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Prof Pushpendra Kumar Singh

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna
Qualification

M.A. in Sociology

Prof. Pushpendra is Professor and Chairperson of the Centre for Development Practice and Research, a Patna-based centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. A sociologist by training, he has a distinct career in diverse fields. He has worked with various academic institutions, international development NGOs and grassroots organisations. 

Career (Recent)

03/2016-present       Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna, TISS

11/2013-02/2016      Professor in Community Organisation and Development Practice, School of Social Work, TISS Mumbai

08/2012-10/2013      Professor and Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat (an ICSSR institution, Govt. of India)

10/2011-01/2012      Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

09/2010-07/2012      Professor in Community Organisation and Development Practice, School of Social Work, TISS Mumbai

09/2008-08/2010      Senior Fellow, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad (Govt. of India)

07/2006-08/2008      Professor and Dean, School of Rural Development, TISS Tuljapur Campus

Prof. Pushpendra worked with the ActionAid International at its offices in Patna, Brussels and Colombo in various capacities (2000-2006).He has also worked as a researcher with the Planning Division, UNICEF, New Delhi; Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi; Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie; Swiss Red Cross Consultant Team, Bihar; and Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna. He has also taught as a visiting faculty at the Central University of Bihar, Patna (2010) and National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad (2009). 

He is a life member of the Indian Sociological Society and Indian Society of Labour Economics.

Prof. Pushpendra has served in various academic bodies. A select list is given below:

1. Board of Studies, School of Rural Management, IIHMR University, Jaipur (current).

2. Member of the Board of Studies of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Patna University(since 2018).

3. Member of the University Advisory Committee of the Chancellor of the universities of Bihar (2016-17).

4. Member of the Board of Studies, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhi Nagar (2014-17).

5. Member, Curriculum Revision Committee, Master’s in Social Work, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Ahmadabad (2013).

6. Member, Curriculum Consultation Committee, Five-year Integrated Master’s in Social Management, Central University of Gujarat (2010-11).

7. Member, Academic Committee, Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development Management, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad (2009-10).

8. Member, Academic Council, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2006-08).

Prof. Pushpendra has served in various Committees constituted by the Government. A select list is given below:

1. Member, Planning Commission Committee for Revision of the Guidelines of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2011-12.

2. Member, Expert Group on formulating research methodology for studies on the various aspects of MGNREGA, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2009-10)

3. Member, National Working Group on convergence of rural development schemes in tribal areas with MGNREGA, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2009-10)

4. Member, Executive Committee of the National Resource Centre of the National Literacy Mission, Government of India (1998-1999).

He also served as an Advisor for the State of Bihar to the Commissioners of the Supreme Court of India on the Right to Food case for five years.

My current research interests are migration, rural labour relations, social movements and public policy.

Prof. Pushpenda has about two dozen writings to his credit including published books, chapters in books, journal articles and mimeos. Besides, he has participated in several academic conferences in India and abroad. A select list of his publications include:

1. Pushpendra and Manish K Jha. 2018. From Kosi to Delhi: Life and Labour of Migrants in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.) “Migrant and the Neoliberal City”, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.

2. Jha, Manish K and Pushpendra. 2016. Homeless Migrants in Mumbai: Life and Labour in Urban Space, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 51, No. 26 & 27, June 25. Also collected in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.). 2018. “Migrant and the Neoliberal City”, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.

3. Jha, Manish K and Pushpendra. 2015. Governing Caste and Managing Conflicts: Bihar, 1990-2011 in Ranabir Samaddar (ed.), Government of Peace: Social Governance, Security, and the Problematic of Peace, Surrey: Ashgate.

4. Jha, Manish K and Pushpendra (Eds.). 2014. Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Social Justice and Development, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.

5. Pushpendra. 2014. Agrarian Relations in a Village in Bihar in Manish K Jha and Pushpendra (eds.), Traversing Bihar: The Politics of Social Justice and Development, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.

