Nilanjana Moitra

Nilanjana Moitra

Placed at:   East Singhbhum, Jharkhand

Education: Bachelor of Social Work,Visva-Bharat, Santiniketan

Prior work experience:

  • Worked with Udyogini, a national level non-governmental organization promoting rural women’s livelihood and entrepreneurship. Major rols were Knowledge Management including planning and designing course curriculum, addressing gender inequalities and social exclusion through handholding Enterprise Establishment (One-Stop Rural Kiosks) through financial inclusion, Enterprise Management Trainings, Business Plan Development and connecting them with social investors for new lending operations. Part of a two-member team to conceive and design an E-curriculum on Enterprise Management which was sponsored by Intel Foundation under Intel-Udyogini School of Entrepreneurship.

One key work during fellowship

  • Great innovations and initiatives that succeed in the pilot phase tends to fail in the longer run or cannot be replicated in other districts or across the country. Promoting the innovation culture of any society is integral to its sustainable development. The background to innovation promotion in the country is the announcement by the 12th President of India to declare 2010-2020 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’, realizing that innovation is the engine for growth of prosperity and national competitiveness in the 21st century. As part of its efforts to create a cross‐cutting system to boost innovation performance in the country , The National Innovation Council (NInC) was established which has recommended State Governments to set up State Innovation Councils to suggest policy interventions for spurring innovations in respective states. As per the suggestions of the National Innovation Council, Jharkhand established its State Innovation Council in 2011, vide notification no. 1563, Dated: 05.11.2011 but his largely remained a defunct society. The fund and opportunity lying with this institution needed to be utilized.

What was done:

  • Upon the initiatives of the Chief Secretary of the State, the 1st State Innovation Consultation was organized at Ranchi by the state government departments on 22nd and 23rd December, 2013 in collaboration with Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS, under the aegis of Administrative Staff College of India on recommendations of 13th Finance Commission). The outcome of the consultation was a clear-cut need for establishing a Planning, Monitoring Unit (IPMU) for innovations in Jharkhand. This was followed by several rounds of meetings and discussions at various levels of the government and drafting of the proposal. After a year long struggle to sanction the IPMU, a rigorous recruitment process, the cell was established at the Administrative Training Institute of the State.


  • The first ever completely online exam for recruitment of contractual workers was held by Government of Jharkhand in collaboration with CIPS.
    Six months down the line, the IPMU has been able to (links attached):
    i.replicate the Tripura model of Tele-Medicine in selected 5 districts of Jharkhand for Eye-Care in collaboration with the reputed institute, Aravind Eye Care, Karnataka and Common Service Centres (Pragya Kendras) of Jharkhand. (
    ii. Hosted the first android app development workshop in Jharkhand ( which has been followed up every month since then and has contributed significantly to the app activism environment for social change.