Name: Gaurav Kumbhkar
Organisation: Vikas Samvad
Role: • Responsibility of overall advocacy programs and activities – Planning and Implementation. • Facilitation of fellowship selection process, monitoring and orientation of fellows. • Planning and coordination of Media forum activities and coverage. • Need assessment of advocacy activities to support other organizations. • Planning and follow-up of advocacy processes and advocacy training program. • Support in material generation for training programs. • Press conferences coordination. • Case study and article writing.
EDUCATION QUALIFICATION Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Laws (B.A; LL.B) (Hons.) (Second Class) from National Law Institute University, Bhopal. JOB PROFILE & MAJOR UNDERTAKINGS Currently working with Vikas Samvad as Associate Coordinator since 16th May 2010. 2010 • Have been involved majorly in preparation of information pack on legislation related to child rights. Worked with Sudhar: Social Work in Prison as Programme Manager Since 27th October 2009. 2009 • Have worked on prison rights, access to legal aid to the prisoner. • Visited Prisons and meet the inmates and helped resolving their problems. • Helped in drafting the Policy Paper on “Strengthening the Legal Aid Services Authority.” • Prepared Legal reading material for Certificate course on Social Work in Criminal Justice System. Worked in the capacity of Legal Researcher and Mater Legal Trainer in the premier Non-profit, non-government organization, Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK). I have been at this post since May 2006 till May 2009. 2008 • Have been the Teacher for the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Human Rights, every year to create Human Rights’ defenders and practitioners in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, since the inception of the RLEK Human Rights Centre since 2002. • Member for framing State Policy for Persons with Disabilities with the Department of Social Welfare, Uttarakhand Government. • Every year organize a 12-day English Teaching Programme for enhancing the capacity of the RLEK primary School teachers from the remote hilly areas of Uttarakhand. The training aimed at arming teachers with the skills required to teach English language to schoolchildren in a proper and enjoyable manner. (2006-2008) • RLEK Annual Report- 2007-2008 2007 • Research Study on “Subject laws both Central as well as State which infringe upon the domain of the Panchayati Raj Institutions” for the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. • Worked under the project “Legal literacy camps for the marginalised communities in the State of Jharkhand” supported by National Legal Services Authority. • Worked under the project Conducting “Legal Literacy Camps and One State Interactive meet of Women, members of women Self-Help Groups especially those belonging to Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribes with the Higher Judiciary in the State of Jharkhand” 2006 • Research Study on Poverty Eradication “An Analysis of the existing laws and policies at the National level in addressing poverty eradication within the human rights framework" supported by UNESCO Small Grants Programme • Research Paper on "Local Democracy in Asia: Representation in Decentralized Governance” supported by UNDP. • Have been part of the Study to “Review the Efficacy, status and implications of the Nyaya Panchayats" supported by Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). • Worked under the project Conducting "Follow-up of the Legal literacy camps conducted for Elected Women Panchayati Raj Representatives, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh and Camps for dissemination of new Laws" supported by National Legal Services Authority • Worked under the project Conducting "Legal Literacy Camps for generating legal awareness in the state of Chattisgarh as part of the National Legal Literacy Mission” supported by National Legal Services Authority • Worked under the project Conducting "Legal Literacy Camps for Women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other disadvantaged sections of the society in the state of Jharkhand” supported by National Legal Services Authority. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITITES CURRENTLY • Responsibility of overall advocacy programs and activities – Planning and Implementation. • Facilitation of fellowship selection process, monitoring and orientation of fellows. • Planning and coordination of Media forum activities and coverage. • Need assessment of advocacy activities to support other organizations. • Planning and follow-up of advocacy processes and advocacy training program. • Support to programs organized by network orgs. • Support in material generation for training programs. • Press conferences coordination. • Case study and article writing. • Lobbying & Advocacy • Awareness creation on Legal rights, fundamental rights and duties, Gender issues and mobilization of communities towards Gender Equality • Organizing and conducting various workshops, seminar and symposium. INTERNSHIPS Five week internship with Rural Litigation & Entitlement Kendra, an NGO of international repute, based in Dehradun. Four weeks working experience with The Debate, an NGO of National repute based in Bhopal. Four weeks working experience with National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi. Four weeks work experience with The Law Commission of India, New Delhi. Three weeks work experience with the Centre for Science & Environment, NGO of International repute, based in New Delhi. Four week internship with Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, based in Bhopal. Four week internship with The Global Legal Associates, a law firm with International repute, based in New Delhi. Four weeks internship with Adv. P.K.Shrivastava in trial court, at Bhopal. AREA OF INTEREST Human Rights, Advocacy, Environmental Law, Social Justice Legislations. WORKSHOPS ATTENDED/ORGANIZED Attended a workshop as a resource person on Juvenile Justice Act and Corporal Punishment Organised by Vikas Samvad supported by HAQ, CRY & UNICEF. Presented a paper on “Orientation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” in One-day Orientation to Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 13th September 2008 at RLEK, Dehradun Attended Two Days workshop on National Capacity Building Workshop for NGO Personnel for Effective Enforcement of the Indian Tobacco Control Act, 2003, New Delhi, April 4-5, 2008, Organised by HRIDAY-SHAAN. Participated in One Day National Level Interaction on Implementation of the NREG Scheme Organised by National Legal Services Authority, SC Legal Services Committee and SC Middle class Income Group Legal Aid Society, New Delhi 2nd October 2008. Organised workshop for “Subject laws both Central as well as State which infringe upon the domain of the Panchayati Raj Institutions” between 24th and 25th May 2008 at Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun. Organised and presented a paper on “Right to Health as a Human Rights issue with special focus on Uttarakhand” in the workshop On “Human Rights vis-à-vis Marginalized Communities in India with special focus on Uttarakhand” with the support of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at Dehradun on 29th March – 30th March 2008 Organised and Presented a paper on “Panchayati Raj – 73rd Constitutional Amendment with special emphasis on reservation and tenure” in “The State Interactive meet of Women, members of women Self-Help Groups especially those belonging to Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribes with the Higher Judiciary in the State of Jharkhand” with the support of the NALSA, JHALSA on 16th February 2008 (Saturday) to 18th February 2008 (Monday) at Mecon Hall, A.G Colony, Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand. Consultation Meet to discuss the Interim Report of the "Study to Review the Efficacy, status and implications of the Nyaya Panchayats" at the Conference Hall of Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, New Delhi, On 25th January 2007 Organised three-day workshop on “Reservation in Local Self-governance - Impacts and implications” on 18th March - 19th March 2006 at Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun. The participants from nearby countries, leading NGOs, sitting judges, Human Right activists, and known jurist, attended the workshop. Attended National Seminar on Intellectual Property rights, organized by the Intellectual Property Rights Training Institute, at Seminary Hills CGO Complex, Nagpur, 21-22 October 2003. Attended workshop on “Intellectual Property Rights”, organized by the National Law Institute University, Bhopal in association with Patent Information Center, MAPCOST, Bhopal. Participated in a seminar on “Should ragging be banned” organized by M.P.H.R.C, in Bhopal. Training of Trainers, Trainer skills course by Dr. S.K. Ghosh, 30th Jan-1st Feb 2004, Dehradun.