Where are you from?
I am an Indian national. I was born in Burdwan, located in the state of West Bengal in India. Burdwan is about 100 kilometers north-west of the state capital, Kolkata.
What sparked your interest in public policy?
The interdisciplinary and applied nature of the discipline, and the powerful and effective manner in which policy instruments can be used to explore and address complex public issues, is what fascinated me most about public policy. Much of the interest about the discipline grew while assisting on research projects, with various professors in the School. The outreach of public policy, in directly influencing policies, programmes, and outcomes concerning various aspects of our individual, as well as collective well-being, also sparked my interest more towards public policy.
Why did you choose to pursue a PhD at LKYSPP?
My thesis, focusing on international migration issues, requires multi-disciplinary and applied focus. The LKYSPP, I felt, had courses and faculty, which are more suitable for training and supervision than other discipline-based departments. Moreover, the School provided a unique opportunity to interact, learn, and share different perspectives with faculties and colleagues from diverse academic, social, and cultural backgrounds. This, I believe, creates a wonderful platform to build networks, and nuance one’s own perspective, absolutely crucial in the twenty-first century globalized world.
What do you enjoy the most about your studies or research work at LKYSPP?
LKYSPP provides a very conducive environment for research work. The School has extremely friendly and helpful faculty who are approachable, and who provide the needed guidance and grooming to be a successful academic. The administrative and support staff are also very amicable and helpful, and they take care of every small need during the course of our research, in a timely and professional manner. The School also provides an opportunity to listen to, and interact with leading global policymakers and academicians – which in my view is a very useful and important experience, complementing my research work.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to become a successful academic, both with respect to teaching and research. I hope to make positive contributions to the academic and policymaking community through my research work, even as I pursue my philosophy of lifelong learning through teaching, interacting, and collaborating with colleagues and students.