People

Ahila Sekar
MA Student
Email: ahila.sekar@iitgn.ac.in

Ahila Sekar, an altruistic female, with much alacrity is now pursuing her Masters in Humanities and social science, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Her Research areas include Social Culture Impacts on Architecture, Archeological Studies, Human Settlements and How Urban Transition Occurred in India. She holds the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Adhiyaman College of Engineering, Hosur (Affiliated to Anna University). She has worked in various assignments which molded her as an Architect, like freelancing projects, Documentation of Nellaiappar Temple for INTACH and her thesis on “Architecture in Underground space planning and its behavior in social context”. On being an Architect, she got a great opportunity, to work with Ar. Ramani Shankar, the renowned personality known for his dedicated service in Architecture. Apart from academics, she had a strong belief that “Each and every child deserves to be provided with education” and thus worked part-time in SIP Academy Trichy, to teach basic English to the kindergarten children from May 2013 to May 2018.

Akansha Yashasvi
MA Student
Email: akansha.yashasv@iitgn.ac.in

Akansha Yashasvi student of MA in Society and Culture at IIT Gandhinagar have pursued graduation in Humanities and Social Science in BA programme: History and Geography from Miranda House, Delhi University. Her area of interests are broadly regional development, Religion law and Dalit politics in western Uttar Pradesh, Socio-political developments and Link between art, gender and
sexuality.

Amritha Mather
MA Student
Email: amritha.mather@iitgn.ac.in

Amritha is a first-year MASC student. She did her graduation in Sociology. Her Research interest lies in environment and community development, contemporary politics, fiction writing, and cultural studies.

Ausula Prashanth
MA Student
Email: ausula.prashanth@iitgn.ac.in

Ausula Prashanth is a Masters student in Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. His primary research interest is investigating the role of Telugu Media and Comedy Shows in contributing to the study of Popular Culture and anatomizing the structures of Violence. His other research interests is the study of Political Economy of Villages and Socio-Cultural
Clientelistic relationship patterns among the communities of Telangana in the electoral processes in shaping political situations. He is keenly interested in Political Philosophy, Political Anthropology, Public Systems, Land Administration, Local Governance, and Caste – Cultural nexus in the parts of Rural Telangana. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Rayalaseema University, Andhra Pradesh.

Bubun Mahakud
MA Student
Email: bubun.mahakud@iitgn.ac.in

I am Bubun Mahakud, and I have received a bachelors degree in Chemistry from BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar. I am enrolled for MA in Society and Culture program of IIT Gandhinagar. I am broadly interested in literature, translation studies, and History.

Debasmita Ghosh
MA Student
Email: debasmita.ghosh@iitgn.ac.in

I am a student of Geography and my research interests include mainly gender and sexuality studies, social exclusion based on class, caste and religion in India. I have received a Bachelors in Science (BSc) honors in Geography and M.Sc. in Geography from Presidency University, Kolkata. Currently, I am pursuing MA in Society and Culture program from IIT, Gandhinagar.

Devduttaa Chakraborty
MA Student
Email: devduttaa.c@iitgn.ac.in

I am a student of English literature and am broadly interested in post-colonial literature and the roles of hybridity and identity in it. My other research interests include popular culture studies, new media and translation studies. I have received a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences majoring in English literature from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi. I am currently pursuing my MA in Society and Culture at IIT Gandhinagar.

Devika Menon
MA Student
Email: devika.menon@iitgn.ac.in

I have been curious about various subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences since my school days itself. The curiosity and complexity of how the society functions and what role we all play (as a society and as individuals) intrigues me. Having a Defence background and having traveled across the country, gave me insights of various social institutions, the good, bad and the changeable, the intangible structure we make and that we are all a part of – Our Society. Thus, I went on to study Sociology, Economics, and Psychology in my Bachelors. My research and further academic interests are in Public Policy and International Relations. I like reading up on Geo-Politics, I also have a keen interest in understanding the Indian Administrative system and the Rural-Urban disparities.

Dimple Khattar
MA Student
Email: dimple.khattar@iitgn.ac.in

I graduated in English literature from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. I am broadly interested in dismantling the narrative of women as nurturers by nature. My other research interests include comprehending the politics of language and investigating and reinstalling in society the public value of Humanities. I am currently pursuing the “Literature and Society” track in the M.A. (Society and Culture) program at IIT Gandhinagar. In the past, I have worked as an intern with national daily newspapers: The Pioneer, Indian Express and The Hindu.

