Founded in 2005, Chaitanya is a small Chennai-based consultancy specialising in research and academic programming on political and policy issues relating to gender, international relations and security broadly defined. Chaitanya was most active between 2005 and 2008 doing policy intervention through research, communication and consultancy projects.
Swarna Rajagopalan is the founder and Director of Chaitanya. Her team projects are carried out under the Chaitanya rubric and in addition, as listed above, she has a considerable portfolio of research, consultancy, writing and teaching to her credit. A fuller listing of Dr. Rajagopalan’s work, both under the Chaitanya banner and on her own, is available here.
Current and recent projects by Dr. Swarna Rajagopalan under the Chaitanya rubric:
Swarna Rajagopalan's consultancy portfolio has been diverse, both in terms of clients and the nature of the projects she has undertaken. She undertakes consultancy projects alongside her work as the founder and Managing Trustee of Prajnya, and has worked with several Indian and international organisations on assignments calling for research, content and editorial intervention, curriculum development and teaching and evaluation skills.
Dr. Rajagopalan's consultancy also includes commissioned academic research which forms part of larger publication projects.
Between 2005 and 2009, Chaitanya created and maintained several useful web-based research resources. These research resource sites, news round-ups and briefs were designed to highlight events and trends with long-term significance and to be of use to others working on specific issues.
Chaitanya’s consultancy projects have included both research, review and writing assignments that Dr. Swarna Rajagopalan received that to do that call on her training as a political scientist, as well as projects which were undertaken by a project team.
The Chaitanya Team portfolio mainly comprises academic consultancies which we have carried out successfully.
Chaitanya is open to academic programming assignments in areas relating to gender, governance, international relations and security studies:
Apart from Dr. Swarna Rajagopalan, Subhashini Selvanathan was part of the Chaitanya team as administrator from April 2006 to May 2014.
Individuals who have interned at Chaitanya include:
ACR Sudaroli, Sandhya Srinivasan S. and Anu Aroon were part of the "Surviving Violence" project team for Tamil Nadu.
Sita Umamaheswaran helped with logistics in the first year of the MSU-Chaitanya summer programme and Anjale Stephanos was full-time Logistical Coordinator in the second year.