Indumathi Sundararaman

Senior Consultant – Practice | isundararaman at iihs dot ac dot in


2019    PhD, Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra

2010    MA, Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra

2003    MSc, Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

1999    BSc, Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu



Countries: India, Germany, UK
States: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Haryana, Sikkim
Cities: Coimbatore, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Berlin, Sussex
Languages: English, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada

Indumathi is an educationist with around 15 years of experience in different organisations. She has been a guest faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and taught courses for the students of MA Education-Gender and Education and Science Education, Mumbai and has been consulting with Quest Alliance, Bangalore till recently.  At Quest Alliance, she was involved in curriculum development for the STEM for Girls program and carried out a research titled – STEM Mindsets, Careers and Women – A India Study. She was associated with I Am A Teacher, Gurgaon, and Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. She has worked extensively in teacher development – both in-service and pre-service teacher education. As a part of B.Ed course development, she contributed to courses in science pedagogy at  APU. She has designed courses, workshops, short certificate, and online courses, taught and mentored teachers. She has consulted with NCTE and SCERT, Sikkim Government in the revision of D.El.Ed programmes. She has worked with Karnataka Knowledge Commission and consulted with NCERT and KSEEB during her stint at APU.  She started her journey in education as a nature education assistant at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore, and worked as a science teacher in TVS Academy.


Indumathi completed her PhD in Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2019. She explored- Gender and learning of science and the intersections of class and family for her thesis. She has completed Masters in Elementary Education from TISS as well as a Masters in Botany from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. She has published in international and national peer reviewed journals, written research reports and magazine articles for teachers and teacher educators. She has been a recipient of ESRC fellowship, UK, and DAAD scholarship, Germany.


Her research interests are gender and education, education and inequality, sustainable education, environment education, feminist science studies and teacher professional development.

Journal Articles

  • Sundararaman. I. (2020). World would move ahead!’: Exploring the learning of science and aspirations in the urban context through a case study. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 15, 775-792. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-020-09970-y
  • Sundararaman, I., Sood, S. (2018). School Based Teacher Preparation- Possibilities and Challenges. Voices of Teachers Teacher Educators, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333201129_School_Based_Teacher_Preparation-Possibilities_and_Challenges/link/5ce15fa592851c4eabae5ec1/download


Book/Book Chapters

  • Nandini, M., Sundararaman, I. (forthcoming). “Gender and School Reform in India.” In W. Pink (Ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of School Reform. New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.431
  • Sundararaman, I. (2014). Inclusion in science textbooks, learning curve. Azim Premji University: Bangalore. https://apfstatic.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/Inclusion%20in%20Science%20Textbooks2014Issue%20XXIII.pdf


Research reports


Public Intellectual Writing

Sundararaman, I. (2020, August 12). Probing the feasibility of NEP’s grand promise of fluid boundaries and a multidisciplinary approach. The New Leam. https://www.thenewleam.com/2020/08/probing-the-feasibility-of-neps-grand-promise-of-fluid-boundaries-and-a-multidisciplinary-approach/

Sundararaman, I. (2016). Digging into the past: Exploring history to teach science. Teacher Plus. https://www.teacherplus.org/digging-into-the-past-exploring-history-to-teach-science/

Sundararaman, I. (2011). Through the gender lens. Teacher Plus. https://www.teacherplus.org/through-the-gender-lens/

  • Indumathi. S (2018). Who Knows and Does Science? Textbook Analysis of Karnataka State Board Science Textbooks of Classes 8 and 9. In S. Ladage & S. Narvekar (Eds.), Proceedings from epiSTEME-7: International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (p. 68-75). Goa: CinnamonTeal
  • Indumathi. S, Aspirations or fictions? Role of family and schooling in the choice of subjects and aspirations, international conference organized by Comparative Education Society of India, Tirupati, 2016
  • Indumathi.S, A comparative review of Science and Technology, Inputs to NEP- 2016 symposium organised by School of Education, Azim Premji University, 2016
  • Indumathi and Vijaysimha, Impossible fiction or fulfilling lives- A study on women teachers’ lives. International conference organized by Comparative Education Society of India, Hyderabad, 2011