CTaP Coordinator

Prof. Muraleedharan V R

Prof. Muraleedharan V R

Professor VR Muraleedharan, a Development Economist, with primary research interest in the field of Healthcare Economics, has been teaching at the Department of HSS, IIT Madras, since 1988.

He is currently engaged in a five-year comparative research project on health economics and financing, funded by DFID (London), as part of a Consortium of 10 institutions (from India, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand and South Africa, http://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk) . His most recent contribution to the book “Good Health at Low Cost: what makes an effective health system?” (2012) analyses developments in the healthcare delivery system of Tamil Nadu over the past 30 years. Currently, he is engaged in piloting Universal Health Coverage in two poor blocks of Tamil Nadu.


Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde is an MD in Community Medicine. He was the project manager of the Tamilnadu state level Community Action for Health process (with SOCHARA) under the NRHM between 2010-2012. He is presently pursuing a PhD with the University of Umea, Sweden on Health Policy Implementation, focusing on the implementation of policies regarding community participation in health. He is a member of the National ASHA mentoring Group and also serves as the Chairperson of the Community Advisory Board of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board and International Patient Advisory Board of the BMJ group. His area of interests are community based accountability and governance in health systems.

At CTaP he is working on vaccine related decision making and environmental epidemiology.


Senior Scientist

Dr.Rakhal Gaitonde

Dr.Rakhal Gaitonde

Project Advisor


Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh Shah is a graduate of the LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore where he completed his Masters in Public Administration (MPA). His research areas include waste management, circular economy, industrial pollution and environmental justice. He also consults with networks like Zero Waste Europe and GAIA, on international waste and climate policy.

At CTaP, he is engaged as a policy advisor to the group working on waste management, environmental health and site remediation.


Vipin has done his Masters in Thermal System Design and is currently pursuing his Ph.D from IIT Madras. Prior joining CTaP he was working with Forbes Marshall in as a designer of expander used in cogeneration. His present research interests are in field of exergy analysis of energy systems and expander technology for CHP applications.

Project Scientist


Vipin. V. Gopal

Project Associate


Sudha Rani

Sudha is a Project Associate with master’s in public health. She was a lead researcher for CANG-TN (Campaign against negligence of girl child, Tamil Nadu), a rights based action research among the unorganised women workers in few districts of Tamil Nadu. Her other research experience was on nurses’ agitation in Tamil Nadu and billing component of Chief Ministers Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme in Humanities and Social Sciences Department, IIT Madras.
Her basic interest is on public health services and system research that would eventually lead to effective, efficient, and equitable public health services across nation.

Dhipankumar Kanakasabapathi is a masters graduate from University of Borås, Sweden where he studied Resource Recovery and Sustainable Energy Technology. He also holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore in 2010.

Prior to joinin CtaP he worked as a Research Engineer with M/s Arrya Hi-Tech Energy on optimization of process design, construction, operation & maintenance of biomass gasifier on power generation projects and various thermal energy projects along with techno-economic assessment studies of biomass based energy generation projects and roof top solar PV projects focusing on educational institutions.

At CTaP he is working on thermal based renewable energy, biomass & bioenergy (combustion, pyrolysis & gasification), energy systems analysis, industrial symbiosis, life cycle assessment & sustainable development.

Project Associate

Dhipan kumar Kanagasabapathi 

Project Associate

devi_imageDevi Asokan

Devi holds a Master of Technology (M.Tech) Degree in Communication Systems and had wide range of experience as Teaching faculty and Technical editor of engineering books. Prior to CTaP she was working in the field of Curating and testing at Mylspot which develops and promotes intelligent tutoring applications in the field of engineering. 

In CTaP she is working in the research of  “Technology and Engineering Education”,that aims at exploring the role of technology in improving the process of learning.

Working Group Members

List of faculty Working Group Website
Ashok Jhunjhunwla Energy http://www.ee.iitm.ac.in/~ashok/
Bhaskar Ramamurthi  Energy https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/bhaskar
Krishna Vasudevan  Energy https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/krishna.vasudevan
Lakshmi Narasamma  Energy https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/lakshmin
Shiva Nagendra Waste Management and Environmental Health http://www.civil.iitm.ac.in/?q=shiva_con
Arun Kumar Thittai Medical Technologies and Society https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/akthittai
Solly Benjamin Innovations in Informal Market https://hss.iitm.ac.in/index.php/faculty/institute-faculty?id=35
Devdas Menon Others https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/dmenon
Meher Prasad A Others https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/prasadam
Satyanarayana K N  Others https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/satyakn
Koshy Varghese Others https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/koshy
Ashwin Mahalingam  Others https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/mash
Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam  Medical Technologies and Society http://www.ee.iitm.ac.in/~mohan/
Umakant Dash  Universal Health Coverage https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/dash
Murthy B.B.S Waste Management and Environmental Health http://www.civil.iitm.ac.in/?q=murty_edu
Ligy Philip Waste Management and Environmental Health https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/ligy
Satyanarayanan Seshadri Energy https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/satya
Nandan Sudarshanam https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/nandan
Indumathi Manivannan Nambi Waste Management and Environmental Health https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/indunambi
Mahesh Panchagnula Energy http://apm.iitm.ac.in/fmlab/mvp/
Venkatesh G Technology and Engineering Education https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/venkateshg
Sureshbabu M  Energy & Technology and Engineering Education https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/sureshbabum
Mathangi Krishnamurthy Medical Technologies and Society https://www.iitm.ac.in/info/fac/mathangi
Girija Vaidyanathan Universal Health Coverage & Medical Technologies and Society gigiv_40@yahoo.com

Former Associates

 Sai Charan

Education Technology in Higher School Education

B.Tech., Electrical Engineering (2016) IIT Madras


 Ankit Jain

Education Technology in Higher School Education

Mechanical Engineering (2016) IIT Madras


 Dr. Jessica Seddon

Dr. Jessica Seddon served as a senior fellow at CTaP during 2014-15. Her areas of expertise includes governance in housing/shelter policy and urban water resource management.


 Somya Sethuraman

Somya Sethuraman worked as a project associate on urban housing policy.

 Aparna Anantha krishnan

Aparna worked on the use of mobile technology in health care in south India.

Manjari Shankar

Manjari worked on the use of mobile technology in health care in south India.

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