Six talented individuals have been selected to conduct independent policy research in the second round of the Takshashila Scholars Programme.
The Takshashila Scholars Programme creates a platform for people from diverse backgrounds to undertake quality research in public policy relevant to India’s national interest. The scholarship award is for a duration of 6 months, for undertaking independent research projects culminating in policy briefs. They will work closely with Takshashila’s network of fellows and councillors.
The scholarship includes an award of Rs 50,000. There were 38 applicants of which six were selected. They are:
Anirudh Burman is a graduate in law from Harvard Law School, and a consultant with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, and the Centre for Policy Research. Anirudh will be developing metrics for administrative impact assessment of government departments and programmes.
Esha Singh has a masters in public policy from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at the Texas A&M University, and currently works with Sulabh International. Esha will conduct a multidisciplinary study of the public policy problem of sanitation and the provision of toilets.
Reevi Rajan is a marketing analytics professional with Madison Business Analytics and a graduate of Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme. Reevi will study the role of social media in public protests and the dynamics of mass public mobilisations.
Sarah Farooqui is a researcher with Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore and the Assistant Editor of Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review. Sarah will be developing a bilateral relations index for India.
Shoikat Roy has a masters in global affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of global affairs and is currently preparing to enter the civil services. Shoikat will be conducting research on Indian options for engagement in the South China Sea.
Varun Mohan Kumar is a medical doctor by training with masters in public health and health economics, and works as an analyst with Apollo Healthcare. Varun will be examining options for healthcare provision in post-conflict and disaster affected areas.