Composition of Journal’s Editorial Board

The Children’s First: Journal on Children’s Lives has an independent Editorial Board chaired by Dr. Venita Kaul, Former Professor, Ambedkar University. The composition of the Editorial Board is given below:

  1. Dr. Venita Kaul, Chief Editor
    Dr. Venita Kaul, Chief Editor

    Dr Venita Kaul is Professor Emerita (Education) Ambedkar University Delhi from where she retired in 2016 as Director of School of Education Studies and Founder Director of Center for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED). Prior to this Prof Kaul was a Senior Education Specialist in The World Bank for over ten years. She was earlier in NCERT for over twenty years from where she took early retirement from the position of Professor and Head of Department of Preschool and Elementary Education. 

  2. Prof. Vimala Ramachandran, Editor 
    Vimla Ramchandran

    Prof. Ramachandran has been working on elementary education, girls’ education and women’s empowerment. She served as the first National Project Director of Mahila Samakhya-Education for Women's Equality Project, MHRD, GoI from 1988-1993. She established the Educational Resource Unit (now known as ERU Consultants Private Limited) in 1998 as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education. From 2011 to mid-2015 she was a National Fellow and Professor of Teacher Management and Development in NUEPA (National University of Education, Planning and Administration). 

  3. Dr. Vandana Prasad, Editor
    Dr. Vandana Prasad

    Dr. Vandana Prasad (MBBS, MRCP-Ped, MPH) is a community paediatrician and public health professional who has been engaged with the social sector for over two decades. She is Founder Secretary, National Convenor, and Technical Advisor for Public Health Resource Network (PHRN). She is also Joint Convenor of People’s Health Movement-India (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and a member of the Steering Committee of the Right to Food Campaign, She has served the Government of India as Member (Child Health), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

  4. Mr. Mahesh Menon, Editor
    Mr. Mahesh Menon

    Mahesh Menon is an Assistant Professor of Law at Sai University and Faculty at Daksha Fellowship. He specialises in Human Rights Law. He has also served as Coordinator, Centre for Child Rights (in partnership with UNICEF) National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has published several books including one on gender and children’s issues. He has also served as Member of, Expert Committee Appointed by the High Court of Calcutta to devise guidelines for combating sexual harassment of children in educational institutions.

  5. Dr Suraj Yengde, Editor
    Suraj Yengde

    Dr. Suraj is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and an inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability (IARA) at Harvard University. He is the author of the bestseller Caste Matters and co-editor of the award-winning anthology The Radical in Ambedkar. He is also India’s first Dalit Ph.D. holder from an African university (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) in the nation's history. He has been nominated for India's highest literary award "Sahitya Akademi" and is a recipient of the "Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award" (Canada, 2019) and the "Rohit Vemula Memorial Scholar Award" (2018).

  6. Roles and Responsibilities of the Editorial Board:

  7. Frame, and amend, if needed, the guidelines for submissions; 
  8. Screen the submitted manuscripts and reject the submissions in case of repetition of content with recent publications, non-compliance with ethical standards, poor research quality, or any other reason it deems cogent; 
  9. Advise the changes/edits to the authors, and/or approve them for final publication; 
  10. Decide on re-publishing of certain submissions in cases where they have been published elsewhere in the past on a case to case basis; 
  11. Perform advanced checks on plagiarism ensuring that multiple submissions of the same article to other journals are published only after discussion within the Board; 
  12. Review of conflict of interests (if any) before beginning the process of in-depth review; g. In consultation with the Advisory Panel, determine the theme of the next publication; 
  13. Meet, preferably in person, at least once per cycle of publication; 
  14. The Chief Editor to attend the meetings of the Advisory Panel along with Editors as may deem fit;
  15. Any other function that is incidental to their aforementioned responsibilities.
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