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Dr Vidya K. S.

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

BA Communicative English ( St. Teresa's College, MG University, Kottayam),
MA Development Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai),
MPhil Educational Studies (Sociology Specialisation), (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi),
PhD Educational Studies (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)

I have an interdisciplinary educational background and have completed my PhD from the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, JNU. I received the Transnational Research Group fellowship (funded by the Max Weber Foundation and directed by the German Historical Institute London) for doctoral research.

My doctoral work situated within the field of Sociology of Education focused on modes through which global discourses of New Public Management interacted and influenced national discourses of school reforms in India. The study examined Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in India, focusing exclusively on teacher centric interventions. It analysed the Teach for India intervention, an off-shoot of the Teach for America programme, as an important case-study in this regard.

My research interests include history of modern school education; sociology of education; public-private interfaces in school education; role of civil society and non-state institutions; teacher education; education policy and comparative education perspectives in analysing school systems.

Review of Julian Sefton-Green and Sonia Livingstone, The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

International Studies in Sociology of Education, 27:1, 100-102. (2018)

From Government to Governance: 'Teach for India' and new networks of reform in school education                                                                          

Contemporary Education Dialogue, 15(1): 1-30. (2018)

Is Education News? (with Padma M. Sarangapani)

Economic and Political Weekly, XLVI (42): 69-76. (2011)

Rise of English: Conjuncture of Hegemonic Agendas (Book review)

Economic and Political Weekly,XLIV (32): 30-32. (2009)


Developing the MA Education (Teacher Education) programme for Afghan teacher-educators
(Joint project between TISS, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, and the Government of Afghanistan, 2018-2020)

1. History of Education (MA Elementary Education programme)

2. Policy, Institutions and Processes (MA Elementary Education programme)

Email: vidya.ks[at]tiss[dot]edu