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The Institute offers two programmes M.Phil and Ph.D in Education (Interdisciplinary), affiliated to the University of Pune. The academic faculty of the Centre for Educational Studies is involved in these programmes. The faculty apart from teaching also undertakes interdisciplinary research in education and social sciences and conducts a number of extension activities. The present faculty of this centre is;

Prof. Murzban Jal - Professor & Director, CES

Murzban Jal is Professor and Director at the Centre for Educational Studies, Indian Institute of Education, Pune. He did his PhD from the Department of Philosophy, Panjab University on Marx’s theory of fetishism and consequently worked at the Centre for Civilizations, New Delhi. He was Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and an Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) Senior Fellow where he worked on the ethnography of the makings of a minority community in India. He is author of The Seductions of Karl Marx (2010), (ed.) Zoroastrianism: from Antiquity to the Modern Period (2012), The New Militants (2014), Why We Are Not Hindus (2015), What Ails India Muslims (ed. with Zaheer Ali) and Challenges for the Indian Left. He has also eighty research papers in national and international journals.

Jal is a Freudo-Marxist who basis his research on Marx and Freud’s theories of alienation in late capitalist society. He combines Marx’s theory of the reification of consciousness and Freud’s theory of neurosis and psychosis. His recent claim is that the old stages theory of psychoanalysis where neurosis and psychosis are divided into two distinct stages of mental illness is now redundant. Instead he claims that both neurosis and psychosis are integrated as “neurosis-psychosis”. Combining the understanding of neurosis-psychosis as the new disorder of contemporary society, he argues for a model of psychotherapy in the form of understanding the process of humanization, where knowledge is articulated as the cultivation of the human mind. This process of the cultivation of the human mind and the process of humanization, Jal claims, are constituted in the parallel process of de-alienating humanity. This de-alienating humanity is central to his philosophical and scientific repertoire.

Jal is a critic of Eurocentric understanding of Asia and the colonization of the human mind. Being a critic of Eurocentric understanding of Asia, Jal advocates Marx’s original theory of the “Asiatic Mode of Production”, where he argues for a multi-linear theory of history. He is critical of the imposition of the neo-liberal model on India as well as critical of the established left’s theory of “Indian feudalism”.

Basing his theory on the research methodology of historical materialism, he has developed a unique interdisciplinary method that understands the nuances applicable to India in particular and South Asia in general. In this articulation of the nuances of Indian society, Jal has developed a new outlook at understanding economic and cultural backwardness, especially in the form of the caste system in India, and the relation of caste with the modern class system. He has integrated the emancipatory philosophies of Marx with those of Jotiba Phule and B.R. Ambedkar. Besides integrating the Marx-Ambedkar theoretical problematic, Jal is also involved in the advocacy of understanding the Hegelian dialectical method as the method that involves a paradigm shift from the earlier scientific problematic based on the Aristotelian method.

In this new dialectical method, Jal has created a New Physics for the social sciences where he argues for the possibilities of the realization of the ideals of modern democratic society. This New Physics he calls after Marx “human natural science”, where not only are the social sciences concretely integrated, but also where the social sciences are united with the natural sciences. It is in this New Space and with the help of thinkers from Marx and Sigmund Freud to Georg Lukács, and Antonio Gramsci, from Phule to Ambedkar, from Raya Dunayevskaya to Slavoj Žižek and from J.P. Naik to Paulo Freire and Frantz Fanon, that Jal is able to construct a theory of universal education applicable for the Third World. This theory of universal education is based on the principle of “equa-liberty” (where equality and human liberty are synthesized) and the double process of humanization: the humanization of the sciences and the humanization of humanity itself. Unlike thinkers who argue for the interventions of civil society and the state with regards education, Jal argues for creating education collectives based on the theory of the “commons”. The common schools, so he claims, can only emerge from these educational collectives that are endowed with an emancipatory humanistic philosophy.

Phone: 25436980 Extn-221

Prof. Manoj Kar - Professor

Manoj Kar, a Professor in Health Systems, Education & Policy Studies, at the Center for Educational Studies, IIE. Prof. Kar, a Social Scientist and Public Systems Management Specialist in health development, having more than 20 years of academic, research, capacity building in public policy & governance and actively engaged in teaching, research, consultancy & advisory services in the field of Public Health, Health Education & Behavioral Research Studies.

