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Cohort: 2
Designation: Principal Secretary to Minorities & OBC Welfare
Organisation: Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Gurjot Kaur serves as Principal Secretary to Minorities & OBC Welfare, Government of Rajasthan. Prior to this position she held in various positions in Goverment of Rajasthan and Government of India. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history. Ms Kaur is interested in gender issues, sustainable development, and human resource development.


Cohort: 9
Designation: Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests
Organisation: Department of Forests, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Shruti SHARMA is the Chief Conservator of Forest, Silviculure before taking up this position she was CCF of Concurrent Evaluation in the state of Rajasthan, (1987 batch of the Indian Forest Service, Rajasthan cadre) She has served as Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Forest, Dehradun where she taught Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Conservation to probationers of the Indian Forest Service. She was on deputation to the Forest Research Institute (Indian Council of Forestry Research and EducationICFRE), Dehradun as the Deputy Conservator of Forests (Non-Wood Forest Products Division) where she conducted research on medicinal plants, developed herbal gardens, and taught Conservation of Biological Resources,Ecodevelopment,Wildlife Management and Wetland Management to MSc and PGD Biodiversuty Conservation Course students at the FRI University. She also conducted short term courses on Ecotourism-Planning and Management; Sustainable Development of NWFP and Medicinal Plants. Formerly, she served as the Director of Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur; Deputy Conservator of Forets(Wildlife) Kota managing a zoo and the protected areas (6 sanctuaries and one closed area) in 'Haroti region' of the Chambal river catchment area; District Forest Officer (Tonk)and Assistant Conservator of Forests, Bharatpur.She has taught biology to senior school students from 1983 to 1987. She has experience in protected area management. Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has made a 25 minutes documentary on her work titled, 'Pride of India'. She has done her Bachelor and Masters in Zoology from the University of Delhi. She has a Masters in Forestry from Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, a PG Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and a degree in Bachelor of Education, University of Delhi.


Cohort: 2
Designation: Director
Organisation: Institute of Leadership Development, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Dr. Raju Sharma, a former IAS officer, is the Director of ILD since the middle of December, 2010. His academic repertoire includes a post-graduation in Physics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and, in later pursuits, an M. Phil from the IIPA, Delhi and, thereafter, a Ph.D in Public Administration from Lucknow University in 2004. He began his career in the IAS in Uttar Pradesh in 1982. In that decade he held positions as a SDM, a District Collector and reasonably long stints in a large State PSU (UP State Textile Corporation as General Manager/Executive Director) and in the Department of Medical and Health of the State Government. This period brought with it invaluable experience in the difficult tasks of managing conflicts and upholding the rule of law and a sense of fairness and justice in a society riven by inequities and poverty. The engagement with mandated welfare measures and the process of attempts towards a possible socio-economic transformation and inclusive growth was very much hands on and the crucial imperatives of a bottom up approach in understanding, planning and implementation was duly and humbly learnt. The decade of nineties, the dawn and rising of the era of economic liberalization, was mostly spent by Dr. Sharma in Delhi in the Central Government where he occupied the key position of Director Policy in the Ministry of Small Scale Industries. He played a determining role in the reformulation of the credit and support policies for the sector and in reforming the notions of reservation and equity investments in the SME sector in that period of 1991-97. Upon his return to Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Sharma continued his association with the industrial sector with the useful tenure as Labour Commissioner for a period of nearly two years. Thereafter, he headed the developmental administration of the Uttaranchal region as Secretary of the Department and then managed the process of the creation of the new State of Uttaranchal in the year 2000. For a five year period, 2001-2006, Dr. Sharma held a quasi diplomatic position in the Government of India as the Joint Secretary of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention. He remained, in this period, India&equs Principal Negotiator at the International Body for the implementation of this important International Treaty on Chemical Weapons.Dr. Sharma&equs last long stint was as the Mission Director of the National Mission on Bamboo Applications in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He also held short, insightful and intensely acrimonious stints in the Higher Education Sector as Secretary, UGC and also as Principal Secretary, Higher Education in the Government of U P. During the length of his career, Dr. Sharma partnered with likeminded fellow bureaucrats and professionals to actively oppose and resist against rampant corruption in the Government and State Organizations. It took the shape of an Action Group that organized the historic and unprecedented voting for the three most corrupt officers in Uttar Pradesh in the early 90&equs and finally matured into the setting of the India Rejuvenation Initiative&equs, a forum for Probity in Public Life, supported and led by some of the most respected and well known persons in the areas of governance and public interest advocacy. Dr. Sharma is one of the Founder Members of the IRI. Dr. Sharma voluntarily retired from the IAS in 2010, in his own words, having reached the end of the road, my employer and I had no common point now or even a method of engagement, and so, a severing of ties was the only option, and a literary calling and a quest of one&equs own became more and more viable Dr. Sharma is a playwright and a reputed Hindi author. He has published several plays, short collections and authored two novels. His story collection `Shabdon Ke Sharnarthi received the Sahitya Kriti Samman by Hindi Akademi, Delhi in 2005 and the novel `Visarjan got the `Vijay Verma Samman & equ in 2009. He also has a practicing, professional and deeply entrenched interest in theatre and films. He has translated and adapted many well known plays from English and acted in and directed several theatre productions.


