership Program. During her fellowship, she initiated many projects one of them being her crowd-funding campaign “Bringing hope to Edu-cation” where she raised 1.5 Lakh with an aim of providing portable infrastructure to study for 300 school children in a tribal village of Rajasthan. Her crowd-funding cam-paign was nominated for the Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2018 (under the category – Crowdsourcing, Crowd economy, and Crowdfunding), of the 8 countries.

Along with this, she started a campaign, “Kapda Kranti – Chuppi Todo, Sashakt Bano” which was about Menstrual Hygiene and Health Education. For this, she collaborated with Ecofemme and took sessions with more than 80 girls in the village, where along with educating them, girls were distributed with reusable cloth pads and also they were taught how to stitch them. She also made girls of her school step out of the village for the very first time to play States Level Tournament. Similarly, she did interventions in the area of Mid Day Meal and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in the school and community as well.

The fellowship gave her a chance to get exposed to the real-life challenges faced by the invisible citizens of our country which helped her in learning values, developing skills and gaining some real-time experience and made her decision of working in this field more clear and strong. Working for a year in the tribal village, she was able to truly understand how important working on the ground is and how she connects herself with it.

It was this understanding that motivated her to apply for the CMGGA programme. Through the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates programme, Deepshikha hopes to get a better understanding of the systems of governance, the ground situation of a policy or scheme, and support in planning and implementation of it. With her expe-rience of working at the ground level, she wants to understand the challenges and the process involved at this level of stakeholder. She believes in strengthening the existing systems to bring about holistic development.

Deepshikha hopes to work in the Public Policy space especially in Health, where she can support the government and work with think tanks. She believes that this is a unique opportunity for her as she will be working with both the bureaucracy and with the people on-ground which will help her to think and take steps in a more holistic and nuanced manners.


Age: 26

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor with Honours in Commerce, Gargi College, University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: MSW (Medical and Psychiatry) from Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS)

Work Experience: Batch -7 Gandhi Fellow, Kaivalya Education Foundation, (July 2014 – June 2016)
Ex-ecutive Assistant to Head Special Project in Jai Vakeel Foundation Mumbai (June 2016 – July 2017)
Sr. Youth Coworker in SOS children's Village Bhopal (August 2017 – July 2018)

Bio: Gyanendra belongs to the city of lakes Bhopal. Being the middle child among two of his siblings in the nuclear family he has always been the privileged one. His father works in a co-operative bank and mother is a Homemaker. His family background has made him an empathetic person and has encouraged him to put himself in others' shoes. He likes reading books, exploring new places, and also the urge to acquire knowledge.

Academically, Gyanendra has pursued MSW (Medical and Psychiatry) from BSSS Col-lege, Bhopal. This gave him an in depth understanding of the social sector. Just after the completion of the course he got a chance to work in a Gandhi Fellowship as a Gandhi Fellow. These two years of fellowship journey was very insightful, wherein he discovered his interest area and started working in the social sector for a noble cause. Post fellowship, he worked in a Jai Vakeel Foundation Mumbai and learnt administra-tive and management skills and also gained firsthand experience in the field of intel-lectual disability.

He believes to achieve lasting social change and wants to get better understanding of govt. programs, schemes and public policy which inspired him to apply for the CMGGA Program. Through this program he hopes to work with govt. officials and in the domain of public administration which will increase his competency to take part in projects & tasks related to the government system.

Himanshu Gupta

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.E., Electronics and communication, RGPV Bhopal

Work Experience: Program Manager, HBH Welfare society, years (2016 to 2018)

Bio: Himanshu Gupta has always been a curious mind. The kind that always wants to know better, to find better and to live better. Innate curiosity is what led him to pursue inter-ests as varied as science, reading, poetry, Indian history and the world around him.

While building science models he came to understand various challenges of our pre-sent world. While reading books and poetry he came to appreciate the mind changing positive power of literature. While pursuing excellence in education he came under-stand the boons and perils of the Indian education system. With every new frontier, however, there was a growing restlessness. The need to positively impact the world was just not letting go!

It was at this point that social service happened. A student outfit joined by Himanshu in the fledgling days of the institution saw the outfit snowball into the veritable and ven-erable social service mammoth that it is today. Finally, it was a match! Himanshu founded a student based NGO named as “Humanity Organization in Jabalpur, during his first year of engineering.

From aggressively executing groundwork to conceptualizing would-be revolutions, it was the perfect utilization of his intellect, creative mind and organizational skills. Giv-ing birth to ideas, Preparing detailed reports and forming dedicated teams was a major part of the exercise. However, what stands out is the almost flawless execution of the same in the absence of dedicated funds, mentorship or industry or government associ-ations.

With such an uphill task at hand, it was a challenging and rewarding experience for him to have converted ideas to real world initiatives

From leading education initiatives to executing women empowerment initiatives, going to distribute food at midnight to coordinating with government officials to fine tune poli-cies, everything that made the world better was always accepted without a second thought and delivered with utmost fervor.

While building such blocks and laying foundations for future students, nothing stopped his personal growth as he matured as a poet and a writer. Put simply, Life, ac-cording to Himanshu, should have more meaning than just salary, designation or de-gree. Life, is a continous learning curve and to stop learning is to stop living.

To keep giving back what you learnt in the form of serving the community and helping influence good decision making is a lifelong passion in Himanshu, waiting to be uti-lized for the best.

Himansu Pandey

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.Tech. Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, SRM University, Chennai

Work Experience: Program Associate, Tata Trusts, VCF - Vijayawada (Nov 2017 to July 2018) Fellow
SBI Youth For India Fellowship (Oct 2016 - Nov 2017) Business Development Associate
BYJU'S - The learning app (Jan 2016 to Sep 2016)

Bio: Born into a family of farmers on fringes of Varanasi district, Himansu always had the natural empathy towards the state of agrarian society in the country. He completed his secondary schooling and graduation from Mumbai and Chennai and holds a degree in Electronics & Instrumentation engineering; the proficiency in engineering amalgamat-ed with the will to bring change in society has paved his career choice towards what he terms as Engineered development.

Post college, he joined BYJU'S Marketing team to experience what one could call a corporate dopamine with one of the country's fastest growing companies; having learnt the tricks, he decided to trade the city life for 13 months in a village in southern Karna-taka through SBI Youth For India fellowship; building SHG based micro enterprises and labs for government schools to improve quality of education. This gave him the much needed grass-root exposure and understanding of policy from ground up. After fellowship he has been working with Tata Trusts as a knowledge partner to Govern-ment of AP on livelihood policies. While also working on multiple programs lined to-wards income enhancement of small and marginal farmers through leverage of tech-nology to increase productivity, market access and processing. Having briefly experi-enced, about how government policies can bring about changes at large scale, be it farmer income, skill building or nutrition. This has motivated him to apply for CMGGA and build on his understanding of governance setup up-close.

Through Chief Minister's Good Governance Associate programme, he wants to further understand where do the good policies fail and what are the challenges faced by the ones who are responsible for its implementation? While positivity also contribute to-wards solving some of these challenges. He wants to continue working in the spaces of Agri-Tech and policy.

Juhi Nijhawan

Age: 26

UG Degree and Institution: B.Tech in Civil Engineering, NIT Kurukshetra

Work Experience: Academic Coordinator, Peepul ( 2017 – 2018 )
Teaching Fellow, Teach For India ( 2015 – 2017 )
Jr. Software Engineer, Q3 Technologies ( 2014 – 2015 )

Bio: Juhi, born and brought up in Rohtak, has had a modest upbringing with a happy and secured childhood. Her parents have been a great influence in shaping her personali-ty. They gave her opportunities and experiences that instilled in her the value of empa-thy and made her a keen observer of human behaviour. Her early years were filled with curiosity and questions. She was scientifically inclined and her love for books led her to pursue science in the form of Civil Engineering. She was ambitious and determined to become a successful engineer. However, during graduation, she volunteered at an orphanage teaching kids science and art and craft. This experience made her realise the difference in the opportunities that she got and the ones that those children did. It made her aware of the inequity in the society and became the foundation of a lot of her life decisions.

After graduating, she worked as an engineer for a year but then decided to join Teach For India as a Teaching Fellow. She taught 70 boys from a low-income community in a government school in Delhi. Those 2 years were an enriching experience and made her understand the on-ground realities which make Indian landscape diverse and complicated. Post fellowship, she went on to work in a government school run in part-nership with Peepul, a non-profit organisation. As a school leader, she closely saw how bureaucracy, government systems, communities and non-profits can come to-gether to solve the problems of society. However, she started realising that for these partnerships to be meaningful and the solutions to be scalable, only government has the machinery and the reach to impact all the sections of the society. This became her motivation to apply for CMGGA so she could work with the government to bring sus-tainable and scalable solutions.

Through Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates programme, she hopes to un-derstand the systems of governance and do her part in making governance solutions more inclusive, efficient and resourceful. Personally, she loves teaching, meeting new people and exploring different mediums of debate, both meaningful and for recreation to enrich life experience. In future, she wishes to explore public policy and the experi-ence gained through this programme would give her the insights and foundation for the same.

Kuvam Mehta

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Business Administration, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellow, Piramal Foundation, (2016 to 2018)
Vice-President, Global Citizenship Foundation, (2017-2018)

Bio: Kuvam Mehta hails from the extravagantly beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir. He is an alumnus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar and has graduated in Business Ad-ministration from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Kuvam developed an interest in social development during his days at the business school. This drove him towards joining the Gandhi Fellowship. As a Gandhi Fellow, he worked towards improving student enrollment, learning and teaching outcomes, capacity building, hy-giene and sanitation in rural public schools with the aim of improving the overall quali-ty of education.

Through his efforts, he encouraged over 100 community members from rural Raja-sthan to contribute a cumulative of over INR 180,000 towards development of commu-nity school infrastructure. While working as a Gandhi Fellow, he realized the im-portance of empowering people to make informed choices and decisions as engaged and active citizens, and he engaged himself in the promotion and advancement of global citizenship education in India through the Global Citizenship Foundation. Kuvam firmly believes in empowering communities rather than making them feel de-pendent on external help.

