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Prof Padma M. Sarangapani

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education,

M.Sc. (IIT-C), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Delhi)


UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education, awarded to the Connected Learning Initiative, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Project Leader). Awarded on 8,March 2018.

2014-2015       Commonwealth Academic Fellowship (at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK).

March 2011     UGC-SAP visiting Professor to the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad.

1999.2001           Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi for study of indigenous knowledge transmission of the Baiga.

1993-'94          Fulbright pre-doctoral fellowship  and Dudley-Wright Fellow    (Wright Centre for Innovative Science Education, Tufts University)


Professional Assignments 

  1. Expert in consultation workshop and expert group meeting on developing an International Guidance Framework for Professional Teaching Standards, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 18-19 March 2019

  2. 2. Expert in plenary session 2: Teaching a Profession. Addressing Diversity: building teacher standards within a diversity of contexts and a vast population—the case of India.  Teacher Task Force, UNESCO . 10th Policy Dialogue Forum.  18-21 September, 2017. Lome Togo. 

  3. 2016-2017 January 2016 Jury Member of the UNESCO-HAMDAAN Award
  4. Nominated Member of the National Council for Teacher Education, NCT,E(2013 onwards
  5. Member, CABE Committee on National Mission on Teachers and Teaching, 2012-2013.
  6. Editor, Contemporary Education Dialogue, 2002-2014.
  7. International Editorial Board, British Journal of Sociology of Education, since 2011.
  8. Member of Karnataka Jnana Ayoga 2011-2013 and Member Karnataka State Education Policy (KJA) 2015-2016.
  9. Committee to suggest indicative operational guidelines for strengthening and revitalization of sub-district level resource centres i.e. block resource centres and cluster resource centres, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, 2010-2011.
  10. Steering Group of the National Curriculum Framework 2005, NCERT, New Delhi.
  11. Executive Council of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Karnataka 2004-2009 and 2011-2014 onwards.
  12. Chair of the Joint Review Mission of the Centrally sponsored Teacher Education Mission to Madhya Pradesh, 2013.

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Research Articles in Journals, Book Chapters and Contributions to Books:

 1. “Is Education News” in Economic and Political Weekly 46(42):69-76. WithVidya K.S., 2011.

“Soft Disciplines and Hard Battles” in Contemporary Education Dialogue 8(1):67-84  2011.

  1. “Comparative Education in India: Why it is missing and why we need it.” In Journal of Education Planning and Administration 24()4: 363-378. 2010.
  2. “Quality Concerns the Extra National Dimension” in Contemporary Education Dialogue 7(1):41-57, 2010.
  3. “Response to Tooley, Dixon and Gomathi” in Oxford Review of Education 36(4): 499 — 515, 2010. with C. Winch.
  4. Quality, feasibility and desirability of low cost private schooling: what is the evidence? Economic & Political Weekly, 44(43), 24 October, 67–69, 2009.
  5. Source Book on Assessement for Classes I-V: Mathematics (New Delhi: National Council for Educational Research and Training) 2008. (Book writing team)
  6. “The Open Classroom and its Critics” in Concerns, Conflicts and Cohesions: Universalization of Elementary Education in India Preet Rustagi, (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), pp191-209.2009.
  7. “Classics with Commentary: The Tyler Paradox” Contemporary Education Dialogue 4(1):119-141, 2006.
  8. “History of the quality debate” Contemporary Education Dialogue 2(1): 30-52—Also an invited paper submitted as a part of the Global Monitoring Report of the UNESCO EFA 2005, reprinted in CED.  With Krishna Kumar.
  9. “Childhood and Schooling in an Indian Village”, Childhood  10(4):403-418, Nov 2003. reprinted in Playing for Real: Hindu Role Models, Religion and Gender Edited by J S Hirst and L Thomas (New Delhi: Oxford University Press) 2004, pages81-101.
  10. “Universities: The Invisible Dimension of Elementary Education” in Transformative Links between Higher and Basic Education: Mapping the Field, Karuna Chanana, (New Delhi:Sage) 2004, pp 95-107.
  11. “Childhood and schooling in an Indian village” in Playing for real: Hindu role models, religion and gender J S Hirst and L Thomas, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  12. “Aided programmes or guided policies? The DPEP in Karnataka” Economic and Political Weekly 38(32): 3401-3408, 2003, with A.R. Vasavi.
  13. “Indigenising Curriculum: Questions posed by Baiga Vidya”, Comparative Education 39(2):199-209, ( May 2003).
  14. “A way to explore Children’s Understanding of Mathematics”, Issues in Primary Education, 2(2), July-Sept, 2000.
  15. Contributions to Prashika, R.K. Agnihotri, S. Shukla and New Delhi: Ratna Sagar, 2000.
  16. “The Child’s Construction of Knowledge” in Socialization in the Indian Setting: theory,  research and applications T.S. Saraswathi (New Delhi: Sage) 1999.
  17. “Piaget’s Theory: going back in order to go forward” Indian Educational Review 35(2):1-27 1999.
  1. “Self in Relation to Work: perceptions of children in an North Indian village” at ‘Rethinking Childhood’, Proceedings of the International Conference, Institute for Development Research, Bondy, France, November 2000.



