Faculty Profile


Dr. Rajshree Chanchal


PhD Sociology of Education, JNU; MPhil (Sociology of Education) JNU, MA (Sociology) MEd; BEd

Past Experience

  • Assistant Professor, 2018-present, School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi.
  • Assistant Professor, July 2017 to 2nd April 2018  Department of Elementary Education, Institute of Home Economics (University of Delhi), Hauz Khas, New Delhi
  • Assistant Professor (Sociology), January 2017-July 2017 (In-charge of the Sociology Department), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, GD Goenka University, Haryana
  • Research  Assistant, August to October 2015,   Study  titled  “Educational Status of Scheduled Castes in Uttar Pradesh: Attainment and Challenges” funded by ICSSR and conducted by Prof. Narender Kumar, CPS, JNU, New Delhi
  • Assistant Professor (on contract) (Education) March to May 2015 Center for Education, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya Campus, Bihar

My Zone / Area of Expertise

Professional Focus:

My professional training is in the field of Sociology of Education. My doctoral research focuses on emerging educational markets in urban fringe area. It focuses on educational markets and social access and school choice in an urban fringe area in Uttar Pradesh. It examines the spread of unrecognised private schools in a developing urban area and parental demand for better quality education in a small city of Uttar Pradesh. My M Phil research was a qualitative study of unrecognised private schools in a low income settlement of Delhi, India. As a teacher, I have pursued every available opportunity to teach and have developed few courses relevant to four year integrated pre-service teacher education programme (BABEd), under graduate and post graduate level programmes. I am trying to expand my research base by teaching some of the core courses such as early childhood care and education in India, sate, society and education. My larger area of research interest is marketization of education, urbanisation and education, social class, caste, gender and social mobility, and teacher education. As a teacher I am dedicated to enriching lives of students inside as well as outside the classroom.


  • Postgraduate: Early Childhood Care and Education in India, State, Society and Education, History of Education in Modern India, Understanding Children and Childhood
  • Undergraduate: Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in a Day Care Centre
  • Doctoral (Education) coursework: Education Studies; Education and Social Mobility


  • Deputy Proctor, Lodhi Road Campus, AUD, 2019
  • Faculty Secretary, School of Education, AUD, 2018-19
  • Library Committee Member, AUD, 2018-19
  • Member of Election Commission for Student Union and CPSH(Committee for Prevention of Sexual Harassment), AUD, 2018


Awards and Recognitions

  • Dr. Ambedkar Study Tour to London School of Economics UK, Funded by Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, New Delhi, 2015.
  • ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship, 2015.
  • NET-JRF-SRF UGC Fellowship, 2009-2014.
  • Discussant in technical session on Education, Urbanization and Marginalities, in Graduate Seminar Educational Landscapes in India’s Changing Socio-Political Context, organised by ZHCES, JNU, New Delhi (25-26 March, 2019).
  • Discussant in technical session on Experiences of Marginalities and Social Mobility, in Graduate Seminar Education for Transformation: Interdisciplinary Dialogues and Imagination, organised by ZHCES, JNU, New Delhi (23-24 March, 2018)


  • Chanchal, R. (2015). Private Schooling and Aspirations: A Case Study of Parental Perceptions in a Low-income Settlement of Delhi”, Vol5(1) International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences.2249-5894
  • Chanchal, R. (2019). Module on Relationship of Sociology and Psychology, Reading Module for BA Sociology programme, IGNOU, Delhi.

Seminar / Conferences

Invited Talks:

  • Chanchal, R. (2018). Emerging Schooling Markets in an ‘Urban Fringe’ in Uttar Pradesh: Educational Aspirations and Practices of Low Income Families’ in three day workshop Interrogating Marginality: Education and the Urban convened by the Research Group Education and the Urban and jointly organised by the Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore.
  • Chanchal, R. (2017). ‘Unregulated Educational Markets and Low Cost Private schools in a Low Income Settlement of Delhi’ in One day Seminar on Public Policy Aspects of Elementary Education Organised by National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi.

Paper Presentations:

  • Chanchal, R. (2018). ‘School Choice, Medium of Instruction and the Educational Markets’ Paper Presented in Two day Conference on Language, Culture and Minorities: Issues and Challenges Organised by Department of Sociology, Maulana Azad Urdu University, Hyderabad.
  • Chanchal, R. (2017). ‘Unrecognised Educational Markets in a Small City: The Case of Shahjahanpur in UP’ Paper Presented in 8th Annual International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) on ‘Criticality, Empathy and Welfare in Contemporary Educational Discourse’ Organised by University of Jammu, Jammu.
  • Chanchal, R. (2017). ‘Private School Culture and School Choice in an Urban Fringe Neighbourhood’ Paper Presented in two day Seminar on Education, Change and Continuity, Organised by ZHCES, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • Chanchal, R. (2017). ‘Educational Philosophy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and its Contemporary Relevance’ Paper Presented in Two day National Conference on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Perspective on State, Society and Education: Revisiting his Vision and Mission’ Organised by University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
  • Chanchal, R. (2012). ‘Markets’ and ‘Choice’ in the context of Unrecognised Schooling: An Exploratory Study in a Low Income Settlement of Delhi’ Paper Presented in Annual International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) on ‘Education for Changing World’ Organised by University of Jammu, Jammu.
  • Chanchal, R. (2011) ‘Quality of education in Private Unrecognized Schools: An Exploratory Study in Delhi’ Paper Presented in Annual International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) on ‘Rethinking Education Policy’ Organized by the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.