In the year 2016, INFOSYS Foundation in association with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) instituted Public Health fellowships called ‘INFOSYS Fellowships in Public Health’.
The objective of these fellowships is to identify and train a cohort of Masters of Public Health (MPH) graduates at the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs), to meaningfully engage with non-governmental organizations, working to improve population health. This capacity building initiative not only will strengthen and bring value to activities of the organizations where these trained graduates are placed, but also will contribute towards community development.
The fellowship follows a rigorous selection process to provide an opportunity for meritorious students to apply their knowledge and gain hands on field experience in public health through placement in a reputed organization working in the field of public health in India.
The INFOSYS Fellowships, 25 in number were open to the students (Indian Nationals) of MPH Program at the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) at Delhi, Gandhinagar and Hyderabad where the MPH Program is being offered. The students selected for the fellowships are called ‘INFOSYS Fellows’ and are entitled to: (i) Tuition fee waiver for the entire MPH Program for 2 years at the IIPH and (ii) after completion of the MPH program, placement in the identified NGO working for public health in India for a period of two years with salary support of INR 50,000/- per month in the first year and INR 55,000/- in the second year.
Out of the 25 fellowships, 10 fellowships were utilized for the students of MPH batch 2016 – 18 at the IIPH Delhi, Gandhinagar and Hyderabad and the remaining 15 are utilized for students of next MPH batch of 2017 – 19 batch.
INFOSYS Fellowships comprises of following two phases:
PHASE 1: In the first phase the provisionally selected INFOSYS Fellows are expected to undergo the MPH Training in one of the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) at Gandhinagar, Delhi and Hyderabad and complete the MPH Program successfully after fulfilling all requirements of the course. During this Phase, the INFOSYS Fellowship entitled to avail of full Tuition Fee waiver for the MPH Program.
PHASE 2: In the second phase, after successfully completing the MPH Program at the respective IIPH (Phase 1), the selected INFOSYS Fellow will have to undergo a two year field placement with one of the identified NGO. During this Phase, the INFOSYS Fellow will receive a handsome monthly stipend towards their services rendered to the NGO from PHFI.
Completion of both the Phases (1 & 2) is mandatory to avail the Fellowship.
Selection Process for the fellowship
Selection for the INFOSYS Fellowships are done through a rigorous selection process comprising of a written test followed by interview. Offer of Fellowship is made on the basis of merit obtained in the two. Selected students have to sign an agreement with PHFI.
Based on the selection process, 10 Fellows were selected in Round 1 (MPH 2016 – 18) and15 Fellows in Round 2 (MPH 2017 – 19).
NGO selection was done through invitation of expression of interest titled “FOR SUBMISSION OF TECHNICAL PROPOSAL BY NGOs FOR THE PLACEMENT OF MASTERS OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) GRADUATES OF INDIAN INSTITUTES OF PUBLIC HEALTH (IIPH), NEW DELHI, GANDHINAGAR & HYDERABAD”. The responses received from the NGOs were scrutinized on the basis of agreed criterion and a shortlist was drawn up after ensuring that the NGOs have understood the terms and conditions as mentioned in the Expression of Interest and commit to abide by the same. Through this process, the following 9 NGOs working in the field of Public Health were identified:
- Janaseva Foundation, Pune
- Public Health Training Institute – Deepak Foundation, Vadodara
- Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust, Ahmedabad
- Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
- Society for Education Welfare and Action – Rural, Jhagadia, Dist Bharuch, Gujarat
- MAHAN Trust, Wardha, Maharashtra
- Child in Need Institute (CINI), 24 Parganas, West Bengal
- Karuna Trust, Bangalore
- Piramal Foundation, Hyderabad.
Round 1 Status Update:
|S.No||Selected INFOSYS Fellows||IIPHs||NGO Assigned after Matching Exercise||Current Status of fellowship|
|1.||Sonali Randhawa||IIPH Delhi||Piramal Foundation, Hyderabad||Completed|
|2.||Akanksha Shukla||IIPH Delhi||Janeseva Foundation, Pune / Piramal Foundation, Lucknow||Undergoing|
|3.||Subh Aastha Sharma||IIPH Delhi||SEARCH, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra||Completed|
|4.||Sandeep Soni||IIPH Delhi||Deepak Foundation, Vadodara,||Completed|
|5.||Nagma Nigar Shah||IIPH G.Ngr||Child in Need Institute, WB||Completed|
|6.||Manas Sharma||IIPH G.Ngr||Karuna Trust, Bangalore||Withdrawn|
|7.||Preeti Bhandari||IIPH G.Ngr||SEWA Rural, Bharuch, Gujarat||Completed|
|8.||Divya Sharma||IIPH G.Ngr||Lok Swasthya Sewa Trust, Aj’bad||Completed|
|9.||Thella Ramesh||IIPH Hyd||MAHAN Trust, Wardha, MH||Withdrawn|
|10.||Anusha Pilli||IIPH Hyd||Karuna Trust, Bangalore||Withdrawn|
Round 2 Status Update:
|S.No||Name of Infosys Fellow||IIPH||NGO assigned for placement||Current Status|
|1||Dr Sandhya AP||IIPHH||Karuna Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|2||Dr R Vaishali||IIPHH||Karuna Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|3||Dr Shriyuta A Bajpai||IIPHH||Janaseva Foundation / SEARCH||Undergoing Placement|
|4||Dr Shailaja Shah||IIPHG||Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|5||Dr Ajith J S||IIPHG||SEWA Rural||Undergoing Placement|
|6||Dr Ritesh Kumar*||IIPHG||SEARCH||Withdrawn from fellowship|
|7||Ms Dhanashree Apsingekar||IIPHG||Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|8||Mohit Sood||IIPHG||Deepak Foundation||Undergoing Placement|
|9||Dr Apoorva Singh Chauhan*||IIPHG||SEWA – Rural||Withdrawn from fellowship|
|10||Archana Ashok||IIPHD||Karuna Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|11||Sana Ansari||IIPHD||Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|12||Priya Lodhi||IIPHD||Piramal Swasthya||Undergoing Placement|
|13||Pratiksha Kashyap||IIPHD||Piramal Swasthya||Undergoing Placement|
|14||Pankaj Patel||IIPHD||Deepak Foundation||Undergoing Placement|
|15||Chandrashekhar Bohara||IIPHD||MAHAN Trust / Karuna Trust||Undergoing Placement|
|16||Dr Neha Satoiya||IIPHG||SEWA – Rural||Undergoing Placement|
|17||Dr Edara Sameul*||IIPHH||MAHAN Trust||Withdrawn from fellowship|
|18||Surabhi Bhardwaj||IIPHD||Janaseva Foundation||Undergoing placement|
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