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Prof. Janaki Rajan


Office Address:
Department of Teacher Training & Non-Formal Education,
Jamia Millia Islamia,
Jamia Nagar,
New Delhi-110025

  9811156711  (Mobile)
  jrajan@jmi.ac.in   (Primary)  

Current Work Positions:

  • Professor in Education, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India from September 5, 2006.
  • International Visiting Professor, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


  • 1975 B. Sc. (Honors) Chemistry, Hindu College, University of Delhi (59.3%)
  • 1979 B. Ed., St. Teresa’s Institute of Education, University of Mumbai (71.6%)
  • 1982 M. A. English Literature, SNDT University, Mumbai (59%)
  • 1987 M. Ed., Department of Education, Osmania University, Hyderabad(68.4%)
  • 1989 M. A. Psychology, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar (62%)
  • 1990 Ph.D. in Education, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Topic of dissertation: Cognitive Development of Primary School Children with Special Reference to Space and Time using the Piagetian approach
  • 1994 Women in Development Course, Washington, Center for Educational and Population Activities, Washington D.C., USA

Positions and work:

2006 to date

  • Professor in Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Honorary Director, Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia 2007-09
  • Co-ordinator, Women of South Asia: Partners in Development, Jamia Millia Islamia, 2009.
  • International Visiting Professor, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA awarded for 2011
  • Member, Board of Management, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Member, Working Groups for Eleventh Plan in Teacher Education, NCERT, 2007
  • Member, Working Group on Education of Minorities, Ministry of Minority Affairs, 2007
  • Co-ordination, Professional development of Teacher Educators, 2008
  • Co-ordinator for Educational Administrators from USA-Fulbright Scholars, 2008
  • Co-ordinator, Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Northern Region, for the University Grants Commission, 2006


  • Awarded the Spence Foundation Grant for the study of Ability Based Learning in Tamil Nadu in collaboration with: Dr. Tricia, Niez, Kent State University, USA
  • Curricular Frameworks in South Asia with Prof. Kenneth Jones, University of Southern Maine, USA and Dr. Baela Raza Jamil, South Asian Federation for Education, Lahore, Pakistan. Proposal under submission to UNESCO and DFID.
  • Review of Eklavya Foundation, Bhopal
  • Feedback Study of SCERT Textbooks: From Conception to Reception, SCERT, Delhi

Curriculum Development:

  • Development of Curriculum for Elementary Teacher Education, 2009
  • Developed a Masters in Women/Gender Studies with 16 Courses, 2008: Theoretical Approaches to Gender Studies, Women in History, Women, State and Development, Women and Economy, Feminist Research Methods, Women and Girls Education, Women and Media, Women and Environment, Muslim Women and Girls, Women’s Movements, Women and the Arts, Representation of Women in Literature, Women and Health, Women and Violence, Women State and Development

2000 to 2006

  • Director, State Council of Educational Research and Training, Delhi.
  • The position comes with the mandate to advise Delhi Government on educational policies and programs at all levels of education. Some of the contributions made are:
  • establishing 650 ‘Community Watch Groups for School Education’ (CWGSE) to demonstrate the inadequacy of the planning process. CWGSEs, all voluntary, kept up daily pressure on schools, which resulted in 55,000 additional admissions and identification of 120,000 out-of-school children.
  • Intervening to address systemic difficulties faced by schools officials and pursued to their logical conclusions in favor of children. Overcome legal hurdles preventing children from being admitted such as requirement of affidavits for admission of street children, orphans; and children of illiterate parents
  • Study of impact of Curricular framework policy, 2000 on children’s rights and public policy advocacy with the National Human rights Commission.. The intervention succeeded in resurrecting the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE).
  • Preparing the first computerized database of out-of-school children in Delhi, by name, age, sex, parent name, jhuggi number. The setting up of Vidyalaya Kalyan Samithis or School Committees by the Government was also partially influenced by CWGSEs.
  • Re-orienting the 9 DIETs in Delhi to bridge the divide between teacher education institutions and the school system.
  • Organising Bridge Programmes for around 10,000 class V students entering class VI in 84 schools with 84 NGOs in summer, for English, Hindi, and Math. To enable smooth transition from Class V to Class VI.
  • Organising workshops every year for 1000 Heads of Government Schools every year with key themes including, community perception of the government school, goal-setting for schools, Heads as change agents, analysis of textbooks, how to make the school timetable, how to manage teacher absence, National Curricular Framework for School Education and its implications for government schools, Court Judgments on corporal punishment, gender justice, sexual harassment, child rights, environmental issues, conflicts in the class-room, etc. Intensive interaction with stakeholders, including sessions with community watch groups for school education..
  • In-Service teacher training for around 56,000 teachers during the period.
  • Elementary School series of textbooks ‘Indradhanush’ Textbooks: Attracted around 250 academics from Research Centres, Universities and Colleges, SCERT-DIETs, all over India, practicing schoolteachers both from private and public schools; renowned photographers, novelists, scientists, NGOs to bring out 50 texts on all subjects to form the Elementary Education Series of Textbooks for 2 million children.
  • This period was characterized by large scale policy changes for improvement of the government school system in Delhi, with pass percentage at CBSE jumping from 39% in 1999 to 70% in 2006, and several initiatives for school improvement.
  • Member, Sub-Committee on Regulatory Frameworks for Syllabi and Textbooks, central advisory Board of Education, 2005.
  • Member, National Focus Group on Curriculum, Syllabi and Textbooks, NCERT, 2005
  • Founding Member, Univeralisation of Elementary Education Mission, Delhi
  • Member, Executive Committee, NCTE, Northern Region

