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Pathshala Bheetar Aur Bahar

“Pathshala Bheetar Aur Bahar”, is a Hindi biannual publication of Azim Premji University. It provides a space for the experiences, views and learning of teachers and others working in education, including those in academic institutions. Through this, it seeks to build a dialogue among schoolteachers, practitioners and educationists. 

“Pathshala ..” carries articles on contemporary discourses, perspectives, class room pedagogy and experiences, discussions on books on education, research studies and dialogues on education. It seeks to build an educational discourse that is grounded and is participatory.

Issue 07
March 2021


The Seventh issue of Pathshala carries articles related to children, school and classrooms. Substantial part of these are focused on classroom experiences and pedagogy. Many of the authors are on-ground practitioner and they have written from their experiences in teaching science learning, language games for children, about teaching learning materials and its uses etc. There is an article on formation of gender identity in a girls’ school. The issue also carries an interview with a young sports teacher who has been the catalyst for a process change in a government school.

Samvaad this time is on children’s’ literature and their learning. The panel of distinguished speakers from diverse background bring out the importance of books, the interest of children in them and how can they be used effectively in classrooms.

Issue 06
December 2020


The sixth issue of Pathshala carries 19 articles. The Samvaad is on experiences of online teaching and setting up possibilities of face face-to-face interactions with children and among children. The Sanvaad brings out many aspects of teaching-learning that normally do not get discussed in the context of education. The interview is also focused on the efforts made to continue teaching-learning process during lockdown through Mohalla libraries. There are many interesting experience-based articles that discuss the relationship of context and teaching-learning. To mention a few, one article discusses the role of conversation (Baatcheet) and poetry in language teaching. One discusses the question of nonacademic experiences in teaching and learning. There are articles around most issues of teaching-learning in elementary education including mathematics. This issue has one story that highlights the question of education and inclusion and a review of the Iranian film Where is the Friend’s Home ?

Issue 05
August 2020


The fifth issue of Pathshala carries 14 articles. Two articles on the issues arising from COVID-19. One is about viruses and Coronavirus and is written in a simple way so as to help teachers and people working with students understand these so that they can discuss them with others. The other is about online teaching, the nature of teaching, role of teacher and the relationship with children during such teaching. There are two experience-based articles on theatre in Education focussed on language teaching and classroom processes for nurturing human compassion. We also have articles that examine the pedagogy of language, questions of children and discourse about current examination.

Issue 04
February 2020


The fourth issue of “Pathshala ..” has an article that examines women’s education in the country; an article that interrogates the meaning of childhood and asks if the only purpose of education is to develop an ideal child; an article that examines the age old question of corporal punishment sociologically; the first part of an article that examines Macaulay’s relationship with/impact on Indian education; there are two experience based articles on interesting ways to teach language using stories and poems; and a discussion among teachers and other educators around assessments and examination. Some of these articles critically examine policies and the issues in their application.

Issue 03
August 2019


The third issue has articles that discuss and analyze two important concerns of school education – the question of rote memorization and actual learning. There is also an article on the historical and philosophical dimensions of corporal punishment. There are interesting experience-based articles – one on the process of making of a teacher, one on the reminiscences of a school headmaster and another related to how much we understand children. The series on the development of education in India continues as it covers an important period in that journey. Then there are regular columns like interview with a teacher and book reviews.

Issue 02
February 2019


The second issue of “Pathshala..” carries the first part of a very interesting series on schools as they were. The article brings out in an interesting manner how we come to know about what happened in earlier times. Two other articles on science teaching talk about the effort of making something work and the joy and engagement it brings to learning science. There are articles that discuss the policy of non-detention and the way it is mis-interpreted, the need to re-imagine the identity and status of the teacher, what role does school leadership play in it and the challenges the leadership faces. The conversation with teachers is on dimensions of language teaching and learning. There is also an article that analyzes the way English has captured the place of the most important language.

Issue 01
July 2018


The first issue of “Pathshala ..” covers matters of classroom and teachers through many articles and raises a few areas of concern and questions. This includes appropriateness or otherwise of using CCTV cameras in classrooms, whether the teacher is a professional and what does the word professional mean. Other articles deal with what should be our attitude to board examinations, how should we begin to have a dialogue in an environmental studies class, how should we react to pronunciation mistakes of children and whether a mathematics class perceived to be ‘good’ is also a useful learning class.


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