I am Kaushal Vidyarthee, DPhil in Social Policy from the .
As an scholar, I came to Oxford in September 2006 and joined Wolfson College. Here, I studied for an MPhil in Development Studies (2006-08) from the . Earlier, I finished Bachelor of Planning (2002-06) from the (SPA) New Delhi, India. I worked as an urban planner in a planning and architecture consultancy firm -Design & Development Forum in New Delhi for a short period. Moreover, I was involved with and projects in my internships during the undergraduate programme. Currently I am associated with Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana - the poverty reduction and women empowerment initiative of Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.
Student welfare and leadership activities have been the best way for me to enjoy the university life. At Oxford, I enjoyed my engagement with the (OUSU), , , and the . I served as the Vice-President (Graduates) -a full time sabbatical officer at OUSU for the year 2008-09 and as the ‘International Students Officer’ –an elected part time executive officer- for the year 2006-07. In my undergraduate days, I have been associated with the (NOSPLAN) for three years (2003-06) at various levels.
Hindi poetry, rendering, photography and cricket are my favourite passions. I also love travelling and exploring new cultures. During summer of 2007, I spent more than two months in East Africa doing my fieldwork. I was born in 1985 in a small village in District of India. I have finished my schooling in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha (i.e. at , and ). I married Swati Saxena in 2012.