Annual International Conference (November, 2016) at Sri Venkateshwara University:
The 7 th International CESI Conference titled ‘Comparative Educational Destinies: Visions,Dilemmas, and Challenges’ was held at Sri Venkateshwara University at Tirupati from 19-21 November in 2016..The conveners of the conference were Prof. P.A. Reddy from Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Sri Venkateswara University and Prof Uma Devi, Padmavati Mahila College. It was attended by around 120 delegates from across the country. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. T.K. Oomen and the valedictory by Prof. J.B. Tilak The Conference was supported by grant from Azim Premji University, NUEPA, and Sri Venketeswara university.
Annual International Conference (December, 2015) at Azim Premji University:
The 6th Annual International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) was held at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru on 14-16 December 2015. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Education: Domination, Emancipation and Dignity' which addressed the double-edged character of education. Emancipation and dignity have begun to draw considerable attention in recent years as central issues in education. It has been pointed out that educational systems, doctrines and practices could actually be party to the blocking of opportunities and to forcing people into relations of subjugation. Conscious efforts need to be made to ensure that education takes a form which does indeed help in opening up new opportunities and access to resources and builds new relationships that are empowering. A particular concern has been that education may participate in the denial of respect and space for less powerful cultures and communities. The challenge instead is how it could help them find confidence and dignity in their relationships with others.
Abstracts were received from eight countries other than India including Australia, Canada, Germany, Nepal, Pakistan, UAE, UK and USA. This conference was attended by more than 200 people from across the world and had 127 papers presented in twenty-nine sessions of one and half hour each. A round table discussion was held on December 15, 2015 over the proposed new education policy due to be released by the MHRD. The sessions ranged over various themes, including the relation between education and class, caste and gender inequality, governance and policy making in education, curricula and the politics of knowledge, organizational aspects of education, assessment and evaluation, questions of identity and selfhood, the debate over privatization of education, language and power in education, early childhood education, childhood and youth studies, historical perspectives on education, teacher education, the challenge of globalization, the alternative schools and so on.
Annual International Conference (November, 2014) at University of Delhi:
The 2014 Annual Conference was held at the University of Delhi in November 2014 and jointly organised by Gargi College, Institute of Home Economics and the Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education, University of Delhi. The Conference theme was "Education, Politics and Social Change" and brought together over 180 paper presenters along with invited panels over the three days of the Conference. The Conference also featured a play Haan, main Savitribai Phule by Sushma Deshpande and a music performance Secular Traditions in Indian Poetry and Music by Professor Shubhendu and group. Professor Poonam Batra, Dr Saumen Chattopadhya and Dr Monica Gupta were elected as the President, Vice-president and General secretary respectively in the elections held for the Executive Committee of CESI. Efforts are underway to publish select papers from the Conference.
Annual International Conference (December, 2013) at University of Calcutta:
The 2013 Annual International Conference of CESI was held at the University of Calcutta in December, 2013. The theme of the Conference was: “Education, Diversity and Democracy”. Dr. Rabindranath Mukhopadhyay of the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta played the role of Conference Organising Secretary. The conference was jointly organised by University of Calcutta, Indian Statistical Institute, Pratichi Trust, and Institute of Development Studies.
Annual International Conference (October, 2012) at University of Jammu:
The 2012 Annual International Conference of CESI was held at the University of Jammu in October, 2012. The theme of the Conference was: “Education for a Changing World”. Dr. Renu Nanda of the Post Graduate Department of Education, University of Jammu played the role of Local Organising Secretary. About 300 participants from India and abroad were present at the Conference. The Conference got support from UNICEF India, NUEPA, ICSSR, CARE India and Save the Children. Elections were also held for the new Executive Committee of the CESI. Professor Geetha B. Nambissan, Professor Poonam Batra and Professor Renu Nanda were elected as the President, Vice President and General Secretary respectively for a period of two years beginning Jan 1, 2013.
Annual International Conference (November, 2011) at University of Hyderabad:
Continuing the spirit of successful reunion of education researchers, the 2011 Annual Conference of CESI was held at the University of Hyderabad in November 2011 with Dr. Nagaraju Gundemeda of Department of Sociology as the Local Organising Secretary. The theme of the Conference was: ‘Rethinking Education Policy’. Nearly 250 participants from India and abroad took part in the Conference. The conference has been highly successful with very rich academic discussions and active participation of senior scholars, young research students and the members of the development sector. The Conference was supported by UNICEF, Hyderabad and NUEPA, New Delhi.
Annual International Conference (November, 2010) at JNU, New Delhi:
The Annual Conference held in November 2010 at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was the first major event of the revived CESI. The Conference was hosted by Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies (ZHCES) in JNU and was attended by nearly 150 participants from all over the country and abroad. For the first time, the society expanded its Executive Committee and introduced the election process to appoint members and office bearers. Professor Jandhyala B. G. Tilak, Professor Geetha B. Nambissan and Dr. S. Srinivasa Rao were elected as the President, Vice-President and the General Secretary respectively for a period of two years from January1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.
CESI 2014: Images from the Conference