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Manish Jain

Assistant Professor
E-mail:manish[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

PhD in Education, University of Delhi

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Affiliation

SCHOOL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

Education & Research

PhD (2009, Department of Education, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi. Dissertation titled, ‘Civics Curriculum and the Idea of Citizen since Late Nineteenth Century’’.

M.Ed. (1999), Department of Education. Dissertation titled, ‘Elementary School Civics after Independence: A Content Analysis of Textbooks’.
B.Ed. (1995), M.A. Political Science (1994), B.A. (H) Political Science (1992).

Manish’s teaching and research interests lie at the intersections of history, politics, and sociology of education along with an emerging engagement with auto/biographical narratives. These interests find expression in the areas of Histories of education and school disciplines in colonial and post-colonial societies; Memories of School/ing and Teacher’s work and lives; Sociology of Education; Education Policies; Comparative Education; Gender and Education; Social Science Curriculum and Citizenship education; Urban Inequality and Education; Politics of textbooks; and Democratic and critical pedagogy.


Research Projects

‘Framing Citizens: Civics in Colonial and Postcolonial India’ (2010-11), funded by Centre for the Study of Sociology in Education, TISS, Mumbai.

Comparative Inquiry into the Post RTE School Scenario in India: Survey of Schools (Institutional Quality, Teachers and Parents)’, with Padma Sarangapani and Rahul Mukhopadhyay, funded by MHRD (2011-12).

Past Employment

Before joining AUD, Manish was Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Sociology in Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (May 2009 – April 2011). At TISS, he taught ‘Pedagogy of Social Studies’ and ‘Policy, Institutions and Practices’ in M.A. Education (Elementary), ‘Polity, Governance and Public Policy’ in M.A. (Social Work), ‘Civil Society and Development’ in M.A. (Development Studies) and M. Phil. Seminar Course ‘School differentiation and Quality’ courses.

Before TISS, he worked as Research Coordinator with an NGO, NEG-FIRE, New Delhi (April 2008 - January 2009) and as Consultant, Pedagogy of Democracy with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi in its project ‘State of Democracy in South Asia’ (SDSA) under the Lokniti Programme, (September 2005- February 2006).

He has a decade long experience as a school-teacher (P.G.T. Political Science). He taught Social Science and Political Science to Secondary and Senior Secondary Classes and guided colleagues teaching elementary classes at Mahavir Senior Model School, Delhi, (1995- 2005).

Manish has also been a visiting faculty in History of Education (2011 and 2012) and Pedagogy of Social Studies (2008-09) in the M.A. Education (Elementary) programme of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
 

