NIAS Wednesday Discussion on ‘Caring for Other People’s Children: Teaching in Ashram Schools of Maharashtra' by Dr. Shivali Tukdeo

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              Caring for Other People’s Children:

                        Teaching in Ashram Schools of Maharashtra'


Speaker:          Shivali Tukdeo

                        Associate Professor, Education Programme, NIAS



Chairperson:     Savitha Suresh Babu

                        Doctoral Scholar, NIAS



Date:               26th February 2020


Time:               4.00 PM


Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract: Drawing on our work in Maharashtra, this talk focuses on teaching and teachers’ work in Ashram Schools.  Residential in nature, the Ashram schools have been a significant institution of education in Adivasi regions where state apparatus found it hard to reach. As a formal system, Ashram schools go back to early 20th century and were held together by the impetus of modernity, reason and secular knowledge. Ashram school clusters expanded a great deal post- independence and the schools became firmly cemented with welfare agendas. 


Being a teacher in these institutions is hard on many levels. As learning and living spaces merge in Ashram schools, teachers’ work expands.  Numerous challenges including that of scarcity, safety and discipline were invoked by teachers as they discussed teaching-fatigue and care-fatigue.  Our analysis presents the following factors that affect teachers’ work: responsibilisation, compromised autonomy and cultures of learning. We also attempt to advance a feminist reading of family, familiality, welfare and schooling arrangements.


About the speaker: Dr. Shivali Tukdeo is Associate Professor in the education programme at NIAS. Her research interests include sociology of education policy; exclusion and education.



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Wednesday, February 26, 2020