~ Hon’ble Governor Shri. Thawar Chand Gehlot along with Smt. Vandita Sharma, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka felicitated the Fellows at Raj Bhavan
~ The IAF program, launched in Karnataka in July 2021, has been a pioneering new model for Public-Private Partnerships. 10 senior corporate executives have supported senior bureaucrats in State departments to address critical developmental challenges of the State
Dec 12, Bangalore: Karnataka has been a pioneer in building robust public-private collaborations to augment capacity and deliver effective governance. In July 2021, the Government of Karnataka had welcomed 10 C-Suite executives from the private sector to work alongside high-ranking bureaucrats through the Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF), a first of its kind program by The/Nudge Institute. The inaugural cohort today completed their 18 month term with the government, with highly successful outcomes, and were felicitated by the Hon’ble governor Thawar Chand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan.
The valedictory ceremony was also attended by the Guest of Honour, Chief Secretary, Smt Vandita Sharma, bureaucrats and officials of various state departments and the leadership team of The/Nudge Institute. The Fellows, each with stellar careers of 20+ years, have worked on key departmental priorities and projects infusing into the work, ideas, innovation, efficiency and technology. Their contributions have resulted in creation of technology frameworks in Women & Child Development, Go to market strategies and brand creation for FPO produce and Agritech innovations for farmer beneficiaries among others. The program has been anchored by the Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics, Dr. Shalini Rajneesh.
The Honourable Governor in his speech reflected on the contribution of the Fellows and said, “Through this engagement, the departments were able to gain a fresh perspective on the design and delivery of programs, adopt innovative practices, and introduce technological innovations that were previously unexplored”
The Chief Secretary, Smt. Vandita Sharma urged the graduating Fellows and The/Nudge Institute to continue making a difference to society and said, “ When the government gets the support of other organisations, corporates and citizens, it is my belief that Karnataka can also set a high standard for human dignity and ensure equal opportunities for all and draw focus beyond its reputation as an economic driver for the country”
The CEO of The/Nudge Institute, Atul Satija while speaking of the pivotal role played by government in driving development said, “At The/Nudge Institute, we believe that it is within our collective means to ensure that every Indian lives a life with dignity out of poverty. Collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society is at the core of our approach to creating livelihood opportunities at scale. The success of the inaugural cohort of Indian Administrative Fellowship made possible by the Government of Karnataka, our corporate partners and the Fellows, inspires us to grow this model to its full potential”.
About Indian Administrative Fellowship
The Indian Administrative Fellowship is an initiative of The/Nudge to augment the capacity of government institutions with senior executives from the Corporate sector (Fellows). Each Fellow brings strategic acumen, entrepreneurial drive as well as execution capability to steer large-scale multi-stakeholder programs/initiatives. Fellows are assigned to work with heads of State Departments for an 18-month period, on initiatives at the intersection of technology and livelihoods.
For more information on the Indian Administrative Fellowship, please visit
About The/Nudge Institute
The/Nudge is an action institute working towards a poverty-free India, within our lifetime. We partner with governments, markets and civil society to build resilient livelihoods for all, through our Centre for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (CSDE), Centre for Rural Development (CRD) and Centre for Social Innovation (CSI).
For more details, visit http://www.thenudge.org