Publications

Published Papers/Book Reviews

  • Jain, Manish (2015): “Curriculum Studies in India: Colonial Roots and Postcolonial Trajectories” in Pinar, William F. (ed.) Curriculum Studies in India: Intellectual Histories, Present Circumstances (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) 111 - 139.
  • Jain, Manish (2015). Review of New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education edited by Parimala V. Rao. Contemporary Education Dialogue 12 (1), 110 - 115.
  • Jain, Manish (2013). Shiksha Ka Itihas (History of Education). Shiksha Vimarsh, 15: 4, July-August: 16-23.
  • Jain, Manish (2013). Challenges for revitalizing teacher education in India: JRMs and beyond. Voice of Teachers and Teacher Educators, 2 (2), June, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi, pp: 12-17.
  • Jain, Manish (2013): Editorial. Voice of Teachers and Teacher Educators, 2 (2), June, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • Jain, Manish (2012). Voices and Silences of/in Educational Policy and Research. Review of Who Goes to School? Exploring Exclusion in Indian Education edited by R. Govinda. The Book Review, 36: 8, August: 20-21.
  • Jain, Manish, George, Alex M. and Pushkar, Pankaj (2012). Kaisee Hon Pathyapustaken – Sansad Ke Vichar Aur Chhatron Ki Apekshayen (What kind of Textbooks: Ideas of Parliament and Expectations of Students). Shiksha Vimarsh, 14(4-5), July - Oct: 119-135.
  • Jain, Manish (2012). Aupniveshik aur Swatantra Bharat Main Pathyapustaken: Vivad, Sarokar aur Sabak (Textbooks in Colonial and Independent India: Controversies, Concerns and Lessons). Shiksha Vimarsh, 14: 4-5, July-Oct: 183-191.?
  • Jain, Manish (2012). Kaksha Main Loktantra aur Parivartan Ka Aakhyan (Narrative of Democracy and Change in the Classroom). Review of Meri Gramin Shala Kee Diary (Country School Diary) by Julia Weber Gordon. Shiksha Vimarsh, 14: 3, May-June: 30- 34.
  • Jain, Manish and D. Nawani (2011). “Learners and Learning in India: History, Perspectives and Contexts” in Zhao, Yong (ed.) Handbook of Asian Education: A Cultural Perspective (New York: Routledge) 503-528.
  • Jain, Manish (2011). “Kaksha Mein Uthe Sawal” (Questions raised in the Class), Samayilk Varta, 34 (5-6): 42-43.
  • Jain, Manish and S. Saxena (2010). “Politics of Low Cost Schooling and Low Teacher Salary”, Economic and Political Weekly, 45 (18): 79-80.
  • Jain, Manish (2009). “Book Review of Hasan, Zoya and R. Menon (2005). Educating Muslim Girls: A Comparison of Five Indian Cities, (New Delhi: Women Unlimited)”, Social Change, 39 (4): 621-622.
  • Jain, Manish (2008). “Book Review of Kaushik, Amit (2005). Shiksha: The Challenge of Indian Education, (New Delhi: Tehelka and Buffalo Books)”, Seminar, 592: 60-61.
  • Jain, Manish (2008). “Aupniveshik Bharat Mein Nagrik Shastra aur Nagrikta” (Civics and Citizenship in Colonial India), Shiksha Vimarsh, 10 (5): 19-27.
  • Jain, Manish (2005). “Social Studies and Civics: Past and Present in the Curriculum”, Economic and Political Weekly, 40 (19): 1939-1942.
  • Jain, Manish (2004). “Civics, Citizens and Human Rights: Civics Discourse in India”, Contemporary Education Dialogue, 1 (2): 165-198.

