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Rahul Mukhopadhyay

Email: rahul.mukhopadhyay@apu.edu.in
Mobile: + 91-98459 36120 / + 91-99039 05510

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 academic institutions.

Academic Qualifications
  • 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.

Teaching

In Azim Premji University

Courses taught/co-taught:
Core: Sociology of Education; Political Economy of Education; Education and Development; Educational Policy and School Systems; Introduction to Research. Electives: Educational Policies and Programmes.

Courses developed/co-developed:
Introduction to Research; Political Economy of Education; Education and Development; Educational Policies and Programmes; Applied Social Research; Introduction to Education, Health and Livelihoods.

Specialisation:
Co-developed and co-anchored the specialisation ‘School Organisation Leadership and Management’.

In Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Involved in teaching in the Master of Arts in Education (Elementary) as Guest Faculty
Courses taught/co-taught:
Research Methods; Education Policy, Institutions and Practices

Research

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, London).
   
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 - Delhi).
   
2013 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 (TISS, Mumbai).
   
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 University Delhi).
Practice

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 functionaries.

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.

Book Reviews

  • 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- 3511.
  • 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. 441-443.


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