Designation: Associate Professor
Organization: Azim Premji University
Address: Azim Premji University, # 621, 6th Floor, Pixel B, PES University Campus, Hosur Road, Bangalore
Email: [email protected]
Rishikesh teaches at the School of Education, Azim Premji University;
he also leads the Hub for Education, Law & Policy located at the University.
His research interests are in the domains of educational policies,
assessments and teacher education.
Having completed his schooling and under graduation in Bangalore, he went to the Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi for his higher education and specialized in Ancient Indian History.
He currently teaches in the Master’s program at Azim Premji University; the courses he offers
for students in the M.A. Education program are related to history of education and educational
assessments. Prior to his present role at the University, he has been an educational researcher for over
two decades; of this, he has spent more than a decade with Azim Premji Foundation, which allowed him to engage
with the education bureaucracy as well as teachers across more than a dozen States in India.
Over the last couple of years, education policy related issues has formed the core of
Rishikesh’s work. He is on various Government Advisory Committees on issues concerning
education; particularly in his domicile State – Karnataka.
His field activities are primarily through workshops on educational research,
deliberations on issues related to teacher education and a variety of engagements on
education policy discussions. This element of practise, and the engagement with theory in the
classroom environment, gives him the balance that he strives for between theory and practise
in his work.
He regularly writes for various publications on the issues and challenges related to school
and higher education; His most recent article on the Draft National Education Policy 2019 was
published on 16th June in The Deccan Herald where he has presented his position that the
Higher Education vision in the draft policy is a transformational one:
He is a votary of deep integration of Sports into mainstream Education curriculum,
particularly at the school level and hence is optimistic of the recent curricular
reforms by the CBSE and has written about it in the Teacher Plus magazine published
in June 2019:
Azim Premji Foundation’s magazine – Learning Curve – carries some
of his other recent articles relevant to the education domain:
He can be contacted at [email protected]