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Contextualising Educational Studies in India
Research, Policy and Practices

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June 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
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Book Description

This volume presents an interdisciplinary framework to map out contemporary educational studies in India. Based on conceptual tools, quantitative methods and ethnographic accounts drawn from extensive fieldwork, it addresses emerging discourses on educational policies, their operation in the everyday functioning of institutions and the actual practices in teaching and learning. The chapters discuss the intersectionality of region, gender, class, caste and minorities in the current educational system.

The volume offers comparative perspectives and case studies from across states and under-studied rural and urban regions of India to explore a wide range of issues affecting the education system, including socioeconomic  and gender inequalities; educational status of the hinterlands of tribal settlements as well as urban areas; marginalisation of minorities; challenges in accessing educational avenues and choices; and the model of imparting vocational education and training. The book navigates complex sites of discrimination and exclusion in the institutional spaces of the educational system, and assesses the consequences of market dynamics and ideological undercurrents. Presenting firsthand information from the ground, it evaluates educational policies, practices and research; investigates challenges and failures; provides suggestions and fosters critical thinking for a knowledge society.

This book will interest researchers, scholars and teachers of education, economics, sociology, urban education and politics of education as well as public policy, governance and development studies. It will also be useful to research institutions, policymakers, educationists, social scientists, education professionals, and government and nongovernment bodies working on education.

Table of Contents


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Introduction: Mapping the Field of Education Policy Research

Pradeep Kumar Choudhury and Suresh Babu G.S

Part I: Equity, Access and Inclusion in School Education

1. Problems of Equity and Access in Education: A Case of School-Merging Policy

Aysha Malik

2. Multi-Lingual Education (MLE) for Inclusion: The Case of a Tribal Community

Lipika Das

Part II: Women and Minority in Higher Education

3. Legitimising Patriarchy in the Private Educational System? A Case Study of a Women’s University in Rajasthan

Ravi Shankar and Reenu Ram

4. Inclusion of Minority in the Changing Dynamics of Education

Chingiz Khan

Part III: Youth, Urban Marginality and Education: A Contested Terrain

5. Education, Youth and Labour Market: A Case of Urban Marginalities

Naomi Prachi Hazarika

6. Educational Choices of Gujjars in the Urban Peripheries

Heena Khari

7. Contesting Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Problems of Language Acquisition

Anup Kumar Bali

Part IV: Knowledge and Labour Market: Redefining Skill and Aspirations

8. Higher Education and Knowledge-Based Industries: Understanding Geographical Preferences

Sumit Kumar

9. Students’ Aspirations for Social Sciences: Explorations from a Field Survey

Aakriti Saini

10. Imparting Vocational Education and Training Through Higher Education Institutions: An Integrative Model

Antara Sengupta and Leena Chandran Wadia

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Pradeep Kumar Choudhury teaches at Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Previously, he worked at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development and Public Health Foundation of India. His research has dealt with applied development economics, especially issues related to education, health and labour. He recently completed an international collaborative study with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, USA that assesses and improves student learning in engineering and higher education in an international comparative perspective. 

Suresh Babu G.S teaches at Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Before this, he was part of the faculty at University of Jammu for nine years. His research focuses on the postcolonial debates of subaltern communities in India and education’s role in cultural politics. He has edited the book Education and the Public Sphere: Exploring the Structures of Mediation in Post-colonial India (Routledge 2019).


‘Educational research in India focuses, very often, on improving pedagogical practices. This volume attempts to link educational processes and progress with broader issues of economic and social development from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. The discussions on equity and inclusion, gender, marginalisation and employability contextualise the issues to be prioritised for education policy and research in India. It brings together young researchers and their critical analyses and understanding, and the volume makes a good contribution to deepen our understanding of the discourses on educational research in India.’


N.V. Varghese, Vice-Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India



‘When young researchers come together, look at the landscape of education in India with heightened critical consciousness and empirical details, and raise sociologically relevant questions, I see a possibility, or a language of hope. Yes, this edited volume expands our horizon, and makes us see the prevalent practice of education while being deeply aware of the dynamics of caste and patriarchy, or urban marginalities and regional variations. A book of this kind is bound to activate the socio-political and pedagogic imagination of educationists, teachers and researchers.’


Avijit Pathak, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India