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TESF India Dialogue Series

The TESF India Dialogue series – an initiative of the TESF India team – aims to organise online interactions among academic scholars and researchers. In this series, we invite scholars from diverse fields to  present their work on issues and concerns relevant to the diverse areas of the TESF India research projects.

Researching Women Teachers in New TimesNandini Manjrekar

The first session of the TESF India Dialogue series was held on Monday, 16th May 2022, with Professor Nandini Manjrekar who talked about women in the teaching profession. Professor Manjrekar spoke about how reforms in the education sector impact women teachers’ sense of personal and professional identity; how the wider economic reforms influence social/gender relations, and how family strategies change to accommodate new dimensions of work. The talk focused on how statistics on the growing numbers of women teachers hide stories of struggles in familial, educational, and work spheres to gain autonomy and a sense of professional identity.

July 2020



Virtual Inception  Workshop – Day 2 

IIHS hosted a two day e-workshop on Education and Sustainable Development. This was the first in a series of engagement workshops planned for the project – Transforming Education Systems for Sustainable Futures (TESF), India.

Transforming educational systems for social and environmental justice | Poonam Batra

Education for Sustainable Urbanisation | Aromar Revi

Education for Climate Action | Amir Bazaz

Inclusivity in the Indian education system | Sumit Bose

 Strengthening the ‘public’ in India’s education system | Geetha Nambissan

Working with indigenous and marginalized communities in Southern India | Pratim Roy

June 2020



Virtual Inception  Workshop – Day 1 

IIHS hosted a two day e-workshop on Education and Sustainable Development. This was the first in a series of engagement workshops planned for the project – Transforming Education Systems for Sustainable Futures (TESF), India.

Education in India and the Challenge of Sustainable Development | Poonam Batra

Introduction to the TESF project | Leon Tikly

The SDGs and India’s Development | Aromar Revi

Need for progressive universalisms to address durable inequalities | N. V. Varghese

Importance of interdisciplinarity to address the theory practice divide | Darshini Mahadevia

Legitimising and strengthening indigenous knowledge | Madhulika Banerjee

Problematising the regulatory framework for higher education | Prasad Shetty

Sumit Bose
Former Finance Secretary, GOI

Sumit Bose was the Union Finance Secretary and Revenue Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India till his retirement from the Indian Administrative Service in March, 2014. In the Ministry of Finance he was also Secretary in the Departments of Expenditure and Disinvestment.
As Joint Secretary in the Department of Elementary Education, he was responsible for the launch of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He was also Secretary, School Education in Madhya Pradesh.

Currently he serves as an Independent Director on the boards of several companies and on the boards of various non-profits such as Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (WaterAid India), Parivaar Education Society (Kolkata) and Samaj Pragati Sahayog (Bagli, Dewas).

Nargis Panchapakesan
Former Head and Dean, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi

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K. Subramaniam
Former Director, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai

Professor K. (Ravi) Subramaniam holds a PhD in Philosophy from IIT, Mumbai. He served as Director of the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai from July 2016 to June 2021.

Professor Subramaniam has worked extensively in the area of mathematics education. He has taught various courses in mathematics education for doctoral students including: Introduction to Mathematics Education Research, Theoretical Perspectives on School Mathematics, Representations and Reasoning, and Philosophy of Education. He was a key contributor to course development of the M.A. Elementary Education programme at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and has taught the Pedagogy of Mathematics; Child development and Cognition courses in the programme.   He has mentored and supervised doctoral students across a range of topics including, learning of mathematics, teacher development and mathematics teaching, and science, technology and sustainability.

Professor Subramaniam has a range of publications to his credit in international and national peer reviewed journals. He has authored books for students and teachers, developed manuals and resources for teachers and published various research reports. Professor Subramaniam has made mathematics an enjoyable subject through his books titled - Maths for every child. Some of his key and co-authored publications include: Teachers’ construction of meanings of signed quantities and integer operation, (Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2017) and Mathematics teacher training manual class I and class II. New Delhi: NCERT, (2010).

Professor Geetha B. Nambissan
Former Chairperson ZHCES, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Professor Geetha B. Nambissan is a sociologist of education. She was formerly with the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research has focused on exclusion, inclusion, and social justice in education with particular reference to the schooling of marginalized sections of Indian society: Dalits, Adivasis, and the poor. She has published widely in these areas. Her current research interests include the privatization of schooling and urban transformations and education. She is the editor of the ‘India' section, in the Second International Handbook on Urban Education (Springer, 2017). Her recent publications include ‘Caste and the Politics of the Early “Public” in Schooling: Dalit Struggle for an Equitable Education’ (Contemporary Education Dialogue, July 2020) and Education and the Changing Urban in Delhi: Privilege and Exclusion in a Megacity (, 2021). She has been President of the Comparative Education Society of India.

Anshu Vaish
Former Secretary, Education, MHRD

Ms. Anshu Vaish, an Indian Administrative Service officer of the batch of 1975, Madhya Pradesh Cadre, superannuated as Secretary, School Education and Literacy in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prior to that, she has worked extensively in the social sector, including culture and school education, serving in the Departments of Women and Child Development, Health, Social Justice and Empowerment. She has also headed the Archaeological Survey of India as its Director General.

Ms. Anshu Vaish has been involved in various assignments over the years. She chaired the Task Force on Restructuring of the National Council for Teacher Education and was a member of NUEPA’s group to draft a Model Education Code for schools. She has served as Chairperson of Rangasri Little Ballet Troupe Trust, Chairperson of PRADAN, Member of the Governing Body of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal, and Independent Director on the Board of Steel Authority of India.

Currently, Ms. Vaish serves as Chairperson of Rainbow Foundation of India and Member on the General Body of Centre for Equity Studies. She is also a Member on the governing bodies of KATHA, Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute, and Aga Khan Foundation India.