Faculty & Research

Vijaya Sherry Chand


Vijaya Sherry Chand is Professor, Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, IIM Ahmedabad. His research interests have centered around teacher-generated, workplace-based, educational innovations in the public system, and their use as learning objects in large-scale online professional development. This work, spread over three decades, and facilitated by the Hewlett-Packard Sustainability and Social Innovation Award he received in 2012, is described (with Samvet Kuril and Ketan Deshmukh as co-authors) in his book, Teacher Development in India: Building on Grassroots Innovations and Technology (Routledge, 2023). Much of his research highlights the role of the innovative potential that exists at the grassroots of public systems in complementing top-down reform. His other research interests include activity-based learning in early childhood education, school governance, the consequences of innovative work performance of teachers in the public system for children's non-cognitive competencies, and organizational capacity of school management committees to undertake educational reform. His teaching interests include educational innovation, leadership and management, theory and practice of education, sociology of education, and management communication. He has worked with a number of provincial and central governments in India on educator professional development and assessing educational management systems.

Prior to joining IIMA in 1993, he worked on a variety of social development projects with socio-economically marginalized communities for 11 years. He sustains this interest by learning from various Indian non-governmental initiatives. He is Vice-President of SRISTI, a non-profit dedicated to grassroots innovations. He has also worked on early and medieval Indian history and religious architecture, and is engaged in promoting organ donation.


Primary Area : Ravi J. Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation

Secondary Area : Communication


Email : vijaya@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4863

Secretary : Ankur Sumesra

Phone : +91-79-7152 7936

Website : Personal Website


Ph.D , (Gujarat), Education

Research Area

Practices of innovative teachers

Teacher development/networking

Mainstreaming the Knowledge of Innovative Practitioners

Experimental Design and Development of Online Professional Development Platform

Leveraging technology for teacher innovation-based professional development

Building a culture of innovation in the public system: Educational Innovation Fairs

Contextualizing ICT in the classroom: Gyan Kunj

Re-contextualization of policy objects related to school-based governance and the construction of models of governance

Does Project Implementation Training Affect Decisional Style of School Management Committee Members

Scholars for Change: Online Internship Opportunity for Students

A Socio-Ecological Perspective for School System Reform: Developing and Validating the Indian School Climate Survey (Kathan Shukla & Vijaya Sherry Chand)

How does teacher innovative behavior influence the non-cognitive competencies of children such as intrinsic goal orientation, academic self-efficacy and metacognitive learning strategies? (Vishal Gupta, Kathan Shukla & Vijaya Sherry Chand)

The impact of negative teacher interaction on student engagement

Selected Publications

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Teaching Area

Communication for Management Teachers

Socio-political Contexts of Research in Management

Change and Innovation in Education

Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Education: Theory, Policy and Practice