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Prof Disha Nawani

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Education , School of Education

M.Phil. (JNU),
Ph.D. (JNU)

Member of Drafting Committee of India Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2020)

Member of Development of Handbook of Textual material, NCERT (2020)

Managing Editor, Contemporary Education Dialogue, SAGE

Member, Think Tank- Teacher Education, Directorate of Teacher Education and SCERT, Odisha, 2018-19.

Expert for thematic consultation on Re-vamping Teacher Education for Quality Teachers of Dept of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, New Delhi, Nov 2015.

Member, IQAC, St. Xaviers Institute of Education, 2015-17.

Member, Joint Review Mission, appointed by MHRD, to examine Teacher Education Institutions in Delhi, 2016.

Member,  Committee appointed by National Council of Teacher Education, MHRD to implement three of the recommendations made by Justice Verma Commission on re-vitalizing Teacher Education in India, 2013-14.

Member, Joint Review Mission, appointed by MHRD, to examine Teacher Education Institutions in Andhra Pradesh, 2014.

Member, Joint Review Mission, appointed by MHRD, to examine Teacher Education Institutions in Tripura, 2013.

Expert Advisor on a seven state comparative study on Activity Based Learning funded by UNICEF and conducted by Education Initiatives, Bengaluru (April 2012-15).

Member, core team on a Study of the Implementation of CCE in seven states in India, UNICEF, August 2014-15.

Member, Experts for thematic consultation on New Education Policy on “Revamping Teacher Education for quality teachers”, National Level Conference, Department of school education and Literacy, MHRD, Nov 2015

Member, Executive Committee, Comparative Education Society of India (2013-17)

Member, National Resource Group for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (2015-17), MHRD

Review Editor, Contemporary Education Dialogues, New Delhi: SAGE Publications.

My research interests lie within the discipline of sociology of education- almost every school-related concern but more specifically,  curricular, pedagogic and assessment-related issues, teaching-learning resources, teacher education, analysis of educational policies and programmes etc.

Nawani, D (2020). NEP 2020 fails those trapped in vicious cycles of disadvantage, The Indian Express, 25th Sept. https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/national-education-policy-2020-nep-6609564/

Nawani, D (2020) Why should one be charitable towards NEP, Livemint, 23 August. https://www.livemint.com/opinion/online-views/opinion-why-one-should-be-charitable-towards-national-education-policy-11598166496909.html

Nawani, D (2020). NEP 2020 comes short of providing an enabling milieu for teachers, 19th august. https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/new-policy-old-mindset-6560315/

Durrani N., Nawani D. (2020) Section Editors, Knowledge and Curriculum. In: Sarangapani P., Pappu R. (eds) Handbook of Education Systems in South Asia. Global Education Systems. Springer, Singapore. 

Durrani N., Nawani D. (2020) Knowledge and Curriculum Landscapes in South Asia. In: Sarangapani P., Pappu R. (eds) Handbook of Education Systems in South Asia. Global Education Systems. Springer, Singapore. http://link-springer-com-443.webvpn.fjmu.edu.cn/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-981-13-3309-5_53-1

Nawani, D., Goswami R (2020) Assessment of student learning in South Asia: Concerns and challenges. In: Sarangapani P., Pappu R. (eds) Handbook of Education Systems in South Asia. Global Education Systems. Springer, Singapore. http://link-springer-com-443.webvpn.fjmu.edu.cn/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-981-13-3309-5_47-1

Nawani, D (2020). Impasse caused by pandemic offers room to rethink board exams, find alternatives, The Indian Express, 5th May. https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/board-exams-coronavirus-pandemic-students-education-6393932/

Nawani, D (2020). To give or not to give the pending Board Exams: Why CISCE's offer reflects insensitivity. The New Leam, 21st June.https://www.thenewleam.com/2020/06/to-give-or-not-to-give-the-pending-board-examswhy-cisces-offer-reflects-insensitivity/

Nawani, D (2019), Bin bhaye hoye na preet: resilience of the fear-based examination-detention policy in the Indian education system in. Raina, J. Elementary Education in India: Policy shifts, issues and challenges, Routledge South Asian Edition: New Delhi

Nawani, D (2018) Modifying school textbooks: Disregarding children's experiences, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol LIII No 29, pp 12-15.https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/29/commentary/modifying-school-textbooks.html

Nawani, D (2018) Social reform through curricular design: Inclusion or Exclusion? In Brahme, M, Sureshbabu, M, Muller, T (eds) Inclusive education in India: Concepts, Methods and Practice. Mosaic Books: New Delhi.

