Sugra Chunawala

Current Position: Professor (H)

HBCSE Centre Dean-  2016 to 2021

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. thesis:
The impact of science education in terms of human resource development in socio-economically deprived groups (with special emphasis on career selection)

Thesis Advisor of

Swati Mehrotra (Graduated 2008)
Farhat Ara (Graduated 2013)
Aswathy Raveendran (Graduated 2017)
Amit Sharma (Graduated 2020)
Saurav Shome
Charudatta Navare
Chaitanya Prashant Ursekar
Meenakshi Kaushik
Panchami Jose

Research interests

  • Attitudinal studies of students and teachers
  • Students' perceptions of science
  • Attitudes to school and school subjects
  • Students' and teachers' perceptions of scientists
  • Students' and teachers' perceptions of technology
  • Students' alternative conceptions of science topics
  • Students' conceptions of health
  • Students' ideas about living and non-living
  • Students' ideas about forests
  • Students' ideas about experiments
  • Gender and technology as part of a project titled Technology Centred School Education (TCSE).


Gender and science

The permanent exhibition at HBCSE on the theme of Gender and Science is aimed at presenting the contributions of women scientists. It focuses on the historical disjunction between women, science and technology. A booklet containing the information presented in the exhibition along with some additional material has been published. Marathi version of the booklet is also available.


Science Education for Diversity (2010-2013)

Science Education for Diversity (SED) -- A European Commission Funded Project





  • Chunawala, S. (2003). स्त्री पुरुष भेद आणि विज्ञान. Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. Sai Printers: Mumbai, India.

In Books

Pedagogical Articles

 In Journals


  • Chunawala, S. (2004). A review of some literature on Biological Determinism. Research Centre for Women’s Studies, RCWS Newsletter, Vol. 25 (2) (3), Monsoon/Fall Issue.

In Proceedings


  • Chunawala, S., Muralidhar, A., Birwatkar, P. and Natarajan, C. (2012). Towards Science Education for Diversity: A teacher Researcher Collaborative Workshop, HBCSE, Mumbai, December 2011.
  • Chunawala S., Vinisha, K. and Patel A. Gender, Science and Schooling: illustrations in science textbooks and students' and teachers' ideas related to gender, 2009, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai, Gender Issues in Education, Position Paper 3.2, National Curriculum Framework, 2005, NCERT. (Co-author)


Book Review

 Selected Talks


  • Sugra Chunawala, New challenges and new pedagogies for 21st century (Keynote address), Senior Scholar Seminar Series, K J Somaiya College of Education and Research and Training, February 17, 2017
  • Adithi Muralidhar, Rohan Kapil and Sugra Chunawala: Design and technology education as an inclusive approach to teaching-learning (Lead talk). National Seminar on Education of Socially Disadvantaged Groups in India, Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal. March 5, 2016.
  • Sugra Chunawala: HBCSE and its activities (Inaugral address). Anjuman-I-Islam's Ahmed Sailor High School, Mumbai. February 13,2016.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Communicating Research. Certificate course on Research Methodology by K J Somaiya Comprehensive College of Education, Training and Research, HBCSE, India. February 5, 2016.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Design and Technology Education at HBCSE. Timor-Leste Workshop, HBCSE, India. January 20, 2016.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Science, technology and society. Nurture Programme organized for NTS scholars, HBCSE, India. January 4, 2016.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Nature of Science. NIUS Students, HBCSE, India. December 24, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Gender issues in Education. Sri Lanka Teacher Workshop. November 27, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Introduction to PBL. KV-ZIET Teacher Workshop. November 18, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Project Based Learning as a teching method. Sri Lanka Teacher workshop. November 17, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Understanding the nature of science. TPD Workshop fr DSCERT, Karnataka, India. June 25, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Shikshanatil Samajik va sanskrutik kahi prashna. Rayat Education Society's Teacher workshop. June 11, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Chala januya Vidnyanache Swaroop. Rayat Education Society's Teacher workshop. June 11, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Reflections from Diagnostic Learning in Primary Science (DLIPS) project. Annual Peer Learning Meet-3, organized by Wildlife Conversation Trust and Eklavya, Bhopal, Panchmarhi, Hoshangabad, MP, India. March 14, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Nature of Science. Workshop on Module Development on Science through Investigation, KV-ZIET, Mumbai. March 2, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Collaborative learning (Invited talk). Teachers' Conference of Science Utsav, conducted by Navi Mumbai Science Foundation (NMSF), February 21, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Quality in higher education (Keynote address). UGC sponsored National Conference on Quality, Equality and Innovation in Higher Education, organized by Gokhale Education Society's Shri Bhausaheb Vartak Arts, Commerce and Science College, Mumbai. January 21, 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Research methods. K. J. Somaiya Comprehensive College of Education, Training and Research, Vidyavihar. January 2015.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Thinking, Problem Solving & Stereotypes. Talk presented at the Nurture Programm organised for NTS scholars, HBCSE India. November 2014.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Gender Sensitisation. Session conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mankhurd. Mumbai, India. January, 2014
  • Sugra Chunawala: Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences. A Talk presented as a part of University of Mumbai course on Research Methodology at K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Engineering. Mumbai, India. DEcember, 2013.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Women and Technology. A Talk fr UGC Academic Staff College sponsored refresher's course in Education on the theme ofTechnological Integration in Teacher Education. University of Mumbai, India. November, 2013.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Gender and School Education. Talk delivered at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mankhurd, Mumbai India. September, 2013
  • Farhat Ara, Sugra Chunawala and Chitra Natarajan: Students as designers and makers: Indian middle school students' creative solutions to design-without-make and design-with-make activities, Paper presented at the Designing Design Education for India, Conference, 13, 14, 15 March, 2013, Pune India.

  • Pooja Birwatkar  and Sugra Chunawala: The voices of a diverse classroom: How to hear them? Paper presentation at an ICSSR sponsored conference held at K.G. Somaiya College of Education,  Training and Research on Peace Education titled 'Nobody can bring you peace but yourself', Mumbai, March 22-23, 2013.

  • Sugra Chunawala: Science and science education through the lens of diversity. Review talk at the Fifth International Conference epiSTEME, HBCSE-TIFR, Mumbai, India, January 2013.

  • Sugra Chunawala: Science Communication in Indian Languages by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education at the National Meet of Science Communicators in Indian Languages- jointly organised by Vignyan Prasar (DST, Govt. of India) and Vignyan Parishad Prasar (Allahabad), December 13-15, 2012.