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Community Engagement in Higher Education
From Theory to Practice

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ISBN 9781032195773
June 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
260 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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This book explores the finer nuances of community engagement in Indian higher education ranging from theory to practice. It contextualizes the concept and practice of community engagement in the contemporary context, capturing global experiences, insights, and varied standpoints. The volume also identifies gaps present in the system and recommends solutions for the successful implementation and scaling up of the practice of community engagement, not only in India but also at the global level. It also brings to the forefront, opinions, perspectives and experiences of stellar women and their valuable scholarship with the aim to address gender gap in the field of knowledge production on community engagement.


The book will be of interest to scholars, teachers and researchers of education, higher education, and sociology of education. It will also be useful for academicians, think tanks, higher education administration, policymakers, civil society organizations, higher education institutions and those interested in the study of community engagement.

Table of Contents

PART I- Introduction: Positioning Community Engagement in Higher Education 1. Community Engagement in Higher Education: An Introduction -Manju Singh, Purva Bhatt, Wafa Singh & Kumar Sambhav Pareek 2.Decoloniality, Community Engaged Scholarship & Epistemic Justice-Purva Bhatt & Manju Singh 3.Community Engagement in Higher Education Institutions: Critical Enablers -Wafa Singh & Manju Singh PART II- Global Perspectives: Experiences & Insights. 4.Pedagogies of Community Engagement: Reflections from a Higher Education setting in the Global South -Doris Santos 5.Weaving knowledge systems: challenges and possible solutions through community-engaged research in Canada and Nordic countries -Walter Lepore & Leslie King 6.European Science Shops in Higher Education: Building Capacity for Engaged Research and Teaching-Emma McKenna 7.University Community Engagement within the Indonesian Context: A Case Study of UINSA -Nabiela Naily, Henrik Farisia, Muchammad Helmi Umam & Noor Wahyudi 8. Community Engagement for Social Transformation: Experiences in the UK and Canada-Ceri Davies 9. Insights into Community Engagement at Higher Education Institutions in South Africa-Raisuyah Bhagwan & Shannal Rowkith 10. Evolution of Community Engagement Policy Agenda: Italian Perspectives on Equitable Partnerships in times of Growing Neoliberal Pressure -Francesca Antongiovanni, Valentina Ghibellini & Andrea Vargiu 11. Weaving Paths from the Convergence of Knowledge: Colombian Experiences of University-Community Partnerships - Irma Alicia Flores Hinojos, Andrés Astaiza Martínez, Luisa González Pineda, Daniel Lopera Molano PART III -The Indian Standpoint: Institutional Programs, Experiences & Partnerships 12. Community Engagement in the Indian Higher Education Landscape -Purva Bhatt, Wafa Singh, Manju Singh & Kumar Sambhav Pareek 13.Towards Developing Responsible Managers: Goa Institute of Management’s GiveGoa Initiative - Divya Singhal & Padmanabhan Vijayaraghavan 14. Establishing University-Community Collaborations: Experiential learning initiatives at Manipal University, Jaipur- Madhura Yadav & Manish Sharma 15. Creating a Sustainable Waste Management System as a Service-Learning Project at Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham University- Vipina Valsan, Akshay Viswanath & J. Sophie von Lieres 16. Community Engagement as a Tool for Social Development: The Experiences at Bhagat Phool Singh (BPS) Women’s University - Manju Panwar 17. Service-Learning at CHRIST University: An Experiential Instrument for Community Engagement in HEIs - Phinu Jose & Sudhansubala Sahu 18. Mainstreaming Community Engagement and Participation in Urban Planning Education: A Case Study of MNIT, Jaipur- Shradha Chandan, Bansari Sharma, Satish Pipralia, Nand Kumar & Ashwani Kumar 19. Embedding Community Engagement in the Architecture of JK Lakshmipat University for Achieving the SDGs- Sheetal Mundra & Umesh Gupta PART IV- Conclusion: Ways Forward for Community Engagement in Higher Education 20. Weaving the Threads & Future Directions -Wafa Singh, Purva Bhatt, Manju Singh & Kumar Sambhav Pareek

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Prof. Manju Singh is Professor of Economics, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences. Malviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur. Post Doctorate in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom,  Prof. Singh  has more than ten years of experience as Full Professor (Direct Selection) with almost 29 years of experience in research and over two decades of experience of postgraduate and undergraduate teaching as an academic faculty in the field of economics. She has founded and commanded PhD Programme with proven quality processes and high-quality research output in multi faculties areas in one of the best Deemed to be Universities in Pune. She is presently working in the the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, innovatively with a passion to achieve a socially responsible system of higher education. Prof. Singh has evolved an interdisciplinary approach and applied aspect in all attempts. She is a keen project planner, strategist and implementer with demonstrated abilities in devising activities and organizing multidimensional events of social engineering on campus and out of campus. The focus areas of her expertise include Innovation in higher Education, Gender mainstreaming, Technology Diffusion, Social Engineering, Development Economics, Public Policy.


Prof. Singh has led various projects with prestigious institutions, think tanks and forums. She is also a reviewer of various prestigious peer-reviewed journals like Harvard Business Review, Sage, Taylor and Francis and has twelve PhD awards (four as co-guide) under the supervision on the issues of gender, technology, public policy, human development and environmental vulnerability. She has held esteemed positions in various prestigious international and national level forums such as that of Hub Coordinator, Knowledge for Change UNESCO Chair for Community based Participatory Research. Prof Singh has been awarded with various prestigious awards like Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship Award 2011-12,London School of Economics, London.UK for demonstrating her efficient academic, research, administrative skills.


