Team

Team
 
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Sri. Gowrisha

Professor and Director

Holds MBA with specialization in Finance and Marketing, M.Phil in Management and Ph.D. from Bangalore University. He has experience in Quality Management and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions. His areas of interest includes Quality in Education and Management of NGOs. He worked as Chief Consultant in the Technical Secretariat of Committee to draft National Education Policy headed by renowned Space Scientist Dr. K Kasturirangan, which was constituted by MHRD, Government of India in the year 2017. He served as honorary Secretary and Treasurer of C-LAMPS, a Bengaluru based NGO. He has been involved in many research pursuits in the area of education. He has presented and published research articles at national and international level and delivered many lectures on various topics related to quality of education and innovations in teachong-learning. He has delivered more than 35 lectures on National Education Policy 2020 at various national seminars and webinars. He is a visiting faculty at MBA Department at Bangalore University.

Email: gowrisha@cessedu.org

Education Unit
 
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Dr. Padmavathi B S

Professor and Head

Holds Post Graduate Degree in Political Science, M. Phil. and Doctoral Degrees with specialization in foreign Policies (of India and the United States of America) from the Department of Political Science, Bangalore University. She holds a certificate on ‘Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility’ awarded by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR, Geneva). Has completed ‘Women Entrepreneurship Programme’ of IIM-Bangalore and is a certified Global Career Counsellor from UCLA Extension. She has coordinated and headed nearly 30 national and international survey related projects. Has worked with the International Academy for Creative Teaching (iACT) as the Coordinator (PGDCT-KSOU) and as a Senior Faculty - Social Sciences. Has served as a member of the NCTE Textbook Committee (XII-World Politics). Has contributed to the drafting of Karnataka State Youth Policy as a Member of the Drafting Committee. As Project Coordinator of Madiwala Biodiversity Park Project, a flagship project of KLCDA, she facilitated project implementation. Served Karnataka Knowledge Commission, Government of Karnataka, as Senior Research Associate.

Email: padmavathi@cessedu.org

 
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Dr. Rajendra Kumar V Joshi

Senior Consultant

Dr. Rajendra Joshi holds M.A. in Philosophy from Bangalore University and Doctoral Degrees Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. As the head for Mission10X Research Center, WIPRO Technologies he involved in designing and delivering training programmes and executing academic leadership programme for the principals and faculty members of Engineering Colleges across the country. He also trained more than 2000 engineering faculty and 250 engineering college leaders as part of Mission10X. He served as Director of Indus Training and Research, Bengaluru and Dean of Education Studies at IACT. Dr. Joshi has wide experience in training and development and served as Director for Learning & Development at Marwadi University, Rajkot, Gujarat. He worked closely with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) both as peer team member and co-coordinator of the Peer team to assess and accredit colleges in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. He was awarded with prestigious Emerald and the AIMA Research Fund Award in 2008 for a research project.

 
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Ms. Dharani S

Senior Associate

She is pursuing her doctoral studies in the field of English studies with special focus on Philology, History of Disciplines and Universities and Liberal education. Her area of interest includes Literary and cultural studies, Higher Education and English studies. She has three years of teaching experience both at undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She is passionate to work on social sectors with a motive to bring positive change. She has played an instrumental role in transforming Aahana NGO and successfully placed it into a scalable model exhibiting her managerial skills. She has also worked as a volunteer at Campus2Community, a group of young students and professionals who are committed to improving the quality of Government-run schools in Karnataka.

Email: dharani@cessedu.org

 
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Ms. Sindhuja C.V

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Professional with a demonstrated history of working in Academic and Research Industry. She is skilled in Research Design, Psychometric Assessment, Field work, Case study, Learning and Development. She obtained Ph.D. from Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. She worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at IISc and NIAS. She represented IISc, Bengaluru at Technical University Clausthal, Germany for Indo-German Partnership for Advanced Research (2017) administered by UGC, India and DAAD, Germany. She has involved in several consulting projects and also served as visiting faculty in various Institutions.

Email: sindhuja@cessedu.org

India Studies Unit
 
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Sri. Chaitra M.S

Senior Fellow and Head - ISU

Chaitra M.S. started his professional life as Biologist. After his master’s in Zoology from University of Mysore, he worked with Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Center for Ecological Sciences (CES), Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bengaluru. From past eight years his research focus has shifted from biological sciences to study of India and her traditions. He has been working under the guidance of Prof. S N Balagangadhara and has been involved in building a group of scholars who are involved in doing collaborative research in an emerging discipline called “Comparative Science of Cultures”. At present he heads ISU at CESS.

Email: chaitra@cessedu.org

 
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Smt. Ashwini B Desai

Fellow

Ashwini B. Desai has her master’s in English literature from University of Mysore and has submitted her PhD thesis in English literature. Her research is an enquiry into how colonialism has impacted literary studies in India and how even the contemporary literary practices are shaped by European description of India by taking Literary criticism and Literary history. She is making an attempt to understand how colonial consciousness impacts experiences of people using literature domain as an example.

Email: ashwini@cessedu.org

 
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Sri. Harshith Joseph

Fellow

Harshith Joseph did his master’s in English literature from Bangalore University and has submitted his PhD thesis in English literature. His work explores what is being considered as translation problem. He is making an attempt to show that translation is not a simple linguistic problem, but it is the problem of cultural difference. Through series of translation from Kannada to English and vice versa, he shows, when two cultures encounter each other, the problem is of understanding cultures and not a linguistic problem. His work shows important aspects like the impact of Bible translation on Kannada language and how colonial consciousness also becomes additional issue in translation.

Email: harshith@cessedu.org

 
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Meenakshi Navaratna

Research Fellow

Meenakshi Navaratna, is a master’s in English literature from University of Mysore. At present she is trying to explore the issues related to Bhakti traditions and how during colonialism, Bhakti traditions have been understood.

Email: meenakshi@cessedu.org

 
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Soham Deshmukh

Research Fellow

Soham Deshmukh has a master’s degree in Development from Azim Premji University and has completed bachelor’s in Political Science, Economics and History. His interest lies especially in the field of history and politics. 

Email: soham@cessedu.org

 
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Varsha Jandial

Research Fellow

Varsha Jandial has a master’s degree in English Literature from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu & Kashmir. She has also completed her B. Ed. from University of Jammu. She has worked with various student organizations and has represented India at London in 2017 as a part of delegation. She has also served as an English lecturer amongst visually impaired students.

Email: varsha@cessedu.org

Office
 
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Sri. B K Shivakumar

Office Superintendent

Has 17 years of experience in office management and administration. He has wide exposure working at educational institutions, NGOs and Corporate. He has functional expertise in office and personnel management, documentation, compliance with statutary requirements etc.

Email: shiva.admin@cessedu.org