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Programme Associate under the Higher Education Cell's Social Justice initiative

The Higher Education Cell, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, is looking for a Programme Associate under its Social Justice initiative.

The job profile is as follows:

  1. Working closely with colleges in three states, helping to organize and conduct workshops for undergraduate students and teachers;
  2. Facilitating development of innovative student projects addressing issues of social justice/diversity;
  3. Undertaking content management for the project website, newsletter and blogs;
  4. Building and sustaining online communities using creative and user-friendly web-based platforms and documenting processes of growth.

The candidate should be under 35 years of age and have good knowledge of computer applications and multimedia technologies. Ability to communicate effectively with undergraduate students is a pre-requisite. The job is based in Bangalore but involves a fair amount of travel within the country. Experience in teaching/research in the higher education sector and with media organisations would be additional qualifications.

Consolidated honorarium will be in the range of 18,000-20,000 per month commensurate with experience. Send in applications in soft copy and hard copy along with an updated CV to:

Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana
Higher Education Cell
827, 29th Main
Poornaprajna Layout
Bangalore - 560061

Deadline: May 31, 2011. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in person. Those who have applied earlier need not apply.

Detailed job description:

The Programme Associate/Community Coordinator will be required to undertake the following:
 Workshop Facilitation and Community Building

  1. Manage the logistical and intellectual arrangements for workshops, involving dealing with the local partners and knowledge networks. Attend the workshops and help in facilitation.
  2. Work with a community of students and teachers to help produce small innovative college projects (in the form of minor research studies/interventions) with specific outputs and give them visibility.
  3. Devise creative methods to provide visibility to project outputs in the public domain.
  4. Build an archive of popular material online and introduce it to the community for discussions.
  5. Produce weekly blog entries on the discussions in the community and events in the field of higher education, technology and change around the world.
  6. Figure out the other needs ( in terms of methodology, tools, contacts and intellectual inputs) of the community and help scout for resources which can help them in taking their work further.
  7. Make quarterly presentations to the community about research findings so as to replicate learning  and share experiences across communities.

Content Management and Publication

  1. Curate the content on the project website and make sure that there are regular updates (at least 3 a week, per section) from the participants.
  2. Create clusters around thematic areas and connect people from different clusters who might have similar interests. Monitor the cluster conversations and produce a monthly report around it.
  3. Make selected content featured. Cross-post this to the different community platforms highlighting its usefulness in relation to the cluster of which the student is a member.
  4. Design templates, collate content for the project newsletter and oversee its online publication.


  1. Document involvement with the student participants on a weekly basis through personal communication over emails, Skype, Facebook, etc.
  2. Create a detailed dossier on each participant that tracks their trajectories of growth, internal collaborations, personal achievements, etc. culled from personal and public conversations. [To check always whether details from personal conversations can be shared.]
  3. Study the sustainability ideas and models that the community has and document them to understand processes of growth and change in the community.


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