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Aparajita Bhargarh

Academic Fellow

Child Development

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Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development

Education & Research

She has a Master’s degree in Child Development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University (2007). Her master’s thesis was titled “Preparation of firstborn to the birth of a younger sibling in rural and urban families”. Following this, she completed a Master’s degree in Education from Kurukshetra University (2011).



She has completed a rapid survey titled ‘Where are the 3-5 year olds? Availability and utilization of the ECE provisions in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh’. The objective of the survey was to review provisions for Early Childhood Care and Education in the Government, NGO and Private sectors and levels of utilization by the community in the randomly selected villages in the two states. The findings of the survey were also presented in fourth lecture/seminar of the quarterly series organised by the Centre (CECED). Currently she is working on a longitudinal study on impact of Early Childhood Education titled ‘Study of Impact of Early learning, Socialization and School readiness experiences in preschool settings on educational and behavioural outcomes along the primary stage’. This longitudinal impact study is based on the premise that learning and development are continuous and cumulative processes and any approach to address quality and equity at the primary stage needs to begin first by helping children develop a sound foundation, prepare for school and then make a smooth transition to school.

Past Employment

She is currently working with Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED) at Ambedkar University, Delhi as an academic fellow since July 2011. Prior to this she was working with the centre (CECED) as a Project Associate (December, 2010-July, 2011). Before joining Ambedkar University, Delhi, she has worked in the Social Research Unit of TNS India Private Limited as a Research Executive and been a part of research projects in Education and Health in different capacities during her tenure of seven months (May-December, 2010). She has also worked with Katha, a well-known Profit for all organisation, as an Assistant Team leader, Kalpana Vilasam (Teacher Training and Research Department). She worked in Katha for more than a year (April, 2009 -May, 2010) and was involved in research studies related to education and early childhood development. Prior to Katha, she worked with Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD) as a Research Associate where she was part of the research team of RECOUP (Research Project Consortium on Outcomes of Education for the Poor) for almost two years (July, 2007 – March, 2009). The project aimed to study the linkages behind the inferior outcomes of education for the poor. She was involved in three of the five themes of the project, Skills and Livelihood, Understanding of Disability and Youth Gender and Citizenship. As part of the project she dealt with different aspects of qualitative research like designing tools, data collection, documentation, analysis and report writing.


Professionl Activities/Awards

  • Awarded NET and JRF in June, 2010
  • Awarded I prize in poster presentation on ‘Exploring Linkages in “Emergent Literacy” Tasks Among Children in Print Rich and Print Deprived Environments’ at Platinum Jubilee Conference at Lady Irwin College.
  • Awarded the ‘Smt. Pramila Bai Rao Memorial Prize’ for the best candidate in B.Sc. Home Science (General) at the Convocation Day function at University of Delhi on February 25, 2006
  • Won the ‘College Award’ for first position in third year of B.Sc. Home Science (General) at the Founder’s Day function at Lady Irwin College, Delhi University on November 11, 2005
  • Won the ‘Z. Vijay Kumar Award’ for first position in second year of B.Sc. Home Science (General) at the Founder’s Day function at Lady Irwin College, New Delhi on  November 18, 2004

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