Academically, Prof. Kar, is having Ph.D. in Social Sciences in Public Health from the Center for Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and received ICSSR and WHO Fellowships for the East West Center, Hawaii for Policy Research in Health studies. Prior to joining at IIE, he has served in several of strategic positions with WHO, Ministries of Health, UN Systems and International development organizations. His research team and collaborators have designed and developed National HIV/AIDS Strategy in India. He has been instrumental in shaping India’s National Strategy for National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) as Advisor, Public Health, for the National Health Systems Resource Center, under the Ministry of Health. Decentralized planning, community participation, governance reforms, gender mainstreaming in HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening & research using primary health care approach are key contributions to the development of National Health Systems.

At, IIE, he has been working for several of the strategic areas of ICSSR supported research initiatives, research seminar and Capacity Building for teaching Research Methodology courses.  Also, he is perusing research collaborations on; ‘Health Policy, Health Education & Social Sector Governance’ addressing various dimensions of “Health for All & MDGs”.  He is engaged in the publications of policy reviews and selected working papers on these themes and actively involved in academic guidance, teaching, evaluation and supervision of M. Phil and Ph.D. research work and thesis writing.

Prof.Kar’s research interests include ‘public policy and governance of health systems’ to improve HIV/AIDS prevention, mitigation and health education for awareness, HIV and youth, social epidemiology, health behaviors, and its impacts. His research team is currently developing research tools for policy analysis based on integration of ‘Health Systems Strengthening and Research’ using ‘Primary Health Care’ approach that will provide strong support for evidence-based advocacy and policy influencing.

His teaching and research areas in Social Sciences include;
  • Social Policy and Health Systems Studies
  • Organization & Development of Health Services in India
  • Health Education, Promotion and Behavioral Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Research in ‘Social Sciences Education & Health’
  • Research in ‘Education for Health’
  • Civil Society and Governance in Public Policy
  • Community Participation & Empowerment
  • Education & Training of ‘Non-formal Workers for Education & Health’
  • Adult Learning and Education for Life-Long Learning
  • Early Childhood Educational Development
  • Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention Education and Mental Health
  • Social Epidemiology & Community Health

Phone: 25436980 Extn-220

Dr. Jyoti Bawane - Associate Professor

Dr. Jyoti Bawane, is specialized in the areas of teacher education, information and communication technologies and online education. Some of the research efforts undertaken are related to the input processes adopted by teacher education programmes, teachers’ affiliation towards ICT and understand the social context and concerns of teachers in Ashram schools. These research studies were funded by different institutions like the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and the University of Pune. She was also involved in the development of an online teacher education course based on the principles of scenario based learning. Dr. Bawane has published research articles in journals both at national and international levels. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University and recently visited as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Cathoelithic University, Leuven. She has been guiding M.Phil and Ph.D students in subject areas, teacher stress, poverty and education, progress of municipal schools and educational challenges of the tribal community. So far two Ph.D students have completed their Ph.D under her guidance and six are currently registered and among the M.Phil students, nine students have completed their dissertation under her guidance. She recently completed a research project funded by NCERT, which studied in detail the classroom processes of the D.Ed teacher education programme in Maharashtra and identified the discrepancies between teacher education programme and the school education. Currently she is undertaking a project funded by the ICSSR that intends to study the access, practice and prospects of Information and Communication Technologies among the different rural communities in Maharashtra.

Phone: 25436980 Extn-218

Dr. Vikas Mane - Associate Professor

Dr. Vikas Mane has done his Doctoral studies in the area of Globalization and Higher Education from University of Pune. He received the NET- JRF from the UGC for his doctoral studies. As a researcher his subjects of interest include Political Science, Sociology and Education especially in an Interdisciplinary approach. His areas of research include Globalization and education (especially Higher Education), education of the marginalized communities and the interface of the Right to Education. Following an interdisciplinary approach he has worked on various research projects, funded by external agencies such as the ICSSR and also the Indian Institute of Education, on tribal education including Ashram shala’s and the School Curriculum He has also carried out extensive research on the Educational Status of the Denotified and Nomadic tribes of Maharashtra. Currently he is working on the Right to Education and its implications for the education of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. He has also worked on various evaluation projects in education, funded by government agencies, such as SCERT and other NGO’s. He has also written in English and Marathi on various aspects of education. He is the co-ordinator of the M.Phil program in Education Interdisciplinary. Currently he is working on the editorial board of advisor’s of the ‘Shikshan ani Samaj’, research journal of the Indian Institute of Education. He is also working on a project on Inter-disciplinarity in higher education and its implications.

