I'm Kanimozhi from Chennai, India. Having been academically proficient throughout school and college, my journey has taken me to various disciplines and the chance to interact with people throughout India. Being hugely interested in representing India at the international forums, I had applied to be a part of the Harvard College Project for Asian & International Relations. After a rigorous application and an interview process, I have been chosen as one of the 300 delegates for the conference, from 60+ countries around the world.
About my background, after completing my engineering from Anna University, Chennai, I started preparing for the Civil Services Examination of India, to realize my dream of becoming a diplomat. Unfortunately, my efforts did not reap fruits and hence continued on my journey to learn more about International relations by securing an opportunity to do my post-graduation in the stream at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The time at JNU taught me so many things apart from the academics.
Being interested in public policy, I have been also selected as a delegate for the Public Policy Program for Executives (P3E) conducted by Vision India Foundation. I'm finding ways in which International Relations could aid in solving the public policy challenges in India.
HPAIR is an internationally recognized student organization at Harvard College, offering a forum of exchange to facilitate discussion of the most important economic, political, and social issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. As a delegate of 'Governance and Geo-politics' track, I would be able to relay India's views in a global forum and also take in others' perspectives for a holistic understanding. The conference's main theme is on Indo-Pacific, of which I have the experience, in working with RIS, an economics think-tank based in New Delhi.
Since I have just started my career, I do not have enough funds to support myself for this conference. Coming from a middle-class family, my parents could not also afford me to send to this conference.
The rough estimates for the conference are as follows
Registration Fee : Rs. 32139 ( $450)
Flight tickets : Rs. 80000 ($1680) ( Approximate figures)
Visa Fees : Rs. 11427 ($160)
Any small contribution from your part would be helpful in taking me closer to this conference. Even if you are unable to contribute, please spread the word among others. If you would be kind in helping me out, it would affirm my belief that monetary restrictions should not be a hindrance to someone's dream.