Indian Administrative Fellowship
A program leveraging strengths & capabilities of public-private partnership by
bringing together senior professionals & visionary civil servants to transform public systems.
Apply now
KA/21 cadre
As India continues on its growth trajectory to become a $5 trillion economy, it is imperative that synergistic alliances between the public and private sectors play a catalytic role in augmenting thought leadership essential to making this vision a reality.
The Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF) by The/Nudge Institute is a unique model that fosters public-private collaborations required to spur innovation and enhance the efficiency of strategic government programs. The intellectual caliber and passion of senior private sector professionals in conjunction with the vision and commitment of senior civil servants can be the impetus to achieve the kind of innovation, excellence & efficiency that New India needs.
This unique endeavor can unlock ideas and perspectives required to effect transformative change. NITI is committed to supporting The/Nudge in scaling its reach and impact into a nationwide priority.
Shri Amitabh Kant
Former CEO, NITI Aayog
The/Nudge Institute is relentlessly working towards the goal of a 'poverty-free India'. I congratulate them on undertaking this challenging mission, in tandem with the government, markets and civil society. There's no better time than now to dream of a more equitable and empowered nation, collaboratively charting out the path towards sustainable development. The Government of Karnataka is already associated with The/Nudge on the Indian Administrative Fellowship program as part of a larger collaborative effort to make this dream a reality.
Shri Basavaraj Bommai
Honorable Chief Minister, Karnataka
Indian Administrative Fellowship
A program leveraging strengths & capabilities of public-private partnership by
bringing together senior professionals & visionary civil servants to transform public systems.
Apply now
KA/21 cadre
As India continues on its growth trajectory to become a $5 trillion economy, it is imperative that synergistic alliances between the public and private sectors play a catalytic role in augmenting thought leadership essential to making this vision a reality.
The Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF) by The/Nudge Institute is a unique model that fosters public-private collaborations required to spur innovation and enhance the efficiency of strategic government programs. The intellectual caliber and passion of senior private sector professionals in conjunction with the vision and commitment of senior civil servants can be the impetus to achieve the kind of innovation, excellence & efficiency that New India needs.
This unique endeavor can unlock ideas and perspectives required to effect transformative change. NITI is committed to supporting The/Nudge in scaling its reach and impact into a nationwide priority.
Shri Amitabh Kant
Former CEO, NITI Aayog
Government of Punjab is proud to ally with The/Nudge Institute on the IAF Program. This program is pioneering a robust public-private partnership mechanism, to strengthen innovation and capacity-building within the government.

