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Preeti, who joined the TRG in June 2013, is a doctoral research scholar at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, working under the supervision of TRG Principal Investigator Professor Janaki Nair. Her PhD research is on women’s education in colonial UP. Preeti completed her BA (Hons) from Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi and MA from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi. She joined the integrated MPhil/PhD programme in History at JNU in 2009 and received a Junior Research Fellowship (for a PhD programme) offered by the University Grants Commission.

Email: preeti1286(ghi)

Research Interests

History of colonialism, history of education and gender history. colonial educational policy in India; in particular, questions of textbooks, pedagogy, and the transformation of the various spheres of education such as infrastructure, spaces of education, the relationship between educator and receiver of education, and pedagogy and discipline in nineteenth-century India. 

Academic Background

2003-2006 BA (Hons) in History from University of Delhi, New Delhi
2006-2008 MA in History from University of Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi
2008-2009 BEd (postgraduate teacher education), University of Delhi, New Delhi
2009-2011 MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Thesis ‘Schooling Society: Education in Late Nineteenth Century Punjab’ from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Scholarships and Prizes

2008 Gold Medal of Jamia Millia University for securing highest marks in the MA examination in History
2008 Junior Research Fellowship for carrying out postgraduate research from the University Grants Commission

Current Research

Schooling Women: Debates on Education in the United Provinces (1854-1930)


‘The Transformation of Schooling in Colonial Punjab (1854-1900)’ in edited by Parimala V. Rao, New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education, Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2013.

‘Meeting Local needs: The Indigenous Education System of Punjab’, in souvenir in memory of Ruchi Ram Sahani’s 150th Birth Anniversary, Seminar on ‘The Making of Modern Punjab: Education, Science and Social Change in Punjab c. 1850-c. 2000’ Panjab University, 24-26th October, 2013.