Nawani, D (2018), “Examination for elimination: Celebrating fear and penalizing failure”, Handbook of Education in India: Debates, Policies and Practices, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group: London and New york

Nawani, D (2018). Is there a learning crisis in schools? Seminar.706, pp.50-54.

Nawani, D (2018). CBSE leaks: To really reform India’s education system, we need to think beyond board exams. Scroll.In. May 31. https://amp.scroll.in/article/874006/cbse-leaks-to-really-reform-indias-education-system-we-need-to-think-beyond-board-exams.

Nawani, D (2018). 'Assessing ASER 2017”, Economic & Political Weekly, Volume 53, Issue No. 8, pp. 14-17. https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/8/commentary/assessing-aser-2017.html

Nawani, D (2017). Shiksha ka adhikaar: Kya hum sahi raastey par hai, Shiksha Vimarsh, Year 19, No.6, pp.19-26. http://www.digantar.org/uploads/shiksha-vimarsh/articles/2017_11_04.pdf

Nawani, D (2017). “Vidyalayi Pustakein: Utkrishtta se betukepan kee aur”, Shiksha Vimarsh, Year 19, Number 3, pp. 37-43. http://www.digantar.org/uploads/shiksha-vimarsh/articles/2017_03_06.pdf

Nawani, D (2017), “Textbooks: Hear our voice”, Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators, Volume V, Issue II, pp.20-25. https://ncert.nic.in/pdf/publication/journalsandperiodicals/vtte/vtte_aug_2017.pdf

Nawani, D (2017). Right to Education: Are we on the right track?, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. LII, No. 31, 21-25. https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/31/commentary/right-education.html

Nawani, D (2017). School Textbooks: From Sublime to the Ridiculous, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 52, No. 9, 16-19. https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/9/commentary/school-textbooks.html

https://scroll.in/article/832985/the-development-of-school-textbooks-is-serious-business-and-must-be-monitored-rigorously (republished..Apri1 5, 2017)

Nawani, D (2016). Sakaratmak Shiksha Niti ke Chintajanak Pahalu (Hindi), Shiksha Vimarsh, Year 18, No.5, 13-19. http://www.digantar.org/uploads/shiksha-vimarsh/articles/2016_09_03.pdf

Nawani, D (2016). School Education: Policy strengths and concerns, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. LI, No.35, 43-7. https://www.epw.in/journal/2016/35/draft-policy-education-2016/school-education.html

Nawani, D (ed)(2016), Teaching-Learning Resources for School Education, New Delhi: SAGE Publications.

Nawani, D (2016), Quality Education in Contemporary India, Yojana, June, 2016, pp. 26-8.

Nawani, D (2015), Learn without fear of failure, Hindustan Times, March 30, 2015. https://www.hindustantimes.com/ht-view/learn-without-fear-of-failure-and-the-mere-urge-to-pass-exams/story-OapnsckEHhAB83HgK6ydpJ.html

Nawani, D (2015), Schoolon mein aanklan pe punarchintan (Hindi) in. Shiksha Vimarsh, year 17, No 3, May-June, pp. 25-35. http://www.digantar.org/uploads/shiksha-vimarsh/articles/2015_05_04.pdf

Nawani, D (2015). Are private schools better?, Economy& Industry- A Confederation of Indian Industry Initiative, February- March 2015, Volume 3, Issue 5.

