Amrit Srinivasan

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From the archives of India Today

She is a Professor in sociology, IIT Delhi


M.A. from Delhi School of Economics and Ph.D from Cambridge University.

Different league

Recently wrote the preface to Girish Karnad’s The Wedding Album which involved self-introspection, very different from her academic writing. Research and teaching is the academic’s activism, a way to intervene in the world. This is what defines Amrit Srinivasan, whether it is by encouraging

IIT’s technical brains to look at a world beyond the sciences and engage with society or heading Paedia, a non-profit virtual archiving initiative to document the knowledge and practices of the people in India.

“It’s about giving students an education, not a technique,” she says. That is why Srinivasan also has had engineering students who have gone on to do a Ph.D in sociology. There needs, she says, to be more activism in changing our curriculum that would enable students to take a mix of disciplines.

-by Chitra Subramanyam

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