Deepak Maun received his Ph.D. in Innovation and Management in Education (IME) from IIM Ahmedabad in March 2019. His thesis studied how collaborative learning among government primary school teachers happens in online spaces. He joined the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) at O. P. Jindal Global University (Sonipat, Haryana) in September 2018 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to joining IIM Ahmedabad for his Ph.D., he was working with a social sector organization focused on teaching XI-XII grade students from poor families.


His areas of interest include teachers' workplace learning, teacher professional development, critical thinking, and unschooling/homeschooling. At present, he is working on a research project that looks at critical thinking in higher education spaces and alternative spaces of learning.




Doctoral Students : 2019

M.Sc (Physics), M.Ed

I have worked as a Physics educator for four years in an ICSE-ISC school in Ahmedabad and also have been tutoring students for the last ten years. My research interest lies in applying quantitative methodologies to the field of education, specifically K-12 school education and teacher-education programs. Other areas of interest include educational psychology and studies related to educational policies.


Doctoral Students : 2018

I have a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi) and an MBA in International Business from Jamia Millia Islamia. As President of the Social Service Society of the college I faced several challenges while working with children from different sections of society, and this motivated me to pursue methodical research with a strong focus on the fundamentals. I am specifically interested in studying the Right to Education, its implementation, and the influence of school climate upon the students. In my spare time, I like to engage in craft activities, travel, adventure sports and photography.
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I have a postgraduate degree from NLIU, Bhopal, and before joining the doctoral program at IIMA, worked with Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIMI) and National Law Institute University (NLIU, Bhopal).  I am a compassionate enthusiast for education, and am interested in addressing educational challenges. I spend my leisure time in swimming, skateboarding and playing squash.

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Doctoral Students : 2017

Karan Babbar

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science Engineering (2008-12). Before joining the Ph.D. program, I worked for more than three years at Accenture Services Private Limited, testing the software in the Banking and Hospitality sectors. My current research interest includes school safety and school climate, survey development, teacher evaluation models, menstrual hygiene, and following the implementation of RCTs in the education sector, specifically their assessment of non-cognitive outcomes. In my free time, I like to travel and watch movies and plays.

Research projects:
1) Authentic Evaluations for project learning in Online Teacher Professional Development
2) Student Engagement, Instructional Practices, and Authoritative School Climate


Anurag Shukla

I have a master's degree in Development from Azim Premji University and an M.Phil. in Education from Central Institute of Education (University of Delhi). Before joining FPM, I worked with several organizations such as Pratham, Azim Premji Foundation, Center for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), Times Group, and Business Standard. My interests in the recent past have been around issues in standardized assessments, inclusive curriculum, and the application of technologies in classrooms. During my time at IIMA, I have participated in the evaluation of Gyankunj program, and currently, I am engaged in Pragna (activity-based learning in schools in Gujarat) and Samarth (online professional development of teachers) projects in various capacities. 
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Atima Singh

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Miranda House, University of Delhi (2009-2013). Prior to joining the Fellow Programme in Management, I completed an M.Phil. in Education from TISS Hyderabad. I have interned with Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur and Maitri, Delhi, reaching out to the children of underprivileged and marginalized groups of society. I had also volunteered for the services of Data Analysis for Annual Status of Education Report (Pratham). My primary area of interest is Teacher Professional Development with a focus on 'teacher assessment'. I enjoy reading English and Hindi literature, and travelling. 

At present working on- Mediating role of student engagement between teachers' innovative behaviour and students' self-regulated learning. 

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Doctoral Students : 2015

Ketan Deshmukh

My doctoral thesis deals with exploring the effects of online and offline activities on the outcomes of a web-based professional development programme under the guidance of Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand, Prof. Kathan D. Shukla & Prof. Arnab K. Laha. Apart from thesis work I have participated in evaluation studies of technology in classroom and activity based curriculum in state run primary schools.

I have an academic background in Physics (MSc.) and Materials Science (MS). Prior to joining the doctoral programme I worked for three years designing and developing activity-based classroom content for the K12 curriculum. My primary research goal is the exploration of effective use of technology both inside and outside classrooms. I am also interested in MOOCs, Game-based learning, and public outreach programmes by Science centers & museums.

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Ankit Saraf

My current work involves exploring the policy implications of trans-national global networks in education, within the context of educational reform in India. I am also interested in understanding the impact of contemporary policy imperatives on the teacher education space in India. I have presented papers in international conferences and have authored a paper on multilingualism and the role of schools and teachers. Prior to joining the FPM programme in 2015, I engaged with various domains within the education sector and have five years of work experience. I am an engineer from BITS Pilani (2010) and hold a Master's in Education from TISS Mumbai (2014). My hobbies include numismatics, reading and playing cricket. 

Thesis Topic: Peer Mentoring and the Development of Instructional Expertise
Abstract: The proposed study aims to investigate the experiences of mentor teachers and their mentees, within the framework of a peer mentoring relationship, in the context of the state-wide Delhi Mentor Teacher Programme, through an exploratory phenomenological qualitative study. The study would try to understand how mentor teachers and their mentees make decisions about how to craft their relationship, how individual expectations shape their work, and how they discuss instructional work. It would do this by focussing on the stories about mentoring told by peer mentors and mentees, analysed using the constructionist grounded theory model (Charmaz, 2006). The study would result in an understanding of how teachers make sense of their in-service mentoring experiences, and utilize and transform those experiences to develop instructional personas.



Joel Xavier

Thesis title: Developmentally effective experiences in a graduate business school and their role in self-authorship among students

Research Interests: Student development, student engagement, student culture, and design of educational experience in higher education. Allied interests include history of higher education in India, architecture in higher education and international education.
Profile: I am an Engineer (Computer Science, University of Pune, 2004) and PGP from IIM Ahmedabad (2007). After two years in sales and marketing  I switched to academia and taught at the University of Pune and the Symbiosis University. I worked with IIM Udaipur as Manager, Student Affairs for three years before returning to IIMA to join the FPM in 2015.


Doctoral Students : 2014

Prateek Shah

Before joining the FPM program, I completed my BS/MS in Computer Engineering at open sans Tech and the Post-Graduate Program in Management at IIM Ahmedabad. I am currently exploring how new theories from cognitive science and the exploding popularity of digital media might challenge the fundamental nature of the classroom as our primary pedagogical institution. Broadly, I am interested in the interactions between diverse disciplines such as cognitive science and sociology in the complex set of phenomena that we call education. 

The title of my thesis is "Implications of Digital Media and New Cognitive Theories for the Classroom as a Pedagogical Institution: A Design-Based Research Study."


New cognitive theories, such as embodied and distributed cognition, and the rapid shift in knowledge media from textual to digital, have important implications for the classroom as a pedagogical institution. Three studies are used to explore this topic, among them a design-based research study wherein students of a mathematics class use a mobile application at home to interact with 3D shapes, with discussion ensuing in a flipped classroom format. The learning assemblage in various types of classrooms is analysed. Analysis suggests that (i) the interaction before class can become a distributed cognition artefact in the classroom; (ii) the static nature of textual media shapes the learning of 3D geometry in important ways, and (iii) a shift to digital media can lead to new conceptual ways of approaching the topic. The notion of mathematics concepts as assemblage is proposed to link these themes together meaningfully.

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