Kumar Shubhashish

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Placed at:   Mayurbhanj, Odisha

Education: B.Sc. (Botany) from Utkal University, M.Sc. (Botany) and Ph.D. Botany (Ecotoxicology) from Banaras Hindu University

Prior work experience:

  • Dr. Kumar Shubhashish has been an education practitioner for six years. He has taught and conducted research at the Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu university. He has attended 25 international and national conferences, besides writing 13 research papers for various journals. He has also written articles on environmental issues in various newspapers

One key work during fellowship

  • Retention rate is 68.38% which is 3rd lowest of the state. 2202 nos. of Out of School Children as per District Information System for Education (DISE)-2012-13.

What was done:

  • Stakeholder consultation and Awareness generation
    House to house survey of the targeted children
    Raid & rescue of child labourers working in hotels, garage and other hazardous sectors . Counselling with parents and the SMC members
    Develop strategies for admission of identified children in formal schools
    Admission of out of school children in age appropriate classes through opening of Residential Special Training (RST) centres.


  • The district was declared free from Out of School children‛ on 13th October, 2014 by the Commissioner cum Secretary, S&ME Deptt. Govt. of Odisha. Mayurbhanj got State Award for this work.