Faculty Profile


Name : Minati  Panda
Designation : Professor
Centre/School/Special Centre : Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
School of Social Sciences
Room No : 233
Off. Phone : 26704497
Residence : 26742083
Email : minatipanda@mail.jnu.ac.in   minatip@gmail.com
Personal webpage : http://www.jnu.ac.in


Ph. D in Social Psychology of Education (1996) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Post Doc from University of California, San Diego, USA (2006-2007).  

Areas of Interest/Specialization

Culture, Cognition and Mathematics (with focus on Numeracy Practices in tribal communities in India and among the Immigrant Communities in UK)
Social Theories of Learning including Cultural Historical Activity Theory
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Multilingual Education and Child Right Discourse
Social Identity Processes among Ethnic Minority Communities
Culture and Creative Processes
Tribal Education  


Chairperson of Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, SSS, JNU from 3rd January 2014 (Continuing)
Professor in Social Psychology of Education in ZHCES, SSS, JNU from 1-02-2012 (Continuing)
Associate Professor in Social Psychology of Education in ZHCES, SSS, JNU from 21-01-2006 to 1-02-2012.
Assistant Professor in Social Psychology of Education in ZHCES, SSS, JNU from 26-4-1999 to 21-01-2006.
Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Education of Groups with Special Needs, NCERT, New Delhi, 11-7-1997 to 26-4-1999.
Visiting Professor at the Centre for Mathematics Education, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK: September 2009 to April 2010.
Visiting Faculty at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC), University of California, San Diego: December 2006 to August 2007.
Consultant to Government of India for Tribal Education, District Primary Education Programme, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi. 1996-1997.  

Awards & Honours

Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship for the year 2009-2010.
Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship from J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), USA for the year 2006-2007.
Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and Junior Research Fellow (JRF) from University Grants Commission, New Delhi (1991-1995)
Editorial Board Member of the peer reviewed international journal, “The Journal of Multilingual Education” by Springer.
Editor of MLE News Letter “Swara”, Published by NMRC, JNU, Delhi
EC member and the Asia Representative of International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP) for 2010-2012.
Social Psychology Convener of National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), India.
Head, Task Force for “Issues in Tribal Education” for 12th five year plan, MHRD/Panning Commission
Member, Departmental Advisory Board (Three terms), NCERT, Delhi
Member of TAC of Social Sciences Division of ISI Kolkata for five years (2011-2014)  

International Collaboration/Consultancy

Director of the International Research Programme, “MLE Plus: Breaking the Language and Culture Barrier in Multilingual Education of Tribal Children in Orissa” awarded by Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands (Continuing).
Director (with Prof. Ajit K. Mohanty) of UNICEF funded National MLE resource Centre (NMRC), JNU, 2009-2012.
Director of the International Collaborative Project (with Ajit K. Mohanty) From Mother Tongue To Other Tongue: Facilitating Transition In Multilingual Education Of Tribal Children In India, awarded by Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands. Period: 2007-2011.
Co-ordinator of the JNU-University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) Collaboration on Multilingual Education. The contact person from UWO is Prof. Shelley Taylor.  

Best Peer Reviewed Publications (upto 5)

* Mathematics and Tribal Education. Economic and Political Weekly. No.2, Vol. XLI, Jan 14-26. No. 1, Vol 1, 2006, p. 8

* Saora Culture, As-if Discourse and Mathematics Learning. In Gang Zheng, Kwok Leung & John Adair (Eds.). Perspectives and progress in contemporary cross-cultural psychology. Beijing: China Light Industry Press, 2007.

* Culture and Mathematics: A Case Study of Saoras. In Karuna Chanana(Ed). Transformative Links between Higher Education and Basic Education: Mapping the Field. New-Delhi, SAGE, 2004.

* Language policy in education and classroom practices in India: Is the teacher a cog in the policy wheel? (Co-authored with Mohanty, A. K. & Pal, R.) In Ofelia Garcia & Kate Menken (eds.), Negotiating language policies: Educators as policy makers. London: Routledge, 2010.

* Cultural Construction of Creativity: Dualism and Beyond. In M. Cornelissen, G. Mishra, & S. Verma (Eds), Psychology: The Indian tradition. New Delhi: Pearson, 2011. 

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books (upto 3)

* Mohanty, A K., Panda, M., Skutnabb-Kangas, T. & Phillipson, R. (2009). Multilingual Education for Social Justice: Globalising the Local. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.

* Skutnabb-Kangas, T., Phillipson, R.Social, Mohanty, A K. and Panda, M. (2009). Justice through Multilingual Education. UK: Multilingual Matters

* Panda, M. (2005). Context to categorization: A study of social identities of college students of Orissa. Psychological Studies. No.2&3, Vol. 50 pp. 

Patents (if any)