6. Pushpendra and B.K. Sinha. 2009. Some Aspects of Tenancy Debate: Implications for Policy Reforms in D. Narasimha Reddy (ed.), Agrarian Reforms, Land Markets, and Rural Poor, New Delhi: Concept Publishers.

7. Karan, Anup and Pushpendra. 2005. Bihar: Including the Excluded and Addressing the Failures of Public Provision in Elementary Education in Santosh Mehrotra (ed.), The Economics of Elementary Education in India: The Challenge of Public Finance, Private Provision and Household Cost, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005.

8. Sinha, B.K. and Pushpendra (Eds.).2000. Land Reforms in India: An Unfinished Agenda, New Delhi: Sage Publications.

9. Pushpendra. 2000. Agrarian Reforms and Liberalisation: Some Recent Controversies, in B.K. Sinha and Pushpendra (eds.), Land Reforms in India: An Unfinished Agenda, New Delhi: Sage Publications.

10. Dreze, Jean, Claire Noronha, Anuradha De, A.K. Shiv Kumar, Meera Sampson, Pushpendra and Amarjeet Sinha. 1999. Public Report on Basic Education in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, (first English Edition – 1999 and Hindi Edition – 2001).

11. Pushpendra. 1999. Dalit Assertion through Electoral Politics, Economic and Political Weekly, September 4-10. The paper is collected in: a) Ghanshyam Shah (ed.) Dalit Identity and Politics, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2001; b) Ghanshyam Shah (ed.) Caste and Democratic Politics in India, Permanent Black, Delhi, 2002. Hindi translation published as Vote Dalnevale Dalit: Partiyon Par Kam, Vyavstha Par Jyada Yakin, in Abhay Kumar Dubey (Ed.) Adhunikta Ke Aine Mein Dalit, Vani Prakashan & Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2002.

12. Sinha, B.K. and Pushpendra. 1998. Development and Displacement: Select Issues, Administrator, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, April-June.

Prof. Pushpendra has also had the honour to be guest editor of three special issues of “Administrator”, a reputed quarterly journal of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration:

1. Child Labour and Education, New Age International Publishers, Vol. XLI, No. 3 (July-Sept., 1996).

2. Displacement and Rehabilitation in India, two special issues, New Age International Publishers, Vol. XLIII, No. 1, January-March 1998 and Vol. XLIII, No. 2, April-June 1998. Co-edited with B.K. Sinha.

Prof. Pushpendra was the lead author of a report based on human rights assessment of Tsunami Response released in the UN Headquarters at New York (February 2006)

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Prof. Pushpendra formally entered into university system in 2006. He has taught courses at both undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. He taught following courses at bachelor's level at TISS Tuljapur (2006-08):

1) Society: Structure, Culture and Change

2) Social Movements and Campaigns

3) History and Ideology of Social Work (shared the course with another faculty)

4) Disaster Management

5) Health Skills (shared the course with another faculty)

At master's level Prof. Pushpendra has taught the following course:

1) Civil Society Groups and Development (MA in Development Studies, TISS, Mumbai)

2) State, Democracy and Polity (MA Social Work in Rural Development at Tuljapur).

3) State, Democracy and Politics in India (Foundation Course)

4) Global Economy and Polity: Implications for Local Action (MA Social Work in CODP, TISS Mumbai)

5) Project Planning (a joint class for MA students of Habitat Studies, Water Regulation and Governance and Social Entrepreneurship)

6) State, Social Protection, and Development Programmes (MA Social Work in CODP, TISS Mumbai)

7) History of Education (MA in Education (Elementary), TISS Mumbai)

Besides, taught a course to the students of PG Diploma in Rural Development Management on "Rural Society" at the National Institute of Rural Development. Also taught a course at the National Institute of Design (as a visiting faculty) on Approaches to Studying Indian Society.

Email: pushpendra[at]tiss[dot]edu