NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Mobile Literacy Institutions in Conflict Zones of India’s Periphery: A Case of Manipur and J&K” by Dr Jeebanlata Salam, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


“Mobile Literacy Institutions in Conflict Zones of India’s Periphery: A Case of Manipur and J&K”



Jeebanlata Salam, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, NIAS,


D Suba Chandran, Professor, International Strategic & Security Studies Program, NIAS,     


Chairperson: Narendar Pani, Professor, School of Social Sciences, NIAS,  


8th March, 2017, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 9.30 am


Abstract: Mobile literacy institutions were a novel approach in India. An analysis of their performance, especially in India’s periphery, with a conflict background is mixed. 

In Manipur, at a time when state run schools are facing spiral downfall, the successful story of mobile literacy centres solely for destitute children in the state is particularly interesting. The presentation shares how the pedagogic engagement of teachers and the taught when organically linked to their own community can be most successful and enriching despite extreme resource constraints and challenging environment of being a conflict zone. 

In J&K, the performance of mobile schools, especially targeting the nomadic tribes traversing the Pir Panjal range has to be analysed in the larger educational backdrop of the entire State and also the larger violence since 1980s and its fallouts. What has been the success these mobile schools in J&K so far, and what could be done further to enhance its delivery?

About the Speakers: Dr. Jeebanlata Salam  is an Assistant Professor at NIAS and has been working on education related issues in conflict zone (s) of Northeast India.  D. Suba Chandran is a Professor and has been working on issues relating to peace and conflict in J&K.


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] and D. Suba Chandran [], Coordinators of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and NIAS Discussion Reports.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017