Kiran Kumar Gowd, MPhil student of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected for the Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Summer Fellowship 2016 in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Desk. From an application pool of more than 300, Kiran Kumar stood out as an exceptional candidate with the right skills and experiences to drive the ambitious agenda of AP Knowledge Mission.

Kiran is among the three fellows selected for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Desk and the activities they have to carry out include the following:

1. Strengthen the CSR Desk at the Higher Education Department to attract CSR funding towards higher education projects in the state
2. Formulate outreach and communication strategies for corporates and implement the same to understand their needs and funding patterns
3. Develop university-specific projects related to infrastructure upgradation, product development, capacity building of faculty/administrators and other fields as highlighted by corporates after due consultations
4. Initiate at least one university-specific project to be financed via the CSR Desk

Kiran will be associated for the 8 weeks fellowship from May 16, 2016 and will be based out of Hyderabad. He will have to travel extensively to other institutions. He is entitled to be paid a total honorarium ranging from Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 for performance for the entire fellowship period, as determined by the process formulated for the performance appraisal.

A monitoring committee comprising VCs and experts may be formed to provide orientation and midcourse correction to the fellows. They may also fine tune and customize the projects based on fellows’ strengths and provide regular feedback.