Doctoral Students : 2018

I have a Bachelor's degree in Commerce (Hons.) from Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi) and an MBA in International Business from Jamia Millia Islamia. I worked for seven months as Senior Marketing Executive at SRF Ltd. As President of the Social Service Society at Sri Venkateswara 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 and its implementation, and the impact of social trends on an educational institute. In my spare time, I like to engage in craft activities, travel, adventure sports and photography.

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 (2008-2012). Before joining the FPM, I worked with Accenture Services Private Limited for 38 months and then joined the ICICI Business Leadership Programme.  At present I am exploring different areas of research in the Education sector. In my free time, I watch movies and explore new cafes and restaurants around the campus.

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. Some of my interests in the recent past have been around issues in standardized assessments, inclusive curriculum, and the application of technologies in classrooms. My current interests are in applying social theories in the area of education, tracking the trends of alternative schooling in India, and keeping a close watch on the use of RCTs in elementary education.

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. 


Doctoral Students : 2015

Ketan Deshmukh

My academic background is in Physics (MSc.) and Materials Science (MS). Prior to joining the Fellow Programme I worked for three years designing and developing activity-based classroom content for the K12 curriculum. I am interested in the effective use of technology both inside and outside classrooms. My current research interests also include MOOCs, Game-based learning, and public outreach programmes by Science centers & museums. My free time is spent on viewing TED talks, and tracking new games.


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.


Joel Xavier

My interests lie in student culture, student engagement, experiential learning, and campus design in higher education, especially in management and engineering education. I am also interested in unconventional models of higher education for individuals and groups. 

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

Samvet Kuril

I have a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering (L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, 2004-2008). I worked for about five and half years as a software engineer and a teacher in government and private institutions, before joining the FPM in 2014. I live on the IIMA campus with my wife. I'm a fitness enthusiast and like to read books and watch movies. 

Most of my research is based on primary data collected through field visits and involves both quantitative and qualitative analysis. I'm interested in school leadership, teachers' professional development, policy innovation, policy enactment, decentralized governance in education, formative assessment, and student motivation. My doctoral research is on the professional development of government school principals where we use mixed methods to assess the effectiveness of a training intervention. The title of my thesis is "Change in leadership behaviour through online professional development programs – Contextualizing "community" based on identity, cohesion, and intentionality". 

Deepak Maun

I have a B.Tech (Dairy Technology) from NDRI Karnal (2004-08), and PG Diploma in Agribusiness Management from IIM Ahmedabad (2009-11). I discontinued my corporate career to join a social development organization engaged in teaching Grade XI-XII students from poor families using a peer-learning model. After that, I joined the FPM in Innovations and Management in Education (IME). I live on campus with my wife and our son (born February 2017), who keeps us busy with his antics and keeps me engaged when I am not in the library.

My areas of interest include practice-based innovations, workplace learning, teacher professional development, children's play, and unschooling/homeschooling. For my thesis, I am using interpretive methods to research the ways in which the government school teachers come together in virtual communities to learn from each other, and the manner in which they apply this learning to their physical workplaces (classrooms). The title of my thesis (under preparation) is "Collaborative learning in the virtual space and learning in the physical workplace: The case of in-service public school teachers in India."




Prateek Shah

Before joining the FPM program, I completed my BS/MS in Computer Engineering at Georgia 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 (under preparation) is "Implications of Digital Media and New Cognitive Theories for the Classroom as a Pedagogical Institution: A Design-Based Research Study."

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