Harita Raval

Scientific Staff

Harita Raval is a scientific staff in Mathematics Education at HBCSE. She has received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and in Education from Saurashtra University. Harita also has a master’s degree in Mathematics from M.S. University of Baroda. She pursued her post graduation diploma in computer application (PGDCA) from Saurashtra University. She has been engaged with various programs on mathematical enrichment, such as Mathematical Training and Talent Search Program (MTTS), teacher conferences of Gujarat Ganit Mandal and Satellite conference on various aspects of Dynamical Systems. She is a recipient of the Rashtrapati Guide Award (2006) from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for her social work.

Before joining to HBCSE, Harita was teaching mathematics at the Kendriya Vidyalaya School in Rajkot and at the Shakti Higher Secondary School. During these teaching years that Harita understood some fundamental challenges of teaching and importance of knowing the students’ ideas and learning trajectories. She holds key interest in teaching mathematics in connection to real life and developing conceptual depth in milestone topics such as basic arithmetic, integers, fractions and problems of Geometry.

Jeenath Rahaman

Research Scholar

Jeenath Rahaman is a doctoral student at HBCSE, working in the field of Mathematics Education and Cognition. Her research interests revolve around students’ understanding of  measurement, multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, spatial thinking, geometry and fractions, which she is studying through the lenses of cognition, visualisation, gestures, embodied cognition, physical and practical resources of learning. These research interests have a major impact on her doctoral study, where she is examining students’ understanding of area-measurement through various lenses. Jeenath’s work is attempting to integrate the perspectives from the field of cognitive science to understand students’ learning of the mathematical concepts.

Presently she is analysing students’ data from two perspectives. In the first perspective, she is trying to understand the concept of area as a network of several other subconcepts in maths and how the network components impact students’ learning. While in the other perspective, she is trying to understand the cognitive nuances that might have an effect in students’ understanding of area measurement.

Jeenath is also an active resource person for conducting workshops on learning mathematics through Geogebra for teachers and students.

    K. Subramaniam


    My main work for the last decade and a half has been research and development on improving the learning and teaching of school mathematics. I have studied, along with my colleagues, how children can be helped to make the transition from arithmetic to algebra, how they can be supported in learning fractions and multiplicative reasoning, and how out-of-school mathematical knowledge can be related to school learning. I have also worked on developing models for in-service teacher professional development. I have authored text-cum-workbooks and teacher books on mathematics for students of Class 3. I have contributed to formulating education policy through my participation in the focus group on the teaching of mathematics, the syllabus committees for NCF-2005, the curriculum and textbook committees for the state of Maharashtra (since 2011). I am a member of the National Council of Teacher Education (2013-present). I have a B.Tech in Aeronautical engineering and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy. My Ph.D. dissertation was on aspects of the philosophy of history, with a focus on the Continental Philosopher Heidegger. Before joining HBCSE, I taught mechanical engineering at the college level.

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    Manoj Nair

    Scientific Officer

    Manoj Nair works on creating web interfaces where mathematics group’s curricular and research work could be hosted. He is also involved in designing educational materials, such as, posters, textbooks, instructional material and proceedings. He has developed the existing website of the mathematics education group at HBCSE and looks after its maintenance.

    Rossi D’souza

    Research Scholar

    Rossi is pursuing a PhD in Mathematics education at HBCSE-TIFR. His research interests include exploring how ableism operates in Mathematics education. Prior to working as a Research scholar, Rossi completed his M.Tech in Modeling and Simulation from Pune University, specializing in and then working in the field of Computational Genomics. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer in at Govt. Polytechnic Mumbai, a medical instrument repairman at Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital, Bangalore and as a Science Communicator on the Science Express train.

    Rossi teaches Music and Mathematics along with curricular subjects at the Vivek Education Foundation, School for the blind, Mumbai.

