A Statement by Anjali Thomas on her Fieldwork Completion
"I successfully collected data for my doctoral thesis from India between October 2018 and April 2019. During this period, I was also a Fellow scholar associated with Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE) at National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) during my field work in India under the direct supervision of Dr. Nidhi Sabharwal at CPRHE, NIEPA. The bulk of my data collection from Haryana was conducted between December 2018 and March 2019. I collected data from Mahendergarh in December 2018 and January 2019, from Sirsa in November 2018 and February 2019 and Sonipat in March 2019. I conducted interviews with 26 undergraduate students from sampled state government colleges across the three students. I also conducted interviews with the families of eleven of these undergraduate participants.
During this time, I also worked on a draft of the Methodology Chapter for my doctoral thesis. To prepare this draft I also spent time in the NIEPA library to consult books on qualitative methodologies and recent publications on research into higher education. Additionally, I organised the Third Consultative Group Meeting for the Fair Chance to Education in Haryana Project at the India Habitat Centre on 22nd February 2019. I participated in this meeting and presented the Methodology that I have been using for my doctoral research and the preliminary findings from the field to members of the consultative group.
Third Consultative Group Meeting
As a fellow at CPRHE I was able to interact with the faculty and post-graduate students who were working on schooling and higher education research in India. I interacted with students and academicians from NIEPA and other Indian universities during different conferences and seminars. I was also able to attend NIEPA’s National Education Day Celebration in the form of the Ninth Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Memorial Lecture on “Diversity Management under Indian Constitution” by Professor Faizan Mustafa, who is the Vice Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad in November 2018. I also had the opportunity to attend a two day Workshop on Leadership Development in Higher Education, organised by NIEPA in January 2019. During this even I was able to meet and interact with vice-chancellors from different universities across India. In April I returned to the University of Warwick and have started working on the data that has been collected over six months and developing my doctoral thesis."