Qualifications: MA in Public Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore (2018-20)
B.Tech. in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (2013-17).
Profile: Rajath’s interests are in the sectors of environment, water, local governance, and fundamental human rights. With experience, he has come to realize that various themes of sustainable development are interconnected. He would like to work towards fair allocation of such common resources in a way that is sustainable. He feels that most of the issues mentioned above converge in the water sector, which has piqued his interest in the water and allied sectors.
He completed an undergraduate course in Civil Engineering and felt that he wanted to have a different perspective to look at the world. This led him to the Master’s in Public Policy and Governance course offered at Azim Premji University. The course was a great start to developing a new perspective, which evolved with experiences of working on Watershed Development in Rajasthan with the Foundation for Ecological Security. Now, he is interested in working as a reflective practitioner in an intersectional development space.
He has joined Dakshin’s SeaChange initiative in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a Programme Associate. His work there involves extensive fieldwork, community engagement, and interactions with stakeholders at various levels pertaining to socio-ecological challenges faced by local communities. He is excited to be a part of this initiative and work with the team to develop interventions and potential solutions based on community engagements.
He enjoys spending time watching movies, making conversations, birding, and going on short rides once in a while.