This belief of empowering people inspired him to apply to the CMGGA. At the CMGGA, he aims to understand the on-the-ground bureaucratic complexities, challenges in public systems management and implementation of government policies. Kuvam hopes to work towards process optimization and effective implementation of key gov-ernment initiatives. Through his work at the CMGGA, he aspires to have a holistic un-derstanding of the ground realities towards bridging the gap between the government and the public.

In the future, he looks forward to contributing his best to the conflict resolution efforts, people's empowerment and development in the state of Jammu and Kashmir through working with all stakeholders including corporates, politicians, and civil society. When not working, you could see him exploring local and global cuisines.

Md Zishan Khan

Age: 27

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

PG Degree and Institution: LLB, Faculty of Law, Delhi University

Work Experience: School Administrator, Unity Christian Higher Secondary School (UCHSS), Dimapur, 2 years (2013 to 2015)

Internship Experience: Research Associate, Office of Hon'ble MP Shri Ninong Ering (Arunachal Pradesh) (August 2017 to October 2017)

Bio: Zishan comes from a small township of Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, which owes its recogni-tion in the minds of people through a Steel Plant. After High School, he moved from one newly formed tribal state of Chhattisgarh to another newly formed tribal state of Jharkhand to pursue my Engineering from BIT, Mesra, Ranchi.

Thereafter, he opted for an under-developed profile in a School (UCHSS) in Nagaland for 2 years to explore, comprehend and grasp the different dimensions of education administration and governance. When he thought that he had gathered enough on-ground experience and understanding and needed greater theoretical base of law and policy to further upgrade his skills, he joined the Faculty of law, Delhi University in 2015. He has sustained and maintained his interest in public policy by working as Re-search Associates with Member of Parliament (MPs), lawyers, not-for-profit sector etc.

Till now, he has worked with different actors and stakeholders (except the Government) in bringing social change and comes to CMGGA to explore and experience the gov-ernment ecosystem from inside. He looks forward to work for the positive and collabora-tive social change alongside the government machinery. He hopes to extract enriching experiences this year as part of CMGGA.

His short-term goals include working in as many different cultural and sectoral setups as possible so as to gain and gather a spectrum of experience and exposure. However, his long-term goals include broadening the scope and application of the field of public policy to create more avenues, cutting across disciplines, for policy professionals in In-dia with better remuneration and quality of jobs.


Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: BA (Honors) Political Science, University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: MA (Social Work), University of Delhi

Work Experience: Young Professional, Rajasthan Grameen Ajivika Vikas Parishad – Jaipur (Rajasthan), 2016-2017

Internship Experience: Social Work Intern, JJ colony Wazirpur, New Delhi 2015- 2016
Social Work Intern, Bonded Labour Liberation Front, New Delhi 2014-2015

Bio: Mohit was born in a small village of Alwar district of Rajasthan. He left his home at an early age of 10 to join an adventurous and well disciplined lifestyle at Rashtriya Military School Dholpur in Rajasthan. He got the lessons of unity, discipline, respecting diver-sity and service to the nation from the school. Desire to serve the people has led him to take up social work education from Delhi University. From college time itself he was actively engaged in the internship and volunteer programs with the development sector organizations. Post education he worked as a Young Professional with the Rajasthan State Rural Livelihood mission for one year.

Experience of working with the State Rural Development Department gave him an op-portunity to work on the livelihood aspect of tribal women in the interiors of Rajasthan. He also led a state level study on the timely payment of wages to the MGNREGS work-ers in 12 backward districts of state. This experience has further motivated him to join CMGGA program. Mohit has a firm belief that with the proper research and new ideas, the existing structure of governance can be strengthened for a positive change.

Mohit looks at the CMGGA program as an opportunity to learn the art of administration and contribute to the program with his skills of research and social work to improve the pace and impacts of delivery mechanism of the welfare administration.

Nikhit Kumar Agrawal

Age: 26

UG Degree and Institution: Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Work Experience: Associate, DST Centre for Policy Research, IIT Delhi, 8 months (September 2015 to May 2016)

Bio: Being forced to stay away from home since childhood due to the lack of quality educa-tional facilities in his hometown, it ingrained in Nikhit a consciousness and under-standing of circumstances which shape people's life choices. Introduction to the disci-plines of economics, philosophy and sociology during his undergraduate studies at IIT Delhi, apart from his major in Computer Science & Engineering, made him realise that ‘unfreedom' and a lack of choices in life, unequivocally terrible than what he had ex-perienced, are an everyday story for hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

The connection was immediate and the zeal to bring positive and desirable changes in people's lives stronger. Although he decided to jump the ship and pursue Sociology as his major subject, his appreciation of technical issues to address societal concerns re-mained strong as ever. Meanwhile, the desire to articulate his concerns made him read and write on issues like farmers' mobilisation, agrarian distress and more. A few of his articles have been published in reputed journals and platforms like The Economic & Political Weekly and The Wire in the last few months.

Education in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi made him realise the importance of the ‘field view' of the daily functioning of the socie-ty. At the same time, he recognises that theoretical underpinnings are equally im-portant in order to make sense of the ‘field'.

Through the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates Programme, Nikhit hopes to not only gain a bottom-up perspective of the society as well as the ‘everyday bureau-cracy' of the State, he also wishes to work towards bringing desirable changes and enhancing the life choices of the people of Haryana by marshalling resources from his training both as a technocrat and a sociologist.

Ultimately, Nikhit wishes to pursue a doctoral degree in Development Sociology where he hopes that the knowledge and understanding of the social and its everyday gov-ernance gained through his experience as an associate would keep him in good stead.


Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.A.LL.B (HONS) from University School of Law and Legal Studies, GGSIPU

Work Experience: Junior Associate under the Office of Advocate Hemant Kumar, Delhi (2017-2018)

Internship Experience: Gyan Manch, Teach for India Fellow Initiative (March-April 2015)

Bio: Born and brought up in Ghaziabad, U.P., she completed her schooling and graduation studies from Delhi. While pursuing B.A.LL.B (Hons) from University School of Law and Legal Studies, GGSIPU, she actively participated in extracurricular activities apart from studies to improve her personality and explore the horizons of all around development.

When not practicing for the next street play performance to generate awareness per-taining to different social evils, she used to spend time practicing for moot court compe-titions to hone her argumentative skills. Participation in these activities helped her en-hance her research and problem solving skills.

During college, she was also enrolled as a Para-Legal Volunteer with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority and participated in mass legal literacy programmes and legal aid camps that were organized by the college. It was during these events that she real-ized the kind of problems people encounter at the grassroots and this invoked a sense of responsibility in her towards the society. She got an opportunity to guide people about the authorities they can approach regarding problems related to water, civic amenities, identification documents, etc.

While working in the courts, she got familiar with the judicial and administrative set up at district levels. She applied for CMGGA programme so that she can effectively utilize her professional expertise and experience to solve different problems plaguing the ground level on a daily basis. She expects that the guidance and support that she'll get under this programme would help her to properly channelize her desire to make a dif-ference and set in motion a revolution of change while providing her the job satisfac-tion of contributing towards the society. In the long run, she aims to continue working in the developmental sector of the nation.

Favourite Quote “When the world is itself draped in the mantle of the night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.” - Khushwant Singh, Delhi: A Novel.

Pranjal Begwani

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: BA (Hons.) Economics, Ambedkar University Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: Young India Fellowship – PG Diploma in Liberal Studies, Ashoka University

Work Experience:Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting – Strategy and Operations, 1.9 years (2016 to 2018)

Bio: ‘The little disadvantaged kid I teach and the unbridled joy I see on his face; the seed that I plant and the thrill in seeing it take root; the little personal goals I achieve which makes the journey to the larger goal more attainable, and the positive ‘non-carbon' footprint I leave behind….'

Pranjal's aforementioned rumination figuratively define his ethos…. An individual with a philosophical bent of mind always looking out for myriad uplifting experienc-es, yet tuned in to his immediate environs – Pranjal is ever open to seeking new vis-tas, exploring newer horizons while being deeply rooted in inherited Indian values. He derives as much pleasure in teaching the economically underprivileged as he does working in a corporate setting or in a socially meaningful sphere.

He believes that the foundational values that have driven some of his larger life de-cisions have been defined by the environs and the philosophy of his school and al-ma mater – Rishi Valley. It was there that he learnt to not mindlessly pursue knowledge but to take it a step ahead – towards applying and benefiting his immedi-ate ecosystem. Having a creative bent and being a trained ornithologist, he continu-ously found himself exploring, observing and understanding both people and the nature around him.

Three years after graduation, and having pursued a multi-disciplinary course at the Young India Fellowship and honing his problem solving, strategic and analytical skills as a management consultant at Deloitte, he is at a point in his career where he would like to apply his knowledge, skills and energy towards driving ground level and people touching work on a larger canvas. He believes that the Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates programme would be a very good platform to do so. The experience and learning that he derives from this one year will likely be a force in informing and giving shape to his ideas and future endeavors, in his effort to un-derstand, affect and impact deeper issues of human existence.

Priyanka Kandola

Age: 22

UG Degree and Institution: B. Sc. (H) Chemistry, Hansraj College, University of Delhi.

PG Degree and Institution: M. A. in Social Work (Community Organisation and Development Practice), Tata Insti-tute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Work Experience: Worked at Ashraya, women's shelter home in Chembur, Mumbai as per concurrent field work for the academic year 2016-2017. (June, 2016- June, 2017)

Internship Experience: Interned with Parivartan, a grassroots community based organisation in Siwan, Bihar. (August, 2017- September, 2017)
Interned with Social Audit Unit, Jharkhand on Social Audit of NREGS (Mahatma Gan-dhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) and Schemes under FFC (Four-teenth Finance Commission). (November, 2017 - December, 2017)

Bio: Priyanka Kandola hails from a conservative Jat family from a remote village in Harya-na. Her parents were first generation migrants from the village Budain. Her father was a sailor in the Indian Navy, which provided her with privileges and opportunities that were denied to majority of her community. Completing her Bachelors in Chemistry from Delhi University and going on to pursue Masters in Social Work (Community Organisa-tion and Development Practice) provoked in her a desire to develop a scientific outlook towards social problems confronting our society. At the same time her lived experienc-es have made her sensitive to culture and tradition, while building measurable solu-tions for positive social change.

