My I not only witnessed that policy making of

impetus for pursuing Honors in Governance and Public Administration was never a
chance occurrence. Growing up in a country with one-third of its population
below poverty line, I was captivated by the evidence of impact govt. policies
and schemes created on innumerable aspects of life – from infant mortality to
foreign trade. My predilection for the nonprofit and public sector was
confirmed when I volunteered with a charitable trust, working on improving the
livelihoods of orphan children, during my high school years.

my undergraduate courses, I gained insights into public sector nuances along
with a focus on the range of developmental issues plaguing the country, which
were supplemented by rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis. My selection
as a Research Fellow at India’s leading Public Policy think tank, Centre for
Civil Society (CCS) enabled me to pursue research pertaining to policies and
hone my analytical skills. It was a moment of pride for me being among the top
5% selected international applicants. I undertook the research on Right to
Education Act (RTE) where I quantitatively evaluated the grievance redress
mechanism and identified key problems, such as missing accountability, lack of
coordination between ministries and disproportionate budget allocation.

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research at CCS inspired me to plan my dissertation to evaluate the
implementation status of RTE through conducting case studies of primary
schools. By reviewing the literature of UNICEF, UNESCO, examining educational
statistics of India and interviewing directorate of education, school staff; I
discerned the factors affecting the quality of education delivery and areas
requiring intervention.

my unique professional experience at Indian Political Action Committee I not
only witnessed that policy making of all kinds takes place in a political
setting but also gathered hands-on experience on how the demographics of an
area, future prospects, linkages between administrative departments and
political parties shape the policy processes. I studied demographics, electoral
behavior and political trends based on stratified random sampling and thereby
conceptualized the campaign strategy. While working for Amarinder Singh, Chief
Minister of Punjab, I measured socioeconomic and political developments of 33
localities by strategic interactions with stakeholders and data analysis of the
demographics. This aided in preparing policy briefs, manifesto and finalizing
resource allocation on Election Day, eventually increasing Amarinder Singh’s
victory margin by 38%.

current work at Suryodaya Rural Development Trust has allowed me to contribute
in transforming the lives of rural population by bridging the gap between
people’s needs and the system’s provisions. Through action-research,
qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, I developed
monitoring and evaluation system to increase efficiency in district