Dr. Adarsh Sharma is a well-known expert, consultant and advisor in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education and Human Development. Her professional career spans over a period of four decades where she has dedicated herself to the field of ECCD and has played a key role in its movement in India. She has a master’s degree in Human Development and Family studies, from M.S University of Baroda as a Ford Foundation Fellow. After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Delhi she pursued post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar on Techniques and Methods for Evaluation and Appraisal of Early Childhood Interventions at Pennsylvania State University.
She worked for over two decades at the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), a premier organization of research, training, and advocacy in the field of Women and Child Development, under the aegis of Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), and retired as its Director in 2005. She has worked as a Consultant for several national and international agencies working for the wellbeing of women and children.
In her capacity as a secretary and treasurer of the Indian Association of Preschool Education, she helped the association to grow and expand its network in India during the early seventies and eighties. Dr. Sharma was instrumental in setting up a postgraduate department of child development in G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in the year 1985 as a Professor and Head of the department. She was associated in the establishment of the Center of Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED) at the Ambedkar University of Delhi in 2010 while she was a Visiting Professor there. She represented India as a member of the steering committee of Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) from 2008 to 2012 and acted as a country coordinator.
The Government of India has appointed her on its special committees on several occasions related to policy formulation, planning, and programming of ECE interventions. She was a member of the ECE subgroup of India’s National Curriculum Framework – 2005, a member of the core group of the committee of the National Policy of Early Childhood Education 2013. She was also one of the expert members of the National Technical Advisory Group set up for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a campaign mode for Education for All.
Widely travelled in India and abroad for academic pursuits Dr. Sharma has several national and international publications to her credit and has drafted reports and documents for the Government of India. She served on the editorial board of global journal Childhood published by Norwegian Institute of Child Research and SAGE Publishers during 1992 to 2003.
- Early Childhood Care and Education Expert