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. Ms. Yamini Aiyar, Editor
    Yamini Aiyar

    Ms. Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). She was previously a senior research fellow and founder of the Accountability Initiative (AI) at the centre. Her research interests span the fields of public finance, social policy, state capacity, federalism, governance and the study of contemporary politics in India. Her recent policy commitments include: Commissioner and Chair governance working group, Lancet Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System; Member State Advisory Council, Government of Punjab, Member Technical Advisory Group, National Data and Analytics Platform, Niti Aayog.

  7. Professor Srikrishna Deva Rao, Editor
    Yamini Aiyar

    Professor Srikrishna Deva Rao is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law at National Law University, Delhi. He has been instrumental in institutionalising legal aid and legal empowerment in India. He is an institutional builder and has made significant contributions to the growth and expansion of multiple nascent institutions in India. He has previously been the Vice-Chancellor of National Law University Odisha (2014 - 2020), Registrar of National Law University Delhi (2010 - 2014), Founding Director of School of Law, IGNOU (2007 - 2010), and Dean of the Gujarat National Law University (2004 - 2007).

  8. Professor Disha Nawani, Editor
    Prof Disha Nawani

    Professor Disha Nawani is currently a Professor at School of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her research interests lie within the discipline of sociology of education, curricular, pedagogic and assessment-related issues, teaching-learning resources, teacher education, analysis of educational policies and programmes etc. She has been a member of the Drafting Committee of India Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2020) and Development of Handbook of Textual material, NCERT (2020). She is the Managing Editor at Contemporary Education Dialogue, SAGE. She has also been an Expert Advisor on a seven state comparative study on Activity Based Learning funded by UNICEF and conducted by Education Initiatives, Bengaluru (April 2012-15).

  9. Dr Devjani Ray, Editor
    Dr Devjani Ray

    Dr. Devjani Ray is an Associate Professor of English at Miranda House, University of Delhi. After finishing her undergraduate studies at Presidency College Kolkata, Devjani pursued her higher education at universities in Delhi. For her doctoral dissertation she worked on Bengali Children's Periodicals (1885-1920). During the course of her doctoral studies, she was awarded the Charles Wallace Trust grant for research in the UK (2015). Recently she was invited to deliver a talk on Translation and Bengali Children's Literature at an international webinar on nuances of translation in India. Her most recent work has been recognised by Sahapedia, an online repository of arts, cultures and heritage of India and the publication of the same is in process. Dr Devjani regularly writes opinion pieces on various aspects of higher education which have appeared in leading news portals like The Wire, ORF Online and Delhi Post. Her areas of interest include children's literature, nationalism and print culture in India.

  10. Dr Kamayani Kumar, Associate-Editor
    Dr. Kamayani Kumar

    Dr. Kamayani Kumar is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of English, Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi. Her PhD from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi was in the domain of Childhood studies – Representation of Child, Body and nation in Partition Literature. Her area of interests includes childhood trauma, memory studies, Partition studies. A coedited volume Childhood Traumas: Narratives and Representations, has been recently published by Routledge. Her forthcoming book focuses on how artists have attempted to represent Partition and its continuing impact through paintings, video art, modes of representation.

  11. Roles and Responsibilities of the Editorial Board:

  12. Frame, and amend, if needed, the guidelines for submissions; 
  13. 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; 
  14. Advise the changes/edits to the authors, and/or approve them for final publication; 
  15. Decide on re-publishing of certain submissions in cases where they have been published elsewhere in the past on a case to case basis; 
  16. Perform advanced checks on plagiarism ensuring that multiple submissions of the same article to other journals are published only after discussion within the Board; 
  17. 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; 
  18. Meet, preferably in person, at least once per cycle of publication; 
  19. The Chief Editor to attend the meetings of the Advisory Panel along with Editors as may deem fit;
  20. Any other function that is incidental to their aforementioned responsibilities.
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