Takshashila announces its first Scholars

Six talented individuals selected to conduct independent policy research in areas of national interest

takshashilaicon3The Takshashila Institution has selected six talented individuals in its inaugural scholarship programme. The programme creates a platform for young 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.

The scholarship includes an award of Rs 50,000. The six scholars have been selected in the first round out of a total of 32 who applied. They will work closely with Takshashila’s network of fellows and councillors.

Scholars & research areas:

Sabir Ahamed has a Masters degree in History from Jadavpur University. With significant experience working with inmates in correctional facilities and with the RTI act, Sabir will be conducting research on the criminal justice system and minorities in West Bengal.

Arvind Ilamaran works with ONGC and is one of the top students of Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme. With a prior background in engineering, he is also a member of the Freedom Team of India and a prolific blogger. Arvind will be analysing foreign direct investment in India and its impact in various sectors.

Ameya Naik is a graduate in psychology & law from Mumbai University. He is an aspiring diplomat, also a top student of Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme and is currently working at the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi. Ameya will be looking at India’s energy security and its implications for foreign policy.

Kaushiki Sanyal is a policy analyst with PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, analysing laws and policies for Members of Parliament, including extensive analysis of the Lokpal Bill. Kaushiki has a PhD in International Relations from JNU and will be working on analysing and strengthening policy making processes in India.

Hemal Shah is a researcher at the Legatum Institute in London and with a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, UK’s Financial Times and India’s Mint, she will be working on labour law reforms in India and the potential for the formalisation of various sectors.

Praveen Siddarth is a civil servant from the Indian Revenue Service in various posts with the Government of India and several stints as a public policy consultant abroad. He holds a dual Masters of Public Policy and Public Administration from Columbia University and the National University of Singapore. Praveen will be examining the case for principles based regulation in the financial sector in India.