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About the LAMP Fellowship
The Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship is a unique and an exciting opportunity for young Indians to learn law-making and public policy. LAMP Fellows are mentored by a Member of Parliament (MP) and work full-time with the assigned MP during a given year, starting from the Monsoon session of Parliament till the end of the Budget session. The primary role of a LAMP Fellow is to provide extensive research support to her/his MP for their parliamentary work. This includes drafting parliamentary questions for the MP, preparing the MP's speeches for zero hour debates, raising matters of public importance, drafting private members' bills etc.
When Parliament is not in session, LAMP Fellows engage with policy makers, experts from various think-tanks, academicians from several leading universities, and leaders from diverse public policy institutions through participation in workshops on important policy and development issues. LAMP Fellows also participate in field visits during the inter-session period for a practical exposure to governance at the ground level.
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Life at LAMP
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After completion of my chartered accountancy, I wanted to venture into the space of public policy. LAMP Fellowship offers a unique and a one of a kind opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament and to contribute to the legislative process of this nation from such close quarters. The Fellowship is an ideal stepping stone for what I want to pursue. The experience that one gains out of this Fellowship is tremendous. To see the functioning of the Parliament from such proximity, it also makes one aware on what goes behind drafting the laws of this country.
During my graduation, being part of various hands-on projects allowed me to get a peek over public policies, which increased my interest towards policy making. The Fellowship offers a rare and unique opportunity to actively engage in policy space, along with a chance to contribute towards the legislative process. It is an opportunity to understand the working of parliament and understanding how valuable even a small intervention can be towards the larger objective of policymaking. Working with Parliamentarians also gives an insight towards constituency based issues and tackling them. In-depth research on different topics like Healthcare and Sanitation, Population, Environment, etc helped me broaden my understanding of an issue from multiple perspectives. The Fellowship allowed me to have a holistic understanding about Parliament of India, working of parliamentarians and the ability to carry extensive research of various issues.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to work in the policy sector. This decision however, was solidified during an internship I did with Centre for Policy Research during my time at Ashoka University, where I got a chance to look at education policy and its implementation. From here, LAMP was a natural progression. Having already done some work on policy implementation, LAMP gave me the opportunity to look at how policies are created and to work closely with the people who make them. It was an interesting experience to work at the crossroads of politics and policy. LAMP has given me the opportunity to feel like a part of something so much bigger and to effect real change, even in the smallest way possible.
Coming from a public policy background, I always had a spirit of enquiry for the processes of the Indian Parliament. Working as a consultant in the Government & Public Sector, my spirit of enquiry transcended into a want for real-time knowledge and hands on experience in policy making. LAMP Fellowship was hence highly congruous to my search for knowledge. Being exceptional and unique in its own format, the Fellowship offers a word for word involvement in the world of policy making. It is indeed a very distinctive experience to work as a LAMP fellow. From analysis of women issues in the nation to the study of elements of energy sector, the spectrum of daily affairs is wide ranging yet encyclopedic. Having gotten an insight about the work that goes into running the nation by working for a Member of Parliament, my views about politics and politicians changed to be a cut above. The Fellowship offers ample opportunities to observe day to day parliamentary proceedings. One gets to network with other professional LAMP fellows and gets to gain an understanding of various debatable issues from various perspectives. The organizers take immense pain in preparing the fellows for the challenges that come with the experience. Overall, the Fellowship is one of the best.
I have always aspired to become an economist and use my learnings to solve critical development challenges in our country. Since, the basic definition of ‘economics’ describes it as making choices during times of scarcity- there was no better opportunity of exercising it other than the LAMP Fellowship. As a student from Commerce background, I was a novice in the field of politics and policy and was motivated by the unique opportunity of working with a Parliamentarian. The experience so far has been both enriching and enlightening. No two days have been the same. Every day comes up with a new task, the opportunity to explore a new issue and the promise to create an impact. Another commendable aspect of the fellowship are the well-designed training sessions wherein one gets a chance to explore various policy sectors and interact with different stakeholders such as academicians, NGOs and think tanks which are a part of policy making process. My biggest takeaway till date has been developing skills to research effectively, methodologically and to put forward a cogent narrative. I can say with confidence that my experiences as a LAMP fellow have transformed me into a self –assured and aware individual and provided me a sense of purpose.
