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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 having traversed fields of Mass Media, Development Studies and Education Studies. My doctoral research was on the Teach for India programme, viewing it as an instantiation of emerging public-private partnerships in the Indian education scenario.

My thesis focused on the modalities through which global discourses of New Public Management shape prescriptions and practices of school reforms in India. It was based on field work in Delhi, interviews with stakeholders in TFI and in government schools, and on a unique set of data on state policies accessed through the Right to Information Act. I delineate the emergence of new regimes of school management and reforms, and show how these are developing multiple governance structures, de-emphasising teacher training, and exacerbating class-based and pedagogical inequalities in under-resourced government schools in Delhi.

I am a sociologist with varied research interests in the field of education. My research interests draw on history of modern school education, sociology and social anthropology, teacher education and education policy.

My research work focuses on intersecting discourses of corporate philanthropy, NGOs and new forms of governance in public education. I also draw on anthropological explorations of the state and bureaucracies as they intersect with questions of governance and privatisation of education. I am also interested in examining emerging discourses of self-making and enterprise cultures among urban privileged youth working in the social sector. 

Peer-reviewed journal articles & book chapters

"We aren't teachers, we are Leaders": Situating the Teach for India programme;

In Teach For All Counter Narratives: International Perspectives on a Global Reform Movement (Ed. T. Jameson Brewer, Kathleen deMarrais, and Kelly McFaden; Bern: Peter Lang) [In Press, due in 2020]


Parallel Partnerships: Teach for India and new institutional regimes in municipal schools in New Delhi

In International Studies in Sociology of Education, published online on September 17. [2019]


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]


Book Reviews
Review of Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia,

          Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, published online on March 11. [2019]


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]                                                                                                                                       

Review of Alok K. Mukherjee, This Gift of English: English Education and the Formation of Alternative Hegemonies in India,

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


Public-private partnerships and the enterprise of English: Teach for India and new pedagogical regimes

Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference, New Delhi. [2018]

PPPs and New Social Networks of Education Reform: The Teach for India phenomenon

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. [2017]

Modalities of partnership: Situating the Teach for India intervention within municipal schools in Delhi

Poverty and Education in India workshop, Gottingen

Max Weber Stiftung Transnational Research Group [2016]


New networks of educational reform: Situating the Teach for India programme

Comparative Education Society of India annual conference, Tirupati. [2016]

Becoming a Teach for India Fellow: On Choices, Organisational Structures and Models of Training

Poverty and Education in India workshop, New Delhi

Max Weber Stiftung Transnational Research Group [2015]


Schooling Choices among ‘Upper Middle Class’ families in South Delhi

Education in Delhi: Marginalisation, Diversity and Schools’ conference,

School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi [2015]


Marketisation, Managerialism and School Reforms: A Study of Public-Private Partnerships in elementary education in Delhi

Inequality, Education and Social Power: Transregional Perspectives workshop, Berlin

Forum Transregionale Studien/Max Weber Stiftung Winter Academy [2014]


The Middle Class Family, Mothers and Education of Children: An Exploratory Study in Delhi

Comparative Education Society of India annual conference, Jammu. [2012]

Is Education News?: A Study on the Representation of Education News in one National English Language Daily”

Comparative Education Society of India annual conference, Hyderabad [2011]


The Politics of Inclusion: Textbooks as a Site

Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Nirantar, New Delhi [2011]


1. International comparative study on teacher education across BRICS countries. (Co-Principal Investigator)
Funded by the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration [2019-2021] (Collaboration with University of Sussex, UK, and University of Cape Town, South Africa)

2. Educational Transformations and Societal Change in Liberalizing India (Co-Principal Investigator); Spencer Foundation-funded PhD workshop at Ahmedabad University [2019-2020] (Collaboration with Ahmedabad university, Rutgers university (New Brunswick) and Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore)

1. History of Education (MA Elementary Education programme)

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

3. Pedagogy of Social Studies (MA Elementary Education programme)

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