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Embracing Growth: Reflecting on the Journey through PEDP

The article discusses a student’s perspective on Professional Enhancement Development Program (PEDP) and the enriching journey that entailed, exploring novel domains and leveraging acquired skills to illustrate water scarcity in Bangalore

As the Professional Enhancement Development Program (PEDP) draws to a formal close, I wanted to express my gratitude for the abundant learning opportunities that have enriched my journey over the past few months. The dynamic nature of the programme has afforded me the privilege to explore novel domains beyond my customary purview, profoundly shaping my identity as a researcher. This journey of exploration has undeniably enriched my path as a researcher, offering me insights and perspectives that I might not have encountered otherwise.

Admittedly, the initial challenges encountered in assimilating new frameworks were considerable. However, as we approach the culmination of the programme, I find myself seamlessly connecting disparate concepts that I learnt from Professor Lipika’s lectures, thereby solidifying, and enriching my newfound knowledge.

I am delighted to share my recent participation in the inaugural DataJam hosted by OpenCity Data last week. Leveraging the QGIS proficiency and visualisation techniques acquired through the PEDP, I adeptly illustrated the alarming water scarcity prevalent at the ward level in Bangalore, drawing insights from publicly available datasets. The choropleth maps meticulously crafted during the event are poised for imminent dissemination to the public domain. This engagement has instilled in me a profound appreciation for the practical utility of my expanding skill set and its potential to instigate positive change within my research pursuits. I extend my sincere appreciation for providing a conducive platform that has nurtured my growth as a discerning researcher.

Moreover, in light of the insights gained from our recent feedback session, I am firmly convinced that enriching our toolkit with insights from researchers specializing in social impact studies and the societal dimensions of climate change will be pivotal. By incorporating their expertise, we can elevate our methodologies and approaches, thereby fortifying our professional growth. With this in mind, I would like to endorse the inclusion of Dr. Jagadish Krishnaswamy, Dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, and Dr. Chandni Singh as prospective faculty or collaborators for the forthcoming cohort. Their seminal contributions at IIHS, particularly in pioneering research methodologies tailored for the Global South, underscore their suitability for this role.

Participating in the inaugural PEDP cohort has been an immensely rewarding endeavour, and I eagerly anticipate the success of its future iterations. I hereby express my keen interest in contributing to the upcoming cohort, potentially assuming a role such as that of a Teaching Assistant. Once again, I extend my sincerest gratitude for orchestrating this enriching experience, and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

(Written by Chandanapriya Dhanraj, Learner, PEDP Data Science for Social Impact, Ashoka University)

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