I was at a crucial juncture in my life of choosing whether to pursue a corporate job in England during my final year or returning back to India to translate a pastime passion into a legitimate career. Originally dissatisfied with the inferior level of discussion around political issues in the country, I was intrigued by the LAMP Fellowship since it gave you a chance to work with a law-maker in the proverbial “Supreme Panchayat” of the country. It would let the results of your work be practical instead of being limited to theory. Contemplating the solution to problems in the real-world rather than in classrooms is why the Fellowship gives you an unparalleled experience in the niche world of public policy. Due to the broad nature of research topics, from road construction in border areas to analysing the functioning of SAI, your immersion into the country’s specific problems provides a strong foundation in policy, something which I intend to pursue. Not only was the work environment completely divergent from a rigid company setup, it also ensured my creative ability was utilized in terms of – framing questions, drafting bills or even proposing solutions in a DISHA committee meeting. The Fellowship operates over an overarching political context giving you a taste of how policies are drafted, accepted by the Government and actually implemented which bridges the divide between policy-politics. Looking at the system also made me recognize that Parliament deliberates much more than people are aware of and solutions to political hot topics are not black or white. I couldn’t be happier I took the plunge to come back.
The thing that attracted me to the Fellowship was the opportunity to observe from close quarters the workings of the political and legislative machinery of India. For someone who is interested in entering the policy-making space, this was an invaluable experience. The most important thing the Fellowship has given me is perspective. Having only ever engaged in politics through the news and media, I had a very cynical perception of Indian politics and politicians. My experience at the Fellowship, however, has left me more hopeful but at the same time has made me more aware of the challenges that policymakers face while navigating the complex world of politics.
LAMP Fellowship, by virtue of working with a Member of Parliament, presents you with resources and people that would otherwise be inaccessible. The more you learn and extract from this opportunity, the more opportunities it creates for you. An MP's office is bustling with discussions with experts on formulating legislations, digging out questions to ask the Government and finding solutions for people's everyday problems. A normal inter-session day sees one juggling all of this. You're drafting a bill, typing a question and writing a letter all at the same time. Meanwhile, you may just get a call to answer questions or attend a sessions on an issue you are working on, but that doesn't mean you can pause the work you were already doing. Each of it is interesting and exhilarating, and exhausting all at once. And then, when you look at your MP, energetic and looking for more work at the end of the day, you realise what you should be aiming to be. My journey as a LAMP Fellow has not just brought me in close proximity to the people I wish to model myself after, but has pushed me to show that I have the potential to be so. Working in an MP's office is a journey of ups and downs. While some of your work makes some difference, the rest may just end up in a pile. Looking past whether my efforts got their returns and instead at the bigger picture, the bigger problems of this country has been my biggest take away from this. If you're wondering whether this is for you, then ask yourself, are you a curious mind looking for an abode?
As an engineering graduate who worked in the corporate sector, my knowledge of politics and policy was limited to what I could gather from newspapers and a few books. I decided to apply for the Fellowship to get a more detailed understanding of the same. Working at my MP’s office has equipped me with an in-depth understanding of different sectors and research methodologies, as well as insights into how our system works. These will be invaluable to me in the future.
Being a strong proponent of common legal literacy and inclusiveness, and having run an NGO in college days to promote basic legal education and legal access, LAMP Fellowship was the natural next step for me. The study of public policy is yet to get its due in our education system. Hence this Fellowship proved to be the perfect opportunity for a beginner like me to understand and appreciate the nuances of law making as well as its impact on the common voter. Working closely with a Member of Parliament helps the young minds bring forth their ideas and advocate the need for effective policies pertaining to the issues relevant to our times. I hope to work further in this field and an experience of such scale at a young age would definitely help me advance my career prospects in policy development.
I have always found my inclination towards the debates and discussions over the policy making decisions of several institutions. In the course of my law school, I engaged in detailed deliberations over several laws and understood the colossal effect it has on people. I realized the role of the Parliament, the apex institution in shaping the future of our nation. The driving force for me to apply for the LAMP fellowship was the incentive to see from close quarters, how policies are made in the first place and the mere possibility that I might be able to contribute to these policies in some way or the other. I endeavored to dive into the arena of how laws are framed in the first place and thus, transcend the contours of the whole gamut of law and policy. The diversity of subjects it provides me to work on, is in itself an enthralling experience which no person interested in policy making can miss out on. This Fellowship gives me the opportunity to further hone my research, analytical and communication skills while working with the eminent law makers of our nation.
I joined the LAMP Fellowship, in the hope of being mentored by a Member of Parliament, to get direct exposure into the legislative drafting process and to get some insight into how decisions that shape Indian policies are taken by elected representatives. Over the past few months, however, the Fellowship has surpassed my expectations. The LAMP Fellowship has encouraged academic and professional growth – integrating my foundations in law and social work with first-hand public-policy analysis, it has given me a unique opportunity to gain rigorous training in the functioning of the legislature, formulating critical policy-briefs and drafting speeches for parliamentary debates. The Fellowship has helped me hone my research skills and gain further clarity on areas of interest that I would like to build a career in, by offering interdisciplinary exposure into a diverse array of policy issues. I consider it an honour to have been placed under a mentor who is so willing to lend an ear to all of my ideas, and incorporate them into parliamentary interventions, whenever possible. Getting to draft Private Member Bills on issues that have been close to my heart has been the most fulfilling part of the Fellowship for me.
