Center for Comparative and Global Education

“Comparative Education is the application of the intellectual tools of history and the social sciences to understanding international issues of education”
― Erwin H. Epstein


Drawing on the above comprehensive definition and epistemological boundary of comparative education, the “Centre for Comparative and Global Education” (CCGE) at O.P. Jindal Global University will conduct research and facilitate knowledge exchange on international issues of education by inviting comparative education scholars from abroad to learn from educational experiences of people around the world. In his (now classic) lecture in the field of comparative education- “How Far Can We Learn Anything of Practical Value from the Study of Foreign Systems of Education” delivered at the Guildford Education Conference in 1900 at the Christ Church Oxford, M. E. Sadler (one of the founding fathers of the field) stated that: “The practical value of studying, in a right spirit and with scholarly accuracy, the working of foreign systems of education, is that it will result in our being better fitted to study and understand our own.” (Bereday, 1964). This quote from Sadler’s essay summarizes well the value and the importance of studying comparative education to better understand the problems of our own context and become better empowered to seek solutions.

Though the study and research of comparative education has not yet taken its root within the Indian academy, India also had great educational thinkers, organic intellectuals and reformers, who did their own comparative research of different education systems around the world independently seeking to reform education within the colonial Indian context. India’s “Kavi Guru” (Poet-Teacher), Rabindranath Tagore’s essay written in Bengali “Shikshayar Herfer” (Topsy-turvey Education, 1892) is a classic example in this area. In this essay Tagore compared English education in UK with English education in British India to critically reflect on the problematics of mainstream English education in India and what lessons India can learn from English education in UK. 

 

The Centre for Comparative and Global Education (CCGE) seeks to generate such comparative thinking about education systems, problems of educational transfer within the historic colonial context and in contemporary times of globalization. In doing so, CCGE seeks to advocate for the teaching, research and practice of comparative education in Universities within India and around the world to further inform the contemporary debates on education policy and practice.

 

References: 

Bereday. G. Z. F. (1964). Sir Michael Sadler’s “Study of Foreign Systems of Education”. Comparative Education Review, University of Chicago Press. Vol. 7, No. 3 (Feb., 1964), pp. 307-314

Tagore, R. (1892). “Shikshayar Herfer” /Topsy-turvy Education, in Uma Dasgupta (Ed.). Tagore: Selected Writings on Education and Nationalism. New Delhi: Oxford University Pre

-Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee, 

Founding Executive Director, Centre for Comparative and Global Education & Asst. Director, IIHEd

 

 

Project:

The inaugural project of the “Centre for Comparative and Global Education” (CCGE) is a special issue publication project for Routledge Journal- “Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education” to be co-edited by founding Executive Director of CCGE & Associate Editor of DIME, Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee and CCGE affiliate faculty, Dr. Jessica Field.

The project title is “Refugee Education, Inclusion and Innovation in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities” 

Professional Societies

 

Bilateral Agencies Involved in Education

 

Books: Special Series in Comparative and International Education

 

Comparative Education Review Journal Archive

  • CER Vol. 58 No. 3 August 2014
    School Persistence in the Wake of War: Wartime Experiences, Reintegration Supports, and Dropout in Sierra Leone Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski and Theresa S. Betancourt Comparative Education Review Vol. 58, No. 3 (August 2014), pp. 457-481 Published by: The University of Chicago Press Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/675905

 

International Non-Governmental Organizations involved in Education

 

Journals in Comparative and International Education

 

Multilateral Agencies Involved in Education

 

Other Resources

  • The inaugural project of the “Centre for Comparative and Global Education” (CCGE) is a special issue publication project for Routledge Journal- “Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education” to be co-edited by founding Executive Director of CCGE & Associate Editor of DIME, Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee and CCGE affiliate faculty, Dr. Jessica Field. The project title is “Refugee Education, Inclusion and Innovation in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities”



  • International Research Symposium “Other Ways of Knowing and Doing”- Globalizing Social Science Knowledge in Higher Education (Dec 9-12, 2017) in collaboration with the UNESCO-Chair in CBR, WCCES, IOCES and OCIES and journal special issue publication project with OCIES official journal- International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives (published through the University of Sydney):

  • “Knowledge 4 Change” Mentor training in CBR India Hub coordinator along with Dr. Manju Singh, Manipal University, Jaipur and Dr Reeta Venugopal and Dr Priyamvada Shrivastava, Pt Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur for the UNESCO-chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. The UNESCO Chair in CBR initiative Knowledge for Change (K4C) is an International partnered training consortium, built on partnerships between HEIs & CSOs for co-creation of knowledge. It aims to build research capacity to address local challenges, in line with UN SDGs: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/index.php/events/knowledge-for-change-k4c-planning-meeting/

Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee
Assistant Director (IIHEd) & Executive Director
Centre for Comparative and Global Education
O P Jindal Global University 
Sonipat-Narela Road
Sonipat, Haryana 131001
Office: IIHEd, T1 Second Floor
Phone: +91 130 4091725
Mob: +91 8930110818
Email: mmukherjee@jgu.edu.in


CCGE Research Associate: 

Ms. Nandita Koshal
Senior Research Fellow, IIHED
nkoshal@jgu.edu.in