Programme Head: Anitha Kurup
The EDUCATION PROGRAMME at NIAS is a consolidation of work in various projects and academic activities conducted at the institute for nearly two decades. Drawing on a range of experiences, the PROGRAMME is premised on observations that the education system in India, at all levels, is entrapped in several contradictions. On the one hand, mass elementary education remains limited with problems of access, equity and quality, while on the other hand, select specialized institutions of higher education are celebrated for the generation of creative and global talent. Even as existing institutions face a crisis in management and quality, several new, private institutions are catering to differential financial capabilities of households. The challenges are multiple: how to provide equal and quality education to all? What models and practices of education are suitable for a diverse population? How can local and national priorities be matched with the pressures of global regimes? What linkages must education institutions have with the social, political and economic worlds of the people? Attempting to address these challenges and drawing on the institutional mandate of inter/multi-disciplinary research, the Education Programme focuses on connecting research with teaching, advocacy and policy. Our work has found audience in diverse forums including academic journals, national and international conferences, teach-ins, government expert committees, governing boards of educational institutions among others. In addition to the scholars from around the world, we have collaborated with students, teachers, administrators, government officials and civil society organisations.
Research Focus and action engagements (2010-2020)
Building on our work in education for over two decades, the education programme is set to expand in the next few years, focusing on the themes that deserve urgent, deep engagements. Our focus, ‘Reaching the Unreached’ draws attention to the critical problems in education that have hitherto received little attention. Working on all levels of education and interacting with different stakeholders, we have been involved in identifying trends, reviewing schemes and policies, drafting reports and collaborating around issues involving meaningful, viable visions of education. We have identified the following four broad, thrust areas:
(1) Education of the Gifted and Talented
(2) Gender and Higher Education
(3) Women in STEM disciplines
(3) Education and Marginalised Communities
(4) Vocational Education.
The following four are identified as thrust areas:
- Education of the Gifted and Talented
- Gender and Higher Education (Women in the STEM Disciplines; Women and Leadership)
- Education and Exclusion
- Vocational and Higher Education.
The Education programme at NIAS collaborates with a number of institutions, scholars, teachers and policy makers. A list of collaborating institutional partners and researchers is given below:
- Agragami Adivasi Samiti
- Bhasha Research, Gujarat
- National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune
- National Adivasi Solidarity Council
- Dr.Laura Grindstaff, UC Davis, California, US
- Dr.Marcy Delcourt, University of Connecticut, US
- Dr. Joseph Renzulli, University of Connecticut, US
- Dr.Manabu Sumida, Ehime University, Japan
- Dr. Stephen Tommis, HKAGE, Hong Kong
- Dr. Jyoti Sarma, Delhi University, India
- Dr. Ajit Basu, Agastya Foundations, India
- Dr. Swatee Bapat, Swanand Foundation, India
- Dr. Jayan, Life Long Learning Foundation, India
- Dr. Shekar Sheshadri, NIMHANS, India
- Dr. Jamuna Rajan, NIMHANS, India
- Dr. Ankur Madan, Azim Premji University, India
- Dr. S. Mohan, IISc., India
- Dr. Karuna Chanana, JNU, India
- Dr. C.S. Nagaraju, ISEC, India
- Dr. Padma Sarangapani, ISEC, India
- Dr. Gautam Biswas, IIT, Gauhati, India
Kurup, A., 2016. Impact of Science and Technology on Women. Available at: http://yojana.gov.in/Recent_archive_English_2016.asp.
Arkalgud, R. et al., 2016. India's national higher education policy recommendations since independence: An ontological analysis. Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, 30, pp.5–24. Available at: http://eprints.nias.res.in/1136/.
Kurup, A. & Dixit, S., 2016. Gifted with Disabilities: The Twice Exceptional in India. Indian Educational Review, 54(2), pp.7-25. Available at: http://eprints.nias.res.in/1713/.
NIAS, , 2016. NIAS Discussions: "Pre-University Math: Looking Back to Look Forward", Bangalore: NIAS.
Rout, B. & R., R., 2015. Determinants of Students dropout in Indian Higher Education. In Democracy, Governance and Tribes in the Age of Globalized India – Reality & Rhetoric, . Democracy, Governance and Tribes in the Age of Globalized India – Reality & Rhetoric, . New Delhi: Gyan Publishing .
Tukdeo, S., 2015. Literacies and Power: Looking for Adivasi Voice in Education. In India’s Children: Essays on Social Policy. India’s Children: Essays on Social Policy. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://www.oup.co.in/product/academic-general/economics/development-economics/155/indias-children-essays-social-policy/9780199455287.
Tukdeo, S., 2015. Class Divided: Global Pressures, Domestic Pulls and a Fractured Education Policy in India. In Policy Futures in Education. Vol 13. Policy Futures in Education. Vol 13.
Roy, P. & Kurup, A., 2015. A critical assessment of gifted education in India In: Gifted Education in Asia: Problems and Prospects. In Gifted Education in Asia: Problems and Prospects. Gifted Education in Asia: Problems and Prospects. Information Age Publishing , Inc., pp. 147-166. Available at: http://eprints.nias.res.in/866/.
Tukdeo, S. & Babu, S., 2015. Teaching and Teachable Moments in the New Regime. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. L. No, L.
A, K. et al., 2015. Identification and mentoring gifted children: Ages 3-15 years, Bangalore: NIAS. Available at: http://eprints.nias.res.in/938/.
Tukdeo, S., 2014. Complexity, Institutions and Public Policy. In Current Science. Vol. 196. No. 7. Pp. Current Science. Vol. 196. No. 7. Pp. pp. 1014–1015.
Salam, J., 2014. Theft, Corruption and Parental School Choice in Manipur . Economic and Political Weekly, 49(12).
- 13 Jul 2016 NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Socio-Cultural Influences on Development of Historical Understanding" by Dr Shalini Dixit at Lecture Hall, NIAS
- 12 May 2016 to 14 May 2016 [Workshop]: Second Summer Workshop under Gifted Education Programme
- 27 Apr 2016 [Wednesday Talks]: “Beyond Counting: Strong foundational skills in early mathematics leads to number sense, critical thinking, and achievement in STEM”
- 4 Mar 2016 [Panel Discussion]: Autonomy, Democracy and Academic Spaces
- 16 Dec 2015 Open defence of thesis by Ms.Maithreyi R
- 29 Jul 2015 Future of Education: The Schools of the Future
- 20 Jun 2013 Women in Higher Education and Research: Dillemmas and New Directions
- 4 Apr 2013 to 5 Apr 2013 India’s Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities
- 4 Mar 2012 Seminar on Right to Education