Over the past two years, she has had the opportunity to engage extensively across states such as Bihar and Jharkhand, with various stakeholders on issues of gender, social policies, transparency, and accountability. She also had the opportunity to build a nuanced understanding of developmental issues confronting Haryana through the fieldwork undertaken during her M.A. Research Project.

The fervent desire in her to challenge unequal power structures in the society and work towards social justice brought her to The Chief Ministers Good Governance Asso-ciates programme (CMGGA). By being Chief Ministers Good Governance Associate, she wishes to participate in a well coordinated team, which brings people from various disciplines to develop holistic solutions to critical developmental issues. The pro-gramme's networks across the bureaucracy and grassroots citizens capacitates it with a unique ability to implement these solutions and ensure that these materialise into ef-fective interventions at the ground level.

Through this fellowship she expects to build on her existing grassroots experiences of bridging the gap between the government and local communities. She wishes to work in the field of public policy and development practices in different capacities through-out her career. A fellowship of this nature would help her in achieving her future vision of building people centred policies.

Radhika Singhal

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: Economics Honours, University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: MA in Applied Economics, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala, JNU affili-ated

Work Experience: Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation & Tata Trust, years (2017 to 2018)

Internship Experience: Research Intern, Kerala State Planning Board, years (2016 summer)

Bio: This curious-mind and nature-loving grew up in the small town of district Hapur in Western Uttar Pradesh. She grew up with conservative surroundings which revolution-ised her thinking in a positive direction to do something impactful. She became enthu-siastic to live her dreams and moved to Delhi to pursue Economics and worked with many local NGOs alongside. Life in Delhi transformed her into a more inclusive and independent being which played a crucial role in shaping her worldview. From an ear-ly age, she learned that one has to be an optimistic-engaging-participant and not mere-ly an observer. She believes that same learning is important for effective functioning of society, governance and democracy. To learn more about social dynamics, she joined Master's course in Applied Economics in the capital of Kerala. Though the course gave her perspective and theoretical understanding, something was missing. Nonetheless, she continued her exploration. Many experiences changed the way she looks at the world especially ‘Bharat' – a stay with Saharia tribe in Madhya Pradesh, expedition across 6 states in India to understand good governance models, a visit to villages of Maharashtra to understand many community-led success stories and journeys to the mountains understanding Indic thoughts, sustainable development and a mindful way of living. These experiences made her realise the need of action over thought and in-tervention over analysis. Thus, she decided to go back to the roots and worked as a Zi-la Swachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP) in two districts Hapur and Baghpat in UP on open defecation free campaigns, menstrual hygiene management, school sanitation and waste management. Closely working civil officers and on-ground staff motivated her to work on something which is embedded in the system in a feasible, sustainable and scalable approach. CMGGA gives her this opportunity. As an associate, Radhika as-pires to watch and analyse various government initiatives closely, understand the local needs of people and bottlenecks of the system and work with the stakeholders for their solutions. In future, Radhika aspires to be in similar space and deliver large scale sus-tainable impact keeping people and planet both in mind. 

Sakshi Srivastava

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.Sc. (Hons) Botany, Miranda House University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: Masters of Social Work (Counseling), School of Social Work (Rajghat, New Delhi)

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellow, Kaivalya Education Foundation, years (2016 to 2018)

Internship Experience: Data Analyst, Goonj , years (2015 to 2016), Voice over Artist at National Blind Youth Association (Part time 2014-2015)

Bio: ''We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.''

Born in Uttar Pradesh, Sakshi pursued her graduation in botany from Miranda house, Delhi University. An outing with her friends wherein her wasted food was eaten by a child made her realize the need of the hour which is now a dream for her; to become a support system for them. So, she pursued her Masters in Social Work (Counseling) and then to further experience the problem at grassroots level, a sensitive and strong headed Sakshi, with dream of providing strong support system through education to kids of marginalized section, joined Goonj and acquired core competencies such as teamwork, collaborative work, and critical thinking skills.

Joining Gandhi Fellowship was aimed at understanding the entrepreneurial side of this sector and thus she immersed herself completely in the Vidarbh region of Maha-rashtra. During the journey, she initiated her project on ''Women Leadership Develop-ment Program'' in two of the underdeveloped villages of Chikhaldara, Maharashtra, with the goal of developing the entrepreneurial skills among tribal women. By collabo-rating with Jeevan Vikas Sanstha, she also helped them hone their marketing and sales skills by creating a platform to produce and market different local products. She also set the path for sustainable quality education in government schools by activating 4 School Management Committees and explored her divine passion of reforming the existing education implementing strategies.

Sakshi has got all this strength and courage from her father who has been the bread owner of the family and has sacrificed his dreams for the family. Apart from the strength, she has also drawn the sense of culture from her family wherein she loves bike riding, cooking and even painting. During her journey she found out that her hap-piness lies in working on new ideas and those that are challenging. She loves engag-ing with different type of people and being inspired from them.

With CMGGA she aims to bridge the gaps which are occurring between policy-making and implementation on grass root level and complete her dream to impact 47 millions dropouts. Also to get a bird eye view to see the whole government system and contrib-ute her part to aid the government better their reach to the public.  


Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.Sc Home Science (hons), Lady Irwin College-Delhi University

PG Degree and Institution: MA Social Work in Public Health, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Internship Experience: Student social worker and researcher, Child in Need Institute, Kolkata, 1 month (Octo-ber 2017 to November 2017)
Student social worker, Sahayog, Lucknow, 1 month (August 2017 to September 2017)
Research intern, Prayatn, Rajasthan, 2 months (April 2017 to June 2017)
Student social worker, Gorai TISS Field Action Project, Mumbai, 9 months (July 2016 to March 2017)
Clinical dietician, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur, 2 months (May 2015 to July 2015)

Bio: Saroj was born in Rajasthan and brought up in different states of India because of her family military background. Since her childhood she was a scholastic person with a zest to do something out of the league. She was also very active in extracurricular ac-tivities and was always supported by her family. While working as an intern dietician she understood that ‘Prevention is better than cure' and bringing a society to a better health can make a prosperous society. She felt that her growth would be confined to helping a few in clinical setting so she moved to social work following her ambition to work for mass. Throughout her post-graduation degree and internships in tribal, rural, semi-urban and urban areas she got exposed to the field of social work and under-standing of public health issues, health systems and policies along with livelihood, wa-ter and sanitation, education and social change. During her stint in internship she ob-served that malnutrition is a grass root problem in public health so with this motivation she also completed her dissertation on ‘Nutritional Health Status of Tribal Children: A Study in Baran District of Rajasthan' which was also nominated for best dissertation in year 2018 in TISS. All her past experiences and skill sets motivated her to apply for CMGGA and her fu-ture goals also matches with the breadth of opportunities provided as an associate. As an associate she envisages to understand and assess the ground realities of the state and various schemes, implementation gaps and suggesting valuable improvement to improve the governance of the state. She also wishes to plan and implement a project to improve health status of the population of Haryana by bringing her unique vision and ideas as an associate. She wishes to work at policy level and policy making in fu-ture and to fulfil her dream and to contribute to society at larger level. 

Shubham Bansal

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: BE(H) in Electronics & Communication, Thapar University, Patiala

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellowship, 2016-2018

Internship Experience: Risk Intern, Ernst & Young, Jan '16-May '16

Bio: Brought up in the cosmopolitan city of Gurgaon, Shubham was given an education and an atmosphere where learning every day was given the top priority. He was en-couraged to question things and not just accept them at face value.

With his interests firmly in Mathematics and Physics, Engineering seemed to be the logical choice of undergraduate studies. While pursuing a degree in Engineering, Shubham realised that there were no forums to question or experiment, everything was in the form of rote learning. This led to a disconnect with college studies.

During his internship at EY, a conversation with his grandfather made Shubham ques-tion the impact he was having and whether a 9-5 desk job is the way to do it. This led him to take the unconventional path of the Gandhi Fellowship. The Fellowship, with a very hands-on atmosphere, gave him a very steep learning curve along with lifetime experiences. The grassroots experiences shattered a lot of myths. Through his day to day work and the projects that he undertook, his belief in government systems grew.

After working primarily with the education sector, CMGGA gives Shubham the platform to understand and work with the government in everyday administration across various departments. Through CMGGA, Shubham also aims to engage in the implementation of government policies and programmes. In the future, he hopes to pursue further stud-ies and a career in public administration and governance, and CMGGA provides a brief peek into that window.

Shubham's day usually starts with a run and ends with him watching a football match or deeply engrossed in a book.

Sindhuja Guda

Age: 23

UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Technology (Electronics and Communication Engineering), NIIT University

Work Experience: Consultant, Grant Thornton India LLP, 2 years (July 2016 to July 2018)

Internship Experience: Intern, Grant Thornton India LLP, 6 months (January 2016 to July 2018)

Bio: ‘I am because we are', an Ubuntuism ideology, is Sindhuja's GPS as she traverses through life. As a vocal 11-year-old feminist, a 17-year-old activist, a 20-year-old opti-mist and a 23-year-old working woman, she has always endeavoured to own up to her environment and nudge it towards positive reformation. Her inherent belief is that as young, driven, and smart people, we're all duty-bound to figure out where we fit into the Grand Scheme of Things; that we may need to see from a collective perspective while playing our individualistic roles.

Her attempts to comprehend the world at large and better her immediate settings, re-sulted in vicarious living through voracious reading at a young age, further leading to various projects, internships and initiatives during her growing years. In her final se-mester, she interned with Public Sector Advisory at Grant Thornton India expecting to gain a perspective into the realm. This culminated in a solid 2.5 years at the firm, where she fell in love with the sheer scale and ripple effect of the impact created. From start-ing off as the youngest person in most rooms filled with intimidatingly accomplished professionals, to designing her first end-to-end project to battle child sexual abuse in South Sikkim, she recalls her journey as humbling, yet empowering. Working with government departments across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Sikkim, and West Bengal gave her first-hand knowledge of varied policy frameworks and administrative tendencies.