After having studied law for 5 years, and working as an advocate for 2 years, I wanted to see if there was any way in which I could have a front seat to the law-making processes in our country. I wanted to see what that side of the table looks like, and what Parliamentarians actually do. This Fellowship provided me an opportunity to do exactly that. The most significant development for me is my understanding of policy developments in our country, and what factors influence them. There are a lot of grey areas, and being privy to the process helps you become more objective about it. I look forward to using my experience and learning in the Fellowship in the coming years.
I applied for LAMP Fellowship because I wanted to learn more about legislative processes and how an MP fulfills his representative role in Parliament. I wanted to work closely with Parliamentarians so as to understand the policy making space closely. I come from a village background so I wanted to understand how different constituency related problems can be raised in Parliament and solved. LAMP Fellowship has been a sheer enriching experience and I learned so many things out of LAMP Fellowship. On the very first day, I got access to members' portal, I started filing zero hour notices on my own. I researched a lot on constituency issues and filed zero hour notices, framed questions and put up notices for short duration discussions. Every day I would brief my MP about different bills to be considered in parliament and in the process, I myself gained a lot of insights through the extensive research I would do on a topic before briefing my MP. If it was not for LAMP Fellowship, I would never have gotten such an exposure and perspective about different policies, issues and challenges faced in India. As an engineering graduate, I worked on topics that were out of my comfort zone and completed them within tight deadlines. Besides, as LAMP fellow, you get to attend lot of workshops, book launches, panel discussions etc where you meet learned people in their respective fields and build your network. All of this has made me a more informed person than ever and helped me have a deeper understanding of how policy making works in our country.
I never knew when my love for learning Political Science turned into my passion to go deep into the functioning of Indian Democratic process. LAMP Fellowship provided me with a platform to work on the mechanism of Legislative process at the highest legislative body. For a layman, the process of law-making is still out of bounds for understanding as it involves a series of functions both within and outside the Parliament. The rigorous training at the beginning of the Fellowship exposed us to all challenges we may face during the Fellowship and gave us expert knowledge in fields as diverse from education to environment to woman rights and so on and so forth.
For a LAMP Fellow, no two days are alike and probably that’s the best part of our job. It is never monotonous, it challenges our brains in every possible way. Learning from my MP and his mentoring has been one of the best takeaways from this fellowship. Reading and interpreting laws without being a lawyer, preparing policy briefs, speeches, analysing bills, writing research papers are probably some of the few things a LAMP Fellow gets to learn during the Fellowship. This Fellowship has also provided me
with a window through which I survey the existence and aspirations of the electorate of my MP and to help in formulation of bills and other demand/proposals. Working literally in the backdrop of the Indian Parliament probably gives you the feel that the democracy is ‘watching you’ and you may help it develop better.
I decided to go for this Fellowship with the exciting prospect of being exposed to the multi-disciplinary domain of public policy. It is a kind of exposure that can be especially refreshing after college years spent in developing knowledge mostly in one particular discipline. The best thing about being a part of LAMP is, it teaches one to become a person of initiative. There are certain sectors such as education, health etc. which I have always wanted to delve into for better understanding, but prior to joining this fellowship, had little time or opportunity to do so. With the workshops and training that are provided, I get to be a part of interesting discussions that throw a lot of new perspectives on a wide range of topics, leaving with the desire to know more. During the course of the fellowship as I have prepared speeches on bills, committee briefs, notices on matters of urgent importance and research on schemes, I have been drawn closer to the intricacies of issues that affect certain people I wouldn’t normally know about. This Fellowship has also a lot to teach in terms of being able to find a space on one’s own in a network of people who are trying to contribute to an MP’s work.
Coming from an Engineering Background with an inclination towards policy-making, LAMP Fellowship helped me junk Utopian ideas with respect to Legislative interventions and develop a better understanding of Parliamentary system and its constraints. The Fellowship has re-oriented me to study the policy issues in the language of basic economics - the interplay of incentives and disincentives. The training sessions bring people from myriad policy areas, each with their own insights to share. Special attention is paid to being objective and mindful of our biases while analyzing data-based claims in research documents. My experience in assisting my MP gave me a closer view of how addressing a policy issue depends on the role and expectations of several actors in a democracy - the Legislators, the Ministers, the NGOs and interest groups.
