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Rahul’s primary areas of interest in teaching and research are Sociology of Education and
Educational Policies and Programmes. He has been engaged with current policy concerns in
school education in India through completed and ongoing research on the ‘Changing nature of
the public and the private in school education’, ‘Early childhood education’, ‘Socio-historical
study of early literacy in Bengal’, ‘Accountability in school systems’, ‘Right to education’,
and ‘Quality of education’. Rahul is also associated as a visiting faculty with the Master of
Arts in Education (Elementary) at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Rahul’s doctoral dissertation was an anthropological study of the complexities of everyday
functioning of a state-level educational bureaucracy. He has also been a part of multiple
collaborative projects on education and involved in initiatives that have fed into policy and
educational governance issues at both the state and central levels. He has association with a
number of non-government organisations working in the area of education and other
development issues across India and finds it rewarding to collaborate on research and
practice-oriented engagement and interventions involving these organisations and other
- Ph.D. (Social Anthropology) under the aegis of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore; Degree awarded by the Manipal University; 2011
- Post Graduate Diploma in Management, 2000, Goa Institute of Management
- Bachelor of Science (Honours in Economics), 1992, From St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, University of Calcutta
Areas of interest
Sociology of Education, Educational Policies and Programmes, Sociology of India,
Organisational Sociology, Anthropology of the State.
In Azim Premji University
Core: Sociology of Education; Political Economy of Education; Education and
Development; Educational Policy and School Systems; Introduction to Research.
Electives: Educational Policies and Programmes.
Introduction to Research; Political Economy of Education; Education and
Development; Educational Policies and Programmes; Applied Social Research;
Introduction to Education, Health and Livelihoods.
Co-developed and co-anchored the specialisation ‘School Organisation Leadership and
In Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Involved in teaching in the Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) as Guest Faculty
Research Methods; Education Policy, Institutions and Practices
Ongoing Research Projects
Academic Collaborator in 3 ongoing Research Projects
|2017 - 2020
||Research Project ‘Making the elementary schooling system in India work for
disadvantaged learners: a cross-scalar comparative study of accountability
relations’, under ESRC-DFID funded grants; with Prof. Caroline Dyer
(University of Leeds), Dr. Arathi Sriprakash (University of Cambridge), and
Suraj Jacob (Vidya Bhawan Society).
|2017 – 2019
||Research Project ‘Centering Children in the Development Debate in India:
Public Action for Early Start, Fair Start and Fitting Start’, under ICSSR
Research Programme; with Prof. Manabi Majumdar (CSSSC, West Bengal).
|2017 – 2018
||Project ‘Early Literacy Initiative’, under Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
Hyderabad; Academic Collaborator for the component ‘Socio-Historical
Study of Early Language and Literacy Instruction in Bengal’.
Completed Research Projects
|2016 - 2017
||Research Project ‘Monitoring and Regulation in Practice: Exploring the
Institutional System of Indian School Education’, under Research Centre,
Azim Premji University; with Sujatha Rao, Suraj Jacob, and Rishikesh B.S
(all faculty in Azim Premji University).
|2014 – 2016
||Project ‘Changing nature of the public and the private in school education’,
under UKIERI-UGC Thematic Partnerships; with Prof. Padma M.
Sarangapani (TISS, Mumbai) and Prof. Christopher Winch (King’s College,
|2014 – 2015
||Research project ‘A Study of the Markets of Pedagogic Materiality in India’
(Textbook Markets); funded by WATIS; with Dr. Archana Mehendale (TISS,
Mumbai), Rishikesh (Azim Premji University), Suresh Sahu (Azim Premji
Foundation-Chhattisgarh), Suparna Diwakar (Azim Premji Foundation -
||Project ‘Inclusion of Marginalized Children in Private Unaided Schools under
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009: An
Exploratory Study’; funded by Oxfam India; with Dr. Archana Mehendale
|2010 – 2012
||Research project ‘Baseline Survey of the School Scenario in India in the
context of RTE: study of Educational Quality, School Management, and
Teachers’; funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development; with
Prof. Padma Sarangapani (TISS, Mumbai) and Dr. Manish Jain (Ambedkar
Involved as a resource person with: (a) the field research team of the Azim Premji
Foundation; (b) the School of Continuing Education of the Azim Premji University for
developing and facilitating workshops and short-term courses for teachers and education
Co-organised and facilitated a six-day Summer School on the ‘Changing Nature of the Public
and the Private in School Education’, from June 15th to June 20th, 2015, which was hosted by
the Azim Premji University. This was part of an inter-institutional collaborative initiative with
the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and King's College London, supported by a grant
under the UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership for which I was a co-grantee.
