About

Deeply committed to democracy & inclusive development, Dr. Vandana R Singh is an author, literary translator, language educator. In her work, she focuses on dissemination of liberty, plurality, equality and social justice and the real-life implications of these.

Dr. Singh is currently working in the area of education technology and skill development. She has been involved with education as an associate professsor, curriculum developer, textbook writer and content editor. She educates and empowers youth by imparting English language for raising their employability quotient, upward mobility and social acceptability.

Dr. Singh dabbles in composing Hindi poetry and holds a PhD in Indian Writings in English focussing on comparative study of R. K. Narayan and Ruth P. Jhabvala. She views literary translation as a means of building bridges between diverse literatures and a medium for facilitating cross-cultural exchanges.

Dr. Vandana R Singh was conferred the Award of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Literature by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi on 8th February 2013.

Consultancy/Advisory role

Dr. Singh has been advising at the state level for creating English language teaching programmes:

Andhra Pradesh

Naipunya Vikasam (Aspire) – English Language skills for 400 schools in remote areas

Uttar Pradesh

  • Saath Saath – capacity building of rural women
  • Unnati – English Language skills for children between 12 to 16 years

Uttarakhand

  • Unnati – English Language skills for children between 12 to 16 years
  • Uttarakhand Open University – Diploma & Certificate Functional English Course for undergraduate students

Government of India schemes for minority communities in

Jammu & Kashmir

Uttar Pradesh

Bihar

Chattisgarh

Jharkhand

These programs were aimed at improving performance of school drop outs and supporting them in appearing through National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). 

  • Udaan
  • Himayat
  • Parvaaz

www.ilfsskills.com & https://www.learnetskills.com/

http://www.ilfseducation.com/ & https://www.schoolnetindia.com/

Skill development

Dr. Vandana Singh advises in the area skill development focussing on upgrading the skills of youth in India.

These include

  • Skills for Jobs
  • Skills Upgradation
  • Skills for Good Governance
  • Skills for Schools and Colleges
  • Skills for Trainers
  • Skills for Entrepreneurship

Dr Singh advises Learnet Skills (formerly IL&FS Skills Development Corporation) India’s largest vocational training company.

www.ilfsskills.com & https://www.learnetskills.com/ 

Education technology

Advising on creation of blended learning programs both for online and offline mode.

Content development

  • Member, Textbook Development Committee, NCERT for Elective English (Classes XI & XII) under the National Curriculum Framework 2005 
  • Recognizing the fact that English is the aspirational language of today Dr Singh has developed content whereby English is taught as a skill rather than as a foreign language. Keeping in mind the upwardly mobile youth it is important to impart a functional knowledge of the language for day to day use. She has been instrumental in developing
    • English language learning programs for schools aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
    • English language teaching to raise the employability quotient of youth including modules for functional English, applicable to specific TVET trades
    • Technology-enabled short-term training programs on social issues
    • Modules for mobile buses that impart digital and English literacy skills to school students and youth, to bring the world to them at a click thus enhancing their confidence and personality
  •  Englobe English
  • English for Schools
  • English for Employability

https://www.schoolnetindia.com/englobe/

Teacher training

Dr Singh has been engaged in capacity building programs of teachers. These programs

  • enable teachers to play varied and distinct roles of curriculum designer, developer/adapter of instructional materials, facilitator of curriculum transaction in schools in a child centered manner, becoming resourceful idea generators, mentors of peer teachers and appraiser of performances given by students in an objective and humane way.
  • create situations where all teachers are able to get the best possible professional preparation and support for updating their pedagogical skills which results in empowering quality teachers for all levels of education to render optimum benefit to all students of schools affiliated to CBSE
  • teacher training programs for Oxford University Press, India

https://india.oup.com/

www.ilfsskills.com & https://www.learnetskills.com/

http://www.ilfseducation.com/ & https://www.schoolnetindia.com/

Communication skills

The importance of good Communication Skills at the workplace as well as in day to day interactions can hardly be undermined. Dr Singh has developed, delivered and overseen several Business and Office Communication training programs. The workshops and training sessions include

  1. Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  2. Body Language
  3. Team Work
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Analytical Skills
  6. Soft Skills
  7. Life Skills
  8. Creative Thinking & Writing
  9. Social Skills
  10. Personality Development & Grooming

Socially relevant programmes

Conceptualising, creating and delivering socially relevant programs on the

  • Community empowerment
  • upskilling of aanganwadi teachers
  • digital literacy for rural women
  • basic financial literacy
  • life skills and soft skills for professionals including police officials
  • ills of drink driving, substance abuse and underage driving

 https://www.ilfsindia.com/csr/

Editing

  • EFA – Education for All
  • FAO– Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations.
  • ICAR– Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • ICSSR – Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • ICSSR-WIDER(United Nations University / World Institute of Development Economic Research)
  • Inter State Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India
  • ISSR – Indian Social Science Review
  • Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
  • NIOS –National Institute of Open Schooling, Ministry of HRD
  • NCAP– National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research
  • NCERT – National Council for Educational Research & Training
  • OECD– Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • OUP – Oxford University Press
  • UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • UNESCO– United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • WHO – World Health Organization (SEARO)