2022 MA, Economics, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
2020 BA, Economics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
States: Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan
Cities: Ranchi, Dumka, Latehar, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Dausa, Varanasi
Languages: English, Hindi, Local dialect of Bihar and Jharkhand
While doing his bachelor’s at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Mithlesh extensively engaged himself with the socio-economic issues of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Soon he found himself more interested in the areas of development, policy and their impact, which motivated him to join Azim Premji University. He did his master’s in economics with a specialisation in development and policy.
During his master’s, he focused on areas of his interest with courses like Economics of Identity, Political and Legal Institutions and Sociology of Development. He also did several research projects such as estimating caste-based residential segregation of Ranchi Municipal Corporation. Using IHDS data sets, he calculated the economic conditions of single women. In his master’s thesis, he investigated the role of non-timber forest products in providing sustainable livelihoods to the tribal communities of Jharkhand.
Currently, he focuses on the impact of climate change on marginalised communities, which is his driving force in the social sector.