In such a large and complex political system like India, it is not easy to reach at the apex level and be able to play a role in it. But LAMP Fellowship makes that possible. It places you right at the focal point of democracy-that is Parliament. To be with a Member of Parliament is a priceless opportunity. It provided me a rich blend of knowledge and experiences. The scale, depth and accuracy involved in Parliamentary interventions made me research, understand and think about issues in an unprecedented manner. Besides that, I got to witness and understand the political system from the closest level. Being with a MP makes it possible for me to meet important and influential people in the Government, Bureaucracy, Media, Civil Society and Corporates. The unique thing about this Fellowship is that it kept me at the heart of political process and still allowed me to be apolitical. I cannot thank PRS enough for the platform that it has provided me at such a young age. Through this Fellowship, we get to take with us all the esteem and credibility that PRS has established for itself.
Jayasimha K R
LAMP Fellowship has provided me a unique opportunity to practically understand the nuances of legislative process, public policy and polity. The Fellowship provides a platform to interact, assist and engage with policy makers, which has helped me understand better the functioning the Parliament, the highest law making institution of the country. One can also get to know how political world works. Importantly, it is always a pleasure and a privilege to work from Lutyens' Delhi, with an understanding of policy and polity related issues straight from the drawing rooms of lawmakers. All this is important for someone like me - who is from Journalism and Media studies background, passionate about research, interested in and concerned about politics and policies - to learn, explore and contribute to the field of public policy and its implementation.
Given my background in Public Policy, and a keen interest in the politics of policy making, inspired me to apply for LAMP Fellowship. This experience has not only helped me understand the broad perspective of our political representatives, but has also given me an opportunity to shape a narrative on a particular issue. While working on bills like Prevention of Corruption Act or the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, Homeopathy Central Council Amendment Bill, to name a few, I have been able to reflect the concerns of common people in tandem with the views of the Honorable Member of Parliament. From full-fledged research to managing office duties, attending events, holding consultation meets, and engaging with stakeholders, the experience has honed my ability to understand the pith and substance of the issues and has enabled me to actively contribute. This fellowship is a bridge between reality and theory.
From a young impressionable age, I was exposed to strong critique of the government policies due to my grandfather who remains an ardent proponent of civil liberties. It seemed like a natural progression when I joined Law School eventually. The access and the learning that comes out of such close proximity with the highest lawmaking body in the country makes this Fellowship truly unique. Every day is a new challenge and so far, the Fellowship has been a roller coaster with a diverse cohort of smart Fellows. I have more questions than answers as I leave this Fellowship. For the brief stint I had here, I can be happy that I tried to make a change and started some conversations that are relevant and important!
I got inclined towards development issues during my coursework and wanted to explore the world of policy-related research. The LAMP Fellowship is a unique experience as it gives you an opportunity to understand the policy space holistically. Not only did I get an insight into the nuances of the legislative process itself, I also got to understand how different stakeholders interact with each other within the system at large. The Fellowship also helped me evolve professionally as I learned how to take initiative and self-regulate. Beyond this, just by working on a diverse range of issues, I gained a lot of perspective on various socio-economic challenges.
As any college graduate, I was 3 parts worried and nervous and maybe, on good days, 1 part excited about life after college. I knew I wanted to come back to India, after spending 4 years of college abroad. I also knew I wanted to work in the policy space but I did not have the first clue as to how. When I heard about the LAMP Fellowship, I knew I had to apply. An opportunity to work so closely with a Member of Parliament, to understand how they think and work and how the process of change may be initiated, was almost too good be true. The Fellowship itself is all about destroying all your preconceived notions. Be it about politics, about politicians, about policy, the Fellowship challenges one’s beliefs totally and absolutely - so be the proverbial sponge, it does help. You will be constantly on the grind, working long, tedious hours, often for no tangible result at all. And that is the biggest takeaway for young graduates looking at the LAMP Fellowship, or the policy space in general. We may have the power needed to change the world, but we very rarely have the patience.
My interest in policy-making process and my curiosity about the functioning of India's highest legislative body led me to this prestigious Fellowship. Coming from an engineering background, I was sensitised about the importance of effective policy-making in order for the latest research and best-practices to reach the grassroot level. The Fellowship gave me an opportunity to work on areas as diverse as human trafficking, organic farming, data privacy, climate change, and bankruptcy laws, among others. Understanding the micro and macro-level issues of my MP's constituency, state and contextualising them with respect to the larger region and country as a whole provided the much-needed insight into how policies cannot be designed in isolation of ground-level realities. My experience has helped me shape my research interests by helping me explore multiple roles and responsibilities.
Having pursued development studies at the post graduate level, I was enthused by the idea of a concrete realisable fusion of theory and praxis, and thus decided on public policy as the next step in this journey of a thousand miles. The LAMP Fellowship provided my first foray into this expansive field, exposing me to insightful experiences with like-minded and equally enthused Fellows. Working with an MP and seeing how Bills actually get formulated, debated and passed up-close is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At the same time, seeing your contribution to the legislative process, however small, be realised is an extremely humbling and awe-inspiring moment. The LAMP Fellowship has provided me with many such moments and experiences in the span of a few months.
