K J Somaiya Comprehensive College of Education, Training and Research (Autonomous)
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Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Our Centre for Educational Research and Innovation was set up in 2008, when the institution became a Post Graduate Center offering M Ed and PhD programs.  It has established good reputation for pioneering educational research, opening up new fields for exploration and combining rigorous analysis with conceptual innovation. The centre is headed by a very dynamic director Dr. Vasundhara Padmanabhan.

There are two PhD guides in the center- Dr. Vasundhara Padmanabhan and Dr Kalpana Kharade. 

At present, the in take capacity of the centre is 20 Ph.D. students. The researchers are exploring ICT enhanced, constructivist, active learning strategies, instructional scaffolding, cognitive apprenticeship, etc. They are also experimenting with flipped classrooms, blended learning strategies which offer more scope for flexible,         asynchronous learning environments and which lend themselves to socio constructivist approaches.

We draw extensively on expert knowledge from the eminent faculty of Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.We have been developing links with educational and other research associations as well.

Ongoing  Activities:

  • Research Paper Reading Sessions
  • Faculty Forum on Research Issues
  • Guest Lectures
  • Book reviews
  • Faculty participation in national and international research based events

 The centre works synergistically with the sister institutions of Somaiya Vidyavihar. We design workshops on research methodology for the teachers of the campus. We also conduct research methodology courses for the researchers of the campus and out side the campus. Dr. Vasundhara Padmanabhan is a resouce person for research methodology topics for nursing college faculty of Fortis, Hinduja, Hiranandani and  Tata hospitals and also at RA Podar College of Commerce, Matunga.

 Major Research Projects Undertaken


Details of Major  Research Grants 
1  Ms Usha Sharma bagged the major research grant of  by ICSSR for the research project titled “Infusing Multicultural Content into the Curriculum for Enhancing Social Adjustment among the Students of Minority Run Schools in Mumbai” 
 2016-2017  4, 50,000.00

UGC Major Research Project entitled Promoting Institutional Effectiveness: Development and Evaluation of an Instructional Leadership Training Program for the Leaders of Higher EducationExecutive Summary                 

- Dr. Vasundhara Padmanabhan

 2013-2014         734,600.00

ICSSR Major Research Project entitled Scaffolding ICT Integrated English Language Teaching (L3) of Secondary School Vernacular Medium Teachers: A Blended Learning Approach.                                                        

  - Ms. Rupal Thakkar

 2013-2014        700,000.00

ICSSR Major Research Project Entitled Enhancing Conceptual Understanding about Astronomical Concepts among Visually Impaired Students: A Technology Based Inquiry Approach

  - Dr. Kalpana R. Kharade & Ms. Hema V. Peese

 2013-2014        500,000.00
5 ICSSR Major Research Project Entitled A Study of the Effectiveness of the Peace Education Model in Fostering Peace Culture Among Secondary School Students                                                                                           - Dr. Vasundhara Padmanabhan  2013-2014        400,000.00




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