    Shweta Shripad Naik

    Scientific Officer

    Shweta Shripad Naik is a Scientific staff in the mathematics education group at HBCSE. She holds a bachelor degree in mathematics from Mumbai University and a masters degree in mathematics from Pune University. Currently, Shweta is pursuing her doctoral degree in mathematics education at School of Education, University of Michigan. Shweta has been an active researcher and instructor in developing teaching trajectories for bridging arithmetic and algebra, understanding fractions, ratios and proportions, teaching area measurement, representing word problems and understanding decimals. As part of the trajectory development work, she has taught for two educational years in the nearby schools. Shweta has also been one of the active resource persons for teacher education programs at HBCSE. She has been focusing on teachers’ mathematical knowledge required for teaching that facilitates learning with understanding. She conducts workshop that involves practice-based sessions for teachers, such as studying live teaching, videos of teaching, learning to solve mathematics problems, studying students’ work, reading research, etc. For her dissertation work, Shweta is investigating teachers’ use of mathematical practices, for the role they play in developing the knowledge needed for teaching. Her study, involves working with in-service and pre-service teachers, and examining their engagement with the mathematical practices while solving problems. Shweta’s key areas of interest in the mathematics education are mathematical knowledge for teaching, teaching and learning of mathematical practices at the school level, developing teacher learning communities and designing practice-based tasks for teacher education.

    Sushant Pawar

    Project Staff

    Sushant Pawar is Project Scientific Assistant in Mathematics Education at HBCSE. He completed his Bachelors of Science (Mathematics) degree from Ruia College (Mumbai), and Masters of Science (Mathematics) from Dept. Of Mathematics of Mumbai University. He has also qualified State Eligibility Test for Assistant Professorship (SET- Maharashtra and Goa) in 2017.

    Before joining HBCSE Sushant was teaching Mathematics in private classes to standards 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. There he observed some problems students face while learning mathematics and decided to work in the field of Mathematics Education.


    Former members

      Aaloka Kanhere

      Aaloka Kanhere was a post-doctoral fellow with the mathematics education group from 2009 to 2012. She is at present with Ekalavya, Hoshangabad.

        Arindam Bose

        Research Scholar

        Arindam Bose is an advanced doctoral candidate in Mathematics Education. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and five years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level in Patna University, India. During this teaching stint, Arindam’s involvement in the curriculum development of school education as a member of the mathematics focus-group of the Bihar Curriculum Framework 2006 motivated him to move into research in mathematics education.

        For his doctoral dissertation work, Arindam explored the nature and extent of everyday mathematical knowledge possessed by middle grade school students living in an urban low-income settlement that has embedded in it a thriving micro-enterprise economy. The objective of the study was to unpack and document the connections between students’ mathematical knowledge, work practices and identity formation, and inquire into the implications of these connections for school learning. His study argues that experiences from everyday work-contexts makes students familiar with artefacts and practices that represent a crystallised and embodied form of mathematics, which can be resources to make potentially powerful connections with school mathematics. The study further argues that school mathematical knowledge represents a form of generalisation or abstraction consisting of ideas or constructs that illuminates diverse instances in the everyday settings.

        Arindam’s key areas of interest in Mathematics Education are connections-disconnections between out-of-school and school mathematics, language diversity and math learning, and ethnomathematics.

          Arun Mavlankar

          Arun Mavlankar (deceased in 2014) was Scientific Officer with the mathematics education group. Arun was an active teacher educator with wide experience of schools and teachers in Maharashtra and outside. He was also a curriculum designer and textbook writer.

              H. C. Pradhan

              DAE Raja Ramanna Fellow, HBCSE,TIFR and UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai

              H. C. Pradhan retired in July 2011, as Senior Professor and Centre Director, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR. His areas of work include physics and mathematics education. Many of the current programmes were inspired or directly initiated by Pradhan. Together with Arun Mavlankar, he also pioneered mathematics education research at HBCSE.

              Hari Mishra

              Research Associate

              Hari Mishra was a research associate in mathematics education research group at HBCSE. He holds a degree in Information Technology engineering from RGTU, Bhopal. After his degree, he taught for two years to undergraduate level in Vashi. During his teaching career, he realized  the challenges of the work of teaching, which pursued him to join the research group in Mathematics Education at HBCSE.

