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

 

Podcast on Contemporary Educational Issues by Will Brehm

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

Research & publications:

 

Dr Mousumi Mukherjee has been leading the following projects as Principal Investigator:-

1)      Bridging Internationalisation and Social Responsibility in Higher Education” (2018 JGU Faculty Research Grant)

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Article: Mukherjee, M. (Forthcoming). “Tagore’s “rooted-cosmopolitanism” and international mindedness against institutional sustainability”. In Special Issue on Asian Cosmopolitanism, Susanne Choo & Fazal Rizvi {Eds.], Asia Pacific Journal of Education
  •  Peer-reviewed Book Chapter: Mukherjee, M. (Forthcoming). “Creative Resistance”: Establishing a World-minded Indian University in colonial British India. In Assié-Lumumba, Bedi, Cross and Ekanayake (Eds.) Comparative Education for Global Citizenship, Peace and Harmony through Ubuntu. Brill-Sense Publishers
  •  Ongoing Book project: Mukherjee, M & Bera, A. “Tagore @Illinois: Researching Global Connections in Education”

  

2.“Comparative and Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences: The case of Tibetan Students in India”-2019 JGU Faculty Research Grant funded project in collaboration with Dr Liz Jackson, Director, Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong

   
Handbook project:

Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee participated as a resource person to conduct series of workshops in 2018 and co-authored chapters on “Global Citizenship Education: A Handbook for Teachers at Upper Primary level in India” published by Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal- a collective effort of several resource persons- school teachers and academic scholars from NCERT, O.P. Jindal Global University; UNESCO MGIEP ; Eklavya, Hoshangabad; Kendriya Vidyalaya; Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya; Demonstration Multipurpose Higher Secondary School and Delhi Public School, Bhopal and Neelbad after three week-long workshops and several long-distance deliberations over the email and phone for a year! NCERT will soon make the soft copy of the handbook available for download from their website. The Handbook will now be translated into Hindi and other major regional languages. This GCED Handbook from India has been already selected by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Center for Education in International Understanding (APCEIU) as one of the five EIU/GCED Best Practices in 2019. The other four winners are from Chile, Oman, Philippines, and Slovenia.
 
Training projects:

  
Research Symposium:

Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee

Associate Professor & Deputy Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd)    

Founding Executive Director, Centre for Comparative and Global Education
O P Jindal Global University 
Sonipat-Narela Road
Sonipat, Haryana 131001
Office: IIHEd, T1 Second Floor
Mob: +91 8930110818
Email: mmukherjee@jgu.edu.in

   
CCGE Research Associate: 
   
Ms. Nandita Koshal
Research Associate, IIHED
nkoshal@jgu.edu.in