Colloquium Series: Making a Difference: On Becoming a Professional Today

2019 Jul 19, Friday
Seminar Hall, 10th Floor, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)

About the Lecture

In common parlance, it is assumed that a professional is one who has completed certain qualifications in a profession—a formal degree does not alone make a competent professional today. How we acquire and use our expertise in making a difference in the world we live in are also important considerations in continuing to become ever-so-competent professionals. How do we make a difference in the world we live in, as a professional?


About the Speaker

Dr Rajesh Tandon is founder-president of Society for Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi (PRIA He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. The UNESCO Chair grows out of and supports UNESCO’s global lead to play ‘a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies’. He was appointed member of the Subject Expert Group on Curricular Reforms and Educational Institutions Social Responsibility under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA). A pioneer of participatory research, Rajesh Tandon has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment, contributing to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies. Dr. Tandon has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals. He was honored with the prestigious Nehru Literacy Award for 2015 by the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA).