CORE TEAM

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Poonam Batra

Co-Investigator and TESF-India Lead

Poonam Batra is Professor of Education from the University of Delhi. Her work spans multiple areas of knowledge: Public policy in education; curriculum and pedagogy; social psychology of education, teacher education and gender studies. Professor Batra was a Nehru Memorial Fellow, member of the Indian Supreme Court’s Commission on Teacher Education and co-author of key education policy documents. Her recent research examines coloniality in the episteme of Indian educational reform, comparative education imperatives; and the politics of school and teacher education reform.

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Amir Bazaz

Senior Lead (Practice) IIHS, Bangalore IIHS Anchor, TESF-India

Amir Bazaz is Senior Lead-Practice at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation, and adaptation and sustainable development. His current research interests are low carbon societies/infrastructure, climate change adaptation and mitigation (across scales), with specific focus on urban-climate change linkages and climate, energy and environment policy.

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Indumathi Sundararaman

Senior Consultant, IIHS (Bangalore)

Indumathi, an educationist has around 15 years of experience in different organisations. She has been a guest faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS), Mumbai and has been consulting with Quest Alliance, Bangalore an NGO till recently. She was associated with I Am A teacher, Gurgaon and Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. Her research interests are gender and education, education and inequality, sustainable education, environment education, feminist science studies and teacher professional development.

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Anisha Shanmugam

Senior  Associate, IIHS (Delhi)

Anisha completed her PhD in Management from the University of Bristol in 2020. Her doctoral thesis focused on the implementation of a teaching practice, Activity-Based Learning (ABL) in government primary schools in Tamil Nadu. Besides research interests in institutional change, practice change and education, Anisha has taken up teaching and administrative positions in schools in India and universities in the UK. Her current research focus is on education and sustainable cities within the TESF project.

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Vaishnavi Mangal, IIHS (Delhi)

Vaishnavi is an educator and a public health researcher. As a social worker, she has carried out primary and secondary research in the context of education, gender, and community work. She has interned across sectors from corporate to ground level organisations. Her current research is based on malnutrition, technology and public health in India in JNU,
New Delhi.

Samiksha Rohilla, IIHS (Delhi)

An educator by profession, Samiksha has been a teacher and a teacher educator for primary level mathematics with Jodo Gyan, an education based social enterprise. She has interned with different institutions such as Central Institute of Education and Technology (CIET) and the National Council of Educational Research and Training on different projects. Her research interests lie within the domain of education and sociology.

Sumit Bose
Former Finance Secretary, GOI

Sumit Bose was the Union Finance Secretary and Revenue Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India till his retirement from the Indian Administrative Service in March, 2014. In the Ministry of Finance he was also Secretary in the Departments of Expenditure and Disinvestment.
As Joint Secretary in the Department of Elementary Education, he was responsible for the launch of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He was also Secretary, School Education in Madhya Pradesh.

Currently he serves as an Independent Director on the boards of several companies and on the boards of various non-profits such as Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (WaterAid India), Parivaar Education Society (Kolkata) and Samaj Pragati Sahayog (Bagli, Dewas).

Nargis Panchapakesan
Former Head and Dean, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi

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K. Subramaniam
Former Director, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai

Professor K. (Ravi) Subramaniam holds a PhD in Philosophy from IIT, Mumbai. He served as Director of the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai from July 2016 to June 2021.

Professor Subramaniam has worked extensively in the area of mathematics education. He has taught various courses in mathematics education for doctoral students including: Introduction to Mathematics Education Research, Theoretical Perspectives on School Mathematics, Representations and Reasoning, and Philosophy of Education. He was a key contributor to course development of the M.A. Elementary Education programme at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and has taught the Pedagogy of Mathematics; Child development and Cognition courses in the programme.   He has mentored and supervised doctoral students across a range of topics including, learning of mathematics, teacher development and mathematics teaching, and science, technology and sustainability.

Professor Subramaniam has a range of publications to his credit in international and national peer reviewed journals. He has authored books for students and teachers, developed manuals and resources for teachers and published various research reports. Professor Subramaniam has made mathematics an enjoyable subject through his books titled - Maths for every child. Some of his key and co-authored publications include: Teachers’ construction of meanings of signed quantities and integer operation, (Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2017) and Mathematics teacher training manual class I and class II. New Delhi: NCERT, (2010).

Professor Geetha B. Nambissan
Former Chairperson ZHCES, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Professor Geetha B. Nambissan is a sociologist of education. She was formerly with the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research has focused on exclusion, inclusion, and social justice in education with particular reference to the schooling of marginalized sections of Indian society: Dalits, Adivasis, and the poor. She has published widely in these areas. Her current research interests include the privatization of schooling and urban transformations and education. She is the editor of the ‘India' section, in the Second International Handbook on Urban Education (Springer, 2017). Her recent publications include ‘Caste and the Politics of the Early “Public” in Schooling: Dalit Struggle for an Equitable Education’ (Contemporary Education Dialogue, July 2020) and Education and the Changing Urban in Delhi: Privilege and Exclusion in a Megacity (Perspectivia.net, 2021). She has been President of the Comparative Education Society of India.

Anshu Vaish
Former Secretary, Education, MHRD

Ms. Anshu Vaish, an Indian Administrative Service officer of the batch of 1975, Madhya Pradesh Cadre, superannuated as Secretary, School Education and Literacy in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prior to that, she has worked extensively in the social sector, including culture and school education, serving in the Departments of Women and Child Development, Health, Social Justice and Empowerment. She has also headed the Archaeological Survey of India as its Director General.

Ms. Anshu Vaish has been involved in various assignments over the years. She chaired the Task Force on Restructuring of the National Council for Teacher Education and was a member of NUEPA’s group to draft a Model Education Code for schools. She has served as Chairperson of Rangasri Little Ballet Troupe Trust, Chairperson of PRADAN, Member of the Governing Body of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal, and Independent Director on the Board of Steel Authority of India.

Currently, Ms. Vaish serves as Chairperson of Rainbow Foundation of India and Member on the General Body of Centre for Equity Studies. She is also a Member on the governing bodies of KATHA, Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute, and Aga Khan Foundation India.