Cohort, once finalized, will be working closely with our State leadership, to create large-scale social transformation across the government's departments. With this partnership, we're confident that the IAF program will be a significant contributor in developing the right structural interventions for impacting millions of lives.
Shri Bhagwant Mann
Honorable Chief Minister, Punjab
The/Nudge Institute is relentlessly working towards the goal of a 'poverty-free India'. I congratulate them on undertaking this challenging mission, in tandem with the government, markets and civil society. There's no better time than now to dream of a more equitable and empowered nation, collaboratively charting out the path towards sustainable development. The Government of Karnataka is already associated with The/Nudge on the Indian Administrative Fellowship program as part of a larger collaborative effort to make this dream a reality.
Shri Basavaraj Bommai
Honorable Chief Minister, Karnataka
Indian Administrative Fellowship
A program leveraging strengths & capabilities of public-private partnership by
bringing together senior professionals & visionary civil servants to transform public systems.
KA/21 cadre
Apply now
As India continues on its growth trajectory to become a $5 trillion economy, it is imperative that synergistic alliances between the public and private sectors play a catalytic role in augmenting thought leadership essential to making this vision a reality.
The Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF) by The/Nudge Institute is a unique model that fosters public-private collaborations required to spur innovation and enhance the efficiency of strategic government programs. The intellectual caliber and passion of senior private sector professionals in conjunction with the vision and commitment of senior civil servants can be the impetus to achieve the kind of innovation, excellence & efficiency that New India needs.
This unique endeavor can unlock ideas and perspectives required to effect transformative change. NITI is committed to supporting The/Nudge in scaling its reach and impact into a nationwide priority.
Mr Amitabh Kant
Former CEO, NITI Aayog
The/Nudge Institute is relentlessly working towards the goal of a'poverty-free India'. I congratulate them on undertaking this challenging mission, in tandem with the government, markets and civil society. There's no better time than now to dream of a more equitable and empowered nation, collaboratively charting out the path towards sustainable development.” The Government of Karnataka is already associated with The/Nudge on the Indian Administrative Fellowship program as part of a larger collaborative effort to make this dream a reality.
Shri Basavaraj Bommai
Honorable Chief Minister, Karnataka
Indian Administrative Fellowship
A program for professionals in leadership positions to stimulate systems change by driving large scale government projects through power of the state administrative ecosystem.
KA/21 cadre
Apply now
As India continues on its growth trajectory to become a $5 trillion economy, it is imperative that synergistic alliances between the public and private sectors play a catalytic role in augmenting thought leadership essential to making this vision a reality.
The Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF) by The/Nudge Institute is a unique model that fosters public-private collaborations required to spur innovation and enhance the efficiency of strategic government programs. The intellectual caliber and passion of senior private sector professionals in conjunction with the vision and commitment of senior civil servants can be the impetus to achieve the kind of innovation, excellence & efficiency that New India needs.
This unique endeavor can unlock ideas and perspectives required to effect transformative change. NITI is committed to supporting The/Nudge in scaling its reach and impact into a nationwide priority.
Mr Amitabh Kant
Former CEO, NITI Aayog
Government of Puniab is proud to ally with The/Nudge Institute on the Indian Administrative Fellowship. This program is pioneering a robust public-private partnership mechanism, to strengthen innovation and capacity-building within the government.
Cohort, once finalized, will be working closely with our State leadership, to create large-scale social transformation across the government's departments. With this partnership, we're confident that the AF will be a significant contributor in developing the right structural interventions for impacting millions of lives.
Shri Bhagwant Mann
Honorable Chief Minister, Punjab
The/Nudge Institute is relentlessly working towards the goal of a'poverty-free India'. I congratulate them on undertaking this challenging mission, in tandem with the government, markets and civil society. There's no better time than now to dream of a more equitable and empowered nation, collaboratively charting out the path towards sustainable development.” The Government of Karnataka is already associated with The/Nudge on the Indian Administrative Fellowship program as part of a larger collaborative effort to make this dream a reality.
Shri Basavaraj Bommai
Honorable Chief Minister, Karnataka
Indian Administrative Fellowship
KA/21 cadre

A program for senior professionals in leadership positions to stimulate systems change by driving large scale government projects through power of the state administrative ecosystem.

About Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF)

Indian Administrative Fellowship (IAF) is an 18-month program for high achievers from the private sector to impact millions of lives by extending the reach and efficiency of large scale government programs under the guidance of visionary civil servants.

The program targets to provide a platform for senior professionals to partner with the administration for extensively strategizing and implementing current and envisaged programs for attaining sustained progress across state-level development indicators.

Our Theory of change

A program to augment capacity of highly motivated, visionary civil servants
with executive talent steering large-scale govt programs of strategic relevance.

Outcomes

fellow designates

Executive talent with proven leadership in technological innovation, problem-solving and large scale transformation

senior bureaucrats

Visionary Civil Servants in the state leadership

partners

India's leading academic institutions, tech organisations, civil servants, and industry leaders

synergized engagement

High-power steering committee


govt. strategic mandate

fellow designates

Accelerated adoption of innovation and systems change

fellow designates

Amplifying impact through focused & collaborative governance

fellow designates

Create avenues for top talent to solve developmental problems

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What we offer

Platform to Impact Millions of Lives

Bringing talented senior professionals and visionary civil servants to collaborate on high-impact government projects

Extensive Leadership Development

Access to training and mentorship by India’s leading public policy institutes & a host of subject matter experts, industry leaders & administrators

