The Takshashila Institution awards the Gomtibai Govindji Prize to Nachiket Kulkarni for distinction in the study of public policy. The Gomtibai Govindji Prize has been instituted by her family to recognise the overall best performing student in Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy programme. The prize comprises of a cash award and a citation. Nachiket is from the seventh batch of the GCPP that was conducted in the spring of 2014.
Nachiket is an MS in Industrial Management. He worked at Intel Corporation as a Business Operations Analyst. He was also involved with volunteering initiatives at Association for India’s Development (AID) and International Rescue Committee (IRC), which motivated him to transition into the world of economic development.
Nachiket worked in micro-enterprise development in UP, and later was selected as a fellow at Villgro, India’s leading social enterprise incubator. Here, he helped develop metrics for measuring impact of social enterprises and understanding regional entrepreneurship ecosystems in India’s tier 2 towns.
During this journey, he has developed an interest in the lives and businesses of street vendors. Through Takshashila’s course, he has strengthened his knowledge on public policy interventions in street economies. He currently works as a Strategy Consultant for ‘Sustaintech’, a for-profit social enterprise that makes energy efficient cook stoves for street food vendors. He is constantly driven by passion to innovate in various forms of street entrepreneurship, and also aims to advocate urban governance interventions in the space.
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 to take from around the world. The course is offered three times a year and the ninth batch of the course is set to begin in October 2014.