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Ajit Kumar
State Program Manager , Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
Achievement-driven professional with 12 years’ experience in Strategic Planning, CSR & Social Projects (Skill Development & WASH), Business Development & Project Management.
Currently working with TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES as State Program Manager for a skill development initiative i.e. NATIONAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ SKILL DEVELOPMENT (NUSSD) PROGRAM.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
  • Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
1. Currently working with TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES as State Program Manager for a skill development initiative i.e. NATIONAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ SKILL DEVELOPMENT (NUSSD) PROGRAM. Responsible for strategic operations & implementation of the project in the state of Chhattisgarh
2. Skilled in Liasoning with multiple stakeholders (respective colleges, Govt. Authorities & Corporates) at local as well as national level to ensure project upliftment and influence.
3. Proficient in developing & streamlining the systems with proven capability to enhance the operational effectiveness and meet the operational goals within the cost, time & the quality parameters
1. Conceptualizing strategic product marketing plans for a product or product line through market research, competitive analysis and business planning
2. Successfully utilized bottoms up approach for ascertaining market trends and designing strategy business planning
3. Design thinking skill utilizing market intelligence information for future decision-making and strategic business planning
4. Play critical role in designing annual operating plans events and merchandising

State Program Manager – Chattisgarh – (Feb 2018 – Till Date)
In August 2013, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) and the erstwhile Office of Adviser to Prime Minister on Skill Development launched a nationwide skill development programme (NUSSD) to enable graduating youths from underprivileged background and backward regions of the country to acquire employment oriented skills while pursuing their graduation.
1. Recognized for the project within six months of taking over the charge.
2. Enrolled 1200 students against the target of 900. Achieved the expected outcome of
3. Decentralised new policies and strategies for smooth functioning of the project at the state level.
4. Recognized for analytical skills and engaged in designing dashboard and templates across region for effective monitoring of the project
5. I was made the integral part of proposal & budget preparation team.
A. Create implementation and expansion plan for the programme in the assigned Region and lead the implementation.
B. Ensure adherence of the Regional team to various policies and procedures for operating aspects of the NUSSD programme such as regular reporting, tracking, impact analysis, skill gap study etc.
C. Ensure that a cost-effective model for implementation is devised for the programme in the region.
D. Ensure that processes are in place for monitoring and reviewing programme delivery across the region.
E. Responsible for on-time and smooth delivery of the courses in all colleges in the Region. Standardize processes and leverage best practices across colleges to gain efficiencies and effectiveness of the programme
F. Effectively create Industry linkages in the assigned Region for internships, field work and placement.
G. Work on the engagement matrix for the Programme Officer and various key stakeholders such as students, trainers, college conveners, etc. Ensure that appropriate monitoring is in place.
H. Prepare monthly progress reports highlighting key issues/challenges encountered and way forward for the month
Currently Pursuing MSW.
Completed Graduation in Engineering (B.E. - Chemical) from Pune University
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi
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