Cohort: 11
Designation: Independent Consultant
Organisation: Independent Consultant, Ajmer
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Similarly, on the extra-curricular front, I have been passionately involved in theatre, debates, public speaking, a bit of writing, etc. I have represented my class as a Class Representative, Chair lady of the College Debate Club, Editor of the College Magazine, College Vice-Head Girl and led my team on various occasions and competitions. Upon completing my MSW, I was recruited by Action Aid India for their yearlong Development Trainee Fellowship. I gained fresh insights to the Rights' Based Approach to development and empowerment, where gender equity, people's participation, entitlements and empowering processes were cross cutting issues. The opportunity led me to work on a variety of issue at various levels - right from the grass-root experiential exposures, to programme planning, implementation and participatory reflections, to policy level advocacy, etc. Moreover, I had tremendous scope to learn from numerous voluntary sector and community based organizations their differing styles of leadership and functioning. Thereafter, I was offered placement with Action Aid India's Delhi Regional Office as a Programme Officer. My responsibilities as a Programme Officer range from supporting voluntary organization in implementing development initiatives and project (including financial) management, building capacities and perspective of project teams, partner agencies and communities, coordinating micro level action research, conducting participatory reviews and reflections, regular interface with partner communities, etc. Over the last few years, I have chosen to be involved in both Urban and Rural poverty issues for a better grasp of all interrelated development issues. Broadly speaking, I have worked on issues of Urban Poverty and Governance, Urban Homeless (Street Children), Child Rights (Education), Campaign on Violence against Girls in Schools, the Unorganised Sector (e.g. Rag Pickers, Domestic Workers, Construction Workers), Agricultural Bonded Labour, Psychosocial counselling and conflict resolution in the Kashmir Valley, etc. Furthermore, I have coordinated an action research on the issues of women prisoners in Tihar Jail, status of Street and Working Children in Delhi and have undertaken a Development Audit of World Bank's District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) in Rajasthan as an Associate Researcher. I have also a wide and varied involvement in Disaster Management/Emergencies, such as the Super Cyclone in Orissa (1999), the Gujarat Earthquake (2001), Orissa Floods (2001), the Kashmir project and recent Tsunami relief and reconstruction programme in Tamil Nadu.