Gnana Selvam
MA Student
Email: gnana.selvam@iitgn.ac.in

I am Gnana Selvam. I have done my under-graduation in Architecture from NIT Hamirpur and post-graduation in Animation and film design from IDC, IIT Bombay. My area of research interests is cinema and society, Narrative structures, Design and perception, traditional art forms of India, Cinema and cognition, vernacular architecture, and Film studies. My other personal obsessions are filmmaking, photography, architecture as a reflection of status-quo, chai pe charcha, and sustainable agricultural practices and forestry.

Kritika Gosain
MA Student
Email: kritika.gosain@iitgn.ac.in

I am a student of development studies. My major interest lies in human development in respect to public health and integration of technology, social science, and psychology for social intervention in public health. I’ve done my bachelors in humanities and social science from the clusters innovation Centre University of Delhi. I have done various projects during my under graduation such as exploration of lesser known monuments in North Delhi, the revival of Hindon River as a significant element of the revolt of 1857 and many more.

Muhammed Shahil
MA Student
Email: muhammed.shahil@iitgn.ac.in

Muhammed Shahil PT is a student of MA Society and culture in the department of Humanities and social science, IIT Gandhinagar. He pursued his Bachelor degree in History from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. He is keenly interested in Modern Indian history. He is also interested in doing a deep research on the impact of British colonialism on social Reformation in India as taking Travancore as a case study. For this particular topic, his research work will be a multi-disciplinary approach in which his studies and readings interact with many other disciplines like Anthropology and Sociology. He believes IIT Gandhinagar is the most adequate place for this. Traveling different places is one his hobbies and he has managed to write his traveling experiences in many regional magazines and online media. Along with this he also interested in Movie studies and has written a few reviews on many critically acclaimed Malayalam movies.

Noyonika Das
MA Student
Email: noyonika.das@iitgn.ac.in

I am a student of Sociology and broadly interested in the topics of gender and intersectional feminist thought. My other research interests include gender and public policy and the impact of governmental policies on women and the third gender. I have received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

Prerna Khobragade
MA Student
Email: prerna.khobragade@iitgn.ac.in

Prerna Khobragade is a Media studies graduate. She has received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indira School of Communication (affiliated to Sikkim Manipal University) and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) respectively. Her research interest is therefore under the umbrella of media and cultural studies and broadly includes Digital Activism, e-Politics, fake news in the Digital era, media literacy, media criticism, and new media. Also, development journalism, gender and media, Democracy and media, film and television studies and new Digital Audio Visual platform. She has interned in various media companies, including Reuters Marketing Light AgTech Pvt. Ltd. and Pune International Film Festival, 2017 as a Reporter; and at ‘Mooshak’ – Hindi Social Networking Platform as Social media and Content Manager. She has also worked at Vidyawani – a community radio, producing and broadcasting radio programmes for students of SPPU.

Punya Suri
MA Student
Email: punya.suri@iitgn.ac.in

I am a History graduate, and I’m interested in the interaction between different people and Visual History. For this reason, I plan on working with museums, to make History more enjoyable for the masses. Other research interests include Archaeology, Pedagogy, Powerful women in history and their family dynamics, and the Involvement of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry in the Second World War. I received my BA degree from K.C. College, Church gate, under the Mumbai University. Currently, I’m pursuing the “History and Politics” track in the M.A. (Society and Culture) Program at IIT Gandhinagar.

Raqib Dar
MA Student
Email: raqib.dar@iitgn.ac.in

Academic Background: B.A (Hons) Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia (Topper of the batch, Gold Medalist with 8.57 as CGPA)
Research Interest: Social Theories, Social Anthropology, Urban Sociology, and Economy and Society.

Rujuta Naik
MA Student
Email: rujuta.naik@iitgn.ac.in

I have received a B.A degree majoring in English Literature from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai University. My research interests include Feminist Discourse, Postmodernism and Post- postmodernism/Metamodernism, Postcolonial Studies, and Translation Studies. My other interests include theatre, visual arts and contemporary modes of popular entertainment like social media, especially YouTube.

