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Project Fellows and Short Term Fellows

Project Fellows

City and Sexuality Project During 2016- 2018

  • Mithun Som

Mithun Som is a public health researcher based in Hyderabad. She is interested in health issues of informal workers, community health workers, rural health issues, gender and migration. She has done her PhD from Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Her thesis titled, ‘Social and Programmatic Dynamics of the Mitanin Programme: Implications for NRHM’ was to understand the functioning of the women community health workers within the power dynamics of the village and the health system. She has earlier worked in organizations like PRADAN (in Godda district, Jharkhand), where she interacted closely with the women on issues of livelihood; and National Health System Resource System (NHSRC, New Delhi) where she was involved in the evaluation of the implementation of Janani Surakhsa Yojna in eight states. During her earlier stint in Anveshi, her work was around the health of the informal workers focusing on occupational health issues.

  • Riyaz Unnisa

Riyaz Unnisa submitted her PhD in Public Administration from MANUU. Her thesis is titled “Reservation Policy in India: A study of Reservations for Muslim Backward Classes in Andhra Pradesh”. Her M.Phil was on “State and Minority welfare: A study of Organization and working of APSMFC- 2001 to 2010” from MANUU. Her area of interests are Muslim Reservation, Government Policies and Organization working for Muslims and other Minorities, issues related to gender with focus on women. She has presented several research papers related to these areas in National and International seminar and conferences. Two of her articles on Muslim Reservation in Andhra Pradesh and Women Reservation Bill were published in Global Research Journal. She also worked as a Data Analyst for Commission of Inquiry project on “Socio- Economic and Educational Condition of Muslims” Government of Telangana.

  • Madhavi Mirapa

Madhavi Mirapa is currently finishing her Ph.D in Hindi Literature from University of Hyderabad. Her topic is ‘Hindi Aur Telugu ka Naarivadi Lekhan : Maitreyi Pushpa and Volga ke vishesh sandarbh main’. She is an M.Phil holder in Hindi Literature. The title of her thesis was ‘Kali Katha Via by Pass main Samajik sandarbh’. She has presented papers in Moulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), National seminar conducted by Women studies Department of Acharya Nagarjuna University. Her poem titled “The Sixty years Celebration of Independence Day”, was published by BlackBoard, an anthology of Dalit poetry. Her work on Chundur Massacre was published in Bhumika Streewada Patrika, a Telegu Magazine. She has worked as a translator, translating articles and fictional works from Telegu to Hindi. She has previously worked with Anveshi as a Short term fellow, 2011-2012.  During her stint at Anveshi, she submitted her project report on ‘The Experiences of first Generation Dalit Students in University of Hyderabad’, 2012.  Her interest lies in issues regarding intersectionality of gender and caste, specifically Dalit women’s struggle in finding a place in academia and literary circles.

  • Rani Rohini Raman

Rani Rohini Raman is on her way to submit her PhD in Public Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her PhD is titled “Violence in the Context of Choice Marriages: A Study of Haryana and Punjab”. She did her MPhil in Public Health from JNU, where she had done epidemiological mapping of ‘honour’ crimes in India. Her M.A is in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Her area of Interest is in public health, gender studies, violence against women, gender based violence, ‘honour’ crimes, sexuality, media. She has presented several research papers related to these areas at many national and international conferences.

  • Madhurima Majumder

Madhurima Majumder holds an M.Phil in Gender Studies from University of Hyderabad. Her thesis, titled, “Women in Festival Spaces: A study of Durga Puja” is an attempt to critically think about how women creatively negotiate from within the constrained spaces by looking at women’s participation in the public festival of Durga Puja. Her M.A. is in English Literature. She has worked as an ELT Editor and Content Developer at Viva Books, Delhi. Her area of interest lies in gender theory, human geography, urban studies, media, popular culture and issues related to sexuality and body dignity. She is a part of an informal group that conducts workshops and discussions geared towards questioning gender stereotypes through sharing stories and experiences.


Short Term Fellows During 2014- 2015

  • Navadeep

Navadeep is a social sciences graduate from Nizam college, O.U. He has been in to community work from early graduation days, has travelled and worked with various voluntary groups and NGO’s. He did his year long internship on Inter-religious faith. He is also part of a Hyderabad based palliative care group. He is currently with Anveshi as a short-term research fellow working with LGBTQ community in Hyderabad.

