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ZHCES organises a seminar by Dr Manjuma Akhtar Mousumi

ZHCES organises a seminar by Dr Manjuma Akhtar Mousumi

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ZHCES organises a seminar by Dr Manjuma Akhtar Mousumi
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Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi


ZHCES Seminar Series


Equity and Access to Education for Indigenous People in Bangladesh: Schooling for Santal Community


Dr Manjuma Akhtar Mousumi
BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Abstract: The proposed research explores the relationship between education and the indigenous Santal community of Bangladesh. In many postcolonial countries, education systems are designed to serve the interests of the dominant ethnic group, neglecting the needs of indigenous communities. The study is examining their educational experiences, challenges and discusses how the socio-spatial inequalities may compound their vulnerabilities and thereby opportunities for schooling. It is investigating the social, cultural, economic, and political factors associated with educational exclusion and the role of curriculum and education policies promote inclusion. This is an ongoing study that is conducting an in-depth case study of a select Santal community drawing from a range of data sources to provide a rich description of their experiences.


Bio: Dr Manjuma Akhtar Mousumi is Assistant Professor and Head of Academics at BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She mainly teaches the Master of Education/Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership & School Improvement. Her research interests are focused on education, development, social equity, and social justice, particularly for minority and marginalised communities. Dr Mousumi is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of International Cooperation in Education, and serves on the Board for the Comparative Education Society of Asia.


DATE: 16 July, 2024, (Tuesday)
TIME: 03.00 pm
Venue: # 207, SSS-II

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Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.