Amita Baviskar, Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology, has received a grant from the Research Council of Norway to work on a 5-year project ‘Transcendence and Sustainability: Asian Visions with Global Promise’ in collaboration with the University of Oslo and the University of Zheijang, China. The research will explore the mobilisation and recalibration of traditional Asian religio-philosophical ideas in response to the global environmental crisis. It will create a firm empirical base of new in-depth case studies of spiritual-environmental movements in China, Taiwan and India.

Meghna Agarwala, Assistant Professor of Environment Studies, was awarded the SERB POWER grant that aims to encourage emerging and eminent women researchers for the individual-centric and competitive mode of research funding to undertake R&D activities in frontier areas of science and engineering. Dr Agarwala also received a grant from IIT Delhi DRIIV, where she is part of an eminent team of researchers from premier institutions such as AIIMS, TERI, JNU and IIT, led by Dr Sagnik Dey. Her work will be on ‘Research Implementation and Innovation - Air Pollution, Delhi cluster’.

Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology, has been working and researching on the Coronavirus and its variants since the pandemic hit the world. At present, he is researching on ‘Modeling Epidemiological, Social and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies’, sponsored by the World Health Organisation. He is also involved in ‘Multiscale Computational Biology: Centre for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology – BIC at Ashoka University’, supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Pallavi Raghavan, Assistant Professor of International Relations, has been awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Research). As a Fulbright scholar, she will be working on a project on the comparative history of the Palestinian, Irish and South Asian partitions at Stimson Centre, Washington DC.

Manu Awasthi, Associate Professor in the Computer Science department, has received a grant from SERB-SUPRA, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to work on his project titled ‘In-Memory Computing for Next Generation Workloads Using Emerging Memory Technologies’. SERB-SUPRA encourages transformative and disruptive research concepts based on an innovative and unproven hypothesis, which would produce a lasting impact across discipline boundaries.

Madhavi Menon, Professor of English and Director, Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality (CSGS), is working on a project on ‘Governing Intimacies’, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is a five-year, multi-institutional and multi-locational research project located in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Aparna Vaidik, Associate Professor in the Department of History, was awarded a grant from the British Academy for her project on ‘The Ownership of Public History in India,’ which aims to create a co-ownership between universities and local communities over historical knowledge and teaching. In collaboration with academicians from University College London, Wolverton (UK) and Presidency University, she was also awarded UCL’s Global Engagement Grant for an anti-caste pedagogy project. Dr Vaidik’s most recent book is Waiting for Swaraj: Inner Lives of Indian Revolutionaries (Cambridge University Press).


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