As someone whose professional landscape almost exclusively consists of public sec-tor involvement, she is delving deeper into public administration. As a CMGGA, she aspires to gain access to a vantage-point at ground zero. Academically inclined, she wishes to propel herself out of her comfort zones, thus ensuring a continued pace of immersive learning. She considers the Programme to be a prospect to seek what may be seeking her – her role, in the Grand Scheme of Things.

Sumit Chaudhary

Age: 27

UG Degree and Institution: B Tech (Computer Science & Engineering) & Vardey Devi Institute of Engineering & Technology, Brahmanwas, Jind, Haryana

Work Experience: Program Manager, Employability, Agrasar, Gurgaon, 5.7 years (November 2012 to July 2018)

Bio: Sumit grew up in a town of Jind district of Haryana. With limited opportunities and guides completed his schooling and graduation from hometown. Father is migrated from his native place to new place to start his own business and mother supported him playing a supportive role in taking care of the house and growing children.

After completing his graduation started his career in the development sector just as a job. His first project was a research project of understanding migration in Millennium City (Gurugram). During the fieldwork & getting in depth of the situation of migrants. After feeling the situations of migrants decided to work in the sector. During tenure ma-jorly working on the employability of disadvantaged youth of rural and urban areas who aspire for a growing career.

During the last year he got chance of working in rural area of Punjab in Integrated pro-ject focusing on early childhood care, remedial education of primary level, employabil-ity of youth, strengthening and formation of SHG, sensitization of PRI's over gender & gram sabha importance, awareness campaigns on non communicable diseases and training of adolescents on life skills.

After exposure of working with the government department, he decided to work with the government or within the government to improve the implementation of programs/ schemes/ delivery of service on the ground. A major problem is in implementation not in designing. With Chief Minister Good Governance Associate programme, this will be going true to work within government to improve the efficiency. Being working in the development sector for more than 5 years he decided to be in this sector only. CMGGA plays the key role due to lack of subject-specific education faces challenges. After graduating CMGGA programme got deep knowledge of social issues, governance that helps in providing an innovative and sustainable solution to the social issues. 

Suvidha Jani

Age: 25

UG Degree and Institution: Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

PG Degree and Institution: Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi

Bio: “Be like the dandelion seeds”, the mentor said, “the impact of your work should reach far and wide.” The great faculty and mentorship as a young literature lover introduced Suvidha to the philosophies, ideologies and learnings of great philosophers, writers and activists. Her classroom learnings at Jesus and Mary College and later Lady Shri Ram College made her aware about the existing social, political, economic inequali-ties, biases, prejudices, disparities and hierarchies.

Her first practical application of the learnings began on the roads of GB Road, in the brothels of the marginalized. As a volunteer at Kat-Katha, she was exposed to the pri-mary problems a policy maker faces- lack of innovation, reluctance from beneficiaries, shortage of human resources and capital, poor infrastructure and lack of support from the authorities.

Later she found her place at Katha, as a volunteer manager and core member of the Founder's Team. With more than 30 years of experience in the education sector, Katha paved way for more learning. She was engaged with more than 30 communities in Delhi NCR, struggling with basic education. As a volunteer manager and the core member of Founder's Team, she was actively working with multiple stakeholders such as the government, non-government and private organizations. The fundamentals of the fellowship aligns with her aims and objectives of life- to learn organizational &implementation skills and expertise which will allow her to work towards the change in best possible ways. As a CMGGA associate, she aims work directly with the policy makers, implementers as well as the various stakeholder, administrators and experi-enced decision makers. It's a unique opportunity to not only work with the policy mak-ers but also be part of the decision making process.

“A dandelion blooms, grows and then passes on its seeds to others. Be like the dande-lion.” Realizing the importance of this lesson and the CMGGA Fellowship it will give her the right soil to grow, bloom and spread the change she has visualized.

Tanya Sharma

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B. A. (Hons.) Political Science, Kamla Nehru College, Delhi University

Work Experience: Gandhi Fellow, Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership (2016 to 2018)
Co-founder, BharatConnect (2017 to Present)

Internship Experience: Teacher Mentor, Udayan Care (2013 to 2016)

Bio: Tanya Sharma, a graduate in Political Science (Hons.) from Delhi University hails from the capital city of Delhi. Coming from an academic background that taught her to ask questions and stand up to the problems around her, she began volunteering as a teacher-mentor for underprivileged children with Udayan Care and simultaneously as a Secretary in NSS unit of her college. Having spent 3 years in Udayan Care, she de-veloped an interest in education and working with children. She went on to join the Gandhi fellowship where she has worked to strengthen the leadership qualities of school stakeholders and processes, in order to ensure a conducive learning environ-ment and thereby better learning outcomes for the children. In addition to her primary work in the school ecosystem, she has worked on cross-functional projects in rural Ra-jasthan ranging from Skill Development and Sanitation to Community Mobilization in education, where most of her projects were focused on leveraging existing policies and ensuring their better implementation.

Tanya believes in strengthening the existing systems and is therefore passionate about working with the government to facilitate better implementation of policies in or-der to ensure inclusive development. Owing to this belief and her passion for social change, Tanya decided to join CMGGA where she wants to learn about government systems, quasi-government bodies and how these two come together to make the sys-tem effective and efficient for the citizens. She believes in learning through her experi-ences and has a go-getter attitude towards every challenge facing her. She is diligent, eloquent and meticulous in her approach. She wants to be a government consultant where she can leverage her experience from the ground to make policies and their im-plementation make meaningful effect in lives of the citizens of our country.

Utkarsha Authey

Age: 25

UG Degree and Institution: Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work

PG Degree and Institution: Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Work Experience: Assistant Manager, Naandi Foundation (November 2014 to June 2015)
District Programme Manager, Dalit Sangh (July 2015 to March 2017)
Consultant, Sightsavers (April 2017 to July 2018)

Bio: Brought up in the small town Sohagpur of Madhya Pradesh, Utkarsha has spent her childhood watching her parents working with marginalized communities. This devel-oped her interest in pursuing her education in Social Work. She did her Bachelors in Social Work from Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work from Nagpur in 2012, where she was a Gold Medallist and University Topper. She was elected as Student's Council Secretary in all her three years of graduation. Further she completed her Mas-ters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2014, during this she co-initiated Ek Awaaz- a theatre group. She did her internships in different fields with var-ious organisations like MKSS, Pradan, Vikaas Samvaad, Kashtkari Sangathan and AFARM.

In her four years of professional experience ranging from implementing to funding or-ganisation she worked with Naandi Foundation as Assistant Manager for enhancing education of government school going children in Mumbai Public Schools. Later she joined Dalit Sangh organisation as District Programme Manager leading the Social In-clusion Programme for Persons with Disabilities in two districts of Madhya Pradesh & further she worked with Sightsavers as Consultant for Inclusive Eye Health Pro-gramme.

One of her Hindi story ‘Purkho Ki Nishani' is published in Hindi curriculum of class 4th in Maharashtra. Her other creative stories & educational articles on Perspective of Inte-gral Approach for Development: Case Study of ‘Pardhi community' are published in magazines, journals and souvenirs of Samajh Jharoka, Aksharwarta, Matru Sewa Sangh Insititute of Social Work and Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Re-search University.

Utkarsha aspires to understand the government system and serve larger population, which is best possible through Chief Ministers Good Governance Programme. This learning will be helpful in developing her perspective and will contribute in her future initiatives.

Vaibhav Limaye

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.Tech Computer Science, Ambedkar Institue of Advanced Communication, Technol-ogy and Research, Indraprastha University, Delhi

Work Experience: Team Leader, AIESEC in Delhi University, April-December 2014
Local Committee Vice President, AIESEC in Delhi University, January-December 2015
Human Resource Executive, Sociowash, March-August 2016
Program Executive, Tough Hope Consultancy, September 2016- March 2017
Program Manager, Tough Hope Consultancy, April 2017-June 2018

Internship Experience: Intern, Grassroots Internship Program, July 2015
Team Leader, Grassroots Internship Program, October 2015-January 2016

Bio: Vaibhav is a 24-year-old Computer Science graduate. A proactive individual, he has participated in various local and international forums during his schooling. A second-generation migrant in Delhi from Maharashtra, he has worked with youngsters across India, furthering leadership, political literacy and critical thinking among them.

A brief stint at grassroots with a Member of Parliament under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna had strong impact, encouraging him to delve into the social development sector. The experience made him believe that young people with integrity and persistence can contribute significantly to nation building, while having a steep learning curve.

He is a strong advocate of practising what one preaches and is committed to self-learning as a way of achieving excellence. He aspires to take up long distance running and takes keen interests in contemporary socio-political discourse. An avid reader, Kindle being his best pal. His reading list spans biographies, history, fiction, politics, public policy and development.

In 2018 Vaibhav aspires to diversify his reading list, excel at sudoku and brush up his data management and visualization skills. As a CMGGA Vaibhav aspires to under-stand and engage with the state machinery and undertake interventions at scale. He is a strong advocate of decentralization and aspires to work with Urban Local Bodies to improve municipal governance.

Favourite quote:

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

Akshay Joshi

Age: 24

UG Degree and Institution: B.A History, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
PG Degree and Institution: M.A. Public Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore.
Work Experience: Sub-Editor- International Affairs, Weekly Swatantra Nagrik, Jan2017-June2017.
Correspondent- World Section, Chanakya Mandal Magazine, May2017-June2017
Internship Experience: Intern, Vanarai, Pune Dec2018. Intern, Himdhara, Himachal Pradesh May2018-June 2018

Bio: Akshay hails from the small town of Ichalkaranji. From childhood, he is interested in History especially History of Marathas. So, he enrolled himself for B.A in History. During the second and final year of his bachelors, he volunteered with an organization for improving education in Amba region of Kolhapur District of Maharashtra. In the meantime, he got an opportunity to work as Sub-editor of international affairs in Weekly named Swanantra Nagrik. At the same time, he came across works of P.Sainath. P Sainath and his work as sub-editor developed his interest in Governance and State. So, he got enrolled for Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. The two years of Masters were life-changing for him. As part of Master's program, he interned with ‘Himdhra' where he was primarily responsible for the implementation of the Forest Rights Act in 6 villages of Himachal Pradesh. The internship helped him in understating the complex world of policy implementation.

