Ruchira Das

Post-Doctoral Researcher (TESF) | rdas at iihs dot ac dot in

EDUCATION:

2015   PhD, Sociology of Education, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2004   MPhil, Sociology of Education, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2002   MA, Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2000   BA, Sociology, Presidency College, Kolkata

 

 

   

Countries: India
States: Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh
Cities: New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ghaziabad
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali

Sociologist by training, Ruchira Das has extensively researched in the areas of sociology of education and urban sociology/mobility studies. Currently her research interests are in the areas of city, marginality, education and urban childhood, identity, schooling. She has taught in the department of Elementary Education, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi for almost 14 years.

 

Ruchira has been associated with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai as programme officer in the MA Elementary Education programme. She has authored a book on the social context of tribal education which is an ethnographic study of a Santal village in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. She has been offered a book proposal by Springer titled City, Marginality and Education which is again an ethnographic work on the migrant Tribes in Kolkata (ongoing). She has been involved with various research projects funded by SRTT, ICSSR and MHRD.

 

Ruchira has presented papers in various national and international platforms and has been invited as field expert/resource person in various organisations. She is a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship as well as Senior Research Fellowship from UGC, GOI.  She is the Joint Secretary and Research Interest Groups (RIGs) coordinator of Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) affiliated to World Council for Comparative Education Societies.

 

She is the co-convener of the Research Interest Group (RIG) Education and Marginal groups.

 

Ruchira is also the external reviewer of the Journal Contemporary Education Dialogue, Sage.

Journal Articles

  • Das, R. (2017). Mother tongue in indigenous script as medium of formal learning: discourses within a migrant tribal community in a metropolis. Contemporary Education Dialogue, 14 (1), 71-89.
  • Das, R. (2016). Between the native land and the city: Negotiations and experiences of the santal migrants in Kolkata. Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), 2(2), 1-20.

 

Books/Book Chapters

  • Das, R. (2018). Migrant tribe in a globalizing city: Educational views, aspirations and choices of the Santals in Kolkata. In A. Bhattacharya & S. Basu (Eds.), Marginalities in India: Themes and Perspectives (pp. 127-141). Singapore: Springer.
  • Das, R. (2013). Education and urbanism: Impact of schooling on the migrant Santals in a Metropolis. In P. V. Gupta & D. Lokhande (Eds.), Transformation of the Tribes and Sustainable Development. New Delhi: Anmol Publications Pvt. Ltd.
  • Das, R. (2010). Development and disruption: Problematizing tribal education in Independent India. In D. Parimala (Ed.), Equity and education in India: Policy, issues and Challenges. New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers Distributors.

 

Report

Das, R. (2013). Status of functioning of school management committees: A study of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat and Bihar. New Delhi: National Coalition for Education (NCE).

 

Op-eds

  • Das, R., & Anand, C. (2020, September 04).  Reservations in promotions – not a fundamental right?. 
  • Das, R., & Pathak, V. (2017, January 04). Experience, politics and resistance: Revisiting ‘Hind Swaraj’.
  • Das, R. (2016, November 09). Activity-based learning for communicative teaching.
  • Das, R. (2016, March 13). On the Hegemony of English Language in Private Schools in Urban India.
  • Das, R. (2019, December). Theorizing exclusion: State, marginality and education on ‘discrimination and the city: experiences of inclusion and exclusion among the migrant tribes of Kolkata. Paper presented at the 10 th International Conference of comparative education society of India on exclusion, inclusion and equity in education, JNU, New Delhi.
  • Das, R. (2019, September). Tribal Self, stigma and the city: Experiences of inclusion and exclusion. Paper presented at the RC21 International Conference on the In and beyond the city: Emerging ontologies, persistent challenges and hopeful futures, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
  • Das, R. (2019, March). Inclusive pedagogy in social science: Understanding the theory practice divide. Paper presented at the Inclusive pedagogy: Teaching and learning practices in higher education conference, Centre for Writing and Communication, Ashoka University, Haryana.
  • Das, R. (2018, December). Tracing violence in the burden of citizenship on school going children. Paper presented at the 9 th international conference of comparative education society of India on modernity, transformative social identities and education in comparative contexts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara.
  • Das, R. (2017, November). Between the twin worlds of the native land and the city: Dilemmas of education among Santali migrants in Kolkata suburbs. Paper presented at the 8 th International Conference of comparative education society of India on ‘criticality, empathy and welfare in contemporary educational discourses, University of Jammu, Jammu Kashmir.
  • Das, R. (2017, March). Theory, subject and power: Anxieties of theory in the context of action research. Paper presented at the National Conference on research in education: Methodological issues and emerging trends, University of Delhi, New Delhi.
  • Das, R. (2017, February). Migrant tribes in a globalising metropolis: discourses on educational views, aspirations and choices. Paper presented at the International Conference on social marginality: Issues and concerns, University of Gour Banga, Malda, West Bengal.
  • Das, R. (2016). Between the native land and the city: Negotiations and
  • experiences of the santal migrants of Kolkata.  Paper presented at the International Conference on migration, diaspora and development, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • Das, R. (2012). Education and urbanism: Impact of schooling on the migrant Santals in a Metropolis.  Paper presented at the National Seminar on tribal issues and strategies for empowerment, University of Pune, Pune.
  • Das, R. (2012). Reimagining the local in a mega city: Impact of education on the migrant santals of Kolkata. Paper presented at the International Conference of comparative education society of India on education for a changing world, University of Jammu, Jammu Kashmir.
  • Das, R. (2011). Quest for identity, education and life chances: Dilemmas of Santali migrants in a metropolis. Paper presented at the International Conference of comparative education society of India on Education for a changing world, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
  • Das, R. (2010). Continuity or disjuncture: Exploring tribal negotiations with formal learning in a globalising world. Paper presented at the International Conference of comparative education society of India on Globalisation, Educational change and reforms: Comparative perspectives, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • Das, R. (2010). Schooling the marginal: Formal learning and the Santals of Birbhum.  Paper presented at the UGC-SAP national conference on education state and globalisation: Issues and challenges, Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
  • Das, R. (2009, March). Development and disruption: Problematizing tribal education in independent India. Paper presented at the National Seminar on equity and education in India: Policy issues and challenges, UNICEF and UNESCO.
  • Das, R. (2008, December). Interrogating tribal education in independent India. Paper presented at the National seminar on reconstructing the nation, Chennai.
  • Das, R. (2003, December). Schooling of the children. Seminar on Education of the urban poor: A study of a settlement in Delhi. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.