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Abhayraj Naik
Abhayraj previously taught public law at the Jindal Global Law School of the OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana where he also co-directed the Centre for Public Law & Jurisprudence from September 2009 to July 2012.

He is actively associated with the Environment Support Group, Bangalore (, and has also been associated with the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, Berkeley, USA; Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, USA; Culture Move, Bangalore and other national and international advocacy, activism and research groups for several years now.

Abhijeet Bardapurkar
Abhijeet studied Microbiology in master’s, taught Genetics and Immunology for almost three academic years, and then took to Philosophy of Science and Science Education during his doctoral studies. In this, he is primarily interested in development of scientific explanation and science learning. His research and teaching interests have now grown into philosophy of education, particularly in the areas of ethics and education.
Abhijeet has taught courses in Philosophy of Education, History and Philosophy of Science, Science Education, and Cognitive Psychology at: Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneshwar; and Ambedkar University, Delhi.  

Ajita Raghavendra

Ajita started his career in education as a school teacher for primary kids. Apart from teaching regular subjects, his areas of engagement with children also included engaging in deliberation with them when conflicts arise in the classroom or outside. During this time he also worked on a paper on expanding the definition of violence and the place of violence in education.

Prior to joining the Azim Premji University, he worked as a School director in Nagapattinam. During his time as the director, he engaged in the creation and promotion of an organizational culture based on respect, responsibility, collective ownership and deliberative democracy. In this role, he had the opportunity to understand that teacher morale and productivity is not only affected by problems they face in the classrooms but also by organizational leadership and oppressive societal structures. He has attempted to address these to a certain extent in his school. He still assists the school in an advisory capacity.

At present he is deeply interested in Indian Philosophical Traditions and its reflections on human psychology. He is also interested in the conception of knowledge economy by global organizations and the impact of this conception on issues related to school education.

Amman Madan

Amman's research interests are currently in social stratification and education, social theory and the sociology of organizations. Amman did his M.Sc. in Anthropology with Divyadarshi Kapoor from Punjab University, Chandigarh and then did his M.Phil and Ph.D. with Avijit Pathak at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at JNU. He worked for a while at the Academic Staff College at JNU, after which he was a full-timer with Eklavya at Hoshangabad, MP from 2000 to 2003. Amman taught a semester at the HBCSE and then joined the department of Humanities and Social Science at the IIT Kanpur, where he regularly received commendations for excellence in teaching.

Amman has been guest faculty for the M.A. programme in Elementary Education at TISS. He is associated with several NGOs including Eklavya, Pragat Shikshan Sansthan, Digantar, etc. He is in the editorial collective of Contemporary Education Dialogue and believes Indian academics must write both for scholarly interaction as well as for the people.

Anant Kamath

Anant’s training lies in social science and development studies, and his specialisation lies in innovation and technological change. His research so far has employed an economic-sociology approach to understanding learning and innovative behaviour, and the use of the social network methodology.

Anant has published in various Indian and international peer reviewed journals, and has attended several conferences and seminars all over the world.

Anant is also deeply involved in western classical music, an ardent reader of history and other non-fiction, and has an interest in amateur photography.

Anil Sethi
Before joining AzimPremji University, Anil was a Professor of History at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi.  He has taught at various universities - Delhi University, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, University of North London and, as Visiting Professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.  He has researched the history of communalism, especially its linkages with everyday life.  He has also helped develop a Tokyo-based oral archive on the Partition of India.  His interests include the social and religious history of modern South Asia, the history of the Indian National Movement, and History and Social Science Education.
Anil was a Commonwealth Scholar at St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK from where he got his Ph.D. for a dissertation that dealt with religious identities in nineteenth and early twentieth century Punjab.  He has also been a Centre of Excellence Fellow at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan.
Anil has helped develop various History textbooks published by the NCERT.  He has written for the History textbooks of Classes VIII, XI and XII.  He has lectured and imparted training on History Education and Social Science Education including Education for Peace. 

Anindita Bhattacharya
Aninditahas been pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS and has just submitted her thesis on “Personal growth: Processes and determinants in college youth” which is on positive psychology.Her interest areas include promotion and prevention of mental health, youth development, intentional self-development, personal growth goal pursuit processes and possible selves.

Prior to this, Aninditacompleted her M. Phil in Medical and Social psychology from RINPAS, Ranchi. She received the UGC JRF as well as SRF during her M. Phil and Ph. D. She also received the gold medal for topping the University in M. Phil. She is registered under the Rehabilitation Council of India as a clinical psychologist. She has experience in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, tool development and quantitative and qualitative research.

Ankur Madan
Ankur worked in the Department of Psychology at Christ University from 2010 to 2013. Apart from teaching core courses in developmental psychology, she was actively involved in research and publication activities of the Department. During her term she guest edited the Social Science journal Artha and guided MPhil and doctoral students on topics ranging from disability to geriatrics. She coordinated training programmes for senior faculty of the University and served as the curriculum review coordinator for the Department. She was also actively involved in the student mentoring programme.Ankur has been a resource person for several workshops for teachers and students particularly on topics related to adolescence and creativity learning.

She taught at American University of Kuwait for a period of three years from 2007 to 2010 and in Lady Irwin College and Gargi College in University of Delhi for a period of five years during 1996 and 2000. Here she taught courses in Child Development and Education and was involved in research in the area of integrated education for children with learning difficulties.  Ankur was a recipient of gold medal for first position in MSc and the Junior Research Fellowship awarded by the UGC.

At present, she contributes to a weekly column for The New Indian Express where she addresses students on areas related to life skills, school learning and adolescence

Annapurna Neti
Annapurna’s current research interests include livelihoods, women empowerment through financial services and micro-enterprises.

She has been working in the areas of SME financing, Microfinance, Financial Inclusion and Social Performance Management for 10 years. She has extensive field experience in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. She has worked with Small Industries Development Bank of India and has been a consultant to multiple organizations in the development sector.

Anu Joy
Anu has a PhD in Science Education from the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Her research is in the area of Cognitive Ethnography of Science learning. She holds an M.Sc. in Physics and works with children on science learning projects. She is involved in developing research based curriculum and pedagogies for meaningful learning of science in schools. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a Researcher in the area of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy at NMR Research Center of IISc, Bangalore for two and a half years.