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Mr Omkar Balli

Implementation Head

Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education

MA Social Entrepreneurship (2012), TISS Mumbai

Diploma in Advance Computing (2006), CDAC Hyderabad

B-Tech (Mechanical) (2005), National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.

Omkar Balli is Implementation Head of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) at the Centre for Education, Innovation and Action Research. He has experience spanning the fields of Information Technology and education. Omkar has closely worked with government and low-income private schools, to improve teaching-learning practices in middle and high schools through teacher professional development and teaching. He has taught Mathematics and science in middle schools. He co-led the phase 1 of CLIx initiative, which is an educational technology initiative for high school students and teachers. This initiative has won UNESCO’s prestigious 2017 Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of Education and OER collaboration award for excellence 2019.

Educational Technology

Teacher Professional Development

Innovation Diffusion 

Implementation and Scaling

Educational Leadership

  • Singh, A., Balli,O. (2019). Working with government, Connected Learning Initiative, Connected Learning @ Scale, Mumbai, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
  • Thirumalai,B., & Balli,O., Ramanathan,A. (2019). Peer Leadership and Mentoring: Design and implementation of an online course for continuous professional development. National Conference on Leadership Pathways for School Improvement. National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, Delhi. India
  • Balli, O., Desai, A., & Mehendale, A. (2017). Policy Framework for Building 21st Century Skills with Technology enabled Education in India - Evidence from Field Studies and Implementation of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx). TECH 2017, UNESCO. India
  • Balli, O., Sankar, S., Mehendale, M., Roy, A., Singh, A., Nagpal, N., Hnamte, L., Mohanty, S., Sangma, P., Addala, P. (2016). Digital Innovation, School readiness and Intervention Approaches: A case of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) in Indian high schools.  LINC 2016, MIT. USA


  • Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India. The Open University and TISS. (2020)
  • Evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education in States and UTs: Report. Mumbai: Tata Institute of Social Sciences. (October 2017)
  • Co-author - Study on Status of School Management Committee (SMC), TISS (2019)
Project Name Year
Connected Learning Initiative, Co-PI 2014-Current
Connected Open Online Learning 2020
SPARC, Co-PI 2019-Current
Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India (in partnership with The Open University, UK) 2019-2020
Study on Status of School Management Committee, Co-PI Feb - May 2019

Evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education in States/UTs


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Email: omkar.balli[at]tiss[dot]edu