Paper Presentations/Invited Lectures

  • Jain, Manish 2015. The New Subject(s): Civics and the ‘Citizen’ in Colonial India. Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), Braunschweig (Germany), 17 June.
  •  Jain, Manish 2015. Character, Citizenship and Civics in Late Colonial India (1918-1947). Transnational Research Group (TRG), Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Gottingen (Germany), 27 May.
  •  Jain, Manish 2015. How Far Should Educational Process be Directed and Supported by the Government?, National seminar on Transforming Pedagogy in India, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, 7-8 April.
  • Jain, Manish 2015. Schools, Qualities and Citizenship in Delhi. Education in Delhi: Marginalisation, Diversity and Schools, 18–20 March, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD).
  • Jain, Manish 2015. Perspectives on Citizenship and Education. Mata Sundari College, University of Delhi, 19 February.
  • Jain, Manish (2014). “History of Education and the Question of Inequality”. Discussant at the annual international conference on ‘Modern Transformations and the Challenges of Inequalities in Education in India’, organized by Department of History, University of Delhi, Ramjas College, University of Delhi and NMRC, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, University of Delhi, 27-29 November.
  • Jain, Manish (2014). “Conflict, Violence and Education in Kandhamal”. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), University of Delhi, 16-18 November.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. Reading Education Policies with focus on Kothari Commission. Extension Lecture, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 30 September.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. Dalit Autobiography and Education: Sociological Perspective of Dalit Literature. National Semianr on Interrelationship of Ambedkarism and Indian Dalit Literature. Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi, 29 September.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. Curriculum in India. IN-STEP programme for Teacher Educators going to Arizona University. MHRD, New Delhi, 26 July.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. Education Policies. Summer Teacher Fellowship Programme 2014, RRCE, University of Delhi, 26 June.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. History of Teachers in Colonial and Postcolonial India. Summer Teacher Fellowship Programme 2014, RRCE, University of Delhi, 19 June.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. Educating Poor Girl Child: A Feminist Perspective on Education and Gender Equality. Symposium on “Education – Equality and Justice”. Azim Premji Foundation, Puducherry and Chennai, 9 and 10 May.
  • Jain, Manish 2014. Caste and Educational Inequality in Colonial India. Azim Premji University, Bangalore (Bengaluru), 14 April.
  • Jain, Manish 2013. State, Civil Society and Regulation in Education: Historical Inquiries. Collaborative Workshop on Education Policy, on the theme of Regulation in Education, Organised by TISS, APU, AUD, and NUEPA, 16-21 December, TISS-Hyderabad.
  • Jain, Manish 2013. Locating Voices and School in Contemporary Delhi. Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, 29 November.
  • Jain, Manish 2013. Critical Thinking: Its Importance and Relevance in Teaching of History. Department of Elementary Education, Institute of Home Economics, New Delhi, 3rd April.
  • Jain, Manish 2013. Public and Private in Education in India: A Historical Overview. NUEPA, New Delhi, 14 March.
  • Jain, Manish 2013. State and Non-State Actors in Education in India: A Historical Overview. Seminar Course on Quality and Education, 17 January, Organised by TISS- Hyderabad, India and Kings College, London.
  • Jain, Manish (2012): Character, Citizenship and Civics in Late Colonial India. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), University of Jammu, 10-12 October.
  • Jain, Manish 2012. Studying/Researching Colonial Education and Curriculum in a Comparative Frame. CESI pre-conference Workshop on Comparative Education, on the theme ‘Reimagining Comparative Education and its Challenge’. Jammu University, 9 October.
  • Jain, Manish 2012. Critical Pedagogy and Social Inclusion: Questions from Recent Controversy over Political Science Textbooks. 8th 3-week Refresher Course in Human Rights & Social Inclusion (Interdisciplinary). Academic Staff College, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 3rd September.
  • Jain, Manish 2012. Issues Emerging from Recent Controversy in Political Science Textbooks: Pedagogic and Social Implications. Panel Discussion, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 5 June.
  • Jain, Manish (2012). Emerging Trends in Education in Contemporary India: A Human Rights Perspective. UGC sponsored workshop on Human Rights and Ethics Education, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, 21 January.
  • Jain, Manish (2011). Introducing a Textbook: Policies and Contestations in Nineteenth Century Colonial India. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), University of Hyderabad, 16-18 November.
  • Jain, Manish (2010). Public, Private and Education: A Historical Overview. Paper presented in the workshop on Comparative Inquiry into School Scenario, TISS, Mumbai, 17-18 December.
  • Jain, Manish (2010). Colonial Knowledge, Colonial Citizen: Civics in Colonial India. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), JNU, 15-17 November.
  • Jain, Manish (2009). Thinking about Teachers and Teaching in Contemporary Times: Some Preliminary Notes. Paper presented in the workshop on Comparative Inquiry into School Scenario, TISS, Mumbai, 17-18 December.
  • Jain, Manish (2009). Beyond Deskilled Wage Labourer: ‘Teachers as Transformative Intellectuals. Paper presented at the Second Peoples Education Congress, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai, 05-08 October.
  • Jain, Manish (2008). Frames of Citizenship: Civics in Colonial and Independent India. Invited lecture at the Interdisciplinary seminar jointly organised by Department of Sociology and Political Science and Public Administration, University of Pune, 24 October.
  • Jain, Manish (2008). Libraries for the Marginalized: Experiences and Challenges. Paper presentation on behalf of NEG-FIRE in the international conference on School Libraries, Udaipur, 3-5 October.
  • Jain, Manish (2008). Inflections of Gender: Civics and Citizenship in Colonial India. Paper presented at the research students seminar organised by the Centre for Women’s Development and Studies, University of Delhi, 7 March.
  • Jain, Manish (2006). Selected to present paper, The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion: Civics Textbooks and Citizenship in India. International Conference on ‘The Textbook Worldwide- Past, Present, Future’, at the Grande Bibliotheque and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, 11-14 April.
  • Jain, Manish (2005). Imagery of the White Man?: ‘Citizen’, ‘Ward’, and the State in Bourinot’s Civics. Paper presented at the Conference in the Honour of Prof. Jean Barman, Green College, University of British Columbia, 18 March.
  • Jain, Manish (2003). Making Citizens of / and the Nation through the Curriculum. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Cultural Studies Workshop jointly organised by the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), Roskilde University of Denmark, Centre for Basic Research, Kampala, Uganda and SEPHIS of International Institute of Social History, the Netherlands, Goa, 17 – 22 February.
  • Jain, Manish (2002). Civics, Citizen and Human Rights: A Critical Introduction to the Educational Discourse in India. Paper presented at the Symposium on ‘Schooling and Citizenship’, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India, 24-25 January.
  • Jain, Manish (2001). Civics, Citizen and Human Rights. Paper presented at the National Workshop on Human Rights, Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi, March.
  • Jain, Manish (1999). Evolution of Civics and the Citizen in India. Paper presented at the South Asian Conference on Education, Department of Education, University of Delhi, 14-18 November.

