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About Rajwant Kaur

Rajwant Kaur Curriculum Vitae Rajwant Kaur [email protected] +91 9871904962 124/9 Budh Vihar, Munrika C/O Advocate Narinder Singh New Delhi -110067 India Personal Summary  Have excellent learning, research, field work experience and an ability to actively contribute to the research projects. I have vast knowledge in the field of Sociology. I worked in the area of Migration, Diaspora, Caste, Sikhism, Religion, Media and Ravidasi Identity in the Doaba region of Punjab and Identity. Academic Qualifications  I have submitted Ph.D thesis July, 2018- Supervised by Late Prof. Edward A Rodrigues and Prof. Vivek Kumar, Centre for the Study for the Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  The doctoral thesis entitled “Diaspora, Development and Identity: A Sociological Study of the Ravidasis of the Doaba Region in Punjab”. The present study has sought to explore the Diaspora development and identity in the Doaba region of Punjab. The primary concern of this study is to understand and analyze the emerging Ravidasi identity parallel to Jats. The study also lays emphasis on the Ravidasi identity, visible in the Doaba and the role of the UK Ravidasi Diaspora in the development of the Doaba region of Punjab.  M.Phil Topic “Sikhism and Caste Question: A Case Study on Punjab” 2012 - supervised by Dr. Janaki Abraham (Delhi School of Economics, Department of Sociology University of Delhi). The general purpose of this study is to investigate caste-based discrimination among Sikhs in Punjab. This is done through analysis of various variables namely Sikhism and the caste question, colonialism, land structure, the army, separate gurdwaras, and the dera movement in Punjab. All these dimensions provide us an understanding of caste practice among Sikhs in Punjab and abroad. The Sikh gurus and their teachings were against the caste system. The question raised here is extremely important in the present context to understand caste system in Punjab.  Masters in Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2010  Graduate in Humanities from Shri Guru Har Rai Sahib College for Women Chabbewal, Hoshiarpur Punjab, affiliated to Punjab University Chandigarh 2008. RESEARH/ FELLOWSHIP  In 2013, I received Non-NET: UGC-Junior Research Fellowship awarded by UGC.  In 2016, I received doctoral fellowship awarded by ICSSR (New Delhi) to pursue my PhD research. Paper Presentations  Presented a paper on Governance of the Ravidasi Dera in the Doaba Region of Punjab organized by Department of Public Administration International Conference on Good Governance: Initiatives, Challenges & Prospects, Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab (13th November , 2017).  Presented a paper on Diaspora Development and Caste in the Doaba Region of Punjab organized by ICM , IGNOU, ICSSR 2nd International Conference Migration and Diasporas : Emerging Diversities and Development Challenges , IGNOU New Delhi ( 22-23 March, 2017).  Presented a paper on Sikhism and Caste Question organized by XXXV111 All India Sociological Conference, Department of Sociology Mohanlal Sukhadia University Udaipur ( Rajasthan ) December 27- 29 , 2012.  Presented a paper on Dalit Politics in Contemporary Punjab. Department of Political Science Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi ( March7 th and 8 March 2017)  Presented a paper on Media and Ravidasi Identity. Centre for Culture, Media &Governance Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi ( 27-28 March, 2019).  Presented a paper on Diaspora challenging the Caste inequality in the Doaba region of Punjab International Multi-disciplinary Seminar/Webinar On India’s March towards Development through UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Organised by: Department of Economics and Department of Commerce, DAV College, Hoshiarpur, Punjab ( 20 April , 2019 ) Workshop Attended  Participated Fulbright workshop on “ Qualitative Research in Education and the Social Sciences :Going Beyond Ethnography” Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi ( 28th October , 2013) .  Participated workshop on “ From Synopsis to Thesis Writing” Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1st May to 10th May, 2014).  Ten Days Orientation Programme in Social Science Research. Institute for Studies in Industrial Development , New Delhi ( November 26 – December 06, 2018. Paper Publication  The Exploitation of the Belief in Dera by Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The Sikh Review Vol .65:12 , pp 49 -51  Changing Caste identity in the Diaspora, Indria Gandhi National University, New Delhi . ( Under publication)  Media and Ravidasi Identity ( Paper will be publish by Cambridge Scholars Publishing )  Declining the Meaning of Deras ( Paper will be publish by The Sikh Foundation International) Work Experienced as a JNSU Election Committee Member  JNSU Election Committee Member 2013 – 14  JNSU Election Committee Member 2014-15  JNSU Election Committee Member 2016 -17  JNSU Election Committee Member 2017 – 18 Personal Profile Date of Birth-25 June, 1987 Father’s Name- Chaman Singh Sex - Female Marital Status -Single Nationality- Indian Languages Known- English, Punjabi and Hindi. Declaration I hereby declare that the above mentioned details are true to the best of my knowledge. Date: 20 April, 2019 Place: New Delhi
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