Dr Nirmali Goswami

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Tezpur University

Assam 784028







PhD in Sociology from Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2011

MA in Sociology from Department of Sociology, Banaras Hindu University in 2003

BA Sociology, Banaras Hindu University in 2001


Courses Taught

Post Graduate: Political Sociology, Sociology of Education, Gender and Society, Theoretical Perspectives

Under Graduate: Introduction to Sociology, Social Research Methods


Research Interests

Diversity and Multiculturalism, Gender and Ethnicity, Educational policy in India,

Nationalism and School education





Goswami, N. reviewed Das, C R (eds.) “Adventures in education: Vistas and variations” Daanish Books Sociological Bulletin 64 (3), Sept-Dec 2015, pp. 401-403


Goswami, N. 2015. Costs, Security and Discipline: Gendering the debate on school choice in India. Indian Journal of Gender and Society. Vol 22 (2), pp.159-169


Pappu, R. and Goswami, N. 2015. Introduction to special issue on Contemporary issues on Womens’ education in India. Indian Journal of Gender and Society. Vol 22 (2), pp. 243-264



Goswami, N. reviewed Sleeter et al (eds.) “School Education, Pluralism and Marginality” Orient Blackswan Sociological Bulletin 63 (1), Jan-April 2014, pp. 150-152


Goswami, N. and S Das. 2014. Community Rights and Women in Khasi Society in Sangeeta Borthakur Tamuli (ed.) Women Empowerment in Northeast India, Eastern Publishers: Guwahati



Goswami, N.  2011. Multiple identities and educational choices: Reflections on students from Ansari community in Banaras, In Jairath, V. (Eds.) Frontiers of Embedded Muslim Communities in India, pp 174-195.  Routledge: New Delhi,



Goswami, N. Reviewed “Schooling the National Imagination” by Shalini Advani, Contemporary Education Dialogue, Vol. 7: 2, 2010,  pp. 266-269



Research Project


Principal Investigator of UGC project 2012-14

A micro study of medium of instruction and languages taught in the schools of Assam (completed)


Membership of Professional/Academic Bodies:


Life member, Comparative Education Society of India (Executive Member, 2012-2014)

Life member, Indian Sociological Society

Life Member, Indian Association of Women’s Studies



Papers/Invited Lecture for Conferences/Seminars



Discursive construction of School Hindi in International Conference on State, Development and Governance, organised by Tezpur University, Tezpur, March 9-12, 2016



Frameworks and debates in Public vs Private Education: A Case study from Assam in International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India organised by Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, Dec 14-16, 2015


 En-gendering the debate on development and displacement in National Seminar on Gender and Displacement in Northeast organised by Women’s Studies Centre, Guhati University in association with Indian Association for Women’s Studies, Guwahati, 17-18 March 2015.



Goswami, N. and R Pappu co-ordinated sub-theme 7 on “Education, Knowledge and Institutional Space(s)” in XV National Conference on Women’s Studies organized by Indian Association of Women’s Studies in Guwahati 4-7 Feb 2014.



Goswami, N. chaired technical session II in National Seminar “Gaps in Gender Development in Assam” organized by Panigaon OPD College North Lakhimpur, August 5-6, 2013.


Linguistic diversity and school education in Assam at National seminar on “Education for what and for whom” organized by OKDISCD, Guwahati, April10-12, 2013.



Education for the Bodos presented in Annual International Conference of Comparative Education Society of India held in Jammu University, 10-12 Oct, 2012


Community rights and women in Khasi society, presented in the National seminar on Role of women in socio-economic environment in Northeast India, held in Lakhimpur Commerce College, 5-6 May, 2012


Coming a full circle , presented in National Seminar on Identity, Territoriality and Autonomy, organized by OKD Institute for Social Change and Development and Department of Sociology, Tezpur University, 1-2 March,2012.



The three language formula in school presented in 37th All India sociological Conference, organized by Indian sociological society in JNU Dec 2011



Recent trends in Higher Education: Issues and Concerns in National Seminar on India Post 1991 The North East Perspective organised by Indian Social Science Congress at Tezpur University, Oct 5, 2010



Workshop/Training Programs


Attended a Refresher Course on Human Right and Democracy organised by Human Resources Development Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, July-Auguest, 2015


Participated in Training cum Workshop on SPSS organised by Dept of Sociology in collaboration with ICSSR, Nov 3-9 2014


Attended Orientation Course organised by Academic Staff College JNU Oct 2013


Participated in UGC Capacity Building of Women Managers in Higher Education, organised by Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Womens Studies, Tezpur University, 3-7 Sept 2012


Participated in Workshop on Research Methodology organised by OKDISCD in collaboration with Tezpur University and ICSSR (NER) Jan30- Feb 5, 2012


Participated in a workshop on Development of Self-Learning Materials for Distance Learners organized by Tezpur University, Tezpur. 17-18 June, 2011