Unlike conventional research institutes, the ERU research team comprises a core team of professionals and a wider pool of independent researchers who come on board for specific assignments / projects. The team is handpicked to suit the specific requirement of every assignment. We bring in people from research institutions when required. We are networked via the Internet and are able to work with researchers across the country and in different languages. Our core panel of researchers include the following persons:

Nishi Mehrotra, Managing Director, has three decades of multisectoral experience - in elementary and secondary education, sustainable agriculture, watershed development, rural development and women’s empowerment issues. She is a highly skilled qualitative researcher and has extensive field experience in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand She was the first State Programme Director of Mahila Samakhya Programme in Uttar Pradesh She has worked with International organisations like Euro Consult and DHV (Dutch), WS Atkins (EU), and GTZ (German Development Corporation) in India, and in partnership with the state governments in India. and has significant ground level experience in. She is on the Board of several NGOs in LucknowHumsafar, Sahyog, and Grameen Development Services, Lucknow. She is also a Board member of the DPS schools, Lucknow. She now leads the ERU team. Nishi is based in Lucknow

Vimala Ramachandran. She was among the founders and was the first National Project Director of Mahila Samakhya (1988-1993) – a Government of India programme on women’s education based in the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD). She was founder and Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a women’s health network, from 1994 to 2004. She was a National Fellow and Professor in National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi from 2011 to 2015. She has published extensively on education, health, gender issues and women’s empowerment. She has been engaged in advocacy for universal quality education and girls’ education.

Among her notable publications are Inside Indian Schools (2018) Social Science Press and Routledge UK, Getting the Right Teachers into Right Schools (2018) published by The World Bank, Washington DC; Health and Girls Education in South Asia: An Essential Synergy, published by UNICEF – UNGEI, Kathmandu (2008); Fostering Opportunities to Learn at an Accelerated Pace: Why do Girls Benefit Enormously?; UNICEF, New Delhi (2004); Hierarchies of Access: Gender and Equity in Primary Education, Sage Publications, New Delhi (2004); Getting Children Back to School: Case Studies in Primary Education, Sage Publications, New Delhi (2003); and Bridging the Gap Between Intention and Action – Girls’ and Women’s Education in South Asia, UNESCO- PROAP, Bangkok and ASPBAE, New Delhi (1998). She is currently on the Research Council of Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She is the President India Education Collective, New Delhi. She is the Vice-President of Etasha, an NGO that works on livelihood related issues with young urban men and women in New Delhi. She is a member of the governing board of ANANDI, Gujarat.

Kameshwari Jandhyala taught Modern Asian History with the Central University of Hyderabad and was a founder of the University Women’s Studies Cell. She was the first Director of Mahila Samakhya in the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh and Consultant to the National Office of Mahila Samakhya in Department of Education, GOI. She has led multi-state studies, evaluation and impact assessments on women’s empowerment, girls education , grassroot level women’s leadership initiatives and has special expertise in longitudinal qualitative studies.

As a member of the UGC Standing Committee on Women’s Studies (2006-2012), she was engaged in the review of the Women’s Studies programme and in the development of UGC curricular guidelines in women’s studies for the UG and PG level. Some of her key publications and work are Cartographies of Empowerment: the Mahila Samakhya Journey, Zubaan, 2012 (coedited with Vimala Ramachandran); Ruminations on Evaluation in the Mahila Samakhya Programme, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 2012, 211-231; Empowering education: The Mahila Samakhya Experience, commissioned for the UNESCO Monitoring Report, 2003; and the Development of a Digital Atlas for Advancing Girls Education commissioned by GOI-UNICEF, 2014-2015. She is currently a Trustee of Indian Social Studies Institute, New Delhi. Kameshwari is based in Hyderabad.

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