  1. Multigrade Multilevel Programe in Chhatisgarh: An evaluation Report submitted to the State Council for Education Research and Training, Chhatisgarh, (with Archana Mehendale), 2013.
  2. Comprehensive Framework for Recognition of Teacher Education Institutions Commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI (with Gopal Midha), 2013.
  3. “Approaches to School Support and Improvement” report of the Committee to Suggest Indicative Operational Guidelines for Strengthening and Revitalisation of Sub-district level Resource Centres submitted to the Department of School Education and Literacy. MHRD, GOI. 2011.
  4. “Training Management System”, NIAS in collaboration with E-Governance Unit, Commissioner of Public Instruction Government of Karnataka (with Rahul Mukhopadhyay), 2007.
  5. “DIETs: Potential and Possibilities”, NIAS in collaboration with MHRD, 2007
  6. “An Evaluation of Soliga Siddhi” submitted to SSA Karnataka,(with Indira Vijaysimha), 2006.
  7. Report on Karnataka State for CABE Committee on Regulatory Mechanisms for Textbooks and Parallel Textbooks Taught in Schools Outside the Government System, 2005.

School mathematics Project (as a member of team at CSEC, Delhi University)

Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi


Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Transmission: A study of Baiga Tribe

Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship, IGNCA, New Delh


School Improvement Project: Case Case Studies (with Mandira Kumar).



District Quality Education Project (with AR Vasavi)

Sir Ratan Tata Trust


District Quality Education Project—Training of Master Resource Persons and Cluster resource Persons (with AR Vasavi)

Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Karnataka


Evaluation of Samuha-PLAN mathematics lab at Deodurg Taluk, Raichur



Strengthening DIETs (with AR Vasavi)

Sir Ratan Tata Trust


An Evaluation of Soliga Siddhi (with Indira Vijaysimha)

Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Karnataka


Training management System (with Rahul Mukhopadhyay)

Sarva Sikha Abhiyan, Karnataka


Collaborative Post Graduate Programme for Education (for TISS)

Sir Ratan Tata Trust and ICICI-SIG


Development of software for a Training Management System (with Rahul Mukhopadyay)

Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Karnataka


Preparatory Background work for a Programme of Comparative Education

ICICI Centre for Elementary Education


Development of a proposal for an Action Research Project on Teacher Resource Centres.

Sir Ratan Tata Trust


Teacher Development Initiative: Policy & Programme Evaluation and Action Research on Teacher Resource Centres (with Disha Nawani)

Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust



Conceptual Enquiry for the Design of a Survey of Schools (School Quality, Teachers and Parents)

ICSSR-ESRC India-UK Scholar Exchanges 2010


Baseline Survey of School Scenario in India



Study of “Baseline Survey of School Scenario in some States in the Context of RtE”.

Education Consultants India Limited (EdCil) MHRD, Government of India


Passage to India - Passage to Europe

DAAD, Germany


Collaborating for Quality in Education (with Christopher Winch)

British Council-Internationalising Higher Education


Evaluation of Multigrade Multilevel Programme of Chhatisgarh. With Archana Mehendale

SCERT Chhatisgarh


With Christopher Winch, and Rahul Mukhopadhyay



“Connected Learning Initiative” With MIT, Cambridge, MA

TATA Trusts

2015 onwards

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Email: psarangapani[at]tiss[dot]edu