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Neeti Bose
Professor & Education Management , University
Pune, India
Education/Education management, Livelihood expert (liberal arts/arts/craft/design), strong communication/mentoring skills, experience of multicultural environments. Work journey in broad overlapping domains: academic teaching/research/governance/quality assurance; working with communities/building livelihood skills; curating exhibitions/seminars/conferences/events; training/mentoring/coaching
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
An academic and education management expert, I also work as a community worker, my expertise is in creating enriching experiences, environments and collaborative spaces that narrow the gap between classrooms, industry, society and cultural spaces. In a leadership position at my current job I have been working on designing a School of Design with a difference and deliver design/liberal arts courses. I also head the University’s Sumer Immersion Program, an intense pre-UG, on-campus, academic introduction to Liberal Arts and Liberal Education for high school students. I focus on enabling a global perspective and international experience in all teaching learning programs and ensures optimal and qualitative learning within the curricular and creative space on campus.

A Professor of art and design in studio practice, design basics, design research and liberal arts, I design and facilitate classes/workshops on design foundation-studies, design ethnography and research, analytical and critical thinking, and alternate ways of seeing. I have trained students and communities to work on craft development projects with a design focus. My expertise lies in combining theory with studio practice and bringing an experiential understanding of arts and craft to classrooms and workshop spaces alike. My academic interest is in encouraging interdisciplinary approaches and processes that lead to techniques of visualization and representation, self-realization, alternate ways of thinking and mobilization. My specialism is in contextual studies of creative practices, indigenous knowledge, cultural production and Indigenous cultures. Broadly, I focus on the divide between arts/crafts/design, representation and promotion of Indigenous knowledge/artists, crafts and craftspeople, discourses on cultural practices and policies. I'm at equal ease in mentoring researchers or working with UG and PG students, indigenous groups, women and youth. I work well with people or communities wanting to involve with creative practices, arts and crafts for livelihoods. I aim, to establish interfaces between art and design schools, cultural practitioners and communities, I'm equally comfortable working with people at the grassroots as with domestic and international experts, NGOs/development agencies, policy makers, diplomatic missions, and educational institutions.
I have lived and worked in India, Africa and Australia where she researched, taught, as well as conceptualized and implemented many capacity building projects, trainings and programs, from scratch to finish. I have curated and organized numerous exhibitions, events, seminars, film shows, lecture series, international exchanges and outreach programs for non-profit organizations and academic institutions. My ambition is to establish indigenous connections across the globe and connect people.

Education & Qualifications:

I have a BFA and MFA in Visual Arts from Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, a PhD in Art Theory from University of North South Wales, College of Fine Arts, awarded under the prestigious AusAID scholarship. And I also took a course in Arts & Cultural Marketing from UTS in Sydney

2002, PhD, Art Theory
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
Thesis Title: Beyond Frames - Cultural Development and Indigenous Arts
A cross-cultural comparative study of Indigenous arts in India and Australia with primary focus on representation, marketing and promotion of indigenous arts and crafts in the two countries. Study covered analysis of cultural policies, State’s representation and promotion activities, socio-economic analysis, socio-cultural interactions and interviews with artists and indigenous people in both countries; extensive amount of independent field travel undertaken.
Supervisor: Prof Dianne Losche, Senior Lecturer, College of Fine Arts (COFA) at UNSW
Examiners: Prof Salima Hashmi (Pakistan), Prof Jasleen Dhamija (India), Prof Jim Masselos (Australia)

1999 – 2000, Executive Certificate in Arts & Cultural Marketing
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), School of Business Studies, Sydney, Australia

1990, National Eligibility Test for Teaching - Lectureship (NET)
University Grants Commission, India

1988 – 1990, MFA Masters in Fine Arts (major in painting, teaching practice in design), Jamia Millia Islamia University, Department of Fine Arts, New Delhi, India

1984 – 1988, BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in painting, sculpture optional), Jamia Millia Islamia University, Department of Fine Arts, New Delhi, India

1982 & 1984, Secondary and Higher Secondary, CBSE, XII & X, (arts/ humanities), Holy Child Auxillium School, New Delhi, India

Affiliations and Achievements:
As an academic and researcher, my interest is in the alternate and the indigenous - indigenous arts/creative practices/knowledge/voices/perspectives and worldview. A mature professional, academic and consultant, I have been working in the domain of art and design for the last 30 years. I started teaching in 1987 in a school in Delhi, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and have since moved on to work in some of the most reputed institution in the domain of Arts, Design and Liberal Education across Africa, Australia and India. These include SRISHTI, NIFT, Sushant School of Design, Addis Ababa University, University of New South Wales and more recently with Pearl Academy where I was Dy Head Academic Governance & Head International Relation, to mention a few. Currently I am a senior Professor of Design and Liberal Arts at a Pune-based University, on an invitation to conceptualize a unique Design School. I also head their Summer Immersion Program that intends to raise awareness regarding Liberal Arts and Liberal Education and ‘am also involved with student recruitment and outreach programs.

My intellectual journey can be divided into 5 broad yet overlapping domains 1) academic teaching and research 2) academic governance and quality assurance 3) working with communities and building livelihood capacities through art and design 4) Curating exhibitions, seminars, conferences and events on design and craft 5) Training programs.

Trained in India as a visual artist, I have a PhD in Art Theory from University of North South Wales, College of Fine Arts, I was awarded the prestigious AusAID scholarship for the latter. I returned to India in 2000 and worked with Katha, NIFT, Viveka Foundation, JNU School of Arts and Aesthetics before leaving for Ethiopia in 2002, from where I returned in 2008.

I am looking for institutional spaces or organizations that can be challenging enough and that will help me sustain and build on my experiences. I am hoping the space will be a combination of community work, teaching/researching and management/curating. I also feel I am at a stage of my career where I would like to contribute to institution building and leaving a lasting legacy.

Teaching Statement:
As a teacher, I have designed and taught courses that involve creating an understanding of history and theory for art and design for studio-based students. The courses seek to provide basic Foundations of art and design, design thinking, create a contextual understanding of larger socio-cultural scenarios and also range across social design, concepts and practice of empathy. I also teach several liberal arts focused courses that sensitize students to different ways of seeing, looking, experiencing cultures, cultural practices and cultural production. Courses range from subjects on media literacy; aesthetics and beauty; popular culture; migration, displacement and representation; race and identity; relevance of indigenous knowledge; appreciation of arts/crafts and design as well as traditions and cultural practices. I use pedagogical tools to make my courses fun, interactive and involving for different levels of learners. My course content is delivered via interactive pedagogy of process-based enquiry-based learning methods to provide a different perspective of approaching existing issues.

Faculty mentoring and Faculty Research Mentoring has always been a large component of my work. I have also worked with NGOs and indigenous artists, using my research ideas and insights through community work and craft development trainings/livelihood workshops, with women and youth, as a trainer/mentor, facilitating mobilization and behavioral change trainings.I have facilitated many such training, in Africa and India. I curated various exhibitions, at Institute of Ethiopian Studies’, “Book Making in Ethiopia”, “Ethiopia in Black & White”, “Repatriation & Cultural Memory", “Women by Women – Indo-Ethiopian collaboration” and "CultureWatch'05, Talking Tibebs".

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi
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