I was inspired to apply for the LAMP Fellowship to gain a deeper understanding into how the Parliament functions and what goes into making legislations. As a post graduate student of Regulatory Governance at TISS Mumbai, the opportunity to gain such an understanding was promising. The Fellowship provides ample opportunity to take initiative, work in a result oriented manner, and contribute nuanced research inputs on a range of issues. The legislative research provided is used by the MP to trigger a discussion in the Parliament on matters of public importance. The satisfaction of contributing to such an experience is incomparable. The emphasis of the Fellowship on providing non-partisan research inputs excited me. Such research inputs are a welcome step to make the quality of the parliamentary interventions and debates richer. Being mentored by the MP and learning from his rich experience has been invaluable. Moreover, the workshops, interaction with experts and support provided by PRS through the course of the Fellowship have helped me gain perspective.
I am a chartered accountant and LAMP was my first foray into public policy. It provides outsiders like me, who want to contribute to our nation, with a level playing field. Irrespective of my educational background, I was presented with an incredible opportunity of working with a Member of Parliament. The needs of your MP are wide ranging and in catering to them, you become an all-rounder of sorts. The Fellowship harmoniously combines both conventional and unconventional aspects of a job into an experience full of learnings. One day you are writing to a Minister and the next day you are helping your MP with an inaugural address. This experience also helped me in writing well-researched notes and certainly acclimatised me to confusing legalese. It is for you to get the most out of this Fellowship and make the optimum use of the wealth of resources available to you.
LAMP resonated with my interest in Political Science as it would bring to light the working of legislature and executive of our country. It appealed to me as it addresses the void between ground realities and policy-making. It addresses the lack of youth participation in policy-making and public affairs. The Fellowship is an opportunity that equips the Fellow with a tool to mould a Bill or policy into its best form possible. The guidance one would get under a Member of Parliament, rich in experience and information, would direct my approach to pragmatism. LAMP’s approach would make me grow as an individual. I applied for LAMP in order to realize my passion to contribute to the social sector, thereby leading to a desired career path in the developement space. Whatever I had expected of LAMP, it has given me. I've become more sincere and aware. LAMP has given me an experience that will always guide me in my future endeavours.
I have always had the strong belief that a robust legal framework is essential to ensure that a rapidly growing economy like India develops in an equitable and sustainable manner. Studying law over the course of five years, and undertaking several internships in the legal and policy space, I felt that I wanted to understand the legislative process in a hands-on manner. Hence, I applied for the LAMP Fellowship. I believe that the Fellowship is a unique opportunity to do high impact work, one which is rare to come by for someone under the age of 25. I've learnt to adapt to an unstructured work environment, and deal with tight deadlines. The Fellowship has also dispelled the stereotypes I had regarding parliamentarians - the scope and variety of work that is done by the MP I work for still amazes me.
Through my engagement with various organizations working towards the upliftment of socially and economically less privileged section of our society, I developed a keen interest in policy formulation over the years and thus when I was introduced to the idea of working with policy makers, it seemed like the most suitable opportunity.
As a LAMP, I got a chance to get an in-depth knowledge of varied issues faced by our nation ranging from menstrual hygiene to financial instability in the economy. The Fellowship gave me a platform to interact with eminent personalities and broaden my understanding of how the country’s legislature works. I am a more informed and aware citizen now who understands the nuances associated with policy formation and the importance of debate and discussion in a democracy. The Fellowship presents the perfect concoction of ideas of passionate youth and the wisdom of parliamentary leaders. My mentor MP always showed utmost interest in proposals presented to him which gave me a chance to leave considerable impact through parliamentary interventions. LAMP Fellowship is a perfect treat for anybody looking for an opportunity to make a difference
in the society at a young age!
After my graduation from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2016, I took the well-beaten path and joined a leading law firm in India. While the corporate work was mostly mundane, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity of analysing a variety of laws from various jurisdictions during the course of my work. This exposure lead me to realize that in a large democracy like India, it was not possible for the judiciary to impart justice, or for the state machinery to enforce laws, unless the laws themselves were clear and unambiguous. This motivated me to leave behind post facto analysis of legislations and employ my legal, analytical and research acumen where it matters the most – the legislative process of the country. As a LAMP Fellow today, I am certain that I have made significant progress towards fulfilling my ambition of impacting the law makers and the law making process in the country, to ensure prosperity and progress for all.
