Policy in Action – Bengaluru 2017

Participating MPs


Gaurav Gogoi - MP (Lok Sabha)

Gaurav GogoiMr. Gogoi is currently the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Kaliabor constituency in Assam. He is also a National Spokesperson for his party, the Indian National Congress.

Prior to joining politics, he worked in the development and not-for-profit sector for ten years. He completed his graduation in Engineering from the Indraprastha University and later pursued his Masters in Public Administration from New York University. During his stint in the U.S., he worked as a policy aide at the Permanent Mission of India to the U.N.

Over the past few years, Mr. Gogoi has travelled extensively and worked on several initiatives in the state of Assam. In partnership with other organizations, he has been successful in providing a platform for young film-makers through the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival and for young football players to train along with Bhaichung Bhutia and Shillong Lahjong. His organization, the "Youth Forum on Foreign Policy" has been conducting policy seminars where young professionals learn about international politics and meet foreign diplomats.

Husain Dalwai - MP (Rajya Sabha)

Husain DalwaiMr. Husain Dalwai is a two time Rajya Sabha MP, having first been elected to the Upper House in 2011. He is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC).

He is a seasoned politician and has previously been a Member of the Legislative Council in Maharashtra and later a Minister for Labour in the Maharashtra state government. He is a diligent Parliamentarian with a high attendance record and actively participates in all debates and discussions on Bills. He is currently a member of three Parliamentary Standing Committees - Urban Development, Government Assurances and Welfare of OBCs. He also sits on the Consultative Committee on Steel.

Mr. Dalwai is a strong champion for the rights of minorities, dalits, adivasis and farmers. He holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Mumbai. He is a trade unionist, journalist and writer by profession.

Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo - MP (Lok Sabha)

photograph-of-mr-kalikesh-singh-deo-mp-resizedMr. Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo is a Member of Parliament from Bolangir in Odisha. He hails from the royal family of Bolangir. He spent his initial career working in investment banking and with the energy giant, Enron before being elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 2004. He won the election from the Saintala Assembly Constituency and was the youngest member of the House at the time of his election. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas and was previously a member of the Committee on Commerce.

He initiated the LAMP (Legislative Assistance to MPs) program where young graduates assist MPs in legislative research work and is currently its convener. His developmental focus remains primarily on livelihood and climate change issues. He was a speaker at the UN Peace Conference in Bangkok and UN HIV AIDS conference in Bali and also led a group of parliamentarians to Nepal to meet the new leadership and further bilateral relations.

He attended the Doon School, Dehradun and graduated in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

M V Rajeev Gowda - MP (Rajya Sabha)

photograph-of-prof-rajeev-gowda-mpProf. M V Rajeev Gowda was elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2014 from the state of Karnataka. He is a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress. He was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences and the Chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and taught a range of courses. He has served as the Director of the Central Board, Reserve Bank of India.

Prof. Gowda studied economics and political science at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, where he was elected as the Vice-President of the Student Union in 1982–83. He was awarded the Bangalore University gold medal in political science and secured a fully funded scholarship to pursue Masters in Economics in Fordham University, New York. Prof. Gowda holds a PhD in Public Policy & Management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law & Economics from University of Berkeley, California.

Prof. Gowda leads ‘Bengaluru Needs You’ (BNY), a citizen movement to involve and empower people to engage with civic authorities to bring positive transformation in the city of Bengaluru.

Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma - MP (Lok Sabha)

Parvesh Sahib Singh VermaMr. Verma is a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) representing the constituency of West Delhi since 2014. He is a member of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

From 2013-2014, he was a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from the Mehrauli constituency. In Parliament, he is a member of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament and also sits on the Standing Committee for Urban Development.

Mr. Verma has worked tirelessly for the rehabilitation of villages in Kutch, Gujarat and in Odhisa after natural calamities hit the states. He is also the force behind two civil society organizations: Rashtriya Swabhiman and Gramin Swabhiman.

Mr. Verma is an alumnus of the Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi and also holds a MBA in International Business from the Fore School of Management, New Delhi.

Poonam Mahajan - MP (Lok Sabha)

Poonam MahajanMs. Poonam Mahajan is a Member of Parliament from Mumbai’s North Central constituency. She is also the National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the President of the Basketball Federation of India. Her core areas of focus include urban infrastructure, safety and empowerment of women, protection of the environment and animal welfare.

As a vocal advocate for the cause of Mumbai, Ms. Mahajan has used her interventions in Parliament as well as her interactions with the government to push for the development of the city. She has been at the forefront of initiatives for making Mumbai an International Financial Services Centre.