Phone: 25436980 Extn-219

Dr. Razia Patel - Associate Professor

Dr. Razia Patel,  is  working since  last 20 years on  various academic and field research projects  on  issues  covering various aspects of Education of minorities – its status study , identification of root causes of illiteracy , factors affecting their developments and remedial actions .  She has conducted a 3 years research study on topic, “The Politics of   Education of Muslims in India, A critical study  and investigation  into its impact  on Muslim population  in Maharashtra”, which involves detailed in depth study of socio economic  development parameters of all Muslims from all regions and their educational status and aspirations . Prior to this she was awarded “The Times fellowship” to work on the topic “Muslim women in India – the struggle for living with dignity”. Both these projects highlighted the backward status of the community and also brought  some important revelations such as the root cause of their educational backwardness lies in inflexibility of ours system, need for secularization of mainstream education systems, and  have holistic approach for inclusion of minorities in mainstream. She has been working as Head Minority cell at IIE  on projects related with minority education , and currently working on a 3 year project on ‘Inclusive  education for  educationally backward  minorities  – a  pilot project at   selected schools in Pune” This project is sponsored by  Tech Mahindra Group , and  is aimed at establishing the root causes of  dropouts of children from mainstream education and create a holistic model of  education with participation from all stakeholders. She has  also published research papers highlighting politics of Muslim development issues and laws in journals like EPW , and have  authored Books and  have contributed  in  many  books concerning educational and developmental issues of minorities .

 Along with academics, she is also highly engaged in mass awareness extension activities   such as lectures, connecting with NGO’s, organizations, mass movements. She has been  invited  and worked  on various policy making forums  including Five year plan working groups  on women and minority educations in 11th, 12 th five year plans ,member on High level committee on status of women in India  and on National resource group of “Mahila Samakhya”. This opportunity is used to influence policy making forums on our research outcomes and viewpoints. Recently , she was  Invited as Expert  in Asia Pacific  Regional High Level  Expert meeting at  Bangkok  for an  International conference held by UNESCO  on theme “Towards EFA and Beyond- post 2015 – Shaping a new Vision for Education. She has been awarded by various social and educational organizations in acknowledgement of contribution in education and social work amongst marginalized community and women. She has also completed a project on Status study of NT/DNT Muslims in Maharashtra, which included a detailed survey of  the community in 4 districts , and has put forth the socio economic and educational status aspects for consideration to policy makers along with proposed actions.

Phone: 25436980 Extn-203

Dr. Vrushali Dehadray - Assistant Professor

Dr.Vrushali Dehadray has been working in the area of Education from the last few years. Educational psychology, Child education and Inclusive Education are the areas which appeal her most. She was engaged in a research project assessing the access and quality of child education imparted in the rural area which was funded by ICSSR. She has been working with Unicef and Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training to improve the quality of child education in cotton producing areas of Maharashtra. In the current year she is doing a major action research project for improving a quality of elementary education imparted in buffer zone of Pench National Park- Maharashtra. She is going to undertake same kind of project in Pench-Madhya Pradesh and Tadoba National Park. She proposes to research in the area of inclusion of deprived children in mainstream education with special reference to street children and on corporal punishment in school: Extent and violation of RTE. She has presented papers at the state and national level conferences and seminars. She has conducted several training programmes for primary and pre-primary teachers. She has published the research papers in national journals highlighting the various issues of importance in education.

Phone: 25436980 Extn-230

Dr. Santosh Sabale - Assistant Professor

Dr. Santosh Sabale has completed his M.A. and Ph.D. from SPPU University. He was also an Erasmus Mundus Fellow at University of Deusto, Spain in 2009-10. His research areas of interest are related to social and educational marginalization of deprived sections, social exclusion & inclusive Policy, ethnic and racial studies etc. Presently, he holds the NLM Project under the Ministry of Rural Development, New Delhi from 2017. The Project involves the tasks which assigned by the ministry under Swacch Bharat Mission for identifying and monitoring the ODF districts in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

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