He finds pleasure in reading Marathi literature, writing short stories and debating. Akshay wants to pursue higher education in Public Policy and Governance. He thinks CMGGA is a good platform where he can develop the essential foundation required for his higher studies.

Alina Masoodi

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelors in Economics (H), Ramjas College, University of Delhi
PG Degree and Institution:LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Internship Experience:Worked with NGO Asmat (2014-15)
Part of the Enactus Ramjas team (2014-15)

Bio: Alina hails from the city of Nawabs- Lucknow and considers herself to be a true blue ‘Lakhnavi'. Her schooling instilled in her a very strong sense of loyalty and respect for her surroundings and these are the two qualities she values the most in her life. Her sheltered and modest upbringing did not allow for much interaction outside of school and her earliest experience of witnessing life outside her comfort zone was when she volunteered to be a part of her school's community service programme. It was here she realised that there are complex social problems like poverty and malnutrition among many others that needed solutions.

It was only during her college years in Delhi that she found the platform of Enactus (a student run social entrepreneurship cell) to work on socially relevant projects revolving around the underprivileged women community and the Transgender community. It was an eye-opening journey for her as she realised how much can be achieved with concerted, dedicated effort by a group of people committed to a cause. After realising that an undergraduate degree in Economics alone was not an answer to the things that drew her attention, she moved on to pursue law which would further help her in advocating for the rights of communities at the margins and working towards their betterment.

With the CMGGA Programme she aspires to understand how the government functions and the delicate balance that needs to be struck in assessing the demands/requirements of the various stakeholders while simultaneously working towards solutions that need to be made accessible to everyone in order to improve their quality of life. Alina hopes to work at the intersection of law and public policy and believes that this programme will be an important step in that direction giving her the learning and experience crucial at this juncture in her life.

Anahitha Sagar

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution:B.A (Hons) Journalism, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
PG Degree and Institution: M.Phil Development Studies, University of Oxford
Work Experience: Consultant, Strategic Engagement and Communications, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (May 2018 to August 2018)
Internship Experience:Volunteer and Head Core Team Member, Asmat NGO (December 2014 to June 2016);
Summer Intern, Human Rights Law Network (July 2015- August 2015);
Editorial Intern, The Times of India (June 2014- July 2014)

Bio: Anahitha recently completed her M.Phil in Development Studies, with an interest in gender, education, women's empowerment and capacity building, and grassroots mobilisation. She believes that while myriad experiences have shaped her perceptions, it was one pivotal period in her life that nudged her in a specific direction. During her undergraduate education, she worked with Asmat, a student-led NGO in village Soda, Rajasthan. She cherishes her time spent in the organisation, as it was her first tryst with field research. Her association with Asmat, spanning over almost a year and a half, helped nurture an interest in the development sector

At graduate school, she was able to deep dive into qualitative research through her thesis, which saw her conduct six weeks of fieldwork in Belgaum, Karnataka interviewing women who were part of the historical devadasi system. She primarily focused on women entrepreneurs, sex workers and NGO workers.

Having looked at the development industry through the lens of donor organisations, grassroots NGOs and academia, she now hopes to understand it through a major stakeholder- the government. The CMGGA programme will give her valuable insights into policy and governance, and help observe various government schemes and interventions from close quarters. Additionally, this is the perfect opportunity for her to spend a prolonged period in the field, gaining first hand knowledge on the challenges of policy implementation.

Anahitha is also a trained Carnatic vocalist, enjoys travelling and reading fiction. While pursuing her undergraduate education, she was involved with LSR's Elocution Society, NSS, and the Indian Music Society. At Oxford she was involved with the South Asian Arts Society and the university's Peer Support Programme. She aspires to eventually pursue a career in research and academia.

Apurva Shelke

Age: 22
UG Degree and Institution: B.A. LLB. , ILS Law College, Pune
Internship Experience: Intern, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Madhya Pradesh, May 2018
Intern, Make A Difference (MAD), 2 years (2014 –2016)

Bio: Apurva hails from the holy city of Nashik in Maharashtra, which is abundantly blessed by nature, has footprints of history and mythology all over it and has been an integral part of her growth. A nature lover and an adventure enthusiast, she has covered many trek routes in the Sahyadris and Himalayas. She is an occasional writer and an avid reader who enjoys reading fiction, philosophy, poetry and autobiographies.

As a law student, she has been keen on working in the social and developmental sector. Her work in college and with various non-governmental organizations strengthened her grit for pursuing a career in public policy and administration. Her two year long association with ‘Make A Difference', an NGO working towards literacy and educational equity inspired her to engage with diverse communities and understand their issues. Her work with National Green Tribunal and ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan' enlightened her on the various environmental issues in developing nations and the need for sustainable development. Being the student coordinator for ILS Human Rights Cell and ILS Legal Aid Centre brought her in close contact with stakeholders from rural areas, low-income groups and minorities through legal literacy camps and educational visits, which further inspired her to take action and protect the rights of such stakeholders by working in the public policy sector.

She is looking forward to explore the various issues faced by government during policy framework and implementation along with understanding the nuances of public administration. She firmly believes in these words of Mahatma Gandhi saying, “Be the change you want to see” and wishes to be a positive change maker in the society.

Atul Sehgal

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Science, Hansraj College
PG Degree and Institution: Program Manager, Children's Education Trust, New Delhi (2017 to 2019)
Internship Experience:Campaign Manager, Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, IIM Ahmedabad, (2015 to 2017)

Bio: Atul Sehgal is a science graduate from Hansraj College. Since his childhood days, he has been a National-Level Yoga Player and has won many medals in State-Level Yoga Championships. In his college, he led Hansraj Yoga Team and won Silver Medal in Delhi State Yoga Championship, 2015. As a member of prestigious Hansraj Dramatics Society, he performed at 25 colleges including IIT Bombay's Mood Indigo (Asia's Largest College Cultural Festival) and IIT Kanpur's Antaragni.

Atul's inclination towards bringing a change in the school education space motivated him to intern with Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, IIM Ahmedabad. He created multilingual learning projects (based on IIM Ahmedabad's pedagogy) for government school students of Gujarat and Maharashtra. On account of his excellent performance, he was promoted to Assistant Campaign Manager, where he led a team of 24 undergraduates. On recognition as the best performing Assistant Campaign Manager nationally, he was invited to IIM Ahmedabad for a three-month stay, where he managed the nationwide operations of the Educational Innovations Bank Project under Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand. Atul recruited and managed an all-time high: 2357 undergraduates from various IITs, NITs and other top-notch colleges. He analyzed already recorded innovations and converted them into a suitable database format for the project's portal. Besides, he also conducted baseline research in some government schools of Gujarat and interacted with innovative teachers and school management committee members to document their innovations. This experience was his Aha! Moment and there has been no looking back since then. His idea “free education for the country" won Most Popular Idea Award under Digital India theme in Accenture's Innovation Jockeys 5. After his graduation, Atul worked with Children's Education Trust where he managed their Educational Assessment Awareness Program that aims to provide free academic support and scholarship assistance to deserving under-resourced students.

Atul brings with him both, the experience of working on a large-scale project with over 16000 schools of Gujarat and that of a relatively smaller project supporting 5000 under-resourced students. These experiences taught him the importance of designing scalable projects and rolling them out in a phased manner. For him, CMGGA Programme is a platform where he can leverage his past learnings to design and implement impact-driven scalable projects for the overall development of 2 million students in government schools of Haryana and also their families.

Chahat Sanghvi

Bio: From the city of Kolkata, Chahat grew up with the understanding of the value of giving back to society through one's educational and learning prowess. While studying Economics, Mathematics and Accountancy and while leading his school as House Captain, Chahat also volunteered at local NGOs in his hometown. His experiences at CRY and MAD helped him empathize with the local need of catering to the downtrodden while also equipping them with the right beliefs and values, something that he was fortunate to receive throughout his academic and inter-personal life.

When Chahat moved on to college, his educational acumen was diverse, with a focus on Financial Economics, International Economics, Development Economics and Macro Economics. Such an apprenticeship-building saw direct application through rigorous research work on a thesis titled ‘The Impact of Special Interest Groups on policy implications in India' at the Post-graduate level which received the batch's highest score. Upon graduating, Chahat was propelled to introspect into his academic and extra-curricular achievements at college in the form of being the college fest head and an ardent debater. He felt that connecting the skills he acquired at University, some which even broke the boundaries of a traditional college education needed to be applied. He joined the MNC Fidelity Investments as a research intern with the innovations management team providing them with employee inputs on innovation management leadership. He worked with the interior consulting firm, Home and Concepts as a Business Development consultant creating a base for client interaction, space consulting and brand management. He concluded his stint in the corporate sector with Northern Trust Bank as a Business Analyst formulating end to end dashboards for senior management, while also improving the story telling from the companys growth perspective.

Chahat has seen the strengths of the private sector while bridging the gap between his skills and those of leaders around him. While connecting his efforts to produce corporate results, he realised the importance of expanding his key learnings to motivations, attributes and entities larger than a single private sector organisation. He envisions his career experience as one that should direct him to the arena of civic management, public participation, government res- structuring. As a student of Economics, he sees the importance of a career role in the dimension of policy analysis and formulation. As a citizen of India, he feels the significance of transiting into a sphere that allows him to re-connect with the needs of the grassroot while receiving inputs, skills and guidance of the Government. Through his vision of joining the CMGAA program and while working under the Chief Minister of the State of Haryana.

Chahat aspires to give his best and apply new learnings through his experience.

