This is Shashank Atreya, an advocate and currently a Senior Resident Fellow at the not-for-profit think tank, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. I have been working towards improving Bengaluru and addressing some of its long-pending challenges of governance, traffic, water supply, and pollution for the past 4.5 years. I have worked closely with the State and Central Government to enable crucial urban reforms for Bengaluru and the rest of Karnataka and realized the urgent need for urban transformation to enable an inclusive and sustainable Karnataka.
Over the past years, I have had the privilege of significantly contributing to the improvement of governance in Karnataka and further my passion for a better Bengaluru. Some of my key contributions include drafting the new Act to restructure Bengaluru’s urban governance (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Act, 2020) and conceptualizing the Bengaluru Parking Policy, 2020. My work has also resulted in crucial legislative changes to improve the management of lakes in Bengaluru, enable stronger property tax collection by local bodies in Karnataka, established an efficient process for management of land by BDA, and facilitated the introduction of data in city governance by drafting the Karnataka Municipal Open Data Policy. I have also been nominated as a member of Government Committees on municipal financing and redesigning transferable development rights in Bengaluru.
My passion for better Bengaluru has been a long and sustained one. I truly believe that there is an urgent need to have focussed attention on the future of Bengaluru and other Indian cities. However, there are limited policy professionals trained in the law, urban policy, and economics to pursue such change relentlessly. It is in this direction that I have decided to pursue my Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in urban policy and I have been fortunate to be admitted to Columbia University.
However, studying at Columbia is expensive and the total tuition fee for the two-year program is $120,000. While I continue to pursue various formal options for financial support it is unlikely to support the bulk of my tuition expenses. It is with immense hope and faith that I reach out to those concerned about the future of Indian cities for support to pursue my master’s education. I am currently seeking funding assistance of $20,500 ~ INR 15 Lakhs and would be truly grateful for any contribution that you can make.
I aspire to return to India and continue to work with Local Governments in Karnataka and other parts of the country to improve the quality of living and ensure that cities become safe and equitable. Your financial support will help me achieve this.
Attached: 1. My admission letter