Age: 24
Home Town: Pune, Maharashtra
Education: B.A (Hons) Political Science, MIT-World Peace University
Specific Field Interests: Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Education, LGBTQ+ Rights
Placement: Kriti Social Initiatives in Hyderabad, Telangana
Area of Focus: Education

Fellowship Project: Establishing a vibrant community center that can be used by underprivileged youth to learn new skills through a variety of courses, workshops, and training programs.

Highlights: Sidharth hails from Pune, Maharashtra. He graduated in Political Science (Hons) from MIT-World Peace University, Pune. Holding a nuance in Political Science, he has his interests in Public Policy and Human Rights advocacy. During the last year of his graduation, he did his Dissertation in ‘Manual Scavenging in India: Caste not Law dictates the fate.’ Being an extremely active person outside of academics, he has completed 2 years of the National Cadet Corps which included Army Attachment Camp and Combined Annual Training Camp, and secured an ‘A’ grade in the ‘B Certificate’ exam. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he has been continuously volunteering for the betterment of sex workers and transgender communities in Pune city, by assisting them in providing appropriate support from the government authorities and by providing relief kits by the means of crowdfunding and raising awareness. Right after his graduation, he went on to do fellowship with Goonj in Delhi, Maharashtra, Chennai, and Chhattisgarh. He worked in various thematic areas of Education, Healthcare and Sanitation, and Urban and Rural Development. He also worked under the initiative of ‘Not Just a Piece of Cloth,’ educated urban and rural masses about safe and hygienic menstrual practices, and worked on the positioning and visibility of the initiative. Apart from that he also worked on Urban Operations in Goonj, Chennai. Throughout his travels, studies, and experiences in various parts of India, he has developed a diverse perspective on various socio-economic issues. He strongly believes in a world that is equal for all and is passionate about Human Rights.

Posts by sidharth.hendre

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The Need for Comprehensive Sex Education in India 

The Need for Comprehensive Sex Education in India  As a part of my fellowship project, […]

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Building Bridges: Inclusive Education Through Holistic Development

Note: The following blog is co-authored by AIF Fellows Sidharth Hendre and Samhita Vadapalli, and […]

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The Role of Men in Menstruation

My Fellowship project revolves around education and youth development. I work with the young people […]

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How to build a cordial relationship with your Host Organization

It has been six months since I began serving as a Banyan Impact Fellow in […]

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The need for transforming our schools into centers of excellence

In my previous blog, I wrote about my experience of selection, orientation, and arriving at […]

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My experience of selection, Orientation, and arriving at the Host Organization

My AIF Banyan Impact Fellowship journey has been a whirlwind of emotions, from excitement, balancing […]

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