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Prof. Pushpendra is Professor and Chairperson of the Centre for Development Practice and Research, a Patna-based centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. A sociologist by training, he has a distinct career in diverse fields. He has worked with various academic institutions, international development NGOs and grassroots organisations.
03/2016-present Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna, TISS
11/2013-02/2016 Professor in Community Organisation and Development Practice, School of Social Work, TISS Mumbai
08/2012-10/2013 Professor and Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat (an ICSSR institution, Govt. of India)
10/2011-01/2012 Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
09/2010-07/2012 Professor in Community Organisation and Development Practice, School of Social Work, TISS Mumbai
09/2008-08/2010 Senior Fellow, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad (Govt. of India)
07/2006-08/2008 Professor and Dean, School of Rural Development, TISS Tuljapur Campus
Prof. Pushpendra worked with the ActionAid International at its offices in Patna, Brussels and Colombo in various capacities (2000-2006).He also worked as a researcher with the Planning Division, UNICEF, New Delhi; Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi; Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie; Swiss Red Cross Consultant Team, Bihar; and Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna. He taught as a visiting faculty at the Central University of Bihar, Patna (2010) and National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad (2009).
He is a life member of the Indian Sociological Society and the Indian Society of Labour Economics.
Prof. Pushpendra has served in various academic bodies. A select list is given below:
1. Member, Board of Studies, Department of Development Studies, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. [Continuing]
2. Member, Institute Ethics Committee, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna. [Continuing]
3. Member, Departmental Research Committee, School of Development Studies, Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University, Jaipur. [Continuing]
4. Member, Governing Board, Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Research and Political Studies, Government of Bihar, Patna [Continuing]
5. Member of the Board of Studies of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Patna University [2018-20].
6. Member, Board of Studies, School of Development Studies, Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University, Jaipur. [2017-21]
7. Member, University Advisory Committee, Chancellor of Universities, Government of Bihar (2016-18)
8. Member, Board of Studies, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar (2012-16).
9. Member, Board of Studies, Centre for Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar (2012-16).
10. Member, Academic Council, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2006-2008).
11. Member, Curriculum Consultation Committee, Central University of Gujarat for their five-year integrated master’s programme in social management (2010-11).
12. Member, Curriculum Revision Committee, Master’s in Social Work, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Ahmedabad (2013).
13. Member-expert (Sociology), ICSSR Committee to scrutinize research proposals under Sponsored Projects (2013).
14. Member-expert, Gujarat study on “Educational Status of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes: Attainments and Challenges”, a national study undertaken by the ICSSR (2012-13).
15. Member, Academic Committee, Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development Management, National Institute for Rural Development, Hyderabad (2009-10).
Prof. Pushpendra has served in various Committees constituted by the Government. A select list is given below:
1. Member, Planning Commission Committee for Revision of the Guidelines of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2011-12.
2. Member, a Sub-committee of the Ministry of Rural Development on restructuring NIRD and SIRDs (2010-11).
3. Member, Expert Group on formulating research methodology for studies on the various aspects of MGNREGA, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2009-10)
4. Member, National Working Group on the convergence of rural development schemes in tribal areas with MGNREGA, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2009-10).
5. Member, Joint Task Force of the Planning Commission of India and the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Ministry of Rural Development on Accreditation of Voluntary Organisations (2009-10).
6. Bihar State Advisor to the Commissioners of the Supreme Court of India on food and employment security (2000-05).
7. Member, Executive Committee of the National Literacy Mission State Authority, Government of Bihar (2002-05).
8. Member, Drafting Committee, Bihar School Education Committee Bill (2002), Government of Bihar.
9. Member, Bihar State Coordination Committee of the Department of Primary Education, Government of Bihar formed under the National Disability Act, 1995 (2001-02)
10. Member, Executive Committee of the National Resource Centre of the National Literacy Mission, Government of India (1998-1999).
Prof. Pushpendra has also been associated with civil society organisations (CSOs). Presently, he is a member of the Governing Board of ASPIRE (A Society for Promotion of Inclusive and Relevant Education), New Delhi.
My current research interests are migration, agrarian change, rural labour relations, informal sector workers, social movements and public policy.
