Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar Mahapatra

Placed at:   Giridh, Jharkhand

Education: BE in Computer Science Engineering, KIT’s College of Engineering,Kolhapur

Prior work experience:

  • Worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions for 2.5 years as ERP developer and with IMS for 6 months as Math faculty.

One key work during fellowship

  • Number of women self help groups and farmer’s club had been formed under different schemes and had also received skill based training. But,they were not able to use their skill to earn livelihood for himself/ herself due to absence of conducive forward and backward linkages.

What was done:

  • Seeing the opportunity we tried to create an ecosystem for cooperation among different stakeholders. We successfully partnered Indian Council of Agriculture Research.An MOU has been signed between ICAR (ECR) and group of farmers with the objective of organizing large scale seed production. A structure same as seed unit has been created in Mushroom cultivation and Agarbatti production.


  • In this process many small and marginal growers have been engaged in the certified seed production. This is being carried out on 76 acre of land in Giridih.Around 50 women have taken up mushroom cultivation as their main livelihood source.Group of 120 ladies are able to produce and sell agarbatti.Seed producers and mushroom growers have moved ahead to register their own producer company.