Transition to Dev Sector

Opportunity to move to the development sector by gaining context and experience

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Journey of the Fellow

Onboarding
at The/Nudge
Development Workshops at State ATIs
Department Induction
(Conception & Goal Setting)
Steering Committee Review & Project Charter Sign Off
Project Execution
Leadership
Bootcamps
Adapt
Quarterly Steering Committees
Project
Closure
Impact Showcase
Transition
phase I
phase II
phase III
Monitoring and Evaluation

Phase I: Immersion

Fellow’s onboarding | Context setting on administrative conduct, Program design &execution framework | Department specific orientation | Project planning

Phase II: Implementation & Review

Project execution with quarterly reviews with steering committee | On-ground visits for a multifaceted understanding of the problem & implementable solutions | Phase based development workshops & mentor sessions

Phase III: Transition

Consolidating project outcomes & learnings | Strongly integrating the program into the department | Impact showcase across channels | Transition

Fellow

Senior private sector professionals working on large scale govt programs of strategic relevance.

Civil servant

Senior Secretary-level officers ensuring program formulation and execution rigor and oversight

Steering committee

Administrative oversight, stakeholder access and alignment, and conflict resolution; headed by high power steering committee

Application Process

Applications Live for Punjab
Cohort
Apply now
Application Deadline
        30 Sept'22
sept- oct'22
Application Screening
& Final Selection

This process would span across multiple interactions with The/Nudge team, Civil servants & External partners.
Cohort Kickoff

The cohort will be onboarded through induction training programs.


dec'22

Advisory Panel

India's most eminent leaders to provide mentorship
Dr Krishnan leads a group focused on research and policy outreach in the broad area of regulatory and public economics, including concerns about investor protection and financial sector reforms, land policy and records, public finance and public administration, and law, economics, and justice. He Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1983 and has served in various field and secretariat positions in India. Trained in economics, finance, and law, Dr Krishnan has chaired or served as a member of several GoI committees. He has taught as a visiting professor at the ISB, at Ashoka University, etc. & he regularly lectures at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. He has published on a range of public policy issues in books, journals, and the mainstream media. Dr Krishnan holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from St Stephen’s College and an LL.B. degree from the University of Delhi, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Mysore, and a FPM/Ph.D. in Economics & Finance from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Dr K P Krishnan
Chair Professor, NCAER
Former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Jayamala Subramaniam has more than two decades of experience in strategy and execution in banking, education, agro-technology, ITES, and the nonprofit sector across countries. At Arghyam, she leads the scale imagination journey for large government and nonprofit programs to achieve water security in a sustainable manner. She has proven expertise in identifying and establishing transformational processes for scaling standalone start-ups and start-up environments.
Jayamala Subramaniam
CEO, Arghyam
Dr. S. S. Meenakshisundaram is a Post Graduate in Mathematics from Loyola College, Madras and holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Jamia Milia Islamia National University, New Delhi. During his career in the Karnataka cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) he had held a number of assignments including Deputy Commissioner of Tumkur and Bangalore districts, Director of Sericulture, Managing Director of Karnataka Milk Federation and Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom for one year. Besides several articles and papers on Governance, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, he has also published a book on "Decentralization in Developing Countries" during 1994. His second book on Empowerment of rural women was published in 2017. After working as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka and Joint Secretary to three Prime Ministers of India, he served as an Adviser in the Planning Commission and Secretary in the Ministries of Rural Development and Disinvestment Govt. of India. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board, Karnataka during 2007-08. Currently he is the Chairman of MYRADA, a voluntary organization in the field of building people's institutions for development and a Visiting Professor at Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Gandhigram Rural University and National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He is also the Chairman of the India Wash Forum and a member of the Karnataka State Policy and Planning Commission and the Academic Council for the Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, Gadag.
Dr. S. S. Meenakshisundaram
Chairman, MYRADA
Former Secretary to the Government of India Ministry of Rural Development and Disinvestment
Electronics engineer from IIT Kanpur, MBA from IIM Calcutta and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University USA, Dr Rajesh Tandon founded Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in 1982 as a global research and training centre in promoting participatory research & development and accountable governance. Globally recognised civil society leader, Dr Tandon co-founded CIVICUS, Citizens & Governance Programme (Commonwealth), International Forum for Capacity Building of Civil Society. Under his leadership, PRIA conducted first ever studies of the non-profit sector, governance and management of civil society and civil society state relations. He has authored more than 100 books and articles on these themes. Since 2012, Dr Tandon is UNESCO Co-Chair on Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and has served on UGC, UNDP, World Bank and other expert committees of the government. He currently serves as Chairperson of Forum for India’s Development Cooperation, a partnership platform with Ministry of External Affairs, GOI.
Dr Rajesh Tandon
Founder President, PRIA
Chairperson, Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER)