Nawani, D (2015). Re-thinking Assessments in Schools, Economic & Political Weekly, Jan 17, Vol L, No. 3, 37-41. https://www.epw.in/journal/2015/3/perspectives/rethinking-assessments-schools.html

Nawani, D. (2014). Learning beyond textbooks, The Hindu, 5th Dec 2014. https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/cce-learning-beyond-textbooks/article6655765.ece

Nawani, D (2014). The Elusive Nature of Educational Incentives, Economic & Political Weekly, Sept 13, Vol XLIX, No. 37, 71-78. https://www.epw.in/journal/2014/37/special-articles/elusive-nature-educational-incentives.html

Nawani, D. (2014), Caste among schoolchildren, Economic & Political Weekly, Sept 6, Vol XLIX, No. 36, 67-69. https://www.epw.in/journal/2014/36/discussion/caste-among-schoolchildren.html

Nawani, D (2014), North-east Indians and others: Discrimination, Prejudice and Textbooks, Economic & Political Weekly, June 14, Vol XLIX, No. 24, 19-21. https://www.epw.in/journal/2014/24/commentary/north-east-indians-and-others.html

Nawani, D. (2014) Ek baatcheet Krishna Kumar Ke Saath (Hindi), Shaikshnik Sandarbh, 90 (33), 27-42.

Nawani, D. (2014), Preparing Teachers and Teacher Educators in India: Justice Verma Commission and Beyond, Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators, 2(3), 39-44.

Nawani, D (2013), Corporal Punishment in Schools, Economic & Political Weekly, June 15, Vol XLVIII No. 24, 23-26. https://www.epw.in/journal/2013/24/commentary/corporal-punishment-schools.html

Nawani, D (2013), Reflections on Annual Status of Educational Research 2012, Economic & Political Weekly, March 23, Vol. XLVIII, No. 12, pp. 19-22. https://www.epw.in/journal/2013/12/commentary/reflections-annual-status-educational-research-2012.html

Nawani, D (2013), Continuously and comprehensively evaluating children, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. XLVIII, Jan 12, 2013, 33-40. https://www.epw.in/journal/2013/02/perspectives/continuously-and-comprehensively-evaluating-children.html

Nawani, D (2013), Inclusion, Equity and Elementary Education, Yojana, pp. 31-34.

Nawani, D & Joshi, K. C. (2012), TLM: Zaroorat ya vivashta, Shaikshnik Sandarbh, Year 5, No. 25, July-October, 59-73.

Nawani, D (2012), What is learning and where is it happening, Economic and Political Weekly, Aug 11, Vol. XLVII, No. 32, 94-96. https://www.epw.in/journal/2012/32/discussion/what-learning-and-where-it-happening.html

Nawani, D, Jain, M, (2010). Learners and Learning in India: History, Perspectives and Contexts, in Yong Zhou (Eds.) Handbook of Asian Education: A Cultural Perspective (503-528) New York: Routledge.

Nawani, D (2010). School Textbooks: Understanding Frameworks for Analysis, Contemporary Education Dialogue, Volume 7:2, 157-192. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0973184913411209

Batra. P, Nawani, D (2010). Social Science Texts: A pedagogic perspective in P. Batra (Eds) Social Science Teaching in Schools: Challenges and Perspectives (197-262). New Delhi: Sage Publication Pvt. Ltd.



Co-coordinated a 3-year Action Research Project on,  "Research, Policy, Advocacy and Evaluation: Teacher Development and Resource Centres in Karnataka", supported by NRTT , Aug 2010-July 13.


Led a Research study on, "Evaluation of Educational Incentives for Minority Communities in Maharashtra", funded by State Minority Commission, Maharashtra, Jan 2012- June 2013.


The courses i teach reflect my research interests. I teach courses in programmes of education- Curriculum and School, and Materials Design and Development in MAEE , Education and Development in MA DS, Social Marginality and Education in MA Ed and Assessment in Education in M.Phil in education.

Email: disha.nawani[at]tiss[dot]edu