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Dr. Basavaraju R Shreshta

Executive Director

Dr. Basavaraju R Shreshta, a Public Policy and Development Professional having diversified experience in Research and Evaluation, Teaching & Training, Strategic Consultation, Public Policy Development, Project Design & Implementation. He has an experience of working both at the grassroots and policy level, and with all the four sectors in Development i.e Community (citizenry), Government, Corporate, Civil Society Organizations. His primary Research Interest and Expertise: Learning (Education), Skill Development and Livelihood; Rural & Social Business, Employment of Persons with Disability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance and Youth Development. He is involved in various policy making and advisory committees formed by the Government and Corporate Organizations in India.

 

Dr Basavaraju played a key role in establishing Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) as a credible public policy research institute. GRAAM which was just an idea and initiated as an experiment, thrived under his leadership to become a national level organization having footprint in over 14 states. In the last 10 years, GRAAM handled over 70 research / consulting projects. Developed partnership with 10 international universities and institutions, and over 60 Indian Government, NGOs, Academic and Corporate organizations. He played a vital role in conceptualizing and implementing several academic and capacity development courses including Public Policy and Program Evaluation (3PE) Workshop implemented in collaboration with Cornell University.

 

Memberships in Policy adisory Committees / organization:

  • Member – South India Region Education, Skill and Employment Committee constituted by Confederation of Indian Industries for FOUR terms i.e. 2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20 & 2018-19
  • Advisor - Emerging Technologies Centre (ETC), Indian School of Business and Intel Initiative
  • Member – National Education Policy Vocational Education Sub Group – Karnataka
  • Member – Working Group for Framing Syllabus for Rural Development Course, Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, Govt of Karnataka
  • Member – Curricula Review Committee – Job Readiness Training and Soft Skill Training for it is, Government of Karnataka   
  • Member – South India Region Water Task Force constituted by Confederation of Indian Industries (2017)
  • Member – Karnataka Vision 2025 Sector Specialist Group and Authoring Skill Development and Employment Vision Document for the state (2017)
  • Member – Core Team of Consultants to develop Skill Development Policy for Government of Karnataka and principle author of the policy draft (2017)
  • Member – State Level Committee for revision of Child Labour Action Plan (2016)
  • Fellow – Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University, USA (2014-15)
  • Member – Advisory Committee for Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Mission, Government of Karnataka (2012)
  • Member – Drafting Committee of Karnataka Sanitation Facilities Guarantee Act (2014-15), Department of Rural Development and Panchayath Raj, Government of Karnataka   
  • Member - Advisory Committee to draft Land Purchase Policy for Housing Schemes in Karnataka, Department of Housing, Govt of Karnataka (2014-15) 
  • Convener – Advisory Committee for drafting revised action plan for the elimination of Child Labour in Karnataka, Government of Karnataka (2010-2011)
  • Member – National Institute of Personnel Managers, Mysore Chapter

 

Dr. Basavaraju is currently serving as the Executive Director of GRAAM.  He was also a visiting fellow of Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute, USA.   Earlier he served as a Deputy Director of State Resource Centre on Child Labour, Department of Labour, Government of Karnataka. He developed the State Action Plan for the elimination of child labour. State Resource Centre was established to be a nodal agency to facilitate child labour elimination activities in collaboration with the International Labour Organization. He was Editor-in-Chief of bi-monthly newsletter on Child Labour ‘Balavani’, established Web Based Child Labour Tracking System and online Child Labour Complaint Registering Mechanism in the state.

 

As Head-Projects at V-LEAD (Unit of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement) he played a key role in extending activities of the organization to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states in India. He led over 10 projects within the span of two years. His contributions were predominant in establishing V-LEAD as a credible training institute from inception. Over 25 training courses developed and implemented under his leadership.  

 

Basavaraju has done his Ph.D in Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Mysore  on Rural Livelihood Policies and Program. He is a post graduate in Business Administration and done a PG Diploma in Human Resource Management. His Bachelor’s Degree (Undergrad) was in Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science. His primary areas of interest are Education, Skill Development and Livelihood, Social Business, Public Health and Corporate Social Responsibility Consulting.  

