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I am an alumnus of Ashoka University's Young India Fellowship program, Shri Ram College of Commerce (Delhi University) and Delhi Public School RK Puram.
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I have recently secured admission offers from the top Public Policy schools of the world, including my most preferred school-- University of Chicago's Harris School of Public policy. The University has awarded me a scholarship of USD 20,000. After taking the biggest education loan I am eligible for, I am still short of a substantial amount. This campaign is aimed at raising the necessary sum to fund my education at the University. 

Why do I want to study Public Policy? 
I was born and brought up in a low income family based in a backward region in India, called Giridih (located in Jharkhand). An early exposure to the challenges of development left me determined to work towards solving them, personally and professionally. Eventually, through various experiences in domains like international development, research, advocacy, legislation, teaching, and consulting, I have inferred that the process of large-scale development cannot be facilitated without the governments playing a role in it, and Public Policy is one of the most effective tools for dispensing formidable solutions.

I plan to use the learnings from the program to augment the capacities of various governments in comprehending developmental challenges and devising effective and evidence based solutions. I specifically aspire to enable governments create employment opportunities in the most under-privileged parts of India through apt policy action. Having worked in the space for nearly two years and executing some large scale projects with central and state ministries, I already have a head start in the domain. A sound training in Public Policy from one of the best Public Policy schools in the world promises to advance me towards my aspirations. Upon mustering significant experience in doing that, I plan to pursue a career in politics and create a more direct and far reaching impact.

My experience with development and public policy
AIESEC
I moved to New Delhi when there was no scope of further education in my hometown after secondary school. When I was in college, I started volunteering for the world’s largest youth run organisation—AIESEC. In the four years I worked with the organisation, initially as a volunteer and eventually as the Executive Director of AIESEC India, I directly lead and executed developmental projects in more than 25 countries. These projects ranged from promoting HIV awareness in Africa, to aiding English language literacy in South East Asia, to executing similar projects in the remotest corners of the world. For creating a massive impact, AIESEC International—the apex body of AIESEC—conferred me with a 'Global Excellence award'. 
Picture 1: ​Representing AIESEC India in an international forum

A highlight of the experience was when I myself went to intern in one such project with the Ministry of Education in Thailand. Working with international interns from seven other countries, I designed a new curriculum for primary English education and taught in the rural schools of Thailand for more than 6 weeks. 
Picture 2: Teaching a class of Thai students in a village of Chaiyaphum province in Thailand

Wadhwani Foundation
For the past two years, I have been working with Wadhwani Foundation to provide policy intellect to their development programs. With the foundation I executed projects like assisting Government of India with drafting the “Startup India Policy” (government’s flagship initiative), proffering recommendations to Ministry of HRD to increase vocational education in high schools, creating policy packages for job creation in five Indian states, designing programs to increase innovation in small businesses, etc. In the process, I have drafted several research papers, and even published editorials in leading newspapers and magazines like The Financial Express, The Times of India and Business World.
A few samples of newspaper editorials:
  1. How to unshackle small business growth in India. Published in The Financial Express on April 24, 2017.
  2. Speed-hatching India Inc. 2.0. Published in The Financial Express, on March 20, 2017.Picture 3: A screen-shot from the newspaper
  3. Skill India or kill India: How to cope with the impending demographic deluge. Published in the Times of India editorial page, on July 7, 2016.
External organisations took note of my work and I have been recognized often for the impact I am able to create—Vision India Foundation conferred me with the ‘Young Leaders Award’ for my work.Picture 4: Mr Anil Swaroop (School Education secretary, Ministry of Human Resource and Development) conferring me with the 'Young Leaders Award' on behalf of Vision India Foundation 

In addition to the above, I have rendered voluntary consulting services to developmental organisations to avail benefits under government schemes. I have also helped a parliamentarian create a constituency development plan, assisted a highly-accomplished professor from Harvard in teaching Public Policy at the Young India Fellowship program, published a case-study of a successful government policy, and have even contributed in establishing a policy advisory firm.

Why I need your support? 
I am committed to making massive impact through my work after availing an advanced training. Every penny I raise will be an inspiration to maximize the number of lives I aspire to touch. Investing in an aspiring change agent can have a multiplier effect. Once equipped well, I assure you that I will leave no stone unturned to make this world a more worthy place. 
Admission letter from University of Chicago
Admission letter from University of Chicago

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