My first experience to work with people from world’s top universities

Tapas Chakraborty

September 5, 2018

I was born and brought up in a small village in West Bengal. I Spent close to two years in rural Rajasthan, and it was when I realized what I want to do in the future. My inclination was in the development area and development sector.

My experience here in IIM Udaipur was great. Summer school was critical for me to get my career to some high level. At IIMU, I got to interact with world-class professors. I have learned several cross-cultural things from our diverse group. This is my first experience to work with people from world’s top universities across different countries.

For our summer school project, we worked with a team of 4, in the village named Bagruwa in Rajasthan. People there have very less access to education. They are dependent on livestock and agriculture. There is not even a single girl child who has passed high school and joined college. In Rajasthan people to animal population ratio is 1:3 which means the majority of people are dependent on livestock. We are planning to focus on income generation program through an NGO called Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti.

I have also formed Bikiran foundation to guide people about the policies made for them and also to address the problems of people from lower income group.


MYgrateU is a medium for sharing the experiences of the students who have been part of IIMU’s ‘Summer School for Future Leaders in Development’ program. Under the program, students from various foreign and Indian universities and early career development professionals come to IIM Udaipur for a six-week course organized by the Center for Development Policy and Management, IIM Udaipur and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, USA.