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Why study Cities and Governance ?

Catalyst invites you to talk to the faculty – mentors from the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), TISS to understand academic opportunities and career prospects

May 8 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

Speakers : 

Aseem Prakash is a Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, and Governance,  Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Aseem has more than 20 years of experience in  research and teaching which also includes a stint at the University of Oxford as a Fell Fund  Fellow. Aseem has been instrumental in laying the intellectual foundation of the School of  Public Policy and Governance including designing the course curriculums of the M.A. in Public  Policy and Governance (PPG) and MA/PGD in Cities and Governance Programmes at TISS. 

Before joining TISS, Aseem was part of the two-member team which established the first  Public Policy school in India- Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Aseem was also  invited by the UNDP and Department of Planning, Government of Maldives to prepare a  rubric for the first-ever Maldives Institute of Policy Studies in Male, Maldives. 

Aseem has completed over a dozen big research projects for various international and  national donors. His research interests include the interface between the state and markets;  regulation and institutions; sociology of markets, social discrimination, human development.  Currently, Aseem’s research efforts are focused on two research projects: “Regulation of  Small Town Capitalism” and “Cities and Social History” 

Aseem also serves in an advisory capacity in numerous public policy and social science  departments. He is regularly invited as a resource person in various training programmes  conducted for Indian civil servants. 

His most recent books are titled Dalit Capital: State, Markets, and Civil Society in Urban India;  published by Routledge (2015) and The Indian Middle Class (co-authored with Surinder  Jodhka), published by Oxford University Press (2016). 

Aseem is a compulsive follower of political gossip and likes discussing it with people who can  make sense of it. He believes that he would have been more content and happy if he had  pursued a career in sports. Aseem earned his doctorate from the Centre for Political Studies,  Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dr. Arvind Pandey is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He received his M. Phil., and Ph.D. from Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Before joining TISS, he was working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi on a project- ‘Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)’ which is managed by the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods, University of Glasgow. This project is part of an international consortium of nine research institutions of seven countries. During his three-year duration in NIUA, he has worked on several projects funded by UNICEF, UNDP, ICMPD, and ICLD. He was also part of the research team providing inputs for the National Urban Policy Framework (Draft) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.

He has worked for UNESCO-India as an Individual Consultant in 2016. He was also part of a team of Trans-Disciplinary Cluster in Jawaharlal Nehru University in which he has worked on two projects titled “Transformative Pathways to Sustainability: Learning across Disciplines, Contexts and Cultures” sponsored by International Social Science Council and “Urbanisation and Sustainability in the era of Globalisation: Emerging Scenarios in South-West National Capital Region” sponsored by University Programme for Excellence (UPE-II).

Dr. Arvind’s academic credentials include a scholarship to attend Population and Development Institute in 2014 from Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI), Brown University, USA, a Gold Medal in the University for the first Rank in M.A., and a Senior Research Fellowship to conduct research in Population Studies from the University Grants Commission.

Sauraveswar Sen: Illuminating Paths to Social Development Careers  

Experience: With over 14 years of expertise, Sauraveswar Sen is a beacon in training students and professionals for impactful careers in the social development sector. His multifaceted roles include being the Founder-Mentor of Catalyst, a Visiting Faculty at prestigious institutions like TISS, University of Calcutta, and St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. He’s a Social Entrepreneurship Educator, Strengthens Social Science Teaching, Motivator, Moderator, Judge at Corporate Events and Debates, and a Quizmaster.

Vision: In 2011, Sauraveswar founded Catalyst with a vision to revolutionize social science education in India. His goal was to empower careers in the Humanities-driven development sector, putting them on par with Science and Commerce prospects. His journey took a turn when, at the young age of 23, he transitioned from a Design Engineer to his true passion—teaching and training.

Education Catalyst: Since 2018, Sauraveswar has been empanelled as faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), where he moulds the skills of master’s program students, preparing them for their campus placements. In 2023, Catalyst played a pivotal role in the decennial celebration of the social enterprise development cell at TISS Mumbai.

Mentoring Impact: Sauraveswar’s mentorship extends to institutions like St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, Jadavpur University, Presidency University, and many more. He’s also a mentor for the State Government of Chhattisgarh, nurturing Social Entrepreneurship. He is an active member of SEE – Society of Entrepreneurship Educators and TISS Incube Foundation.

Social Science Teachers across Rourkela, Bengaluru, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata are being supported by Catalyst to connect their curriculum with Social Sector Careers.

Career Catalyst: Catalyst has empowered countless social science aspirants across India, helping them craft careers as human service professionals. These individuals now work with global entities like the UN, UNICEF, WHO, CSR verticals, think tanks, grassroots organizations, and social enterprises. They’ve excelled in entrance tests, interviews, and job placements at esteemed social science institutions worldwide and many have taken to entrepreneurship championing social value creation.

Fieldwork Integration: Catalyst pioneers active fieldwork, offering aspirants real-time experience through collaborations with organizations like Microsoft, Earth Day Network, CRY, and many more. It’s an immersive learning journey.

Contributions & Recognition: Sauraveswar’s insights grace the pages of prominent publications like ‘Anandabazar Patrika’, ‘The Telegraph’, ‘The Hindu’, ‘Times of India’, ‘Femina’, and he’s appeared on platforms like ‘Aaj Tak’, ‘NewsX’, ‘CNN-IBN’, ‘TheQuint’, and TT Edugraph. Catalyst has been featured on the global stage for International Women’s Day multiple times, celebrating “Women creating impact by pursuing careers in social development.”

Sauraveswar Sen and Catalyst are igniting the way for countless individuals to become changemakers in the social development sphere. ????

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