Purva Bhatt is presently a research scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (MNIT Jaipur), and is also a recipient of Institutional Assistantship by MNIT Jaipur. The topic of her doctoral thesis is “Democratization of Technological Knowledge: Connecting Campus with Community.” As a community-based participatory researcher, she has worked on several national and international research projects in association with prestigious institutions. She has also worked in the capacity of Research Co-Director with Union College, New York, on an Ethnographic research project. She has formerly worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Xavier’s College Jaipur. Purva is also the recipient of the prestigious HH Dalai Lama Gurukul Fellowship conferred by the Foundation of Universal Responsibility of His Holiness Dalai Lama. As a student, she has remained a Gold Medalist and has been awarded by the Hon’ble Governor for exhibiting excellence in academics. Apart from academics, she has remained a national-level debater, five-time national handball player, and an enthusiast for theatrics.


In the capacity of a researcher, she has published various Scopus-indexed research papers and articles in the editorial section of reputed journals and newspapers. She is also associated with various reputed forums such as Rashtriya Samaj Vigyan Parishad and the Indian Sociological Society, which primarily works on fostering knowledge democracy and decoloniality of Social Sciences. She is also a founding member of grassroots non-governmental organizations like Karuna and Bhatt Raja Sadashiv Foundation that influence policymaking and model innovations in action aimed at the transformational socio-political, economic and cultural impact on stakeholder communities. 


Ms. Wafa Singh is a recipient of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2021, and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at DUT, Durban, South Africa. Ms. Singh has a decade long work experience in the Higher Education sector and has worked extensively in the field of Social Responsibility & Community Engagement in Higher Education, in her capacity as the former India Research Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. In this role, she has contributed to many research projects, both at the national level (in collaboration with British Council, India) and at the international level (in collaboration with International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, and The Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council (SSHRC), Canada). Her work in this field includes publication of several journal articles and a co-edited book titled, ‘Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers’.  She has also presented papers at the European Higher Education Society-EAIR Forum in Leiden, Netherlands in 2019; 2nd Higher Education Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI) Conference in Vienna in 2018, among others. She is also a UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education certified ‘Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Trainer’ and has delivered several trainings on CBPR for academics and civil society practitioners from India and beyond.


Dr. Kumar Sambhav Pareek is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Amity Institute of Social Sciences, Amity University Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India. Though he has obtained his Master and Ph.D. degree in Political Science, he believes in the philosophy of interdisciplinary research. He has more than 15 years of teaching and research. His main area of interest is Political Sociology, e-Government, Ancient Indian Polity, and Indian Political System. He is a keen observer of not only the Indian Political System but also of other developing and developed nations. He has published various research papers and articles in national and international journals along with the book chapters. He has authored one book on Primary unit of Indian Political System i.e. “Gram Panchayat”. Apart from this, he has also published a book on E-Governance titled “Stances of E-Government: Policies, Processes and Technologies” in 2018 with CRC Press. He is also the Life Member of Indian Political Science Association, Rajasthan Political Science Association and Indian Society for Gandhian Studies.


"For academics and practitioners seeking de-mystification of the concept of Community Engagement (CE) in Higher Education, this book serves a great purpose! I strongly recommend it to the academic fraternity and beyond! Many congratulations to the editors!"


Prof D S Chauhan, Pro-Chancellor, GLA University

“This book shall serve as a boon for the Academics who wish to learn about Community Engagement in Higher Education as it delves into the theory, practice, adaptability and the diverse approaches followed globally to engage with the community. It shall prove to be a valuable resource and an important addition to the existing literature on Community Engagement. I congratulate the editors for their efforts and for this timely publication”. 


Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Formerly, Vice Chancellor, BPS Women University, Govt. of Haryana, Formerly, Additional Secretary, UGC, Ministry of  Education, Govt. of India, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities

“This book illuminates an extremely important, but thinly acknowledged function of higher education-Community Engagement! Couched in rich descriptions of engaged scholarship from around the world, this book is strongly recommended for  anyone interested in strengthening this aspect at their institutions! Commendations to the editors on this fine piece of literature!”


Prof Sudhi Rajiv, Vice-Chancellor, Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication

“At the time of Indian Presidency to G- 20 nations in 2022-2023, India is embarking on a new paradigm of development in the world which can sustain planet earth and humanity  for next many millennials and therefore “The book while drawing inspiration from Indian thought on Education philosophy weaves in scholastic perspectives across the globe on renewed approach of Community Engagement in Higher Education in line with National Education Policy, 2020. This is a well-timed book that is recommended for anyone interested in fostering transformational change in higher education by leveraging on the capacities of knowledge institutions and has an important place in National Credit Framework of NEP2020. Congratulations to the Editors in bringing relevant book  at the right time!”


Prof. Virendra Kumar Vijay, IREDA  Chair Professor, Centre for Rural Development and Technology, National Coordinator- Unnat Bharat Abhiyan program of Ministry of Education, GoI, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

“Community Engagement in Higher Education is a topic which will demand attention from all quarters in the future, and will be seen as an increasingly important area of work. This book serves a great purpose by collating experiences and lessons from around the world on the topic. A truly valuable resource! Many congratulations to the editors”

Prof Jagdish Jadhav, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Rajasthan

“Community Engagement (CE) in universities and HEIs needs careful crafting of contextual strategy with effective implementation. This book is an important contribution with focus on both the strategic as well as operational dimensions of CE. Congratulations to the authors for the great work.”


Prof. Shiv K. Tripathi, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, ATMIYA University