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Gunjan Sharma

Assistant Professor

PhD (Education), MEd, University of Delhi

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School of Education Studies

Education & Research

Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research, 2016-17; PhD (Education), University of Delhi; M.Ed., University of Delhi; B.Ed., University of Delhi; M.Com, University of Delhi.

My professional focus is on education policy-politics in India, particularly at school and teacher education levels. I examine education policy and practice from a socio-political perspective. My doctoral research was an ethnographic study of a slum cluster and a state-run primary school in Delhi, India. This research examined how the state policy on education is played out in the margins of the urban metropolitan context particularly in relation to Dalit children. My subsequent professional and research experience is focussed on the linkages between teacher education policy and public school quality in India. My postdoctoral research frames teacher education as a special sub-set of higher education. It examines the rank advancement policies and publication networks among teacher education faculty in the US to draw policy inferences in a (US-India) comparative perspective. My methodological training is in ethnography, document analysis, and social networks analysis.

Past Employment

  • Consultant, Learning and Teacher Development Unit, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, India, 2011.
  • RA, India one million: Feasibility study on teacher education, UK Open University and Plan International, 2009 – 2010.
  • RA, Project: Curricular framework for elementary teacher education programmes: Guide for curricular construction for SCERTs and DIETs, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, 2006.


  • Sharma, G. (2016). Reversing twin ideals of Right to Education: No Detention and Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation. Economic and Political Weekly, 51(9), 85-89.
  • Sharma, G. (2016). Shaping everyday educational vocabulary: State policy and a slum school. In A. K. Singh (Ed.), Education and empowerment: Policies and practices (Vol. 1, pp. 275-292). Delhi: Routledge.
  • Sharma, G. (2015). From curriculum to textbooks: Post 2005 revised textbooks and social exclusion. The Primary Teacher, 40(1), 50-69.
  • Sharma, G. (2015, November). Pathyakram par rajnaitik nirnaya: Sawaal aur sarokaar. Shiksha Vimarsha, 17(6), 21-25. (Political decisions on curriculum: Questions and concerns).
  • Sharma, G. (2015). Book review: Sociology of childhood and youth by Bhula Bhadra (Ed.). Teacher Support, 2(1), 79-81.
  • Sharma, G. (2015). Book review: Education – An anatomy of the discipline: Rescuing the university project? Indian Journal of Teacher Education, 1(1), 117-118.
  • Sharma, G. (2015, September 28). Delhi’s schools need a quality upgrade, not a hasty cut in syllabus. The Wire.
  • Varma, V. S., and Sharma, G. (Ed.). (2014). Teachers in conversation: Schoolteachers’ narratives, discussions and dialogues. Delhi: Ambedkar University Delhi and Ahvaan Trust.
  • Sharma, G. (2014). Politics of institutional knowledge and exclusion: Understanding experiences of Dalit children in urban slums. Indian Journal of Teacher Education, 9(1), pp. 44-57.
  • Bhatty, K., Namala, A., Bhasin, A., Shah, A., Mittra, A., Dwivedi, A., Farooqi, F., Sharma, G. , Bandhopadyay, M., Khair, N., Alkazi, R., Hassan, S., Tirkey, S., and Singh, S. (2014). School education and exclusion. India Exclusion Report (pp. 43-76). Delhi: Centre for Equity Studies.
  • Sharma, G. (2014). Understanding the tea stalls on Delhi University campus: A qualitative study. Occasional Papers, Department of Education, University of Delhi, 1(1-6), 1-17.
  • Sharma, G. (2012). Dominance and resistance amidst state’s efforts in education. Human Rights Initiative Journal, 4(7), 24-40.
  • Singh, A. K., Sharma, G., Mishra, N., K., Guru, N. D., Singh, G. (Authors and Eds.). (2010). Bachon ka adhikar: Muft aur anivarya shiksha ka maulik adhikar. Betiya: Deep, Betiya, and NEG Fire, Delhi. (Handbook on the Right to Education Act, 2009, India)

Professionl Activities/Awards

  • Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA, 2016 – 2017.
  • Sharma, G. (2017, March). Contextualising childhood and educational aspirations in a slum space in Delhi. Invited presentation organised by David O. McKay School of Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America.
  • Sharma, G. (2017, April). Gender and educational aspirations in a slum school in Delhi: Implications for education policy. Invited presentation organised by Women’s Studies, David M. Kennedy Centre & David O. McKay School of Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America.
  • Sharma, G. (2017, April). India's Right to Education Act and the proposed National Policy on Education: Policy processes and politics. Invited lecture organised by Social and Collaboration committee, Education Leadership and Foundations Department, Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America.
  • Sharma, G. (2017). Education in India [Radio interview]. In Rose, J. (Program director & host), Top of mind with Julie Rose. Utah: BYU Radio.
  • Member, Research team, Project: Need Assessment on the Demand for Tertiary education in NCT of Delhi, Centre for Social Science Research Methods, AUD.
  • Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Teacher Education [ISSN: 2349-6355], 2015 – 2016.
  • Core Committee Member, The Forum for Deliberations on Education: A collaborative initiative hosted by the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, India, 2015 – 2017.
  • Member/Member Secretary, three committees constituted by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) in view of the recommendation of the Supreme Court’s Justice Verma Commission on Teacher Education, India, 2013 – 2015.
  • State-level dissemination of the NCTE’s 2-year MEd Curriculum Framework and Regulations (Norms and Standards), including orientation workshops for the academics [heads and deans, and teacher educators] from university departments and colleges of teacher education in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, February-March 2015.
  • Documentation of NCTE ‘Regional Consultations’ on the draft Regulations 2014 (norms and standards), October-November 2014.
  • Project convener, Delhi Government School Project (DGSP), SES, AUD, in collaboration with DoE Delhi Government and Ahvaan Trust, 2013 – 2014.
  • Joint convener of the Ahvaan Teacher Forum (involving focus groups, consultations and workshops) for Delhi government schoolteachers, sponsored by AUD and Ahvaan Trust, India, 2012 – 2014.
  • Member, course development and revision group, Diploma in Primary Education (DPE) and Diploma in Elementary Education (DElEd) programmes, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India, 2011 – 2012.
  • Member, invited expert group for development of “Improvements in quality through reform in assessments and evaluation of students in elementary school”, as a part of implementation of Children’s Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RtE), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), India, 2010 – 2011.
  • University Teaching Assistant, Department of Education, University of Delhi, India, 2009 – 2011.
  • Guest Faculty, Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, University of Delhi, India, 2009.
  • University Medal (M.Ed.), University of Delhi, 2009.
  • All Round Best Student Award (2008), Basu Memorial Lecture, Department of Education, University of Delhi, India.
  • First Rank Holder Award, B.Ed, MVCOE, University of Delhi, India.


  • MA: Education in India: Institutions, Systems and Structures; Curriculum Studies; Teacher Education; School Ethnography.
  • UG: Child Rights.

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