Saru Tumuluri
Head - Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Affairs, Navi Technologies
Former CEO, Khosla Labs
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Dr K P Krishnan

Honorary Research Professor, CPR

Former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Dr Krishnan leads a group focused on research and policy outreach in the broad area of regulatory and public economics, including concerns about investor protection and financial sector reforms, land policy and records, public finance and public administration, and law, economics, and justice. He Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1983 and has served in various field and secretariat positions in India. Trained in economics, finance, and law, Dr Krishnan has chaired or served as a member of several GoI committees. He has taught as a visiting professor at the ISB, at Ashoka University, etc. & he regularly lectures at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. He has published on a range of public policy issues in books, journals, and the mainstream media. Dr Krishnan holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from St Stephen’s College and an LL.B. degree from the University of Delhi, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Mysore, and a FPM/Ph.D. in Economics & Finance from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Dr K P Krishnan
Honorary Research Professor, CPR
Former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
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Dr Rajesh Tandon

Founder President, PRIA

Chairperson, Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER)

Electronics engineer from IIT Kanpur, MBA from IIM Calcutta and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University USA, Dr Rajesh Tandon founded Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in 1982 as a global research and training centre in promoting participatory research & development and accountable governance. Globally recognised civil society leader, Dr Tandon co-founded CIVICUS, Citizens & Governance Programme (Commonwealth), International Forum for Capacity Building of Civil Society. Under his leadership, PRIA conducted first ever studies of the non-profit sector, governance and management of civil society and civil society state relations. He has authored more than 100 books and articles on these themes. Since 2012, Dr Tandon is UNESCO Co-Chair on Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and has served on UGC, UNDP, World Bank and other expert committees of the government. He currently serves as Chairperson of Forum for India’s Development Cooperation, a partnership platform with Ministry of External Affairs, GOI.

Dr Rajesh Tandon
Founder President, PRIA
Chairperson, Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER)
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Dr. S. S. Meenakshisundaram

Chairman, MYRADA

Former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development and Disinvestment

Dr. S. S. Meenakshisundaram is a Post Graduate in Mathematics from Loyola College, Madras and holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Jamia Milia Islamia National University, New Delhi. During his career in the Karnataka cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) he had held a number of assignments including Deputy Commissioner of Tumkur and Bangalore districts, Director of Sericulture, Managing Director of Karnataka Milk Federation and Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom for one year. Besides several articles and papers on Governance, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, he has also published a book on "Decentralization in Developing Countries" during 1994. His second book on Empowerment of rural women was published in 2017. After working as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka and Joint Secretary to three Prime Ministers of India, he served as an Adviser in the Planning Commission and Secretary in the Ministries of Rural Development and Disinvestment Govt. of India. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board, Karnataka during 2007-08. Currently he is the Chairman of MYRADA, a voluntary organization in the field of building people's institutions for development and a Visiting Professor at Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Gandhigram Rural University and National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He is also the Chairman of the India Wash Forum and a member of the Karnataka State Policy and Planning Commission and the Academic Council for the Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, Gadag.

