The National University of Educational Planning and Administration, Delhi, India

Professor R Govinda

Professor Govinda ( is Senior Fellow and Head, School and Non-Formal Education Unit, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India. He was formerly a Resident Fellow at the International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris, and a Reader at the Centre for the Advanced Study of Education in Baroda. He is a member of the National Committee on Elementary Education of the CABE set up by Government of India; the UGC-NCTE-DEC Committee on Teacher Education Programmes; the National Technical Core Group on Preparation of National Plan for EFA set up by the Government of India and is a member of the Editorial Board, EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, Paris and the International Expert Group on Education, Global Governance Initiative, World Economic Forum. Dr Govinda’s research activities include editing the India EFA report; case studies of school management in six states (ANTRIEP); the national evaluation of Project Blackboard, and the District Institutes of Training (UNICEF); the role of NGOs in basic education (UNCEF); school mapping in Lok Jumbish (IIEP); and a multi country study of support services to primary schools in Asia (UNESCO). His publications include books on community participation in primary education, supervision, decentralised school management, the quality of primary schooling, and EFA in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Dr Madhumita Bandyopadhyay

Dr Madhumita Bandyopadhyay ( is Assistant Professor in the Department of School and Non Formal Education in NUEPA. She has been involved in writing two papers for the CREATE country review: Gender Equity in Elementary Education: trends and factors was written in co-authorship with Dr Ramya Subrahmanian; and Governance of School Education was written with Professor R. Govinda. Her research interests include access to elementary education and social inclusion.

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K. Biswal

Dr K Biswal has a Ph.D. in the economics of education from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He received training in educational planning from the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris, France. He specialises in the economics of education, decentralized planning in education, project planning, and school mapping and micro planning. He has authored/co-authored three books on Theories of Labour Market Segmentation, Education, Employment and Women, and School Mapping. He has also published articles in reputed journals; and developed training materials on school mapping and district planning in education, including the module on Planning for Implementation.

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Rashmi Diwan

Rashmi Diwan is an Associate Professor in the Department of School and Non-Formal Education at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. She has worked extensively on critical issues in school and tertiary levels of education, adult literacy and educational management, and policy research.

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Shashiranjan Jha

Shashiranjan Jha has a Masters in Economics from Banaras Hindu University and an Mphil in Economics from Barakatuallh University Bhopal. In his  MPhil he researched the issue of Fiscal Decentralisation to local bodies in the social sector. He also did an MPhil at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration in the economics of education. In his Mphil at NUEPA, he studied determinants of household financing of higher education. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration. In his Doctoral research he is exploring the determinants of enrolment, transition and inequality in school education in India. Shashi is a visiting research student at the Center for International Education under the Commonwealth split site fellowship scheme. Shashi worked as the state coordinator in two UNDP funded projects in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in 2006-07 with DEBATE. He also worked as consultant with Sanket Development Group in MP on the decentralisation of planning. His research interests include the household financing of education, the internationalisation of higher education and the issue of participation and access to school education.

Prof Nalini Juneja

Dr. Nalini Juneja ( is a Professor in the School and Non-Formal Education Unit at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration India. She is one of the principal researchers for CREATE in India. Nalini’s PhD research was on stress management of educational administrators. In NUEPA, her research areas include the education of urban deprived children, children’s rights to education and compulsory education legislation in India (on which she was associated with three national committees). Her book 'Primary Education for All in the City of Mumbai - the challenge set by local actors' was published by the IIEP, Paris in 2001.

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Dr Bijoy Kumar Panda

Dr Bijoy Kumar Panda ( is working on the areas of education and disadvantage in India and has an anthropological background. Specifically his interest centres on cultural and educational issues with disadvantaged groups. For CREATE he has undertaken a study related to educational disadvantage in one state, and problems encountered in access, quality and participation. Dr Panda has worked for NUEPA (formerly NIEPA) for more than 10 years.

Dr A.N. Reddy

Anugula N. Reddy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Management Information System at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. He has published several papers in national and international journals. His areas of interest include financing and privatisation of education, educational statistics and the state and education.

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Mona Sedwal

Mona Sedwal is a Project Associate Fellow at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. Her professional interests include Education for All (EFA); education of disadvantaged groups and higher education.

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Prof. Neelam Sood

Prof Neelam Sood ( based in NUEPA has a Masters degree in Child Development from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi and a Ph. D. (Psychology) from Bhopal University. Previously she was on the faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University, Haryana Agriculture University, National Institute of Public Co-operation and Child Development and a visiting faculty member as Fulbright scholar, at University of Wyoming, U.S.A. She is a specialist in Child Development with a number of published books, research articles and monographs. Her research interests are in the field of early childhood education, psycho-social and nutritional needs of children, teacher education and school education.

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