Bhawana Upadhyay

28 Chhattisgarh_Gariyaband_Bhawana Upadhyay

Placed at:  Gariyaband, Chhattisgarh

Education: B.Tech in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, IIT Madras;                           Young India Fellow 2013.

Prior work experience:

  • 2013-2014 Consultant at Rural Innovations and Farming Wing at Ashoka-     Innovators for the Public, Bangalore, India
  •  2012-13 Research at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, India
  • 2011-12 Teaching volunteer at Make a Difference
  •  2008, 2009 Industrial internships: Quality Management & Assurance, Bengaluru, Volvo India; Corrosion & Inspection, Dahej, Reliance India.

Key work during fellowship


  • Gram Panchayat Kulhadighat has been chosen under SAGY which is a PVTG (Kamar) dominated village, difficult terrain, naxal affected, located in the buffer zone of Udanti Tiger Reserve, poorly connected with the mainland

What was done:

  • An all inclusive Village Development Plan was made for each of the 8 villages in the Gram Panchayat. Planning, execution and supervision of the Village Development Plan


  • 26% of the proposed works have been completed with 70% of the works in progress.
  • There is a tremendous change people’s behaviour with respect to acceptance for modern medicine, education, governance and livelihood activities.