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Dr K.P. Asha Mukundan

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Criminology and Justice , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) in Sociology (Mumbai University),
M.A. (TISS)

After graduating in Psychology from Mumbai University, Dr. Asha pursued her M.A. in Social Work from TISS, followed by a Ph.D in Sociology.  Joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)  as faculty Center for Criminology and Justice (erstwhile Department of Criminology and Correctional Administration) in 2005.

Dr. Asha has been working on issues related to child rights and juvenile justice since 1998. Before TISS,  headed a prject Child Rights Cell which was a  joint venture of the Women and Child Development Department [Government of Maharashtra (GOM)] and UNICEF.   During this period, she also was selected on the panel of trainer to train Juvenile Justice functionaries by the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment-Government of India).  Gets invited  as a guest faculty to the National and State level Judicial Academy, and other colleges of Social Work to deliver lectures / session.

She is the Founder Member and Project Director of the Field Action Project titled “Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice” which works in 6 districts of Maharashtra.  This project has been able to create a policy level impact on the juvenile justice system working with the juveniles in conflict with law in the state of Maharashtra.    She was a part of sub-committees set up by the Mumbai HC to monitor the working of the JJ system in the State and preparing the Standard Operating procedures for the State of Maharashtra,  amendment of the Maharashtra Juvenile Justice Rules.

Has been on the editorial board for the news letter Ujjwal which was jointly brought out by W&CD dept (GOM), Unicef, Balprafulta and Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice (TISS). She was also on the editorial board of the newsletter `Prabodan' being released by Don Bosco Bal Prafulta.

Dr. Asha Mukundan has been the recipient of Endeavour Fellowship granted by the Government of Australia in the year 2007, where she did a study to understand the working of the JJ system in New South Wales.   Selected under the exchange teacher program to the University of Gavle, under the Linnaeus Palme Program in 2013

In September 2014 she has been appointed as Amaicus Curie on a Criminal Public Interest Litigation No.26/11 which looks into the issue of child labour.

She has been nominated as a member in the Executive Committee of Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority by the Bombay High Court (2016).

Dr. Asha heads the Committee comprising of 4 organisations appointed by the Bombay High Court to monitor the working of Dongri Children’s Home and Mankhurd Home as per the directions in the Sou Moto PIL No. 115 of 2014. (order dated 6th May 2016)

 

  • 2004 : National Level Research on “Evaluation Study of all organisations availing of the Centrally             Sponsored Scheme of the Programme for Juvenile Justice"

             Role / Designation : Research Coordinator.

            Sponsor / Organiser : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with Child          Relief and You (CRY)

  • 2006 : National Level Research on “Evaluation Study of all organisations availing of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Programme for Juvenile Justice”

            Role / Designation : State Research Coordinator.

            Sponsor / Organiser : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with Unicef

  •  2008 : Study of the Status of the Justice Delivery System for Juveniles in Conflict with Law in Maharashtra

            Role/ Designation : Team Leader

            Sponsor / Organiser : Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

  •  2010 : Study of the Status of the Justice Delivery System for Juveniles in Conflict with Law in Delhi

            Role/ Designation : Team Leader

            Sponsor / Organiser : Social Welfare Department, Govt. of Delhi

  • 2012 : Making them count : A Census of Street Children in Mumbai.

            Role/ Designation : Part of the TISS Faculty team on a joint research with Action Aid India

  •  2014 : Mapping of Children’s Residential Institutions in Maharashtra

           Role/ Designation : Team Leader

           Sponsor / Organiser : Child Rights and You,   Women and Child Development Department (GOM), &  Manthan Facilitators, Pune.

  •  2015 :  Study on Free Legal Aid Services in Umerkhadi Observation Home, Mumbai

           Role/ Designation : Team Leader

           Sponsor / Organiser :Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice, FAP of TISS. 

  •  2016 : Study to understand the existing mechanism in which crime data is collated in the State of Maharashtra

           Role/ Designation : Team Leader

           Sponsor / Organiser :Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice, FAP of TISS.

 

 

 

   

  • Mukundan, A. (2013). Status offences by Children: An overview. Journal of School of Social Work, Vol X (6), 3-7.
  • Mukundan, A. (2015), Real Story behind Juvenile Crime Data, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol L(25), 31-35.  
  • Mukundan, K.P.A. (2017). Social work intervention in juvenile justice. In M.D. Chong & A.P. Francis (eds.). Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India (pp.145-164). New Delhi, India:Sage Publication.
  • Mukundan, A. (2018), Criminality and Passport Issuance : Clean Criminal Record a Prerequisite ?,  Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 53, Issue No 22, 16-18.  
  • Mukundan, K.P.A (2016, January 17). Why Maneka Gandhi left out ‘prison’ and ‘jail’ in her speech about the JJ Act and used ‘borstal school’ instead. Firstpost. Retrieved from http://www.firstpost.com/india/why-maneka-gandhi-left-out-prison-and-jail-in-her-speech-about-the-jj-act-and-used-borstal-school-instead-2587254.html
  • Mukundan, K.P.A (2016, September 09). NCRB Data: Handle with care. The Hindu. Retrieved from http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/NCRB-data-handle-with-care/article14628673.ece

Is the Founder Member and Project Director of the Field Action Project titled “Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice” which operates from TISS and has its base in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Amravati and Yavatmal. This project has been able to create a policy level impact on the juvenile justice system working with the juveniles in conflict with law in the state of Maharashtra. 

 

Basic methods course in Social Work - case work, quantitative research,

Courses related to Child Rights and Juvenile Justice

Courses related to Criminology and Justice.  

Email: kpasha[at]tiss[dot]edu

kpasha@tiss.edu