Shirshak Mohanty

Gumla, Jharkhand

Education: B.Tech - SRM University

Last Employer: SBI Youth for India Fellow

Bio:

A native of Odisha, I grew up in various parts of India due to my father’s transferable job. A mechanical engineer from SRM University, Chennai, I worked with TCS for 3 years and later went on for SBI’s Youth for India fellowship. The fellowship allowed me to carry out a project in rural India for 13 months. I worked on a digital literacy project in association with Barefoot College, Tilonia. There, I was responsible for designing a module on digital literacy for the Digital Night Schools that are run in the remotest of locations all over India where there is no grid connection, neither any useful public amenities, mostly in the states of Manipur, Odisha and Jharkhand.

My main reason for joining this fellowship is to get an understanding on policies and issues from the point of view of a different stakeholder (government). I have had the experience of working with communities and civic bodies. This fellowship will provide me an opportunity to understand the entire government functioning in backward districts and also help find solutions to certain problems.

I can contribute to this fellowship is by sharing my experiences with other fellows and also give inputs to finding solutions to key issues based on my grass root experience on the field.

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