              Hari was engaged in investigating teachers’ own voices in the forms of teacher diaries, logs and other records of teaching and exploring opportunities, where prospective mathematics teachers could have a dialogue with such materials. Moreover, he was supporting other research-related activities run by the group through helping them in data analysis.

              Hari was also an active resource person for workshops on mathematics laboratory for teachers and students.


                  Rakhi Banerjee

                  Associate Professor, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India

                  Rakhi has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Delhi University, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Delhi University and a Ph. D in Mathematics Education from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

                  She has taught at various levels of education: school, undergraduate programmes and postgraduate programmes. Prior to joining Azim Premji University, she has held faculty positions at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has been developing and teaching courses in Child development, Cognition and Learning and Mathematics Education.

                  Her doctoral work, carried out at the HomiBhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, was on developing a learning-teaching sequence for grade 6 students to help them understand beginning algebra based on their prior understanding of arithmetic. Subsequently, her work has focused on looking at curriculum, textbooks and their transaction in the classroom, highlighting students’ and teachers’ role in the process.

                    Ruchi Kumar

                    Research Scholar

                    Ruchi was a doctoral candidate in Mathematics Education. She holds a masters degree in Biology from Delhi University and a bachelor and masters degree in education from CIE. She taught for six years in a primary school in Delhi; during her teaching career, Ruchi felt systemic constraints, isolation present in the job of teaching and problems of teaching that are inherent to content knowledge required to teach. Her sensitivity to educational issues and students’ learning persuaded to join PhD in mathematics Education.

                    For her doctoral dissertation work, Ruchi explored the nature and extent of teacher knowledge and beliefs in, a professional development setting, during collaborative lesson planning meetings with peers and in their classroom practice. Her work examines what conceptual meanings are constructed when teachers encounter interactions that consist of theories from research and experiences of other teachers.

                    Ruchi’s key areas of interest in Mathematics Education are teacher beliefs, knowledge and practices, teacher education and designs for professional development programs.

                      Shikha Takker

                      Research Scholar

                      Shikha Takker was a doctoral candidate in mathematics education at HBCSE. She holds a bachelor degree in elementary education from Delhi University and a masters degree in elementary education from TISS, Mumbai. Shikha has also taught mathematics to elementary school children for over three years, where she began to realize the issues of learning with understanding and legitimacy of students’ ideas in orchestrating their learning. This made her pursue research in mathematics education.

                      For her doctoral work, Shikha was examining teachers’ understanding of students’ mathematical thinking in decimal fractions, mainly to investigate and enhance teachers’ on-task decision making and its relationships with their knowledge of students’ mathematics. She has analyzed classroom data to understand the characteristics of the connection between teacher knowledge of students’ ideas and their practice.

                      Shikha has actively worked in taking sessions on mathematics teacher professional development. She supports teacher learning from studying their own practice: analysing teaching, using artefacts from classroom, unpacking student’s case studies, etc.

                      Shikha’s key areas of interest in mathematics education are understanding teacher knowledge through the lens of practice, designing and implementing students’ cases, mathematics teacher education and professional growth, decimal fractions, proportion, and early algebra.

                      Tuba Khan

                      Project Scientific Officer

                      Tuba Khan was a research associate in the mathematics education group at HBCSE. She holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Mumbai University, a bachelor and masters degree in education from Mumbai University, and a masters in Urdu from Varanasi University. For her masters degree thesis, Tuba studied secondary school teachers’ attitudes towards the use of technology. Her experience as a researcher during masters brought her to the mathematics education research group. She participated as a teacher and co-researcher on multiple projects. Her research interest are around teacher learning to teach – mainly at pre-service level, and connecting students’ out-of-school knowledge in classroom teaching. Tuba was also an active resource person for workshops on mathematics laboratory and teacher professional development.