Aishwarya is an air quality researcher, currently working on the aspects of air quality regulation and governance in India, at the Council. He focuses on building knowledge in the domains of regulatory governance, contract management and negotiations, policy analysis, and public finance.
Prior to joining the Council, Aishwarya worked as an Associate, Public Policy in the Business Intelligence team of UpGrad Campus. The work included assisting the company with regulatory compliance and mapping the extant regulatory landscape in the ed-tech sector of India. He also assisted the legal team in drafting purchase agreements, sales orders, MoUs, and notices. Further, he liaised on behalf of the company with UGC and AICTE and advocated for policies favorable to the company.
Aishwarya’s earlier engagements include interning at Public Health Foundation India (PHFI), where he worked with the Chhattisgarh government and the WHO and co-authored a working paper, identifying the roadmap to the institutionalisation of Universal Health Coverage in Chhattisgarh. Before that, he interned at Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Kolkata, where his work involved primary data gathering on the perception of China in India’s leading English print media. He also worked as a lawyer post his graduation in 2017 in the Allahabad High Court before delving into UPSC preparation.
Aishwarya has BALLB(Hons.) from Allahabad University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from NLSIU, Bangalore. His master’s thesis was on India’s creative freelance economy and the legal and regulatory aspects around ‘freelancing’ as a concept.
Aishwarya enjoys listening to and exploring music during his leisurely hours and likes to believe he might someday critique music for extra income. He also loves to play football, hit the gym, read non-fiction, and browse through Reddit. Occasionally, he would head out to treks, and admire the beauty nature abounds in. He loves to socialise, and believes that conversations have been key to his making.