Co-organised and facilitated in a 6-day Workshop on Education Policy (Theme: Regulation in
Education) in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. 16-21, Dec, 2013. The workshop
was attended by around 26 participants (advanced research students and others) and was a
collaborative initiative of TISS Hyderabad, Azim Premji University Bangalore, and
Ambedkar University Delhi.
Publications and Writings
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Sriprakash, A., & Mukhopadhyay, R. 2015. Reflexivity and the politics of knowledge:
researchers as ‘brokers’ and ‘translators’ of educational development.Comparative
Education, 51(2): 231-246.
- Mehendale, A., Mukhopadhyay, R., & Namala, A. 2015. Right to Education and Inclusion in
Private Unaided Schools.Economic & Political Weekly, 50(7): 43-51.
- Mukhopadhyay, R., & Narayanan, V. (2014). ‘The Ignorant Schoolmaster’: Jacotot /
Rancière on Equality, Emancipation and Education. Contemporary Education
Dialogue, 11(2): 221-234.
- Mukhopadhyay, R., and A. Sriprakash. 2012. Target-driven reforms: Education for All and
the translations of equity and inclusion in India. Journal of Education Policy, 28 (3): 306-321.
- Mukhopadhyay, R., and A. Sriprakash. 2011. Global frameworks, local contingencies:
policy translations and education development in India. Compare: A Journal of Comparative
and International Education, 41 (3): 311-326.
Books / Chapters in Books
- Jain, M., Mehendale, A., Mukhopadhyay, R., Sarangapani, P. M., & Winch, C. (Eds.).
2018.School Education in India: Market, State and Quality. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-
1-138-49474-9 (hbk); ISBN: 978-1-351-02566-9 (ebk).
- Mukhopadhyay, R., & Mukunda, K. 2017. Cultures of fear: children in school. In T.S.
Saraswathi, S. Menon, and A. Madan (Eds.) Childhoods in India: Traditions, Trends and
Transformations (chapter 12). New York: Routledge.
- Mukhopadhyay, R. 2010. PPPs in Delivery of Elementary Education: Present Imperfect,
Future Alternatives. In G Ramesh, V Nagadevara, G Naik, and A Suraj (eds.) Public Private
Partnerships. Pp. 307-324. New Delhi: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-59924-5.
- Mukhopadhyay, R. 2009. Changing Mindsets about Quality. In Preet Rustagi (ed.)
Concerns, Conflicts, and Cohesions: Universalization of Elementary Education in India. Pp.
172-186. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-8060246.
Research Monographs / Policy Reports
- Guest Editor with Dr. Archana Mehendale (TISS) for NORRAG Special Issue 01 The Right to
Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities (Jan, 2018).
- Sarangapani, P., Mehendale, A., Mukhopadhyay, R., Namala, A. (2014). Inclusion of
Marginalized Children in Private Unaided Schools under The Right of Children to Free and
Compulsory Education Act, 2009: An Exploratory Study. Report submitted to Oxfam India.
- Sarangapani, P., Jain, M., Mukhopadhyay, R., & Winch, C. (2013). Baseline Survey of the
School Scenario in Some States in the context of RTE: Study of Educational Quality, School
Management, and Teachers Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal. Report submitted to the
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
- Mukhopadhyay, R., N. Ramkumar, and A.R. Vasavi. 2009. Management of Elementary
Education Structures and Strategies. New Delhi: NUEPA.
- Mukhopadhyay, R., N. Ramkumar, and A.R. Vasavi. 2017. Management of Elementary
Education: Structures and Strategies. In R. Govinda and Mona Sedwal (eds.) India Education
Report: Progress of Basic Education. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Review of School Education, Pluralism and Marginality: Comparative Perspectives, edited
by C. Sleeter, S.B. Upadhyay, A.K. Mishra, and S. Kumar. Journal of Educational Planning
and Administration 2014, Vol. 28: 1. pp. 91-94.
- Review of Who Goes to School? Exploring Exclusion in Indian Education, edited by R.
Govinda. Journal of Educational Planning and Administration 2012, Vol. 26: 2. pp. 395-398.
- Review of The Elementary Education System in India: Exploring Institutional Structures,
Processes and Dynamics edited by Rashmi Sharma and Vimala Ramachandran.
Contemporary Education Dialogue Spring 2009, Vol 6: 2. pp. 238-242.
- Review of Degrees Without Freedom?: Education, Masculinities, and Unemployment in
North India by Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffrey and Roger Jeffrey. Indian Journal of Human
Development Jan-June 2009, Vol 3: 1. pp. 221-222.
- In the Margins of the State. Review of Anthropology in the Margins of the State edited by
Veena Das and Deborah Poole. Economic and Political Weekly August 12, 2006. pp. 3510-
- Review of Education and Decentralization: a Case Study of India’s Kerala State by M.V.
Mukundan. Journal of Educational Planning and Administration July 2005, Vol 19: 3. pp.