A week into my Fellowship, the Member of Parliament assigned to me said - 'Paritosh, why are you holding that light bulb over me? You can let go of that now'. Little did I know that LAMP was indeed an acronym. This inspirational message went a long way in enriching my experience as an assistant to a MP. The drastic change I noticed thereafter in the amount of work I could carry out, given that I had one more hand available, has been a rather pleasing experience. The enhanced mobility, and the reputation of the Office gave me the opportunity to interact with a variety of experts in the domain I was most interested in. While there were certain instances of lows, there were quite a lot more instances when I was high. I was given a free reign to work in any sector that I pleased and that is when I understood, this Fellowship is what you make of it. Either you can remain standing besides your assigned MP, or satisfy your ego by attempting, or at least claim to do so while being in a comfortable Lutyens bungalows, to bring about meaningful change to the country. That is what this Fellowship is all about - it's not about holding a bulb.
The LAMP Fellowship is my first professional, full-time assignment after completing my Bachelor’s degree. I joined the program because I wanted to better understand politics and the policy making process in India. For a young person like me, it is extremely exciting to be involved in the activities of the Parliament and working closely with an MP has provided me with some invaluable experiences and lessons. Unlike what some sections of the media might lead you to believe, Parliamentarians put in a lot of hard work everyday and their commitment to the job is remarkable. The best feeling that comes from working with an MP is when he reads out questions, speeches which you have tirelessly worked on. I have to pinch and remind myself that my work is being read out in the Parliament! Overall, it is a great experience and I would recommend the program to anyone interested in contributing to strengthening our democracy.
My background in Political Science encouraged me to develop an interest in Indian Politics. Courses such as Indian Political Process intrigued me to know and learn more about the workings of the institution of Parliament. I was keen on understanding how politics plays a role in public policy formulation and implementation from a practical perspective. When I came across LAMP, it seemed an ideal avenue for me to understand both public policy and politics and its interlinkages.
Coming from a fairly disjoint field of natural sciences, I was always enamoured by how laws and policies affect things across the board, right from the very workings of our country as a whole, right down to shaping up individual behaviour and aspirations. LAMP seemed, and then proved to be an extremely pragmatic way of fulfilling the goal of deepening this understanding which was once just a mere realisation. Through the various opportunities afforded to me as a LAMP, I started at the very heart of the law making process in the country, learning more every moment and dispelling myths along the way. This, in my opinion justifies my decision of applying for the Fellowship, the former at the outset and the latter in retrospect. The joy of knowing that you are so closely associated with an MP, who is perhaps one of the most fundamental units of the country's legislation is unparalleled. The fact that you are directly contributing, even if the least possible, to the law making process in the country is even more rewarding. To know that I started my quest of learning about public policy, law and governance, not in the practice nets but on the pitch itself will perhaps be my biggest takeaway from this.
As a postgraduate in International Political Economy, looking forward for career options in bureaucracy and public policy in India, I could not come across any better bridge, than the LAMP fellowship. As fortunate as it turned out to be, I was allocated to an MP from a regional party, that too from a new State, is an added advantage.This has enlightened my experience of the Fellowship with a completely new perspective. The legislative assistance that I provide and the research projects that I work on is shaped by various sets of determinants that uncover my biases, my strengths and weaknesses as a fresher in the sphere of public policy. Through this Fellowship, I am at the focal point of politics in India, and yet working at a very apolitical side of it. In my potential of a LAMP Fellow, I am able to dive in the social-economic areas of my interest as well the areas that I have not read or thought enough about. These months have been extremely enriching in terms of developing an insight, brushing up research methods, and understanding parliamentary affairs in India.
The LAMP Fellowship provides the youth of the democracy a unique opportunity to work in proximity with the institution and people that are at the centre of policy making in India. With this motivation, I went ahead into the fellowship - firstly through a truly enriching training session which opened my eyes to the functioning of the pillars of Indian democracy, and later through legislative work in an MP's office. In all this time, it has been elating to see the questions, debates and bill drafts prepared by me, reaching the floor of the parliament. Moreover, for someone like me who plans to pursue a career in the development sector, the Fellowship exposed me to various avenues through which I, at a later stage, could bring my own work to create more impact through the parliamentary interventions. Finally, it also turned out to be a great opportunity to get hold of some delicacies, from the MP's home state/constituency.
The fantastic experience of my seniors in this Fellowship encouraged me to apply for the same. The chance to interact with the policy makers of a our country at such a young age is an opportunity very few get. I can validate my seniors' experience today. The Fellowship has been a rich learning curve for me and has set the perfect base for my future endeavours in public policy.
After completing my Bachelor’s , I wanted to get insights into the working of the Parliament and understand how the legislative procedures resolve the problems in the society. I believe LAMP fellowship is a unique opportunity which will not only enable me to learn about policy making and enacting legislations, but also help me in contributing to the process. The workshops and the training helped me in understanding about a wide range of subjects and was a real eye opener. The diverse cohort of LAMP is also a source of learning . Needless to say , working with a Member Of Parliament is always exciting.
