New Principal


Miranda House bids farewell to Principal Pratibha Jolly and welcomes the new Principal.

Miranda House, one of the most reputed colleges of University of Delhi, appointed its new Principal, Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda. She was previously a professor of Political Science and Gender Studies in the College and holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree from Utkal University, a Master of Philosophy degree from Delhi University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Dr Nanda belongs to the state of Odisha and has written books including Human Rights, Gender and Environment, Sex-Selective Abortion and the State: Policies, Laws and Institutions in India, Discourse on Rights in India: Debates and Dilemmas and several other renowned books.

Articles authored by her include Cinderella Goes to School, Girl-child Education in India, Does the Girl-Child Count? and Census and Other Stories. She also coordinates a self-funded initiative called Campaign Against Pre-birth Elimination of Females from the year 2002.  

Dr Nanda on talking about feminism in a video by Centre for Social Research said, “Feminism to me is personal, is political. It is about an equality consciousness, where we involve men, boys, and anyone around us to bring about an equal world.” She is also a part of feminist research and activism.

Dr Nanda is the awardee of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Doctoral Fellowship, given by the Teacher’s Excellence Award by DU in the year 2017. On speaking to Petals in the Dust she remarked, “Even at a very early age I was alert to inequalities perpetrated in terms of class, caste, gender, ethnicity, age and other hierarchies… I dreamt of being a bureaucrat like my father and to be able to bring about changes in the lives of people through creating an enabling policy environment.”


Feature Image Credits: Odisha News Tonight

Shivani Dadhwal
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