Dr. Pratibha Jolly
Former Principal, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India
Academic Consultant, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India
Pratibha Jolly was Chairperson of the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE) for six years from October 2005 to 2011, having served as member first from 2002 to 2005. She was also Vice President of IUPAP from 2005-2008. The high point of her tenure was launch of Physware series of active learning Educate the Educator workshops to strengthen teaching of physics, especially in the developing world. She co-directed the first two workshops. Dr. Jolly is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of India (NASI) with wide ranging synergetic contributions. She gained a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemical Physics in 1980 from University of Delhi. She began her academic career at Miranda House, premiere college for women, at the University of Delhi. In 1988, she moved to the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi as Research Scientist. In 2005 she was nudged to move as Principal to her alma mater, Miranda House, a post she held for fourteen years till February 2019. Her multifaceted work led to establishment of the D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education. Under her dynamic leadership, Miranda House received All India Rank One amongst colleges under National Institutional Ranking Framework for three successive years in 2019, 2018 and 2017. She is passionate about engendering change, early adoption of new technologies, faculty development, capacity building of women in science and leadership roles, entrepreneurial activities, mentoring diverse student populations, creating technology enhanced active teaching-learning environment, promoting project-based learning, interdisciplinary undergraduate research and helping students build successful careers. Currently, she is contributing to a transformative policy initiative supported by the government for advancing gender equity in institutes of higher education and research.
Title of keynote and abstract
Innovation, Enterprise and Physics Education:
Weaving Paradigms for the World of Work