Being a Political science student, I was always fascinated by the rich theory, the complex logic, the working of government systems, and the sheer brilliance of the arguments that surround my subject. My two year stint as a teacher in a low-income school in Hyderabad as a part of the Teach for India Fellowship exposed me to the harsh realities of our education system. I realized how appropriate government policies can help the disadvantaged and bring educational equity in our country. That is when I came across the LAMP Fellowship, which provided me a unique platform to explore the policy making process under the guidance of a policy maker. The LAMP fellowship helped me
understand the practical aspects, various thought processes, and deliberations that go into the formulation of policies. The diversity of the subjects and issues that I deal with in my MP’s office on a day-to-day basis actually helped me to develop a broader understanding and a multi-dimensional perspective. Apart from being an immense learning experience, the best part of the fellowship is the fact that as LAMP fellows, our contribution to even a small change, an amendment or a clarification to any single bill
actually ends up Impacting millions of people.
Being a public policy student, I was profoundly interested in understanding how the parliamentary system functions in the country. The Fellowship gives you a rare insight and experience of working with a Member of Parliament and you venture out beyond previously held textual knowledge and gather a deeper understanding of the Parliamentarians while being acquainted with their everyday work. As a fellow, perseverance, and dedication are virtues one learns along with their work.
Being a law student, I was always keen to unravel the relationship between law and policy. LAMP Fellowship seemed like the apt opportunity to get a realistic insight into the world of policy making. Moreover the chance to work with a Member of Parliament and to engage with policy makers and experts from diverse sectors sealed the deal for me. The Fellowship allows you to not just observe and understand the process, but also actively engage in it. Working with my MP has provided me with an in-depth knowledge about Parliament and its proceedings along with the challenges involved in tackling developmental problems. The diverse nature of subjects that I deal with on a daily basis has increased my horizons as a researcher. The Fellowship enables me to further appreciate the law and policy-making processes and to do my bit by maximizing the efficiency of parliamentary interventions.
For someone who has often considered a career in public life, the Fellowship has been full of insights on the day to day functioning of MPs. Beyond that, the Fellowship seemed like an attractive opportunity to understand the dynamics of our political and policy-making machinery. It has provided me with new experiences every day and has given me the opportunity to make several important interventions and participate in several critical issues that concern the nation. Opportunities such as the Constituency visit where I interacted with locals gave me a whole new understanding of what expectations people have of their representatives. It has been an invaluable learning experience in understanding the workings of, what is in my opinion, the largest public corporation in the world.
As an individual who wants to bring about change at a macro level someday, the LAMP Fellowship has been a perfect start to my career. During the course of the Fellowship, one has the opportunity to observe the policy making space at close quarters, while working hand in hand with a Member of the Parliament. As a fresh graduate, this provides one with an in-depth understanding of Parliamentary systems and highlights the importance of the role of research in Government establishments. Every day as fellow is different from the other and entails a learning experience unlike any other. The experience has equipped with the insight to address a myriad of issues and formulate viable policy solutions for the same. It would be hard to pinpoint specific takeaways from the programme, but one of the moments that stood out for me was when my MP raised an issue drafted by me before the Parliament. It was then that for the first time, I felt like I was not a mere spectator to the system but a part of it. The experience has been truly humbling and has changed my perspective of our elected representatives. Lastly, the LAMP fellowship has changed the way I look at the world around me, it has made me a more informed citizen with new zeal to contribute to the building of our nation.
It’s not every day that we come across an opportunity to work in a set up that brings us closer to the source of policy making, that makes us understand the system and how it functions from the point where it begins. LAMP is one such opportunity and most definitely the only initiative that takes us within the system for an experience of a lifetime. As the citizens of the country we live in and as rational, responsible members of the society, It is much needed to understand the social and political fabric of the system and to give back in the best possible way. LAMP makes it possible for us by getting us acquainted with the functioning of parliament democracy. The insight, exposure and experience we get brings a change in not only the perspective but also in the vision that we envisage for the nation.
I wish to attain and exhibit abilities to explore the relationship between policy and society and evolve as a thoughtful human being, who could inculcate and disseminate the ideas of rights and justice apart from developing a critical perspective towards social issues. This was the main driver for me to choose the prestigious LAMP Fellowship. In the pursuit of my passion for making a career in development sector and public policy, I consciously attempted to move towards challenging and exhaustive experiences in the functioning of the legislature of our country because it is the legislative branch which frame policies and regulations that touches life of 125 crores Indians. As a professional social worker I have had an opportunity to work at grassroot level and understand the issues from micro level, LAMP Fellowship gave me an opportunity to understand issues from the perspective of policy maker’s top-down approach at macro level. Engaging directly with an MP and understanding the functioning of the system from inside has also cleared all my doubts about apathy and cynicism people associate with our political system. I look at this Fellowship as a great opportunity to contribute my bit to our social, political and economic democracy.
