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Research Projects

1. THRUST AREA RESEARCH

Focus Project Title Lead Researcher / Team Brief Description
Early Childhood Care and Education An Evaluation of the Non formal Pre-School education in Medak Disitrict

Research Centre
(Devaki L.
Priya Iyer
Sukanya Mohanty )
and Andhra Pradesh Team
(Umamaheswarea R Jaggena)

The first six years of a child’s life lays the foundation for lifelong learning and development. The present study has been taken up in response to the need for generating a data-based understanding on pre-school education. The key pbjectives of the study are as follows: (i) To assess the extent to which Anganwadi centres provide the entitlements on food, nutrition and pre-school education
(ii) To identify gap areas in implementing the pre-school education component of the ICDS program
(iii) To study the relationship between classroom processes, resource utilization and the ability to use concepts of shape, color, number and language.
Teacher Professional Development Teacher Professional Development in Whole Class Technology Integration through a Design Experiment Meera Gopi Chandran
S.Santhosh
with Government of
Karnataka and JiL Technologies,
funded by Qualcomm
A 3 year research project in 12 schools of Karnataka with the objective to develop a model for teacher professional development in 'whole class technology integration' through a design experiment.
Emergence of the reflective practitioner from the in-service teacher Dr. Neeraja Raghavan and
Vipin Chauhan
Studies the processes of becoming reflective teachers.
Framing of BTC Curriculum Ambika and
Chandrika Murlidhar
Field Institute (Uttarakhand)
What are the learnings in processes in implementing Pre-service education
What are the challenges in partnerships with Government in designing and implementing the curriculum
Education Leadership and Management A Study of School Leadership in Government Schools in Karnataka Saswati Paik,
Sujatha Rao,
Swati Chanda
This is a grounded, longitudinal study of school leadership in seven districts in Karnataka (India), with particular focus on government schools. The objectives of the research are to understand:
(i) the construct of school leadership in Karnataka, and how leadership gets enacted in schools
(ii) the role of structured leadership development programs in developing effective school leaders.

2. OTHER RESEARCH STUDIES

Focus Project Title Lead Researcher / Team Brief Description
Evaluation of Nali-Kali Evaluation of Nali Kali-A Large Scale Government of Karnataka Initiative Dr. Namita Gupta, Govt. of Karnataka, Stanford University and Catalyst Management services, with support from Hewlett Foundation. This research evaluates the impact of the Nali Kali program and studies its process of implementation. In addition to providing feedback to the program, its findings are valuable for state policy decisions across the country, where similar quality improvement programs are running or being contemplated
University Experience Exploring University Experience Dr Devaki L
Dr Reshmi Mitra
How have experiences at the University impacted students –the pluses and the flip side?
Which of these experiences have impacted them most?
What are the challenges that students face in dealing with these experiences?
Are these experiences placing a section of students at a disadvantage and if so how can these be addressed?
To what extent do differences in gender, socio economic background and economic status shape the way in which the student experiences the University?
Ecology of Nutrition in Midday Meal Ecology of Nutrition in Midday Meals: Mandya

Research Centre
( Devaki
Sukanya Mohanty)
Mandya Team

To identify the food safety levels by (i) evaluating the storage system and (ii) through the analysis of food grains for presence of hazardous materials. To identify nutritional gap in cooked food against the benchmark stipulates of the State. To what extent do classes and schools differ in food consumption patterns. To identify whether schools differ in their aggregate consumption
Nutrition Do we know what they eat, and why? A Study on School-level Dietary Adequacy and Impact of Cultural Beliefs in Remote Rural Areas in Southern India

Dr Shreelata Rao

What is the current nutritional intake of children in Grades 1-5 in terms of both macro- and micro-nutrients, and what is the educational and clinical impact?
What are the household characteristics, both in terms of (i) economic and social status; and (ii) traditional and cultural practices that determine nutritional choices, and how rational are these choices (as judged by whether they contribute to a well-balanced diet)?
Are there deficiencies that can be addressed on the short-term by supplementation or fortification?
Are there locally available solutions (short- or long-term) that can be mainstreamed into the everyday lives and diets of the children to address significant nutritional deficiencies?
Mobile Technology and Language Learning Use of Mobile Technology for Learning English Nivedita Bedadur Build English language capabilities of Teachers through the use of Mobile
Ethnographic Action Research Action Research on
training participants in field research
to ask the right questions.
Institutional Capacity
Development team with
University of Pennsylvania
An action research on the process of training people to ask the right questions
Gender dynamics in Classroom A study on gender
dynamics in classroom
Chitra Venkatraman
S. Indumathi
Examines gender dynamics in physics and biology sixth and seventh classes
Compares gender dynamics in Government and Private Schools
Study of gender dynamics entails finding out (through non-participant Class Room Observation)
Explore areas like - to whom are questions addressed, whether there is difference in types of questions addressed to the gender groups, whether there is difference in time given to the gender groups to answer; whether the dynamics differ with the gender of teachers
Reconciling the Census of Nagaland Reconciling the Census of Nagaland with Local Sources of Demographic Information Ankush Agrawal and
Vikas Kumar
The study attempts to look at the factors explaining the decline in population in Nagaland after abnormally high population growth in the state.     To examine the extent and mechanism of manipulation of Census data in Nagaland.• To look at the driving force behind manipulation of the 2001 Census.
Decentralization and Health Decentralisation and Decision Space in the Health Sector in Karnataka Shreelata Rao The study aims to: 1. To measure the degree to which decentralisation and devolution have been operational at district level and below under NRHM in six districts of Karnataka state
2. To identify the constraints faced by the authorities in the course of decentralisation process
3. To study the effect of high or low decision space on health outcomes (Key health indicators)
4. Areas that need to be strengthened to enhance implementation effectiveness at the district level and below (recommendations at the policy and program levels
Rural-urban conundrum Rural-urban conundrum: a treatise on the small farm dynamics Seema Puroshotam The proposed study aims to understand : (i) what available approaches have to offer in explaining a small farm, as a reliable livelihood option and small farmer as an identity in India. (ii) To synthesise and evolve an integrated and dynamic framework for explaining the Indian small holder.
Community -School Connect Identifying school-community
factors associated with
improving learning Outcomes
Research Centre,
IAA with Michigan State
University : Amita Chudgar,
Radhika Iyengar and Madhur
Identify school and community factors associated with improved student learning
Approach - Two period gain-score analysis and hierarchical linear model analysis
Development of Skills Large Scale Skill
Development Student Survey
Research centre with
Field Institute with
Field Institute -
Bijoy Das (Sirohi),
Guru Moger,
and Pusham Jha (Dhamtari)
With University of
Pennsylvania : Devesh Kapur
& Megha Aggarwal
Identifying whether Class X and XII students are aware of courses for skill development
Identifying the need for skills-based courses among students in class X and XII