Dr. S. S. Meenakshisundaram
Chairman, MYRADA
Former Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development and Disinvestment
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Saru Tumuluri

Head - Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Affairs, Navi Technologies

Former CEO, Khosla Labs

Saru Tumuluri has over twenty years of experience in a wide range of leadership roles including P&L ownership, business development, product innovation, team building, strategic partnerships at a govt & global level, cross-functional team management. She currently heads Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Affairs at Navi Technologies. Prior to this, she served as the CEO of Khosla Labs. She founded Veri5Digital (Khosla Labs) which is a Digital Identity, KYC, and Digital Transformation SAAS platform. She is the Indian ambassador for “Women in Identity''. She is an alumna of Management Programme for Women Entrepreneurs by IIM Bangalore and a graduate from Gujarat University.

Saru Tumuluri
Head - Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Affairs, Navi Technologies
Former CEO, Khosla Labs

partners

helping build a better tomorrow

Focus areas

Administrative Reforms

#ReformingKarnatakaAdministration

Agriculture

#AgriTechReforms

Education

#Education2Employability

Horticulture

#ReformingHorticultureValueChain

Infrastructure Development

#ValueCreationthroughAssetMonetisation

Panchayat Raj

#StrengtheningLocalRuralAdministration

Rural Development

#WaterAccess4All

Skill Development

#RevitalisingNRLM

State Planning Commission

#DataDrivenGovernance

Women & Child Development

#TechEnabledNutrition4All

Focus Area 1

#tagline 11

Focus Area2

#tagline 12

administrative reforms

assessing the current administrative practices & policies), study domestic & international best practices and work towards designing & improving for resource efficiency metrics.

agriculture

assessment & implementation of precision farming in agriculture using AI & geospatial technology.

chief secretary's office

administrative landscape assessment and governance redesign from a macro lens.

education

redesigning and implementing frameworks to make secondary & higher secondary education more aligned to the needs of the economy.

e-governance

reviewing the current IT infrastructure and redesigning for optimization; considering the future landscape for robust cybersecurity and big-data integration.

horticulture

assessment, redesign and implementation of robust post-harvest management including value chain development for horticulture commodities.

planning, program & statistics

setting up a strong support ecosystem across all departments paving the way for outperforming on Karnataka’s SDG 2030 goals.

panchayati raj

optimising organisational development of local rural bodies - process, service delivery and public grievances.

rural development

targeted implementation to enable access and metering of water connection with a sustained focus towards water conservation.

skill development

assessing & revitalising livelihood mission (NRLM) in the state.

social welfare

gap identification in nutrition centric data accessibility and enabling real time data capture with deep tech integration.

state planning commission

planning & implementation of policies &programmes with a keen focus towards critical SDG goals alignment.

rural development and panchayati raj

skill development and entrepreneurship

health and
family welfare

housing

primary and secondary education

women and
child welfare

agriculture for poverty and livelihood

social welfare

micro, small and medium enterprises

regional development boards

How many lives can we live in our single life? This was the question which made me take the role after exiting redBus. I wanted to experience the life of working for our country by being a part of the Government. I am glad I made that decision. Not only could I affect a permanent change that I could call mine, but also I could gain valuable insights and relations that are so helpful in my professional career later.

Phanindra Sama

Cofounder, Redbus
Former CIO, Government of Telangana

We cannot deal with our diverse and complex problems without focusing on fixing the basics and investing in public infrastructure. In the digital age, infrastructure no longer means just roads, bridges and highways but also digital platforms that create the conditions for innovation at scale.

Nandan Nilekani

Cofounder and Chairman, Infosys
Founding Chairman UIDAI (Aadhaar)

How many lives can we live in our single life? This was the question which made me take the role after exiting redBus. I wanted to experience the life of working for our country by being a part of the Government. I am glad I made that decision. Not only could I affect a permanent change that I could call mine, but also I could gain valuable insights and relations that are so helpful in my professional career later.

Phanindra Sama

Cofounder, Redbus
Former CIO, Government of Telangana

We cannot deal with our diverse and complex problems without focusing on fixing the basics and investing in public infrastructure. In the digital age, infrastructure no longer means just roads, bridges and highways but also digital platforms that create the conditions for innovation at scale.

Nandan Nilekani

Cofounder and Chairman, Infosys
Founding Chairman UIDAI (Aadhaar)

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