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Venita Kaul Professor Emerita, School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi

Venita Kaul is Professor Emerita, Ambedkar University Delhi. Prior to her retirement in 2016, she was the Founder Director of CECED and Dean of School of Education Studies. Before joining the university, she served as a senior education specialist at the World Bank for 10 years and was a professor and head of Department of Preschool and Elementary Education at National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in New Delhi. She has been a member of several advisory committees set up by the Government of India and international agencies, including the National Advisory Committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for the implementation of Right to Education (2010), Working Group constituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) to advise on the development of National Policy on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) (2011–2012) and a member of the committee constituted by MHRD to oversee functioning of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). She was also an expert member on the ICDS Advisory Council and a member of the NCTE Council. At the international level, she has been a member of the Steering Group of Asia Pacific Regional Network for ECD (ARNEC) and an invited member of the Forum for Investing in the Young Child, Washington, DC. She has also been on the boards of a number of well-known NGOs working in the area of education including Pratham, Mobile Crèches and Sesame Street (India). She has led several research projects on the quality of ECE and decentralized planning and convergence of sectoral services for children. She is the author of a seminal book on early childhood programmes which was published by NCERT in 2006 and has several international and national publications to her credit.