Prof. Pushpendra is Editor, Journal of Migration Affairs, a bi-annual journal of TISS Patna Centre (www.migrationaffairs.com). He is also one of the Series Editors of "Migrations in South Asia" for Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group].
Prof. Pushpenda has more than two dozen writings to his credit including published books, chapters in books, journal articles and mimeos. Besides, he has participated in several academic conferences in India and abroad. A select list of his publications include:
1. Migrants on the Move: Precarity in Times of the Pandemic, New Delhi: Aakar (forthcoming 2021). Co-edited with Amit Ranjan and Shashank Chaturvedi.
2. Beyond Consumption: India’s New Middle Class in Neo-liberal Times, London and New York: Routledge, 2021. Co-edited with Manish K Jha. https://www.routledge.com/Beyond-Consumption-Indias-New-Middle-Class-in-the-Neo-Liberal-Times/Jha-Pushpendra/p/book/9780367565718
3. Home, Belonging and Memory in Migration: Leaving and Living, London and New York: Routledge, 2021. Co-edited with Sadan. https://www.routledge.com/Home-Belonging-and-Memory-in-Migration-Leaving-and-Living/Jha-Singh/p/book/9781032047362
4. Migration, Workers and Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and States of Exception in India, London and New York: Routledge, 2021. Co-edited with Asha Hans, Kalpana Kannabiran and Manoranjan Mohanty. https://www.routledge.com/Migration-Workers-and-Fundamental-Freedoms-Pandemic-Vulnerabilities-and/Hans-Kannabiran-Mohanty-Pushpendra/p/book/9780367641559
5. Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Social Justice and Development, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2014. Co-edited with Manish K Jha. https://orientblackswan.com/details?id=9788125055679
6. Land Reforms in India: An Unfinished Agenda, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2000. Co-edited with B.K. Sinha.
7. Public Report on Basic Education in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, (English Edition – 1999 and Hindi Edition – 2001). Co-author.
Chapters and Journal Articles
1. “Mourning Interrupted: Death and Grief during COVID-19” (co-authored with Manish K Jha), in Migrants on the Move: Precarity in Times of the Pandemic, edited by Pushpendra, Amit Ranjan, and Shashank Chaturvedi, New Delhi: Aakar (forthcoming 2021).
2. "Introduction: Migrants and their Predicaments in times of COVID-19" in Migrants on the Move: Precarity in Times of the Pandemic, edited by Pushpendra, Amit Ranjan, and Shashank Chaturvedi, New Delhi: Aakar (forthcoming 2021).
3. “Migration and Making of a Village” in Home, Belonging and Memory in Migration: Leaving and Living, edited by Sadan and Pushpendra, London and New York: Routledge, 2021. Also published in Journal of Migration Affairs, Vol. 2, Issue 1, September 2019.
4. “Introduction: Locating subjectivities and belonging in migration” in Home, Belonging and Memory in Migration: Leaving and Living, edited by Sadan and Pushpendra, London and New York: Routledge, 2021.
5. Controlling Journeys, Controlling Labour: COVID-19 and Migrants, in Migration, Workers and Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and States of Exception in India, London and New York: Routledge, 2021. Co-edited with Asha Hans, Kalpana Kannabiran and Manoranjan Mohanty.
6. Introduction: Migration, Work and Citizenship: COVID-19 and the Faultlines of Indian Democracy, in Migration, Workers and Fundamental Freedoms: Pandemic Vulnerabilities and States of Exception in India, London and New York: Routledge, 2021. Co-authored with Asha Hans, Kalpana Kannabiran and Manoranjan Mohanty.
7. Mobility and Threshold Social Security, in Development Challenges of India After Twenty Five Years of Economic Reforms, edited by Nripendra K. Mishra, Singapore: Springer, 2021. Co-authored with Dipak Kumar Singh.
8. Agrarian Transition and Migration in a Village of Bihar, Journal of Migration Affairs, Vol. 1, Issue 1, September 2018
9. Pushpendra and Manish K Jha. 2018. From Kosi to Delhi: Life and Labour of Migrants in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.) “Migrant and the Neoliberal City”, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.
