Unlike conventional research institutes, the ERU research and documentation team comprises a core team of professionals and a wider pool of independent researchers who come on board for specific assignments / projects. The team is hand picked to suit the specific requirement of every assignment. We bring in people from research institutions when required. We are networked via the Internet and are able to work with researchers across the country and in different languages. Our core panel of researchers include the following persons:

Vimala Ramachandran. She was among the founders and was the first National Project Director of Mahila Samakhya (1988-1993) – a Government of India programme on women’s education based in the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD). She was founder and Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a women’s health network, from 1994 to 2004. She has published extensively on education, health, gender issues and women’s empowerment. She has been engaged in advocacy for universal quality education and girls’ education.

She led a 9-state project on teacher development, a 6-state study on girls’ access to and participation in secondary education and currently a multi-state study on secondary education. She, along with other ERU core-team members have worked with feminist organisations and rural women’s groups for over 30 years.

Among her notable publications are Inside Indian Schools (2018) Social Science Press and Routledge UK, Getting the Right Teachers into Right Schools (2018) published by The World Bank, Washington DC; Health and Girls Education in South Asia: An Essential Synergy, published by UNICEF – UNGEI, Kathmandu (2008); Fostering Opportunities to Learn at an Accelerated Pace: Why do Girls Benefit Enormously?; UNICEF, New Delhi (2004); Hierarchies of Access: Gender and Equity in Primary Education, Sage Publications, New Delhi (2004); Getting Children Back to School: Case Studies in Primary Education, Sage Publications, New Delhi (2003); and Bridging the Gap Between Intention and Action – Girls’ and Women’s Education in South Asia, UNESCO-PROAP, Bangkok and ASPBAE, New Delhi (1998).

She is currently on the Research Council of Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She is the President of ANANDI, Gujarat and India Education Collective, New Delhi. She is the Vice-President of Etasha, an NGO that works on livelihood related issues with young urban men and women in New Delhi.

Kameshwari Jandhyala has worked on women’s education, empowerment and livelihood issues for over 20 years. She taught History at the University of Hyderabad and then moved into the Mahila Samakhya programme as the first Director of Mahila Samakhya Andhra Pradesh and subsequently Consultant to the National Office of Mahila Samakhya in Department of Education, GOI.

She has vast experience in designing and facilitating decentralised community based initiatives in the social sector with a focus on gender and equity. She is a keen researcher and has significant experience in qualitative research and programme development in education (women’s education), women’s studies and gender and development issues. She has led multi-state studies/evaluations on women’s empowerment, adolescent boys/girls and has special expertise in longitudinal qualitative studies. She is also an experienced trainer and mentor on gender and equity issues.

Kameshwari has been closely associated with the UGC women’s studies programme and was a member of the UGC Standing Committee on Women’s Studies (2006-2012). Some of her other work has included the development of the XIIth Plan proposal for Mahila Samakhya programme; preparation of the EFA UNESCO Mid-decade Assessment Reports for Maldives and Bhutan and evaluation/assessments of many NGOS and government programmes.

Among her notable publications are along with Vimala Ramachandran (ed), Cartographies of Empowerment: The Mahila Samakhya Journey, Zubaan, 2012, and along with Vimala Ramachandran ( ed) Gender and Education, Orient Blackswan, 2019.

She is currently a Trustee of the Indian Social Studies Trust, New Delhi. Kameshwari is based in Hyderabad.

Nishi Mehrotra has significant multi -sectoral work experience of over three decades in women's empowerment, education, sustainable agriculture and rural development sectors. She has worked with International institutions like Euro Consult and DHV (Dutch), WS Atkins (EU), and GTZ (German Development Corporation) in India, in partnerships with the state government in UP. However, her key experience lies in the education sector for over 20 years. She is a highly skilled qualitative researcher and has extensive fieldwork experience. She is based in Lucknow and has significant ground level experience in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand. She was State Programme Director of the Mahila Samakhya Programme in Uttar Pradesh.

As a programme implementer Nishi has considerable expertise in programme/project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation; organisational development, systems development for management, human resource development with a gender focus; appraisal and capacity building of institutional functionaries, NGOs and partner stakeholders in the education sector; development of curricula for non-formal and accelerated learning; micro-planning through participatory methodologies; and qualitative research in education and other sectors.

As an ERU Director since its inception, she has participated in several researches, documentation, assessments/reviews and appraisals of programmes and projects (listed below) across India, both as team leader and researcher.

Her experience includes:

  • Gender Caste and Growth Assessment Study in UP for DFID, through University of East Anglia UK (2007).
  • Situation Analysis of Bundelkhand Region of UP and MP (Education and Health sectors) 2008-09 for SDTT
  • Maternity Benefits Study (4 states), in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, ILO and Ministry of Labour & Employment (2010).
  • Feasibility study on Secondary School education and scope of scholarships in Uttar Pradesh – for East Meets West Foundation, USA (2011).
  • She has been honorary chairperson and member of the governing board of 4 social sector organisations until recently.

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