Yatin Diwakar

PhD Scholar at CTARA, IIT Bombay

I am Yatin RS Diwakar, a PhD scholar at Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT Bombay. I am in my third year of research and i will be using this homepage to update material which i wish to share with others. I hope that you are benefitted from some of it. If you want to discuss about any specific points, point out any mistakes, etc., please feel free to contact me at the details given below. Though i am not very active on social networking platforms, you can reach me through them as well.


Contact details

Email (official) : yatindestel [at] iitb dot ac dot in

Email (personal) : yatindestel [at] gmail dot com

Mobile                 : +91 87 79 65 80 57

Address (lab)     : 2nd floor AMAT building, Near Powerhouse, Hillside road, IIT Bombay, 400076


I am a co-leader of EvalYouth Asia, co-founder and co-leader of EvalYouth India.

Before starting my PhD, i worked as a development professional in different capacities. A short description of the two positions i held in five the years since my MTech in Technology and Development, also from CTARA, follows.

Project Manager, TDSC @ CTARA IIT Bombay

June 2016 - December 2017

Technology and Development Solutions Cell is a project under CTARA which provides consultancy services to NGOs and government agencies based on internally developed protocols. My responsibility was to manage the team of project engineers and researchers working there, interact with client, take new project proposals forward, interact with IITB admin, documentation, etc. The typical projects done by the cell were audits and third party evaluations of small projects.

Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellow

District Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh July 2012 - September 2015

As a Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellow, i was posted in Narayanpur District of Bastar Division, Chhattisgarh, where i worked closely with the District Collector and Chief Executive Officer, Zila Panchayat for three years on various flagship schemes of the central government and helped in day to day running and trouble-shooting across various departments. This was the time which first put monitoring and evaluation of development programs on my radar. Most of my experience of government systems is drawn from this time on field, working with al three levels of decentralised Panchayati Raj Institutes and district level administration across multiple departments.


This Section contains links to my research work till date, newer works at the top.

Work during PhD

Annual Progress Seminar 2 (24 February 2020)

Report of APS 2, discussing progress of work and redefined objectives
APS 2 presentation

Annual Progress Seminar 1 (26 February 2019)

Report of APS 1, discussing objectives of PhD
APS 1 presentation

Literature Review and Seminar (April 2018)

Literature review on history and status of development evaluation
Seminar presentation on the literature review

Solid waste segregation in Powai (April 2018)

Term paper on Segregation of municipal solid waste focussing on Powai area
Presentation on the same

Other Activities, Presentations

Webinar with SLEvA on Data (28 February 2021)

Presentation on What and how of Data Collection, with Surabhi Seth. This was the 15th SLEvA webinar, organised in collaboration with EvalYouth SriLanka and EvalYouth India. The video recording can be found on SLEvA's Youtube channel.

Webinar with EvalYouth Global on Youth Participation in Evaluation (04 December 2020)

Presentation which i used during my talk. The event saw experience sharing by three Young and Emerging Evaluators, Bianca Montrosse Moorhead, Nabukenya Sophie and myself.

EvalFest 2020, New Delhi (12-14 February 2020)

Presentation prepared for plenary session on Day 2 of Eval Fest 2020, the biennial evaluation conference conducted by Evaluation Community of India . I encourage you to become a member if you are interested in the evaluation sector in India.

Team submission in AUA Student Competition: Good Governance in the 21st Century and its Challenges, held at Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan (17 to 22 June 2019)

Submission of idea by team IIT Bombay
Presentation of idea by team IIT Bombay

Master's Thesis work

MTech Thesis, Dissemination of Technologies

MTech Thesis Part 1 on What makes dissemination successful, case study of biogas
MTech Thesis Part 2 on Practising dissemination

MSc Thesis, Characterisation of local rice cultivars

MSc Thesis on Nutritional characterisation of Indegenous Rice varieties in Thane District (Now Palghar) done under the guidance of Mr Sanjay Patil working at Jawhar centre of BAIF-MITTRA.

My Templates

report and presentation template for use in IITB

Report template , in MS Word, based on IITB guidelines for submissions.
Presentation template , in MS Powerpoint, for use in presentations in IITB.

Important files/Links

Here i am putting together some links/ files that i feel are important for IITB junta.

IITB internet/ ldap related

Add GPO mailbox to Gmail app on android: A very useful step by step guide prepared by Hostel 16 residents about how to add your LDAP email account to your gmail app on your mobile phone so that you get updates every hour, without needing to forward all your mail to your gmail inbox.
You can access it directly from hostel 16 website as well.

Connecting to IITB wireless on your device is not always easy, especially from your windows based laptop. Running the automatic script should generally sort the issue, though most people seem to be unaware of this quick fix.
Actually, just go through the various pages on the Computer Centre website to get the most out of IITB internet, like setting up your own homepage

Some good writing tips

Clear Writing Checklist, useful for both presentations and reports.