I entered the legal profession aiming to become an advocate for social justice and constitutionalism. My exposure to issues faced by the most marginalized and vulnerable sections of society soon made me realize that legal action by itself would not suffice in the quest for a more just society, and that change can best be brought from within the system. I understood what Karl Marx meant when he said that we study social sciences, and in my case law and policy, in order to influence and change it. For that purpose, familiarizing myself with the system as well as the vocabulary and language of policymaking and legislation drafting was a natural first step. The LAMP Fellowship provided me with precisely this opportunity and helped me develop a far deeper and more mature understanding of the process of legal and social change. Interacting with my Member of Parliament and understanding the parliamentary processes taught me invaluable lessons on the myriad layers and networks of push and pull forces that are involved in policy and law-making. In addition to this, the Fellowship opened my eyes to a vast range of issues in governance and challenged me to delve into new areas of policy and expand my horizons. Finally, the Fellowship taught me humility and to respect the limitations of democratic processes in order to be able to use them for positive social change. I am extremely grateful that I got this opportunity and hope that I made the most of it.
The influence of policy and politics in our lives is huge. I chose legal-studies to understand the dynamics of State’s relationship with its citizens, and LAMP happened to be the next big step in understanding our Parliamentary democracy. The Fellowship gives a platform to work at the very micro level with the highest decision-making body of the country. Working closely with a distinguished Member of Parliament exposes one to the responsibilities of a leading representative towards the diversified socio-cultural milieu and the process called India. LAMP enabled me to bridge the gap between what I had read and heard about Indian politics, and how it really is. The Fellowship is about a very pragmatic aspect of our system, it involves writing, research and debate. I plan on making the most of it by being better aware each day, taking maximum initiatives, and striking the right balance between social growth and national interest.
As a fresh law graduate, I was keen on applying my knowledge in the field of public policy and governance. The public policy scene in India is in its nascent stage and offers thriving but limited options. So when I came across the LAMP Fellowship, it became clear that the kind of opportunities and experience I can find here wouldn't be available anywhere else. I applied for the Fellowship with a pinch of hope and loads of trepidation, which was followed by absolute exhilaration when I was selected. The notion that members of Parliament are overpaid slackers is knocked right out the gate within few days of working with them. They are first and foremost public servants and they take their role very seriously. In the short time that I have been a LAMP Fellow, I have gained perspective, whether it be in respect of the legislative process, human nature or simply put what really is public service.
The policy domain, especially Indian policy has always fascinated me. Little did I know that via LAMP, I would enter this fascinating world rather soon! As a law aspirant, I wanted to understand the dynamics of legislative processes and the LAMP fellowship gave me an opportunity to do just that and so much more. The chance to work directly with a Member of Parliament was not only challenging but extremely rewarding. The fact that every research you do, every brief you prepare and every question that you frame has an impact on so many lives is what makes the fellowship stand out. This journey has been a paradoxical one for me. Every day is about unlearning as much as it is about learning. Moreover, being one of the youngest fellows in the diverse cohort has given me the opportunity to learn so much from my fellow lamps. I intend to carry forward the experiences, knowledge and new perspectives that this fellowship has given me in all my future endeavors.
To me, the LAMP Fellowship represents an opportunity to contribute to policy-making at the highest level. The proximity to legislators allows one to better grasp the spirit of the law along with improving one's proficiency in reading the letter of the law. An active engagement with mechanisms for parliamentary interventions and government accountability will ensure that you always have your finger on the pulse of national and regional developments.
The Fellowship provided me with an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills I learned during my post-graduation. Also, assisting a people’s representative in the world’s largest democracy was an opportunity that I did not want to miss. It was thus a no-brainer for me to grab this opportunity, and I am glad that I did take the plunge. The Fellowship offers unparalleled insights and exposure in the realm of policy and polity, which has been of immense value-addition to my career and personality. From doing research on a number of issues and coming up with parliamentary interventions to focussing on specific issues for standing committee meetings and workshops, the Fellowship provides you in-depth learning from a holistic perspective. Initiatives such as this are much-needed and form a vital part of the democratic process as it interlinks citizen engagement and awareness with the legislative process. Working in such a setting has been an enriching experience and is highly recommended for those planning to work in the policy space.
I applied for the LAMP fellowship owing to my keen interest in law, politics and governance. Being a LAMP fellow, I have learnt about the nuts and bolts of the working of the House of the People - the largest directly elected democratic institution of the country. I learnt the nitty gritties of the law making process and what it takes for an MP to represent the interests of his constituents to the best of his abilities. I filed interventions, assisted in research and drafted Private Member Bills for my MP.