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Dr Prashant Kesharvani

Assistant Professor , Guwahati campus

Chairperson - Centre for Undergraduate Studies,

B.A. (Banaras Hindu University),
M.A. (University of Allahabad),
M.Phil. (JNU),
Ph.D. (JNU)

Prashant Kesharvani is an assistant professor at Centre for Undergraduate Studies. He did his master degree in Psychology with specialisation in social psychology from University of Allahabad and Ph.D. in Social Sciences of Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His PhD work attempts to understand role of social capital for public health. In order to examine the relationship, his study has taken the specific case of 'Communitisation' within National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). His study examines the role of social capital in implementation of ‘communitisation’ and its components under the NRHM; it also attempts to understand the role of NRHM in generating social capital for the public system; and it understands impact of NRHM strategies on social capital within the health services. He also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his PhD. Prior to joining TISS, he worked as a research consultant at Department of Communication Research, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

His area of interest is ‘Interface of Social Sciences with Public Health’, ‘Technology and Human Behaviour’, ‘Public Mental Health’ ‘Health System Research’, ‘Social Capital’, ‘Group Psychology’ and ‘Health Communication’.

He teaches psychology, bio-statistics and epidemiology, public health and quantitative research methodology to undergraduate and post graduate students.

‘Interface of Social Sciences with Public Health’; ‘Technology and Human Behaviour’; ‘Public Mental Health’; ‘Health System Research’; ‘Social Capital’; ‘Group Psychology’; and ‘Health Communication’.

  • Bamezai, G.; Kesharvani, P.; Yumnam, B., Goswami, S., Pradhan, A.; Roy, A.; & Ambade, B. N. (2011). Impact of Internet on Changing Patterns of Newspaper Access and News-reading Habits in India. Media Asia, 38 (2), 110-121. ISSN- 0129-6612.
  • Kesharvani, P and Sarathy, K (2020). Living in a Protracted Conflict Area: Mental Health Burden of Women in Manipur, India. Psychological Studies.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-020-00581-9. Electronic ISSN: 0974-9861 and Print ISSN 0033-2968.
  • Sarathy, K and Kesharvani, P.  (2020). Caregiving in the Context of Protracted Conflict in Manipur, India: Understanding the Strains, Pains, and Gains. In Asok K Sarkar and Shubhrangshu Dhar (Eds.), Contextualizing Peace: Experiences of Contemporary India and Neighbouring Countries. New Delhi: Manak Publications Pvt. Ltd.
  • Kesharvani, P. and Sarathy, K. (2016). Mental Health Services in Protracted Conflict Area of Manipur, India: Understanding the Challenges for Policy Makers. 2nd International Conference on Public Health, Vol. 2, 2016, pp. 52-59. ISSN: 2324-6735.

Other Publicataion (Research Reports)

  • Evaluation of Multimedia Campaign of National AIDS Control Organisation. (Research report submitted to NACO, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI.)
  • Newspaper in the Age of Internet: Current Trends and What Lies in the future. (Research report submitted to RRTD, Ministry of I & B, GOI.)
  • Impact Assessment of DFP’s programme for improving Mother and Child Health. (Research report submitted to Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of I & B, GOI.).
  • Evaluation of Media-based Promotional Programmes for Naxal Management in LWE Affected Areas. (Research report submitted to Naxal Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI.).
  • Role of Public Information campaigns (PIC) in Promoting Flag ship programmes. (Research report submitted to Ministry of I & B, GOI.).
  • Status of Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-Being in a Protracted Armed Conflict Zone: with Special Reference to Thoubal and Chandel Districts of Manipur, India, Actionaid Associates, Guwahati.
  • Psycho-Social Need Assessment of Community Conservation Volunteer at Manas National Park, Assam, India, WWF India, New Delhi


1. Data Analysis and Report Writing of State Level Achievement Survey of SSA, Assam. Sponsoring Agency: Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Govt. of Assam 

2. What Works for Whom and How: Understanding Programme Implementation for Education, Health, and Child Protection in Ongoing Conflict Area of Kokrajhar, Assam. Sponsoring Agency: Terres Des Homes

He teaches following courses:

Human Behaviour: Bio-psycho-social perspective; Social Psychology; Understanding Mental Health; Epidemiology and Bio-Statistics; Health Services System; Policy Programmes and Legislations; Introduction to Quantitative Methodology; and Self, Relationship and Collective Action in a Digital Era: A Psychological Perspective.

Email: prashant.kesharvani[at]tiss[dot]edu


alternate email: prashant081jnu@gmail.com.