Social Innovation Immersion Programme Fellowships (SIIP)

Name:
Mr. Sumit Sharma
Email Id:
sumit [at] thsti [dot] res [dot] in
Designation:
SIIP Fellowship
Contact No:
0129-2876347
A wannabe entrepreneur and innovator, Sumit Kumar Sharma pursued his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Agartala in 2014. Having an expertise in building and breaking things, Sumit has a keen interest in Robotics, Automobiles and Aerodynamics and their application for the benefit of the society. His past projects include: A single seater ATV, a technical plan on wireless knowledge transfer in rural areas to increase literacy (which was nominated for Gandhi Innovation Awards), an energy-efficient mosquito repellent diffusor for rural areas, a study of simulated and experimental combustion of diesel-CNG mixture to improve engine performance and emission and a research paper on study of simulated combustion of a mixture of n-heptane and air in CI engines.
In an attempt to ‘Build India through Entrepreneurship’, Sumit has also been a part of Jagriti Yatra – 2013. After his bachelors, he worked as an Alliance for Radical improvement in School Education (ARISE) fellowship with Government of Haryana – School Education Department. He was closely involved with the Finance Commissioner – School Education and State Project Directorate to help in policy making, planning and managing various initiatives to help improve the quality of education in Haryana Government Schools.
He has recently joined the SPARSH-SIIP Fellowship at THSTI. Through the Fellowship, he aims at providing positive interventions in the field of Maternal and Child Healthcare and aspires to create novel and cost effective solutions which can penetrate the society with limited resources and help to minimize the mortality rates.

Name:
Ms. Aparna Rani Vashist
Email Id:
aparna [at] thsti [dot] res [dot] in
Designation:
SIIP Fellowship
Contact No:
0129-2876347
Aparna is a paramedical professional trained from St. Stephens Hospital, Delhi. After completing B. Sc. (Zoology) and Diploma in Medical Laboratory Techniques (DMLT) she worked under HIV project and NRHM project as a Laboratory Technician posted in maternity health facilities for six years. She managed and executed lab services for antenatal care patients from primary health unit to the tertiary care level. She participated in approximately fourteen health camps and volunteered as a summer teacher for shelter kids via AIESEC. She was actively involved for in womens empowerment by motivating women for education, skill development, and health hygiene standards.
With a keen interest in social entrepreneurship Aparna recently attended the Jagriti Yatra as an opportunity to explore the field. Her academic background and professional experience have equipped her with a good understanding and exposure of maternal health care system and social projects functioning at the grass- root level.
In SIIP-SPARSH Fellowship, she aspires to innovate a system or technique which strengthens and raise the quality of maternal health care system in India. Her initial interest areas are _developing an easily accessible and user friendly diagnostic tool kit for maternal care in remote areas _ and finding possibilities for effective use of telemedicine in maternal health care.
Personally she likes to spend her free time with music, dancing, reading, outdoor games and hanging out with friends.

Name:
Ms. Lakshita
Email Id:
lakshita [at] thsti [dot] res [dot] in
Designation:
SIIP Fellowship
Contact No:
0129-2876347
Being a social worker, Lakshita believes that every citizen of India should have equal access to the available health care services at an affordable price to improve their quality of life. She has a Bachelors degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Institute for the Physically Handicapped, University of Delhi. Following this, she worked as a Prosthetist and Orthotist (P & O) in a multi- national company, Endolite India Limited, New Delhi. In this role, she designed Prostheses and Orthoses according to the individual’s need after proper counselling and need assessment process.
Lakshita developed an interest in social work while working in the private sector because patients from poor background could not afford the high technology P & O services provided by private companies. She followed her dreams and did her Masters in Social Work from one of the pioneer institutes, the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. She then worked as a Programme Officer at the Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM) where she was heading the Women and Children Department. She has also worked in the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh on issues like health and education. During her tenure, she came to know that there is negligence in providing nutritious food as well as good health care facilities to women during their whole life. Children are malnourished not only because of poverty but also because of lack of proper care during their early years of life.
Translational Health Science and Technology Institute has given her an opportunity to work on Maternal and Child Health issues and to find out the problems and unmet needs which is causing maternal and child deaths and degrading their health status. She is willing to design strategies in an innovative way which could improve maternal and child health as well as improve their health status. She aspires to work for the betterment of the society through proper health care system which should be available, accessible and affordable.