MA International Development Management (2004-2005)
What do you do for a living now?
I am a development professional with around 15 years of experience of working on issues related with livelihoods enhancement, disaster risk reduction and climate change. I have the experience of working with the most marginalized and the vulnerable community in different parts of South Asia and South East Asia. Some of my memorable work experiences have been working with the primitive tribes in India, working in post earthquake rehabilitation program in Gujarat in India in the year 2001, working with the community impacted by the Indian Ocean Tsunami and working with the community impacted by a severe cyclone (Aila) in Bangladesh. My work mainly focuses on enhancing the resilience of the community in a very integrated manner where we keep community at the centre of the empowerment process.
I have always believed that the life of a development professional is a very unique kind of a journey wherein where in learning and broadening your perspective and horizon plays a very crucial role. After every 6-7 years of my professional career I have gone back to the school to learn I am pursuing masters in Humanitarian Action as NOHA Erasmus Fellow.
Do you think your time at the University of Bradford (UoB) helped you to pursue this? If yes, how?
Studying at the University of Bradford was one of the landmarks in my career. I started to join UoB after doing lots of research on higher studies and I opted for UoB. There are several reasons attached to my decision. The first and foremost being that this program was what I exactly wanted to pursue. The University has a group of much diversified faculty who have different expertise on different issues. Apart from this, Bradford city is itself a melting pot for several culture and students coming from a different background will not have to experience culture shock.
I also feel that the UoB has some scholarship opportunities also which can help the poor and the needy.
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Immediately after graduating I started doing the work that I am best at doing, working with the community. I joined post Tsunami rehabilitation program in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. I was heading a multi-dimensional program focusing on rehabilitation of the Tsunami affected community.
Where do you live now?
I am currently pursuing Masters in Joint International Humanitarian Action as a Erasmus Mundus fellow. Currently I live in Groningen, Netherlands and studying at the University of Groningen
Where did you live when you were a student?
While I was a student I used to live very near to the University in one of the private accommodations.
Did you enjoy your time at the University of Bradford?
The stay and the study at the University of Bradford was the first opportunity for me to study with students who were from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the world. This helped me get a global perspective on various issues through the discussion during the class room session. The University promoted cross cultural fertilization and there were several events in the University round the year where students from different backgrounds interacted informally.
Are you still friends with anybody you met at UoB?
Through various social interactive websites I am in touch with many of our colleagues across the world. We share information on the developments happening in the sector
Would you send your children to UoB?
My children will have the liberty to decide wherever they would want to study but I would certainly recommend and orient them about studying at the UoB
Describe the University of Bradford in 3 words?
Diversity, Quality Education and Affordable