CLASS OF 2021-22
I am so humbled when I look back at the progress that STEP has made in the last year. Since its inception in November 2020, STEP has worked with 15 plus schools in three different states, impacting more than 1500 students. This wouldn’t have been possible without any of your support and encouragement, and for that, I will always be grateful to every one of you. With the onset of the second wave of corona in 2021, we were unable to carry out most of our physical work with the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government. Amid this confusion and helplessness, I along with my mentor Amit Kumar came up with the idea of an online Fellowship that would train underserved girls with 21st-century work skills. This gave birth to the STEP Fellowship, a six months long merit-and-means employability program. After two months of fundraising, the first batch kicked off their session in September 2021. After six months of intense training and mentorship from the best of faculty from all over the world, they are finally graduating! It feels so surreal to finally see an idea germinate into something so tangible and I still have to pinch myself to see if this is happening. Congratulations Class of 2022! You make me so proud and happy! You are STEP’s ambassadors and you always will be. Go set the world on fire! I would like to thank all our donors and sponsors, without whom the STEP Fellowship would only have remained an idea. Thank you for believing in me and the vision that we had, and so generously contributing towards its success. I would also like to thank all our faculty and mentors who so willingly went out of their call of duty to teach our Fellows and make them who they are today. We will always be indebted to you. And thank you to all our supporters and well-wishers who kept cheering for us, both in our highs and lows. Never stop cheering for us
Henry is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Experimental Nanoelectronics and Spintronics at the Quanta, Device Group at Angstron Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Upsala University, Sweden.
Daiyairi is currently a Content Development Assiociate at Collab Lab, developing modules for improving Reading Fluency in hildren. She has a undergraduate degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College
Khuimi is currently pursuing her Masters’s in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. She completed her Bachelors in Mathematics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.
Mudra is a Public Speaking Coach and a Communication Consultant. He has a B. Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is a Young India Fellow and a Naropa Fellow.
Veda is a visiting faculty member at IIM-Bangalore, IIM- Indore, IIMKashipur, SPJIMR Mumbai and various other top B-Schools. Veda is a graduate from INSEAD Singapore’s CMO Academy and a member of India’s CMO Advisory Board.
Sandeep went to Christ University Bangalore where he studied Literature, Psychology, and Sociology. After his graduation, he served as the Managing Editor of Higher Secondary Review for 4 years.
Anoop is a seasoned banker and a published author. He is currently part of CITI Bank NA- Corporate & Investment Banking team where he handles key conglomerates relationships as an Assistant Vice President. He has done his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Jalandhar and is an MBA Gold Medalist.
Tanusha works as a Senior Analyst at MIQ Bangalore, a top advertising firm based out of London. She has been working with data across different verticals for about 4 years now since she graduated from Manipal with a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
Anuja is a visual artist and educator based in Ladakh. She is currently the Head of Academics at the Naropa Fellowship and manages the Naropa Centre for Writing and Communication. She holds a BA (H) in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi and an MA in Visual Art from Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Yashika is a Mental Health Practioner, who divides her time between Delhi and Kerela. She is currently a Psychoanalytic Fellow at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She holds an Msc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from Anna Freud Centre, University College London.
Jessica is a Freelance Editor currently based in Gurugram, Haryana. She holds a Master’s degree in Politics (IR) from JNU and a Bachelor’s degree (H) in English from St. Stephen’s College. She is currently learning Mandarin as a fourth language. She co-founded Ptenopus, a digital literacy Magazine centered on art.
Pritha is a Freelance writer and independent researcher currently based in West Bengal. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English from Presidency University and a second Master’s degree in Politics (IR) from JNU. She briefly worked with India Writes and co-founded Ptenopus, a digital literacy magazine centered on art.
Vishnupriya is an artist, researcher, and educator. She is a Levitt Scholar from the University of Oxford and is the only South Asian Fellow, to represent the British Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennale. She is the youngest Assistant Professor at Anant National University and has previously taught as Visiting Faculty at Ashoka University.
Priyanka has been in the Development Sector for the past decade and is currently challenging the issue of human trafficking in India. She is currently working as a Senior Associate in Branding and Communications Department.
Deepti is an Economics graduate from Delhi University, and a Young India Fellow’19 from Ashoka University, Sonepat. She works in the domain of marketing and business development in a pharmaceutical exporting company. A staunch advocate of health and fitness, she is also a certified Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach.
Rashi is a Teaching Fellow at the Literature department of Ashoka University. She completed her Master’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Literature from Ashoka University and her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Ramjas College, University of Delhi
- English Writing
- Basic Mathematics
- Conversational Hindi
- Critical Thinking & Language Learning Through Storytelling
- Understanding the Structure of Narratives
- Introduction to MS Excel and PowerPoint
- Introduction to Personal Finance & Banking Basics
- Harrapa Education Courses
- Setting the Stage: Resumes, Cover Letters, State of Purpose
- What Makes You, You?: A Psychological Exploration
- ‘Write!’: ‘Writing’ Conceptually and Practically
- How to Think Creatively
Payaswini is a Weidenfeld Hoffman Scholar with an MPhil and Masters Degree from the University of Oxford. She had previously done her undergraduate in Political science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.
Michelle has a Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from University College, Dublin, Ireland. She is currently a Project Manager with Inclusio, A tech company promoting data-driven company culture and transforming workspaces.
Jane is working as the Assistant Public Prosecutor under the Government of Nagaland. She has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Delhi University and completed her Law defree, LLB & LLM from CLC Law Faculyt, Delhi University.
Onaiza is an Anthropologist, semiotician, and writer. She completed her MA in Social Anthropology from Oxford University. She also worked as a Consultant for UNICEF for three years.
Yamichon Shimrah is the head of operations and data management for a global cyber security programme at SWIFT. Before that, she had a diverse career working as a lead security specialist, business continuity manager, change manager and engineer in India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
She is passionate about sustainability, environmental conservation, empowerment of women and vulnerable communities. Yami is a facilitator of the #lamRemarkable Google initiative focused on empowering women and minorities to self-promote in the work place.
She has an MSc in e-Business Management from the University of Lille and a Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Calicut.
Zeinorin is the founder of Hill Wild Pvt. Limited. She is also the recipient of IFAD-UN Youth Champion 2020 and Kofi Annan Changemaker 2021. She is a strong believer in food uniting people and that such unity gives hope to amplify their produce ethically to eradicate poverty.