Radhika Radhakrishnan, a student from the 11th batch of the Graduate Certificate of Public Policy (GCPP), has been awarded the inaugural MS Bharatha Iyengar Award for her outstanding performance in the programme.
The MS Bharatha Iyengar Award is based on Mr. Bharatha Iyengar, who was an exceptional civil engineer in Tamil Nadu’s port systems. Bharatha Iyengar, born in Mysore, participated in the Quit India Movement before taking high school exams and also became a rank-holder in Karnataka. Mr. Iyengar was passionate about education and mentored numerous individuals in his lifetime.
Radhika Radhakrishnan, graduated as a computer science engineer earlier this year and is currently working as a Business Intelligence and Analytics Consultant at Thorogood Associates Bangalore. She launched a pet project recently called Alternative Representation Project; a media literacy initiative which strives to create responsible representations of women in the Indian media. Radhika is also the founder of the MSRIT Gender and Sexuality Forum at her university which aims to create a gender-friendly campus for reporting any cases of sexual discrimination. She has also been a Parliamentary debater and has successfully made it to the top rounds of more than 25 national tournaments across India.
“As a parliamentary debater for 4 years, having debated policies and their consequences for a long time, I wanted to understand how policies are formulated. Hence, I took up the GCPP course as a curious citizen trying to make better sense of the political climate around me, and also to understand a space where politics meets gender. Given my lack of background in the field, the course was certainly challenging, but also an incredible opportunity to learn new things.”
“The lectures were stimulating, the assignments made me realize how much more there was to learn, and the workshops provided an interesting hands-on experience outdoors. The focus throughout was on our understanding of concepts and their application to real life scenarios – a welcome change from the formal Indian educational system. The course has tremendous potential in creating a space where education is valued and embarked upon with gusto for people from all backgrounds,” said Radhika.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy is Takshashila’s flagship educational programme. The 12-week course is networked and largely online, and meant for working professionals and full time students from across the world. The course is offered three times a year and the next batch of the course commences on 1 October 2016. Applications are currently open.