We are happy to present the interview with Aarti, visiting UNESCO, France in May 2019.
LeWiBo: We are happy to discuss with Aarti, professor from India. Dear Aarti, I would like to ask about your experience working in the educational sector in India and working with educational problems?
Aarti: I have background in both economics and education. I have a Ph. D. in economics of education, which is quite new and developing discipline nowadays. The main idea of economics of education is to analyze educational processes and considering profit in non-materialistic terms. The main applications of this economics of education is, for example, to understand the link between education and Labour Market. I have been working with research institutes in India, such as Institute of Applied Manpower research, which was under the Planning Commission and National labour Institute. Then I have been teaching in several leading universities of India, such as Banaras Hindu University and university of Delhi. Currently I’m working with the National Institute of Education planning and administration. National Institute of Education planning and administration is under the ministry of human resource development, government of India. NIEPA came along with other specialised institutions that came all around the world under the Marshall Plan of United States,including one in Paris . In our institute we have several major functions one of them is teaching another one is research and consultancy. For example, we were asked to give advice for many governmental bodies of India. because we are the official think tanks of the ministry of human resource development.
LeWiBo: What is your research is mainly focused on?
Aarti:. My research is mainly focused on mentoring, training and developing new programs, In particular, we are trying to link together teachers and researchers, which is a new program launched by the government of India.I also work on Teaching and Learning , Employability and gender concerns in higher education
LeWiBo: Very interesting, thank you, Aarti,
How the exchange between teachers and researchers could help to discuss with the advancement in the teaching methods?
Aarti: Just like the diversity of India higher education is also very diverse in India. There are some very diverse centers of excellence with leading researchers and teachers. There are also very reductionist and narrow kind of colleges and universities, which need to be developed. In particular, now we are developing the portal with three main directions viz. Domain knowledge, research and development for teaching and learning.
LeWiBo: About your program for connecting researchers and teachers.
Lectures Without Borders are very interested to learn more about regional program, where researchers from different countries can regularly come to, for example, India and make lectures. Do you think such exchanges could be useful?
Aarti: We are happy for such potential exchange. The main question is how to make it happening in a right way. It would be really useful to exchange the knowledge from each other. I guess, it may not be an easy task but it has a lot of potential as people from different countries are becoming interconnected.We would be happy to facilitate such exchange and help to connect to teachers and colleges of higher education in India, would be happy to help in building up new connections with researchers from this open network and India.
LeWiBo: Thank you very much for your time.
(c) Network of educational associations in India