Faculty


There is something very special about the Faculty at the Academy. In the early days of the Academy, it was decided that formal educational qualification need not be the most serious consideration for being appointed as member of faculty at the Academy. At least one batch of students was trained by Shri Mansignh Rathwa, who has never attended a school, but a tremendous painter of Pithora, and Dr. Bhagwandas Patel, a highly accomplished folklore scholar—forming a single team for conducting classes for Museuology students. Similarly, Mrs. Eileen Coates, an artist from Ireland, and Ms. Alice Tilche, a fresh graduate from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, formed a team to teach the same group of students. Young journalists and expert film makers have come together to teach the students of Media Studies.Rajmohan Gandhi, Mahashweta Devi, Justice M N Venkatachaliah have lectured the students, sitting on the rock under the famous Mahuda Tree at the Academy, and lectured students ranging from 7 to 30 in age.

The Faculty has been a mix of young post graduates drawn from Adivasi communities and visiting scholars as Prof. Shereen Ratnagar, Prof. Lachman Khubchandani, Dr Ashish Kothari, Dr Nila Shah, Dr Bhagwandas Patel, Dr Arun Waghela and Ms Eileen Coates.

The Academy strives towards creating a condition of informality in its teaching environment.