Harnessing the hidden potential of Indian cities.
I am Ekta Chauhan, student of public policy in India. I have been selected by VIF for a 10 day study trip to the UK through a competitive process. I would be researching on Urban Planning and Development. This fund would be utilized to finance the research through VIF.
Kindly read my story and help me pursue my dream and contribute to the society,
" Never Settle!”
For most, this is merely a marketing phrase. For me, it is much more.
My father, a first generation businessman, had humble beginnings as a grade C employee at the Delhi University, and steadily made his way up the socio-economic ladder.
I have had a life of dichotomies. I was brought up in a rural island in the heart of a rapidly developing national capital, experiencing the challenges that both rural and urban life threw at me.
Despite hailing from a family that struggled to make ends meet, when I, as the eldest daughter, showed flair for academics, I was not only supported, but also encouraged to pursue excellence. After achieving outstanding grades throughout my school years, I set my targets high and following a tough interview, I was one of the fortunate few to get selected to St. Stephens College, where I studied History Hons. It is here that I learnt the deep cultural values that drive human beings. During my college years I met several smart individuals from across the country, and shared in their experiences of poor public policy implementation. The incident that had the deepest impact on me was when of my friends told me he had lost his father due to unavailability of timely medical care.
I realised then that India needs better public policy and effective implementation. I therefore pursued to contribute to society in the policy profession. At National Law School Bangalore, I studied several technical and policy subjects, and did further research in finding effective culturally intermingling solutions to the social development of the nation.
After in depth study in this broad field I realized that the opportunities for learning in India for the same are narrow. There are several developed countries in the world that have already overcome the challenges of the urban transition that now face India.
Learning from not just scholars of the field but also interacting with a society that deeply cherishes ingenuity in countering the policy challenges they face is an invaluable experience. Having commuted in the Modern Delhi Metro, I want to learn more from the minds that came up with the same solution to public transportation, centuries ago.
Policy and perspective go hand in hand, and widening my perspective will be a significant factor in helping me realize and find solutions to issues using policy. Being a first generation graduate in my family, I want to aim high and opportunities.
This opportunity provided to me by Vision India Foundation will help me pursue the same. I want to grow and contribute to the overall growth of society. And through all this the words that constantly reverberate in my mind are… Never Settle.
Hoping to get a very positive response.