Dr.Balu is Assistant Professor in Department of Social Engineering, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. He completed Doctorate in Sociology and Post Graduate Diploma in Development Management (PGDDM) from Tata Dhan Academy. He attended various training programmes from national importance institutions. He has six years of development professional experience from DHAN Foundation and two years research experience in UNDP- MoRD project at National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj (NIRD&PR). He has contributed papers in national as well as international conferences /seminars. He has coordinated National level workshops and training programmes in youth affairs. His areas of interest include: Local governance, Women Empowerment, Rural Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship.