Prof Batra awarded Nehru Fellowship

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) Prof Poonam Batra, who teaches at the Delhi University's Central Institute of Education, has been awarded a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship on the occasion of the 118th birth anniversary of Pandit Nehru.

The Fellowship, awarded by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, is valid for a period of two years and carries a monthly stipend of Rs 15,000 and a contingency grant of Rs 15,000 per annum.

Prof Batra has to her credit over 25 years of teaching, research, training, management and consultancy experience, mainly in the area of children's education. She was awarded the UGC Career Award in 1995 to undertake research on the ''Realities of Indian Primary Classroom.'' She co-drafted the Review Draft of Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education in 2006 and also co-drafted the National Focus Group position paper on Teacher Education. In addition, she undertook the development of specialised course material for IGNOU Course on primary mathematics teaching for in-service primary teachers.

Prof Batra has contributed to over 60 workshops and training seminars on research in education, curriculum development, early childhood education and teacher educators as well as professionalism of elementary education for policy-makers and teacher educators.

An author of six books on teaching in schools, she has produced 16 research papers on elementary education and pedagogy, educational psychology and education policy of the government.

She was awarded the JN Fellowship for her research project, ''Elementary Teacher Education and Social Change.'' The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund has so far awarded 145 Fellowships.

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