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Dr K.P. Asha Mukundan

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Criminology and Justice , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) in Sociology (Mumbai University),

After graduating in Psychology from Mumbai University, she pursued her M.A. in Social Work from TISS, Ph.D with a focus on institutionalised children under the Juvenile Justice System. Joined the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) as faculty with the erstwhile Department of Criminology and Correctional Administration in 2005.

Has been working on issues related to child rights and juvenile justice since 1998. She has worked with various NGOs and Government Departments before joining TISS. She headed a joint venture of the Women and Child Development Department [Government of Maharashtra (GOM)] and UNICEF in a project called Child Rights Cell for a period of 5 years which was a unique functional collaboration experimented with for the first time in India in the state of Maharashtra. During this period, she also was selected on the panel of trainer to train Juvenile Justice functionaries by the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment-Government of India). In this capacity, she has conducted many state and national level training programmes.

Is invited as a guest faculty to the National and State level Judicial Academy, and other colleges of Social Work to deliver lectures / session

Has been on the editorial board for the news letter Ujjwal which was jointly brought out by W&CD dept (GOM), Unicef, Balprafulta and Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice (TISS). She was also on the editorial board of the newsletter `Prabodan' being released by Don Bosco Bal Prafulta.

Dr. Asha Mukundan has been the recipient of Endeavour Fellowship granted by the Government of Australia in the year 2007, where she did a study to understand the working of the JJ system in New South Wales. In September 2014 she has been appointed as Amaicus Curie on a Criminal Public Interest Litigation No.26/11 which looks into the issue of child labour.

Has been a part of several national level research studies like “evaluation study of all the organizations availing of the centrally sponsored scheme of the programme for Juvenile Justice” conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with Child Relief and You (CRY) in the year 2004. A similar study was also done by UNICEF along with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in the year 2006.

As a part of TISS, she has been involved in conducting research studies on Juveniles in Conflict with Law in the state of Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. She has also been a part of the study conducted on issues related to Probation and Street children.

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Is the Founder Member and Project Director of the Field Action Project titled “Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice” which operates from TISS and has its base in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Amravati and Yavatmal. This project has been able to create a policy level impact on the juvenile justice system working with the juveniles in conflict with law in the state of Maharashtra. She has been on sub-committees set up by the Mumbai HC to monitor the working of the JJ system in the State and preparing Standard Operating procedures for the State of Maharashtra, Amendmentment of the Maharashtra Juvenile Justice Rules, Maharashtra Probation of Offenders Rules 1968.


Teaches courses related to case work, quantitative research, child rights and juvenile justice

Email: kpasha[at]tiss[dot]edu