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List of Research Interns-2012

# Name College/Institution
1 Aakash Gautam Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
2 Agomoni Majumdar University of Calcutta, Kolkatta
3 Aleesha Mary Joseph St. Stephen’s College, DU
4 Anumeha Bansal Netaji Subhas Insitute of Technology, New Delhi
5 Deeksha Gehlot Amity Law School, Noida
6 Divish Gupta IIT-Delhi
7 Divyanshi Chugh Lady Shri Ram College for Women, DU
8 Keshav Khanna BITS, Pilani
9 Khushboo Lather Miranda House, DU
10 Mehak Malik Hans Raj College, DU
11 Mohib Ali University of Hyderabad
12 Neelam Pathania National Institute of Technology, Surathkal
13 Pankhuri Tandon St. Stephen’s College, DU
14 Rajita Varma Lady Shri Ram College for Women, DU
15 Raunaq Sahu Indian Institue of Technology, Madras
16 Rishav Thakur Shri Ram College of Commerce, DU
17 Shantam Goyal Kirori Mal College, DU
18 Sijan Thapa Trinity International College, Nepal
19 Simrat Ahluwalia Ramjas College, DU
20 Sudhanshu Neema Symbiosis Law School, Pune
21 Vedant Batra Shri Ram School Moulsari Avenue
22 Vibhor Relhan Netaji Subhas Institue of Technology, DU
23 Yang Li National University of Singapore, Singapore

List of Research Externs – 2012

# Name College/Institution
1 Aparna Bhat Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai

Brief Bios – Interns

Aakash Gautam

Aakash Gautam is a final year engineering student at NIT, Allahabad. He is passionate about photography and often backpacks to picturesque destinations. He is interested in movies and books; Dostoevsky, Orwell and Rand are his personal favourites. “Live and Let Live” is his motto. Having worked for Open Learning Exchange Nepal, he wants to make people realize their capability to achieve desired change.

Agamoni Majumder

Agamoni Majumder is pursuing Maters in Economics from University of Calcutta. Her areas of interest mainly include development economics and applied econometrics. She wants to do her PhD in development economics after completion of her Masters. Besides, she loves to travel around, listen to music and watch movies in her leisure time.

Aleesha Mary Joseph

Aleesha Mary Joseph is pursuing her under graduation in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She has participated in the public distribution survey conducted by Dr. Reetika Khera and Dr. Jean Dreze in 2011 and one of her articles on the same titled ‘Power of literacy’ was published in Frontline. In the future she wants to pursue research on implementation challenges of various policy issues at the grassroot levels.

Anumeha Bansal

Anumeha Bansal is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Engineering in Information Technology from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi. She wants to pursue Management Studies for her higher studies. Her involvement in debating, quizzing and researching inculcated in her a passion for learning. She believes that knowledge is the most profitable investment. She is also passionate about watching movies, travelling, group discussions and reading!

Deeksha Gehlot

Deeksha Gehlot is pursuing B.A.LLB (hons) from Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida. She has completed her four years of law learning. She loves to discuss ideas and to be exposed to different points of view. She is inclined towards libertarian views and is in search of enough arguments to form an opinion. Group discussions stimulate her mind and so she likes being surrounded by logical people.

Divish Gupta

Divish Gupta is an undergraduate student of Electrical Engineering in IIT-Delhi. He is passionate about travelling, meeting strangers, photography and dramatics. Climbing Mt. Everest is one of the must-do things before he dies. He has keen interest in sustainable socio-economic development of underprivileged communities and sees his future in it. He strongly believes in the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Divyanshi Chugh

Divyanshi Chugh is a Psychology (Hons) student at Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She worked as a counsellor for students of lower socio-economic background with Prayatna: School of Excellence, and realized how the human spirit can connect so brilliantly. Her interest lies in women’s development, gender equity, performing arts, mental health, study of ethics and most importantly, practical applications of social psychology in public policy making. On a lighter side, she loves spending time with kids—and dancing.

Keshav Khanna

Keshav Khanna is a undergraduate student of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering at BITS Pilani. His interest vary from economic history of the world to business quizzing to stock markets and finance. He is also an analyst for his college’s investment fund. He has absolute faith in markets and believes in anarcho-capitalism (no forceful government). In the future he aims to become an entrepreneur and wishes to have his first start-up launched before he graduates from BITS Pilani.

Khushboo Lather

Khushboo Lather is a final year undergraduate student of Economics at Miranda House. She is an active participant of the debating society of her college, loves dancing and is a trained Kathak dancer. She is a keen learner who wants to pursue management studies in future after which she plans to appear for Indian Civil Services. She also loves road skating and indulging in good food from all around the world.

Mehak Malik

Mehak Malik is a second year Economics student from Hans Raj College. She wants to do masters in economics and further wants to get into policy making. Besides academics, she loves engaging in deliberations and discussions. She is a nature lover and loves to meditate. Her self-actualisation goal is to make a difference to the lives of the most needy.

Neelam Pathania

Neelam Pathania has pursued B.Tech in the field of Information Technology from National Institute of Technology ,Surathkal. She is a computer engineer by profession and enjoys debating on the political issues. She loves travelling to new places and learning about the culture and languages prevalent in those areas. Her hobbies include tennis, swimming, singing and reading non-fiction. She strongly believes in “Peace, Self-Dependency and Security” for all. She wishes to pursue a career in Public Policy in the long run and influence the life of people with positive energy.

Pankhuri Tandon

Pankhuri Tandon is currently pursuing B.A. (Honours) Economics in St. Stephen’s College. She thinks that only a positive change in citizens’ thinking can cause a real positive transformation of the country. She wants to spread better ideas in the Indian society and make people appreciate them. She loves talking to people and is always eager to build new friendships!