  • Naliganti Sarat

Naliganti Sarat is currently pursuing his PhD in Telugu Literature from Osmania University. Tentatively titled Telangana Gaayaka Kavula Saahitya Parisheelana, his thesis focuses on Song Writers and Culture in Telangana State. Prior to this, Sarat Completed his Post Graduation in Telugu from Arts College, OU. He is an Activist. He is a founder and president of Dalit Bahujan Cultural Association. Presently, he is a short term fellow at Anveshi. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Short Term Fellows During 2013- 2014

  • Kommu Vijaykumar

Kommu Vijayakumar is currently pursuing his PhD  in Telugu Literature from Osmania University. Tentatively titled Nallagonda Zilla Dalit Kavulu Auka Parisheelana, his thesis focuses on dalit poets in the Nallagonda district of Hyderabad. Prior to this, Vijay completed his graduation in telugu from Ramchandra College, OU. He has presented papers in the telugu department of Osmania titled, Janapada Sahityam, an exploration of the life and songs of folk artists in Andhra Pradesh and Dalit la Jeevan Vidhanam on the lifestyle of the dalit community. He also holds teacher training certification from Ramkoti. Presently, he is a short term fellow at Anveshi (2013-14).

  • Pranoo Deshraju

Pranoo Deshraju is a graduate of English with specialization in Literary and Cultural Studies from English and Foreign Languages University (2010-12). As part of the course, she completed a short dissertation on gender subjectivity and the figure of the Slasher killer in Tamil Cinema. Her research interests revolve around questions of gender subjectivity as expressed in the sociopolitical terrain as also sexuality and violence. Presently, she is a short term fellow at Anveshi (2013-14).

  • Mushtaque Ali

Mushtaque Ali is an M.Phil scholar at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU). His dissertation is on the “Educational Exclusion of Muslims through Privatization of Education: A study of Mehboobnagar district”. His interest in Education and Muslim rights is reflected also in his M.Ed dissertation from MANUU- An Inquiry into Absenteeism among Secondary Schools in Mehboobnagar District. Apart from this, he is also a graduate of English from MANUU. Presently, he is a short term fellow at Anveshi (2013-14).

  • Panthukala Purnachandar

Panthukala Purnachandar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Telangana University (2011-13). He also holds M.Sc in Mathematics from Pondicherry University (2003-2005). His research interests focus on marginalization of minorities in media. He has obtained his B.ed from OU and has worked with a Nizamabad local paper, Poddu. Presently, he is a short term fellow at Anveshi (2013-14). ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Short Term Fellows During 2012- 2013

  • Ekta Singla

Ekta Singla holds Masters in Applied Linguistics from University of Hyderabad(2009-2011).She has worked with organisations like Eklavya-Bhopal (2008),Katha-New Delhi(2009) and Ignis Careers-Hyderabad (2010-2012). For the last two years she worked as a Project Coordinator and Curriculum Developer with Ignis Careers.During this period She developed ELT books for Govt school students of classes 6 to 9 in Banapuram,Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh; English Activity books for students of classes 4 to 9 in private affordable schools of Hyderabad ; Gender based ELT books for Voice Camp an IDEX Fellowship initiative (2010) and Ujjwala summer camp a Naandi organisation initiative (2012).She also gained wide ranging English language teaching and teacher training experience from school to college level.In her last project she undertook sex education focused teacher training for English Language. She is currently a short term fellow at Anveshi (2012-2013).

  • Mirapa Madhavi

Mirapa Madhavi is pursuing Ph.D in Hindi Literature she did her M.Phil in Hindi Literature in University of Hyderabad. Her Ph.D topic is ‘Hindi Aur Telugu ka Naarivadi Lekhan : Maitreyi Pushpa and Volga ke vishesh sandarbh main’. Her M.phil Topic was ‘Kali Katha Via by Pass main Samajik sandarbh’ She has presented a paper in Moulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in National Hindi Seminar at 31st march 2008.The title was ‘Hindi sahitya main stree vimarsh’ . She has one publication in dalit magazine “The Sixty years Celebration of Independence Day” that was edited by G.V.Ratnakar,assistant professor in MANUU.She is currently a short term fellow at Anveshi (2012-2013).

  • Md. Mujeebuddin

Md. Mujeebuddin holds Masters Degrees in Urdu and Education (M.Ed) from Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He completed his M.Phil from the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, MANUU and worked on “Attitudes of Muslims towards Education in Andhra Pradesh: A Case Study of Zahreerabad Mandal in Medak District”. He worked as a teacher in Andhra Pradesh Residential Schools at Sangareddy and Zaheerabad. His research interests are related to the problems of Education among Muslims and wrote article on it for the Urdu Press. He is currently (2012-13) a Short Term Research Fellow at Anveshi (2012-2013). Mujeeb’s research Report on ” Problems of Madarsa and Urdu Medium Students at Maulana Azad National Urdu University” during his period in Anveshi as a Short Term Fellow. to view the report click here