Dr Rekha Sharma Sen is presently Associate Professor of Child Development at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. She served as Chair Professor at the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Research (CECDR), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, on deputation from IGNOU from 2011 to 2013. Her areas of teaching, research and publication are Child Development, Early Childhood Care and Education, Early Language and Literacy, Creativity, Disability and Gender. She has authored and co-authored research based book chapters and research papers in refereed journals, besides presenting papers in seminars and conferences. She has authored chapters in innovative textbooks for classes I to V of the Primary Education Programme (Prashika) of ‘Eklavya’ as well as in the NCERT and CBSE textbooks for senior secondary classes. She has been awarded Gold Medals by for developing innovative academic programme in the sector of disability through distance education, for research based papers and for her doctoral work as well as ‘Distinguished Alumna Award’ by her alma mater Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.
Uma who works for NDTV as Resident Editor, is a Tamilian, educated in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. An award-winning print and television journalist, Uma’s passion is reporting and writing on issues related to development, gender, education, agriculture, health, politics and environment. The cornerstone of the journalism she practises are – being fair, a high degree of integrity and honesty, speaking the truth without fear and being strictly neutral, while standing up and appreciating the positives in the world around us.