Rajita Varma

Rajita Varma is currently pursuing Bachelors in Economics at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She wishes to pursue public policy in the future and engage in research. She has been a volunteer with ‘Project Vidya’ under National Service scheme and has also participated in ‘Igniting young Minds,’ a six-week, soft skill development program for the underprivileged children, conducted by ‘Leaders For Tomorrow’. She hopes that in the near future, the Indian education system will drift away from gauging excellence through marks and evolve itself towards concept building and hands on application of the concepts.

Raunaq Sahu

Raunaq Sahu is currently doing an Integrated Masters in Development Studies from IIT Madras. His academic interests include urban theory and planning, climate policy and automobility. He is also a part-time music critic for the Bangalore-based Score Magazine and occasionally dabbles in theatre, quizzing and playing music. His favourite writers are Edgar Allan Poe, Mikhail Bulgakov, Kurt Vonnegut and Bill Bryson. He worships Keith Richards.

Rishav Thakur

Rishav Thakur is studying Economics in the Shri Ram College of Commerce. He writes poetry , short stories and non-fiction pieces for his college magazine Yamuna, the Coolage and the Eclectic (a print magazine from north-east India). His ideas have been shaped by his experiences with militancy in Assam, the problems of migration, his subjects in school and every moment which has summed up to the totality of his existence and much more.

Shantam Goyal

Shantam Goyal, besides being a 2nd year English Literature student from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, is vocationally a visual artist. He is a fan of George Orwell and Alan Moore and a big-time reader of dystopian literature and graphic novels. He has always been intrigued by varied forms of governance and has moved from being a staunch totalitarian to a socialist to a proponent of socialist-democracy to libertarianism. His utopia is a world where painters are not poor and writers are writers.

Sijan Thapa

Sijan Thapa is a high school graduate from Trinity International College, Nepal. She believes that coming to a new country and living amongst new people will be a great learning experience for her. Thought provoking questions, intense discussions and awe-inspiring explanations–since joining the CCS team, she has become more intellectually charged than ever. She loves writing and aspires to become a writer someday. She is a go-with-the-flow kind of person. She identifies with a quote from her favourite book, ‘Sophies World’, “One who knows she doesn’t know”.

Simrat Ahluwalia

Simrat Ahluwalia just completed her IInd year in B.A. (H) Economics from Ramjas College Delhi University. She is keenly interested in helping the distressed groups in the society with a major focus on the disabled. Her favourite subject in the field of economics is Development Economics. She loves to talk, debate, discuss, write and learn from people around her. In her free time she loves to read, mainly fiction. She has a slight OCD when it comes to cleanliness.

Sudhanshu Neema

Sudhanshu Neema is pursuing B.A.LL.B. from Symbiosis Law School, Pune. He loves to read classical Russian literature and anything to do with political economy. He wants to pursue a career in international relations and is very interested in learning different languages. He speaks Hindi, English and French and wants to learn Russian, Italian and Spanish. When he is not working or reading, he prefers to listen to different kinds of music and sleep, mostly the latter.

Syed Mohib Ali

Syed Mohib Ali is a student of social sciences at the University of Hyderabad. His academic interests vary from political economy to subaltern studies. Mohib is a fan of 70’s rock and likes reading fantasy fiction and graphic novels. He also indulges in Urdu poetry from time to time. He plays the guitar in his free time and believes in the virtue of laziness.

Vedant Batra

Vedant Batra is a first year student of the IB diploma programme at the Shri Ram School Moulsari. He has developed an interest in political philosophy and economics. He also wishes to pursue public policy related work in the future.

Vibhor Relhan

Vibhor Relhan is a third year Electronics and Communication Engineering student at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology(NSIT), Delhi University. He considers himself a lost creature in this much planned, orderly world and has no idea where his career is headed. Like many other idle, nothing-to-do engineering students in the country, he spends nights aggressively debating and pondering the country’s policies and the current state of affairs. The CCS Internship is an attempt to channel his energy into something productive. Apart from newspapers, which are his only place of solace in his daily routine, fests, societies and college friends is what keeps him alive.

Yang Li

Yang Li is a Masters in Public Policy student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His areas of focus are international trade, public finance and entrepreneurship. He loves to play tennis, exercise and engage in calisthenics. On rainy days, he would like nothing more than to sit by the window, watch the rain and read a engrossing book. When not engaging in his studies, he tends to his entrepreneurial pursuits in the United States.

Brief Bios – Externs

Aparna Bhat

Aparna Bhat is currently a Spanish teacher with Instituto Hispania, Mumbai. She is also involved in her own initiative ‘Ansuya’, a training programme for slum-dwelling women. After finishing her Bachelor in Commerce (BCom), from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, she has been involved in a number of projects which have made her realize that she is most comfortable on the field. When not working, she loves watching movies, travelling and tasting and cooking different cuisines of the world!

Senior Internship Coordinator

Nimish Adhia

Nimish Adhia is an Ahmedabad native who is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics in New York. He received his PhD in Economics in 2010 from University of Illinois where he wrote his dissertation under Deirdre McCloskey on the role of ideology in India’s economic liberalization. Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, he has taught at several colleges in the US and worked at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. He maintains an active interest in current economic affairs and his letters to the editors have been published in The Economist, The Atlantic, Reason and the Times of India. In 2004 he was an intern at CCS.

Associate Programs

Andrew Humphries

Andrew Humphries works with CCS Academy team. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Santa Fe and an M.Ed. from Endicott College. He has taught in private Montessori and Charter schools in the United States and gained experience as a Socratic Practice facilitator. He has been a Socratic Practice leader at Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute and has a particular interest in the “Austrian” tradition of social science.


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