Engineers & Society in Colonial and Post-colonial India (ENGIND)

Jan 2014-17

PIs: Balaji Parthasarathy, Amit Prakash

Funding agency and description: This project aims to study the role of Indian engineers in the construction of modern India in a socio-historical perspective. Three main questions will direct this study. The first will look into the inter-linkages between the rapid development of the profession and the evolution of the stratification of the Indian society. The second axis of enquiry will analyse the role played by engineers in the economic development of the country. The last axis will study the recomposition of the professional group in the context of the globalization of the job market. IIIT Bangalore is involved in this research project, funded by ANR (L’Agence nationale de la recherche), as a consortium partner with other French and Indian higher education institutes. The specific strand being studied at CITAPP as a part of this research project involves the evolving interaction between the Information Technology industry and engineering education in India.Read more at:


CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.