10. Jha, Manish K and Pushpendra. 2016. Homeless Migrants in Mumbai: Life and Labour in Urban Space, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 51, No. 26 & 27, June 25. Also collected in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.). 2018. “Migrant and the Neoliberal City”, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.
11. Jha, Manish K and Pushpendra. 2015. Governing Caste and Managing Conflicts: Bihar, 1990-2011 in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.), Government of Peace: Social Governance, Security, and the Problematic of Peace, Surrey: Ashgate.
12. Pushpendra. 2014. Agrarian Relations in a Village in Bihar in Manish K Jha and Pushpendra (eds.), Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Social Justice and Development, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.
13. Pushpendra and B.K. Sinha. 2009. Some Aspects of Tenancy Debate: Implications for Policy Reforms in D. Narasimha Reddy (ed.), Agrarian Reforms, Land Markets, and Rural Poor, New Delhi: Concept Publishers.
14. Karan, Anup and Pushpendra. 2005. Bihar: Including the Excluded and Addressing the Failures of Public Provision in Elementary Education in Santosh Mehrotra (ed.), The Economics of Elementary Education in India: The Challenge of Public Finance, Private Provision and Household Cost, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005.
15. Pushpendra. 2000. Agrarian Reforms and Liberalisation: Some Recent Controversies, in B.K. Sinha and Pushpendra (eds.), Land Reforms in India: An Unfinished Agenda, New Delhi: Sage Publications.
16. Pushpendra. 1999. Dalit Assertion through Electoral Politics, Economic and Political Weekly, September 4-10. The paper is collected in: a) Ghanshyam Shah (ed.) Dalit Identity and Politics, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2001; b) Ghanshyam Shah (ed.) Caste and Democratic Politics in India, Permanent Black, Delhi, 2002. Hindi translation published as Vote Dalnevale Dalit: Partiyon Par Kam, Vyavstha Par Jyada Yakin, in Abhay Kumar Dubey (Ed.) Adhunikta Ke Aine Mein Dalit, Vani Prakashan & Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2002.
17. Sinha, B.K. and Pushpendra. 1998. Development and Displacement: Select Issues, Administrator, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, April-June.
Prof. Pushpendra has also had the honour to be guest editor of three special issues of “Administrator”, a reputed quarterly journal of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration:
1. Child Labour and Education, New Age International Publishers, Vol. XLI, No. 3 (July-Sept., 1996).
2. Displacement and Rehabilitation in India, two special issues, New Age International Publishers, Vol. XLIII, No. 1, January-March 1998 and Vol. XLIII, No. 2, April-June 1998. Co-edited with B.K. Sinha.
Prof. Pushpendra was the lead author of a report based on human rights assessment of Tsunami Response released at the UN Headquarters in New York (February 2006).
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Prof. Pushpendra formally entered into university system in 2006. He has taught courses at both undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. He taught following courses at bachelor's level at TISS Tuljapur (2006-08):
1) Society: Structure, Culture and Change
2) Social Movements and Campaigns
3) History and Ideology of Social Work (shared the course with another faculty)
4) Disaster Management
5) Health Skills (shared the course with another faculty)
At master's level Prof. Pushpendra has taught the following courses:
1) Civil Society Groups and Development (MA in Development Studies, TISS, Mumbai)
2) State, Democracy and Polity (MA Social Work in Rural Development at Tuljapur).
3) State, Democracy and Politics in India (Foundation Course)
4) Global Economy and Polity: Implications for Local Action (MA Social Work in CODP, TISS Mumbai)
5) Project Planning (a joint class for MA students of Habitat Studies, Water Regulation and Governance and Social Entrepreneurship)
6) State, Social Protection, and Development Programmes (MA Social Work in CODP, TISS Mumbai)
7) History of Education (MA in Education (Elementary), TISS Mumbai)
Besides, taught a course to the students of PG Diploma in Rural Development Management on "Rural Society" at the National Institute of Rural Development. Also taught a course at the National Institute of Design (as a visiting faculty) on Approaches to Studying Indian Society.
Currently, he coordinates an advanced orientation course in migration for early career researchers and young faculty across Indian universities.