Vijitha Rajan

Vijitha Rajan

Profile

I was born and brought up in Kerala, a southern state in  India. I completed my undergraduate degree in Science Education in 2010 from Regional Institute of Education Mysore. I went on to work as a high school science teacher in a residential school in Coorg. I completed my postgraduate degree in Education in 2014 from Azim Premji University Bangalore. After finishing PhD course work in Institute of Social and Economic Change in Bangalore, I joined Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi for my PhD in 2015. Currently I am a visiting Commonwealth scholar at University of Leeds, UK. 

Studying, working and living in multiple places have refined my self and worldviews.  It is in one of my core interests to expereince new people, places and knowledges. My other interests include writing, cooking and discussing various social issues.

Research interests

My current doctoral research attempts to understand migrant children's experiences of childhood and education in urban spaces. Migration narratives being largely adult centric both in academic and policy disocurses, it is imperitive to hear migrant children's voices and understand their expereinces. The city of Bangalore, my research site, is home to migrants from across various parts of India. The expereinces of migration and the city considerably varies according to one's position in the socio-cultural, economic and political fabric of the city and my prime focus is on families who migrate due to distress conditions. Capturing this complex positionality of migrant children is important to envision meaninful policy initiatives for their educational inclusion. It is in this light that the study tries to capture everyday lives of migrant children in the city through an ethnographic inquiry.  

My other research interests include sociology of education, educational exclusion, education and social justice, teacher identities and alternative schooling. 

Qualifications

  • MA Education Specialized in Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • BSc'Ed Science Education

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Childhood, Education and Social Justice