Devyanshi Dubey

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution: B.A (Hons.) Political Science, Miranda House
PG Degree and Institution: MBA, Ambedkar University Delhi
Work Experience: Research Assistant, ACIIE
Internship Experience:Enactus, Miranda House Market and Sales Team Lead, LaughGuru
Positions of Responsibility:Joint Secretary, Business Conclave, SBPPSE
Core Member, Women Development Cell Miranda House

Bio: Devyanshi hails from an urban middle class family in Noida, Uttar Pradesh and is connected to her ancestral land. She holds the values of empathy, perseverance, humility and discipline close to her heart and ensures that she practices these in her everyday life. Devyanshi is a reader and when not busy with the mundaneness of everyday life, she enjoys being engulfed by mythology, fiction and spirituality. She relishes singing and photography. She is a fervent supporter of Women Empowerment, Education, Health, Safety, Climate Change and Animal Rights.

Devyanshi decided to pursue Bachelors in Political Science Hons. for graduation due to her inclination towards the subject. She was an active member of women development cell, and during this she participated in a workshop on “Feminism and Indian Politics”.

She has completed her degree in Masters in Business Administration program at Ambedkar University Delhi. In her MBA years, she has worked on various projects related to marketing, human resources and strategic planning. Along with this, she has worked in various team projects that allowed her to show her potential to work as a team player and in certain situations as a team leader. As a part of her dissertation she choose to work on "Issues in Sustainability of NGOs: Implications for the management of Animal Welfare Program in India". Apart from this, she worked as a research assistant at ACIIE, wherein she conducted a research on Social Entrepreneurship Education in India.

The role of a CMGGA will be the guiding light for the rest of her journey. Her goal with this program is to have a first hand experience of the life that she wishes to lead; that is of being a civil servant and working with the government to create a better society. She feels that this is an opportunity where she can closely interact with the people she wishes to serve, understand their needs and work for them with the best of her capabilities. To be able to work on field and then create an understanding, a thesis that would lead individuals to come, is what makes this opportunity even more exciting for her.

Hari Nilesh

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Arts, Jain University
PG Degree and Institution:M.Sc. Economics, Symbiosis School of Economics
Work Experience: Urban Governance Fellow, Sulochana Thapar Foundation, 14 Months (2018-19)
Internship Experience:(i) Research Intern, National Institute of Urban Affairs, 2 Months (2017)
(ii) Research Intern, Bangalore Political Action Committee, 1 Month (2017)

Bio: Hari Nilesh spent his formative years in Adilabad, a small town in Telangana. His family later moved to Hyderabad for better education. It was in the city of Hyderabad that Nilesh discovered diverse avenues of learning and careers. A keen interest in humanities motivated him to pursue arts against his family's wishes. Nilesh saw economics education as a gateway that can not only help him build a solid career path, but also contribute to the development of society we live in.

During his time in bachelor's pursuing Economics and Sociology, Nilesh was actively participating in debates, paper presentations, and writing on diverse topics. He was awarded a Gold Medal for academic excellence at university level. He further moved on to pursuing a Masters in the field of Economics at the Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune, with specialization in Urban Development. This, along with an internship at the National Institute of Urban Affairs exposed him to the poor governance structures in Indian cities, motivating him to write a thesis on building a ward-level governance monitoring framework.

Post his masters, Nilesh worked as an Urban Governance Fellow in municipal bodies of Goa and Jharkhand for 14 months. This gave him an experience of working at the grassroot level on improving financial reporting, accountability and capacity building of the urban local bodies.

Hari Nilesh was inspired to apply for the CMGGA program as he believed it will give him a chance of taking a deeper look at the governance structure in the country. He wishes to work with multiple stakeholders at rural and urban areas in improving their local governments. He believes that this program will be an intersection of learning and impact. Ultimately, Nilesh hopes to establish himself as a public-policy practitioner, bridging gaps between government and civil society to encourage inclusive development.

Karandeep Sharma

Age: 23
UG Degree and Institution: B.S Chemistry-M.S. Economics Dual Degree, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Work Experience: Quality Council of India (QCI), July 2018 to July 2019
Internship Experience: 1) Rakshak Foundation (May 2014 to July 2014)
2) Samhita Social Ventures (May 2015 to July 2015 and December 2015)
3) Acumen Fund (May 2016 to July 2016)
4) Brookings Institution (December 2016 to January 2017)
5) J-PAL (May 2017 to July 2017)

Bio: Karan has had the opportunity to have a close look at numerous governance and socio-economic problems faced by citizens, due to the public service background of his parents. This sensitized him to pursue a career which allows him to contribute to the process of improvement in governance, public service delivery and public policy.

He has invested significant amount of time through his internships, coursework and job in improving his understanding of the problems faced by Indian citizens and developing skills to contribute to the process of solving them. Experience of working with clients like Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and DIPAM (Ministry of Finance) at QCI; internships at J-PAL, Brookings, Acumen, Samhita and Rakshak Foundation and Economics coursework has apprised him of a variety of tools and frameworks to approach social problems in an effective manner. The opportunity to work with a cabinet minister, senior bureaucrats and experts in such renowned organizations has provided him a steep learning curve and confidence to work on complex social problems. He also showed early signs of good leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit and team management skills during his college where he was associated with the Students' Senate, Journalism body (as Chief Editor) and the institute Counselling Service. He was awarded the 'IITK Excellence Award for Leadership', 'Gymkhana Leadership Award' and ‘IITK Excellence Award for Community Service' for his contributions.

Steep learning curve in the domains of policy formulation, policy implementation, public administration and stakeholder management along with the chance to strengthen governance and public service delivery in Haryana motivated him to apply for CMGGA. The opportunity to work on long term district transformation projects, smoothen the rough interaction between the state and citizens and improving understanding of problems faced by citizens thorugh first hand experience strengthened his desire to join CMGGA.

Lohita Turlapati

Age: 26
UG Degree and Institution: NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture
Work Experience: AIESEC in Mumbai: Vice President, 1 year( 2012-13)
AIESEC in India: Vice President, 6 months( 2013-2013)
Banduk Smith Studio: Architect, 6 months( 2016-17)
HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd.: 2 years( 2017-2019)
Internship Experience:Youth Ki Awaaz: Beat Reporter, 8 weeks (2013);
Studio Mumbai Architects: Architectural intern, 6 months( 2016)

Bio: Lohita spent her entire childhood and most of her adulthood in the city of Mumbai. She grew up observing and experiencing its many social, cultural and economic imbalances. She learnt early that India’s collective future depends more and more on how its cities are developed to match their growing densities and requirements.

Her graduate studies in architecture school helped her discover the immense potential that design and technology possess to bring about positive impact on the urban environment over multiple sectors.

In parallel with her academic studies, she volunteered with different organisations. Her experiences contributed immensely to her understanding of how urban issues can be dealt with in different ways. Her extensive and diverse voluntary and professional experiences range from journalism, organizational development, architecture, urban design, research and documentation. These experiences have convinced her that issues related to development need to be resolved cross- functionally for coherent growth.

Over the last couple of years, Lohita has worked on real challenges involved in positive transformation of land in the Indian context. Her keen interest in working with the government in implementing solutions at the cutting edge of urban innovation, administration, and design to help communities thrive, is what led her to this programme.

As an associate of this programme and an aspiring urbanist, Lohita is eager to play an instrumental role in developing sustainable, equitable cities and regions in India.Through the Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates programme, Lohita also hopes to get a better understanding of the Indian governance structure and its administration systems. In the long term, Lohita hopes to work towards creating new standards for sustainable growth, mobility and economic opportunity, for the country.

Maimoona Sahar

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution:B.A Economics (Honours) from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University
PG Degree and Institution: M.A Development Policy, Planning and Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur
Internship Experience:AP Janmabhoomi, Government of Andhra Pradesh (May 2019);
HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi (April-May 2019)

Bio: Maimoona was born in New Delhi and grew up in both New Delhi and Qatar. At a very young age she was exposed to working within a truly multicultural background. During her high school days, she actively participated in several international Model United Nations including The Hague which instilled in her the passion to work for global and social issues. Her keen interest in social sciences and particularly Economics drew her to pursue Bachelors in Economics. During her under graduation, she took deep interest in National Service Scheme (NSS) which earned her the Sadbhavna Award for the most devoted student of NSS in her college.

In her final year of her under graduation, Maimoona was fascinated by Development Economics which made her take up post-graduation in Development Policy, Planning and Practice. She opted for this course because it offered an insight into other dimensions of social reality which Economics did not offer. During the field work in three semesters of her post-graduation, she engaged with grassroot organisations in both rural and urban setups which made her realise that a bottom up and evidence based approach is key to sound policymaking. During the course of her masters, she had undertaken projects in a wide range of topics from education, health to handicrafts.

At this point, she wishes to take up the Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associate Programme as it will help her apply what she learned theoretically and practically into the policy making process. She thinks CMGGA is a perfect fit for her as it will help her link the ground reality to higher level of government.

Experience in overall policy making process which CMGGA will offer will prepare her for her future goal of further studies.

Meghana Kaladi

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution:B.Sc Statistics, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
PG Degree and Institution: M.A Social Work (Children and Families), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Work Experience:: Senior Associate, Research and Advocacy, The Akanksha Foundation, Mumbai (2018 to 2019)
Internship Experience:Field Work Intern, Ramakrishna Sarada Sevashram Bastar, Chattisgarh (April, 2017);
Research Associate, Vikalp Sansthan, Rajasthan (November, 2016)

Bio: Meghana grew up in Lucknow in a South Indian family. From an early age, there was a confluence of languages and cultures and an environment that focused on academic excellence. As an undergraduate student in Statistics, she felt that the numbers were fascinating, but there was always a sense of disconnect when the numbers were not used to understand evidence-based policy in her classrooms. She then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work, orienting her to the challenges on the field.

As part of her Master’s degree, her thesis was a study based in rural Rajasthan trying to look at how women from the Scheduled Caste communities understand the education of their daughters. She also worked on an action research on child brides in Rajasthan, gaining extensive on-field experience of data collection and analysis. The time in academia and on the field has been imperative in bridging the gap between theory and praxis and shaping her understanding of the various facets of the social sector.