Sairam Manjula
MA Student
Email: sairam.manjula@iitgn.ac.in

I received my graduation degree in economics from Central University of Karnataka. Presently, I am pursuing my masters in societies and culture at IIT Gandhinagar. My research areas include primarily the comparative religion studies, socio-economic conditions of marginalised sections in south India specifically (Telangana). My other interest includes the roots of social hierarchy, religious dogmas prevailing in current society and cultural belief system, and in developmental economics.

Sayantani Saraswati
MA Student
Email: sayantani.saraswati@iitgn.ac.in

I am currently pursuing M.A. Society and Culture at IIT Gandhinagar. I am interested in the “Public Policy and Human Development” track of the programme. My highest academic qualification till date is BA in Social Sciences with a specialization in Sociology from the University of Hyderabad (UoH), College for Integrated Studies (2015-2018). My research interests include Women and Gender Studies, Developmental Studies, School education system in India. I have also worked as a research intern at the Centre for Innovations in Public Systems, ASCI at Hyderabad and Manovikas Kendra at Kolkata during my semester breaks. I also have participated at a paper-presentation conference at the UoH with a village-immersion camp report.

Sevgi Demiroglu
MA Student
Email: sevgi.demiroglu@iitgn.ac.in

Sevgi Demiroglu is a postgraduate student in the Master of Arts in Society and Culture Programme of Humanities and Social Sciences in Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. She holds a B.A. Hons. in English Language and Literature from the Department of Western Languages and Literatures, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her research areas include identity politics in South Asia, post/colonial writing, literary theory and criticism, gender studies and queer theory, Philosophy of Religion and Jaina Philosophy. In 2015, she joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as an exchange student and studied Indian Culture and Tradition, Indian Philosophy and Indian Astronomy in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2016, she worked on a project in this institute and in her project, named “Anekānta and Différance: A Study of Jaina and Derridean Understanding of Reality”, she analyzed the works Tattvārthsūtra of the Jain Acharya Umaswami and Derrida’s essay Différance. In 2017, she joined the Pedagogical Formation Certificate Programme of Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. In the meantime, she worked as a preschool English teacher and provided children with cultural elements from different parts of the world, observed and reported their language development in relation to their age and background.

Shruti Nair
MA Student
Email: shruti.nair@iitgn.ac.in

My broader research interests would include conflict studies and study of citizenship and human rights using both sociological and anthropological approaches. I am also interested in gender studies, culture studies, history of ancient civilisations and world mythology. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from HL College Of Commerce, Ahmedabad.

Simrith Hundal
MA Student
Email: simrith.hundal@iitgn.ac.in

I’m a Bachelor of Design with a specialization in Textiles. My research interests include, among other things, active citizenship, holistic education, and the design of public spaces.

Swaroopa Bhatkar
MA Student
Email: swaroopa.bhatkar@iitgn.ac.in

Being a student of science till 12th and then shifting to Arts was based on my keen interest to figure out the concept of Society. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai gave me the opportunity to explore Sociology as a subject. During the course of time, my interest in research started developing. The research areas I am curious to explore are public policy making, administration in India, Media research, Archaeology, and sciences.

Vasundhara Krishnan
MA Student
Email: vasundhara.krishnan@iitgn.ac.in

I received my undergraduate degree in B.A. Humanities (Hons.) – History, Literature, Philosophy – from Azim Premji University in Bangalore. My main interest is in the field of history, especially regional histories. My undergraduate research looked at the activities of the Basel Mission – German-speaking Swiss Protestant evangelists – who came to Malabar (present-day northern Kerala) in the mid-19th century and worked towards building a casteless Christian community in the region. My other interests, broadly, include cultural studies and film studies (mostly on trends in Malayalam cinema) and literature. I am currently pursuing my postgraduate degree from IIT-Gandhinagar in MA Society and Culture.

Zaphya Jena
MA Student
Email: ​zaphya.jena@iitgn.ac.in

Zaphya Jena holds a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology from Fergusson College. Her undergraduate research project studied the relationship between Instant Messaging and Self Esteem, Rejection Sensitivity and Perceived Social Support amongst young adults. Her research interests are in the field of Public Mental Health, and how psychosocial factors affect mental well-being. She is also interested in gender studies, queer representation in media and social psychology.