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Rishikesh B.S

Designation: Associate Professor

Organization: Azim Premji University

Address: Azim Premji University, # 621, 6th Floor, Pixel B, PES University Campus, Hosur Road, Bangalore

Email: rishikesh@apu.edu.in

Bio-blurb:

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:
https://www.deccanherald.com/specials/sunday-spotlight/he-vision-transformational-does-govt-have-the-will-740657.html

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:
http://www.teacherplus.org/health-pe-can-be-a-game-changer-in-schools/

Azim Premji Foundation’s magazine – Learning Curve – carries some of his other recent articles relevant to the education domain:

He can be contacted at rishikesh@apu.edu.in



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