Ahana Dasgupta

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN)
  • First and Second Language Pedagogy
  • English as a Second Language Pedagogy


Ahana completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Calcutta. She has worked in the field of child pedagogy, engaging with children across grades, teachers, teacher educators, academic and administrative functionaries, anganwadi workers, and other organisations working in this domain. 

In the initial nine years of her career, she was associated with Vikramshila Education Resource Society (VERS), Kolkata. There she primarily worked on bridging learning gaps in primary grades and providing teacher training on various topics. Some of these were on National Curriculum Framework (NCF), the Right to Education (RTE) Act, language pedagogy, communicative English, the multiplicity of childhoods, and ECE. She had also led programmes on ECE and life skills education for adolescent girls. 

Her major area of engagement has been in the domain of ECE; where she has worked across the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir to develop curriculum, and learning resources, build teacher proficiency, and set up model anganwadi centres.

As a senior consultant in the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ahana was engaged with the tasks of child budgeting and developing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) country report. She was also briefly engaged with Tripura Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) on Saksham Tripura, a project for the comprehensive development of Children with Special Needs (CwSN). Here, she worked as a representative from CBM India Trust. 

Before joining the University, Ahana was working with UNICEF Assam as a State Consultant for FLN. There, she closely worked with SSA and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in developing the state’s vision document, communication and capacity-building strategies, FLN curriculum, and the State Curriculum Framework for foundational stage. She has also supported Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to develop their approach towards adopting, adapting, and contextualising the NEP 2020.

Ahana loves dance — especially Kathak and Rabindranritya. She also loves indulging in art and craft, especially fabric painting.

Conference Presentations

  • Dasgupta, A. (2008, November). Blending of traditon and modernity in dance as a performing art in India. [Paper presentation]. 2nd Annual Conference of Sociological Association of West Bengal (SAWB). West Bengal, India.
  • Dasgupta, A. (2017, March). TESOL- A perfect fit in Indian context. 2017. [Poster presentation]. International Convention & English Language Expo. Seattle, Washington, USA.