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 (http://www.esgindia.org), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Anupama has an M.Sc in Mathematics and has also done her M.Ed
She has eleven years of experience in teaching Mathematics for higher classes in The Aditya Birla School, Kumarapatnam, Karnataka; three years of experience as a teacher trainer in The Teacher Foundation, Bangalore. She has worked towards teacher development and teacher support, by conducting workshops, observing classes and giving needed support in teaching for the teachers.
Prior to joining Azim Premji University, Arima was teaching in the University of Delhi. She also served as a Social Scientist in IC-HEALTH, Delhi (an initiative of World Health Organization and Global Forum for Health Research) and Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. She has more than twelve years of research experience examining research themes in the areas of medical sociology, sociology of childhood and sociology of poverty and marginalization. In the area of medical sociology, she has been working on a wide range of issues including social construction of chronic illness, notions of ‘evidence’, in medicine and other healings systems, immunization and mother-child health, health systems governance and methodological interface between social science and public health.
She has received her training (M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D) in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She had been an academic visitor to several universities including University of Minnesota, USA, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Edinburgh in UK, and University of Oslo, Norway.
She has been a recipient of the M.N. Srinivas Memorial Prize (2006) for her article published in the Economic and Political Weekly (2005) on an ethnography of chronic hunger based on her doctoral work. She has also received the Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship (2009) to do research on comparative healing practices in the University of Edinburgh, UK. Apart from several journal articles and book chapters, she has authored the book on ‘Hunger and Famine in Kalahandi: An Anthropological Study (Delhi, Pearson Longman, 2010), edited ‘Health, illness and Medicine: Ethnographic Readings’ (Delhi, Orient BlackSwan 2010) and co-edited with Suhita Chopra Chatterjee on Multiple voices and stories: Narratives of health and illness (Delhi, Orient BlackSwan, forthcoming).
Arun has a master’s degrees in Mathematics along with an M.Ed. Prior to joining the Foundation, Arun worked for six years as a teacher educator in New Horizon College of Education (Bangalore). He has also worked at Teacher Foundation (Bangalore) in the area of content development and teacher training, for almost three years. He brings rich experience in teacher preparation and development along with subject expertise in mathematics to the Foundation’s work.
Ashish completed his PhD from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai in 2012. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electrical and Electronics, 2002) from Regional Engineering College, Trichy and Master’s in Business Administration (2006) from the Sri Satya Sai University. After completing his engineering degree, he worked with Alstom Ltd.
Ashish’s research interests are in Distributive Justice, Social Exclusion, Welfare and Labor Economics and Child Development issues.
Trained in urban and rural community development from the Tata Institute of social sciences, Benson Issac has been working in the development sector for over 12 years. During this period he has been associated with child rights issues, anti- communalism initiatives, has worked for Greenpeace as a climate change campaigner and also worked as faculty of Social Work at St. Joseph’s College. Through his involvement with Samvada he has done extensive work in sensitising and mobilising youth around social change, trained youth in alternative livelihoods and contributed to developing the body of knowledge around youth studies. Exploring the politics of knowledge and traditional livelihoods, especially handicrafts has also been a significant area of his engagement.
Bharath Sundaram's current research interests include resilience of social-ecological systems, global change and livelihoods, and the long-term monitoring of social-ecological systems. Bharath’s doctoral research centered on a non-native, invasive plant called Lantanacamara in a peopled forest landscape in Karnataka India. In addition to having significantly negative effects on native biodiversity, Lantana also affected tribal livelihoods, and presents an ideal context to explore issues like sustaining livelihoods linked with forests, co-management of forests affected by invasive species, and adaptive management.