Study programme: PhD in Development Studies
Year of graduation: 2009
Country of origin: India
Current occupation: Associate Professor (Development Studies) & Associate Dean, International Programmes and Collaborations Division (IPCD), Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan, India.
What made your time at ISS special?I still remember waiting at the meeting point in the Schiphol airport as if it was yesterday. The moment I entered the gates of ISS I knew that everything I had done until that point was absolutely right, as I ended up being there. The entire time I was at ISS, from May 2003 up till December 2007, was extremely illuminating on all fronts.
I am filled with heartfelt gratitude for all the lovely people I met at ISS. ISS community members stood out for their kindness and helping nature throughout my stay. Apart from the rich cultural exchange with 80+ country participants coming from across the world, the warmth of the faculty and staff members at ISS made my PhD journey truly special and memorable. ISS has given me a PhD degree that I take pride in, and more importantly ISS gave me a life filled with possibilities and great memories of happiness and fulfillment.
What is your most memorable moment at ISS? It has to be my PhD defense on 22nd December 2009. Mine was the 100th Public defense and it also marked the integration of the ISS into the Erasmus University Rotterdam. A special group of friends from the ISS community provided the love and affection of a family away from India, and they also became instrumental in making my life at ISS holistic.
What does ISS mean to you now? ISS means life-long friendships, state-of-art academic training and endless possibilities to contribute to development in its true sense. ISS made it possible for me to bridge the gap between development theory and practice in incremental and effective ways. Being a Development Expert working in India, I am training the best young minds of the country to integrate human development concerns into their own interdisciplinary projects on a daily basis. I am confident that the cumulative value created by ISS for the world is immense and invaluable.
Hartstikke bedankt to ISS!