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Indira Vijaysimha


Before moving to the University, Indira served as a member of the Academics and Pedagogy group of Azim Premji Foundation. She headed the Teacher Preparation unit. Her work at the foundation was in the area of curriculum development and implementation of elementary teacher education programs in two states - Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand. In addition to this, Indira spear headed a two year quality improvement program in collaboration with a B. Ed college. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a faculty member for the M.A. El. Ed program at TISS, where she developed and taught a course on Teacher Professional Development.

Indira completed her doctoral studies at NIAS, Bangalore, where she undertook ethnographic research on the work of science teachers in different types of schools. She was associated as a consultant with the District Quality Education Programme in Chamarajnagar, Karnataka. Indira began her career as a High school science teacher and then joined the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as a teacher educator. Her work as a teacher and later as a teacher educator with CEE, provoked a deep questioning about the processes of education and lead Indira to found the Poorna Trust. This non-profit trust manages Poorna Learning Centre in Bangalore - an 'alternative' school which emerged out of Indira's experiences from home-schooling her own children and from her reflections as a teacher and teacher educator. Indira continues to be actively engaged with the Poorna trust and its activities as a centre that promotes inclusive and ecologically sustainable education.

Academic Qualifications

B. Ed
M. Sc (hons)

Areas of Interest

Linkages between education, environment and sustainability
What makes our cities so ugly
Tree planting, organic agriculture
Inclusive education, Equity
Feminist studies

Teaching areas

Curriculum Studies
Science education


Teacher Education, Science Education

Publications and Writings
  • Vijaysimha, Indira (2007) An Alternative School is Born, in Alternative Schooling in India, Eds. Vittachi, S & Raghavan, N.) New Delhi: Sage Publications India Ltd.
  • Vijaysimha, Indira (2006) Teacher preparation for multigrade classrooms, in Mid-Project Reflexive Essays, Vidyankura, District Quality Education Project, Bangalore: NIAS
  • Sarangapani, Padma. M., & Vijaysimha, I., (2005) Assessment of Utility and Usage of Soliga Siddhi Textbooks Developed For Soliga Tribal Ashram Shalas of Chamarajanagar District" Report for SSA, Bangalore: NIAS
  • Vijaysimha, I (2009) Children and their Environment, Teacher Plus, November 2009,
  • 2007: Presentation at Aga Khan Foundation Seminar on Teacher Development, Hyderabad: Spark India.
  • Vijaysimha, I, (2009), The Reading Disease, Learning Curve, Issue XIII, Ocotber 2009, Bangalore: Azim Premji Foundation

Recent Conference Papers (publication awaited):

  • Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference - 2011 at New College, Oxford
    Vijaysimha, I : "We are textbook badenakkais": A Bernstenian analysis of textbook culture in science classrooms. September 20, 2011
  • National Seminar on Teacher Education - 'Pedagogic Trajectories' at Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi
  • Comparative Education Society of India - Annual conference: Nov. 2011
  • Indumathi, S & Vijyasimha, I: Women Teacher's Lives and Implications for Policy


Additional Information

Member of Alternate Education Network

Indira Vijaysimha Faculty At Azim Premji University


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