Project Handled

# Name of the Project Assignment Partner Thematic Area Project Type Assignment Period
1 Adolescent Wellbeing- a Preliminary Study in Karnataka’s Government Schools PAGE Industries Limited Public Health Development Research Oct 2019

Mar 2020
2 Social Business Initiatives for Rural Women in Mysuru District Wurth Electronics Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Nov 2019

Mar 2023
3 Evaluation of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) in Karnataka Karnataka Evaluation Authority (KEA) Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Jan 2019

Mar 2020
4 A study on School Development and Monitoring Committee PAGE Industries Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Dec 2019

Jan 2020
5 Understanding the Presence of SDMC and the Challenges that Schools Pose to the Effective Functioning of SDMC PAGE Industries Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Sep 2019

Dec 2019
6 Is School Mapping a Good Way to Bring in Stakeholders PAGE Industries Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Jan 2016

Apr 2021
7 Sugamya Shiksha PAGE Industries Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Jan 2016

Apr 2020
8 Karnataka State Specific Action Plan (KSSAP) on water: Towards Water Security, Safety and Sustainability: 2050 Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management (ACIWRM) Governance and Democratization Policy Engagement Dec 2018

Dec 2019
9 Community Need Assessment for CSR Intervention of Asian Paints Limited Asian Paints Limited. Governance and Democratization Community Consultation Dec 2019

Feb 2020
10 Formative Evaluation of the Programs Supported by ABFRL across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) and Partner organizations Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Apr 2018

Sep 2018
11 Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Skill Development Program for Less Privileged Youth under Titan’s Corporate Social Responsibility Titan Comany Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Aug 2018

Mar 2019
12 Research & Strategic Consultation for the Establishment of NR Foundation’s PwD Skill and Employment Facilitation Centre NR Foundation Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Strategic Consultation Aug 2018

Dec 2018
13 Feasibility Study for the Implementation of Education CSR intervention at Selected Govt. Schools of Hassan Himatsingka Foundation Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Nov 2018

Jan 2019
14 School Toilet Requirement - Need Assessment Study Toyota Public Health Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Oct 2018

Dec 2018
15 Vision Document: Karnataka 2025 Employment and Skill Development Department of Planning, Govt. of Karnataka KPMG Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Sep 2017

Sep 2018
16 Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for TITAN CSR Projects Titan Comany Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Sep 2016

May 2017
17 Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) Baseline Survey: Karnataka Assembly Election, 2018 Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru Governance and Democratization Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Jan 2018

Apr 2018
18 Health Enrich NABFINS,SVYM,Rotary Club South (Mysuru),Wurth Electronics Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Apr 2016

Sep 2017
19 Policy for Procurement of Land for Residential Sites in Karnataka Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Governance and Democratization Policy Engagement May 2015

Oct 2016
20 A study to measure the Impact of Participation in Self-help Groups on Livelihood, Economic Empowerment and Community Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation May 2015

Jun 2016
21 Process Evaluation of Prema Vidya SVYM Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Feb 2015

Mar 2016
22 Case Study: Employment Practices for Persons with Disabilities at WIPRO and CISCO Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation May 2015

Feb 2016
23 Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Government of Karnataka Governance and Democratization Community Consultation Mar 2015

May 2015
24 Project Samvarthana: A Convergent Approach to Child Survival & Development UNICEF Public Health Strategic Consultation Nov 2015

Oct 2016
25 Field study in Semi Urban and Rural Areas of Mysuru District to Understand the Needs, Motivations and Aspiration of Adults in Low Income Communities Sattva Media and Consultating Pvt Ltd Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Dec 2015

Mar 2016
26 Orientation and Felicitation of Tribal Gram Panchayat Members GRAAM Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Community Consultation May 2015

Jun 2015
27 Building Human and Social Capital at the core of CSR Strategy for PAGE Industries (Jockey) PAGE Industries Limited Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Community Consultation Jun 2015

Dec 2015
28 A Project to study Suitability of Prema Vidya Audio-Visual material for Teaching of Science, Math and Social Science at the secondary level in Yadgir District of Karnataka SVYM Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Jun 2014

Dec 2014
29 Strengthening Community Monitoring for Reduction of PDS Leakages Government of Karnataka Governance and Democratization Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Jan 2014

Jan 2015
30 Do People with Disability need a job in MGNREGA? Cornell University, ILR School Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Jan 2014

Jan 2015
31 Impact Evaluation of CMKKY and PMKVY in Selected Districts of Karnataka Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Nov 2020

Oct 2021
32 NISHTHA: Transforming Comprehensive Healthcare in India Jhpiego Public Health Community Consultation Dec 2020

Sep 2022
33 COVI Reach Aris Global Software Pvt ltd Governance and Democratization Development Research May 2021

Aug 2021
34 Sugamya Shiksha Aris Global Software Pvt ltd Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Mar 2021

Sep 2023
35 Impact Evaluation of MyQuest Programme in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat QUEST Alliance Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Sep 2021

Jan 2022
36 SVEEP Museum & Capacity Building Center Office of the chief Electoral officer, Karnataka Governance and Democratization Strategic Consultation Jun 2021

