July 11, 2016

Penn GSE senior instructor, Fulbright fellow Sharon Ravitch helps transform higher education in India

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Sharon Ravitch, a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a newly appointed Fulbright Scholar, is changing India’s educational systems through partnerships and research. 

Shambhavi Singh, Sharon Ravitch, Rahul Gandhi and Venkatesh Kumar
 Ravitch’s fellowship will enable her to spend eight weeks in India, continuing her research with Venkatesh Kumar, a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Ravitch, who earned her Ph.D. from Penn GSE in 2000, has worked with Kumar on research, design, data collection, and analysis informing corporate social responsibility, or CSR, efforts in India. The research’s participatory nature entails that Ravitch and Kumar gather information and insights from people who agree to participate in one-on-one interviews and group discussions.

“We are going across the country, doing needs-resource assessments with people in multiple contexts: urban, peri-urban and rural, various socioeconomic and cultural groups, regions struggling with insurgencies and people from different social classes,” Ravitch said. “India’s federal government is funding this project and that’s unprecedented. They’re trying to change the game. It’s an honor to be a part of this.” 

For her work, Ravitch has been awarded the top two designations that international scholars can receive from the Government of India.

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