 

Professionl Activities/Awards

Professional Awards/Fellowships

  • Canadian Studies Doctoral Fellowship by Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute (SICI), New Delhi/Calgary, which enabled him to be a doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness, University of British Columbia (September 2004-April 2005).
  • Doctoral Fellowship by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi (2007 – 2008).
  • Otto Bennemann Fellowship for Innovative Methodological Approaches in International Textbook Research at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), Braunschweig (Germany), May-June 2015.
  • Two-month Visiting Fellowship of the Transnational Research Group (TRG) Poverty and Education in India at the German Historical Institute London (awarded in July 2015, to be availed).

Professional Activities

 

Professional Bodies

  • Manish has been Joint Secretary of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) (2012-14) and member of its Executive Council member (2010-12). He was part of the Conference Organizing Committee of the 2014 International Conference of CESI held at Delhi.
  • He is also a life-member of Indian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS).

 

Guest Editor

  • Voice of Teachers and Teacher Educators, Published by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, (Vol. IV (1) April 2015; Vol. III (1), September 2014; Vol. II (3), December 2013; Vol. II (2), June 2013)

Resource Person

  • He has been a resource person in different workshops organized by TISS-AUD-APU-NUEPA, Digantar, Room to Read, Azim Premji Foundation and Eklavya. These workshops were in the domains of Education Policy, on the theme of Regulation in Education (2013); Gender and Education (2013); Policy and Education (2013); History of Education and Social Sciences (2012); Nature and Pedagogy of Social Science and Civics (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009); Comparative Education, on the theme ‘Reimagining Comparative Education and its Challenge’.

Official Committees

Textbook/Syllabus Development:

  • Member, Syllabus Review Committee for Social Sciences set up by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India, 2005.
  • Member, Political Science Textbook Development Committee for Class IX-XI set up by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India, 2005-07.
  • Member of the team that authored Civics text books for classes VI – VIII commissioned by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Delhi 2003-04.

Teacher Education:

  • Member, Joint Review Mission (JRM) on Teacher Education for the State of Tamil Nadu (May 2014) and Tripura (June 2013), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, New Delhi.
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  • Served on different Sub-Committees of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) on Two Year B.Ed. Syllabus (2013-14), Revision of M.Ed. Norms and Standards (September-October 2013), model syllabi for Elementary level Teacher Education courses (D.Ed.) (2010) (designed Education, Society, Curriculum and Learners; Contemporary Indian Society; Diversity, Gender and Inclusive Education; and Social Science Education).
  • NCTE nominee on the UGC Expert Committee for Inspection of Teerthankar Mahaveer University (Private University) (31 January -2 February, 2014).
  • NCTE’s representative in the Workshop on Revision of D.El.Ed. Syllabus, West Bengal Board of Primary Education, Kolkata (29-30 August, 2013).

Organisation of Conferences

  • Convener, Conference on ‘Education in Delhi: Marginalisation, Diversity and Schools’, 18-20 March 2015, School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD)
  • Member, Organising Committee of the 5th Annual International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), University of Delhi, 16-18 November.
  • Consultancy

    • Consultant on Gender-Responsive Teaching (GRT) project for Room to Read (RtR), India 2013-14.
    • Consultant on Pedagogy of Democracy with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi in its project ‘State of Democracy in South Asia’ (SDSA) under the Lokniti Programme, September 2005- February 2006.
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