Transforming India 2030:
Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals

15-17th February, 2017
Pune, India

Education & Gender

Track Chair:

Dr. Lawrence H. Gerstein

Dr. Gerstein Larry graduated from Bernard Baruch College in the year 1974 with a degree in Business Administration. He also did his masters and Phd from University of Georgia in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling & Social Psychology respectively. He has immense experience in the field of teaching. Sir is a full bright scholar from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a Professor, Associate Professor in Department of Counseling Psychology & Guidance Services and also the Director of the APA Accredited Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University. A Visiting Scientist at Indiana University and a Visiting Scholar at The Ohio State University are a few of the testaments of Sirs glorious career. Dr. Gerstein has also authored numerous scholarly articles. 

He is coeditor of the International Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling: Cultural Assumptions and Practices Worldwide, Essentials of Cross-Cultural Counseling, and Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology: Leadership, Vision, and Action. He has received 2+ million dollars in external funding including four U.S. State Department grants and one U.S. Institute of Peace grant. He recently implemented grants that trained Iraqi young leaders in social entrepreneurship and Pakistani graduate students in American Studies. Professor Gerstein has performed peace work and research with adults, children, and youth in, for instance, the U.S.A, Jordan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Israel, Taiwan, and Myanmar.


Dr.Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar is the Director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), located in New Delhi.  He was born and raised in Allahbad, Uttar Pradesh and received his undergraduate education in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh.  He won the Gold Medal for his performance in BA and MA at the University of Sagar and later earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto.  As a student, Dr. Kumar earned numerous scholarships including the National Merit Scholarship, Commonwealth Fellowship, Ontario Government Scholarship, University of Toronto Open Fellowship, and the Visiting Scholarship of the Swedish Institute.

Dr. Kumar started his teaching career in 1971 at Kirori Mal College in Delhi University.  In 1980, he worked with the late J.P. Naik at the Indian Institute of Education.  He joined the Central Institute of Education in 1982 and served as its Head and as Dean from 1988-91.  He has been a National Lecturer of the UGC and Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum.  He has also been a North-South Fellow of the IDRC, a Shastri Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin. He was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for a comparative study of history textbooks used in schools in India and Pakistan.

Dr. Kumar has been invited to deliver numerous memorial lectures including the Hiratsuka Lecture in Tokyo, the I.P. Desai Lecture at the Centre for Social Studies, Surat, the Qureshi Lecture at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, the Madhuri Shah Lecture organized by the Federation of Women’s Studies Departments at Lucknow, and the Moonis Raza Lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During the Golden Jubilee of India's independence, he was invited to deliver a special lecture at the University of Edinburgh, UK.  In 2007, he was invited to deliver the Gladwyn Lecture in the House of Lords of the British parliament on 60 years of Indian education and its future challenges.

Dr. Kumar has participated in a wide sphere of professional and social activities.  He was a member of the committee appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 1991 to recommend strategies for reducing curriculum loads.  He was nominated by the Indian Government to serve on the governing councils of several professional institutions, including the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS), Simla, and NIEPA (now NUEPA). He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Literacy Mission and the Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation and has been involved in several committees set up to draft the educational components of the XIth Plan. Dr. Kumar has also been involved in several non-government organizations and social movements.

Dr. Kumar has authored several books including Social Character of Learning, Political Agenda of Education, Learning from Conflict; What is Worth Teaching; The Child’s Language and the Teacher, Prejudice and Pride, Battle for Peace, Education and Social Change in South Asia (jointly edited with Joachim Oesterheld) and A Pedagogue’s Romance. Dr. Kumar has also written several books in Hindi on education including Raj, Samaj aur Shiksha, Vichaar ka Dar, School ki Hindi, Shiksha aur Gyan, and Deevar ka Istemal. Dr. Kumar is also a Hindi short story writer and essayist for children.  He is currently working on a study of girlhood by examining the family socialization of Indian girls and its implications for education.

Since Dr. Kumar’s tenure as Director of NCERT began in September 2004, NCERT has brought out a new National Curriculum Framework and a new set of textbooks in all subjects for primary, secondary and senior secondary classes. Significant steps have also been taken during this period to provide assistance to the States to initiate curricular reforms. Other recent initiatives of NCERT include a new assessment strategy for primary schools, recognition of schools representing the heritage of the independence movement, satellite-based in-service training, and the introduction of new subjects such as creative writing and translation, and heritage crafts at the senior secondary stage.

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Prof.Maitrayee Chaudhuri

Maitrayee Chaudhuri is with the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU) New Delhi. She was the Director, Women’s Studies Programme, JNU (2006-08) .She has written and published widely in the areas of gender, culture, globalization and media. Her other central area of interest is on the changing practices of sociology, especially in the context of a globalizing India and the challenges to higher education in general and social sciences in particular. Her works include ed. Feminism in India, (Kali/Women Unlimited, Delhi, 2004, Zed, London 2005, Palgrave, 2005) The Women’s Movement in India: Reform and Revival, (Radiant, Delhi, 1993; Palm Leaf, Delhi 2011)) ed. The Practice of Sociology (Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2003). Ed. Sociology in India: Intellectual and Institutional Practices. (Delhi, Rawat) She is an Advisor to the Textbook Development Committee National Council for Education and Research Trust (NCERT) India and co-author of the four sociology school text books for the senior secondary books, namely Introducing Sociology (2006) Indian Society (2006) Structure and Process in Indian Society (2007) Change and Development in Indian Society (2007)

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Ms.Sarah Catherine Martin

Ms. Sarah Catherine Martin graduated from BA International Studies: Soviet Studies from University of South Carolina and her masters in International Development Studies from George Washington University. She is a specialist in gender-based violence, training, qualitative research, and program management. She also has over 15 years experience in research, advocacy, training and project management with development and humanitarian NGOs and international organizations. `She is currently a consultant in Bangkok working with Training Solutions, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Region and Refugees International for donor brief on IDP and Reproductive Health strategy. She is a part time advisor for Women, Peace, and Security Resources in Boston and a GBV advisor for IASC Gender Standby Capacity (GEN CAP) Project in Geneva, Switzerland. She has conducted training, Capacity –Building, Technical Assistance and Project Management for UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA; a project funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civilian Protection (ECHO). She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières- Holland, Amsterdam as a Humanitarian Affairs Specialist for Sexual Violence and as a Senior Advocate and Gender Focal Point for Refugees International, Washington, DC. She has also worked with JSI Research &Training Institute, Arlington as a consultant, MEASURE evaluation project as a Evaluation Associate, Routine Health Information Network (RHINO) as a Research Associate, University Research Corporation - Center for Human Services, Bethesda as a Research Assistant. She has also authored papers such as Strengthening Coordination to Prevent and Respond to GBV in Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Asia  Sexual Violence Research Initiative Forum. Cape Town, South Africa, Guidelines for Medical & Psychosocial Care for Rape Survivors and Using Routine Screening to Identify Sexual Violence Survivors in Chad and Colombia to name a few.