Having worked with an NGO that runs schools in Public-Private partnership with the government in Maharashtra, she realized the importance of systemic reform and the role of public administration in achieving it. This led to her interest in CMGGA. Through CMGGA, she hopes to gain an immersive learning experience to comprehend impact at scale by working with varied stakeholders. Meghana hopes to continue working in the field of public policy and development practices, furthering the idea of a rights-based approach focusing on people-centered policies and governance.

Monica Hemrajani

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor in Commerce,RTMNU (Nagpur University)
PG Degree and Institution: Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Work Experience:Financial Analyst - UBS Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd (2017-2018)
Internship Experience:Research Associate- Grameen Foundation for Social Impact, India (Feb 2019- April 2019)

Bio: Monica hails from a business family in Nagpur. Her strong academics and a keen interest in numbers made her pursue Chartered Accountancy which she was able to clear in the first attempt. She joined the corporate world and worked in an Investment Bank. She participated actively in various CSR activities where she worked with local schools and on several projects including Menstrual Hygiene and Women Self-defence initiatives. While doing so, she developed a keen interest in working for underprivileged students and women.

After leaving her corporate job, she joined Grameen Foundation for Social Impact, India where she worked as a Research Associate. She worked on Project DiVE (Digital Inclusion via Education) and Women Empowerment in the rural areas of Maharashtra. This Internship helped her empathize with the pain points in the service delivery to the last mile. She led several pilot projects where she collaborated with local government officials and implemented Government Welfare Schemes through Haqdarshak Model. This enriching experience was a turnaround in her career where she decided to work in the social sector and contribute her part for the development of the community.

While implementing these pilot projects she realized the crucial role the Government plays in framing the policies and implementing it on a larger scale. Thus to get a better understanding of the on-ground complexities faced by the Government, she applied for CMGGA. Getting this opportunity to work with bureaucrats and last mile at the same platform, Monica's goal from the CMGGA is to get a holistic understanding of end to end of policy implementation and help in catalysing the implementation of schemes and Flagship programmes by Government. She aspires to work in the public policy space with Government and Think-tanks with her desire to impact millions of people at large.

Naini Chauhan

Age: 25
UG Degree and Institution: BA (History), Ramjas College, University of Delhi
PG Degree and Institution: MA (History), School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi
Internship Experience:Intern, O.P Jindal Global University (December, 2017 to February, 2018)
Intern, Ashoka University (July, 2017 to August, 2017)
English Teacher, Tibet Hope Centre, Dharamshala (June, 2015 to July, 2015)
Research Volunteer, Lha Charitable Trust, Dharamshala (June, 2014 to July, 2014)
Intern, Indian Institute of Public Administration (June, 2013 to August, 2013)
English Teacher, Make a Difference, New Delhi (July, 2012 to May, 2013)

Bio: Surrounded and moulded by a metropolitan environment, Naini’s paradigm of functioning clashed with the real world through her Humanities centric education. She realized she was growing up as a spectator to social issues, an area she wanted to utilize her potential. She decided to dive into this field and made concerted efforts to gain experience in the development sector, that was circumventing the widely prevalent globalizing economy. These experiences working in congruence with her education gave her the qualitative perspective on problems plaguing societies.

She came to understand the existence of disparate needs of different groups, and now hopes to gain the skill to combat such situations. Her intention to work in the social sector brought about a natural progression to research work, and this profile is what drew her towards CMGGA. Inherently inclined towards Public Administration in India, she hopes to gain answers to her many questions through this programme.

Theoretical contradictions in the present culture has been an area of keen interest to Naini, and she has attempted to relate it to different social models, realizing her novice experience. Therefore, she hopes to use this platform for effective execution of ideas, and understanding the logistics of successful models. Her aim is to be engaged with social work in an authoritative capacity in the future, and has been primarily streamlining her experiences, and gaining skills to fulfill that purpose.

Naman Jain

Age: 21
UG Degree and Institution:B.A. (H) Economics, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
PG Degree and Institution: Young India Fellowship (PG Diploma in Liberal Studies), Ashoka University
Internship Experience:Researching Reality Intern, Centre for Civil Society (June 2017 to July 2017)

Bio: Naman was raised in the Grain Market area of Hansi, Haryana and did his schooling from a nearby school. He was fascinated by the smooth working of the grain market and to understand this phenomenon well, he went on to pursue his undergraduation in Economics from Ramjas College. He explored a lot of things while he was in college - he was involved in multiple research works; handled economics society as the President; organised events and seminars including two TEDx conferences - but two particular experiences changed his entire outlook about life and academics.

First was the internship with Centre for Civil Society where he worked on analysed e-District project of Delhi Government. This internship introduced him to the potential of academics in improving the society. And second was the Ramjas incident of February 2017, where students of various political parties clashed. This incident made him wonder about the complexities of the ideological clashes, which can't be understood from a single lens. To gain these additional lenses and to become strong enough, academically, to contribute to the society, he joined the Young India Fellowship batch of 2019.

During the Fellowship, he explored a lot of different subjects - ranging from Leadership to History to Philosophy - and interacted with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. These interactions have equipped him with the ability to work with a diverse set of people to analyse and solve a problem from multiple dimensions. In the same year, he also started a project named 'Knottingale' where the team worked towards with crochet artists to raise their negotiation power in the market through design workshops. This project made him realise the potential of such small interventions and inspired him to apply for the CMGGA programme.

CMGGA programme will provide him an opportunity to understand the Development sector better as he will be able to explore its various facets like health, education, transport etc in a single year. With this knowledge he will be able to design the interventions more efficiently which, in turn, will make the system more efficient. Moreover, this will also help him in deciding the stream for his further studies. On a personal level, he hopes to form strong relationships with the involved stakeholders and learn from their experiences to grow as an individual.

Prachi Vashistha

Age: 25
UG Degree and Institution:B.A. (Hons) English, Hindu College, Delhi University
PG Degree and Institution: MA English, Hansraj College, Delhi University
Work Experience: Fellow, Teach For India, 2017 - 2019
Voluntary Experience:EdSupport Volunteer, Make A Difference, 2016 - 2017

Bio: While in a process of knowledge accumulation, Prachi, as a student in her final year of Masters, eventually wanted to be involved in a work that functions from within the system to ensure building a practical mechanism towards holistic, sustainable solutions for development. She thus decided to start her volunteer work at Make A Difference, where she conducted after-school classes in a shelter home in Delhi for one year. Post this, having realized the need for educational equity, she started her work as a Fellow with Teach For India and taught students in two government schools in North Delhi for two years. While the Fellowship experience exposed her to multiple domains within and related to the education sector, she further wanted to explore the domain of governance systems and develop a wider understanding of how education sector works. And this brought her to CMGGA.

Through CMGGA, Prachi hopes to map how on-ground experiences can be connected and leveraged through research and public administration. She aspires to work for social welfare by engaging in a community of promising innovations involved in a work that relates to people, stems from and works for them. Prachi plans to leverage academia and education through research and the existing governance system to bring a systemic socio political value-driven impact from within, and hopes that the program will help her navigate her journey of working towards an all-rounded approach of community-impact.

Praneet Jaswani

Age: 21
UG Degree and Institution: B.Sc. Economics, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
Work Experience: Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow, PRS Legislative Research (2018-19)
Internship Experience:Research Fellow, Centre for Civil Society (2016); Research Associate, Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy (2017)

Bio: As the son of a navy officer, Praneet was fortunate enough to spend his school life hopping from one city to another. This allowed him to meet people from different cultures and upbringings, which led him to develop a high degree of confidence in dealing with other people. During his schooling and undergraduate years, Praneet was a keen debater and very active in sports. He represented his school and college in debating competitions as well as Model United Nation’s and was a part of the cricket and badminton team. Apart from this, he was also Vice-Captain in school and participated in various cultural events.

Post-graduation, he worked as a LAMP Fellow for Dr Vikas Mahatme, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. This proved to be an invaluable experience in understanding policymaking at the highest level. However, during the fellowship, he also realised that to develop a complete understanding of policymaking, it is essential to work at the lowest levels of governance and how policies are finally implemented. It was this learning that led him to apply to the CMGGA program. Through this course, he hopes to use his knowledge to solve implementation hurdles and positively impact people. Praneet hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Policy in the future and hopes that CMGGA will prove to be a stepping stone for the same.

Pulin Singh

Age: 26
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) History, St Stephen’s College
PG Degree and Institution: LLB Law, Faculty of Law, Delhi University
Bio: Hailing from Chandigarh, Pulin grew up with a strong desire to follow in the footsteps of his father, a civil servant. In school, he helped ideate and organize the first national Model United Nations Conference in the city, which is currently in its tenth iteration. Even in college he continued to attend such conferences in the capacity of an Executive Board member, having overseen both the IIT Delhi and Shri Ram College of Commerce’s MUN. He travelled to Singapore under a Student Exchange Programme organized by the Education Department of Chandigarh, that provided an opportunity to visit the country’s public schools and understand their education system.

Pulin completed his graduation degree in History at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. During this period, he formed a deep interest in the social formations and cultural patterns of the Indian society and its progression over the years. In 2016, he joined the three year LLB programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He was an active member of the institute’s Moot Court Society and the Student’s Union Society, and has an extensive internship experience at both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India. While completing this degree, he also attended a summer course on International Humanitarian and Refugee Law at the Indian School of International Law.

Through the CMGGA Programme, Pulin is seeking to enhance his understanding of the predicaments posed by interdependence, diversity and dynamics of the national and local institutions. He believes that this opportunity would enable him to appreciate the potential and limits of public policy action. While working at the district level, he wishes to understand the development schemes and programmes from the viewpoint of the implementers. This would further allow him to assess the efficacy and adequacy of various resources being used to achieve the desired goals and objectives under the government’s schemes. Ultimately, Pulin aspires to form a career path in the arena of public service, working with relevant solutions in a pragmatic yet innovative manner.

Raghav Mahajan

Age: 23
UG Degree and Institution:Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance), Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies ‘17, University of Delhi
PG Degree and Institution:PG Diploma Liberal Studies- Young India Fellowship ‘18, Ashoka University
Work Experience: Public Policy Consultant, Uber
Bio: In a world where one can never have enough, Raghav values the importance of being simple and content. His desire for perfection and enthusiasm to learn new things is what drives his everyday endeavors. He is often admired by his fellow team workers for his sportive, never-give-up attitude and not to mention his satirical sense of humor.

