Remembering Social Scientist M.S. Swaminathan – Catalyst Alumna Sadaf Shares Her Experience
In the world of agricultural science and sustainable development, the name M.S. Swaminathan (7th August 1925 – 28 September 2023) shines brightly. A pioneer in the Green Revolution and a staunch advocate for sustainable agriculture, Professor Swaminathan’s legacy continues to inspire individuals worldwide. Among those inspired is Sadaf Afreen Mondal, an alumna of Catalyst Learning Services.
Sadaf’s journey from Catalyst to the corridors of the JRD Tata Ecotechnology Department at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) is a testament to the transformative power of education and mentorship. She pursued her Masters in Natural Resources and Governance at TISS Hyderabad after extensive preparation at Catalyst. Today, she finds herself at the heart of meaningful research and impactful work.
“My journey at MSSRF started in the JRD Ecotechnology department. In the first half of my internship, I focused on understanding the role of FPOs in pulse cultivation and the study resonated with his ( M.S. Swaminathan) views that flaws are in the economics of agriculture, along with the study of NELD (non-economic loss and damage) caused by climate change. Now that I got the chance to join the Climate Change department under Prof. T . Jayaraman, to say the least, it’s quite humbling to be around people of such stature. My gratitude towards the department for helping build my understanding of the importance of equity in the context of the global carbon budget and long-term mitigation in such a short span is ineffable. Alas! It is the end of an era and simply doleful that I missed my opportunity to meet him.”
Sadaf Afreen Mondal, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
Sadaf was trained for her Masters with the live online preparatory support at Catalyst while she was pursuing her under-graduate studies in Political Science from Loreto College in Kolkata. She pursued her Masters in Natural Resources and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Sadaf was hired by MSSRF .
The M.A. Natural Resources and Governance (NRG) programme offered by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad is a two-year, interdisciplinary programme that aims to produce professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand and address the complex challenges of natural resource governance.
The programme highlights include:
A strong focus on the interrelationship between natural resources, society, and the environment
Exposure to a wide range of theoretical and practical perspectives on natural resource governance
Opportunities for experiential learning through field visits, internships, and research projects
A focus on developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills
Graduates of the M.A. Natural Resources and Governance programme are well-positioned for a variety of careers in the following sectors:
Some specific job titles that graduates may pursue include:
Natural resource policy analyst
Natural resource manager
Community development specialist
Name of Recruiters
Some of the top recruiters for graduates of the M.A. Natural Resources and Governance programme at TISS Hyderabad include:
Government of India (e.g., Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, etc.)
State governments (e.g., Forest departments, Environment departments, etc.)
International organizations (e.g., United Nations Environment Programme, World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, etc.)
Non-profit organizations (e.g., World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Oxfam India, etc.)
Research institutions (e.g., Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, University of Hyderabad, National Institute of Technology Warangal, etc.)
Academia (e.g., TISS Hyderabad, University of Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, etc.)
The starting salary for graduates of the M.A. Natural Resources and Governance programme varies depending on the sector and job title. However, graduates can expect to earn a competitive salary, ₹6.5 lakhs per annum upwards. Overall, the M.A. Natural Resources and Governance programme offered by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad is a well-regarded programme that provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in the field of natural resource governance.
As Sadaf navigates her professional journey, she embodies the spirit of M.S. Swaminathan’s vision – one that seeks to harness science and technology for rural development, sustainability, and equity. Her story is a testament to how education and mentorship can empower individuals to become catalysts for change in the fields of agriculture, sustainability, and social development.
Professor M.S. Swaminathan’s legacy lives on not only through his groundbreaking work but also through individuals like Sadaf who carry forward his vision of a more equitable and sustainable world.
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