Ms. Mahajan is also a member of the CM’s war room that overlooks key projects of the Government of Maharashtra. In Parliament, she is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development. She also sits on the Consultative Committee on Finance and Corporate Affairs and is a member of the Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions.

Tiruchi Siva - MP (Rajya Sabha)

Tiruchi SivaMr. Tiruchi Siva was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 2014 from the state of Tamil Nadu and is a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. He was first elected to Parliament through the Lok Sabha in 1996. Since then, he has been thrice elected to Rajya Sabha - 2002, 2007 and 2014.

Mr. Siva has held several positions in the party through the years. He was the Deputy Secretary of the DMK Youth wing from 1982 to 1992 and then the Secretary from 1992 to 2007.

During his time in Parliament, he has served on several Parliamentary Standing Committees, such as the Committee on Home Affairs and the Committee on Public Accounts. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice as well as the Committee for the Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes.

In 2014, Mr. Siva introduced a Private Members' Bill ‘The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014’. This became the first Private Members' Bill to get Rajya Sabha's approval in 45 years.

He was educated at Periyar E.V.R. College, Madras University and Tiruchi Law College, Bharatidassan University.



Live Projects

Our students were tasked to work on issues identified by our participating MPs. Below you’ll find a list of the specific projects they worked on.

Project 1: Reducing malnutrition in adolescents

1. Identify the extent of the problem across regions and social groups
2. Identify design issues and gaps in the implementation of existing schemes
3. Suggest policy options to tackle the problem

Project 2: Developing a Human Development Index (HDI) for minorities

1. Identify key indicators/metrics on the basis of which such an index can be developed
2. Estimate HDI levels for minority groups on the basis of available information
3. Compare and contrast these levels with other groups/the general population

Project 3: Reforming India’s electoral funding

1. Identify existing loopholes in electoral funding which are exploited by parties and candidates
2. Trace major sources of electoral funding during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections
3. Suggest reforms in India’s electoral funding rules based on best practices from around the world

Project 4: Increasing rain water harvesting

1. Discuss policy options/best practices to increase rain water harvesting in major cities in Karnataka
2. Design an advocacy strategy/material to create awareness and excitement about rain water harvesting. The goal is to increase voluntary adoption of water harvesting techniques among citizens as well as to increase acceptance of new rules

Project 5: Making Bengaluru a tourist hub

1. The government of Karnataka wants to make Bengaluru an attractive tourist destination; you are required to design an overall policy/strategy to achieve this goal. You can use best practices from other states in India as well draw learnings from other cities around the world
2. The government is working towards creating a Kempe Gowda Legend Circuit. Outline the pre-requisites to make this project successful

Project 6: Water management in urban India

1. Outline the challenges posed by unplanned urbanisation to water management in Indian cities
2. Suggest policy solutions to mitigate these challenges and ensure availability and affordability of water

Project 7: Urban homelessness

1. Identify the extent and causes of urban homelessness in India
2. Identify design issues/ loopholes in existing policies that attempt to tackle homelessness
3. Recommend innovative solutions and policy options for cheap and environmentally sustainable housing in urban India

Project 8: Impact of genetically modified crops on farmers

1. Determine the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of GM crops
2. Identify the impact of increased role of corporates on the farming communities in India and across the world
3. Make suitable recommendations on the adoption of GM crops in India

Project 9: Performance of National Urban Health Mission

1. Determine the trajectory and effectiveness of the National Urban Health Mission
2. Map the performance of NUHM in Maharashtra, especially Mumbai
3. Make policy recommendations for improving health services for the poor in Mumbai

Project 10: Impact of the Dravidian movement on Tamil Nadu’s policy outlook and society

1. Identify the impact of the Dravidian movement on Tamil Nadu politics and governance/policy outlook, including its relationship with the Centre
2. Determine the role played by Dravidian ethos in today’s Tamil Nadu and its implications for the future – both in terms of social sector policies and federalism

Project 11: India’s population growth and its risks

1. Trace India’s population growth trajectory and highlight associated risks. Identify policies that have managed to slowdown/ curtail India’s population growth
2. Determine gaps/ loopholes in existing policies and suggest alternatives. Undertake a comparative analysis of policies adopted by different countries around the world
3. Compare the population trajectory of Tamil Nadu vis-à-vis the rest of the country and how it could potentially benefit/ be challenged by it

Project 12: Harnessing India’s demographic dividend

1. Identify opportunities and challenges associated with India’s demographic dividend
2. Determine gaps/ loopholes in existing policies, especially the National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 and the National Skill Development Mission
3. Suggest alternatives and recommend policy measures to stimulate the creation of jobs in India’s economy



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Total class size (Bengaluru 2017): 60


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