Aug 2021
37 Developing a Roadmap of Social Enterprise Ecosystem as a Precursor for a viable Social Stock Exchange in India NABARD Governance and Democratization Strategic Consultation Jun 2019

Jun 2020
38 Development of State of the 21st Century Skills Sector Report UNICEF Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Oct 2021

Feb 2022
39 A Study to Understand the Activities Engaged by Rural Government School Children at home due to COVID lockdown GRAAM Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Jul 2021

Aug 2021
40 Navigating through the Dynamics of Indigenous Communities' Acquisition and Safe-Guarding of Forest Rights Soliga Abhivruddi Sangaha, Hanur Indigenous Community Development Development Research Feb 2020

Jun 2020
41 Preparation of district human development reports - Kodagu and Kolar Human Development Division, Department of Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Jul 2013

Jun 2014
42 Youth for Governance Fellowship – Mysuru PRIA,Hanns Seidel Foundation Governance and Democratization Academic Programs Feb 2022

Dec 2022
43 Skill Gap Study in selected districts of Karnataka Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) Learning, Skill Development and Livelihood Development Research Nov 2020

Mar 2022
44 A Study of Tribal Livelihood, Karnataka National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Indigenous Community Development Development Research Mar 2022

Jun 2022
45 Assessment of the Implementation of Ayushmaan Bharat Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWC) in India National Health System Resource Centre (NHSRC) Public Health Social Impact Assessment & Evaluation Oct 2020

Jun 2021
46 Community Need Assessment Stelis Biopharma Limited Public Health Strategic Consultation May 2022

Jul 2022


Professional and Academic Pulications and Presentations

·      Karnataka Vision Document - 2025 for Skill Development an Employment Sector for Government of Karnataka  

·      Policy on Skill Development, Livelihood and Entrepreneurship to Government of Karnataka: 2017-2030

·      Strategy Focus Document for Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Mission, Govt of Karnataka

·      Agency Empanelment Manual and Output Grading Manual for Karnataka Evaluation Authority, Govt of Karnataka

·      Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Chapter (As part of Social infrastructure and human development in Karnataka) for Economic Survey of Karnataka 2022-23 

·      Concept Plan for No School Bag Day for Karnataka Education Department  

·      It’s dignity, not just a welfare measure which is needed for PWD. Academia Letters, Article 606. https://doi.org/10.20935/AL606.

·      Development process sans catalyst, a newspaper article, 2020/5/10 (https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/in-perspective/development-process-sans-catalyst-836029.html)

·      Invited Speaker in the CII Regional Summit on Quality & Sustainable Education. Presentation on Components of Education System and its management held on 18th July 2019 at Chennai, India

·      Awareness level of beneficiaries with respect to the concepts and services of Sanjeevini – A study of Mysuru District. International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology, 5(3) www.IJARIIT.com.

·      EFFECT OF SANJEEVINI IN LIVELIHOOD DIVERSIFICATION AMONG THE MEMBERS OF SELF-HELP GROUPS‾A STUDY IN MYSORE DISTRICT OF KARNATAKA, PARIPEX‾INDIAN JOURNAL OF RESEARCH : Volume-8 | Issue-5 | May-2019

·      Technical Speaker – CSR Symposium Organized by SDMIMD in collaboration with EFMD & Third Sector Research Resource Centre, University of Mysore (http://sdmimd.ac.in/csrsymposium2019/)

·      Invited Speaker in the Skill Development and Employability Workshop organized by Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Government of Karnataka on  16th January, 2018

·      Invited Speaker in the CII - SR Regional Summit on Skills, Education and Entrepreneurship ‘Forging Partnerships – Way forward strategy and solutions’ held on 02 August 2018  at Chennai, India

·      Guest Speaker for the Management Development Programme for National Health Mission, Odisha personnel on Public Health Communication , advocacy and report writing organized by Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad on May 28th, 2018

·      Paper Presentation - ‘Business model of Health enrich- A Rural Social Business Initiative by GRAAM’ on 9th March 2018 at the Garden City University, Bengaluru in the international conference TRANSITION 2018 on Forgotten Ethnic Foods of India

·      Presented a paper on Developing Public Policy for People’s Wellbeing from the grassroots perspective at the XL Indian Social Science Congress held at University of Mysore from 19th to 23rd December 2016

·      Presented a (co-authored) paper on the influence of formative assessment on identifying local health needs of reproductive and child health at the XL Indian Social Science Congress held at University of Mysore from 19th to 23rd December 2016  

·      Presented paper on ‘Self-help Group Model for Eliminating Poverty, Promoting Community Inclusion, and Building Capabilities for Persons with Disabilities in Rural India, in Human Development and Capability Association Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, September 4, 2014  

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