Riya Anie Cherian


Placed at:   Dhimaji, Assam

Education: B. Tech from College of Engineering, Chengannur (CUSAT)

Prior work experience:

  •  Cognizant Technology Solutions (Software Testing for American Express)

One key work during fellowship

  • District is severely flood prone and as such development is uneven across the 5 development blocks. Nascency of Panchayati raj institutions and lack of community ownership in the development of their own villages.

What was done:

  • A village from every development block is being transformed into a model village with focus on 5 key areas – education, health, sanitation, electrification and physical connectivity.
  • Created a platform for interaction of the village residents with district administration and departments for grievance raising and redressal.
  • Community Mobilization through PRI members and cutting edge staff.
  • Formation of model village sub-committees at every revenue village for exhaustive PRA.
  • Creation of VDP and mapping of departmental schemes with items in VDP.


  • Every development block has been covered.
  • Community ownership for the scheme with increased participation from women due to formation of village level sub-committees.
  • No external funds have been drawn. The existing schemes of central and state government have been channelized and convergence has been achieved at several stages for implementation of VDP.