Throughout his formative years, he has taken a keen interest in social development and governance. In college, he joined Enactus, a global NPO advocating social entrepreneurship. From working towards creating a standardized system in the rag-picking sector to being elected as one of the 6 students from a team of 60 members to present the projects at world level Enactus competitions, where they were adjudged as the 1st runners up, Enactus has been an invigorating journey for Raghav. As the Vice President of Project Akshar, he led a team of 30 members to establish new production centers, empowering women entrepreneurs and supporting the education of 5800+ underprivileged students

He continued his passion for understanding policy and governance by pursuing YIF, which exposed him to multidisciplinary courses that bolstered his ability to address pressing challenges in the development sector

Post YIF, he worked as a Public Policy Consultant at Uber. He successfully ideated and initiated partnerships with the Punjab and Maharashtra Government to create micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for underprivileged sections. Despite his learning curve growing many folds there, he aspired to work directly within the government. In the past, he had a brief association with CMGGA, as part of the Experiential Learning Module at YIF. At that time, he understood the vital contribution of CMGGA towards streamlining administrative processes and implementation of policies. Now as an Associate he is excited to learn, unlearn and acquire an in-depth knowledge of governance and administration.

Ruchbah Rai

Age: 25
UG Degree and Institution: BA Economics, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai
PG Degree and Institution: MSc. Development Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London
Work Experience: Research Assistant, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Apr 2018-Jul 2019
Research Trainee, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), May 2015 – Dec 2015
Bio: Ruchbah was named after a star in the constellation Cassiopeia and is the daughter of an ex-Indian Navy pilot and a mother who is an architect. During her school days she was exposed to community welfare when she volunteered with Aseema and Akansha NGOs in Mumbai to educate underprivileged children and instil civic responsibility and environmental awareness. She found herself being motivated to understand and contribute on a career path that could give a better understanding of policy making and socio-economic upliftment.

She is spurred by an elemental interest in examining government policies and their socio-economic impacts. She has attempted to deconstruct the Cauvery Dispute by basing it on the game theoretical model of social and political constructs that are missing in existing literature to solve the Cauvery River dispute and recently authored an assessment of the performance of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in terms of adaptability and the achievement of the objective of “one nation, one scheme”.

During her stint at TERI and ORF she could comprehend the wide ranging societal impact of government policies when she worked on projects for South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) that helped her to recognize effective policy-making and impediments. Her work on policy research at these institutions propelled a desire to understand the effect of policies at grassroots level and to be able to help recommend solutions that can deliver perceptible results.

Ruchbah is excited to be a part of the CMGGA programme because she would have the opportunity to acquire and analyse metrics that can shape responsible policies on development economics. She is also keen to face challenges of the mofussil and experience the real India where the effects of policies greatly impact societies. Ruchbah wants to pursue a path that brings her closer to public policy and governance issues and feels that the CMGGA programme would bring her within touching distance of the governance element that dissipates policies and the rural citizenry that faces maximum impact. She wants to understand and analyse this at the granular level and sees herself growing out to a macro level within this space.

Saumya Gupta

Age: 23
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelors of Arts (History and Economics), Lady Shri Ram college for Women, Delhi University
PG Degree and Institution: MSc. International Relations, Nanyang Technological University
Work Experience: Teacher, Math Vision, (2018 to 2019)
Internship Experience:Non-Research Intern, Hudson Institute, (April 2019 to July 2019); Digital Marketing Intern, Startup Leadership Programme (February 2015 to July 2015)

Bio: Saumya has changed 8 schools and 6 states in her childhood, thanks to her father’s transferable job in the telecommunications. Her frequently changing surroundings made her empathetic towards different cultures and provided a peek into the different social issues across India. However, her concrete exposure in understanding the social issues at the grass-root level happened with her grandmother. She often worked with her grandmother in her relentless drive to ensure that every child is educated in her hometown. Taking this inspiration forward, she expanded her horizons in the social sector by leading teams in NSS and raising awareness on various social issues at the university level. This was the time she discovered the leadership skills in her and gained the confidence to explore and challenge herself.

Post her under-graduation, the desire to understand the world better and from different perspectives landed her in Singapore. In Singapore, she gained knowledge about how different governments work and interact with each other to solve the world’s pressing problems. During this time, she became enthusiastic to work with the government, formulate holistic policies and bring an impact in the society. Before she joined CMGGA, she was trying to understand more about policy making through internships and small projects at various organizations like the Hudson Institute.

Her past experiences have strongly contributed to her motivation to apply for the CMGGA programme. Through CMGGA, she aims to gain practical exposure in the development field while working closely with the government as well as with the people on-ground. She is enthusiastic to understand other aspects of this diverse country which might be unknown to her. Her goal is to work in the field of policymaking, and she aims to learn more about stakeholder management, leadership skills and how to drive policy changes through the CMGGA programme.

Sparsh Maheswari

Age: 24
UG Degree and Institution: B.E (Hons.) Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
PG Degree and Institution: Indian School of Development Management
Work Experience:Analyst, Novartis, (2016 to 2018)
Internship Experience:Intern, Swiggy, (July to December 2015)

Bio: Sparsh grew up in the small town of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. Due to his interest in Mathematics and Physics coupled with ignorance about other subjects, he went on to pursue engineering from BITS, Pilani.

His association with National Service Scheme (NSS) and Renewable Energy Club at college provided him opportunities to build teams and work with hundreds of dedicated volunteers at the grassroots level. His experience in teaching children for a year and then helping them complete their education through raising funds from students and professors made him realize the importance of imparting quality education to all the children irrespective of their socio-economic background.

Post engineering, he joined Novartis, a pharmaceutical giant as an Analyst which gave him exposure to working with diverse people from different parts of the world. However, not being able to find a purpose in his corporate job, Sparsh decided to take a leap of faith and joined ISDM in it’s second batch to explore the development sector and understand how he can contribute to society through his work in a meaningful way.

During his time in ISDM, his thoughts and opinions were challenged by people from very diverse backgrounds and that led to a formation of a more holistic worldview for him. As he stepped out of ISDM, he wanted to understand the ground realities in a better manner so that he is able to empathize and work with the people while applying his learnings from ISDM and CMGGA seemed a perfect opportunity for him.

Through CMGGA, he hopes to gain an understanding of the complex government administrative structure and build good relationships with people with the aim of helping the vulnerable and marginalized. He believes that no problem can be solved by working in isolation and it becomes really important for us to be inclusive and bring together as many people as possible to achieve a common purpose. With this in mind, he hopes to bridge the gap between Civil Society Organizations and the government so that both work in collaboration towards solving some of the biggest problems being faced by our country.

Sunaina Mathur

Age: 22
UG Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Fergusson College, Pune
Work Experience:Centre for Civil Society (CCS), May 2018 to July 2019
Internship Experience: Volunteer English Teacher, Doorstep School: 2014-2016
Intern, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC): April 2015 to May 2015
Policy Research Intern, Government of Andhra Pradesh: December 2017 to January 2018
Advocacy Intern, Centre for Civil Society: February 2018 to April 2018

Bio: Born and brought up in Nashik, Sunaina, a 22 year old Economics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune, has always been invested in transforming and reforming her surroundings. Coming from a family that encouraged her to take initiative, she actively worked towards bettering things. An avid reader, writer, poet and debater, Sunaina actively participated in these to gain a better understanding of the world.

She started studying Economics never having even heard of public policy. Her volunteering experience as a teacher for two years in addition to her internship experiences at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, helped her understand the development sector and discover her interest in public policy. She was also chosen to represent India at the United Nations(UN) working on a project to combat slavery and child labour in supply chains of apparel industries, which gave her insight into the designing and drafting of high impact schemes.

Soon after graduating, she joined the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank, working on education and livelihood policies. At CCS she worked closely on the Street Vendors campaign to ease regulatory barriers in the way of these micro-entrepreneurs and on the preliminary research of a handbook of actionable ideas for effective governance.

Having to explain the meaning of public policy to people has always irked her since it is a quintessential part of our lives. During the coming year she hopes to work towards bridging this gap between the policies and the people. CMGGA will help her explore public policy in all its dynamism- from the government to the public and all the stakeholders in between. Through her work she hopes to make policies more community centric and the communities more policy informed.

Swati Rajmohan

Age: 22
UG Degree and Institution: : Bachelor’s in Commerce (Honors) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi (Batch of 2018)
Work Experience: Analyst, Government and Public Sector Consulting at Deloitte (August 2018 to July 2019)
Bio: Swati was born in Kochi, and brought up in the small town of Coimbatore, in a family of art enthusiasts who were largely appreciative of literature, music, and artwork of various intensities. However, it was only when she turned about eighteen that she caught up with the political subtext in these pieces. Ever since, she has garnered the keenness to scrutinize things past its mere face value.

In 2015, she moved to Delhi to pursue her Bachelor’s degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce. Delhi University exposed her to the dichotomies of India’s demographic in terms of religious beliefs, political ideologies, worldviews, and backgrounds. These instances made her introspect and question her own beliefs. She introduced herself to philosophies of political thoughts and systems; the more she read, the clearer it dawned on her that the efficient functioning of society depends on policies and not politics.

Swati’s interest in policy-making intensified as she conducted more research and kept up with current affairs. With that interest in mind, she secured a job out of campus at Deloitte in the Government & Public Sector Consulting practice where she worked across sectors of Urban Transport, and Urban Infrastructure. Her work at Deloitte primarily involved conducting research on various stake-holding aspects, collating relevant data points for building cases, and assisting in developing strategic sustainable solutions to client problems. However, she believes that the vertical of true ground level work in public administration is still alien to her, and is something that would help enhance her understanding of establishing social welfare and economic development strategies, which is her fundamental goal. She believes that the CMGGA program provides the perfect platform for her to embark on her journey to becoming a public policy professional. Ultimately, she hope to derive a holistic experience in the policymaking process.

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