Cohort: 12
Designation: Chief Coordinator
Organisation: Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS), Alwar
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Aman Singh is the Founder of “Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan” (KRAPAVIS), a voluntary organisation which works to revive Orans or community forests of Rajasthan, since 1992. Aman Singh has overseen the regeneration of over 125 Orans, and has taken initial steps to influence policy changes and legislation in the state. Another important element of his work is conducting research and documentation on Orans in Rajasthan, and has developed a database of about 900 Orans, so far. Aman Singh has trained over 300 community volunteers, who work in the villages to disseminate information, conduct training, and provide assistance on ecological issues such as biodiversity conservation, causes and effects of global warming, water management, pastoralism as well as ecological agriculture, plant nurseries and plantation. The success of initiatives is evidenced by that Aman Singh has been awarded with many prestigious awards include ‘Dalmia Environment and Water Conservation Award’, a state level award for environment conservation, another one ‘Asian Technical Award’, and has also been awarded with the global prestigious ‘Ashoka fellowship’, recognising his contribution towards conservation of sacred forests in India. He is also a LEAD Fellow. ‘Trees for the Future’ USA has also awarded him. In his leadership, Government of Rajasthan has awarded KRAPAVIS with “Vraksha Vardhak Puruskar” (Forest Conservation Award). KRAPAVIS has been selected as finalists for the UNDP’s Equat¬or Prize¬ 2012. Aman Singh has received several fellowships/sponsorship from different international agencies like UNDP, UNOCHA, Schumacher College U.K., ILC/IFAD, Ford Foundation and University of California etc. Aman has written extensively on rural ecology and pastoralism, and has presented to international audiences in countries as diverse as England, Ethiopia, Nepal, Scotland, Tanzania, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Bulgaria and USA. Aman Singh is member of RAG (Research Advisory Group) Forest Department (Government of Rajasthan), also member of ICCA (Indigenous Community Conversed Areas) Consortium at global level, and Founding Member of networks (like Oran Forum, Indian Pastoralsits Network-IPN, Rajasthan Pastoralists Network-RCVS, Millet Networks- MINOR/ MINI, etc). Aman Singh holds an M.Sc. (Master of Science) degree and Training in Environment Education‐ a post graduate Diploma in Environment and Development, and is also a graduate of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), University of California. He has taken part in several month-long courses, such as ‘Deep Ecology & Bioregionalism’ at Schumacher College, England. He is proficient in Hindi and English languages, including several local dialects like Rajasthani, Mewati etc.


Cohort: 13
Designation: Total Quality Management Counselor
Organisation: Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Snehil Kumar is a Total Quality Management counselor based in Jaipur. He is an engineer with 10 years of experience as practicing manager in Tata Steel and 11 years of counseling with organizations as part of Confederation of Indian Industry and as an independent counselor. He has counseled over 100 companies to steer them towards organizational excellence including Deming award winning organizations. His field of activities includes counseling on creating Daily Management infrastructure and assist implementation of Lean and TPM principles in the organizations. He has also been actively involved in working with governmental organizations like hospitals, sales tax department, transport department of Delhi govt. and administrative reforms department of GOI for improving services. He is a visiting faculty in the area of TQM at LalBahadurShastry National Academy of Administration, Mussorie. He has co-founded a counseling network called Partners-in-Change to provide hands-on assistance to organizations on their change initiatives. He is president of EKJUT, an NGO providing social health services in districts of Jharkhand and Orissa. He is an independent director in the board of AUTOLITE India Ltd., an automobile headlight manufacturing company.


Cohort: 16
Designation: Programs Director
Organisation: Aravali, Jaipur
Region: Rajasthan
Biosketch: Ambuj Kishore works at ARAVALI as Programmes Director, presently also handling the responsibility of Executive Director; (Association for Rural Advancement through Voluntary Action and Local Involvement)an autonomous organisation established by the Government of Rajasthan to promote voluntary action for socio-economic development and facilitate collaboration between Government and Voluntary Organisations in the state. He is responsible for managing the programmatic, administrative and governance functions of the organisation. He has over 13 years of development sector experience working with diversified development organisations such as CAPART, Tarun Bharat Sangh (a grassroot organisation pioneer in working on community-based water and forest conservation work in Alwar, Rajasthan), Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and ARAVALI. Ambuj Kishore is having a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, Jharkhand (1999-2001) and has done a Certificate Course in Project Management by HIFAB International AB, Stockholm (Sweden) supported and funded by Sweden International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Sweden (April 2005). He has also attended a Video Camera Training Workshop hosted by Environmental Investigation Agency, U.K. at Mumbai.