1994 – 1999

  • Reader, MACESE, Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi
  • Apart from teaching graduate and post-graduate courses,
  • developed school improvement models for a cluster of 30 schools in Jahangirpuri.
  • co-ordinated the Jahangirpuri School Project, initiated by the University, in the re- settlement colony of Delhi with a 200,000 population and 23 primary and 9 secondary schools to catalyze community engagement in negotiations for school education.
  • co-co-ordinated the Prof. Anil Sadgopal the Lokshala Project, a Community block Development People’s Initiative for Education at Kakching, Manipur; Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, Wardha, Gujarat, Phulbani, Orissa, Dhubri, Assam; Timarni, Madhya Pradesh, Kohima, Nagaland, Jahanabad, Bihar. This block-level community based model was adapted by UNSCOPE, a collaborative inter-UN project known as Janshala

1992 - 94

Research Associate at Center for Policy Research, New Delhi

Joined a research team led by the late Ravi (of the World Bank) and Kaval Gulhati who were undertaking a study of Voluntary Action in India in the field of Women’s Development, Health and Environment in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Nepal from the Center for Policy Research, Delhi. I was co-author of a book on the subject, published by Konarak publishers in English and later in Hindi. The book was released at the Preparatory International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) organized by the UN in 1994.

Participated at the International Conference on Population and Development, Prepcom II, United Nations.

1990 - 92

Principal, Anwar-ul-Uloom College of Education, Hyderabad

The College was set up to prepare teachers for the large number of schools in the old city. As Principal of the College of Education, I was involved in much of the Reform process of the College:

1988 – 92

  • Controller of Examinations, Anwar-ul-Uloom College (Autonomous)
  • Founder Head, Anwar-ul-Uloom College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology.
  • Founder Director, Neo School Aizza, a school for first-generation learners of Malakpet, in the old city of Hyderabad.
  • Fellow, Public Entrepreneur, Ashoka Foundation

1984 - 88

School teacher in Science, Mathematics and English at NASR Girls High School, Hyderabad

1976 - 77

Demonstrator, Physics, Versova Welfare Association School for children from the fishing community, Juhu, Mumbai



  • Rajan, J., Agnohotri, R.K., Ali, S., in Hasan, M. and Jalil, R. (eds.) Education as Entitlement: The slippery Slope of RTE, Third Frame, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2009.
  • Rajan J., Agnihotri R., and Khanna A.L., SCERT Textbooks: From Creation to Reception-2007, SCERT, Delhi, 2008.
  • Rajan, J., Bridge Building between Communities: Paper presented at the Indo-European Conference on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, IIC, New Delhi, 2007
  • Rajan, J., Primary Education in India: Scottish Qualifications Authority, Strathclyde Univeristy, Glasgow, 2006
  • Rajan, J., Mukherji A., and Ali,S., A Study of Mathematic Textbooks, Episteme International Conference, Homi Babha Centre for Science Education, 2006
  • Rajan, J., "Universal Elementary Education in Delhi: Search for Partners" in Chanana (ed.) Interlinking Higher Education with School Education, Sage Publishers, New Delhi, 2005
  • Rajan, J., Perspective Plan for Teacher Education in Delhi, SCERT, Delhi, 2004
  • Kumar, K and Rajan J. (eds.) Indradhanush, Elementary Education Series, Delhi Bureau of Textbooks, Delhi, 2004 – a series of 50 textbooks in 3 languages: English, Hindi, Urdu
  • Rajan, J., (ed.), School Profiles of selected MCD Schools, SCERT, Delhi, 2003
  • Rajan, J., (ed.), Culture Quest between children of New Delhi and NewYork, SCERT, Delhi, 2003
  • Rajan, J. and Kapoor, N., School Information Database, Government schools of Delhi, SCERT, Delhi, 2002.
  • Rajan, J. On the challenge of Universalisation of Elementary Education, MACESE, Delhi University, Delhi, 2000.
  • Rajan, J. "Early Childhood Care and Education" and "Women and Girls Education" in Education as a Fundamental Right: 83rd Amendment to the Constitution and its implications, MACESE, Delhi University, Delhi, 1998
  • Sadgopal, A. and Rajan, J., Lokshala Programme: An Alternative Vision for Universalizing Elementary Education, MACESE, Delhi University, Delhi, 1995.
  • Gulhati R, Rajan, J., et.al., Strengthening Voluntary Action in India in the sectors of Women’s Development, Health, Environment and Population; Konarak Publishers, Delhi, 1994 – released at ICPD, Prep Com II, at New York, 1994; translated into Hindi
  • Sadgopal, A. and Rajan, J., Right to Education of the Children of India: Status Paper for the National Conference on Education for All, UNICEF-ICCW, New Delhi, 1994.
  • Arsalan, M. and Rajan, J. (Eds.), Communalism in India: Challenge and Response, Manohar Publishers, Delhi, 1993; also translated Urdu and Telugu


  • Ashoka Fellow, Ashoka Innovators for Public Entrepreneurs since 1990
  • Advisor, CORD-Oxford University Study on Poverty groups, 2005-07
  • Affiliated to several leading NGO networks working on education, women, environment, democracy
  • Member, FORCES, an advocacy group on early childhood since 1990
  • Janaki Rajan, 16.10.2009


  1. Prof. Ramakant Agnohotri, Department of Linguistics, Delhi University "Ramakant Agnihotri" <agniirk@yahoo.com>,
  2. Prof. Mushirul Hasan, Former Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia and ICSSR Fellow, Centre for Social Development Mushirul Hasan mushirulhasan@yahoo.com
  3. Prof. Breada Fyfe, Dean, Education, Webster University, St. Loiuse, USA