Home Town: Dhanbad, Jharkhand
Education: Masters of Social Entrepreneurship
Specific Field Interests: Humanities, Child Rights, CSR
Area of Focus: Education
Highlights: Atharva holds the degree of Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and B.A. (H) Social Work. As a part of his college curriculum in University of Delhi, he started working with several NGOs on the health, education and advocacy issues. He developed a keen interest in working with children and, following his heart and mind, became an active member of Chuppi Todo - A Campaign against Child Sexual Abuse. By taking an active role with this campaign, he was able to reach more than 1 lakh children on the safe-unsafe touch in 6 states of India. He also founded Navodit ÛÒ A Drama Society which performed street plays primarily to aware the slums about the misconceptions on HIV-AIDS. He received the Babu P N Singh Award for Excellence in Social Work from the University of Delhi for his exuberance and dedication towards social service. Assessing the problems of small social start-ups he went on to acquire the knowledge of Social Entrepreneurship in the state of Karnataka from the Deshpande Centre of Social Entrepreneurship to do something tangible for the bottom line. During his two years of stay in south India, he held the post of Local Committee Coordinator of AIESEC ÛÒ largest student run organization in the world and was able to facilitate the student exchange programs with 5 different countries ÛÒ China, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Egypt. He was also able to develop a sustainable model where the first generation student entrepreneurs were able to connect with the established business minds to seek mentorship and training. Atharva is working with a grass root child centric organization Chetna Vikas-PLAN India in the rural background of Jharkhand for the past one year. He has been instrumental in the formation process of village level child protection committees in two districts of Jharkhand and established a convergence of district level authorities, Police, village panchayat child protection committees and Childline network to safeguard the interests of children at all level. He has thoroughly enjoyed his diverse journey till now and is excited towards being a part of the William J. Clinton Fellowship with the American India Foundation.