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Palakkad, Kerala
Rural Development professional with 5 years of experience at the grassroot level (Assam & Kerala). Has experience in planning, implementation & monitoring of central government schemes in co-ordination with various departments. 3 year experience in documentation and presentation across district, state and national levels on behalf of the District Collector.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, HR, Management, Accounting/Finance
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Government/Governance, Reforms, Corruption
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
  • Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Joined as a PMRDF in Nagaon District of Assam in 2014. PMRD Fellows Scheme is an initiative of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India (GoI) in collaboration with State Governments. The Fellowship has the twin objective of engaging young professionals to work with District Collectors in improving the development programmes as well as to build them as a cadre of development facilitators, who will be available as a ready resource for rural development activities over a long term.
The scheme is operational in naxal affected/conflict affected or very backward districts of the country. I was one of the 160 persons selected all over India in 2014.
I worked as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) in Nagaon district of Assam for 3 years (2014-2017). As a PMRDF I was involved in bottom-up planning, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of various central government schemes. I have worked with the preparation village development plan of two Gram Panchayats under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana through participatory planning process. I had ensured the convergence of 20+ departments at the district level for the same. The labour budget preparation of MGNREGS through Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise, for which I was the District Resource Person, resulted in context relevant labour budgets & significant capacity building at the ground level. I have 3 year experience in documentation and presentation across district, state and national levels on behalf of the District Collector.

I also worked as a Project Assistant of kNOw Diabetes Health Education Project, carried out by Medical Trust Hospital and Diabetes Care Centre (Kulanada, Pathanamthitta, Kerala) in collaboration with World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). I worked for 2 years from 2011 to 2013. As a Project Assistant, I

•Assisted the team in formulating the
concept and design of the phase II of the
Know Diabetes Health Education Project.
•Monitoring and Evaluation of the outcome of
the phase I of the Know Diabetes Health
Education Project.

Further the experience as a Project Assistant gave me an idea about the functioning of the departments of Govt of Kerala. It involved liaisoning with officials of the health as well as education department and representatives of local self government.
10th - 90% High School Kadampazhipuram
12th - 88%
Graduation - B TECH in Electronics and Communication with First Class from NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad, Kerala.
Masters - M.Sc in Development Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. CGPA of 6.3.
As part of Masters dissertation, completed a study titled "A Comparative Study on the Socio-Economic Status of Muslim Women across Linguistic Identities: A Case Study of Nagaon District"
School Leader during my High School. Took part in various cultural activities like drama in School Youth Festivals at District Level. Was part of School Cricket Team.
I was the co-convenor of the departmental Techno-Cultural festival "Dhruva 2KX" during my third year in college.
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    Years of Experience:
    2-5 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Malayalam
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