Name of Staff: Prof Dr Phalachandra Bhandigadi
Designation: Professor of Education
Qualifications: Ph.D (Education)  


Phalachandra is a Professor of Education in School of Education, Languages and communications at Wawasan Open University. Before joining Wawasan he served as Professor and Head, Department of Education, Dean of Instruction and Director of International Diploma in Guidance and Counselling (IDGC) in the Regional Institute of National Council of Educational Research and Training at Mysore, India. He served in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi for 5 years. He served in various units of National Institute of Education (NCERT, New Delhi) such as Dept of Educational Psychology , Counselling and Guidance, Central Institute of Educational Technology and Department of Teacher Education.

The major thrust of activities during 30 years of his association with NCERT and IGNOU included Development of Curriculum, Teaching, Research and capacity building of personnel of different States of the country in developing instructional materials (print and non print), delivery of materials/instruction to the target groups through face to face and through distance mode (Radio, Television and Video Conference) and training in actual conduct of video conference. Also designed, developed both macro and micro programmes/projects, coordinated and monitored its implementation.

He provided consultancy to major national and international agencies such as Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Intel, USAID, HP Lab, British Council of India, National Institute of Open Schooling, Centre for Environmental Education, Quest Alliance, Sir Dorabji TATA Trust, Digital Empowerment Education (India), Educational Development Centre (USA), Academy of Educational Development (USA), Commonwealth of Learning (Canada), and World Bank.

Participated and presented papers relating to Distance Education, ICT and Teacher Education in various National and International conferences

He was affiliated to Ohio State University, USA in connection with the award of Fulbright Scholarship (Post Doctoral Research) for Teacher Education - Distance Mode.

In Wawasan Open University, as Professor he was involved in the work relating to Instructional Design, Course Development and Course Coordination. In addition he is involved in planning and implementing training programmes for faculty of the University

Course Development Experience:

He has been coordinating the following courses:

1.    EED 201/05 Fundamentals of Research and Statistics for Social Science
2.   EED 215/05 Curriculum Theory and Design
3.   EED 217/05 Language Assessment
4.   EED 218/05 Curriculum Assessment
5.   EED 501 /05 Research in Education
6.   EED 503/05 Ethics in Education
7.    EED 504/05 Professional Development in Education
8.   EED 505/05 Curriculum Development
9.   EED 506/05 Assessment in Instruction   Research Interest:   

Research interest:

Development, Intervention and Evaluation activities relating to ICT , ODL, Teacher Education and Guidance and Counselling

Official Correspondence Address:

School of Education, Languages & Communications
Wawasan Open University
54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang

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